Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan opposes GOP’s latest effort to repeal ACA

By Maria Trovato Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday released a statement calling for Congress to vote against the Graham-Cassidy bill. This bill is the latest attempt by the GOP to repeal and replace former President Barrack Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA.) “Unfortunately, the Graham-Cassidy bill is not a solution that works for Maryland,” the Republican governor said. “It will cost our … Continue reading Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan opposes GOP’s latest effort to repeal ACA

UMD students among thousands of marchers at People’s Climate March

By Noah Fortson One week after the Science March drew thousands to the nation’s capital, marchers once again took to the streets Saturday to advocate for the preservation of U.S. laws, regulations and agreements pertaining to climate change. The 90 degree weather didn’t stop crowds from showing up for the Peoples Climate March — the latest rally voicing concerns over President Donald Trump’s policies on environmental … Continue reading UMD students among thousands of marchers at People’s Climate March

Donald Trump’s tax plan garners mixed response from UMD students

By James Mahoney President Donald Trump unveiled pieces of his tax plan Wednesday — a move long-awaited by both sides of the aisle in Congress and the American public. According to a one-page outline from the Trump administration, the tax reform will attempt to grow the economy, create jobs, simplify the country’s “burdensome” tax code and dramatically lower the business tax rate to one of … Continue reading Donald Trump’s tax plan garners mixed response from UMD students

Maryland becomes first state to reimburse Planned Parenthood cuts

By Cam Hasbrouck The state of Maryland enacted a law earlier this month that would reimburse Planned Parenthood in the event that the federal government decides to cut funding to the organization, according to the Washington Post. The bill was one of 27 that the Maryland General Assembly sent to Gov. Larry Hogan earlier this month, fifteen of which became law without his signature, per … Continue reading Maryland becomes first state to reimburse Planned Parenthood cuts

At Baltimore Town Hall, many worry Trump’s policies will worsen city’s struggles

By Katrina Schmidt Two years and one day after the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, hundreds of people gathered in the War Memorial Building across the street from City Hall to demand change in their city and nation. The first town hall in Baltimore since November’s election featured Sen. Chris Van Hollen and Reps. Elijah Cummings, John Sarbanes and Dutch Ruppersberger. Organized by the … Continue reading At Baltimore Town Hall, many worry Trump’s policies will worsen city’s struggles

After City Council vote, Hyattsvile becomes sanctuary city

By James Mahoney. Hyattsville is now a “sanctuary city,” following an 8-2 vote by its City Council Monday night. Monday’s vote was the final step in confirming a preliminary vote from the beginning of the month, which also passed by the same margin. The strategic goal of the ordinance, according to the Hyattsville City Council Agenda Item Report, is to “strengthen the city’s identity as … Continue reading After City Council vote, Hyattsvile becomes sanctuary city

Jewish schools show resilience following bomb threats

By Max Marcilla. Throughout the country, numerous Jewish schools received bomb threats in recent weeks — including 31 on Feb. 27 alone. Local schools such as the Aleph Bet Jewish Day School in Annapolis and the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville received threats, forcing Jewish organizations to take action. The Jewish Community Center released a statement in March acknowledging that it “met with FBI … Continue reading Jewish schools show resilience following bomb threats

With possible referendum looming, a look back at Maryland’s marijuana laws

By Cam Hasbrouck and Max Marcilla In 2018, Maryland could let voters decide “whether to tax and regulate marijuana in the same manner as alcohol” by voting on two separate bills that together would legalize the drug in the state. The path to legalizing marijuana has been a long one for the state. If passed, Maryland would join the eight other U.S. states that have legalized the drug. … Continue reading With possible referendum looming, a look back at Maryland’s marijuana laws

Beneath the scars: Kyle’s story, part one

By Alex Mann To protect the reputation of the subject, his family and friends, this article uses pseudonyms. This article also contains explicit language. After drinking a fifth of Jameson Irish Whiskey, at least 12 Coors Lights, popping a handful of 5 milligram Percocet and crushing and snorting a 30-milligram Roxicet, Kyle loaded “one big ol’ round” into his .44 magnum. Kyle crushed the beer … Continue reading Beneath the scars: Kyle’s story, part one

A bill heads to the Maryland Senate that would penalize gun carriers on college campuses

House Bill 159, a bill that would bar any “person from carrying or possessing a firearm on the property of a public institution of higher education” will move on to the Maryland Senate after passing the Maryland House of Delegates. Currently, it is up to individual campuses in Maryland to determine what gun policies will apply to its property. The University of Maryland, College Park has a … Continue reading A bill heads to the Maryland Senate that would penalize gun carriers on college campuses