What are Ben Carson's Options for Office?

Mar 20, 2013

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Richard Cross, former Capitol Hill press secretary, former gubernatorial speech writer and current blogger, talk about the reasons for Dr. Ben Carson's political fame and how he might begin a career in elected office.

Dog Bite Deal Unravels in General Assembly

Mar 12, 2013
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A delicately negotiated compromise intended to protect pit bull owners and landlords as well as dog bite victims collapsed today when the State Senate voted overwhelmingly to reject House terms.

Perhaps only lawyers could have a knock-down, drag-out fight over a legal standard of proof.

Maryland Braces for Sequester Cuts

Mar 4, 2013
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Budget cuts known as the sequester began over the weekend (and this NBC News blog has a good explainer on the various numbers floating around).  Maryland, of course, will be hit harder than other states because of the many federal workers who live and spend their money here. Two percent of U.S. workers are employed by the federal government. For Maryland, that number is 5.6 percent.

Gun Bill Advances; Sales Too

Feb 22, 2013
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Judicial Proceedings Committee makes changes to mental health provisions.

O'Malley Testifies at Death Penalty Hearings

Feb 14, 2013
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 The case for repealing Maryland’s death penalty can be reduced to a simple matter of numbers, state lawmakers were told today.  Leading a parade of witnesses before two legislative committees, Governor Martin O’Malley argued the death penalty in Maryland and elsewhere has proven to be neither effective nor impartial.  

"In 2011, the average murder rate in states where death is a penalty was 4.9 for every 100,000 people," he said. "In states without it, the murder rate was actually lower, at 4.1."

City Residents May Pay for Trash Pickup

Feb 12, 2013
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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake delivered her fourth State of the City address yesterday, five days after her administration released a dire 10-year fiscal forecast done by the consultant firm PFM. The report, which cost the city $460,000, said that even though Baltimore currently has a balanced budget, expenditures will consistently outpace revenues and lead to a cumulative shortfall of more than $740 million by fiscal year 2022.