As a media critic, the 2020 political story that speaks loudest to me in these early days of the campaign is the way that all of the Democratic candidates are after a magic mix of media that will help separate them from the pack as Donald Trump did with cable TV and Twitter in 2016.
With Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous running on a campaign platform well to the left of center, some prominent Democrats are keeping a conspicuous distance. Some are even embracing the re-election campaign of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand came to Baltimore to stump for Democratic candidate for governor Ben Jealous. Gillibrand joins other national Democratic figures, including former Vice President Joe Biden and senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in supporting Jealous.
Maryland Democrats turned to a homegrown star and an up-and-comer from New Jersey Monday night as the state's majority party worked to dig out from the rubble of last year's crushing defeat in the race for governor.
Two U.S. senators are trying to introduce one form of the European right to be forgotten stateside in their new Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment (R.E.D.E.E.M.) Act, a bill that would effectively expunge federal non-violent criminal records by sealing them from view of employment background checks.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her security detail made two dozen out-of-state trips in 2013. The mayor's supporters applaud her travel, saying she is representing the city well before groups across the country. But some question whether it's possible to govern as effectively from out of town.