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State Circle Guests

Friday, April 22, 2016

Annapolis Face Off

Lawmakers consider changes to the system of electing judges.

Del. Terri Hill
(D) Baltimore & Howard Counties

Del. Jill Carter
(D) Baltimore City

Newsmakers

The Treasury Department announces Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the twenty dollar bill.

Roni Jolley, Ph.D
Director of Education, Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Cheryl LaRoche, Ph.D
Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park

Republican Candidates For U.S. Senate

Kathy Szeliga
Chrys Kefalas
Richard Douglas

Friday, April 15, 2016

NEWSMAKER

Congresswoman Donna Edwards joins us to talk about her campaign running for the U.S. Senate.

Rep. Donna Edwards
(D) Maryland

Friday, April 8, 2016

NEWSMAKER

Chris Van Hollen joins us to talk about his US Senate campaign.

Chris Van Hollen
(D) U.S. Senate Candidate

Friday, March 18, 2016

NEWSMAKER

Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby joins us to talk about her push in Annapolis to protect victims of sexual assault.

Marilyn Mosby
State's Attorney for Baltimore City

Friday, March 11, 2016

Annapolis Face-Off

Lawmakers in the House Judiciary Committee consider major changes to the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights (LEOBR), however not everyone agrees with the proposed changes.

Del. Curt Anderson
(D) Baltimore City

Del. Susan McComas
(R) Harford County

Friday, March 4, 2016

Tax Season Prep

What you need to be aware of this tax season plus practices for best tax prep.

Peter Franchot
Comptroller of Maryland

Reporter Roundtable

A look at this week in Maryland politics.

Charles Robinson
MPT

Steve Lash
The Daily Record

Friday, February 26, 2016

New Goucher Poll Numbers

What the numbers say about Governor Hogan, the candidates in the Senate race and much more.

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

Reporter Roundtable

A look at this week in Maryland politics.

Charles Robinson
MPT

Anjali Shastry
The Washington Times

Friday, February 12, 2016

Annapolis Face-Off

Maryland lawmakers debate gun safety legislation.

Del. Will Smith
(D) Montgomery County

Del. Susan McComas
(R) Harford County

Reporter Roundtable

A look at this week in Maryland politics.

Charles Robinson
MPT

Danielle Gaines
Frederick News Post

Friday, February 5, 2016

Annapolis Face-Off

Maryland lawmakers introduce bills in both the House and Senate that would guarantee a week of paid sick leave for all workers.

Del. Nicholaus Kipke
(R) House Minority Leader

Del. Luke Clippinger
(D) Baltimore City

Reporter Roundtable

A look at the latest in Maryland politics including reactions to Gov. Larry Hogan's State of the State address.

Charles Robinson
MPT

Josh Hicks
The Washington Post

Friday, January 29, 2016

Annapolis Face-Off

A close look at Gov. Larry Hogan's proposals on taxes and spending.

Sen. Addie Eckardt
(R) Eastern Shore

Sen. Bill Ferguson
(D) Baltimore City

Friday, December 25, 2015

Faces Of Heroin

It's easy to get hooked and hard to escape, a crisis for our community and the many faces of heroin. Emergency rooms have seen heroin cases triple since the beginning of the decade. We think we know what this is all about, what it's like to be hooked, how it happens, tonight we meet some of the people affected.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Fantasy Sports Gambling

The state investigates fantasy sports gambling.

Byron Warnken
Attorney

Mistrial

The mistrial in the case of Officer William Porter, the first police officer to face trail in the death of Freddie Gray.

Roya Hanna
Defense Attorney

Dwight Pettit
Civil Rights Attorney

Friday, December 11, 2015

Marijuana Program in Maryland

The outgoing executive director of the Maryland cannabis commission will discuss the implementation of the medical marijuana program in Maryland.

Hannah Byron
Executive Director, Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission

Friday, December 4, 2015

First Officer Faces Jury

Week one in the first of the Freddie Gray trials.Officer William Porter is the first of the accused officers to face a jury.

