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How Did The Democrats Do At The Iowa Brown And Black Forum?

Iowa Brown and Black CaucusJanuary 12, 2016 – Segment 2

Today our panel of guests reflect on the Iowa Brown and Black Forum, the nation’s oldest minority-focused Presidential forum. All three Democratic Presidential candidates will participate. Our panel of guests includes Charles Ellison, political strategist and Host of The Ellison Report on WEAA; Dani McClain, contributing writer for The Nation and Fellow at the Nation Institute where she focuses on race and reproductive justice; and ER Shipp, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Journalist-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Journalism at Morgan State University.

State Of The State Address

Governor Martin O'MalleyJanuary 27, 2014 – Segment 3

We move to politics, with a review and commentaries on Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s final State of the State Address, issued last week. Our panel includes: Marta Mossburg, Visiting Fellow at the Maryland Public Policy Institute and syndicated columnist; Charles Robinson, political and business correspondent for Maryland Public Television; and Bryan Sears, government reporter for The Daily Record.


11th Annual Annapolis Summit: Governor Martin O’Malley Discusses Agenda for Last Year as Governor

Governor Martin O'MalleyJanuary 10, 2014 – Segment 2

We listen back to Wednesday’s 11th Annual Annapolis Summit! Tune in to hear what Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has to say about the issues facing our state in 2014, and his priorities in his last year as governor.


January 9, 2013 – Hour 2

In part two of our special two-hour broadcast from the 10th annual Annapolis Summit, we hear from Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley about issues affecting our state in the upcoming year, from the proposed youth jail in Baltimore to statewide gun control.

September 5, 2012 – Segment 2

The Democratic National Convention kicked off its first official day yesterday in Charlotte, NC with speakers who set the tone for the convention, including Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. We host a roundtable discussion to talk about the DNC and what it means for the election.

We also receive calls from Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Delegate Mary Washington about their experiences thus far in Charlotte at the DNC.


To learn more about the Suffolk University Poll of Unlikely Voters mentioned in this podcast, please click here.

April 10, 2012 – Segment 1

Last night for the first time since 1992, the legislative session ended without agreement on a budget for the next fiscal year.  A “doomsday budget” will go into effect, slashing state programs, unless Governor Martin O’Malley calls a special session and lawmakers are able to pass a budget.  We’re joined by four lawmakers to discuss the session, and the next steps in the budgeting process.
Our panel is:
Mary Washington, Delegate from District 43 in Baltimore
Shawn Tarrant, Delegate from District 40 in Baltimore
Tom Hucker, Delegate from District 20 in Montgomery County
Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Delegate from District 37B, in Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot & Wicomico Counties

March 7, 2011 – Segment 2

With federal stimulus money gone and the recession still far from over, Maryland faces a $1.6 billion budget gap this year.  In Governor Martin O’Malley’s budget proposal for this year, one of the measures he suggests for closing that gap is $94 million in cuts to education.  Our guests today debate the necessity of the cuts, and discuss what they would mean for schools, municipalities, students, and teachers around the state.
Joining us are:
Matthew Gallagher, Chief of Staff for Governor Martin O’Malley
Bebe Verdery, Director of the Education Reform Project at the ACLU of Maryland

February 17, 2011 – Hour 2

There weren’t very many surprises in Governor Martin O’Malley’s 2011 State of the State Address, but there was one big one.  When Governor O’Malley announced a proposal to ban the installation of septic tanks in new developments across the state, it sent shock waves through environmental, business, and political circles.  In this week’s episode of On Delmarva we speak about what the ban would mean economically and environmentally.  Joining us are:
Richard E. Hall, Maryland Secretary of Planning
Gail M. Bartkovich, President of the Wicomico County Council
Tom  Horton, On Delmarva correspondent and former environmental reporter for the Baltimore Sun

February 3, 2011 – Hour 2

Today Governor Martin O’Malley gave the 2011 State of the State Address to a joint session of the legislature in Annapolis.  We were there, and caught up with some of our Senators and Representatives to get their thoughts on the speech and their priorities for the session.
We spoke with:
Representative Maggie McIntosh
Senator Catherine Pugh
Representative Heather Mizeur
Representative Shawn Tarrant

January 27, 2011 – Hour 1

If you tuned in for On Delmarva last week, you heard Ted Wycall, Jake Day, and James Adkins take on the big questions facing farmers on Delmarva, our food systems, and how we can feed everyone at a low cost without harming the environment.  We enjoyed talking with them so much that we invited them back to continue the conversation!

