In the "relax" robocall trial against former Ehrlich aide Paul Schurick, the defense is focusing on character, but the real issues are what he knew and when, and whether jurors buy the defense claim that the call was meant to inspire Ehrlich supporters, not dissuade people from going to the polls.
Politicians in other states might be reluctant to stand up for an official accused of corruption, but in Maryland, leading elected officials have testified as character witnesses for state Sen. Ulysses Currie, who is charged with bribery.
Mathilde B. "Mimi" Lee, who as the wife of Maryland Lt. Gov. Blair Lee eschewed the political life of Annapolis in favor physical activities such as hiking and swimming, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at Laurel Regional Hospital. She was 91.
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun
At annual Tawes crab-and-politics fest, gubernatorial hopefuls Comptroller Peter Franchot and former Ehrlich appointments secretary Larry Hogan showed, but Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Attorney General Doug Gansler were no-shows.
William Donald Schaefer was buried Wednesday after a warm and often humorous service attended by much of Maryland's political establishment past and present as well as citizens who felt a personal kinship to the former mayor and governor
Former governor, comptroller and Baltimore mayor William Donald Schaefer lay in state in the Maryland State House rotunda this morning under the guard of two state troopers standing at the foot and head end of the closed casket draped with an American flag.
By By Meredith Cohn, Arthur Hirsch and Raven L. Hill and The Baltimore Sun
Before he is laid to rest next Wednesday at a quiet suburban cemetery, the body of former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor William Donald Schaefer will be taken on a grand "final tour" of the iconic city sites he is largely responsible for making reality.
William Donald Schaefer, the dominant political figure of the past four decades of Maryland history, died yesterday after a "do-it-now" career that included four terms as Baltimore mayor, two as the state's governor and two as comptroller.