Baltimore Politics

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  • No to $15 an hour in Baltimore

    No to $15 an hour in Baltimore

    The latest iteration of legislation requiring Baltimore to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour makes various concessions designed to ease the transition for businesses. It includes a slower phase-in for small businesses and expanded definition of which firms qualify and exemption for youth...

  • Pugh's moment

    Pugh's moment

    Catherine Pugh will be inaugurated Tuesday as Baltimore's 50th mayor at a time of great challenge and possibility. The unrest that followed Freddie Gray's death 18 months ago compounded the long standing problems mayors have long tried to fix — a high murder rate, failing schools, blight — with...

  • What Rawlings-Blake did well

    What Rawlings-Blake did well

    Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's tenure started off strong. She provided a clean break from the scandalous end of the Sheila Dixon administration, and she set about tackling a series of unglamorous but vexing problems with no-nonsense efficiency. But time and circumstance magnified what initially...

  • Welcome to the hot seat, Catherine Pugh

    Welcome to the hot seat, Catherine Pugh

  • The lesson of Dixon's write-in campaign

    The lesson of Dixon's write-in campaign

    We endorsed state Sen. Catherine Pugh for mayor over former mayor Sheila Dixon in April's Democratic primary, and events since then have only made us more confident in our choice. We recognize Ms. Dixon's experience and a number of accomplishments of her administration, but we also remain disappointed...

  • A conservative's case for Catherine Pugh

    A conservative's case for Catherine Pugh

    My voter registration bars me from participating in Baltimore's Democratic primary — the only contest that really matters when determining the city's future leadership and direction. So, for the past 12 years I have lived here, mayoral contests have been, for me, strictly a spectator's sport. This...


  • Beyond the charter amendments

    Beyond the charter amendments

    Members of the Baltimore City Council who decided not to override Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's veto of two proposed charter amendments did the right thing. Both a proposal to strip future mayors of control of the Board of Estimates and one to give the council power to reallocate funds in the...

  • Baltimore elections: 'stuff happens' isn't good enough

    Baltimore elections: 'stuff happens' isn't good enough

    Back in 2000, the state of Florida became an international laughingstock over its difficulties tallying ballots. Baltimore has escaped that ignominy so far this year only because the fate of a presidential election is not in the balance. But the difficulty of its elections specialists in tallying...

  • A welcome review of Baltimore's primary

    A welcome review of Baltimore's primary

    Baltimore City isn't the only jurisdiction in Maryland that has been known to have problems on election day. In the 2010 gubernatorial primary, some poll workers in Baltimore County forgot to remove memory cards from voting machines, delaying the results. In the 2006 primary, some Montgomery County...

  • Baltimore's big bait-and-switch

    Baltimore's big bait-and-switch

    When Baltimore primary voters went to the polls last month to select the Democratic nominee for mayor, they were choosing among candidates who had presented sweeping visions for transforming the city. The candidate they selected, state Sen. Catherine Pugh, promised increased focus on improving...

  • Mayoral recount? Bring it on

    Mayoral recount? Bring it on

    We endorsed Catherine Pugh. We think she should be the next mayor, and based on everything we have seen so far from the preliminary counting of votes from last week's election, we expect she will be the Democratic nominee. That said, we have no quarrel with former mayor Sheila Dixon or anyone else...

  • Six things Catherine Pugh needs to do -- now

    Six things Catherine Pugh needs to do -- now

    Today's Democratic primary didn’t technically elect Catherine Pugh Baltimore’s next mayor, but barring some sort of cataclysmic event between now and November, it might as well have. Since Theodore McKeldin became the city’s last Republican mayor in 1963, the closest anyone has come to knocking...