Fraser Smith and Bryan Sears, of the Daily Record, discuss Governor Larry Hogan's move to cut some fees and what that means for the state budget.

  Governor Larry Hogan recently formed a commission to study Maryland's redistricting process and make recommendations on how to reform it. The panel held its first hearing last night at Towson University -- an institution that straddles two different Congressional districts. WYPR's John Lee talks with Nathan Sterner about what the panel discussed, the process for proposing a reform plan, and the prospects of such a plan in the General Assembly.


Fraser Smith and Kenneth Burns, of the WYPR news team, talk about the Baltimore police union's dissatisfaction with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake.


Fraser Smith and Andrew Green, of the Baltimore Sun. talk about the crowded Democratic primary for Baltimore's mayor, just hours before incumbent Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announces she will not seek re-election.

Baltimore County voters may be asked to decide if the County Council should be expanded from seven to nine members. 

Baltimore County’s leaders came under withering fire Wednesday from the Governor and State Comptroller over the lack of air conditioning in some of the county’s schools. 

The Rev. Jamal Bryant could be in position to lead a change in Maryland’s Seventh Congressional District, which includes parts of Baltimore City as well as areas of Baltimore and Howard counties. 

But political observers say the person occupying that seat now, Congressman Elijah Cummings, holds all the cards. And he hasn’t made it clear yet what his plans are for 2016. He said Monday that it is “definitely premature” to assume he will not run for re-election, leaving open the possibility he could become the Baltimore candidate in the race to replace retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski.

We’re just past Labor Day and with its passing comes the unofficial end of the summer.

And the end of this summer marks the end of arguably the most visible year for women in sports in decades, if not ever.

Notice that I didn’t say the best year. Women have been having great sporting years for, well, years, setting records, winning Olympic gold medals and conquering heretofore unclimbed mountains.

Protestors Applaud Judge's Decision

Sep 11, 2015

Protesters say they won a victory today when Judge Barry Williams decided to keep the trials of the six indicted police officers in the Freddie Gray case in the city.

Just before the judge announced his decision, it was a tense scene. About three dozen protesters and the news media were corralled by the sheriff’s department onto the sidewalk in front of the courthouse.  

For any number of reasons, baseball remains the one sport where comparisons between players of different generations can’t be dismissed out of hand.

The one thing about baseball that has not changed for the better over the years is in the quality of announcers. The men who call the game today simply aren’t as good as their predecessors.