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MD Congressmen Split Over Opioids

Jul 10, 2018
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The House of Representatives took up more than seventy opioid related bills last month; some dealing with safely disposing of old pills, others trying to ensure the government has the best data on the crisis and still others seeking to prevent drugs from flowing in through the nation’s many points of entry, south and north.

And as you might expect, Democrats and Republicans, some locked in tight re-election contests, have been clamoring to get their bills voted on. So, does that mean it’s all just political theater?

Not according to Maryland’s lone Republican Congressman, Andy Harris.

Dominique Maria Bonessi

 

Baltimore City Council passed three resolutions last night calling for the immediate reunification of families on the US-Mexico border, monthly meetings for oversight of the police department’s budget, and violence reduction strategy. WYPR’s Dominique Maria Bonessi spoke with Morning Edition Host Andy Bienstock.

John Lee

The political battle over who will be the Democratic nominee for Baltimore County Executive enters its next phase Monday, with the first step towards an inevitable recount.

 

Late Friday, former Delegate Johnny Olszewski claimed a nine vote win over State Senator Jim Brochin.

 

 

John Lee

Former Delegate Johnny Olszewski Junior won a squeaker nine-vote victory over State Senator Jim Brochin Friday night in the Democratic nomination for Baltimore County Executive.

 

But a recount seems likely.

 

 

John Lee

  

By Friday evening we may know the winner in the too-close-to call race for the Democratic nomination for Baltimore County Executive.

 

This follows legal wrangling Thursday between attorneys for Johnny Olszewski and State Senator Jim Brochin over how to handle hundreds of rejected provisional ballots.

 

 

President Trump ordered the United States flag flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of the victims of the massacre at the Capital Gazette newspapers in Annapolis last week. But the order didn’t come without some controversy.

John Lee

The environmental cleanup of Sparrows Point in Eastern Baltimore County is approaching what the developer of the site says will be a milestone. The ongoing cleanup is now focusing on the Tin Mill Canal, which in the hey day of the steel mill was the site of major contamination.

 

 

My Hometown Mourns

Jul 3, 2018
Joel McCord

My hometown is grieving; grieving the loss of four talented journalists and a young sales person who worked for a paper that styles itself "your hometown newspaper."

You can see it in the Annapolis Strong banners and signs that have popped up all over town; stretched across the median strip of Rowe Boulevard, the main drag off U.S. 50, near City Dock and, naturally, out on Bestgate Road at the corner that leads into the 888 office building that houses Capital Gazette newspapers.

Capital Gazette

You know the kind of friend that you don’t see all that regularly, but when you do, you always walk away thinking, ‘Man, I wish we hung out more?”

That’s what John McNamara was to me. There was never a time over the 37 years I knew John where I didn’t leave the meeting feeling better.

Mary Rose Madden

Several years before Jarrod Ramos allegedly murdered five people in the Capital Gazette’s newsroom in Annapolis, he pled guilty to harassing a woman he went to high school with. Then he spent years filing lawsuits across four different Maryland court systems — sometimes without a lawyer — trying to undo that decision and clear his name.

Dominique Maria Bonessi

Jarrod Ramos, the suspected shooter in Thursday’s attack on The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, was ordered held without bail Friday.

Joel McCord

Five deaths have been confirmed and multiple people have been injured in the Thursday shooting at The Capital Gazette newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland.

Joel McCord has been at the scene and told Morning Edition host Nathan Sterner what he's learning about the incident.

Dominique Maria Bonessi

Five deaths have been confirmed and multiple people have been injured in a Thursday shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis. WYPR News Director Joel McCord has been at the scene and spoke with All Things Considered host Audie Cornish this afternoon.

Multiple People Shot at Capital Gazette Newspaper

Jun 28, 2018
Dominique Maria Bonessi

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Multiple people were shot Thursday at a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, with a witness saying a single gunman fired into the newsroom.

A reporter at The Capital Gazette tweeted that a single individual shot multiple people. Phil Davis, who covers business and politics for the newspaper, tweeted that the gunman shot through the glass door to the office and opened fire on multiple employees.

He added, “There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload.”

Rachel Baye

The General Assembly will look quite different in January following Tuesday’s primary, in which several incumbent state legislative leaders lost their seats.

Dominique Maria Bonessi

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby won her primary--and re-election--last night in one of the most contentious races in city history with nearly 50 percent of the vote.

In the closing days of the campaign, Mosby accused her opponents, Ivan Bates, a former prosecutor turned defense lawyer, and Thiru Vignarajah, another former prosecutor turned corporate lawyer, of spreading false information about her.

John Lee

The race for the Democratic nomination for Baltimore County Executive remained too close to call as Tuesday night faded into Wednesday morning. Fewer than one thousand votes separated County Councilwoman Vicki Almond, State Senator Jim Brochin and former Delegate Johnny Olszewski.

But while the Democratic race remained up in the air, the Republican contest was settled.  State Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer handily defeated Delegate Pat McDonough for the GOP nomination.

