State Roundup: Medical Examiner’s Office Audit Called Missing; Covid cases ‘explode’ in Carroll; Sid Kramer, former manager of Montgomery, has died

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OF THE. REZNIK: THE AUDIT OF THE OFFICE OF THE CONTROLLER DOCTOR IS MISSING: A performance audit from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner likely doesn’t provide a full picture of problems within the agency, according to a state legislator. The audit released Tuesday by the Office of Legislative Audits “did not reveal any findings worth mentioning.” Of the. Kirill Reznik of D-Montgomery County said he might not paint a complete picture of the agency responsible for autopsies in the state. Bryan Sears / The Daily Record.

COVID CASES ‘EXPLODATE’ IN CARROLL, MASK WEARING ENCOURAGES: The Carroll County Deputy Health Officer said Tuesday that “COVID-19 cases in Carroll County are exploding, primarily due to the increased contagiousness of current strains and very little attention to masking in the crowded spaces, especially schools,” and encouraged everyone to wear a mask in crowded indoor spaces. Dr. Robert Wack also said hospitalizations were increasing in the county “and people are still dying from COVID-19 infections.” Madison Bateman/The Carroll County Times.

MOORE POLL SAYS HE WINS OVER FRANCHOT: A recent poll conducted for Wes Moore’s gubernatorial campaign shows the former nonprofit CEO and best-selling author winning over Comptroller Peter Franchot, the longtime frontrunner in the Democratic primary who was stuck with just about the same percentage of votes in recent months. But 42% of the Democratic electorate remained undecided in the Moore campaign poll – confirming the view of many political professionals that the Democratic race remains unpredictable and could take several twists and turns between now and the July 19 primary. Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters.

PRIMARY DEBATES: Please join The Maryland Reporter’s Len Lazarick as he moderates online virtual debates for Maryland Attorney General candidates. Republicans Michael Peroutka and Jim Shalleck debate Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. Register here for the link. Democrats Anthony Brown and Katie Curran O’Malley debate Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30 p.m. Register here. Maryland Matters’ Josh Kurtz is moderating the debate for Democratic Controller candidates Tim Adams and Brooke Lierman on Tuesday, May 31. Register here. Here is the flyer. The League of Women Voters is the lead sponsor along with MarylandReporter.com, MarylandMatters.org, Maryland Nonprofits, Maryland Latinos Unidos and the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore, the online host.

FORMER SEN. LARRY YOUNG LEG AMPUTATION: Talk show host and former Maryland state legislator Larry Young has just pushed back death for the third time. He developed a foot infection that had been exacerbated by his type 2 diabetes and had to have his leg amputated below the knee. Mary Carole McCauley/The Baltimore Sun.

NOTICE: SUPPORT BY PROXY? Wicomico County executive candidate Julie Giordano is trying a different tactic in her primary campaign. In a post shared with The Duckpin by a reader, Giordano lists his mentions of Dan Cox and Gordana Schifanelli also listing two of their endorsements. Brian Griffiths/The Duck Pin.

B’MORE SET TO PROTECT REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH: Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott is expected to work with the city council to create a fund to support organizations that protect reproductive rights and health. Councilman Zeke Cohen and his fellow lawmakers made the request in the form of a resolution approved by council last night following widespread concern as the United States Supreme Court is set to overturn the Roe V. Wade decision which guarantees the right to an abortion. Fern Shen/Baltimore Brew.

B’MORE NONPROFITS BEMOAN ARPA SLOW DEPLOYMENT: Baltimore’s deployment of U.S. bailout funds has put city council members in the hot seat with many local nonprofits, council members lamented Tuesday during a quarterly money update . Emily Opilo/The Baltimore Sun.

TRONE IS SEEKING FED BUCKS FOR 4 FREDERICK PROJECTS: Four Frederick County projects — including renovations to the Frederick Soup Kitchen and equipment for a crisis stabilization center in the county — could receive federal funding in the next fiscal year. All four projects were included in U.S. Representative David Trone’s appropriations requests for the 2023 federal fiscal year, which begins in October. Ryan Marshall/The Frederick News Post.

OPINION: A CLEAR CASE IN FAVOR OF THE DEATH PENALTY: On Friday, 21 people were shot in three separate incidents in Milwaukee after a Bucks playoff game. On Saturday, police said a hate-filled, racist teenager massacred 10 citizens in Buffalo, New York. On Sunday, six people were injured and one killed in a shooting at a church in Laguna Woods, California. These outrages undoubtedly call for the death penalty, especially for the author of the shooting in New York. Richard E. Vatz and Jeffrey A. Schaler/The Baltimore Sun.

JUDGE WEIGHS TIMELINE FOR LACKS FAMILY TRIAL: Timing is key to whether a lawsuit over the use of cells taken from Henrietta Lacks more than 70 years ago can proceed in federal court. The biotech company facing the lawsuit, Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., argued before a judge on Tuesday that Lacks’ family should have filed suit years ago, when they first learned that pharmaceutical companies profited from the medical findings from Lacks cells, which were taken without his knowledge or consent in 1951. Madeleine O’Neill/The Daily Record.

  • The Lacks estate alleges that Thermo Fisher Scientific actively participates in unjust enrichment or profiting from its genetic material without paying compensation. Hannah Gaskill/Maryland Matters.

Former state legislator and Montgomery County executive Sid Kramer dies at 96.

SIDNEY KRAMER, 3rd MO CO EXEC, DIES AT 96: Sidney Kramer, a businessman and politician who won the 1986 election to become the third person to serve as Montgomery County executive, died May 16 at his home in Rockville. He was 96 years old. Martin Weil, Rebecca Tan and Meagan Flynn/ The Washington Post.

  • A native of Washington, D.C. and the son of immigrants, Kramer served on the Montgomery County Board from 1970 to 1974 after a failed attempt to unseat the then-Representative. Gilbert Gude (R) won a seat in the state legislature, representing District 19 for eight years. He became Montgomery County’s third executive in 1986. Bruce DePuyt/Maryland Matters.
  • Marc Elrich, the current county executive, said in a statement Tuesday that Montgomery County had “lost an important and historic figure.” “Kramer’s energy, passion and drive to speak the truth on issues ranging from education, trade policy, mental health and advocacy for the aging community have impacted many lives. “, said Elrich. Dan Schere/Bethesda Beat.

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