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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

mayorJuly 31, 2014 – Segment 2

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joins us to discuss what’s happening in Baltimore.

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

rawlings-blakeOctober 11, 2013 – Segment 4

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joins us on-air to talk about the recent reports of Baltimore City’s property tax collection errors and the call for an audit.



Good Mayor/Bad Mayor: What Does A City Need?

Stephanie Rawlings-BlakeAugust 1, 2013 – Segment 3

We examine an article written earlier this year for Boston Streets but making the rounds in Baltimore this week, calling Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake the worst mayor in America. Our guests, who will be debating this claim as well as talking about what qualities make a great leader, will include:




2013 State of the City Address

February 11, 2013 – Hour 1

Today Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will present her 2013 State of the City address. We kick-off the week with a round table discussion of that speech. Co-host Anthony McCarthy joins me in the studio, and the panel will feature:

  • Sheryl Wood, owner of the Wood Law Firm
  • John Bullock, Professor of Political Science at Towson University
  • Andreas Spiliadis, organic farmer, activist, and former teacher

October 15, 2012 – Segment 4


We talk about a variety of local issues including the massive spending for referendum campaigns and a lawsuit led by Baltimore Comptroller Joan Pratt against Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s administration over efforts to install a new phone system.
We are joined by:
  • John Wagner, a reporter for the Washington Post,
  • Alexander Pyles, from the Daily Record,
  • Luke Broadwater from the Baltimore Sun.


April 24, 2012 – Segment 1

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joins Marc to talk about the budget deadlock in the Maryland legislature, gambling in Baltimore city, incentives for developers, and more.

December 8, 2011 – Hour 1

Meshelle joins Marc for a look at the top stories of the day, from the mayor’s goal of bringing 10,000 new families to the city, to whether the morning after pill should be available without a prescription for girls under 17, and the defence spending bill that has civil liberties advocates in arms.

September 1, 2011 – Segment 1

With the 2011 Baltimore primary election twelve days away, and early voting beginning today, we’re joined by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.  Please join us with your questions and comments while we’re on the air from 5-6pm at 410-319-8888.

August 18, 2011 – Hour 1

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joins us as we continue our conversations with mayoral candidates.  A year and a half after being appointed mayor, she joins us to discuss her record in office and why she is running for reelection.


February 7, 2011 – Segment 2

This afternoon, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake delivered the 2011 State of the City address.  We discuss the vision for Baltimore laid out by the Mayor with co-host Anthony McCarthy, Baltimore Brew editor Fern Shen, and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, Matthew Crenson.

August 17, 2010 – Hour 1

Marc co-hosts with Anthony McCarthy a discussion with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. We discuss topics including the re-opening of pools, the spike of violence in the city, and the upcoming elections. Be sure to phone in with your questions for Mayor Rawlings-Blake.

April 21, 2010 – Hour 2

We continued our discussion about Safe Streets, a program designed to reduce violence in Baltimore City whose funding was recently suspended after allegations that some workers in the program were still affiliated with gangs in Baltimore. We are joined by Corey Winfield, Outreach Supervisor for Safe Streets East. Winfield tells us about the death of his brother, how he traded in violence and found an alternative, and what the Safe Streets program does for youth in Baltimore.

If you would like to contact Mayor Rawlings-Blake to voice your support for Safe Streets, you can use the following information:

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor
City Hall, Room 250
100 N. Holliday Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Phone (410) 396-3835

April 14, 2010 – Segment 1

Safe Streets is a violence prevention program in Baltimore modeled on Ceasefire Chicago.  Both here and in Chicago, the program has proved to be succesful in reducing violence in the neighborhoods where it is implemented.  The program’s funding was suspended earlier this week when a federal indictment raised questions about possible ties between Safe Streets and the Black Guerrilla Family gang.

Joining us this hour to discuss the work Safe Streets does is:

Sheryl Goldstein – Director of the Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice

Gardnel Carter – Outreach Supervisor for Safe Streets in East Baltimore

Shane Taylor – Outreach Supervisor for Safe Streets of Cherry Hill

Daniel Webster – Associate Director of the Center for the Prevention of Yourth Violence at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dante Wilson – Youth counselor and mediator

Ernest Smith – President of the McElderry Park Community Association

If you would like to contact Mayor Rawlings-Blake to voice your support for Safe Streets, you can use the following information:

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor
City Hall, Room 250
100 N. Holliday Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Phone (410) 396-3835

