With a Better Future in Mind

(David Stuck)

Despite a number of setbacks in the past year, J Street, the self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization that advocates for a negotiated two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians, expects record attendance at its fifth national conference to be held this weekend. The conference will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington,… Read More

A True Friend

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who has announced that she will not seek re-election, is pictured here with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki (left) and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in this 2013 photo.
(DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett/Released)

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) surprised even her closest supporters when she announced on the morning of March 2 that she will not seek a sixth term in the Senate. After she spoke from Henderson’s Wharf Inn in Fells Point — a part of Baltimore City near where she grew up and which played a role… Read More

The Heroin Problem

Karen Prettyman Bishop didn’t need a task force summit to know that heroin is a problem in Cecil County. Her daughter, Courtney Lee Prettyman, died of a heroin overdose in 2011 at the age of 28. “Within a mile radius, six of our parents lost their kids,” Bishop said of her neighborhood. “This problem has… Read More

Reducing the Backlog

With sexual assault survivor Helena Lazaro and Vice President Joe Biden looking on, Sen. Barbara Mikulski adamantly declares, “We want to make sure that no victim is doubly victimized.”
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Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by Democratic Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-District 2), visited Pikesville on Monday to tout the importance of a new initiative designed to speed prosecution of sexual assaults. Following a tour of the Maryland State Police Forensic Laboratory on Milford Mill Road, Biden told… Read More

Hettleman’s Sexual Assault Bill Moving Forward

Shelly Hettleman
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Freshman legislator Shelly Hettleman is calling for increased efforts on the issue of sexual assault at Maryland colleges. Hettleman’s bill, HB 571, had a hearing in the House Appropriations committee on March 10. A vote on whether or not to move the bill to the House of Delegates’ floor is expected soon. “It is an… Read More

All About Bibi

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BEERSHEVA, Israel — When he called for new elections late last year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cast the contest as a referendum on his rule. On Tuesday, amid early energetic turnout and anecdotal evidence of successful get-out-the-vote operations by Netanyahu’s political enemies on the left, the prime minister got what he wanted. Put simply,… Read More

United Through Motherhood

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Two hundred Jewish mothers from nine countries descended on Baltimore for three days of leadership building and learning as part of the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project’s third annual conference. The women attended workshops and presentations at the Pearlstone Center in Reisterstown during the March 9-11 conference, which focused on building leadership qualities. According to JWRP… Read More

Jewish Voice for Peace Converges in Baltimore

Angela Davis, political activist and author, earned a standing ovation after her keynote address. (Jules Cowan)

A progressive look at the Middle East with an emphasis on sympathy toward the Palestinian people may not be the mainstream approach to Israel in the organized Jewish community, but Jewish Voice for Peace is proudly bucking the trend. The organization met in Baltimore last weekend for its national membership meeting, with the growing organization… Read More

The Big Question

Sen. Tom Cotton

Despite having served in the Senate for little less than three months, freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is making his presence felt through his willingness to stand on his own and advocate a hawkish foreign policy. While his antics have alienated fellow lawmakers and staff on Capitol Hill — including some from his own party… Read More

Baltimore Jewish Council and D.C. Counterpart Lobby Annapolis

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Maryland’s Jewish community turned out in full force Tuesday evening in the state capital to lobby legislators for a number of Jewish causes. More than 240 Maryland Jews met with more than 30 state legislators and legislative staff members at the state Senate and House of Delegates office buildings at the annual Advocacy Day, hosted… Read More