Common Cause - Legislative Redistricting and Maryland's Media

Common Cause's Jennifer Bevan-Dangel talks about the organization's successes during last year's legislative session, concerns about what is happening to the media, and issues surrounding legislative redistricting.

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Josh Kurtz: Going Green

As Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) seeks to distinguish himself from other potential Democratic candidates for president, it’s clear that the environment is a big part of his political calculus. Between passing a wind energy bill this spring, unveiling his new climate action plan, and promoting measures to protect the Chesapeake Bay, boost mass transit, and up the state’s renewable energy standard, among other initiatives, O’Malley clearly thinks he has an advantage over his rivals. Many of the possible Democratic contenders are current or former members of Congress; their voting records may be sterling from the green groups’ perspective, but they are simply that – voting records. O’Malley is one of the few potential candidates who can boast a record of executive action.

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Attorney General Candidates – Brian Frosh

State Sen. Brian Frosh, a candidate for Attorney General, joins Center Maryland to talk about his qualifications, recent legislative successes and some of his agenda if elected. Each Monday, Center Maryland is sharing a series of in-depth conversations with the leading Democratic candidates for Attorney General. Today is the first part of our interview with Senator Frosh. In the coming weeks, look for additional conversations with Del. Aisha Braveboy, Del. Bill Frick and Del. Jon Cardin.

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Donald Fry -- Poll: Maryland voters favor changing state’s election framework

Poll results released last week by the Greater Baltimore Committee and showing that Maryland voters overwhelmingly favor changing the way the state’s voting districts are drawn up will likely prompt hardened political observers to ask an obvious question: “so what?” Redistricting is currently in the hands of our state’s top elected leaders and I suppose it seems silly to some to imagine that these leaders would relinquish their control of such a powerful implement that defines the process by which most lawmakers are elected in Maryland. The results of the answers to one poll question, placed by the GBC on the October Gonzales statewide public opinion poll, pretty clearly show what state voters think of that process.

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Laslo Boyd: Beanbag and Hardball

Politics has over its history — which corresponds with the history of humanity — given rise to all sorts of adages and clever turns of phrase. One of the most frequently quoted lines comes from the late 19th and early 20th century political writer Finley Peter Dunne. His fictional alter ego, Mr. Dooley, observed that “politics ain’t beanbag.” That reality became apparent this week in the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary when a story circulated that Attorney General Doug Gansler allegedly urged his state trooper drivers to violate traffic laws. Before considering the substance of the charge, it’s worth looking at what the story tells about the antithesis of beanbag, political hardball.

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Laslo Boyd: A Muddle and Misguided Court Decision

Federal Judge Catherine Blake’s decision in a case (The Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education v. Maryland Higher Education Commission) that asserted that Maryland has not removed all vestiges of segregation in its system of public higher education did not fully satisfy any of the parties.  Contrary to conventional wisdom, however, that alone is not enough to make it a good decision.

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Laura Neuman Looks to Modernize Anne Arundel County -- VIDEO

Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman visits Center Maryland to discuss her entrepreneurial background, economic development, bipartisan leadership, and the importance of investing in the County's infrastructure.

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Josh Kurtz: As Usual, It’s All About Prince George’s

There was predictable outrage among some Baltimore City Democrats yesterday when Doug Gansler tapped Prince George's County Del. Jolene Ivey to be his running mate. Given Baltimore's outsized political muscle in the state all these years, it is kind of astonishing that neither of the leading Democratic candidates for governor has chosen a Baltimore-based running mate – and it will be fascinating to see how they attempt to make amends in the months ahead. As to Ivey's selection and the state of the race, it will be a while before we can measure the damage to Gansler from Sunday’s Washington Post article about his safety record and his relationship with his state troopers.

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