Year: 2020

Episode 86: “From Professor to Politician with F. Michael Higginbotham”

On the eve of the Special Election Primary, Candace and Tom sit down with law professor F. Michael Higginbotham to hear his case for serving in the U.S. Congress. They discuss his policy prescriptions for Baltimore and racial justice as well as the fundamental question of whether elected official is accessible to all who want to run. Read More

Episode 85: “From Afghanistan to Annapolis with State Senator Will Smith”


Listening to Senator William C. Smith, Jr., you get the feeling that he’ll be playing a large role in Maryland’s political future for years to come. In this interview, Candace and Tom discuss the effort to make Maryland more progressive on matters of criminal justice, background checks for the purchase of firearms, and Senator Smith’s views on the Afghanistan Papers released by the Washington Post.
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Episode 84: “Campaigning Through Loss” With Maya Rockeymoore Cummings

This week, Candace and Tom sit down with Maya Rockeymoore-Cummings for Congress to discuss her campaign to replace her late husband, Congressman Elijah Cummings. She discusses her HOPE for Baltimore plan, the need for affordable prescription drugs, and addresses some of her more controversial moments as chair of the Maryland Democratic Party.

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Episode 83: “Putting a Doctor in the House” With Delegate Terri Hill

This week, Candace and Tom had the opportunity to welcome Terri Hill For Congress back to the show to discuss her campaign. This is a wide ranging interview covering everything from Title 1 drugs to Howard County redistricting. You won’t want to miss this! Read More

Episode 82: With HoCo Transportation Administrator Bruce Gartner


Transportation policy effects our daily life, yet rarely gets the attention it deserves.  In this episode, Candace and Tom sat down with Howard County Transportation Administrator Bruce Gartner to discuss the highways and byways of Howard County, a renewed emphasis on multimodal transportation, and how the local mass transit system is being made more approachable to attract new passengers. Read More

Episode 81: With Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Saafir Raab

This week, Candace and Tom interview Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and candidate for Congress Saafir Rabb.  AG Ellison was the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress.  He flew to Maryland to endorse Saafir Rabb in his bid for Congress.  Tune in to hear why and how this relates to the ongoing struggles of Baltimore and the Seventh District. Read More

Episode 80: With Maryland State Senator Jill P. Carter


This week, Candace and Tom sit down with State Senator Jill Carter to discuss her run for Congress to represent the 7th District.  We cover her family’s passion for civil rights, her work to help Baltimore, and why Senator Carter sees herself as the “only progressive candidate” in the race.  We also address criticisms Senator Carter has received regarding the vote for same-sex marriage in 2011. Read More

Episode 79: With Delegate Shelly Hettleman


This week, Tom and special guest host Ian Kennedy interview Delegate Shelly Hettleman to discuss her campaign for the State Senate seat vacated by Bobby Zirkin.  Delegate Hettleman has represented Baltimore County’s District 11 since 2015.  During this interview, we discuss rape kit legislation, Kirwan, and proposed legislation to create “overdose protection sites” for monitored use of previously purchased drugs. Read More