It’s The GOP's Turn To Try To Oust Brochin

Oct 24, 2014
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Senator Jim Brochin spends five or six evenings a week knocking on doors and making his pitch. Here’s how it went recently on a front porch in the Cub Hill neighborhood of Carney:


“Fiscally, I’m pretty conservative,” Brochin said. “Voted against all the major tax increases. Didn’t support drivers licenses for illegals, didn’t support in state tuition for illegals. But on environment, open space and public education, I’m pretty progressive”


The Democratic incumbent is knocking only on the doors of Republicans and independents.

Christopher Connelly / WYPR

Election day is less than two weeks away and the two major candidates for governor continue their negative campaigning. WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to Andy Green of the Baltimore Sun about the economic claims Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan are using to smear each other.

Courtesy of the Brown Campaign

  Before President Barack Obama joined Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown on stage at a get out the vote rally in Prince George’s County Sunday, Dr. Grainger Browning of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Fort Washington offered a prayer. Browning thanked God for Obama  and he pointed to the historic nature of Brown’s campaign: If elected, Brown would become not just Maryland’s first black governor, but only the third black governor ever elected in the US.

Day 190/365: University of Maryland Medical Center taken by wenzday via flickr

Maryland’s health and hospital officials announced a statewide strategy today to diagnose and treat Ebola, if any cases were to arise. No Ebola infections have surfaced in Maryland, but those suspected of having the virus would have their blood tested at the state’s public health lab, one of only 13 in the country authorized to test for Ebola.

  Seventeen people are hard at work at a job site in the 2300 and 2400 blocks of E. Eager Street in Milton-Montford.  The site is right next to the Amtrak line and can be seen by train passengers.  The workers are salvaging what they can of the wood, brick and metal from one of the 35 houses being torn down.

At a table nearby, six people are chiseling mortar off bricks and setting them on a pallet.  The bricks will be sold to contractors along the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast.

Tom Chalkley

A listener's long bill of anti-O’Malley particulars includes this:

“He plundered dedicated funds from the budget and transferred them to the general fund.”

Was it plunder? Or was it difficult, recession-driven  choices?

Maryland’s chief fiscal analyst, Warren Deschenaux, says our recession stress has several drivers: gridlock in Washington, the sequester, the government shutdown and the fiscal cliff hysterics.

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It could have waited.

A hands-free cell phone call seconds before a truck driver was hit by a freight train as his truck was crossing the tracks is being cited as the main cause of last year’s derailment and explosion in Baltimore County.

A can of Natty Boh taken by James Cridland via flickr

After a scathing state audit in 2013, the Baltimore City's liquor board has new leadership and has made decisions to kill some "zombie licenses." But as Fern Shen of the Baltimore Brew tells WYPR's Fraser Smith, the jury is still out on whether community groups will get what they want out of the new board.

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Maryland Democrats trained some of their biggest guns, from U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards to House Speaker Michael Busch to two Annapolis Aldermen, on one Republican County Council candidate Tuesday.

They staged a news conference at the State House to urge the residents of Anne Arundel’s District 5 to vote against Michael Anthony Peroutka.

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There are more than 2,500 Liberians living in Baltimore and most have family members back home who were among the more than 4,000 West Africans who have died from Ebola. Some local families have lost multiple family members. And every time their telephones ring, they worry that it’s someone from home calling about more deaths from the virus. The death rate now is about 70 percent of those who contract the disease, according to the World Health Organization.

At their home in West Baltimore, Bobby Gborgar Joe and his wife Mabel Kennedy teased each other as they prepared tea but beneath the smiles, there was sadness in their hearts. Between the two of them, they've lost nearly 20 family members to Ebola.