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Welcome to Beltway Bulletin

Government and the media were not made to get along. They have opposite goals. Journalists report the facts, aiming for transparency at all times while attempting to not push a certain agenda or bias. The government has an agenda: to pass laws that often go against public opinion. These two goals set the stage for the Beltway Bulletin. Ed Klauber, a former executive at CBS, … Continue reading Welcome to Beltway Bulletin

New plan for resurgent heroin epidemic

This article kicks off a Beltway Bulletin series showing the human side of the opioid epidemic. Beneath each set of eye-popping statistics and combative policy proposals, there is a series of stories of the people who experienced the epidemic first hand, one way or another. Beneath each scar is a story.  Gov. Larry Hogan has unveiled a plan to combat a resurgent heroin epidemic in the … Continue reading New plan for resurgent heroin epidemic

Proposed legislation would strike down minimum wage laws in Maryland

A Prince George’s County delegate has proposed legislation that would prevent counties and municipalities from enacting their own minimum wage. Del. Dereck Davis (D-Prince George’s County) sponsored the bill, along with two delegates from Charles County, which would prevent localities from raising their minimum wage above the state standard, which is $8.75. The legislation would also prohibit municipalities from enacting certain other employee protections and … Continue reading Proposed legislation would strike down minimum wage laws in Maryland

Beyond the Beltway: Elijah Cummings fights back, MD lawmakers take on travel ban

‘Beyond the Beltway’ is a weekly newsletter focused on the impact that Maryland politicians are having on the national political conversation. In this week’s edition, we discuss how Rep. Elijah Cummings continues to make headlines for his opposition of President Donald Trump, and how Maryland’s state legislature is taking a stand against Trump’s travel ban. It was another busy week for Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), who continues … Continue reading Beyond the Beltway: Elijah Cummings fights back, MD lawmakers take on travel ban

Hogan unveils student debt and tuition relief plan

On Jan. 10 Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced an initiative to relieve student debt and invest in projects at various colleges and universities around the state. “Having a college education is more important now than ever before,” Gov. Hogan said in a press release, “but the harsh reality many face today is that earning a college degree often goes hand-in-hand with accumulating crippling college debt.” … Continue reading Hogan unveils student debt and tuition relief plan

Protesters in Annapolis call for governor to speak up against Trump

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered on Lawyer’s Mall near the governor’s home in Annapolis Saturday to call on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) to stand against President Donald Trump and denounce the travel ban of seven majority Muslim countries and other policies of the Trump administration. Protesters marched around Lawyer’s Mall as they chanted “Tell me what democracy looks like, This is what … Continue reading Protesters in Annapolis call for governor to speak up against Trump

Washington, DC at risk of losing sanctuary city status

Washington, D.C. is a Sanctuary City but may not be for much longer. President Donald Trump has threatened to pull funding from sanctuary cities, repeatedly saying he would end sanctuary cities. He signed an executive order in January restricting funding to sanctuary jurisdictions. https://www.c-span.org/video/standalone/?c4637597 A sanctuary city is a place in the U.S. or Canada where illegal immigrants are protected from being prosecuted for breaking … Continue reading Washington, DC at risk of losing sanctuary city status