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Maryland, Virginia Senators Urge Biden to Resume Plans for New FBI Headquarters
Maryland Matters, Danielle E. GainesMay 4, 2021 (Short)

Maryland and Virginia senators have joined together to urge President Joe Biden to resume plans to build a new Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters, which could be built in either state.

The bureau’s current headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C. – the J. Edgar Hoover Building – “has crumbling facades, aging infrastructure, and security limitations that are severely impeding the FBI’s ability to meet its critical law enforcement and national security missions,” wrote Maryland’s U.S. Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Virginia’s Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, all Democrats.

The letter was sent Friday.

In 2014, the federal General Services Administration narrowed the list of potential new headquarters locations to two sites in Prince George’s County, and one site in Springfield, Va.

In Baltimore, Some Owner-Occupied Homes Will Be Spared From Tax Sale
Maryland Matters, Bennett Leckrone May 3, 2021 (Short)

Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott (D) is removing some homes from the city’s annual tax sale later this month.

Owner-occupied homes that face a tax sale lien for the first time won’t go to the auction block, Scott said Monday.

The announcement means that some Baltimore homeowners who’ve taken a financial hit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic won’t have their past-due property taxes and other charges sold to the highest bidder at the city’s May 17 tax sale, an online auction that the city uses to collect overdue bills.

During the auction, bidders pay for the various property liens owed to the city in exchange for a tax sale certificate, which “gives the bidder the right to obtain ownership of the property by filing a tax sale foreclosure lawsuit,” according to the city’s website. Property owners can reimburse the successful bidder for the liens and other charges paid during the tax sale — in addition to interest and other costs imposed by the lienholder — to avert a foreclosure, according to the website.

Frank DeFilippo: Politics Is About Connectivity, And Biden’s Speech Made Contact
Maryland Matters, Frank A. DeFilippo May 3, 2021 (Short)

It’s great to once again have a president who can read.

Comparisons suck, to roughly paraphrase Shakespeare. President Biden is no Barack Obama, nor does he need to be. The salient point is that neither is he a Donald Trump, which is important in the battle for literacy in the nation.

We learn by example and experience. Trump was no role model.

Trump could barely pace his tongue through a simple declarative sentence without fumbling, stumbling, tripping over syllables and using his forefinger as a pointer to guide him through the orderly arranged letters of the alphabet to extrude the proper word. Trump couldn’t follow the written word if the text had directional signs. Trump is a textual deviate.

Mirroring National Trend, Maryland’s “Trump Counties” Are Slower to Get Vaccinated
Maryland Matters, Bruce DePuyt and Brenda WintrodeMay 3, 2021 (Short)

In a recently-produced video circulating on social media, Rep. Andrew P. Harris (R-Md.) urges people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Joined by nine other Republican physician-legislators, Harris tells viewers that the development of safe and effective vaccines provides the country “a clear path to the eradication of the pandemic.”

“The FDA did not skip any steps,” he adds.

Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) said getting vaccinated will bring an end to “the government’s restrictions on our freedoms.”

Maryland Redistricting Commission to Hold First Meeting May 5
Maryland Matters, Bennett Leckrone May 1, 2021 (Short)

The Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold its first meeting next Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The redistricting commission is tasked with making recommendations on congressional and legislative maps to Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), which he will submit to the General Assembly. The introductory meeting comes after commission co-chairs announced the panel’s full membership in mid April.

The virtual meeting will be open to the public. People who want to watch the meeting can join from computer, tablet, or smartphone by going to: global.gotomeeting.com/join/558394869. Members of the public can also dial in by calling 1-872-240-3311. The access code is 558-394-869.

VP Harris Will Spend Afternoon at Baltimore Vaccination Site
Maryland Matters, Danielle E. GainesApril 29, 2021 (Short)

Vice President Kamala Harris will spend a few hours in Baltimore on Thursday, as she and President Biden tout their administration’s successes on their 100th day in office.

Harris is expected to arrive in Baltimore shortly after 1 p.m. and leave shortly after 4 p.m.

She will be given a tour of Maryland’s mass vaccination site at M&T Bank Stadium.

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