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Today we continue our series of conversations with people who have announced their intention to run for Mayor of Baltimore. As of February 3rd, 12 Democrats, 4 Republicans, 1 Green Party candidate, 2 Independents, and 4 Unaffiliated candidates have registered with the Board of Elections to be on the April 26th mayoral primary ballot.  Their deadline to file is today. Each Wednesday for the next several weeks, we’ll take some time here on Maryland Morning to speak with candidates about their visions for the city.

David Warnock joins Tom in the studio this morning to make the case for what sets him apart in this year’s crowded race for Charm City’s top job. He’s 58 years old, a Democrat, and a successful businessman. He is the founder of a private equity firm and co-founder of the Green Street Academy, a charter school in West Baltimore. Warnock is also the chairman of a charitable foundation that has funded a variety of educational and community-focused organizations, including The Center for Urban Families

Nick Mosby Campaign Website

*On April 13th Nick  Mosby announced that he is suspending his campaign for mayor. Mosby has endorsed State Sen. Catherine Pugh. 

We continue our weekly series of conversations with people who have announced their candidacy for the office of Mayor of Baltimore. Today, Tom's guest is Nick Mosby. He is a Democrat. He is several weeks away from his 36th birthday. He lives in Reservoir Hill with his wife, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, and their two young daughters.

After graduating from Tuskeegee University with a degree in electrical engineering, Nick Mosby worked in the utility industry, first as a network engineer with Verizon, and later as a senior project manager for BGE. In 2011, he was elected to represent West Baltimore's 7th district on the City Council.  Among his notable initiatives as a councilman was passage of the “Ban the Box” legislation, which allows ex-felons in Baltimore City to disclose their conviction later in the hiring process when they apply for jobs.  He has released a 15-point plan for the future of Baltimore, on issues ranging from education and good governance to blight and economic equity. You can read more here. 

Tonight at 5:30, there will be a forum of mayoral candidates at the Impact Hub at the Center Theater in Station North. If you can’t make it in person, it will be live-streamed. Next week, Tom's guest will be Democratic mayoral candidate and Baltimore businessman David Warnock.

Sheila Dixon Campaign Website

Today we continue our series of conversations with people who have announced their intention to run for Mayor of Baltimore. As of January 20th, 8 Democrats, 2 Republicans, 1 Green Party candidate, 2 Independents, and 5 Unaffiliated candidates have registered with the Board of Elections to be on the April 26th mayoral primary ballot. At least 4 candidates have opened campaign headquarters and have been actively campaigning, but have yet to file with the Board of Elections. Their deadline to do so is two weeks from today, on February 3rd. Each Wednesday for the next several weeks, we’ll take some time here on Maryland Morning to speak with candidates about their visions for the city.

Tom's guest today is Sheila Dixon. She is a Democrat. She is 62 years old, and lives in Hunting Ridge on the city's west side. Ms. Dixon is currently working with the Maryland Minority Contractors Association. She was first elected to the City Council in 1987. She served as the Mayor of Baltimore from 2007-2010, until she resigned following a misdemeanor conviction for fraudulent misappropriation of gift cards given to her by some real estate developers.


Today, we begin a series of conversations with people who have announced their intention to run for Mayor of Baltimore.  As of Monday (January 11th), 9 Democrats, 1 Republican, 1 Green Party Candidate, 1 Independent, and 3 Unaffiliated candidates have registered with the Board of Elections to be on the April 26 ballot.  Several candidates who have opened campaign headquarters and who have been actively campaigning have yet to file with the Board of Elections.  Their deadline to do so is three weeks from today, February 3rd. 

Each Wednesday for the next several weeks, we’ll take some time here on Maryland Morning to speak with candidates about their vision for the city.  Today, Tom's guest is Elizabeth Embry.  She is a lawyer.  She is 38 years old.  She lives in Waverly, and she has worked most recently as the chief of the criminal division in the Maryland Attorney General’s office.   She is a Democrat.  She announced her candidacy on November 6th.

