One Baltimore #43: The Protests of May 30th

6/1/20 The primary election is tomorrow!! I wrote about it in last week’s column (, but I want to expand a little on something I mentioned -- I urge you not to vote for Nick Mosby for City Council President. I could talk about a couple different reasons why, but the biggest by far is … Continue reading One Baltimore #43: The Protests of May 30th

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

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 #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 #28, Corruption & Competence

12/16/19 Eleven years ago, I wasn’t paying much attention to city politics. I had a vague aspiration to learn more about it, and would dutifully consume an article now and then on the topic, but it was a bit much to follow. So many names and titles, so much history, so many complex issues to … Continue reading One Baltimore #28, Corruption & Competence

One Baltimore #26, The 14th

12/2/19 People love to talk about the presidential election, and I certainly get why, it’s mind-bogglingly important. But what turns me off about focusing on it is that we have almost zero control over the outcome. Maryland is tied for 36th in the timeline of primaries, by which point the field will have narrowed drastically. … Continue reading One Baltimore #26, The 14th

One Baltimore #18, The Comptroller

9/18/19 Last Thursday, Councilman Bill Henry was kind enough to sit down with me to talk about his run for Baltimore City Comptroller against Joan M. Pratt, who’s held the position for the last 23 years. Full disclosure, I’ve known Bill for many years thanks to his volunteer work in the local arts community and … Continue reading One Baltimore #18, The Comptroller