Conduit Street Podcast Archives: Data and Districts With Planning Sec. McCord

As previously reported on Conduit Street, per Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order, the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission released final proposed drafts of the congressional, legislative, and state senate maps and public review. This week, from the Conduit Street Podcast archives, Maryland Department of Planning Secretary Robert McCord joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss the significance of new 2020 Census data for state and local redistricting. The Conduit Street Podcast is available on major platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts,…

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Changing of the Guard: Treasurer Kopp to Step Down, AG Frosh Won’t Seek Third Term
Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp (source: Maryland Manual Online)
Changing of the Guard: Treasurer Kopp to Step Down, AG Frosh Won’t Seek Third Term

State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp will step down this year; Attorney General Brian E. Frosh will not seek a third term as Maryland’s chief legal officer. Treasurer Kopp Announces Retirement After more than 50 years in public service, Maryland State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp announced her plans to step down by the end of this year. The second-longest-serving Maryland State Treasurer, and the second woman to serve in the role, Treasurer Kopp was first elected…

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Governor’s Redistricting Commission Releases Draft Maps for Public Input

This week, per Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order, the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission released final proposed drafts of the congressional, legislative, and state senate maps and public review. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the governor’s executive order charges the commission with producing fair maps for both state legislative and congressional districts that comply with a set of criteria, including: Complies with U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act of 1965 Respects natural boundaries and geographic integrity Does…

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Baltimore County Work Group Proposes Framework for Fair Election Fund

The Baltimore County Fair Election Fund Work Group's final report proposes a framework for the County's first public financing system for candidates for local offices. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Baltimore County voters in 2020 approved a Charter Amendment to make public funds available to County Executive and County Council candidates. Establishing a Fair Election Fund is a key priority for County Executive Johnny Olszewski, who called for a public financing option for local elections before…

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Harford Exec Proposes Term Limits for County Council

The Harford County Council will consider legislation to give voters a referendum on limiting future council members to two consecutive four-year terms. If the Council approves the measure, voters will decide to approve or reject term limits during the 2022 General Election. The legislation, proposed by County Executive Barry Glassman, would place the same two-term limit and provisions for council members that apply to the county executive. Under the proposal, council members could serve two…

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BPW Breakthrough: Panel Seeks, Receives Cost Split to Help Counties

At this week's meeting of the Board of Public Works, Secretary of Budget and Management David Brinkley pledged that a project to replace state-mandated electronic pollbooks and ancillary equipment would follow the same 50/50 state/county funding split as other comparable equipment since 2001. The assertion came at the behest of Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, both of whom raised concerns over a State Board of Elections plan to invoice county governments…

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MACo: Fund New Pollbooks 50/50 State/County

MACo Legislative Director Kevin Kinnally this week sent a letter to the Board of Public Works urging that a pending funding request for new electronic pollbooks follow the same 50/50 state/county funding split as other comparable equipment since 2001. In 2006, Maryland passed legislation requiring all polling places to be equipped with electronic pollbooks to verify the names and addresses of eligible voters. Chapter 61 of 2006 required the Governor to include in future years’…

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Greater Baltimore Committee Highlights MACo’s Michael Sanderson

As a guest on the Greater Baltimore Committee's "5 Questions" series, Michael Sanderson lays out county successes and priorities for the session and year ahead. The Greater Baltimore Committee serves as the Baltimore region’s premier organization of business and civic leaders – has been a leading voice for the business community on issues relating to economic growth, job creation, workforce development, transportation and quality of life. Their "5 Questions" series spotlights area policy and political…

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New 2020 Census Data: Here’s Why It Matters

The U.S. Census Bureau this week released the long-awaited results of the 2020 Census, which shows that Maryland's population grew by seven percent since 2010 -- from 5,773,553 people in 2010 to 6,177,224 people in 2020. The U.S. Constitution places the Census at the foundation of our democracy by calling for a count of the nation's residents every 10 years. The Census results determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S.…

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