Politics

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Two years ago, Frederick County voted to move to a county executive system. The move reflected the county’s growing population and complexity. On Tuesday, voters will decide who will run that new county government. Exactly how Frederick will continue to grow has become a major issue in the campaign.

Driving down Route 75 in southeastern Frederick, you get a sense of the rural nature of many parts of this county. Farm fields and country homes dot the two-lane country road. But Steve McKay says it’s the epicenter for bad growth policies enacted by the Republican-dominated board of county commissioners.

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In an effort to maintain their strong Democratic majorities, General Assembly leaders are using campaign "slate" funds to help the lawmakers that are vulnerable in this year's election. WYPR's Karen Hosler and Fraser Smith explain how it works.

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With just days left before Maryland chooses its next governor, both campaigns have shifted into high gear to get out the vote. In Baltimore, the city’s robust political machine is ratcheted up, and that machine belongs to the Democrats.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown rallied about four dozen troops in his Baltimore field office on Eutaw Street making calls on his behalf – and told them that the city’s turnout will be part of his pathway to victory. It was one of many trips Brown’s made to the city to drive early voters to the polls. He spent most of Wednesday Baltimore, waving signs and greeting voters. He’s back Thursday morning for more.

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It ain't over yet - Maryland's gubernatorial race is giving voters the full end-of-campaign treatment. 

Lt. Governor brings remarks at Civil Rights Commemorative Ceremony at Morgan University taken by mdgovpics via flickr

Next week, Maryland might become the third state ever to elect an African American as its governor, although race has not been a prominent topic in the campaign thus far. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Christopher Connelly talk about the direct overtures that the state Democratic Party has made to black voters in the past week.

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On a warm, sunny weekday morning, candidates for County Council and the State House were trolling for votes in the parking lot of the Dundalk early voting center. Republican State Senate candidate Johnny Ray Salling ran into voter Harry Hutchinson, who says his two sons had to leave the state to find work.

“Business is gone,” Hutchinson told Salling. “There’s no training here. There is absolutely no training here. Apprenticeships are gone. Everything’s gone."

Candidates always talk about jobs; finding them, keeping them. It can sound kind of stale after a while. But in Dundalk, it’s the real deal.

Lt Governor Holds Press Conference on State's Health Exchange taken by Jay Baker, mdgovpics via flickr

The second round of open enrollment for Maryland's health insurance exchange starts next month. But what about the state's potential lawsuit against the contractor it fired after last year's problem-plagued opening? WYPR's Fraser Smith talks about the exchange with Meredith Cohn of the Baltimore Sun.

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