Ted Wycall is the proprietor of Greenbranch Farm in Salisbury, MD
Jake Day is Town Planning Manager for the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy
James Adkins is an agricultural scientist and farmer, and a member of the Wicomico County Young Farmers

Then, we’ll hear questions from Don Rush and other audience members who were present at our 2011 Annapolis Summit with Governor Martin O’Malley, House Speaker Michael Bush, and Senate President Mike Miller.

Finally, don’t miss a report from On Delmarva correspondent Tom Horton, who went out onto the Chesapeake with soft-shell crabber David Laird.

January 12, 2011 – Hour 2

Today, Maryland’s General Assembly convenes for the 428th legislative session in Annapolis. Marc interviews Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley before a live audience a few hours before the session officially opens.

November 11, 2010 – Hour 1

While Maryland remains a steadfastly Democratic state by and large, Maryland’s 1st Congressional District voted to oust first-term Democratic Congressman Frank Kratovil in favor of Rebuplican candidate Andy Harris last week.  All other Congressional incumbents throughout the state, as well as Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley, held their seats.

We’re joined in Salisbury, Maryland by a panel of 1st District residents for our weekly series On Delmarva.  Our guests are former Republican candidate for State Delegate Bonnie Luna, environmental writer Tom Horton, Somerset County NAACP President Kirkland Hall, and Public Radio Delmarva News Director Don Rush.

October 12, 2010 – Hour 1

Last night, Maryland gubernatorial candidates Martin O’Malley and Robert Ehrlich had their first debate of this election campaign.  Today, we’ll discuss the debate and the race between our current and former Governors.  Anthony McCarthy co-hosts with Marc, and we’re joined by:

Susan Turnbull – Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party

Tony Campbell – Chairman-elect of the Baltimore County Republican Party

October 5, 2010 – Hour 1

The headlines about this year’s gubernatorial race in Maryland are all about the rematch between Governor Martin O’Malley and former Governor Robert Ehrlich.  Today on the Marc Steiner Show we bring you one of the candidates whose voice is often left out of the stories.  Joining us in the studio is Maria Allwine, Green Party Candidate in the gubernatorial race.  She joins us to discuss her solutions for Maryland’s economic woes, the extent that our two party system shuts out third-party candidates, and what steps she would take if she were elected governor.

July 1, 2010 – Segment 1

We revisit the state’s plan to build a $100 million detention center for youth tried as adults.  The Governor and some state officials argue that the facility is the only way to ensure that the most violent youth offenders are separated both from the population of adult inmates, and from other youth who are not charged with such serious crimes.  Advocates argue that the money should be diverted to crime prevention and community building projects, and that there are other ways to keep the three groups separate.
Our guests are:
Read a letter from Governor Martin O’Malley to Hathaway Ferebee of the Safe and Sound Campaign that details his support for the new facility by clicking the attachment below.
Click here for a petition advocating against building this new jail.

May 24, 2010 – Segment 3

Both Governor Martin O’Malley and former Governor Robert Ehrlich made campaign promises to reform Maryland’s flawed juvenile justice system.  We check in to see whether those promises were met, and where the state’s system is today.  Our guests are:
Kimberly Armstrong, founder and Executive Director of the Eric R. Villines Advocacy Institute, which works to reform juvenile justice. Kimberly lost her 16-year-old son to street violence. 
State Senator Bobby Zirkin, who represents Maryland’s 11th District
Angela Conyers Johnese, Juvenile Justice Director for Advocates for Children and Youth

February 2, 2010 – Segment 3

Today, Governor Martin O’Malley gave his fourth State of the State address in before a joint session of the Maryland General Assembly. We talk turkey about jobs, the budget, bi-partisanship and other issues facing the state of Maryland.

Tonight’s in-studio panel included:

February 2, 2010 – Segment 1

Today Governor Martin O’Malley gave his fourth State of the State address to Maryland lawmakers. In this first segment, we focus on the budget changes intended for the coming year. Marc and Anthony McCarthy speak with a number of key players in Maryland government to hear their perspectives on the Governor’s goals.

