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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.

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Now, another in our series of interviews with people who have announced their intention to run for Mayor of Baltimore, in which Maryland Morning host Tom Hall asks each candidate about their vision for the city.  

Tom's guest is Calvin Young, a 28-year-old engineer who lives in Hamilton, Maryland. He is a Harvard Business School graduate who has never held elective office.   He was the second candidate, after former Mayor Sheila Dixon, to file to run as a Democrat for mayor of Baltimore, officially launching his campaign in mid-August, 2015, before current Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced she would not seek re-election.  Young is a Baltimore native who graduated from Poly and New York University, and is a former city youth commissioner.  He has also served as an aide in the White House National Economic Council, helping to develop economic and business development policy recommendations for the President. He spoke with Tom in studio on March 10, 2016. 

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Today, we continue our series of conversations with candidates for Mayor of Baltimore.  DeRay McKesson is a native Baltimorean, and he’s worked as an administrator in the Baltimore City Public Schools.  He’s 30 years old, and for the past year or so he has been a full time activist, working in Ferguson, Baltimore and elsewhere on issues that include police misconduct and mass incarceration.  He has never held public office.  He’s on the ballot in the Democratic primary on April 26th , the last  candidate to file to run for the Baltimore mayor's office. Within days of his filing, Mckesson  released a comprehensive plan to address the city's most pressing issues, including proposals to expand educational programs and to begin major reforms of the Baltimore police department.  DeRay Mckesson joins Tom to share his vision for the City.

Breaking news in the police trials related to Freddie Gray’s death. We’ll start with an update from WYPR reporter Kenneth Burns. Then: the three men vying to be the Green Party nominee for mayor of Baltimore. The Green Party will hold its own primary just after the one in late April for Democrats and Republicans. Joshua Harris is an activist and organizer. Until recently he was running as a Democrat. Emanuel McCray is a community organizer and Army veteran; this is his second bid for mayor. And David Marriott, former police officer and Marine, is running for the first time. We’ll discuss housing, jobs, police reform, schools, and other issues.

The Democratic candidates to be Baltimore's next mayor outlined their plans to cut city property taxes at a forum in South Baltimore Thursday night. WYPR's John Lee joined Morning Edition Host Nathan Sterner Friday morning to talk about that.

  Little Eva’s 1962 hit Loco-motion set the tone for a Donna Edwards campaign rally in Baltimore’s Station North arts and entertainment district last weekend that was part sock hop, part prayer meeting. Campaign staffer Salima Siler Marriott told three dozen volunteers that it is “really critical at this juncture is that you are able to multiply yourself” to get out the Edwards vote.

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We’ll start this morning continuing our conversation about the ways that race is having an impact in this election cycle.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s victories in the Democratic primaries so far have included large majorities of African American voters, while Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' wins or near-wins have been in states with a largely white electorate.  Last week, I spoke with the author and activist Steve Phillips, who contends that Democrats should concentrate their electoral efforts and resources to engaging people of color rather than chasing white swing voters.  Joining Tom in the studio to discuss the significance of the Black Vote is Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead.  She is an Associate Professor of Communications at Loyola University Maryland and the author of several books, including Letters to My Black Sons.  

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Maryland Morning has been hosting a series of conversations with people who have announced their intention to run for Mayor of Baltimore.  All told, there will be 13 Democratic candidates on the April 26 primary ballot,  along with five Republicans.  Three Green Party Candidates will compete in their own Green Party primary on May 1. One Libertarian, 2 Independents, and 5 candidates who are not affiliated with any party will appear on the General Election ballot on Tuesday, November, 8.

State Senator Catherine Pugh, who is running to be Baltimore's next mayor, wants to return full control of its school system to the city. A bill she's sponsoring that would do that got a hearing Wednesday before a Senate committee.

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