One Baltimore #41, Rikki Vaughn, Part One

3/16/20 COVID-19 or no (and there are some virus-related resources at the end of the column), the Mayor’s race continues, and the outcome will define our city for years to come, maybe decades. Last week, I sat down with Democratic candidate Rikki Vaughn to discuss his run. I first met Rikki at West Wednesday, Tawanda … Continue reading One Baltimore #41, Rikki Vaughn, Part One

One Baltimore #39, Dante Swinton, Part Two

3/2/20 “I think my life is pretty boring if I’m not helping people.” – Dante C. Swinton Last week, I shared the first part of my interview with mayoral candidate Dante Swinton (, in which we talked about the city’s shitty air quality, his work to improve it, and how transitioning to a zero waste … Continue reading One Baltimore #39, Dante Swinton, Part Two

UPDATE: Regaining Control

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about why Baltimore City's police force was taken over by the state in 1860 ( and how and why advocates are fighting to get it back ( Well, on Monday, Senator Carter DID submit a bill for local control to the state legislature, SB 1057 (! However, because … Continue reading UPDATE: Regaining Control

One Baltimore #38, Dante Swinton, Part One

2/24/20 It’s a crowded Mayoral race this year, with seven Republicans and twenty-four Democrats set to appear on their respective ballots on April 28th. You can hear from many of them tonight at the Baltimore Blue + Green + Just Candidates’ Forum on Environment & Equity ( It should be an opportunity for Dante C. … Continue reading One Baltimore #38, Dante Swinton, Part One

One Baltimore #37, Regaining Control

2/17/20 In last week’s column (, I delved into why the State of Maryland took over the Baltimore Police Department after a decade of elections marred by violence. It made sense at the time… but that time was a full hundred and sixty years ago, and the state never gave us back full authority over … Continue reading One Baltimore #37, Regaining Control

One Baltimore #36, Losing Control

2/10/20 Content warning: description of a first-hand experience of gun violence in the first paragraph below, and some other, less graphic descriptions of violence throughout. “...I was struck from behind a severe blow on the back of the head, which would have knocked me down, but the crowd which had gathered round us, some thirty … Continue reading One Baltimore #36, Losing Control

One Baltimore #35, Jill P. Carter & The 7th

**SPECIAL EARLY EDITION** 1/30/20 In five days, on Tuesday, 2/4, voters in Maryland’s 7th District -- covering portions of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County (to see if that includes you: -- will choose a new representative to send to Congress in place of the late Elijah Cummings. Well, technically this is only … Continue reading One Baltimore #35, Jill P. Carter & The 7th

One Baltimore #34, The Raid, Part 4

1/27/20 Up until now, no matter how much material I’ve had on a given topic, I’ve worked hard to trim it down to one or two columns. Not this time. There’s just too much story here, and each new layer has needed the previous ones in order to properly unfold. In part one (, my … Continue reading One Baltimore #34, The Raid, Part 4