Politics

Federal judge grants injunction against Baltimore County redistricting map

TOWSON, MD—In the federal court challenge to Baltimore County’s redistricting plan, brought by several local civil rights organizations, federal judge Lydia Kay Griggsby on Tuesday granted a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the County’s plan. The judge has ordered officials to submit a new plan that complies with the Voting Rights Act by March 8th. Maryland Matters reports that the …


Business, Education

Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission named for 2021-2025 term

TOWSON, MD—The Baltimore County School Board Nominating Commission has been named for the 2021-2025 term. The 19 commission members serve four-year terms and are chosen to “reflect the rich cultural, geographic, ethnic, and racial diversity of Baltimore County.” In accordance with the Maryland Educational Code, eight members — one from each legislative district — are appointed by the governor, in …


Baltimore County NAACP, ACLU of Maryland raise concerns over proposed County Council redistricting

UPDATE 2: A federal judge has granted an injunction blocking the proposed redistricting plan. UPDATE: The Baltimore County Redistricting Commission’s proposed map is available online here. Original story below… —— BALTIMORE, MD—In materials submitted to the Baltimore County Redistricting Commission, the Baltimore County NAACP and the ACLU of Maryland have voiced concerns that the redistricting plan the Commission is potentially …

Baltimore County NAACP honors BCPS Superintendent Williams with Excellence in Education Award

TOWSON, MD—Dr. Darryl L. Williams, superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, has received the 2021 Excellence in Education Award from the Baltimore County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The award was presented October 10 during the NAACP’s Freedom Fund Awards Banquet, held virtually this year. Each year, during its awards ceremony, the Freedom Fund …

Maryland Department of Health to distribute masks at various COVID-19 test sites throughout the summer

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Tuesday announced that it will distribute free masks for Marylanders who visit state-run COVID-19 test sites at specified dates and locations throughout the summer, starting at the Baltimore Convention Center COVID-19 testing site on Wednesday, July 29 at 8 a.m. The free mask events are part of the #MasksOnMaryland campaign to encourage all …

Governor Hogan announces major COVID-19 testing site at Baltimore Convention Center

BALTIMORE, MD—Governor Larry Hogan announced on Tuesday that the Maryland Department of Health will begin operating a free COVID-19 testing site at the Baltimore Convention Center beginning Wednesday, June 17. Patients can schedule an appointment at this site by visiting the “Testing” tab on coronavirus.maryland.gov. Appointments are strongly encouraged in order to reduce wait times and limit risks related to …

Gov. Hogan names senior advisor Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. as chief legislative officer

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced Keiffer J. Mitchell, Jr. as his new chief legislative officer, succeeding Christopher Shank, who has served in the position since June 2016. Mitchell, a former Democratic delegate from Baltimore City, has held the post of senior adviser to the governor since the start of the administration. “Keiffer Mitchell’s whole life has been about …

Olszewski announces workgroup to examine equitable policing

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Friday issued an executive order announcing the formation of the Baltimore County Workgroup on Equitable Policing, which will examine policing policies and practices and make recommendations for ensuring equitable policing in Baltimore County. The Baltimore County Police Department collects and reports data related to traffic stops annually to the Maryland Statistical Analysis Center …