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

Behind The Scenes With Maryland Lawmakers Local Jewish legislators talk about what’s it like to live hybrid lives

In late April, Shelly Hettleman met with 10 individuals in an Owings Mills living room to talk with them about how they could become more involved in the political process. Hettleman, 52, a Democrat in the House of Delegates who represents Baltimore County’s District 11, offered a simple message to the group. “I told them… Read More

State Officials Talk Hate Crimes, Hate Speech at Forum

In a passionate speech delivered to more than 150 people at the Weinberg Park Heights JCC on May 17, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh warned that the state is not immune to hate crimes, whether aimed at Jews, Muslims, immigrants or other minorities. That’s why Frosh, a Democrat, said he has taken steps to reassure… Read More

Empowered! Five young politically involved women talk activism, challenges and public service

A few months ago, when Donald Trump pulled off his stunning upset of Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, Mandee Heinl decided not to wallow in her disappointment but to take action. Heinl, 26, of Pikesville, has in recent weeks helped organize what she calls “huddles,” groups of about 25 women in various locations around… Read More

Legislators Eye Big Issues This Session

Local Jewish lawmakers are pushing to keep the Preakness in Baltimore for the foreseeable future, make community college free to students across the state and ban fracking, among other issues, in this year’s legislative session. These items ranked high on the list of priorities for those individuals in advance of the Maryland General Assembly gathering… Read More