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State Circle Guests

Friday, April 11, 2014

2014 Maryland Legislative Session

Maryland leaders look back on the just completed 2014 Legislative Session.

Sen. Mike Miller
(D) Senate President

Del. Michael Busch
(D) House Speaker

Sen. David Brinkley
(R ) Senate Minority Leader

Del. Kathy Szeliga
(R ) Baltimore & Harford Counties

Friday, March 28, 2014

Newsmaker

The implications of a judge's proposal to streamline bail processes, which would merge bail hearings in one and eliminate hearings before commissioners.

Paul DeWolfe
Public Defender

Friday, March 21, 2014

Newsmaker

The new secretary of Maryland's Department of Natural Resources talks about what the DNR wants from the general assembly this legislative session.

Joe Gill
Secretary, DNR
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/

Friday, February 28, 2014

Ethics in The Workplace

A Prince George’s County Delegate is also a partner in a workers’ comp firm. He worked on legislation to make it easier for injured employees to win compensation. Should legislators advocate for laws that help their businesses? We talk to the Executive Director of Common Cause Maryland about this, and ethics in general.

Jennifer Bevan-Dangel
Executive Director, Common Cause Maryland

Friday, February 21, 2014

Sick Day Legislation

A bill that would mandate Maryland employers to offer paid sick leave to their employees.

Del. John Olszewski
(D) Baltimore County

Del. Kelly Schulz
(R) Frederick County

Friday, February 14, 2014

Goucher Poll

The Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College surveyed Marylanders on issues that range from the federal government to local politics. Find out the results as they're released.

Mileah Kromer, Ph.D.
Director, Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center, Goucher College

Friday, February 7, 2014

Annapolis Face Off

The latest on Maryland's storm water fee.

Del. Tom Hucker
(D) Montgomery County

Del. Cathy Vitale
(R ) Anne Arundel County

Friday, January 31, 2014

Best Tax Tips This Tax Season

Comptroller Peter Franchot shares tax tips for this tax season.

Peter Franchot
Maryland Comptroller
http://www.comp.state.md.us/

Friday, January 24, 2014

Gubernatorial Race

Maryland business owner, Republican Larry Hogan, is set to announce his candidacy for governor next week. He joins us in studio to tell us about his qualifications and campaign.

Larry Hogan
Republican Candidate for Governor

Friday, January 10, 2014

New Mayor

Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides joins us to talk about his new term.

Mike Pantelides
(R) Annapolis Mayor

Friday, January 3, 2014

In Session

Previewing the 2014 Maryland legislative session with the Senate President, House Speaker and GOP leadership.

Sen. Mike Miller
(D) Senate President

Del. Michael Busch
(D) House Speaker

Del. Nicholaus Kipke
(R) House Minority Leader

Sen. David Brinkley
(R) Senate Minority Leader

Friday, December 27, 2013

HBCU

A federal court ruling involving Maryland's historically black schools.

Dr. David Wilson
President, Morgan State University

Political Roundtable

A push for tax cuts in Maryland includes calls to reduce the state's corporate income tax, and some local officials want the stormwater fee repealed.

Richard Rothschild
Carroll County Commissioner

Kristen Weiss
Senior Manager, Blue Water

Friday, December 20, 2013

Jail Scandal

The corruption scandal in the city jails, and what lawmakers want to do about it.

Del. Guy Guzzone
(D) Howard County

Healthcare in Maryland

What does the state's largest organization of doctors want to see happen during the legislative session regarding healthcare?

Gene Ransom
CEO of MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society

Friday, December 13, 2013

HBCU

A federal court ruling involving Maryland's historically black schools.

Dr. David Wilson
President, Morgan State University

Political Roundtable

A push for tax cuts in Maryland includes calls to reduce the state's corporate income tax, and some local officials want the stormwater fee repealed.

Richard Rothschild
Carroll County Commissioner

Kristen Weiss
Senior Manager, Blue Water

Friday, December 6, 2013

Newsmaker

Why has the rollout of Maryland's health care reform been so rocky?

Carolyn Quattrocki
Executive Director, Governor's Office Of Health Care Reform

Political Roundtable

The latest on Maryland's ACA website, questions are being raised about who is responsible for the problems.

Del. Nicholaus Kipke
(R) Anne Arundel

Sen. Lisa Gladden
(D) Baltimore City

Around Maryland

A group of students have discovered a fossilized whale in a section of Calvert Cliffs along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County.

Stephen J. Godfrey
Curator of Paleontology, CMM

John Nance
Collections Manager, CMM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbMpZv4a5S4

Friday, November 29, 2013

Murderers Going Free

We'll discuss a Maryland Court of Appeals ruling to allow convicted murderers to be free.

Mike Millemann
University of Maryland School of Law

Joe Michael
Washington County Deputy State's Attorney

Around Maryland

In this week's around maryland, we visit the sole surviving tidewater plantation in the state open to the public.

Nancy Easterling
Executive Director, Sotterley Plantation

Payday Lenders

Are payday lenders getting around state law with the help of technology?

