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Center Maryland Exclusive | Greg Vetter of Tessemae’s All Natural: The Crop Circles Food Desert Campaign

Greg Vetter, CEO of Maryland-based Tessemae's All Natural, speaks with Damian O'Doherty about his company's Crop Circles Campaign which aims to raise awareness of food deserts by building free, pop-up farmers markets in communities that have limited access to organic produce.... Continue reading
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Josh Kurtz: Hogan 2, Democrats 0

A few years back I was interviewing a New Mexico political wise guy for an article about what Bill Richardson, the former governor and cabinet secretary, had been doing since he left office. The analyst sought to compare Richardson, a Democrat, with his successor, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. “The elevator with Richardson went up to the 50th floor, and when he got off and Martinez got on it went back down to about three,” the wise guy told me. I’ve been recalling that observation as I think about Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and his predecessor, Democrat Martin O’Malley. O’Malley in eight years presided as Maryland legalized same-sex marriage, outlawed capital punishment, expanded gun control and immigrants’ rights, held the line on college tuition, boosted transportation and infrastructure spending, and adopted cutting-edge clean energy standards, among other initiatives. Hogan, in his time in office, has accomplished far less. And yet, Hogan... Continue reading
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Richard J. Cross, III: Of Hogan, Negan, and the Politics of The Walking Dead

Image Source: Office of the Governor of MarylandRecently I have been thinking about the controversial season finale of a long-running televised drama. In the show’s final moments, a group of protagonists are confronted by a lethal new nemesis. Self-righteous and buoyed by past wins against morally inferior adversaries, this band of heroes lives behind the walls of a sheltered city. They regard themselves as the only true source of hope for individuals struggling for daily survival in a challenging environment. The nemesis is a charismatic interloper who wields a baseball bat as a symbol of his power. His ability to communicate helped him build his own rival army of followers not beholden to the status quo. Attempts by the protagonists to defeat him using proven methods have failed, leaving them frustrated by, and ultimately subjugated to, his authority. Just to avoid any confusion…no, I am not talking about The Walking Dead.... Continue reading
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Towson University Celebrating 150 Years: Mike Ertel, President of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations (GTCCA)

Mike Ertel, President of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations (GTCCA), speaks with Damian O’Doherty about attracting current Towson residents, as well as young families moving to the area, with unique businesses and restaurants. The GTCCA is excited to see restaurants like Canton’s Nacho Mama’s open locations in the Towson area. Another attraction for young families are the high-quality public schools in Towson, but according to Ertel, the Recreation Council requires more spaces for youth sports and activities to satisfy families.... Continue reading
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Donald C. Fry: Baltimore’s Pivotal Election and Why Every Vote Will Matter

“Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” In today’s scrambled campaign landscape where politics and entertainment seem sorely intertwined, one might think that’s a remark from a late-night TV talk show host. But actually this gem of wit and wisdom comes from one of the finest politicians in American history: Abraham Lincoln. It seems to have particular resonance today for Baltimore as the city nears what anyone who has closely watched the events of the past year unfold consider a pivotal primary election, especially in the city’s mayoral contest. On Tuesday, April 26 Baltimore City voters will determine much about the future direction of the city – which many in the business community and the general populace believe is in dire need of inspiring, thoughtful new... Continue reading
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