General Assembly gives returning felons the vote

8 hours ago
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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Lawyers for both sides rested their cases Monday in post-conviction proceedings to determine whether Adnan Syed should get a new trial; but not before some punchy and combative testimony from expert witnesses.

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An expert criminal defense lawyer testified Friday that the testimony of a potential alibi witness for Adnan Syed could have been “a game changer” in his murder trial.

Baltimore Police

Prosecutors in Baltimore are asking an appeals court to compel a police officer to testify against three fellow officers in the Freddie Gray case.

    

Fraser Smith and Richard Cross, speechwriter for former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich, talk about the Iowa caucuses, the upcoming New Hampshire primary and what that means for current Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's support of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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Asia Chapman, an alibi witness who could be key to Adnan Syed’s defense, broke down on the witness stand Thursday under tough cross-examination from Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah.

Rachel Baye

 

The state Senate added a new member Thursday, which likely gives Senate Democrats enough votes to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto last year of a bill granting felons the right to vote immediately after they are released from prison, rather than at the end of their parole or probation.

Sen. Craig Zucker, a Montgomery County Democrat, filled the seat vacated by Sen. Karen Montgomery when she resigned effective Jan. 1.

Zucker, a former delegate, is in the unique position of voting twice for the same veto override. He also voted on it last month in the House.

John Lee

    

The field of Democratic candidates running to be Baltimore's next mayor got a little more crowded Wednesday night, and according to one observer, "very, very interesting." 

DeRay McKesson, a prominent activist in the Black Lives Matter movement, filed as a Democrat just before the 9 p.m. deadline. McKesson is the 13th Democrat vying for the party’s nomination.

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A potential alibi witness for Adnan Syed, convicted in the 1999 death of his former girlfriend, testified Wednesday she had offered to provide that alibi shortly after Syed was arrested, but her offer was ignored.

Asia Chapman said she remembers talking to Syed at the Woodlawn Library the day his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, disappeared and that she wrote to Syed and his family to tell them she would be willing to testify on his behalf.

Baltimore leaders: Hogan all rhetoric, no funding

Feb 3, 2016
Rachel Baye

 

Gov. Larry Hogan emphasized bipartisan cooperation in his state of the state speech Wednesday. But the Democratic leaders of Baltimore City and Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties said that was all talk.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Hogan hasn’t made good on his promises to the city.

Just before the governor’s speech, she criticized the Republican executive for holding onto nearly $70 million slated for schools across the state and for canceling the proposed Red Line light rail project in Baltimore.

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2016 Maryland General Assembly

General Assembly gives returning felons the vote

8 hours ago
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.

Rachel Baye

 

The state Senate added a new member Thursday, which likely gives Senate Democrats enough votes to override Gov. Larry Hogan's veto last year of a bill granting felons the right to vote immediately after they are released from prison, rather than at the end of their parole or probation.

Sen. Craig Zucker, a Montgomery County Democrat, filled the seat vacated by Sen. Karen Montgomery when she resigned effective Jan. 1.

Zucker, a former delegate, is in the unique position of voting twice for the same veto override. He also voted on it last month in the House.

Baltimore leaders: Hogan all rhetoric, no funding

Feb 3, 2016
Rachel Baye

 

Gov. Larry Hogan emphasized bipartisan cooperation in his state of the state speech Wednesday. But the Democratic leaders of Baltimore City and Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties said that was all talk.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Hogan hasn’t made good on his promises to the city.

Just before the governor’s speech, she criticized the Republican executive for holding onto nearly $70 million slated for schools across the state and for canceling the proposed Red Line light rail project in Baltimore.

Hogan pushes cooperation in State of the State

Feb 3, 2016
Governor's Office

In his State of the State address Wednesday, Gov. Larry Hogan emphasized bipartisan co-operation, his proposal to cut $400 million in taxes and investments in Baltimore.

No one anticipated the riots that followed Freddie Gray’s death in police custody last April, he said. But the event kicked off what he described as an era of revitalization for the city.

To that end, he promised to invest $135 million in transit in the city, and he highlighted his existing proposals to demolish vacant row homes and to rebuild the city jail.  

State legislative leaders push tuition assistance

Feb 2, 2016
Rachel Baye

 The Democratic General Assembly leaders on Monday announced plans to help residents pay for college and save for retirement, and to lessen the pay gap between men and women. The lawmakers said their efforts are aimed at helping Maryland’s middle class. 

A graduate from a four-year college in Maryland can owe upwards of $30,000 in student loans, according to Sen. Ed Kasemeyer, a Democrat from Baltimore and Howard Counties. He said a bill he is co-sponsoring would alleviate some of that burden for roughly 5,000 students with more than $25,000 in debt.

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