Inside Maryland Politics
10:16 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Why State Center Revamp Is In Jeopardy

State Center in Baltimore.

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 4:05 pm

The State Center complex in Baltimore is one of the remaining items that Governor Martin O'Malley may push for in his last month in office. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Christopher Connelly talk about the origin of the project and why its future is in jeopardy.

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10:15 am
Mon December 15, 2014

New State Standardized Tests Pose Unique Challenges To New English Speakers

English Language Learners at Bond Mill Elementary in Laurel work on reading assignments in an after-school program that's giving them extra help in reading and skills they will need for the new state assessment exams.

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 8:09 am

Students in Maryland and 11 other states and the District of Columbia will start taking new standardized tests in March to assess their progress in math and English Language Arts under the Common Core standards. But some education experts fear that students who are only beginning to learn to speak English will be at a disadvantage when they take the more rigorous, computerized exams.

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10:15 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Hogan: Maryland Has Big Budget Problems, Needs ‘Strong Medicine’

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan says the state's spending exceeds its revenues, and promises to make tough decisions to bring it back to balance.

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 8:24 am

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan briefed reporters on the state’s fiscal situation yesterday afternoon and the picture he painted was dire. Maryland’s next governor says the state needs ‘strong medicine’ to fix its fiscal health after years of bad budgeting.

“Let me put it in everyday terms: They drained our checking, savings and retirement accounts. They maxed out every credit card. They tapped into Christmas funds, college tuition funds,  they even broke into every one of the kids piggy banks, and we still don’t have enough to pay the bills," Hogan said.

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Inside Maryland Politics
10:14 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Rep. Andy Harris' Battle Against Legal Weed In DC Continues

1st District Rep. Andy Harris (R-Baltimore Co.)

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 5:47 am

Last month, voters in the District of Columbia approved a referendum that allowed residents to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and grow as many as three cannabis plants. But Maryland Rep. Andy Harris (R-Baltimore Co.) has continued his opposition to pot legalization in the nation's capital. WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to Washington Post reporter Aaron Davis about efforts by Harris to block legalization in D.C. and why the issue is likely to end up in court.

7:06 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Smith: Hard To Tell If Franchot-Hogan Shopping Trip Is Bipartisanship, Theatre, Or Both

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D).

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 12:36 pm

Comptroller Peter Franchot has a finely tuned political ear – and little regard for political correctness. He realized early that former governor William Donald Schaefer was in decline and ready to be knocked off – by his own party. Franchot stepped up.

Franchot saw the anti-tax sentiment of Marylanders peaking as the 2014 election loomed. Earlier actually. He declined to pamper reliable Democratic voters as he was defeating Schaefer.

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All Things Considered
5:06 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Why The White House Wants To Go After Seafood Pirates

A crab pot full of snow crabs, fished out of the Bering Sea.
Josh Thomas Courtesy of WWF

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 10:02 pm

Americans eat more seafood than just about anyone else. Most of it is imported from abroad. And a lot of it — perhaps 25 percent of wild-caught seafood imports, according to fisheries experts — is illegally caught.

The White House is now drafting recommendations on what to do about that. Fisheries experts say they hope the administration will devote more resources to fight seafood piracy.

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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.