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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake says all the city’s streets will be plowed by today. And while there have been complaints about the speed of the cleanup, the Democratic candidates running to succeed her have held their fire on how Rawlings-Blake is doing.

The candidates’ twitter feeds and Facebook pages are mostly silent on how the city they want to run is handling snow removal after last weekend’s record-breaking blizzard.

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Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby denied Wednesday there would be a conflict of interest if he’s elected Mayor, even though his wife, Marilyn Mosby, is state’s attorney. Appearing on WYPR’s Maryland Morning, Mosby said it's fair to raise the conflict question, then dismissed it. 

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Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz took aim Monday at Governor Larry Hogan’s handling of appointments to the county school board. 

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Democratic House and Senate leaders in Annapolis renewed their call Monday for Gov. Larry Hogan to spend money they fenced off for schools.

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The Rev. Jamal Bryant could be in position to lead a change in Maryland’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes parts of Baltimore City as well as areas of Baltimore and Howard counties. 

But political observers say the person occupying that seat now, Congressman Elijah Cummings, holds all the cards. And he hasn’t made it clear yet what his plans are for 2016. He said Monday that it is “definitely premature” to assume he will not run for re-election, leaving open the possibility he could become the Baltimore candidate in the race to replace retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski.

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The Rev. Jamal Bryant, pastor of the Empowerment Temple AME Church in Northwest Baltimore, announced Monday that he is running for the 7th District congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Bryant, a Democrat, made the announcement in front of the Freddie Gray Youth Empowerment Center in Bolton Hill surrounded by supporters.

He said he is “not opposing anyone” but “proposing new ideas.”

  When police officers are accused of misconduct – whether it’s excessive use of force or other lesser abuses – the internal police investigations are governed by the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights. The rules were written into law in 1974 to protect the due process rights of accused officers, but they’ve become a flashpoint for activists who argue they impede transparency and accountability from their police departments. Yesterday, a panel of state lawmakers took up the question of reforming the so-called LEOBR.

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Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is forming a commission to study legislative redistricting reform in Maryland.

Hogan signed an executive order on Thursday to create the panel.

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Lawmakers in Maryland charged with exploring potential policing reform measures heard from the public in Annapolis on Thursday. More than a dozen activists from a broad coalition of labor, civil rights and faith groups turned out to call for major changes to make law enforcement more accountable, transparent and community-oriented.

Fraser Smith and WYPR's Christopher Connelly discuss the Hogan administration's--and others'--claims about business, bond ratings and so forth.