Politics

State legislative leaders push new gun controls

Feb 10, 2016
Rachel Baye

State legislative leaders announced a package of gun control measures Wednesday. At the center of the effort is a bill that would ban guns and other weapons from public college and university campuses.

The goal of the measure is not to stop mass shootings. Sen. Rich Madaleno, a Montgomery County Democrat and sponsor of the legislation, said he aims to stop the shootings that occur in one-on-one situations.

State lawmaker suggests rehab of vacant homes

Feb 10, 2016
Rachel Baye

Gov. Larry Hogan and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake introduced a plan in early January to demolish thousands of vacant row homes across the city.

But Del. Keith Haynes has a different proposal. The Baltimore Democrat says that while some vacant homes should be torn down, others may still have life left in them. 

Keeping Millenials

Feb 10, 2016

    

Fraser Smith and Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College, talk about what the next mayor has to do to keep millennials in the city after they've had children.

General Assembly gives returning felons the vote

Feb 9, 2016
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.

    

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.

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.  

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