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

College Park Elections: Meet the candidates running to represent UMD’s districts

By Alexandra Marquez The College Park City Council elections will be held on Nov. 7 and each council member’s seat is up for election. The official list of candidates will be posted on Oct. 4, but so far, 22 community members have announced their candidacy. Mayoral roundup The University of Maryland, College Park, is split between two of the city’s districts: District 2 and District 4. … Continue reading College Park Elections: Meet the candidates running to represent UMD’s districts

The University of Maryland, Baltimore, cancels classes on medical marijuana

By Jacqueline Zegler The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy announced last week that it will be canceling classes on the growth of medical marijuana.  The school cited concerns about what actions the Trump Administration will take regarding the Schedule I drug after receiving advice from the Maryland Attorney General’s office. In a statement to the Baltimore Sun, spokesperson for the University of Maryland at Baltimore … Continue reading The University of Maryland, Baltimore, cancels classes on medical marijuana

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

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz enters Democratic race for governor of Maryland

By Duncan Woodward Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz declared his candidacy for the Maryland governorship Sept. 18, adding yet another name to the already crowded democratic ticket. Kamenetz, a Baltimore County native and longtime local politician, made this announcement to a crowd of supporters in downtown Towson. Many believe Kamenetz, with his lengthy political resume and track record, can be a viable opponent against Republican … Continue reading Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz enters Democratic race for governor of Maryland

Newly elected RHA board excited for future of UMD resident life

By Suzi Marsh The University of Maryland’s Residence Hall Association’s May 23 executive board election has its new electees talking about their progressive goals for next semester and years to come. The incoming executive board and Senate were both announced at RHA’s last meeting of the semester. They include: Cana Curtis, freshman criminal justice and math major, will take the role of student groups and … Continue reading Newly elected RHA board excited for future of UMD resident life

Hyattsville’s sanctuary city status could have immediate impact on Latino community

By Joe Catapano An 8-2 vote established Hyattsville, Maryland, as the second sanctuary city in the state April 17 — a decision that could bring immediate changes to the Latino community and its participation in local activities. The legislation prohibits local police from inquiring  about a person’s immigration status, reporting a person’s status to federal authorities or using federal databases to determine whether a person … Continue reading Hyattsville’s sanctuary city status could have immediate impact on Latino community

Local officials call for regionwide sales tax to fund Metro

By Cam Hasbrouck The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments released a report April 26 calling for a new region wide sales tax to raise money for Metro maintenance and expansion, according to the Washington Post. The Metro, which is estimated to require at least $15.5 billion over the next 10 years, will face a $7.5 billion dollar shortfall in the next decade, per the Washington Post. In order to … Continue reading Local officials call for regionwide sales tax to fund Metro