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The Maryland Congressional race is heating up. Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-4th District) is giving up her seat to run for the Senate seat being vacated next year by retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski. Edwards’ district includes parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s County. Six Democrats are vying for the nomination in the 4th District to succeed Edwards. 

In the 8th district, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, who represents Montgomery County, is also relinquishing his House seat for a run at Senator Mikulski's soon-to-be-vacant office. Nine Democrats, including some well-funded political novices, have thrown their hats in the ring to be their party's nominee to fill Van Hollen's House seat.  

John Fritze, Washington correspondent for the Baltimore Sun and Todd Eberly, Chair & Professor of political science at St. Mary's College and proprietor of the FreeStater blog,  join Tom to discuss these and other significant congressional races.

City Council: A change is gonna come

Mar 18, 2016

One thing is for certain in the 2016 City Council election; there will be at least six new members after it’s all said and done.

The Turnaround Truck Turns Heads

Mar 18, 2016

  David Warnock’s truck is getting noticed on the streets of Baltimore.  And it’s not for its current top speed of 35 miles per hour.

Dubbed by its owner as the “Turnaround Truck,” the vehicle – featured prominently in Warnock’s television ads - has become a symbol of his campaign for Baltimore mayor.  He says it became a symbol by accident.


Sheila Dixon says when she was mayor she made city agencies more accountable to the taxpayers. If you called City Hall with a problem, you deserved an answer. She says she’ll bring that back if she’s elected.

Where's the mayor?

Mar 18, 2016


Fraser Smith and Kenneth Burns, of the WYPR reporting team, talk about the "Baltimore bills" in the General Assembly and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake's role in lobbying for them.

The two leaders in the race to be Baltimore’s next mayor are no strangers to each other. In fact, they have battled each other before for public office.

On April 26, Baltimore city residents will vote to elect judges to the 8th Circuit Court. Of the eight candidates on the ballot, six are sitting judges -- appointed by a governor -- running in what is known as a retention election. The two remaining candidates, James Kraft and Todd Oppenheim were not appointed by a judge and are running independently.

Oppenheim has been a public defender in Baltimore for 11 years.  Kraft is a sitting city councilman in Baltimore’s 1st district; he’s been on the council since 2004. Both men join Tom in-studio to discuss why they’re running to be judges, despite not receiving a gubernatorial appointment.  


Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler, of the WYPR news team, talk about the tightening primary for the Democratic nomination to replace retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski and Rep. Donna Edwards' reputation for not playing well with others.

Arts in the mayor's race

Mar 14, 2016

The candidates to be Baltimore's next mayor laid out their plans to support the arts Monday night at a forum at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Event organizers said it was the first mayoral forum ever dedicated specifically to the arts.  WYPR's John Lee was there and joined Morning Edition host Nathan Sterner to talk about it.

Mayor’s race: MTA running late

Mar 14, 2016

  Marcie Roberts heard the disembodied voice--“Welcome aboard MTA”—one recent morning as she boarded a bus at Northern Parkway and York Road. She was in the middle of her daily 90-minute-two-bus commute from Windsor Mill to her job in Towson. The bus that got her to that point was the 44. She said it wasn’t so welcoming.

“Bus 44 is the worst bus I ever got on.”

Roberts said the bus is often late and doesn’t run at convenient times.