Headlines from HJM: Wednesday, November 11, 2020

McDonald’s U.S. sales jump on new menu items, Travis Scott collaboration

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
McDonald’s U.S. sales roared back in the third quarter on new menu items and attention-grabbing celebrity collaborations.
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Coalition Forms to Oppose Veto Override of Digital Tax Bill

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Marylanders for Tax Fairness, a coalition of businesses, advocacy groups and individuals, launched a campaign on Tuesday to oppose the General Assembly’s potential override of a $350 million tax revenue bill vetoed this spring by Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R).
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With Port Covington project stalled due to coronavirus, potential tenants reaffirm commitment to ‘Cyber Town USA’

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
More than six months after the developer shut down construction work on the Port Covington project due to the coronavirus, the expansive South Baltimore development’s timeline continues to be delayed.
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MDOT Secretary questioned on under-Beltway utilities, possible Purple Line settlement

Publisher Name : WTOP News
Maryland has yet to calculate a cost to relocate underground utility pipes and fiberoptic cables as part of the Hogan administration’s express toll lanes plan, but the state remains optimistic that the companies hired to finance and build the lanes will minimize impacts to key infrastructure, Transportation Secretary Greg Slater said on Thursday.
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Maryland casinos report a modest revenue drop in October

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
Maryland's casino industry reported a modest drop in monthly revenues in October against a backdrop of Covid-19 capacity limits and rising case counts in the state.
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With coronavirus cases on the rise, Maryland General Assembly to limit public access again in 2021

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
When Maryland’s 188 lawmakers return to Annapolis in January, they’ll see plastic booths around desks in the Senate chamber, half the state delegates shipped off to a second location and no lobbyists or activists prowling the halls.
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Hogan announces dining restrictions, other actions in Md. coronavirus response

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Bars and restaurants will have to operate at a lower capacity as part of a series of orders and health advisories issued Tuesday by Gov. Larry Hogan.
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Maryland governor adds coronavirus restrictions as cases surge across the Washington region

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Maryland and its largest jurisdiction toughened pandemic-related restrictions Tuesday as the Washington region’s coronavirus caseloads set more record highs amid a national spike.
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Bank gives Purple Line firms more time to reach a settlement with Maryland and avoid potential default on debt

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
The bank representing the bondholders on the Purple Line construction has agreed to postpone any “enforcement action” until Nov. 30, giving the project’s concessionaire more time to try to reach a settlement with the state, according to project documents.
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What Do the 2020 Election Results Mean for Md.’s 2022 Races? Announcing a Special Event!

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Maybe you’ve read our election coverage this year, from a referendum on sports gambling to the challenge of ensuring that everyone can vote — safely — in a pandemic to the race for Baltimore’s mayor.
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Maryland’s health secretary to retire Dec. 1

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Maryland’s health secretary, former state Sen. Robert Neall, will retire in three weeks, Gov. Larry Hogan said Tuesday.
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As Covid-19 trends worsen, Baltimore moves back to Phase I

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
Mayor Young limits gatherings to 10 people, reduces restaurant capacity to 25% and requires masks outdoors. His restrictions are tougher than those announced by Governor Hogan
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With DeVos out, Biden plans series of reversals on education

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
President Trump tried to bully schools into opening their buildings, a hard-edge pandemic tactic that succeeded in places and backfired elsewhere. President-elect Joe Biden is hoping to pry them open with money for increased coronavirus expenses and clear guidance on how in-person schooling can resume safely, a shift that signals a new era for education policy in the United States.
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County Executive Pittman has some utility relief for those who are behind

Publisher Name : Eye on Annapolis
With the state moratorium on utility cutoffs set to expire on November 15, County Executive Steuart Pittman has announced an energy bill relief program that will allow qualified families and individuals affected by COVID to apply for special assistance through Anne Arundel’s Community Action Agency (CAA).
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Parrott Files Candidacy Papers for Another Congressional Run

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Del. Neil C. Parrott (R-Washington), who just lost a bid for Congress in the 6th District, is taking steps to run again.
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For Advocates and Lobbyists, a Brave New World

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
For decades, State House advocacy in Annapolis has looked largely the same: Well-resourced entities sign up a plugged-in lobbyist ― often an ex-legislator or top-ranking former government staffer ― to plead their case, while nonprofits and activist groups rely as much on grass-roots organizing or in-house lobbyists as on high-paid hired guns.
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