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Citizen Trueheart challenges President Young

Mar 30, 2016

Bernard “Jack” Young was made Baltimore City Council President by his colleagues in 2010 when then-President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake became the mayor.  Winning his own term in a landslide the following year, Young is running for re-election.

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Wednesdays are the day here at Maryland Morning that we concentrate, in particular, on politics. This morning we begin with a conversation about what the experience of voting will be like across Maryland when we enter the voting booth either as an early voter from April 14-21, or as a voter on Primary Election Day, April 26th.

Either way, we’ll be asked to choose delegates to the Democratic and Republican Presidential conventions, nominees from both parties for the US Senate and Congress, and here in Baltimore City, nominees for Mayor and the City Council. We'll also choose judges. If you've been paying attention, none of that will come as a surprise. But here's what you may not know: When you head into the voting booth this time, you'll notice big changes in the mechanics of voting. For one thing, we'll be using paper ballots, because of a 2007 decision by the Maryland legislature. 

Sorting Out Baltimore's Busy City Council Races

Mar 30, 2016
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Have you looked over your sample ballot yet?  If you have, and you're a registered Democrat or Republican, you'll see you have a lot of choices to make in the upcoming primary election on April 26th.  Besides the Presidential, US Congressional and Senate races, 13 Democrats are on the ballot for Baltimore Mayor, a list that does not include incumbent Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake.  And for the City Council, nearly half of the seats are open, which is to say that the incumbent isn’t running for re-election.   Luke Broadwater covers City Hall for the Baltimore Sun.  P. Kenneth Burns is WYPR's political reporter.  They join Tom this morning to make some sense of some of the more than 100 candidates running for seats on the City Council.   

The Baltimore City Sitting Judges Campaign

Next month, Baltimore City voters will be asked to elect judges to the 8th Circuit Court. Of the eight candidates, six are sitting judges running in what’s known as a retention election. 

The sitting judges -- Shannon Avery, Michael DiPietro, Karen “Chaya” Friedman, Cynthia Jones, Audrey Carrión and Wanda Keyes Heard – were appointed by former Governors after being recommended by a non-partisan commission. The judges are campaigning as a block, although they will not be identified as “sitting judges” on the ballot. Last week, the two candidates not appointed by a governor, Todd Oppenheim and James Kraft, were on the program. Sitting Judges Shannon Avery and Cynthia Jones join Tom to discuss how they were appointed and why they deserve to keep their seats.  

We’re just five weeks away from the April 26th Maryland primary election.  In the last primary for Mayor, in 2011, voter turnout was among the lowest in history.  Does this portend a troubling trend?  Former Maryland Secretary of State John Willis, now a resident scholar at University of Baltimore's School of Public and International Affairs, studies the history of elections, and voter behaviors.  He's had a wealth of experience in the field.  As secretary of state from 1995 to 2003, he was involved at the state and national levels in election reform issues. He chaired Maryland's Special Committee on Voting Systems and Election Procedures, which led to landmark election reform legislation in 2001.   Sec. Willis also served on the commission which modernized and recodified Maryland's election laws. He joins Tom to discuss current trends in voting behavior, and what factors could affect voter turnout on April 26th.  

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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.

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.

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