Politics

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Sen. Ben Cardin was in Baltimore yesterday talking up federal legislation he introduced in the wake of the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray. Cardin’s so-called BALTIMORE Act, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, is a push to improve police-community relations.

This is one of those bills where you can really see how far politicians are willing to stretch to make an acronym that works. It’s the Building And Lifting Trust In order to Multiply Opportunities and Racial Equality Act – the BALTIMORE Act.

    

  Fraser Smith and Luke Broadwater, of the Baltimore Sun talk about former Mayor Sheila Dixon's race for her old job and its effect on Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

IMP: Supreme Court, Gerrymandering and Maryland

Jul 1, 2015

  Fraser Smith and WYPR's Karen Hosler discuss the Supreme Court decision on a gerrymandering case from Arizona and what it might mean for Maryland.

IMP: Hogan's Startling Announcement

Jun 24, 2015

  Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears, from The Daily Record, discuss Governor Larry Hogan's startling announcement, its meaning for the future and the reaction to it.

  Fraser and John Fritze, of the Baltimore Sun's Washington Bureau talk about criminal justice reforms proposed by Maryland's two Senators.

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The head of a Korean business association has accused Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of prejudice as she butts heads with Governor Larry Hogan over whether recovery loans should go to certain liquor stores damaged during riots after Freddie Gray’s death in April.

Fraser Smith and Andy Green, of the Baltimore Sun, discuss the precipitous drop in arrests in Baltimore and how that relates to safety in the city.

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Sen. Barbara Mikulski was in Sandtown Monday to talk with clergy about criminal justice reforms at the federal level, and discussed measures being considered in the Senate aimed at strengthening police-community relations.

Mikulski is the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations committee.  That committee gave approval last week to a spending bill that includes initiatives Mikulski thinks can improve policing. She said the protests following the death of Freddie Gray from injuries sustained in police custodies put light to a problem that exists in communities across the nation.

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Two environmental organizations are suing Gov. Larry Hogan for blocking proposed clean air regulations on his first day in office. The Sierra Club and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility argue that the governor lacked the authority to pull back the rules aimed at reducing nitrogen oxides that are key ingredients in ozone.

Just before leaving office, the Maryland Department of the Environment under then-Gov. Martin O’Malley approved smog-combatting regulations that would have required coal-fired power plants to run pollution controls throughout the summer ozone season and forced upgrades to pollution control technology in older facilities.

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