Author Archives: Maryland Matters

Guest Commentary: Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration Was Just Recognizing Reality

By Charlie Gerow President Trump’s declaration didn’t make Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for more than 3,000 years. King David made it so, not President Trump. Not coincidentally, recent archaeological digs continue to unearth evidence of the accuracy of biblical accounts regarding King David and the Jewish people’s legitimate claim to their lands.

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Meet Gov. Hogan’s Ambassador to the Environmental World

By Josh Kurtz It’s a rare day that Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles finds himself happy to be around garbage, but this was one of those days. The occasion was an annual recycled-art competition that MDE hosts at its headquarters in the historic and quirky Montgomery Park office building in South Baltimore. Sixty high school students from across the state

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Maryland Matters Editor to Moderate Democratic Candidate Forum This Week

One of the biggest political schmoozefests of the year is taking place this Thursday, and we’re pleased to report that Maryland Matters will play a small part in it. The annual Committee for Montgomery legislative breakfast is one of the hottest tickets in town. Hundreds of political, business and civic leaders from Maryland attend. They hear speeches from Montgomery County

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Read All the Commentaries From Montgomery Co. At-Large Candidates

Marilyn Balcombe: Guest Commentary: Montgomery County at a Crossroads Charlie Barkley: Guest Commentary: Experienced Leadership Will Move Montgomery Co. Forward Seth Grimes: Guest Commentary: Community Kitchen Is A Model for Economic Opportunity Ashwani Jain: Guest Commentary: Engaging and Empowering Montgomery County Will Jawando: Guest Commentary: Redeveloping Old Silver Spring Library Is Smart Land Use Hans Riemer: Guest Commentary: Montgomery Needs

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Guest Commentary: To Move Montgomery Forward, County Must Find Common Ground

By Bill Conway Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series. More than 25 candidates are running for four at-large seats on the Montgomery County Council in 2018 – and the number could grow. In an attempt to sort through the confusion and enlighten voters, Maryland Matters has asked the candidates to submit an op-ed piece introducing themselves and

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Meet Alec Ross’ New Campaign Manager and Other Notes From Across the State

By Josh Kurtz Democratic gubernatorial contender Alec Ross’ campaign manager has been on the job for a week, and he likes what he sees so far. Shaun Daniels, a former librarian, is a well-traveled political operative who has spent a significant amount of time in Virginia – most recently working for a political action committee and a direct mail firm

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Another Twist Coming in the 6th District Congressional Race

By Josh Kurtz The race for the Republican nomination in Maryland’s 6th congressional district may be in for another shake-up. Republican sources have told Maryland Matters that one of the candidates, former Del. Mathew Mossburg, may be in line for a job as a drug policy adviser with the Hogan administration — or perhaps with Gov. Larry Hogan’s re-election campaign.

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