To cast your ballot in the April 26th Maryland State & Baltimore mayoral primary elections, you must have registered to vote by April 5th.  For more information on the primary election and how to register,  click here

Unless an appeals court says no, Officer William Porter will be compelled to testify against Caesar Goodson, the next Baltimore police officer on trial for the death and arrest of Freddie Gray. Legal experts are calling this move unprecedented. University of Maryland law professor Doug Colbert offers his analysis at noon. 

Back in October, a military surveillance blimp escaped from Aberdeen Proving Ground and drifted to Pennsylvania, leaving a trail of power outages in its wake. Congress last made a big cut in the wayward blimp’s funding. We get an update from Ian Duncan of the Baltimore Sun.

We welcome State Senator Catherine Pugh to Midday, as we continue our conversations with Baltimore’s 2016 mayoral candidates. We'll talk about education - Pugh helped found the Baltimore Design School in Station North - and reducing violent crime - she’s co-chair of the General Assembly’s Public Safety and Policing Work Group. Plus, how will she work to grow Baltimore's business sector? Join the conversation with your questions and calls for Senator Catherine Pugh.

2015 has been a tough year for Baltimore City. The world saw the city in flames in April, following the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, and by mid-November the surge in violent crime claimed its 300th homicide victim. But in a new report measuring 50 U.S. cities’ commitment to Black Male Achievement, Baltimore ranked fifth. A representative from the Campaign for Black Male Achievement will join us to analyze the data. Then: an interview with 2016 Mayoral candidate Elizabeth Embry. We’ll ask her what her experience as a public servant - not a politician - can bring to the city.

  Today we’ll dive deeper into Baltimore’s Vacants to Value effort. A recent report from the nonprofit Abell Foundation concluded that the successes of the Vacants to Value program had been overstated by about 40 percent. Two deputy city housing commissioners are here to respond to the report. Who decides whether a vacant should be demolished or rehabbed? What influence can the neighborhood have? 

2016 Baltimore Mayoral Candidate Carl Stokes

Nov 3, 2015

  Today we’ll begin the first of many dialogues with Baltimore’s 2016 mayoral candidates. Up first: Two-term City Council member of the 12th district, Carl Stokes. We’ll discuss his plans for the city, which include making City Hall more transparent to taxpayers, and starting an “uptown Renaissance” where underserved communities are redeveloped. We’ll also follow up on our conversation from last week about the Baltimore Housing scandals.

Sunday marked the beginning of the 2015-16 Open Enrollment period for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. Check out Maryland's health exchange site here. At noon we speak to Kathy Westcoat, president and CEO of HealthCare Access Maryland, a nonprofit that helps to enroll customers. We'll talk about what’s changing this year, and about the estimated 16,000 eligible but uninsured people who live in the Baltimore region. 

Congressman Chris Van Hollen is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski. He represents Maryland’s 8th District, which encompasses parts of Montgomery, Frederick and Carroll counties. Congressman Van Hollen was elected to Congress in 2002. We'll ask Van Hollen about polls that show he is trailing behind his opponents, and about newly elected House Speaker, Paul Ryan

The Unique Political Position Of Peter Franchot

Nov 14, 2014

Despite a strong Republican showing in last week's election, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot easily won his bid to retain his seat. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Christopher Connelly talk about Franchot's unique place in the state Democratic party.

Why Jan Gardner Won Race For Frederick County Executive

In their first election under charter government, voters in Frederick County rejected a conservative radio talk show host for county executive but gave the Democratic winner a majority Republican County Council. Cliff Cumber, the editorial page editor at the Frederick News Post, joins WYPR’s Joel McCord by phone to talk about the results.

Republican Larry Hogan will be Maryland’s next governor. Now he has just a few short months to organize a smooth hand-off from outgoing Gov. Martin O’Malley.

