When the new Baltimore City Council convenes Dec. 8, more than half will take their seats in the chamber for the first time. The newcomers are pledging to push a more liberal agenda than their predecessors, including increasing the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour.
An influential group of Baltimore ministers is calling on the City Council to force a vote next week that would greenlight the Port Covington development, bypassing the committee where necessary legislation has stalled. Several council members say they would support such a move.
A prominent City Councilman says officials have reached an extensive community benefits agreement with the Port Covington developer that includes twice as much lower-income housing and greater commitments to hire local workers.
State Sen. Catherine E. Pugh has opened up a clear lead over former Mayor Sheila Dixon as the mayor's race enters its final month, according to a new poll for the Baltimore Sun and the University of Baltimore.
Baltimore councilman Carl Stokes returns to the podcast as part of Dan's series of interviews with mayoral candidates, and, a year after Freddie Gray's death, the Baltimore County library's common reading program takes on race and the social conditions at the root of 2015's unrest.
Former Mayor Sheila Dixon wants more focus on helping kids cope with trauma and City Councilman Carl Stokes wants extended day classes for many students, under education plans the two mayoral hopefuls released Wednesday.
Baltimore mayoral candidate and City Councilman Carl Stokes said the city agencies charged with community development have become cloistered and lack accountability, problems he vowed to fix Wednesday as he released a plan focused on improving city neighborhoods.
Democrats vying to become Baltimore's next mayor each say they would do a better job creating affordable housing options, ridding the city of vacant properties and targeting investment in struggling neighborhoods.
In awarding the latest subsidy for development in cash-strapped Baltimore, leaders of the City Council on Monday required the developers to set aside millions for the nearby community — a new standard they plan to begin imposing.