Nathan Sterner http://wypr.org en The Governor’s Race, Campaign Finance, Kamenetz’s Budget Proposal, & A MARC Ridership Record http://wypr.org/post/governor-s-race-campaign-finance-kamenetz-s-budget-proposal-marc-ridership-record <p><em>The latest on issues being discussed in the governor’s race. How Supreme Court campaign finance decision could affect Maryland. A look at the proposed budget for Baltimore County. Plus: record weekend ridership for MARC trains, fixing potholes in Frederick County, and more</em>. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:24:19 +0000 Nathan Sterner 11658 at http://wypr.org The Governor’s Race, Campaign Finance, Kamenetz’s Budget Proposal, & A MARC Ridership Record Monday’s Bill-Signing, Baltimore County’s Budget, Campaign Endorsements, & Phelps’ Return http://wypr.org/post/monday-s-bill-signing-baltimore-county-s-budget-campaign-endorsements-phelps-return <p><em>Governor Martin O’Malley signed dozens of bills into law on Monday, including measures addressing distracted driving, marijuana, and domestic violence. Plus: campaign endorsements, Baltimore County’s budget, and Olympian Michael Phelps’ return to competitive swimming. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:22:19 +0000 Nathan Sterner 11603 at http://wypr.org Monday’s Bill-Signing, Baltimore County’s Budget, Campaign Endorsements, & Phelps’ Return A Bill-Signing Ceremony, Sunday Hunting, A Profile Of Heather Mizeur, and “Ghana At A Glance” http://wypr.org/post/bill-signing-ceremony-sunday-hunting-profile-heather-mizeur-and-ghana-glance <p><em>Governor Martin O’Malley is set to sign more than 100 bills into law today, including one that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Groups call on O’Malley to veto bills that would expand Sunday hunting. Plus, a profile Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Heather Mizeur, the latest installment in our “Ghana At A Glance” series, and mor</em>e. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:08:19 +0000 Nathan Sterner 11548 at http://wypr.org A Bill-Signing Ceremony, Sunday Hunting, A Profile Of Heather Mizeur, and “Ghana At A Glance” FEMA Aid, Foreclosures, Baltimore-Area Unemployment, and Marijuana Decriminalization http://wypr.org/post/fema-aid-foreclosures-baltimore-area-unemployment-and-marijuana-decriminalization <p><em>President Obama has issued a disaster declaration for Maryland in connection with the snowstorm of February 12th and 13<sup>th</sup>, qualifying the state for aid from FEMA. Plus: foreclosures, Baltimore-area unemployment, marijuana decriminalization, invasive catfish, street sweeping, skyscraper plans, and more</em>. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:10:19 +0000 Nathan Sterner 11436 at http://wypr.org FEMA Aid, Foreclosures, Baltimore-Area Unemployment, and Marijuana Decriminalization Guns Released Without Background Checks, Medicare Payments, & A Profile Of Doug Gansler http://wypr.org/post/guns-released-without-background-checks-medicare-payments-profile-doug-gansler <p><em>More data is coming out about the guns released without background checks over the past year, due to a massive backlog in background check requests and a loophole in Maryland’s gun sale law. Plus: Medicare payments, a look back at the 2014 General Assembly session, a profile of state Attorney General (and Democratic gubernatorial candidate) Doug Gansler, and more</em>. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:44:45 +0000 Nathan Sterner 11370 at http://wypr.org Guns Released Without Background Checks, Medicare Payments, & A Profile Of Doug Gansler A Bill-Signing Ceremony, A Strike At Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Prayer At Carroll County Meetings http://wypr.org/post/bill-signing-ceremony-strike-johns-hopkins-hospital-and-prayer-carroll-county-meetings <p><em>110 bills passed during the just-finished General Assembly session have been signed into law. A service and maintenance workers’ strike at Johns Hopkins Hospital has begun. Sectarian prayers at Carroll County Commissioners meetings have been suspended. Plus: O’Malley’s legislative legacy, Clinton endorses Brown, tree-planting incentives in Ocean City, and more</em>. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:31:01 +0000 Nathan Sterner 11311 at http://wypr.org A Bill-Signing Ceremony, A Strike At Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Prayer At Carroll County Meetings The Legislative Session Ends, A Vote On “Ban The Box” Is Delayed, & A Conversation With The Governor http://wypr.org/post/legislative-session-ends-vote-ban-box-delayed-conversation-governor <p></p><p><em>We round up some of what was accomplished (and what wasn’t) in the just-finished session of the General Assembly, on issues including the minimum wage, marijuana, distracted driving, grain alcohol, and the film tax credit. Plus: a vote on Baltimore’s “ban the box” bill is again delayed, “smoke testing” is underway in Charm City sewers, and a conversation with Governor Martin O’Malley</em>. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:29:22 +0000 Nathan Sterner 11240 at http://wypr.org The Legislative Session Ends, A Vote On “Ban The Box” Is Delayed, & A Conversation With The Governor Obama Visits MD & Lawmakers Rush To Pass Bills On Final Day Of The 2014 General Assembly Session http://wypr.org/post/obama-visits-md-lawmakers-rush-pass-bills-final-day-2014-general-assembly-session <p><em>The General Assembly wraps up its 2014 session tonight at midnight; still on the agenda include bills dealing with the state’s minimum wage, marijuana decriminalization, medical marijuana, and bail hearings. Lawmakers have passed the state’s FY15 operating budget, a bill creating a hybrid school board for Baltimore County, and a measure dealing with dog bite liability. Plus: a preview of todays’ Baltimore City Council meeting, President Obama’s visit to MD, and more… Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:21:50 +0000 Nathan Sterner 11192 at http://wypr.org Obama Visits MD & Lawmakers Rush To Pass Bills On Final Day Of The 2014 General Assembly Session The Minimum Wage, Marijuana, Speed Cameras, Dog Bite Liability, Stormwater Fees, & Ghana At A Glance http://wypr.org/post/minimum-wage-marijuana-speed-cameras-dog-bite-liability-stormwater-fees-ghana-glance <p></p><p><em>A look at bills either approved or under consideration by the General Assembly, on matters from the minimum wage to marijuana decriminalization to speed cameras to dog bite liability to underage casino gambling to stormwater fees. Plus, our series “Ghana At A Glance,” Brown files an election law complaint against Gansler, and the OC Air Show. And more… Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:15:34 +0000 Nathan Sterner 11082 at http://wypr.org The Minimum Wage, Marijuana, Speed Cameras, Dog Bite Liability, Stormwater Fees, & Ghana At A Glance The Minimum Wage, Marijuana Decriminalization, “Jake’s Law,” & The State Center Redevelopment http://wypr.org/post/minimum-wage-marijuana-decriminalization-jake-s-law-state-center-redevelopment <p><em>The State Senate advances a bill to raise MD’s minimum wage. The House Judiciary Committee votes to create a task force to study marijuana decriminalization. Plus: “Jake’s Law,” the State Center redevelopment, the PSC examines rate hikes, prayer at Carroll County Commissioners’ meetings, and more</em>. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:26:30 +0000 Nathan Sterner 11019 at http://wypr.org The Minimum Wage, Marijuana Decriminalization, “Jake’s Law,” & The State Center Redevelopment