Charles Robinson
mpt.org

Justin Jouvenal
The Washington Post

Del. Keith Haynes
(D) Baltimore City

Friday, November 20, 2015

Lyme Disease Battle

What lawmakers are proposing in the battle against Lyme disease.

Del.Karen Lewis Young
(D) Frederick County

Del. Kathryn Afzali
(R) Carroll & Frederick Counties

Friday, November 13, 2015

NEWSMAKER

Rep. John Sarbanes stops by to talk about campaign financing as well as next year's President Election.

Rep. John Sarbanes
(D) Maryland

Political Roundtable

A look at the latest in Maryland politics.

Max Hilaire
Chair, Political Science, Morgan State University

John Dedie
Political Science Professor, CCBC

Friday, October 16, 2015

Battle For New House Speaker

John Boehner is resigning as Speaker of the House and Republicans can't agree on a replacement.

Rep. Andy Harris
(R) Maryland

Police Body Cameras

The practical and legal challenges to the use of police body cameras.

John Fitzgerald
Chevy Chase Police Chief

David Rocah
Senior Staff Attorney | ACLU of Maryland

Around Maryland

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg has several labs around the state looking at environmental science. MPT's Charles Robinson visits one in Frostburg.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Death With Dignity

Doctor assisted suicide gains an important backer in Maryland

Shira Wakschlag
Staff Attorney, The Arc

Brandi Alexander
National Constituency Manager, Compassion & Choices

New Poll Numbers

Good news for Governor Hogan, not so good news for former Governor O'Malley

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

Friday, October 2, 2015

India Awakes

A documentary airing on October 7th @ 10pm on MPT explores India's new economic and personal freedom. MPT's Charles Robinson visits the Embassy of India for a chat with the Indian Ambassador to the U.S.

Arun Kumar Singh
Indian Ambassador to the United States

Friday, September 25, 2015

Baltimore Police Commissioner

Baltimore Police Commissioner discusses the aftermath of the riots, gun violence, and becoming the permanent Commissioner.

Kevin Davis
Baltimore Police Commissioner

Friday, September 18, 2015

City Jail

Secretary of Corrections will discuss the closing of the city jail.

Stephen Moyer
Secretary of Corrections

Friday, September 4, 2015

American Graduate

Charles Robinson takes a close look at a program that promises a second chance at a high school diploma for young people who had given up on education.

Kerry Owings, manager of Youth Opportunity (YO!) Westside Community Center in Baltimore, joins us to discuss how teens and young adults turn their lives around through programs provided by the City of Baltimore and its partners.

Kerry Owings
Manager, YO! Westside Community Center
http://www.yobaltimore.org/

Gaming Responsibly

Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica stops by to discuss how the Marylan dLottery and Gaming contributed $1.012 billion to the state in FY2015.

Gordon Medenica
Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director

Friday, August 28, 2015

Around Maryland

A number of communities around Maryland have decided to give local farmers a leg up by creating Farmer's Markets. Charles Robinson takes a look at one created in a Baltimore park.

Friday, August 21, 2015

American Graduate

Charles Robinson takes a close look at a program that promises a second chance at a high school diploma for young people who had given up on education.

Kerry Owings, manager of Youth Opportunity (YO!) Westside Community Center in Baltimore, joins us to discuss how teens and young adults turn their lives around through programs provided by the City of Baltimore and its partners.

Kerry Owings
Manager, YO! Westside Community Center
http://www.yobaltimore.org/

Gaming Responsibly

Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica stops by to discuss how the Marylan dLottery and Gaming contributed $1.012 billion to the state in FY2015.

Gordon Medenica
Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director

Friday, August 14, 2015

Political Roundtable

A look at the Red Line fallout, the issue of redistricting and more in local politics.

Del. Robert Flanagan
(R) Howard County

Del. Sandy Rosenberg
(D) Baltimore City

Partnership To Fight Crime

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland stops by to talk about the federal partnership with the Baltimore police meant to fight crime and violence.

Rod Rosenstein
US Attorney for the District of Maryland

Friday, August 7, 2015

Common Core

A close look at the new tests meant to match the Common Core standards and their impact.

