Inside Maryland Politics
2:24 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

As Baltimore County Becomes More Diverse, Kamenetz Talks "Inclusion"

Baltimore Co. Executive Kevin Kamenetz (D).

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 11:45 am

In his second inaugural address last weekBaltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said that he wants county residents to feel that their local government represents them all. WYPR's Joel McCord and John Lee talk about why this message of inclusion matters in the wake of protests around the country and how Kamenetz hopes to accomplish his goal.

Sports At Large
2:26 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Professional Athletes Take A Stand Before Hitting The Field

1968 Olympic Games, Black American Athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos.

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 10:55 am


Former Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush returned to the Detroit Lions lineup Sunday after an extended injury, but his biggest contribution came before the game.

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10:38 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Towson Asks: Is the Free Ride Worth It?

A view of the Towson Row site, looking south from the rooftop deck at the Green Turtle. Taken in January, 2014.

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 10:45 am


Plans are in the works to bring a free circulator bus to Towson, like the one that currently runs in downtown Baltimore.  But not everyone is on board. Supporters of the circulator want people in Towson to keep their cars parked at their homes, then catch the free bus into town. Lori Seraphin, who lives in Towson, says if the Circulator comes, she’s all in. And it’s not just the slow traffic on York Road. “There’s parking issues down here, Seraphin says. “So if people don’t have to get into their car and worried about finding a spot, then that would be great.”

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Inside Maryland Politics
9:25 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Why Film Tax Credits May Be On The Chopping Block

Last year Governor O'Malley toured the set of HBO's Veep, which films in Columbia, MD. Julia Louis-Dreyfus (right) is the show's star.

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 5:27 am

Maryland's film tax credits, enjoyed by local television productions like 'House of Cards,' was called "significantly more generous than other business tax incentives" by an analyst at the Department of Legislative Services. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Erin Cox of the Baltimore Sun talk about the debate over the tax credits and why Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has not indicated whether he'll work  to end or reduce them.

Inside Maryland Politics
1:17 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

What Happens To Maryland's Last Four Death Row Inmates?

Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 5:27 am

Time is running out for Gov. Martin O'Malley to decide whether or not to commute Maryland's four remaining death sentences before he leaves office in January. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Christopher Connelly talk about why the state's repeal of the death penalty in 2013 created complicated legal questions for both O'Malley and the courts.

Baltimore City
3:30 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Vetoes, She Wrote

Veto messages that the Baltimore City Council will receive from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake formally on Thursday. The mayor vetoed bills banning plastic bags and requiring police officers to wear body cameras Monday.

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 12:19 pm

As promised, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake vetoed Monday bills that would require police officers to wear body cameras and ban plastic bags.

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Sports At Large
3:28 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Ray Rice Decision and Aftermath

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 3:00 pm

Ray Rice's indefinite suspension from the NFL in September seemed at the time to be the last word on the subject. But a ruling last Friday from a retired federal judge sitting as an arbitrator overturning the suspension raises many more questions than it answered.

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Inside Maryland Politics
12:13 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Frederick's Brinkley Urges General Assembly To Resist One-Size-Fits-All Policies

State Sen. David Brinkley (center, in suit) at the opening of the 2014 Maryland's Best Ice Cream Trail at South Mountain Creamery in Frederick Co. Brinkley lost the June GOP primary to retain his seat.

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 5:12 am

The General Assembly begins in early January and one longtime lawmaker, State Sen. David Brinkley (R) of Frederick and Carroll Counties, will not return to his post after a defeat in the June primary. WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to him about the increased partisanship in Annapolis in recent years and what governor-elect Larry Hogan needs to do to have a successful session.

12:12 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Budget Shortfall Raises Question: Will State College Tuition Rise?

UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski in 2013.

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 11:08 am

A week after analysts announced a state budget deficit, Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County sent his staff an email stating that a hiring freeze would go into effect December 1st.

The email also warned that “uncertainty remains about the extent of expected reductions,” referring to budget cuts that may come as a result of the deficit.

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Baltimore City
2:07 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Are Baltimore’s Illegal Dumping Laws Working?

The main trail from Herring Run Park to Parkside Drive.

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 2:16 pm


Baltimore City’s Department of Public Works says it spends $ 16 million a year picking up trash from illegal dumping.  The city’s Department of Housing and Community Development Permits and Code Enforcement Division, the department that is responsible for tracking violations, says it handed out 840 citations for dumping and littering in the last year.

Julie Lawson from the advocacy group Trash Free Maryland Alliance, says there is far more illegal dumping than that number of citations would suggest. She compares Baltimore’s citations with Philadelphia’s. 

“(Philadelphia] gave out 120,000 citations for dumping and littering last year,” says Lawson, who met last week with Donald Carlton, the deputy commissioner of that city’s streets department.

Part of the reason for Baltimore’s lower number of citations could be that authorities are unclear on how to enforce the laws.

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