We spoke with:




January 21, 2010 – Hour 1

For our first hour, we’re joined by a panel to discuss the new state budget proposed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. How will budget cuts impact you? How will they affect our upcoming elections?

We are joined by phone by Senator David Brinkley, State Senator from District 4.

Tonight’s in-studio panel included:


January 13, 2010 – Hour 1


Today, Maryland’s General Assembly convenes for the 427th legislative session in Annapolis. Marc interviews Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley before a live audience a few hours before the session officially opens.

August 26, 2009 – Hour 1

For the first hour of today’s show, Marc was joined by guests to reflect upon the life of Senator Edward Kennedy.  The discussion panel included:

Andres Alonso Blasts Michael Steele

Michael Steele is making numerous headlines today for his apology to Rush Limbaugh.  Locally, he is also making headlines after being called out by Baltimore School’s CEO Andres Alonso at a public forum which also featured Governor Martin O’Malley last night at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore.  Alonso demanded an apology from Steele for promises he made to that school in the past, which he never kept.

Our reporter Melody Simmons was there.  Click the podcast player to hear her recording of Alonso’s remarks on Steele, and also on Governor O’Malley.

February 2, 2009

Cuts to Maryland’s education budget have been delayed for the moment as the state waits to see whether the federal stimulus package will inject money into struggling school systems. But Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Andres Alonso is still worried about how the system will fare in the current economic climate, and has sparred in recent weeks with Governor Martin O’Malley over the potential budget cuts. Dr. Alonso joined Marc in studio today to discuss how Baltimore’s students and teachers will weather these tough times.  

Joining the conversation were Matt Hornbeck, Principal of Hampstead Hill Academy, and Tisha Edwards, former Principal of the Baltimore Freedom Academy.

You can find Bob Embry’s op-ed discussing whether Maryland’s schools really are the best in the country on the Baltimore Sun website.


January 22, 2009

Governor Martin O’Malley has submitted his 2010 budget proposal. The proposed cuts would see the state’s operating budget shrink by 1.3%. Layoffs of 700 state workers and cuts in aid to community colleges, local libraries and jails would help the state meet the $2 billion fiscal shortfall. Marc spoke with the Governor today about his proposal and the challenges facing the state in today’s worsening economic climate.

Then, live on the show, a panel of guests offers diverse opinions on the budget.

Neil Bergsman of the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute helps explain what the budget cuts could mean for you. Neil helped Maryland Commons develop a game that allows you to take control of the Maryland Budget. How would your cuts differ from the administration’s? Click here to play!

Patrick Moran, the director of AFSCME Maryland, joins the show to argue that the planned layoff of 700 state workers will harm the state more than help it.

State Delegate and Minority Whip Christopher Shank (R, District 2B, Washington County), argues that the budget fails to provide a bold new vision for the state, and that eliminating new government programs and lowering tax rates would best stimulate the state’s economy.  


January 14, 2009 Hour Two

Today, Maryland’s General Assembly will convene for the 426th legislative session in Annapolis. It is going to be a tough year for lawmakers. The global fiscal crisis has hit Maryland, and there is a large budget shortfall to make up for. Marc interviewed Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley before a live studio audience just a few hours before the session officially opened.

drawing by Tom Chalkley



Listen to Hour 1

September 8, 2008

Governor Martin O’Malley joined Marc Steiner in the studio for the premier daily edition of The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9FM. He and Marc discussed the coming referendum on slot machines, Maryland’s fiscal future, school construction funding, the 2008 presidential election, and more!

3/28/08 Constellation Deal

So, what is up with this deal between O’Malley and Constellation? Where are the voices of dissent? Where are the voices in our state legislature, in print, on TV and in radio who are raising questions about this so-called settlement?

Martin O’Malley ran on a campaign to address consumers being shortchanged, over-charged and ripped off by Constellation and their home state company BGE as a result of the 1999 deregulation of the industry. A move pushed by Sen. Pres Mike Miller and one of the forgotten forces behind all that lobbying in Annapolis in 1999 – ENRON.

