Talking With Rep. Sarbanes; City Schools CEO Thornton Ousted; BMA Taps Bedford For Next Director | WYPR

Talking With Rep. Sarbanes; City Schools CEO Thornton Ousted; BMA Taps Bedford For Next Director

May 5, 2016

Democratic Congressman John Sarbanes (3rd District)
Credit sarbanes.house.gov

This year, Wednesday means politics on Maryland Morning, and we begin today with a conversation with Congressman John Sarbanes, who has represented MD’s third Congressional District for the past nine years.  Last week, he garnered 87% of the vote in the Democratic Primary.  He’ll face Republican Challenger Mark Plaster in the November election.  This morning, he joins Tom to comment on the tumultuous presidential campaign, and to talk about his efforts to achieve campaign finance reform and  to curb the national epidemic of opioid addiction.    

Then we'll take a closer look at the surprise ouster Tuesday of Baltimore City School Board CEO Gregory Thornton, and the controversially secretive selection of his replacement, former city schools administrator Sonja Santelises. Tom is joined on the phone by Baltimore Sun education reporter Erica Green.

Plus, we’ll meet the newly-appointed director of the Baltimore Museum of Art.  In August, Christopher Bedford will leave the Rose Museum at Brandeis University to take over the BMA as it begins its second century housing some of the world’s great artistic treasures. He joins Tom on the phone from New York City.