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Maryland Drivers Face Potential Toll Increases in 2027

Maryland Drivers Face Potential Toll Increases in 2027

Jul 18, 2024 | 7:35am
Maryland motorists may need to prepare for higher costs when using the state’s bridges and roads. According to a Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) spokesperson, as reported by the Baltimore Banner, toll increases are likely to be implemented in 2027. The primary reason cited for these potential hikes is the revenue loss resulting from the collapse […]
Bay Bridge Shooting Suspect Apprehended: Anne Arundel County Man Faces Multiple Charges

Bay Bridge Shooting Suspect Apprehended: Anne Arundel County Man Faces Multiple Charges

Jul 18, 2024 | 7:28am
Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) law enforcement officers have successfully arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting incident that occurred on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in June. The arrest took place today, bringing a resolution to the ongoing investigation. Melvin Clark, a 41-year-old resident of Anne Arundel County, now faces a series of serious charges. […]
Rep. Andy Harris Calls for Secret Service Director’s Resignation After Trump Assassination Attempt

Rep. Andy Harris Calls for Secret Service Director’s Resignation After Trump Assassination Attempt

Jul 18, 2024 | 7:23am
Maryland’s sole Republican congressman, Andy Harris, is demanding the resignation of U.S. Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle following the recent assassination attempt on former President Donald Trump. In an interview with a local news station, Harris described the incident as an “abysmal failure” and stressed the need for a thorough congressional investigation into the security […]
Baltimore County Executive’s Secret Payout Raises Concerns About Cronyism and Misuse of Taxpayer Funds

Baltimore County Executive’s Secret Payout Raises Concerns About Cronyism and Misuse of Taxpayer Funds

Jul 17, 2024 | 7:34am
Democratic Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr.’s administration has come under fire for secretly paying $83,675 to Philip Tirabassi, the brother of Olszewski’s high school friend, after reneging on a questionable agreement to boost the retired firefighter’s pension. This settlement, which county lawyers warned would violate state law, has now spiraled into a costly legal […]
Hogan Campaign Creates Satirical Website Targeting Senate Candidate Alsobrooks

Hogan Campaign Creates Satirical Website Targeting Senate Candidate Alsobrooks

Jul 17, 2024 | 7:22am
Former Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s campaign has launched a website that mimics a campaign site for Democratic Senate candidate Angela Alsobrooks, but with a twist. The site, which at first glance appears to support Alsobrooks, actually criticizes her record with the tagline “Another partisan machine politician who doesn’t deliver” prominently displayed. The mock website takes […]
Maryland’s State Payroll Reaches $7.9 Billion in 2023, Up 10% from Previous Year

Maryland’s State Payroll Reaches $7.9 Billion in 2023, Up 10% from Previous Year

Jul 17, 2024 | 7:11am
In 2023, Maryland disbursed over $7.9 billion in employee compensation, marking a 10% increase from 2022. This sum represents approximately 13% of the state’s $59.42 billion budget for the fiscal year ending June 30. The payroll encompasses all state employees, including University of Maryland athletics coaches and elected officials in the General Assembly. The Baltimore […]
Rachel Morin’s Brother Speaks at RNC, Criticizes Border Policies

Rachel Morin’s Brother Speaks at RNC, Criticizes Border Policies

Jul 17, 2024 | 6:58am
At the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, Michael Morin, brother of Rachel Morin, addressed the audience. He spoke in support of former President Donald Trump’s bid for the Republican nomination, while criticizing the Biden administration’s border policies, which he blamed for his sister’s death. Rachel Morin, a mother of five, was found deceased near a […]
Maryland Considers Third Grade Reading Requirement

Maryland Considers Third Grade Reading Requirement

Jul 16, 2024 | 9:50am
Maryland is contemplating a policy that would require third-grade students to read at grade level before advancing to fourth grade. This initiative comes as educators increasingly recognize the critical importance of third-grade reading proficiency. Dr. Carey Wright, Maryland’s new State Superintendent of Schools, is spearheading this effort. She emphasizes the importance of early identification of […]
Federal Judge Dismisses First Amendment Challenge to Maryland’s Digital Ad Tax

Federal Judge Dismisses First Amendment Challenge to Maryland’s Digital Ad Tax

Jul 15, 2024 | 10:31am
A federal judge in Baltimore has rejected a First Amendment challenge to Maryland’s 2021 law imposing a tax on internet advertisements. U.S. District Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby granted the state’s motion to dismiss the case, ruling that the plaintiffs failed to demonstrate that the law’s unconstitutional applications substantially outweigh its constitutional ones. The Digital Advertising […]