The state government and Constellation say this will allow us to deal with a looming energy crisis in the next few years that will lead to brownouts across the state. We don’t generate enough electricity for our growth. But how does this “settlement” address that issue?

OK, so now we are getting some credit and rebates and the state won’t have to pay the bill of deactivating Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plants. We all get back $175 if we are lucky and they get to profit millions or even billions. We are still saddled with at least a 72% increase in our rates. Governor and state leaders, tell that to our bank accounts every month!

Because of the settlement, there will be no more investigations into stranded costs paid to Constellation to compensate them for losses that never occurred when they took over BGE plants. What about the investigation into the corporate relationship between BGE and Constellation? What about the accusation that Constellation sells Maryland energy sources outside the state, then sells them back to us, to BGE for huge profits? No further investigations into the wholesale power auctions and our exponentially rising utility bills! Investigations in 2005 and 2006 clearly showed something amiss. It clearly appeared we were being gouged and huge profits were being made. We will never know the answer to what happened to us and what Constellation really did.

No subpoena power for the Public Service Commission! How will they get to the bottom of anything as they look at re-regulation of the industry and plan for the energy future of our state? Steve Larsen, Chairman of the PSC, on my show, said he wanted the answers to this and more. Now his hands are tied.

Constellation stock is now on the rise. They can have outside investors without state regulatory approval.

What about the future? Hydropower will have its end. Our dams can’t handle the load and the silt is building up. Solar, wind and nuclear will take years to make a dent in our total energy supply. Does this give Constellation the power and right to continue to mine coal, spew its death into the air, and make West Virginia look like a moonscape after the tops of our most ancient mountains are lopped off?

We need better answers to what de-regulation did and what was going on between Constellation and BGE. We need a better plan for our energy future than we are getting.

State legislators need to raise their voices and raise questions. Our local media needs to investigate and keep this discussion alive. We all need to be involved at whatever level we can to keep the pressure on.

Dealing with the power of Constellation Energy and the rates we pay was a central theme of Martin O’Malley’s run for Governor. This shows all too well the power that corporate giants have in our state political process. I know Governor O’Malley felt pushed against a wall. We have a very precarious energy future in the next few years. This settlement, however, was not the answer. It was not even close.


3/3/08 Monday Morning Thoughts


Fifteen years ago today the first Marc Steiner Show aired.    Tuesday
March 3rd, 1993.   It was a show on Norplant.    There was a huge
controversy in 1993 on the use of Norplant as a contraceptive
administered by the city health department to mostly inner
city teenagers.   Some argued that the long-term effects of the drug
were not known, others that the city had to do something to respond
the rates of teen pregnancy in the city.

So, there I was, bathed in fire on the air.    Four guests, all women,
an hour and a half with no breaks.   We started the show with a short
documentary that we produced on the subject.  We did that a lot in the
first year of our show.    I miss that.

Becoming a public radio host was total serendipity.    In 1990 after
three years spent producing, directing and casting radio commercials for
an ad agency I longed to get back to something with some substance.
It was time to leave the world of selling white bread, beer, BMWs and
the lottery. I had learned a lot about producing and mixing sound,
music and voices for radio.

I had this idea for a thirteen part series on the History of Jewish
Music.  I knew it was an idea that could work.    So did David Creagh,
the General Manager of WJHU who gave me office space to work on the
idea.   Well about a year later with some promises in hand and great
board of advisers, the project went belly up when the station ran into
some financial difficulties.    It is still a great idea and I have
the proposal waiting in my files.

A couple of years later, in late 1992, I ran into Denis Kita at my
dentist’s office.   Dennis had been Assistant General Manager when I
first met him.   He was now the new GM of WJHU.     We sat there in
the waiting room of Dr. Charlie Stine, who at that time was producing
and hosting a short program every week on the wonderful natural
wonders and histories found in our back yards.   Charlie, besides
being my and Dennis’s dentist, had been my Dad’s best friend and my
natural history mentor since I was a young lad.

At any rate, Dennis Kita and I were talking in the waiting room when
he said to me “We are thinking about launching a public affairs
program at WJHU.    You know this city so well from the street corners
to the corporate board rooms, I thought you might have some ideas.”
Well for some reason the first thing that blurted out of my mouth was
“You should let me be the host!”   Dennis said but you don’t know
anything about radio.   I said, ” What do you have to know?   You
read, you talk and ask people questions.  I do that at my dining room
table all the time.”

