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8:45 am
Mon June 23, 2014

New Group Pushes Progressive Candidates To Turn A Blue State Bluer

Cory McCray greets voters at the Maritime Academy, an early voting site in East Baltimore.

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:27 pm

A new political group in Maryland wants to make the state more progressive. They’re backing candidates for the General Assembly to make this blue state bluer. Maryland Working Families is focusing on economic policies like better wages, paid sick leave and other economic policies to help Maryland’s struggling middle class.

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WYPR News
8:45 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Early Voting Turnout Breaks Record But That's Not Saying Much

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 8:33 am

Early Voting Turnout Breaks Record But That's Not Saying Much

Polls open at 7 AM tomorrow for voters to have their say in Maryland’s primary. But already, more than 140,000 people have voted. That's record turnout for early voting – nearly twice as many voters cast early ballots this year than in 2012. But WYPR's Karen Hostler tells Christopher Connelly the numbers are still low.

Headlines
8:03 am
Mon June 23, 2014

MD’s Primary Election Is Tuesday, O’Malley Speaks In Iowa, and Harris Seeks New Leadership Role

Rep. Andy Harris
Credit Gage Skidmore via flickr

Maryland voters head to the polls Tuesday for the primary election; the polls will be open tomorrow from 7am to 8pm. We look at turnout during early voting. Plus: O’Malley speaks in Iowa, Harris seeks a new leadership role, the chikungunya virus surfaces in Maryland, news on the Baltimore County library system, and more.

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Headlines
7:53 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Early Voting Turnout, The AG Race, A Push For Progressives, & Cristo Rey’s College Acceptance Rate

Early voting is over; during the last 8 days, nearly 4.2% of eligible voters cast their ballots. Primary election day itself is Tuesday, June 24. A look at the race for state Attorney General… and the race for the 42nd District State Senate Seat. Plus: a push for progressives, Cristo Rey’s College Acceptance Rate, the MD Renaissance Festival looks like it’ll stay in Crownsville,  and more.

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WYPR News
10:04 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Marylanders: Don't Relinquish The Title "Voter"

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 5:13 am

Marylanders: Don't Relinquish The Title "Voter"

Voter disaffection in the US comes as no surprise. Approval ratings for Congress have been in the single digits.

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Headlines
8:54 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Power Outages, Early Voting, and A Possible Strike At Johns Hopkins Hospital Next Week

Credit Christopher Connelly / WYPR

Thunderstorms last night knocked out power for tens of thousands of homes and businesses in Central MD. Early voting concludes today… and amid predictions of low turnout WYPR’s Fraser Smith urges Marylanders not to relinquish the title of “voter.” Plus: a possible strike at Johns Hopkins Hospital, federal funds to restore Superstorm Sandy-damaged ecosystems, and more.

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WYPR News
9:47 am
Wed June 18, 2014

What’s In A Name? A Lot When It Comes To Voting

Outside Ridgely's Run Community Center, an early voting center in Howard County.

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 11:37 am

Just in case you missed it, there’s an election going on in Maryland.

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WYPR News
9:45 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Why Thousands Of Maryland Voters Have Left The Major Political Parties

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 5:58 am

Why Thousands Of Maryland Voters Have Left The Major Political Parties

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Bethany Rodgers of the Frederick News-Post talk about the large number of Maryland voters who recently changed their registration status to become unaffiliated with either main political party and whether it will motivate the parties to hold open primaries in the future.

WYPR News
9:39 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Undecided Voters Make Md. Attorney General Race Unpredictable

Gov. Martin O'Malley endorsed state Sen. Brian Frosh earlier this month in Greenbelt.

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 11:54 am

The race to be the next Maryland attorney general has gotten progressively more heated. With the primary just days away and a large swath of voters undecided, three Democrats, all from the legislature, are vying to be the state’s lawyer.

But attorney general is a job that may not be terribly clear. So before the candidates, here’s what it does. If you were to post a job description for the Maryland attorney general, it might start something like this:

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Headlines
8:40 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Early Voting, Party Affiliation, Immigrant Children, VA Medical Centers, & Baltimore’s Stylish Mayor

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Credit Paul Morigi / Getty Images

Early voting continues. A look at why thousands of Maryland voters have left the major political parties. Federal officials eye another Maryland site as a potential shelter for immigrant children. The acting Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs visits Baltimore’s VA Medical center. News on the casinos coming to Baltimore and Prince George’s County. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is named as the 5th most fashionable mayor in the world! And more.

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