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Ben Jealous releases NRA questionnaire, calls on Maryland Gov. Hogan to do the same

Ben Jealous, the Democratic candidate for Maryland governor, on Monday released his answers to the 2018 National Rifle Association questionnaire and called on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to do the same.

"The people of Maryland deserve transparency and accountability from their elected officials," Jealous said in a statement. "When an organization like the NRA has repeatedly called for policies that go against Maryland values, we all deserve to know where our elected officials stand in public and in private.”

Jealous has repeatedly criticized Hogan for never releasing his answers to the NRA in a four-year-old questionnaire. During the 2014 campaign, Hogan earned an A- rating from the organization.

In a meeting with students from Great Mills High School last week, Hogan agreed to reject any money or support from the NRA.


Maryland legislators criticize Hogan administration's 'phantom' plans for State Center project

Maryland House of Delegates leaders are criticizing the Hogan administration’s attempt to redo plans for a State Center redevelopment in Baltimore while urging the governor to back existing plans favored by nearby communities.

“There is significant concern about a plan to start anew on a phantom project,” Baltimore Del. Maggie McIntosh said in a letter Monday to administration officials. “The community is tired of getting the same ‘short shrift.’ ”

McIntosh’s letter to Hogan’s budget secretary, David R. Brinkley, and other top state officials urged the governor to move ahead with existing plans for the redevelopment.

“To start from scratch at this point would delay any redevelopment for years to come — an outright disservice to the community,” McIntosh said in a letter also signed by Del. Tawanna P. Gaines of Prince George’s County and Del. Adrienne A. Jones of Baltimore

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-ci-mcintosh-state-center-20180723-story.html

Baltimore police union: 'Mismanagement' of police brass, 'ineptitude' of politicians to blame for OT

Baltimore police union: 'Mismanagement' of police brass, 'ineptitude' of politicians to blame for OT overruns

Baltimore’s police union on Tuesday blamed the department’s millions in overruns for overtime spending on the “mismanagement" of police brass and “ineptitude” of city politicians.

“Years of mismanagement on the part of the Department’s upper command, combined with the ineptitude of previous city administrations, has left our agency depleted of adequate manpower,” said Lt. Kenneth Butler, vice president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3. “We are currently in a crisis situation which will only be resolved when those in charge stop blaming our members and admit that the fault is theirs. … At the current time we are bleeding experienced officers at a furious pace and no one has offered any suggestions for a solution for even that problem.”

The union’s comments came the morning after the Baltimore City Council’s budget committee unanimously rejected a request to transfer $21 million to cover police overtime spending that ran over budget last year — a move seen as a statement by city lawmakers on the overtime issue.

“This is a clear message that the status quo is not going to work anymore,” said City Councilman Brandon Scott, chairman of the council’s public safety committee, at the meeting.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-ci-union-ot-response-20180724-story.html

Resigning PGCPS CEO Maxwell Receives Controversial $790K Severance Package

UPPER MARLBORO – Former Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell will receive a $790,000 severance package after a lengthy debate in the Board of Education’s final meeting before the start of the upcoming school year.

The Board of Education (BOE) voted to accept Maxwell’s May 1 resignation “effective immediately,” reaching a settlement “based upon advice from legal counsel” according to a press release.

The finalization of Maxwell’s two year, six-figure severance package attracted criticism, considering Maxwell’s tenure was riddled with scandal. From the loss of a Head Start grant that costed the county $6.5 million every year, to unauthorized staff pay raises that were as high as 36 percent, to allegations of grade inflation that resulted in the graduation of students who did not meet the necessary requirements.

Prior to the vote, not all board members supported the decision of the severance package. BOE David Murray of District 1 disagreed of the methods of how the package was created and said that the funds should go back into the school system.

Read more: http://www.thesentinel.com/pgs/news/local/item/4935-resigning-pgcps-ceo-maxwell-receives-controversial-790k-severance-package

Georgia lawmaker who shouted racial slur on TV to resign

Source: AP

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia lawmaker will resign after exposing himself and yelling racial slurs on provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen’s cable TV show, a spokesman for House Speaker David Ralston said.

Rep. Jason Spencer had vowed to serve out his term despite the fallout. Now he’ll step down at month’s end, spokesman Kaleb McMichen told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution late Tuesday.

In Sunday night’s broadcast of Cohen’s Showtime series “Who Is America?” Cohen poses as an Israeli military expert who persuades Spencer to take part in several outlandish exercises. The lawmaker is told they’re making a counterterrorism video.

Spencer repeatedly shouts a racial slur for black people after Cohen tells him the tactic is useful for drawing bystanders’ attention to an unfolding attack.