Well, poor Dennis, he opened the door.   I would not let go.  I hocked
him for months.   Finally, one day when I was at the station, after
bugging him for months, he said “OK, here is your desk, here is your
phone, no money, no producer, I will take off All Things Considered
every Tuesday night from 7 to 8:30.    That will be your time slot.
See what you can do.”   I took it.   And the rest is history.   Well
there is much more to that history, but we’ll leave that for another day.


Tomorrow is a very critical primary day.  Not for John McCain, he
has the Republican primary all sewn up.  Well, then again it might
be important for him because what happens to Democrats internally, how
they behave towards one another and how they do or do not support one
another could have a profound effect on the November general election.

If they split Texas and Ohio or if Hillary Clinton wins them (lets not
forget Rhode Island and Vermont) then the race for the Democratic
nomination is still on.   It could get quite volatile and nasty.
Texas with its weird primary/caucus blend might well not be decided by
tomorrow night.    Lawsuits could erupt.   The Democrats could commit
fratricide.  You never know, it has happened before.    The Democratic
front runners could easily decide it is not necessary for their party
to win the White House when they can let their egos rule the day

If Barack Obama wins then the Democrats would hope that Clinton would
not only bow out but also come out supporting Obama in a big way.   If she doesn’t, then the wound could fester and hurt the Democrats in their quest
to regain the White House.   If Barack wins, I hope she and Bill
Clinton can bow out gracefully with class, putting their party and
its beliefs ahead of personal animosity and ego.

The New York Times over the weekend had some very interesting stories
about the race.   On Saturday, Jeffrey Rosen wrote an op-ed on civil liberties and the Democratic candidates.   The article was making the point that Barack Obama was able to forge a working coalition in both the Illinois and US Senates between liberal civil
liberties advocates and conservative libertarians on everything from
police harassment actions to the far reaching aspects of the Patriot
Act.   Rosen made the argument that the Clinton administration and
Senator Clinton’s record on civil liberties was, by comparison, questionable.

While the article said only about 20% of American voters care deeply
about civil liberties, it does not say how many care about their
liberties, or how many conservatives care about libertarian values.
I did not read how the question was asked in the polls but my sense is
that Americans have a visceral response to the ill defined notion
liberty.   Civil libertarians and libertarians have much common


So, the state government beat Constellation Energy to the punch with a
.   The state says Constellation still has to reimburse
citizens for the rate increase.    Constellation thinks that since the
legislature did not approve its merger with Florida Power and Light
then there is no deal to ameliorate the rise in rates.

While the state and the Constellation battle this out in the courts
there is a question that going unanswered by anyone.    Steve Larson
does a great job.   He wants to protect the consumer, but neither he
nor Constellation’s representatives ever answered the question I think
is the most critical when I posed it to them on my former show.

Is it true that Constellation Energy sold its energy cheaply out of
state then resold it back to BGE for a huge profit?     What are the
inner workings and relationships of these two companies?    One is
owned by the other yet we as citizens of this state reap no rewards
from this alleged economy of scale.    There is a serious
investigation both in public hearings and state investigations that
must be had here.   Where is it?  Is it going on?

It is unbelievable, but then again maybe not, that 1 in 100 adult
Americans are in jail

This has its roots not just in Reagan and Bush the first but also in
Bill Clinton’s eight years.   Clinton’s administration maxed out the
time to be served for crack cocaine, but not powder, remember?    Who
snorts it and who smokes it?

That is not even the most important issue.    People like Governor
Martin O’Malley have the power and the opportunity to do something
about this.   We need to radically reform our juvenile and adult
justice systems.    Put money at the front end, create a responsible
system of community corrections for non violent offenders, stiffen
sentences for violent offenders, create a prison system where non
violent offenders and those addicted are separated from violent
offenders into a system that offers job training, drug rehabilitation
and hope

America can become the leader in the new world green economy.    In
the process we can transform our inner cities with work building the
new green economy and our infrastructure.

One in 100 is a frightening commentary on the future of America in the
21st century.

Your thoughts?