State Roundup, August 22, 2017

PURPLE LINE TO GET $900 MILLION: Maryland’s Purple Line will receive a $900 million federal full funding agreement from the Trump administration, a critical step forward for the oft-delayed project, report the Post’s Robert McCartney and Faiz Siddiqui.The breakthrough came after “very productive, high-level conversations” on Friday and Monday between Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Hogan spokesman Doug Mayer said.

LIBRARY SYSTEMS TRAIN IN NAXALONE USE: The Sun’s Mina Haq and Jon Kelvey report that three local library systems are training staff in the use of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone and others are considering the move as more governmentagencies are joining the fight against Maryland’s opioid epidemic. Library staff in Harford, Carroll and Anne Arundel counties have begun to offer training in administering naloxone, also known by its brand name, Narcan.

FATE OF OTHER STATUES: Several places across the country are moving to take down Confederate monuments but not on that list is Wicomico County, Liz Holland and Jeremy Cox of the Salisbury Daily Times writes. Two Salisbury-based civil rights groups called on the County Council to remove a marker that has stood on the courthouse lawnfor more than three decades. The sign describes the accomplishments of John Henry Winder, a local native and Confederate general who oversaw the South’s notorious prisoner-of-war camps.

IN DEFENSE OF MILLER: Bryan Sears of the Daily Record reports that Senate President Mike Miller is not worried that members of his own party will rebuke him for not voting to remove a statue of the author of the Dred Scott decision and said scholars and historians will understand his position. Miller said during a brief interview that he remains “disappointed’ by a vote that took place by email that resulted in the removal of the statue of Roger Brooke Taney, the only chief justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from Maryland.

  • In a guest commentary for MarylandMatters, David Plymyer opines that the hasty decision by Maryland’s State House Trust to remove the statue of Roger B. Taney from the grounds was an opportunity lost. The three members of the trust who voted in favor of removing the statue missed the chance for something becoming exceedingly rare in politics at all levels of government: An informed and civil discourse that enlightens rather than polarizes, and that promotes the sense that a decision is based on something other than raw emotion or politics.

DISTRICT 16 SLATE: Two local delegates and a state senator are joining together in Bethesda-based District 16, reports Andrew Metcalf for Bethesda Beat. Sen. Susan Lee and Dels. Marc Korman and Ariana Kelly announced Monday they’re forming a slate to run as a team in the 2018 election. The three Bethesda residents and incumbent legislators said they’ll commit to advancing a progressive agenda in Annapolis.

DISTRICT 19 DELEGATE RACE: Ana Faguy of Maryland Matters writes that two years after Gov. Larry Hogan was diagnosed with late stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Vaughn Stewart, a young attorney, was diagnosed with the same thing. Now, after just being given a clean bill of health following four rounds of chemotherapy, he’s seeking a seat in the House of Delegates from Montgomery County’s District 19.

REDMER EXPECTED TO RUN FOR COUNTY EXEC: A much-expected announcement by Al Redmer to enter the race for Baltimore County executive appears to be just a month away, reports Bryan Sears in the Daily Record. Redmer, a three-term Republican state delegate and current Maryland Insurance Administrationcommissioner, has scheduled a $40-per-person bull roast for Sept. 23 in Rosedale. An invite posted online over the weekend notes a “special announcement” and photo opportunities with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan at a separate oyster reception for $150 per person.