Headlines from HJM: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Md. lenders say demand for federal paycheck loans drying up

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Local lenders offering federal loans to help businesses cover payroll amid the COVID-19 outbreak have experienced a significant decline in demand for those funds.
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Greater Baltimore Committee: City needs a mayor who can 'measure up'

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
"It is imperative that Baltimore elect a mayor who can measure up and provide leadership and direction to the city," GBC CEO Donald C. Fry says.
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Anne Arundel County Council passes controversial workforce housing bill, defeats bill preventing substantial rent increases

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
An emergency bill that would have protected Anne Arundel County renters from substantial rent increases during the global coronavirus pandemic failed in the county council Tuesday night after the body’s four Democrats failed to convince one of their Republican colleagues to vote in support for the supermajority needed to pass emergency legislation.
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Amtrak says it needs additional bailout of nearly $1.5 billion to stay afloat

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Railroad company projects ridership will remain low next year, about half of pre-pandemic levels
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Schleifer, with a $230,000 war chest, faces opponent with just $3,600

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
A look at the candidates and campaign fundraising in northwest Baltimore’s 5th District
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Keeping a low profile on and off the Council, Danielle McCray faces the voters

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
She took office last year after Brandon Scott became Council president. Her campaign is backed by powerful friends, which is exactly the problem, says her challenger, Tamira Dunn.
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Four political newcomers seek West Baltimore Council seat

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
James Torrence leads in fundraising among the Democratic Party candidates, who all have things to say about the district where the Uprising began in 2015
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Howard County to ease some pandemic restrictions on businesses

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced the easing of restrictions Tuesday during a briefing with reporters.
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Md. trial courts to fully resume Oct. 5; other proceedings phased in earlier

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Maryland’s trial courts will return to “full operations” including jury trials on Oct. 5 following a summer of gradual resumptions of court proceedings, including evictions, foreclosures and bench trials, the state’s top judge stated Friday evening.
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Poll: Marylanders Oppose Hogan’s Drug Board Veto, Favor Special Session

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
While recent polls show Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) continuing to rack up high job approval ratings, in part due to his management of the COVID-19 crisis, Marylanders strongly oppose one of the governor’s recent vetoes — and an even greater number would support the Maryland General Assembly returning to work before its next scheduled session, in January 2021.
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Mfume’s Return to Capitol Hill: ‘It Was Like I Had Never Left’

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Rep. Kweisi Mfume has started in Congress twice. The second time he donned a protective blue mask as he walked onto the U.S. House floor to take the oath of office.
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Sen. J.B. Jennings: Businesses Are Ready for a Fighting Chance to Survive

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Each new year brings a sense of hope and optimism; a chance for people to start fresh and tackle new goals.
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Extra-long primary season with Baltimore mayoral voters behind closed doors sees spending on mailers, ads

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore's mayoral primary has gone into extra innings, and candidates are looking to raise more money to get through the final days. Some have given themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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