Read more: https://apnews.com/4978858d451d47229077affdd67d1659

Liquor heiress charged with aiding group dubbed sex cult

NEW YORK — An heiress to the Seagram’s liquor fortune and three other people were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the investigation of a self-improvement organization accused of branding some of its female followers and forcing them into unwanted sex.

Clare Bronfman, a daughter of the late billionaire philanthropist and former Seagram chairman Edgar Bronfman Sr., surrendered to the FBI and pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges.

A lawyer for Bronfman, Susan Necheles, sought her release on $25 million bail. But U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis set the amount at $100 million after hearing prosecutors label her a flight risk and learning she has a net worth of roughly $200 million, including a stake in an island resort in Fiji.

The 39-year-old Bronfman, who appeared in court wearing flip-flops and a T-shirt, was to be released under house arrest later Tuesday.

Read more: https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/crime_and_justice/liquor-heiress-charged-with-aiding-group-dubbed-sex-cult/article_620ffd5c-0c2b-5a50-a5a8-3cf296f694af.html

Judge: Release immigrant held after Army base pizza delivery

NEW YORK — A judge on Tuesday ordered the immediate release of an Ecuadorean immigrant who was held for deportation after he delivered pizza to an Army installation in Brooklyn.

“Although he stayed in the United States unlawfully and is currently subject to a final order of removal, he has otherwise been a model citizen,” U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty wrote of Pablo Villavicencio.

The Manhattan judge said Villavicencio, who was being held at a New Jersey lockup, can remain in the United States while he exhausts his right to try to gain legal status. Villavicencio applied to stay in the U.S. after he married a U.S. citizen, with whom he has two young daughters.

The judge cited those children and said they are U.S. citizens.

“He has no criminal history,” the judge wrote. “He has paid his taxes. And he has worked diligently to provide for his family.”

Read more: https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/politics_and_government/judge-release-immigrant-held-after-army-base-pizza-delivery/article_bd2c8bd2-8c61-51cc-abb9-707303e7cb52.html

Political war brewing over Wilmington seat in Delaware Senate

Delaware Senate candidate Jordan Hines says he will not participate in any events sponsored by the Wilmington Democratic Party, citing concerns about the chairwoman's support for his primary opponent.

As a result, a planned party-sponsored debate between Hines and fellow Democrat Elizabeth "Tizzy" Lockman has been canceled, party officials confirmed.

"I'm open to debating my opponent," Hines said. "But not if it's hosted by the party because I'm not sure what influence the chairwoman will have, and I question whether the event will be unbiased."

Cassandra Marshall, who was elected to chair the city party organization last summer, dismissed Hines concerns as naďve.

Read more: https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/politics/2018/07/12/delaware-senate-district-3-political-war-brewing-over-wilmington-seat/779242002/

Rural lower Delaware promised high-speed internet by 2020

The Carney administration is taking a major step forward in a longstanding push to extend high-speed internet access to rural communities in downstate Delaware.

The governor on Tuesday announced he is issuing a call for help from any service provider willing to assist in closing the gap by 2020 — an effort backed by $1.3 million in taxpayer assistance.

“My most important job as governor is to make sure that Delaware has a strong, growing and competitive economy,” Gov. John Carney said. "Working with the private sector over the next two years, we expect to eliminate broadband deserts and ensure that every Delaware citizen and business has access to high-speed broadband service.”

Delaware has consistently been ranked as having some of the fastest internet speeds in the nation so as long as users live in New Castle County or major populations centers in Kent and Sussex.

Read more: https://www.delawareonline.com/story/money/business/2018/07/24/rural-sussex-kent-promised-high-speed-internet-2020/824964002/

Wilmington Housing Authority's new director was ousted from position in Nevada

In a private meeting on Monday, the Wilmington Housing Authority decided to hire a new executive director, a public housing veteran who comes to Delaware two years after being ousted from a Nevada housing authority amid accusations of gender discrimination and safety violations, among other issues.

The WHA board of commissioners discussed John Hill's hire Monday night during an executive session closed to the public. Board members then voted to hire Hill as the director in front of city residents without announcing who they were hiring, according to a meeting attendee. Commissioners Vincent White and James Spadola voted against Hill's hiring.

In a press release sent Tuesday morning, Board Chairman Steven Martin said Hill will bring "new ideas and new energy" to the Wilmington Housing Authority, which serves over 7,000 residents, about 10 percent of the city population.

“We feel John will be a competent and innovative director,” said Martin, who is also director of the Wilmington Housing Partnership. “He has a very good career record of focusing quickly on the particular needs of the individuals and the communities he has served."

Read more: https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2018/07/24/wilmington-housing-authority-hires-director-troubled-history/825785002/
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