Politics

Gov. Larry Hogan surprised Baltimore Thursday when he announced that he’ll be closing part of the city’s jail. The Men’s Detention Center, built in 1859, houses about 750 men who will be moved to nearby facilities. The decision comes after years of scandal and lawsuits.

“The Baltimore City Detention Center has been a black eye for our state for far too long,” Hogan said.

Fraser Smith and Mileah Kromer, of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College discuss the Donald Trump phenomenon.

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Lawmakers in Maryland charged with exploring potential policing reform measures heard from the public in Annapolis on Thursday. More than a dozen activists from a broad coalition of labor, civil rights and faith groups turned out to call for major changes to make law enforcement more accountable, transparent and community-oriented.

 

Fraser Smith and WYPR's Christopher Connelly discuss Maryland's gerrymandered Congressional districts and what people are trying to do about them.    

Fraser Smith and WYPR's Christopher Connelly discuss the Hogan administration's--and others'--claims about business, bond ratings and so forth.  

IMP: Hogan v. City

Jul 15, 2015

Fraser Smith and Brian Sears, of the Daily Record, discuss Governor Larry Hogan's soured relationship with Baltimore.

A woman ran up to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and dumped what appeared to be water on her head at the Mondawmin Festival.

Aides helped the mayor dry off after the incident Saturday morning. And a member of the mayor's protection unit grabbed the woman and placed her in handcuffs.

The Baltimore Sun reports police identified the woman as 37-year-old Lacheisa Pailin-Sheffer of Baltimore. She has been charged with second-degree assault. A telephone number for Pailin-Sheffer could not be found to seek comment.

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After South Carolina lawmakers voted to take down the confederate battle flag flying over the state capitol, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday said it’s a fine line to figure out whether the state’s historical monuments are symbols of oppression or of history.

Hogan, speaking with reporters in Annapolis, said the state is no longer making Sons of the Confederacy license plates, and that he thinks the flag in South Carolina should come down. But he said that the Civil War is part of the state’s history, and going much further verges on “political correctness run amok.”

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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.

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