March 25, 2010 – Segment 1

First, we bring you another installment of Your Money Matters with Herman Williams, Chairman of the Board of MECU, and Bert Hash, President and Chief Executive Officer of MECU.
Firing 600 city workers.  Shutting down seven fire companies.  Pools and rec centers closed.  No Fourth of July fireworks.  These are just some of the drastic measure contained in the preliminary budget proposals released yesterday by Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake’s administration.  The proposals are just a start, and Mayor Rawlings-Blake is the first to admit that some of the cuts are unacceptable.  Our panel discusses the controversial proposals and what Baltimore can do to avoid the cuts and still fill our $121 million budget shortfall.
Our guests were:
The Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of Baltimore
Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke, representative of Baltimore’s 14th City Council District
Otis Rolley, senior manager at Urban Policy Development, co-founder of Center Maryland, and former Chief of Staff to former Mayor Sheila Dixon
Julie Scharper, city hall reporter for the Baltimore Sun

Feburary 22 2010 – Hour 1

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is determined to have Baltimore City operate within budget. Up on the chopping block is the Mayor’s Channel 25. What’s next?Will keeping Baltimore in the green mean an end to going green? Marc and Anthony discuss how city budget cuts will impact neighborhoods and city residents. Joining the conversation is Julie Scharper, Baltimore Sun City Hall reporter.

Next, gambling is tackled in the second half of the hour. Don Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee and Pastor Heber Brown of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church lend their points of view to issue of gaming in Maryland.

Feburary 2, 2010 – Segment 2

Marc, Anthony and our callers talk about the city of Baltimore with mayor-to-be, City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, on the eve of her taking office. We explore her transition process and ambitions for the coming months.

February 1, 2010 – Hour 1

First this hour, why is 60 the magic number in the US Senate?  Senate Historian Donald Ritchie and Linda Monk, author of The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution, join us to shed some light on the complex workings of the Senate.

Then, we take a look at the political maneuvering in Baltimore’s City Hall, as City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake prepares to officially take over as Mayor this Thursday.  Who will be the next City Council President?  We’re joined by Baltimore Sun City Hall reporter Julie Scharper, political analyst Catalina Byrd, and Baltimore political insider and journalist Hassan Giordano.

Anthony McCarthy, host of The Anthony McCarthy Show on WEAA, co-hosts with Marc today. 

Mayor Dixon Announces Her Resignation

Mayor Sheila Dixon’s pending resignation is a real tragedy both politically and personally.   

We don’t know the details of the bargain she made with the judge and the prosecutors, although that will all  come out shortly. My guess is that there will not be another trial and that she will fight to keep her  pension. I predict that she may run again in the future.

It is hard to say what a Stephanie Rawlings-Blake administration will be like. The hope is that she will  keep on some key personnel to make the transition easier for our city. However, rumors abound that Frederick  Bealefeld’s tenure as police commissioner will be short under acting Mayor Rawlings-Blake. Many feel that  the pending acting Mayor, along with her ally Governor Martin O’Malley, did want to see Bealefeld named  commissioner, that they favored former D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey. The commissioner believes that  public safety comes first and that massive arrests are not the way to ensure the safety of the public. He is  a tough, smart cop who needs the years ahead of him to turn the culture of the department around.

I have questioned Mayor Dixon about her integrity on my program on such issues as voting on the Board of  Estimates to give contracts to Utech (a company that employed her sister), taking free tickets to an event  at 1st Mariner Arena, and awarding a computer contract to her campaign manager–if you remember, a contract  paid out in sums small enough to not have to be disclosed officially. But she was not indicted for any of  those events. She was indicted for perjury because she did not disclose fur coats given to her by her  boyfriend, albeit a contractor. She was found guilty of taking less than $600 in gift cards. What happened  in the state prosecutor’s office that they could not indict her on issues of substance?!  

The mayor has made some bad personal blunders. But I don’t think they merit her going to jail or having to  resign. She should have apologized to this city, and the whole mess should have been a matter for an ethics  hearing that could have forced her to repay the money and face the voters. I find using gift cards meant for  poor children to be abhorrent, but it’s hardly an offense worthy of resignation.

Having said that I do not think Mayor Dixon should go to jail over these offenses, I want to add that I  don’t think anyone else should, either. Thousands of people have languished in the Baltimore Detention  Center for stealing far less than the mayor did. This should be a call to reform our entire justice system.  

We will see what the administration of Stephanie Rawlings-Blake brings to us. More importantly, I hope we  see the people of this city bring something to her, to force some creative thinking about the problems we  face and to build our own dynamic future.

October 26 2009 Hour 2

Will limited service crisis pregnancy centers need to disclose that they do not offer or refer for abortion or comprehensive birth control?  A hearing scheduled for Tuesday, October 27 in Baltimore will discuss the possibility.  Nancy Paltell, Associate Director of Respect for Life, and Keiren Havens, Vice President of Planned Parenthood of Maryland, join the discussion.

April 23, 2009 – Hour 1

For the first hour of today’s show, Marc spoke with Baltimore City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake about a bill that supporters say would expand live entertainment to more areas of Baltimore. Opponents worry it will have the opposite effect, potentially threatening many venues that are part of an already thriving creative community in Baltimore. Information about the proposed bill can be found at