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Until last month, part of the narrative surrounding Martin O’Malley was that he was the generally successful mayor of a big city; a mayor whose so-called ‘zero-tolerance’ or ‘broken windows’ approach to policing led to an overall drop in murders.

Then the riots happened.

Towson University assistant professor of political science John Bullock says that tough-on-crime approach under O’Malley damaged the relationship between some residents and police.

Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears, from The Daily Record, discuss how Governor Hogan has changed EZ Pass fees, the Bay Bridge toll, and if his changes will stick.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is holding firm on spending $68 million for an education funding formula for parts of the state where costs are higher, half as much as most Democrats wanted.

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Gov. Larry Hogan signed 350 bills on Tuesday that were passed in the recent General Assembly session that ended last month. The list included some police accountability measures, bills aimed at improving the state's business climate and pieces of his own legislative agenda.

Fraser Smith talks to Andy Green, editor of the editorial page for The Baltimore Sun, about the work ahead for State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

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Governor Larry Hogan will sign legislation to make it legal for jurisdictions to put body cameras on police officers. The governor told reporters Thursday that it is a “small step” toward dealing with “a major problem” of people dying in police custody.

“Having the real evidence of exactly what happened, having everything videotaped is a step in the right direction, something we are going to support,” he said.

Fraser Smith talks to wypr's Mary Rose Madden about the death of Freddie Gray - the 25 year old African American man who died while in police custody.  On the morning of April 12th, police officers and Gray "made eye contact" and Gray ran.  Police chased him and arrested him - but no one has been able to answer why Gray was arrested.  That question is just one of many Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, and many others want answered.  The city police department is conducting an internal investigation and now the U.S.

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Despite the partisan budget stalemate that dominated headlines as the Maryland General Assembly session came to a close last week, lawmakers in Annapolis have been slowly moving in a new direction on drug policy and drawing support from both sides of the aisle.

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Bills that city police watchdog groups favored to bring greater police accountability died in committees on the last day of the 2015 Maryland General Assembly session despite the momentum advocates had at the start of the session.

The advocates pointed to several local cases, like Tyrone West and Anthony Anderson, as well as national incidents, like Ferguson Mo. and New York City, to bolster their arguments.

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