Gun Control, Demolition Money and Threats

Feb 12, 2016
Rachel Baye

    

This week in the General Assembly Democratic leaders called for new gun control legislation, Governor Larry Hogan delivered on the first installment of money to demolish vacant homes in Baltimore and 29 senators became the targets of hate mail because of their votes to override a gubernatorial veto. WYPR's Rachel Baye was in Annapolis for all of that and joins News Director Joel McCord to talk about it.

Lawmakers seek less Confederate state song

Feb 12, 2016
Wikimedia Commons

“Maryland, My Maryland” by James Ryder Randall has been the state song since 1939. But a state panel recommended replacing it in December, and now state lawmakers have a few ideas about how to eliminate the homage to the Confederacy.

State historians say Randall wrote “Maryland, My Maryland” in 1861 while mourning a friend shot by Union troops marching through Baltimore. Confederate troops adopted it as a battle song during the Civil War.

But several members of the General Assembly say they are ready to stop commemorating this less-than-proud moment of Maryland's history.

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Mayoral candidates David Warnock and Councilman Nick Mosby released dueling housing plans Thursday they said they would pursue if elected to the city’s highest office.

Tom Chaulkey

    

WYPR's senior news analyst looks at today's politics through the lens of former Sun columnist H. L. Mencken.

Pugh Touts Insider Status

Feb 10, 2016
John Lee

Pundits have suggested the results of Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary are an indication of a national trend toward revolutionaries and insurgents. But at least one of the candidates to be Baltimore’s next mayor says the anti- insider movement won’t reach the local race.

In her campaign for the city’s top office, state Senator Catherine Pugh touts her years of public service, including stints on City Council and in the House of Delegates.

State legislative leaders push new gun controls

Feb 10, 2016
Rachel Baye

State legislative leaders announced a package of gun control measures Wednesday. At the center of the effort is a bill that would ban guns and other weapons from public college and university campuses.

The goal of the measure is not to stop mass shootings. Sen. Rich Madaleno, a Montgomery County Democrat and sponsor of the legislation, said he aims to stop the shootings that occur in one-on-one situations.

John Lee

The candidates to be Baltimore’s next mayor are out there knocking on doors, making phone calls, attending forums and hearing from the voters. 

Keeping Millenials

Feb 10, 2016

    

Fraser Smith and Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College, talk about what the next mayor has to do to keep millennials in the city after they've had children.

State lawmaker suggests rehab of vacant homes

Feb 10, 2016
Rachel Baye

Gov. Larry Hogan and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake introduced a plan in early January to demolish thousands of vacant row homes across the city.

But Del. Keith Haynes has a different proposal. The Baltimore Democrat says that while some vacant homes should be torn down, others may still have life left in them. 

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Retired Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin Welch now has to decide whether Adnan Syed, subject of the podcast “Serial,” should get a new trial.

Welch listened to more than three hours of arguments Tuesday from lawyers for both sides.

Syed was convicted in 2000 of killing his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, and sentenced to life in prison.

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2016 Maryland General Assembly

Gun Control, Demolition Money and Threats

Feb 12, 2016
Rachel Baye

    

This week in the General Assembly Democratic leaders called for new gun control legislation, Governor Larry Hogan delivered on the first installment of money to demolish vacant homes in Baltimore and 29 senators became the targets of hate mail because of their votes to override a gubernatorial veto. WYPR's Rachel Baye was in Annapolis for all of that and joins News Director Joel McCord to talk about it.

Lawmakers seek less Confederate state song

Feb 12, 2016
Wikimedia Commons

“Maryland, My Maryland” by James Ryder Randall has been the state song since 1939. But a state panel recommended replacing it in December, and now state lawmakers have a few ideas about how to eliminate the homage to the Confederacy.

State historians say Randall wrote “Maryland, My Maryland” in 1861 while mourning a friend shot by Union troops marching through Baltimore. Confederate troops adopted it as a battle song during the Civil War.

But several members of the General Assembly say they are ready to stop commemorating this less-than-proud moment of Maryland's history.

State legislative leaders push new gun controls

Feb 10, 2016
Rachel Baye

State legislative leaders announced a package of gun control measures Wednesday. At the center of the effort is a bill that would ban guns and other weapons from public college and university campuses.

The goal of the measure is not to stop mass shootings. Sen. Rich Madaleno, a Montgomery County Democrat and sponsor of the legislation, said he aims to stop the shootings that occur in one-on-one situations.

State lawmaker suggests rehab of vacant homes

Feb 10, 2016
Rachel Baye

Gov. Larry Hogan and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake introduced a plan in early January to demolish thousands of vacant row homes across the city.

But Del. Keith Haynes has a different proposal. The Baltimore Democrat says that while some vacant homes should be torn down, others may still have life left in them. 

General Assembly gives returning felons the vote

Feb 9, 2016
Rachel Baye

The state Senate gave returning felons the right to vote Tuesday when the majority-Democrat body narrowly overrode Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's veto last year of the bill granting felons that right.

Under the measure, which takes effect next month, felons can vote as soon as they leave prison. Current law restores felons' voting rights after completion of their parole or probationary period.

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