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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12:05 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

The Task: Find Ways To Fight Heroin

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 12:25 pm

National health agencies, the Drug Enforcement Administration and others have reported an increase in heroin addiction throughout the nation. And they say it’s fueled by people looking for something to replace the high of prescription pain pills that are more difficult to get because they are closely monitored by a health department prescription registry. Heroin, the professionals say, is now stronger, cheaper and more easily available than before.

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12:59 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

A Stat-like Solution For Rats

Baltimore City Public Works Director Rudy Chow said a new program targeting rats will include a new system to predict where the vermin are traveling and adjust where rat catchers are needed based on 311 calls.

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 4:00 pm

Baltimore City officials announced they will nearly double the size of their rat-eradication team in hopes of ridding the city of the vermin.

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General Assembly
9:36 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Will New Lawmakers Make Annapolis More Partisan?

Maryland House of Delegates

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 2:41 pm

When the Maryland General Assembly starts its session in January, it will be dealing with a new governor from a different party and about a third of its members will be freshmen.  Between a Republican governor and a host of more left-leaning Democrats coming in, the next four years bear the signs of a more partisan landscape in Annapolis.

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Inside Maryland Politics
8:46 am
Wed November 19, 2014

What Hogan May Have Signaled When He Hired Bobby Neall

Governor-elect Larry Hogan (R) in July.

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 10:00 am

Governor-elect Larry Hogan (R) has assembled a transition team and one prominent member is former State Sen. and Anne Arundel County Executive Bobby Neall.  WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about what this decision says about how Hogan might lead in Annapolis.

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Baltimore City
10:22 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Police Body Cameras, Bag Ban Face Final Votes And Vetoes

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is promising to veto two bills expected to pass the city council; requiring police officers to wear body cameras and banning plastic bags. City Council President Jack Young is a co-sponsor on the camera bill and led the change on a bill that would originally charge a nickel per plastic bag.

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 7:55 am

  A final vote is expected to take place on whether Baltimore City Police officers will be required to wear body cameras at Monday’s city council meeting.  The bill, which is expected to pass, is also under a veto threat by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake who called the proposal rushed and not thought out. 

The mayor is also threatening to veto a bill that would ban plastic bags.  The bill originally proposed as a plastic bag fee in April was changed to a ban at last week’s council meeting.

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Empty Desks
10:21 am
Mon November 17, 2014

One-of-a-Kind Daycare Center In Baltimore Helps Teen Parents

The main room of the daycare center for student parents at the Benjamin Franklin High School can accommodate 24 babies and toddlers.
Gwendolyn Glenn WYPR

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 5:29 pm

There are nearly 1,000 babies born to teenagers in Baltimore each year, according to the Kids Count Data Center. And that has led to a lot of students missing more than 20 days of school each year, making them chronically absent.

So officials at Benjamin Franklin High school came up with a way to help teen parents balance school work and child care. They opened the city’s first all-day childcare center within a school.

The center was three years in the making. Principal Chris Battaglia spearheaded a campaign to raise nearly half a million dollars from the city school system, the state department of education, the city health department, the United Way and other donors to renovate unused space in the building. The day care center opened its doors Oct. 30.

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8:35 am
Fri November 14, 2014

The Unique Political Position Of Peter Franchot

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D).

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 12:58 pm

Despite a strong Republican showing in last week's election, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot easily won his bid to retain his seat. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Christopher Connelly talk about Franchot's unique place in the state Democratic party.