Annapolis Ambitions Kevin Kamenetz says he’s got what it takes to unseat Gov. Larry Hogan

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says he has been preparing for this moment his entire political career. From Johns Hopkins University undergraduate to the University of Baltimore School of Law to Baltimore City assistant state’s attorney to Baltimore County councilman to county executive, Kamenetz has moved deliberately, always building credentials for the next step. Now,… Read More

Baltimore County Schools to Remain Closed on High Holidays

The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday to keep schools closed during the Jewish High Holidays in 2018, continuing a more than two-decade practice. Community members were split after the board had considered keeping schools open on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but many underscored the importance of observing the holidays. The board’s 9-3 decision… Read More

BREAKING: Hogan Signs Executive Order on BDS

Gov. Larry Hogan has prohibited state agencies from contracting with companies and organizations aligned with a Palestinian-backed movement against Israel. Diving into a hotly debated international issue, Hogan on Monday signed an executive order opposing the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel (BDS), which has gained momentum in some parts of the country, worrying… Read More

Cyber Security Range Opens in Baltimore with a Little Help from Israel

Bruce Spector couldn’t help but smile and revel in the moment. Less than a year after he helped conceptualize the idea for a city-based cybersecurity training center, Baltimore Cyber Range celebrated its opening at Power Plant Live on Aug. 3. Spector’s company, Pikesville- based Electronic Technology Associates (ETA), operates the range, which uses a platform… Read More

Legislators Vow to Overturn Larry Hogan’s Paid Sick Leave Veto

Gov. Larry Hogan’s May 25 veto on legislation that would have required businesses with 15 or more employees to provide five days of paid sick and safe leave has stirred fierce emotions in the Jewish community. The Republican governor blasted the Democrat-controlled General Assembly for discarding his “common sense” bill that would have created tax… Read More

Students Converge On Annapolis for Nonpublic School Advocacy Day

Nearly 1,400 private school students descended on Annapolis on March 1 — ahead of state budget proceedings — to advocate for scholarship money for low-income students. The record-setting number of students turned out for Nonpublic School Advocacy Day, which was hosted by the Maryland Council for American Private Education (CAPE) and addressed by Gov. Larry… Read More

Dan Morhaim Reprimanded for Ethics Issue

The Maryland House of Delegates disciplined Del. Dan Morhaim on March 3 for using his office to influence medical cannabis regulators without properly disclosing that he was a paid consultant to a prospective dispensary. The House voted 138-0 to reprimand Morhaim, a Democrat who represents District 11 in Baltimore County, for his involvement as a… Read More

Md. General Assembly Hears Impassioned Debate on Anti-BDS Legislation Maryland's anti-BDS bill draws strong support, opposition

Amid the rising number of hate incidents she has witnessed on Baltimore-area college campuses — from swastikas on buildings, false eviction notices on dorm doors of Jewish students to the vandalism of a Hillel — Taylor Ann Gonzalez felt the need to speak up. Gonzalez, 28, of Baltimore, is an active community member and educator… Read More

Muslim Ban Inspires Protests in Maryland

Protests erupted nationwide in the wake of an executive order from President Donald Trump that bars citizens from seven majority Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days and suspends the admission of refugees for 120 days. Airports around the country, including Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, were… Read More

County Schools to Remain Closed on Rosh Hashanah

The Baltimore County Public School Board approved its 2017-18 academic year calendar on Nov. 9 to comply with Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order that public schools open after Labor Day. The approved calendar was the only one of the three options that complied with Hogan’s order while keeping schools closed on Rosh Hashanah. “We appreciate… Read More