Casey Day-Kells
Frederick County Teachers Association

Joseph Ganem
Professor, Loyola University

Newsmaker

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen talks about new strategies to combat the surge in heroin deaths.

Dr. Leana Wen
Baltimore City Health Commissioner

Friday, July 31, 2015

US Senate Race

Congresswoman Donna Edwards joins us to talk about her campaign running for the U.S. Senate.

Rep. Donna Edwards
(D) Maryland

Early Learning Strategies

We're putting the spotlight on early learning strategies and why keeping kids involved in after school and summer programs is key in their academic success.

Ellie Mitchell
Director, Maryland Out OF School Time Network

Friday, July 10, 2015

Newsmaker

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford
(R) Maryland

Political Roundtable

Del. Nicholaus Kipke
(R) Anne Arundel

Del. Brooke Lierman
(D) Baltimore City

Friday, July 3, 2015

Protecting The Health of the Chesapeake Bay

With the summer underway, State Circle goes on the road to the Chesapeake Bay with reports from a Pocomoke poultry farm, an interview with Del. Dan Morhaim talking about his microbeads bill and interviews with a grain producer and a riverkeeper, plus, a Sandy Point State Park ranger looking at the 60 years of the park on the Bay.

Jeffrey Horstman
Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy

Kevin Anderson
Grain Producer

Steve McCoy
Park Manager, Sandy Point State Park

Del. Dan Morhaim
(D) Baltimore County

Friday, June 26, 2015

Political Roundtable

A look at the latest announcements by the Hogan administration and their impact.

Melissa Deckman
Washington College

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

Newsmaker

Maryland Comptroller, Peter Franchot, joins us to talk what the latest Hogan health announcement means for the state.

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

Friday, June 19, 2015

Purple Line Debate

A decision is expected soon from Governor Hogan on whether to build the purple line. The proposed light rail line would run East and West across the Washington suburbs.

Ben Ross
Author, Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism

Christopher Summers
Founder & President, Maryland Public Policy Institute

Political Roundtable

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

John Bullock
Assistant Professor, Towson University

Around Maryland

Baltimore Orchard Project

Friday, June 12, 2015

What's New At The Beach?

Summer means a trip to Ocean City for vacationers far and wide.

Mayor Rick Meehan
Ocean City

Newsmaker

The legislature's new public safety workgroup holds its first meeting.

Sen. Catherine Pugh
(D) Baltimore City

Friday, June 5, 2015

Homeless Teens

This week we focus on homeless teens as MPT's Yolanda Vazquez visits the state's only shelter dedicated to teenagers and Shalita O'Neale, Founder & CEO, Hope Forward will appear in studio to broaden the discussion.

Shalita O'Neale
Founder & CEO, Hope Forward

Cindy Williams
President/CEO, Loving Arms

Debra Brooks
Executive Director, Student Services, Baltimore County Public Schools

Mary Jo Slowey
Homeless Liaison, Baltimore County Public Schools

Sue DeSantis
Homeless Services Administrator, Baltimore Co. Dept. of Planning

The Maryland National Guard

More than 3,000 Maryland National Guardsmen and women were called to patrol Baltimore city streets during the recent unrest connected to the death of Freddie Gray. Major General Linda Singh serves as the 29th adjutant general of Maryland. The adjutant general is responsible for the daily operations of the Maryland Military Department, which includes the Maryland Army National Guard, Maryland Air National Guard, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and Maryland Defense Force.

Major General Linda Singh
Maryland Adjutant General
http://www.md.ngb.army.mil/index.html

Friday, May 29, 2015

Baltimore Riots and Protests Aftermath

State Circle is on the road this week to west Baltimore. Jeff Salkin takes a walk thru the Sandtown Winchester neighborhood with Rep. Elijah Cummings and visits with a prominent pastor across from Mondawmin Mall and Charles Robinson look at how NAACP volunteers are helping in the area.

