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.

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Election 2014
4:25 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Annual Crab Bake Is Equal Parts Food And Politics

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 12:44 pm

Annual Crab Bake Is Equal Parts Food And Politics

Hundreds turned out in Crisfield on Wednesday to pick crabs, eat clams, drink beer and to rub elbows at the 38th annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake. 

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WYPR News
1:57 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Fresh From Low Turnout Wins, Party Front-Runners Set To Race For Governor's Mansion

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown gives his acceptance speech Tuesday night in College Park.

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 8:46 am

As widely expected, Maryland primary voters yesterday selected Democratic Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan to carry their party’s banner into the November election for governor. Maryland's lieutenant governor will now spar for the governor's mansion with the founder of Change Maryland, a rallying point for opposition to the tax and economic policies of the O'Malley administration.

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WYPR News
8:45 am
Mon June 23, 2014

New Group Pushes Progressive Candidates To Turn A Blue State Bluer

Cory McCray greets voters at the Maritime Academy, an early voting site in East Baltimore.

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:27 pm

A new political group in Maryland wants to make the state more progressive. They’re backing candidates for the General Assembly to make this blue state bluer. Maryland Working Families is focusing on economic policies like better wages, paid sick leave and other economic policies to help Maryland’s struggling middle class.

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8:45 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Early Voting Turnout Breaks Record But That's Not Saying Much

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:33 am

Early Voting Turnout Breaks Record But That's Not Saying Much

Polls open at 7 AM tomorrow for voters to have their say in Maryland’s primary. But already, more than 140,000 people have voted. That's record turnout for early voting – nearly twice as many voters cast early ballots this year than in 2012. But WYPR's Karen Hostler tells Christopher Connelly the numbers are still low.

WYPR News
9:39 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Undecided Voters Make Md. Attorney General Race Unpredictable

Gov. Martin O'Malley endorsed state Sen. Brian Frosh earlier this month in Greenbelt.

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 11:54 am

The race to be the next Maryland attorney general has gotten progressively more heated. With the primary just days away and a large swath of voters undecided, three Democrats, all from the legislature, are vying to be the state’s lawyer.

But attorney general is a job that may not be terribly clear. So before the candidates, here’s what it does. If you were to post a job description for the Maryland attorney general, it might start something like this:

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WYPR News
9:09 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Low Turnout Expected, But Rain Doesn't Dampen Early Voting

Election signs outside an early voting site in Annapolis.

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 7:07 pm

Thursday marked the first day for voters in Maryland to cast their choice for who will be their party’s nominee for a range of positions, from governor and attorney general to delegate and county executive. Early voting will continue for through next Thursday.

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9:49 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Can't Wait To Cast Your Primary Ballot? Early Voting Starts Today

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 4:48 am

Maryland primary voters don’t have to wait until the state holds its primary election on Tuesday, June 24, to cast their ballot. Registered Democrats and Republicans eager to name their party's nominees can vote early from June 12 to June 19, all across the state.

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3:03 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

GOP Contenders For Governor Meet In Last Debate

Republican gubernatorial candidates for governor. From left, Harford County Executive David Craig, Del. Ron George, Larry Hogan and Charles Lollar.

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 1:23 pm

GOP Contenders For Governor Meet In Last Debate

The four contenders for the Republican nomination to be Maryland’s next governor met this afternoon for their second and final debate before the June 24 primary.

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3:01 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Democratic Candidates For Governor Slam Each Other In Final TV Debate

Democratic gubernatorial candidates, from left: Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Del. Heather Mizeur (Montgomery County), and Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler.

Originally published on Tue June 3, 2014 9:56 am

WYPR's Nathan Sterner talks with politics reporter Christopher Connelly about Monday's Democratic gubernatorial debate.

  The governor’s race on the democratic side has gotten progressively more heated, and more negative. And the final TV debate before the June 24 primary featured a fair amount of mud slinging.  Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Del. Heather Mizeur faced off Monday night in front of an audience of undecided voters.

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10:09 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Dueling Attack Ads Show Campaigns With Money To Spend And No Time To Waste

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 8:32 am

  Maryland’s increasingly contentious gubernatorial race got more negative Thursday when the top two Democratic candidates released tit-for-tat attack ads bashing each other. Campaign finance reports filed earlier this week show candidates with money to burn as the primary approaches.


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