Wrap-Up of the 2021 Legislative Session

Happy Spring! Amidst more and more Marylanders receiving shots in arms and flowers starting to reach out the ground towards the sky, things feel more hopeful than when the year began.  As you know, this legislative session was truly unique. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, everything from committee hearings to witness testimony to town hall meetings were virtual …

RELIEF Act

On Friday, the Maryland General Assembly passed the RELIEF Act, and the governor signed it on Monday. As its name suggestions, the RELIEF Act provides $1.5 billion in much needed relief for individuals, families, and businesses suffering from the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Provisions of the RELIEF Act include: Direct stimulus payments of up to $500 for Marylanders …

COVID Vaccine Update

Maryland is currently in Phase 1B and will begin 1C on January 25th. Also beginning next week, Wal-Mart and Giant Foods will provide vaccinations to those who are eligible in certain locations throughout Maryland. Contact the Wal-Mart or Giant Foods locations listed for more information. Baltimore County is set to vaccinate another 8,000 residents this week and begin vaccinating educators …

COVID-19 Maryland Vaccine Update

Governor Larry Hogan announced new updates on the COVID-19 vaccine at yesterday’s press conference. Here are the main takeaways for your reference: Phase 1B will officially begin January 18 Maryland residents who are 75 years and older; Marylanders in assisted living, independent living, developmental disabilities or behavioral health group homes, and other congregate facilities; high-risk incarcerated individuals; continuity of government …

Maryland COVID Phone Alerts

To help fight the spread of COVID-19, Maryland has a new option that you can enable to get alerts on your phone if you’ve been exposed to someone with the virus. The app has been designed with care to protect your privacy. No location information is tracked or stored, and you are never personally identified. Instead, the app generates frequently …

Thanksgiving 2020: Stay Safe

Time for some real talk, friends. Thanksgiving is an important holiday in my family. Every year we gather at my husband’s parents’ house on Thanksgiving Day. Like many families, we divvy up the cooking and everyone brings something, and we stuff ourselves and enjoy being together. In my husband’s family, Thanksgiving is in some ways a bigger holiday than Christmas. …

Stay Safe: Understanding Gov. Hogan’s New COVID-19 Guidelines

Stay Safe: Understanding Gov. Hogan’s New COVID-19 Guidelines Keep in mind that some counties and Baltimore city have stricter mandates and advisories and it is important to check your local health department’s website. For example, Baltimore County is limiting indoor gatherings to 10 people. Masks MUST be worn in ALL public areas, indoors and outdoors All restaurants and bars must …

Pet Happy Hour with Kitty Pryde

Good evening. This is Dollie, coming to you live from Cat News Network, with an exclusive interview with that well-known feline political operative, Kitty Pryde. Mr. Pryde is currently embedded in the Ruth household, and is hosting a Pet Happy Hour Sunday evening to raise funds for his minion, Delegate Sheila Ruth. So, Mr Pryde… Please, it’s Mr. Ruth. I’ve …

2020 Election: Important Information

Here’s some important information about exercising your right to vote in this important election during the time of Coronavirus. This is an unusual election, and many things are changed because of COVID-19. Make sure you have all the information, make a plan for how you will vote, and please don’t wait until the last minute. Between the postal service delays …

Juneteenth and Freedom

Today is Juneteenth, the anniversary of the date when slaves in Texas were finally notified of their freedom, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Today we celebrate freedom, but we should also take this day to meditate on what freedom really means, when our society has never treated Black people in a fair and equal way, and …