Tue June 3, 2014
The Voter Registration Deadline, A Democratic Gubernatorial Debate, and Baltimore’s Curfew
Today is the last day to register to vote in advance of Maryland’s June 24th primary election; we’ve got links to do so, and to check on your registration status. Plus: yesterday’s gubernatorial debates, changes to Baltimore’s curfew, and more.
Voter Registration Deadline Is Today: Maryland’s primary election is three weeks from today: Tuesday, June 24th. Early voting starts next week, on June 12th. But if you want to cast a ballot, you’ll have to be registered… and today is the last day to do so. You can find out if you’re already registered here. And if you’re not, you can register (or update your information) here.
Democratic Gubernatorial Debate: A debate between the top three Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls was broadcast live on MPT last night – with Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, state Attorney General Doug Gansler, and Montgomery County Delegate Heather Mizeur participating. WYPR’s Chris Connolly talks with Nathan Sterner about the debate here. There’s more coverage of the debate here from the Baltimore Sun and here from the Washington Post… and we’ll devote the noon hour of Midday with Dan Rodricks to analysis of what was said during it.
Republican Gubernatorial Debate: The Republican gubernatorial candidates also held a debate yesterday… but you’ll have to wait until the end of the week to see it; MPT will broadcast the GOP debate Friday night at 7. You can get a preview here from WYPR’s Chris Connolly and Joel McCord.
Bill Changing Baltimore's Curfew Passes, Amid Protest: The Baltimore City Council approved last night a controversial expansion of the youth curfew law that requires children under the age of 14 to be home by 9:00. Older children would be permitted to stay out later. WYPR’s Kenneth Burns reports that passage of the bill did not happen quietly.
Food Truck Bill Moves Forward In City Council: The City Council last night gave preliminary approval to a bill that would allow food trucks to sell their wares at more locations around Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun reports that the bill would create zones for food trucks, and also allow them to continue to operate at meters on streets around the city.
Tonjes Steps Down: The head of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Office of Information Technology has resigned. Chris Tonjes stepped down yesterday, amid an investigation of allegations that the IT department paid contractors for work that they didn’t do. Tonjes denies any wrongdoing. He tells the Baltimore Sun that he doesn’t want to be a “distraction from the work that needs to be done in the city.”
Baltimore Baseball: The Orioles open up a three-game series with the Rangers in Texas tonight.