Christopher Connelly

Christopher Connelly is a political reporter for WYPR, covering the day-to-day movement and machinations in Annapolis. He comes to WYPR from NPR, where he was a Joan B. Kroc Fellow, and then worked as rundown editor for All Things Considered. Chris has a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley. He’s reported for KALW (San Francisco), KUSP (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and KJZZ (Phoenix), and worked at StoryCorps in Brooklyn, N.Y. He’s filed stories on a range of topics, from a shortage of dog blood in canine blood banks to heroin addicts in Tanzania. He got his start in public radio at WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio, when he was a student at Antioch College.


1:50 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

A New Governor, New Budget And New Legislation

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 1:52 pm

In Annapolis, the legislative session is in full swing. Politics Reporter Christopher Connelly sat down with WYPR's Joel McCord to talk about a couple of bills in the hopper, and a move by the newly minted governor that's has some advocates crying foul.

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2:17 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Hogan Makes Bipartisan Appeal In Inaugural Address

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 8:56 am


Snow started to blanket Annapolis Wednesday as Maryland swore in its 62nd governor. The inaugural ceremony, which drew about a thousand people to the capital, was thick layer of bipartisanship. Newly minted Gov. Larry Hogan ran as a moderate and, in his inaugural address, he said that’s how he plans to govern.

“Today is not the beginning of an era of divided government. Today is the beginning of a new spirit of cooperation in Annapolis,” said Hogan, a real estate executive who’s never held elected office.

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2:35 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Days Away From Leaving Office, O'Malley Defends His Record

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 5:51 pm

Gov. Martin O’Malley spent his last Friday in office talking with reporters, reflecting on his achievements and his future. Keen to set the record straight, he pointed to his own fiscal stewardship and said the numerous pieces of progressive legislation he signed. He did not, however, say whether or not he’ll be running for president in 2016, though he reiterated that he’s “seriously considering” a run.

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9:55 am
Wed January 14, 2015

As Hogan Plans Budget Cuts, Unions Feel Shut Out

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:07 pm

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3:05 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Board Approves O'Malley's $410 Million Savings Plan

Gov. Martin O'Malley, left, and Comptroller Peter Franchot, right, at the Board of Public Works.

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 2:08 pm

Maryland's Board of Public Works approved a suite of spending cuts and other fiscal maneuvers Wednesday in an effort to eliminate the state’s $410 million dollar deficit for this fiscal year, which ends in June.

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3:02 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Hogan Names Former Rival David Craig To Cabinet

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 2:50 pm

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan named four more members to his cabinet Thursday, including a former rival, David Craig, who will be the state’s Secretary of Planning. The former Harford County executive lost to Hogan in June’s Republican gubernatorial primary.

Former Democratic state Sen. Rona Kramer, an executive at a commercial real estate firm, will take over the Department of Aging. Michael Gill will oversee the Department of Business and Economic Development. And the Department of Housing and Community Development’s new boss is Kenneth Holt, who was a Republican state delegate, founded a software company, and breeds racehorses.

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2:50 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Hogan Names 'Bay Cabinet' Among New Administration Picks

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan responds to a question at a news conference Tuesday after naming six new members of his cabinet. He is flanked by Jimmy Rhee and Brig. Gen. Linda Singh, Hogan's picks for Special Secretary of Minority Affairs and Adjutant General, respectively.

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 2:19 pm

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan named more of his cabinet picks Tuesday, including what he called his "Bay Cabinet," the three departments that play the largest roles in policy related to the Chesapeake Bay.

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1:14 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Health Exchange Digs Into Data To Up Enrollment

Maryland Health Connection website

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 9:15 am

When you apply for health insurance on the exchange, you’ve got to put in some basic information. Age, location, gender and income are some of the data points that the health exchange collects from applicants-- race and ethnicity are optional on the application. Taken together, these data points help paint a picture of who and where the exchange has successfully reached.

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11:35 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Hogan Names First Four Cabinet Picks

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 4:22 pm

When Larry Hogan is sworn in next month, he’ll bring with him a whole new cabinet. The governor-elect started naming his cabinet picks Wednesday afternoon.

Hogan and his lieutenant governor – as well as his chief of staff, legislative director and his fiscal advisor – all served in former Republican Governor Bob Ehrlich’s administration. Another Ehrlich veteran, Jim Fielder, will join Hogan as appointments secretary. That’s the post that Hogan held a decade ago.

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1:13 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

State's Budget Problems Grow

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 10:28 am

  Maryland should expect to have about $271 million dollars less than expected coming into its coffers over the next year and a half – that was the news out of the state’s Board of Revenue Estimates Monday. It follows already downgraded expectations for the state’s revenues.

Comptroller Peter Franchot, the state’s tax man, blamed cuts in federal spending for a state economy growing slower than expected. The state is home to about 300,000 federal workers, as well as numerous government contractors.

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