Mark Kaufman
Commissioner of Financial Regulation
http://www.dllr.state.md.us/finance/frcomm.shtml

Friday, November 22, 2013

Political Roundtable

Join us as we discuss opinions on the upcoming gubernatorial election.

Sen. David Brinkley (R)
Carroll and Frederick Counties

Del. Sandy Rosenberg (D)
Baltimore City

Common Core

The new common core educational standards, why the controversy and what will it mean for teachers and students?

Gary Thrift
Associate Professor and Chair of the School of Education of Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Sandra Stotsky
Professor Emerita, University of Arkansas, Former Senior Associate Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Education

Newsmaker

Fighting homelessness, and the state of the Maryland football program.

Shawne Merriman
Former Maryland Terp and NFL Veteran

Friday, November 15, 2013

The Gettysburg Story

On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, MPT is presenting "The Gettysburg Story", a unique look at the historic battlefield.

Jake Boritt
Producer, The Gettysburg Story

Statewide Issues

New numbers are released showing Marylanders' opinions on everything from the race for Governor to minimum wage to healthcare to marijuana.

Mileah Kromer, Ph.D.
Director, Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College

Around Maryland

A unique experience by canoe of kayak along the Pocomoke River in Worcester County.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBkrS7BoPqY

Ron Pilling
Pocomoke River Canoe Company

Barry Law
Pocomoke River Canoe Company

Newsmaker

NFL Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden is about to receive another honor, he'll become the first Raven to be inducted into the sports legends museum at Camden Yards.

Jonathan Ogden
NFL Hall of Famer

Friday, November 8, 2013

Fracking Controversy

The debate over putting Maryland in the natural gas production business, new techniques make it feasible, but is it safe?

Tommy Landers
Policy Director, MD & DC, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Drew Cobbs
Executive Director, Maryland Petroleum Council

Newsmaker

The state's record keeper is stepping down after decades on the job.

Ed Papenfuse
State Archivist

Friday, November 1, 2013

High-Tech Campaign

How a new campaign tech firm is looking to improve ground game in Maryland races.

Herb Sweren
Co-Founder, CampaignOn

Barry Silverman
Co-Founder, CampaignOn

Newsmaker

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler tells us why he's a good candidate for governor.

Doug Gansler
(D) Candidate For Governor

Friday, October 25, 2013

Political Roundtable

The latest on the Maryland governor race, including the headlines this week made by candidate Doug Gansler.

Todd Eberly
Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Public Policy Studies, Department of Political Science, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Melissa Deckman, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science, Washington College

Newsmaker

The impact of the federal shutdown on Maryland, plus, Amazon's decision to open a warehouse in Baltimore.

Daraius Irani
Regional Economic Studies Institute

The Wounded Warrior Mentor Program

Helping severely wounded troops lead productive and meaningful lives. Click here for more information.
http://wwmp.us

U.S. Army Specialist Sam Walley
Wounded Warrior

Ret. Lt. Col. Lee Miller
Program Director, Wounded Warrior Mentor Program

Ret. Master Sergeant Jim Schweizer
Wounded Warrior Mentor

Friday, October 18, 2013

Race For Governor

A new poll shows who is out in front of the Maryland governor race.

Patrick Gonzales
Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies

Fracking Controversy

Fracking in Maryland, is it money vs. the environment?

Tommy Landers
Policy Director, MD & DC, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Drew Cobbs
Executive Director, Maryland Petroleum Council

Newsmaker

The long time keeper of Maryland records is stepping down.

Ed Papenfuse
State Archivist

Friday, October 11, 2013

Newsmaker

Harford County Executive David Craig tells us why he's a good candidate for governor.

David Craig
(R) Candidate For Governor

Political Roundtable

The top issues in state politics and the impact of the federal government shutdown on Maryland.

Josh Kurtz
Center Maryland
http://www.centermaryland.org/

Erin Cox
Baltimore Sun
http://www.baltimoresun.com

Friday, October 4, 2013

What's the impact of the federal government shutdown on Maryland?

Eloise Foster
Secretary, MD Dept of Budget and Management
http://dbm.maryland.gov/Pages/home.aspx

New Laws

Are you aware of the new cell phone while driving laws in Maryland?

Ragina Averella
AAA Mid-Atlantic

Sgt. Mark Black
MD State Police

Newsmaker

Delegate Heather Mizeur tells us why she's a good candidate for Governor.

Delegate Heather Mizeur
(D) Candidate For Governor

George Takei Discusses Gay Rights

Award winning actor, spokesmen and advocate for gay rights, George Takei talks about gay rights legislation in Maryland and around the country with MPT's Lou Davis.

George Takei
Award Winning Actor, Gay Rights Advocate
https://www.facebook.com/georgehtakei
http://youtu.be/LzogO93_P2s

Friday, September 27, 2013

Race For Maryland Governor

Republican candidate for Governor, Anne Arundel County Delegate Ron George joins us in studio.

Del. Ron George
(R ) Anne Arundel County

Gun Debate

Patrick Shomo, President of the Maryland Shall Issue, and Jenifer Pauliukonis, MD Chapter Leader of Moms Demand Action go head to head on the issue of gun control.

