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Baltimore Sun furloughs gave him time to rethink everything, including his job

Sameer Rao knew the furloughs were coming, but he had to ask around to learn he was one of two Baltimore Sun reporters with the longest of them — a total of six weeks. Maybe it was his beat — arts reporting was tough during the shutdown. Maybe it was his experience and salary — both more than some younger colleagues. Maybe it was him? He asked and got no real answers. But honestly, Rao was also kind of burnt out — with the lack of transparency about the future of the Sun, then still owned by Tribune and being stalked by hedge fund Alden Global Capital, which now owns it and recently offered buyouts; with watching his colleagues and friends take buyouts or leave for other jobs; with the pace and with the pay.

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Ep. 11: What Comes Next? with Delegate Bonnie Cullison

We've heard from some of the architects of the biggest stories in Annapolis this year and asked them what they’ve accomplished during a period when Marylanders have needed them most. On episode 11 of The Lobby, we’re picking up where we left off with Senator Craig Zucker (MD-14) and Quinton Askew of Maryland 2-1-1. We’ll talk with Delegate Bonnie Cullison (MD-19) about the successes of the 2021 session, the work of groups like NAMI Maryland and RALI Maryland to combat the increase in substance misuse and mental illness during COVID, using reverse auctions to save the state money on prescription medicines without sacrificing coverage, and what The Thomas Bloom Raskin Act means for Marylanders, as well as her long-time efforts to increase school-based health centers.

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