Politics

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Creative foot races have become a fad world-wide.  Over the weekend, Maryland’s third congressional district served as the course for yet another: the Gerrymander Meander. About 20 people ran, biked, kayaked and motor-boated a relay that traced the district, for a combined 225 miles.

Kyle Leslie, Matt Purdy / WYPR

Three years ago, Governor Martin O'Malley established a commission to study whether natural gas can be safely extracted from the Marcellus Shale, which runs under Garrett and Allegheny Counties. WYPR's Christopher Connelly talks with Fraser Smith about the study and the accompanying politics, as Maryland's next governor will decide whether to allow hydraulic fracturing in the state.

Kyle Leslie, Matt Purdy / WYPR

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Larry Hogan is at risk of being defined by his opponent, according to a recent editorial by the Baltimore Sun. Sun editorial page editor Andy Green joins WYPR's Fraser Smith to talk about the message war between Hogan and his rival, Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Kyle Leslie, Matt Purdy / WYPR

Howard County will elect a new executive in November to replace Democrat Ken Ulman. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Amanda Yeager of the Howard County Times talk about the two well-known candidates running for the office and why the race has taken a strident tone.

Christopher Connelly/WYPR

There’s not much Republican gubernatorial hopeful Larry Hogan has in common with Del. Heather Mizeur, a Montgomery County progressive who lost a bid for the Democratic gubernatorial ticket this year. But the two were the first candidates in 20 years to use Maryland’s public campaign financing program and, unless the legislature moves to re-fund it, they may be the state’s last gubernatorial candidates to rely on public money.

Christopher Connelly/WYPR

The big, non-descript glass and brown-brick building at 2560 Lord Baltimore Drive in Woodlawn is home to St. John Properties, one of the biggest commercial real estate firms in the region. It’s also home to a huge chunk of money that’s been spread across dozens of campaigns in Maryland. The address shows up in campaign finance reports for hundreds of donations totaling more than $785,000 since 2011.

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