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Bill Clinton’s endorsement is possibly the most important one that Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has gotten in his bid to be Maryland’s next governor.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about Jon Cardin's high rate of absenteeism during committee votes in the House of Delegates and how it will affect his candidacy for Attorney General.

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Former President Bill Clinton headlined a fundraiser for Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown’s gubernatorial bid. State Attorney General Doug Gansler calls on Brown to answer questions about donations to – and by – his campaign. Montgomery County Delegate Heather Mizeur unveils energy proposals. Plus: a look at the state Attorney General’s race, and the race for Baltimore City State’s Attorney. Also: rockfish regulation, Kirwan announces his retirement, surveillance cameras in Ocean City, and more.

While Maryland is trying to get its offshore wind program off the ground, the US Department of Energy announced grants last week for offshore wind projects in New Jersey, Oregon, and Virginia.

A proposed overhaul of Baltimore’s curfew passed a preliminary vote in the City Council last night. Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates call for further changes to MD’s minimum wage. Plus: “milling and paving” season starts, GPA changes considered in Baltimore schools, and a new study finds Baltimore drivers the 3rd least courteous in the nation – and the most likely to "flip the bird" to other drivers. And more.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Lou Peck of Bethesda Magazine talk about a hard-fought State Senate Democratic primary in Montgomery County and why the era of genteel politics there might be over.

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A look at lawmaker reimbursements during the 2014 General Assembly sessions. Republicans running for Anne Arundel County Executive are set to debate tonight. Campaign signs taken down in the 42nd District State Senate race. Proposed changes to Baltimore’s curfew. The winner of the Kentucky Derby heads to Baltimore, in advance of Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. And more.

Federal geologists once warned that the silt trapped behind Conowingo dam was “a time bomb,” threatening to choke the life out of Chesapeake Bay. The mass of muck piled up behind the dam over the years is enough to fill M&T Bank Stadium 80 times over. And a major storm could hurl tons of it through the flood gates down river and into the bay, destroying grass beds and suffocating oyster bars.

This is not the first rodeo for David Craig. In fact, it’s his 21st run for public office; a lot of campaigning for a man who considers himself less flashy than his opponents in the race for the Republican nomination for governor.

But making this race is something he’s been working toward for a long time. He’s been a state delegate, a state senator, Mayor of Havre de Grace and now, the Harford County Executive. And he’s developed a long record of balancing budgets, something he points to in his campaign.

Maryland’s Democratic gubernatorial candidates squared off Wednesday in the first debate of the season.  Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler, and Delegate Heather Mizeur took to the stage at the University of Maryland- College Park. It was the first chance for voters to see and hear the candidates lay out their pitch for why they should be their party's pick to run the state. You can listen to a recap of the debate below.


WYPR's Fraser Smith and Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post talk about Maryland's construction of a new health care exchange website using software code from Connecticut, and why some say the process has been too secretive.

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We look at prayer at public meetings, in the wake of Monday’s Supreme Court decision. Plus: the White House’s climate change report, tonight’s gubernatorial debate, the aftermath of the 26th Street collapse, Maryland’s online health insurance exchange, & Ocean City’s #5 position on a ranking of summer vacation destinations. And more.

Governor Martin O’Malley has signed more than 200 bills into law, including a measure that will raise the state’s minimum wage. A Supreme Court ruling allows sectarian prayer to resume at Carroll County Commissioners meetings. Plus: gubernatorial debates, Baltimore’s pension system, background checks for Baltimore County volunteers, yesterday’s building collapse at Sparrows Point, and more.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Alison Knezevich of the Baltimore Sun talk about the race for state Senate in Baltimore County's 42nd district, and why incumbent Jim Brochin (D) is being opposed by some powerful state Democrats.

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How Baltimoreans displaced by last week’s street collapse are coping. A preview of tonight’s Baltimore City Council meeting. The State Senate primary in Baltimore County’s 42nd District. The winner of the Kentucky Derby will come to Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes. What state police are planning for Cinco de Mayo. And more.

  In the summer 2004, Anthony Brown was in his second term in the House of Delegates – a rising star in the state’s Democratic party -- just named majority whip, a powerful position in the lower chamber.

He was also a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and he got orders to deploy to Iraq. The U.S. was sending him to help coordinate relief efforts for people displaced by the conflict.

Street Collapse A Long Time Coming

May 2, 2014

Residents in Charles Village said Thursday they have complained repeatedly to Baltimore City and CSX officials about the conditions of the unit block of East 26th Street, which collapsed onto train tracks Wednesday after a retaining wall gave way.

The concerns date back to at least 1998, when The Baltimore Sun reported on squabbling between the city and CSX over who was responsible for fixing and maintaining the wall.

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More on the street collapse in Baltimore’s Charles Village – where people from the 19 evacuated homes may have to stay away for up to 40 days. Plus: a decline in blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay, a profile of Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Anne Arundel County’s budget, Maryland’s bike-friendliness, and more.

Legendary Consideration

May 1, 2014

Officials with the Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) and Caesars Entertainment, operators of the Horseshoe Baltimore Casino, are offering job workshops with a special incentive for those in attendance.

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater of the Baltimore Sun talk about State Senator Joan Carter Conway's challenge from Baltimore City Councilman Bill Henry, and why the ticket matters in this Democratic primary.

If undecided is still leading in the polls, it’s no surprise.

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Several cars tumbled onto CSX tracks in Baltimore’s Charles Village yesterday, after a landslide took out part of a city street… and sent cars, streetlights and debris onto the CSX rail tracks below. Plus: hiring for the Horseshoe Baltimore Casino, our “Ghana at a Glance” series, the controversy over Democratic gubernatorial debates, and more.

A Fair Opportunity For A Career

Apr 30, 2014

    A Fair Opportunity For A Career

With 1,700 jobs to fill at Baltimore's casino, the city and Caesars Entertainment have embarked on an unprecedented effort to make sure those jobs go to city residents.

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Showers and thunderstorms are likely throughout the day and the night, and a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Central MD. Plus: jobs at the Baltimore City casino, medical marijuana, “Ghana at a Glance,” Democratic gubernatorial debates, and a push to put a transgender rights bill on the November ballot. And more…

Over the weekend, Baltimore lost a great talent - 44 year old photographer Sam Holden died while doing yard work on his father's farm in Harford County.  This biographical sketch originally aired in 2008.  It's the story of one boy's dream job: to photograph his favorite musicians and personal heroes.  His work has appeared in publications ranging from Rolling Stone to Forbes to the Baltimore City Paper.  But he started going out with his dad on photo shoots and then, uncovering his own style in the dark room.  

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The Baltimore City Council has approved the so-called “ban the box” bill; Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to sign the measure into law. Plus: two debates are set for the Democrats running to be Maryland’s next Attorney General, new numbers on high school graduation rates, an investigation into a fish kill in the Chesapeake Bay, and more.

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  Western Maryland Democrats and the Maryland Republican Party held straw polls over the weekend on the governor’s race; we look at the results. Plus: a preview of tonight’s Baltimore City Council meeting, a profile of GOP gubernatorial hopeful Ron George, and more.

To say Ron George has an eclectic background is a bit of an understatement. The two-term Republican delegate now running for governor studied gold working, got a bachelors degree in performing arts, and a master’s in psychology. For the last 23 years, he’s been running Ron George Jewelers on Main Street in Annapolis.

Here's a measure of Maryland's Democratic tilt: Even an epic failure in launching the state's health care website isn't enough to derail the political fortunes of the official responsible for it. The Affordable Care Act is that popular.

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