The Daily Record: The midsession business report from Annapolis

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on February 21, 2019. It is the midway point for the annual 90-day session of the Maryland General Assembly, and with that milestone a number of pressing business and employment related issues have emerged as topics of spirited discussion among state legislators. Here is a look at the status of pending legislative proposals as we head into the home stretch of this … Continue reading

WBAL News Radio 1090: Legislative proposals to fight violent crime

Editor’s note: The following commentary aired on wbal.com on February 6, 2019. Listen to the commentary. Governor Larry Hogan has called on the Maryland General Assembly to enact two new legislative proposals to address violent crime. Both proposals have merit and should be strongly supported by state legislators and private-sector leaders. The first is the Judicial Transparency Act of 2019. It would require that an annual report be published each year detailing the … Continue reading

The Daily Record: Watchful eyes and high-tech crime tools for Baltimore

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on January 17, 2019. If you were to travel up North Howard Street in Baltimore you might notice near Lexington Market an office midrise that’s been converted to new luxury apartments. But inside there’s more than apartments and lofts for city dwellers. The basement of the building also serves as the headquarters for Baltimore’s CitiWatch Operations Center, an important link in the city’s efforts … Continue reading

WBAL News Radio 1090: Reason for optimism in crime fight

Editor’s note: The following commentary aired on wbal.com on January 11, 2019. Listen to the commentary. Baltimore received some good news on the crime front this week. First, Mayor Catherine Pugh tapped Michael Harrison, the current police chief for New Orleans, to be the city’s next police commissioner. Right now, all signs point to Chief Harrison as a good fit for Baltimore’s top cop position. Fortunately, on a recent trip to New Orleans … Continue reading

The Daily Record: What to watch in Annapolis

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on December 20, 2018. In three weeks, the 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly will convene and with that will come many newly elected faces — 43 new members of the House of Delegates and 17 new state senators. The incoming crop of new legislators will comprise one of the largest freshman classes in years. Like all newly elected legislators these new … Continue reading

The Daily Record: Maryland voters deserve redistricting reform

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on November 15, 2018. A federal judge once colorfully observed that the shape of one of Maryland’s congressional districts is “reminiscent of a broken-winged pterodactyl, lying prostrate across the center of the state.” The judge was referring to Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District that includes snippets of three counties – Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard — and a swath of Baltimore city. Maryland’s Republican … Continue reading

The Daily Record: It’s time to go all in on expanded Baltimore Convention Center

Editor’s note: The following commentary appeared on thedailyrecord.com on September 20, 2018. The recent news that a major health and wellness convention has decided to relocate from Baltimore to Philadelphia because the city’s convention center can’t handle its growing attendance is the latest alarm bell that expansion of the Baltimore Convention Center is desperately needed. The convention and tourism business is reaching a critical turning point, and the political will … Continue reading

WBAL News Radio 1090: Natural Products Expo East Leaving Baltimore

Editor’s note: The following commentary aired on wbal.com on September 10, 2018. Listen to the commentary. On September 12 a major event will roll into the Baltimore Convention Center, drawing 30,000 visitors and $17 million in estimated spending. The organizers of the event, Natural Products Expo East, say they love Baltimore. But they’ve decided to move after 20 years to Philadelphia. Why? The expo is growing and the Baltimore Convention Center isn’t large … Continue reading

The Daily Record: Goodbye, Baltimore Bike Share. Hello Bird and Lime

Editor’s note: The following article appeared on thedailyrecord.com on August 23, 2018. It was disappointing and a bit disheartening to see Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Transportation Director Michelle Pourciau announce last week that the Baltimore Bike Share program was being shut down August 15. The bike-sharing venture certainly endured a rocky go of it in Baltimore since launching in 2016. Issues that dogged the program included poor equipment maintenance, … Continue reading