At an Annapolis news conference Wednesday morning, Hogan said he’s turned his focus from the campaign to governing. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. Our state economy is in real trouble. We’ve focused on that for years and now we’ve got to roll up our sleeves and get to work trying to turn our state around,” Hogan said.

Was Larry Hogan the only upset?  Were there other Republican wins in Maryland this week? Andy Green, from Baltimore Sun's Editorial page, talks to Fraser about the other big winners in this week's general election. 

Within days after last June’s primary, pollsters had written off Republican Larry Hogan in his race against Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. But somehow, Hogan pulled off a stunning upset, capturing more than 51 percent of the vote for governor in one of the bluest states in the nation.

Republican Larry Hogan's upset over Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown stood out in a night of big victories by the GOP around the country. But Richard Cross of the blog Cross Purposes tells WYPR's Fraser Smith why he thinks Hogan's win is not part of the anti-Obama wave.

Larry Hogan was elected yesterday to become the state’s second Republican governor in a half century. It was a startling political upset that raised questions about Maryland’s image as a comfort zone for Democrats.

WYPR’s news staff fanned out throughout the state on this election day. Political reporters Christopher Connelly and Karen Hosler start our coverage with reports on the two men who hope to be the next governor.

On a warm, sunny weekday morning, candidates for County Council and the State House were trolling for votes in the parking lot of the Dundalk early voting center. Republican State Senate candidate Johnny Ray Salling ran into voter Harry Hutchinson, who says his two sons had to leave the state to find work.

“Business is gone,” Hutchinson told Salling. “There’s no training here. There is absolutely no training here. Apprenticeships are gone. Everything’s gone."

Candidates always talk about jobs; finding them, keeping them. It can sound kind of stale after a while. But in Dundalk, it’s the real deal.


It ain't over yet - Maryland's gubernatorial race is giving voters the full end-of-campaign treatment. 

Voters Get Racial Appeals In Campaign's Final Days

Next week, Maryland might become the third state ever to elect an African American as its governor, although race has not been a prominent topic in the campaign thus far. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Christopher Connelly talk about the direct overtures that the state Democratic Party has made to black voters in the past week.

Election Coverage

Oct 28, 2014
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In a huge political upset, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has conceded to Larry Hogan, putting a Republican into the governor's mansion next year.

More up-to-date results can be found here.

These are the results as of 12:45.

Candidates Ignore Facts In Nasty Governor's Race

Election day is less than two weeks away and the two major candidates for governor continue their negative campaigning. WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to Andy Green of the Baltimore Sun about the economic claims Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan are using to smear each other.

Before President Barack Obama joined Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown on stage at a get out the vote rally in Prince George’s County Sunday, Dr. Grainger Browning of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Fort Washington offered a prayer. Browning thanked God for Obama  and he pointed to the historic nature of Brown’s campaign: If elected, Brown would become not just Maryland’s first black governor, but only the third black governor ever elected in the US.

It’s The GOP's Turn To Try To Oust Brochin

Oct 27, 2014





Senator Jim Brochin spends five or six evenings a week knocking on doors and making his pitch. Here’s how it went recently on a front porch in the Cub Hill neighborhood of Carney:


“Fiscally, I’m pretty conservative,” Brochin said. “Voted against all the major tax increases. Didn’t support drivers licenses for illegals, didn’t support in state tuition for illegals. But on environment, open space and public education, I’m pretty progressive”


The Democratic incumbent is knocking only on the doors of Republicans and independents.

Maryland’s election for governor is a week and a half away, on November 4th. Next Wednesday, we’ll speak with Republican candidate for governor, Larry Hogan. But, today, we’re joined by the Democratic candidate, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Gun Control May Yet Ensnare Hogan

Although Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan has tried to avoid a debate on social issues, Democratic nominee Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown has been hammering him on gun control this week. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about what, if anything, the controversy reveals.

Why Anthony Brown's Tax Promise Is Risky

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the Democratic nominee for governor, has declared that he would not raise taxes if elected governor. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears of the Daily Record talk about how that might put Brown in a difficult political position if voters choose him in November.