Sam Manas

Former NAACP head Ben Jealous won the Democratic nomination for governor last night, besting his closest competitor, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, by 10 percentage points.

RESULTS as of 11:30 pm 6/26/18
Total votes/Percentage of votes

Governor
Larry Hogan (R)(I) - 201,330/100

Rushern Baker (D) - 160,594/29.4
Ben Jealous (D) - 217,403/39.8
Rich Madaleno (D) - 31,360/5.7
Krish Vignarajah (D) - 42,680/8.2
Jim Shea (D) - 45,116/8.3
Alec Ross (D) - 12,766/2.3

US Senate
Ben Cardin (D) - 80.5

US House of Representatives
Congressional District 1

Andy Harris (R) (I) - 85.8

Jesse Colvin (D) - 38.2
Allison Galbraith (D) - 27.9

CD2
Dutch Ruppersberger (D) (I) - 78.2
Jake Pretrot (D) - 21.8

CD6
David Trone (D) - 40.4
Aruna Miller (D) - 30.6
Ami Hoeber (R) - 68

Baltimore City State's Attorney

Marilyn Mosby (D) (I) - 48.8
Ivan Bates (D) - 28.3
Thiru Vignarajah (D) - 22.9

Baltimore County Executive
Jim Brochin (D) - 32.6
Vicki Almond (D) - 31.8
Johnny Olszewski Jr. (D) - 33.1

Pat McDonough (R) - 44.3
Al Redmer (R) - 55.7

State Senate primary candidates
District 11

Robert Zirkin (D) (I) - 70.3
Sheldon Laskin (D) - 29.7

D40
Antonio Hayes (D) - 65.5
Barbara Robinson (D) (I) - 34.5

D41
Jill Carter (D) - 54.4
JD Merril (D) - 39.4

D43
Joan Carter Conway (D)(I) - 48.5
Mary Washington (D) - 51.5

D45
Nathaniel McFadden (D)(I) - 41.5
Cory McCray (D) - 58.5

Mary Rose Madden / wypr

There's a rare nonpartisan group in Baltimore working the voter rosters - making calls, offering rides and just generally nudging folks to the polls.

The folks at the No Boundaries Coalition aren't pushing for a specific candidate. They're just pushing people to vote, in an effort to increase voter turnout in an area that has generally seen low voter turnout numbers. 

Rachel Baye

As voting got under way Tuesday morning, there were several reports of polling mishaps that caused some voters to leave without casting ballots.

At least three polling places in Baltimore City opened later than the legally required 7 a.m. start due to ballot scanner problems.

WYPR Primary Election 2018 Coverage

Jun 26, 2018
AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

Get election coverage from the WYPR News team, On the Record and Midday. 

You can watch WYPR's live election coverage "Primary Night in Maryland" in this Facebook Live video.   

Go to the Maryland Board of Elections for the latest election results

This post will be updated. 

Rachel Baye

 

As many as 80,000 voters may have to cast provisional ballots in Tuesday’s primary as a result of a glitch in computer software installed last year by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.

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What’s in a couple of letters behind a man’s name?

Well, in sports, those letters Jr. or Sr. can tell a story of sustained excellence.

Four years ago, former Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith added the letters Sr. to his jersey to reflect his status as the paterfamilias in a group where his younger son, Steve, may follow the old man and his big brother, Peyton, into the family business.

Rachel Baye

A record 222,000 voters cast ballots during the early voting period that ended Thursday. About six percent of eligible, active voters cast ballots early, a slight increase over early voting during the last gubernatorial primary in 2014, but a slight decrease from the presidential primary in 2016.

About 49,000 Marylanders — one in every five who voted early — cast their ballots on Thursday. About 5 percent of Republican voters and about 8 percent of Democrats cast ballots.

Baltimore Police Department

 

Convicted former Baltimore police detective Daniel Hesl was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison today. U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake ordered the sentence for the former Gun Trace Task Force officer after she denied his request for a new trial.

John Lee

Baltimore County Republican Councilman Wade Kach has been accused of grandstanding and fiscal recklessness by fellow council members and administration officials. Kach who is running for his second term, scoffs at the accusations.

 

 

John Lee

In the closing days of the hotly contested race for the Democratic nomination for Baltimore County Executive, Councilwoman Vicki Almond is getting financial backing from a well-known developer. 

 

One of Almond’s opponents, State Senator Jim Brochin, said that makes his case that she is in the developers’ pocket. Almond countered her integrity is being attacked unfairly.

 

 

Photo Courtesy Jim Shea for Maryland

Jim Shea has an impressive resume—successful lawyer, chair of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents—but he’s never held public office. Nonetheless, he says he’s the only one in the crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary field, who can beat incumbent Governor Larry Hogan in November.

Mary Rose Madden

Ben Jealous has had the advantage in Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial primary of having prominent national figures show up to stump for him. There were senators Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris as well as comedian Dave Chapelle.

And he’s won the endorsements of liberal leaning national organizations, like SEIU and Friends of the Earth.

Yet he styles himself as a guy who spent childhood summers with his grandmother in West Baltimore.

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