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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

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Calls for Roy Moore to Step Aside

By Maria Trovato In the past few weeks, allegations of sexual assault have surfaced against Roy Moore, a current candidate in the Alabama Senate race. Since then, many Repubican officials withdrawn their endorsements or called for Moore to step down. Recently, Republican Governor Larry Hogan made his own comments against the candidate. “Roy Moore’s defenders should ask themselves if they would be so quick to … Continue reading Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Calls for Roy Moore to Step Aside

Annapolis government, residents disagree over Eastport, Downtown development

By Greta Easthom Jammed in traffic on the Eastport drawbridge, Carly Anonsen, a teacher in a neighboring town, wonders how long it will take to get to work today, as the influx of cars crawl across. At least there is no downtown parade today. The bridge provides the shortest route from the quaint community of Eastport into Annapolis and other cities. Eastport residents require access … Continue reading Annapolis government, residents disagree over Eastport, Downtown development

Maryland to consider bill terminating parental rights of rapists

By Jason Fontelieu Despite failed attempts in the past to pass a bill terminating parental rights to the attacker when a pregnancy is caused by rape, another bill will be re-introduced to the Maryland General Assembly at the start of the new legislative session in January. The issue is backed by House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller, according to the Baltimore Sun. The … Continue reading Maryland to consider bill terminating parental rights of rapists

Commentary: Trump’s appearance at Value Voters’ Summit draws criticism

By Jason Fontelieu Concerns have arisen over President Donald Trump’s recent appearance at the Value Voters’ Summit, a conference held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC from Oct. 13 to Oct. 15. The conference is run by the Family Research Council, a group labeled as an LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. A post on the FRC website from 2016 … Continue reading Commentary: Trump’s appearance at Value Voters’ Summit draws criticism

UMD’s Student Government Association hosts town hall on election reform

By Jaqueline Zegler. On October 2, the University of Maryland’s Student Government Association held an open town hall meeting in order to gain some feedback from students on SGA election reform. Christian Knapp, Chairman of the Task Force on Election Reform, opened the meeting with a few statistics on past elections and a brief overview of the SGA election laws.  In 2016, the only 6 … Continue reading UMD’s Student Government Association hosts town hall on election reform

ICE arrests local individuals in ‘Safe City’ operation

By Alexandra Marquez Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Officials arrested 11 people in Montgomery County, 11 people in Prince George’s County and six people in other parts of Maryland on Sept. 28 as part of their operation “Safe City.” The operation included arrests of 498 people in sanctuary jurisdictions across the nation. In a statement, Tom Homan, the acting director of ICE said, “Sanctuary jurisdictions … Continue reading ICE arrests local individuals in ‘Safe City’ operation

Commentary: Is the tragedy in Las Vegas the final straw in the gun control debate?

By Sean Mahoney Earlier this week the United States underwent one of the biggest national tragedies in the history of our country. 64-year-old retired accountant Stephen Paddock sat 32 stories above the crowd of a Jason Aldean performance at a country music festival and opened fire, killing 60 and injuring over 500 people. As the country mourns those who lost their lives, the event brings … Continue reading Commentary: Is the tragedy in Las Vegas the final straw in the gun control debate?

New Maryland laws increase protections for victims of sexual abuse

By Maria Trovato On Oct. 1, dozens of laws went into effect for the state of Maryland. Among these, several new laws focus on redefining sexual crimes and mark incredible progress for advocates of sexual assault victims. One new law states that evidence of physical resistance by the victim is no longer required to prove that a sexual attack took place. This new legislation ensures … Continue reading New Maryland laws increase protections for victims of sexual abuse

Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen discusses partisanship, foreign policy at UMD’s Sadat Forum

By Jaqueline Zegler On Sept. 28 the University of Maryland held the 20th annual Sadat Forum, moderated by Professor Shibley Telhami.  This year’s guest was Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) who was invited to speak on the partisan divide in America and how it has changed since the election of President Donald Trump. Topics ranged from how Trump has deepened the divide to what the … Continue reading Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen discusses partisanship, foreign policy at UMD’s Sadat Forum

Meet the Candidates: Previewing Maryland’s 2018 gubernatorial election

By Jason Fontelieu In such a divided political climate, each election is proving to be significant, whether it be at the local, state or national level. In 2014, Republican Larry Hogan was elected governor of Maryland, a traditionally Democratic state. As the 2018 gubernatorial race draws nearer, the early focus seems to be on the Democrats running for the nomination next to Hogan’s name on … Continue reading Meet the Candidates: Previewing Maryland’s 2018 gubernatorial election