Patrick Shomo
President, Maryland Shall Issue

Jenifer Pauliukonis
MD Chapter Leader of Moms Demand Action

Friday, September 20, 2013

Political Roundtable

The Western Maryland secession movement, Texas Governor Rick Perry vs. Governor O'Malley and the week in Maryland politics.

Matthew Crenson
Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University

John Dedie
Professor of Political Science, CCBC

Minimum Wage Debate

The pros and cons of raising the minimum wage.

Kate Planco Waybright
Executive Director of Progressive Maryland

Rob Santoni
Maryland Food Dealers Council

Around Maryland

In this week's Around Maryland, a hidden treasure on the lower eastern shore, our Lou Davis visits the The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art.

Lora Bottinelli
Executive Director, The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art
http://www.wardmuseum.org/

Friday, September 13, 2013

Montgomery County Leader

The leader of the state's largest county and newly elected president of county executives of America joins us in the studio.

Isiah Leggett
Montgomery County Executive
http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/exec/

Race For Maryland Governor

Republican candidate for governor, Charles Lollar joins us in studio.

Charles Lollar
(R) Governor Candidate

Friday, September 6, 2013

Political Roundtable

The news of the week, plus the 2014 elections.

Sen. James Rosapepe (D)
Prince George's County & Anne Arundel County

Del. Justin Ready (R)
Carroll County

Community College Boon Over?

Why enrollment is down at community colleges.

Dawn Lindsay, Ph.d
AACC President

Around Maryland

How Biblical interpretations inspired African American art is the focus of a new exhibit at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Charles Robinson takes a look at Ashe to Amen.

Terry Taylor
Education Programs Coordinator

Friday, August 30, 2013

Murderers Going Free

We'll discuss a Maryland Court of Appeals ruling to allow convicted murderers to be free.

Mike Millemann
University of Maryland School of Law

Joe Michael
Washington County Deputy State's Attorney

Around Maryland

In this week's around maryland, we visit the sole surviving tidewater plantation in the state open to the public.

Nancy Easterling
Executive Director, Sotterley Plantation

Payday Lenders

Are payday lenders getting around state law with the help of technology?

Mark Kaufman
Commissioner of Financial Regulation
http://www.dllr.state.md.us/finance/frcomm.shtml

Friday, August 23, 2013

An Extraordinary Day In History

An extraordinary day in history, August 28, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington when 250,000 men and women gathered peacefully on the national mall. Dr. King left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of a nation with his stirring "I have a dream" speech. Charles Robinson has a report from a special exhibit at the Newseum.

Patty Rhule
Exhibit Development Newseum

Simeon Booker
Author, Shocking the Conscience

Political Roundtable

The latest news in the Maryland governor's race, plus the week in politics

Rob Lang
WBAL Radio

Alexander Pyles
The Daily Record

Friday, August 9, 2013

Political Roundtable

The latest in Maryland politics.

Richard Vatz, Ph.D.
Professor of Rhetoric and Communication, Towson University

Herb Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science, McDaniel College

Friday, July 26, 2013

Summer in Ocean City

Mayor Rick Meehan of Ocean City joins us to discuss summer tourism in Ocean City and all the activities happening at the beach this summer.

Rick Meehan
Mayor, Ocean City

Chief Ross Buzzuro, Ocean City Police Department's Chief of Police talks about his new role, and gives us an update on summer safety in Ocean City.

Ross Buzzuro
Chief of Police, Ocean City

Friday, July 12, 2013

Political Roundtable

The week in Maryland politics, including the latest on the race for governor.

Donald Norris
Professor & Chair of the Department of Public Policy, & Director of the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research

John Dedie
Professor, Political Science, Community College of Baltimore County

50 Years Later: Desegregation of Gwynn Oak Park Celebrated

50 years later, desegregation of Gwynn Oak Amusement Park celebrated

Pete O'Neal
Producer, Gwynn Oak Park Desegregation

Beverly O'Neal
Organizer, 50th Anniversary Gwynn Oak Park Desegregation

Friday, June 21, 2013

New Mass Transit Line

The challenge of building a new mass transit line thru the heart of a major city.

Henry Kay
Director of Transit Development, MTA

Ben Rosenberg
Right Rail coalition

Retiring Chief Judge

Maryland's chief Judge is stepping down, having reached the mandatory retirement age of 70. Robert Bell has served as a judge at each level of the state's courts and broken barriers, as the 1st African American Chief Judge and way back when, as a high school student in segregated baltimore.

Chief Judge Robert Bell
MD Court of Appeals

Friday, June 14, 2013

NSA Scandal

The national spy scandal in our backyard. A former Maryland resident exposes documents from the Fort Meade based national security agency.

Michael Greenberger
Founder and director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security at the University of Maryland, Baltimore

Political Roundtable

The gubernatorial primary is coming up on june 24th... of next year... so is it too early for all this campaign activity.

Alexander Pyles
Daily Record

Barry Rascovar
PolitcalMaryland.com