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  • Does pay-to-play work in Baltimore City Hall? Some liquor store owners sure think so.

    Does pay-to-play work in Baltimore City Hall? Some liquor store owners sure think so.

    Back when the Senate was considering the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, activists in Maine engaged in an unusually direct effort to sway a presumed swing vote, Republican Sen. Susan Collins. They started amassing pledges for donations to her eventual opponent in 2020, to be...

  • Maryland's new leaders: Time to try transparency

    Maryland's new leaders: Time to try transparency

    Our view: Maryland’s incoming county leaders should commit to keeping voters better informed of what’s happening in local government From Ellicott City to Annapolis, today marks a major turnover in the ranks of Maryland’s county executives, particularly in the Baltimore suburbs where two incumbents...

  • 2017 Marylander of the Year finalists

    2017 Marylander of the Year finalists

    Thanks to our readers for a tremendous outpouring of nominations for the 2017 Marylander of the Year. We have narrowed the choice down to five top contenders who have all worked tirelessly to make this state a better place. Please tell us who you think is most deserving of the honor by voting her...

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  • Alternative Fact of the Week: Holiday bounty and a really big turkey

    Alternative Fact of the Week: Holiday bounty and a really big turkey

    Our view: How does the nation’s top chef turn a heroic former SEAL leader into a holiday scapegoat? It takes a healthy dose of prevarication Here at Alternative Fact of the Week central command, we give thanks for the season’s bounty of jaw-droppers. Why, in Baltimore alone there was the guy who...

  • What Joel Fitzgerald needs to know about Baltimore

    What Joel Fitzgerald needs to know about Baltimore

    If Joel Fitzgerald is confirmed as Baltimore’s next police commissioner, the Philadelphia native and current Fort Worth, Texas, police chief will have a lot to learn. He’ll need a crash course in Baltimore’s neighborhoods and history, its hopes and resentments, its powerful and powerless, its juxtapositions...

  • Congress should move forward on sentencing reform

    Congress should move forward on sentencing reform

    Biased federal laws that have subjected a generation of African-American men to unfair, lengthy prison sentences may finally see reform thanks to an unlikely ally in President Donald Trump. Who knows the motives of the president, who normally takes a hard-nosed approach to crime and is far from...

  • What the Bloomberg gift means for Johns Hopkins — and Baltimore

    What the Bloomberg gift means for Johns Hopkins — and Baltimore

    Michael Bloomberg’s gift of $1.8 billion to Johns Hopkins University is not just notable for its size but its purpose. The largest gift to an academic institution in U.S. history, it has been earmarked for a specific use — to provide scholarships to low- and middle-income students who might not...

  • What we need to know about Joel Fitzgerald before he becomes Baltimore's next police commissioner

    What we need to know about Joel Fitzgerald before he becomes Baltimore's next police commissioner

    City Council President Bernard C. “Jack" Young is promising an unusually thorough and public vetting process for Joel Fitzgerald, Mayor Catherine Pugh’s nominee to take over as Baltimore police commissioner. That's essential. Although Mayor Pugh says she consulted widely before making her choice,...

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