Rep. Elijah Cummings
(D) Maryland

Pastor Donte Hickman
Southern Baptist Church

Tesa Hill Alston
Baltimore NAACP

Friday, May 22, 2015

Protecting The Health of the Chesapeake Bay

With the unofficial start of summer this weekend, State Circle goes on the road to the Chesapeake Bay with reports from a Pocomoke poultry farm, an interview with Del. Dan Morhaim talking about his microbeads bill and interviews with a grain producer and a riverkeeper, plus, a Sandy Point State Park ranger looking at the 60 years of the park on the Bay.

Jeffrey Horstman
Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy

Kevin Anderson
Grain Producer

Steve McCoy
Park Manager, Sandy Point State Park

Del. Dan Morhaim
(D) Baltimore County

Friday, May 15, 2015

State of Horse Racing In Maryland

The nation's eyes once again on Baltimore for the second leg of the triple crown while the city continues to move forward after the riots and protests connected to the death of Freddie Gray. Top leaders in Maryland's horse racing industry weigh in on the state of racing on State Circle's May 15th program and we go to the Pimlico neighborhood for what businesses and neighbors have to say.

Bruce Quade
MD Racing Commissioner

Sal Sinatra
MD Jockey Club

Friday, May 8, 2015

Riots & Protests Political Fallout

What is the political fallout from the unrest in Baltimore and how soon will businesses start to recover, plus the renewed debate over the state's law enforcement officers bill of rights.

Sen. Bob Cassilly
(R) Harford County

Sen. Lisa Gladden
(D) Baltimore City

Rob Lang
WBAL- Radio

Friday, May 1, 2015

Baltimore Uprising

Turn to MPT's ‪State Circle today for a comprehensive look at this week's ongoing Baltimore protests and their impact, and the latest on the criminal charges filed against six Baltimore City police officers in the Freddie Gray case.

A. Dwight Pettit
Civil Rights Attorney

Byron L. Warnken
Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law

Friday, April 17, 2015

Analyzing The 2015 Legislative Session

State Circle goes on the road as Jeff Salkin hosts the show from the state house with interviews from Senate President Miller, House Speaker Busch, Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings, and we’ll hear from Gov. Hogan on the just completed legislative session.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Annapolis Face-Off

Del. Jason Buckel and Del. Terri Hill join us from Annapolis to discuss their views over hydraulic fracturing or fracking for natural gas in Western Maryland.

Del. Jason Buckel
(R) Allegany County

Del. Terri Hill
(D) Baltimore and Howard Counties

Friday, March 27, 2015

Annapolis Face-Off

Del. Curt Anderson and Del. Neil Parrott discuss their positions over a bill that requires removing mandatory minimum sentences for some drug crimes.

Del. Curt Anderson
(D) Baltimore City

Del. Neil Parrott
(R) Washington County

Friday, March 20, 2015

Annapolis Face-Off

Del. Shane Pendergrass and Del. John Cluster discuss their positions over the much-debated death with dignity bill.

Del. Shane Pendergrass
(D) Howard County

Del. John Cluster
(R) Baltimore County

Friday, March 13, 2015

Newsmaker

Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn joins us to talk about light rail and targeted inspections of bridges statewide.

Pete Rahn
Transportation Secretary

Friday, February 20, 2015

Newsmaker

The newly appointed secretary of Maryland's Department of Business and Economic Development talks with MPT's Jeff Salkin about his new role.

R. Michael Gill
Secretary, Department of Business & Economic Development

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sick Days Bill

A new bill would require employers with 10 or more employees to provide paid sick and safe leave.

Sen. Catherine Pugh
(D) Baltimore City

Sen. Edward Reilly
(R) Anne Arundel County

Friday, February 6, 2015

Newsmaker

The newly appointed secretary of the Department of Budget and Management talks about his new role and budget implementation.

David Brinkley
Secretary, MD Dept. of Budget and Management

Friday, January 30, 2015

Newsmaker

Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer Jr. joins us to talk about the state's insurance markets and why Maryland needs more insurers.

Al Redmer, Jr.
Maryland Insurance Commissioner

Friday, January 23, 2015

Inauguration Address

Lawmakers' take on Governor Larry Hogan's inauguration address and his budget announcement.

Sen. Lisa Gladden
(D) Baltimore City

Del. Herb McMillan
(R) Anne Arundel County