Baltimore's Residential Rebirth -- VIDEO

Kirby Fowler, President of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, joins Brett Griffith, Principal and Co-Founder of Baybridge Properties, LLC, to discuss residential demand in downtown Baltimore and initiatives that are helping to make Baltimore’s residential rebirth a reality. They also talk about a new $20 million residential development project in the heart of Baltimore's business district.

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Josh Kurtz: 5 Races to Watch – Out of Town Edition

It’s a big day in Maryland politics. Frederick voters go to the polls to choose their nominees for mayor and the Board of Aldermen. And tonight, the Montgomery County Democratic Central is almost certain to recommend that Del. Brian Feldman (D) is appointed to the state Senate, despite an effort by some of the county’s minority leaders to have a person of color named to the seat. But my eyes will be riveted on New York City, where there are primaries today for mayor and other city offices. I haven’t been this excited about a mayoral primary in my home town since Sept. 11, 2001.

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Clayton Mitchell: If You think America Lacks Credibility, Just Pull on Superman’s Cape

Notwithstanding his recent statements and the Administration’s copious literature of protest, on August 20, 2012, President Obama affirmatively declared, “We have been very clear to the Assad regime but also to other players on the ground that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized.  That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.” It seems to me, after more than a decade of war on two fronts and six years of domestic financial destruction, that America needs a direct, necessitous and compelling reason to invest more blood and treasure in another Middle East military adventure.

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Donald Fry: Maryland needs a shared vision between government and private sector

In its new report detailing priorities for a more competitive business climate in Maryland, why did the Greater Baltimore Committee title it “A Compact for Competitiveness?” The reason is basic.  Over the years, Maryland lawmakers and business advocates have tended to talk past each other on key operational and fiscal issues that relate directly to competitiveness. Private-sector leaders who participated in the recent 2013 GBC Chesapeake Conference of CEOs unanimously agreed that an articulated shared vision by business and government – a “compact’ if you will – is the key element to strengthening Maryland’s competitiveness for economic growth and job creation.

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Laslo Boyd: Is It September Already?

The summer political rituals — Fourth of July parades, the Tawes Swelterfest in Crisfield, the MACo conference in Ocean City — have all come and gone. This year, we also had a number of candidates announcing for state and local positions for 2014 and many of what the historian Daniel Boorstein so brilliantly labeled as “pseudo-events.” With the exception of campaign fund raising, none of that matters much for next year’s elections. Pre-season is now officially over.

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Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio - Part 2 - VIDEO

Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio – who is running for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor on a ticket with Harford County Executive David Craig – talks with Center Maryland about advocating for both urban and rural areas of the states, the importance of agriculture to Maryland’s economy, and issues involving public utility regulations.

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Josh Kurtz: Dominoes

If Doug Gansler picks a running mate from Prince George’s County, expect serious downballot ramifications. His choice won’t just impact the politics in the district of whomever he selects but will have a domino effect in other parts of the county. Support for Anthony Brown in Prince George's is broad but not necessarily deep, and Gansler's choice could upset the entire fragile balance. It could determine who County Executive Rushern Baker endorses for governor, and it could also determine if a ticket of Democratic dissidents is cobbled together throughout the county – a place where incumbents tend to slate together and state senators have an inordinate amount of power.

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Federal Judge Admonishes Kennedy's Waterkeepers -- VIDEO

Hudson family attorney George Ritchie of Gordon Feinblatt explains how Maryland taxpayers remain on the hook for the legal misadventure of the New York-based Waterkeepers Alliance.

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