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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

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  • Wandering Eye: Race's role in Larry Hogan's win, the controversy of Kim Kardashian's butt, and more

    Wandering Eye: Race's role in Larry Hogan's win, the controversy of Kim Kardashian's butt, and more
    In University of Maryland Baltimore County political-science professor Thomas Schaller's recent op-ed in the Baltimore Sun, "Race had a role in Hogan's win," he compares the gubernatorial-election results in 2010, when Republican Robert Ehrlich lost to incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley, to 2014, when Republican Larry Hogan defeated Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, an African-American. He concludes that "somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 presumably white Marylanders" who in 2010 voted for Democrats O'Malley, Attorney General Doug Gansler, Comptroller Peter Franchot, or for Franchot and newly elected Democrat Brian Frosh for attorney general this year, "did not support Mr. Brown's bid to become Maryland's first black governor." Another gauge is to run the numbers in the 13 Maryland counties whose populations are at least 80 percent white, where nearly 22 percent of the state's residents live. In these counties, Brown's average support came to 24.5 percent, ranging from 16 percent in Carroll County to 34.5 percent in Frederick County. The two white state-wide Democratic candidates did much, much better in these counties: Franchot averaged 46 percent and Frosh 34 percent. Brown may have run a poor campaign, and Hogan a good one, but it seems clear that race was indeed a factor in Maryland's many very-white counties. (Van Smith)
  • Elder Scare

    Elder Scare
    The Baltimore City fire marshal fined an assisted-living facility $2,500 for bolting five separate doors shut last week, after a medical call brought inspectors in for an unscheduled inspection.  “They abated the problem,” Baltimore City...

    Best Display of Chutzpah

    Julius Henson is a political scoundrel for the history books. Having served many years as a ruthless campaign aide for Democratic candidates including, notably, his intimate pal, City Comptroller Joan Pratt, Henson in 2010 hired out to former Republican...

    News Roundup

    Change of Scenery: If not for the events in London, surely the changes at Central Booking would be getting more attention. But maybe not? How many changes-at-the-jail stories have there been over the past few years? No Hope: Also interesting in today's...

    In This Week's City Paper

    In the feature, Terrie Snyder talks, at length, with former Baltimore Police Commissioner Ed Norris. Linked to this St. Petersburg Times story --Norris now lives in the Tampa area--some days ago, but it's worth another look. Both Political Animal Brian...