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Baltimore Mayor Takes Indefinite Leave of Absence

Baltimore Mayor Takes Indefinite Leave of Absence

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pughannounced Monday that she would be taking an indefinite leave of absence due to a bout of pneumonia that hospitalized her for five days last week. However, the maybe-permanent hiatus comes as she is facing a call by Republican Governor Larry Hogan for a criminal investigation into a book deal worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Hogan called on the state prosecutor to investigate allegations against Pugh saying allegations about her self funding a book she wrote are "deeply disturbing." The governor says he's particularly concerned about a $500,000 sale to a university-based health care system "because it has significant continuing ties with the State and receives very substantial public funding." The University of Maryland Medical System paid $100,000 in each of five transactions in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2018 to purchase 20,000 copies of Pugh’s self-published books at $5 per book while she served on its Board. Also on Monday, Kaiser Permanente disclosed that it paid $114,000, between 2015 and 2018, for roughly 20,000 copies of Pugh's self-published Healthy Holly illustrated paperbacks for children. Those purchases came during a period when the health provider sought a city contract. Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, also a Democrat, will take over temporarily as Mayor. Pugh will continue to be paid her $185,000 annual salary. More here.

Jim Clyburn Aims to Expand Community Health Centers

Jim Clyburn Aims to Expand Community Health Centers

The Next Small Business Administrator?

The Next Small Business Administrator?