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Episode 59: With Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Jr.

Special guest host Ainy Haider-Shah joins Tom again for this interview with Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Jr., also known as “Johnny O”. They discuss Baltimore County’s budget woes, transparency through technology, and the importance of being accessible to the public (down to what you let people call you).

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Elevate Blog: June 4, 2019

A regular update on what we’re up to and what we’re thinking about

UPCOMING ELEVATE Podcasts:

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 19th at 6:00 PM when we will have Delegate Terri Hill on the show! And, we’re very excited to welcome Senator Guy Guzzone on Monday, June 24th at 6:00 PM – both at Clarksville Commons.

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Episode 59: With Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski

June 4: Pod 🎤 Is 🎤 Up! This week, Tom and guest host Ainy Haider-Shah interview Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. They discuss Baltimore County’s budget crunch, transparency in technology, and which name the County Executive prefers. You will want to check in on this interview with one of Maryland’s rising stars!

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Episode 58: With Delegate Courtney Watson

This week Tom sits down with special guest host Ainy Haider-Shah (of Episode 37 fame) to interview Delegate Courtney Watson.  They discuss Howard County, the vote for Speaker of the House, and how Howard County politics have changed since her father, Ed Cochran, was County Executive.

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Elevate Blog: May 20, 2019

A regular update on what we’re up to and what we’re thinking about

UPCOMING ELEVATE Podcasts:

Our next episode will be recorded with Lawyers On The Rocks! We will miss our elevators, but stay tuned to listen once it airs. We’re recording on a Friday, so we’ll be expecting some #TellTheTruthFriday from Jeremy!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 4th at 6:00 PM when we will be having Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on the show! We’re also very excited to be hosting this show at State Fare in Catonsville, Maryland!

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Episode 57: With Delegate Jessica Feldmark

This week, Candace and Tom sit down with State Delegate Jessica Feldmark.  They talk about the lasting influence of Speaker Mike Busch, her front-page unemployment legislation, populism, and affordable housing.  You’ll also want to tune in for this week’s 3 things, when the Elevate Team takes on the Alabama abortion ban, education budget politics, and WJZ’s Mary Bubala.

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Episode 56: With Howard County Executive Calvin Ball

Howard County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball joins Candace and Tom on this show this week.  They talk budgets, bond ratings, and the importance of diversifying leadership in local government.

Dr. Ball also provides some insight about how he’s taken his experience as a certified mediator into the County Executive’s office.

 

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Elevate Blog: April 29, 2019

A regular update on what we’re up to and what we’re thinking about

UPCOMING ELEVATE Podcasts:

Join us! Mark your calendars, RSVP on our Facebook events:

TONIGHT!

APR 29 – SOLD OUT – Episode 57 with Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, Mon 6 PM, Food Plenty, Clarksville

MAY 14Episode 58 with Delegate Jessica Feldmark, Tue 6 PM · 9 friends are going, The Common Kitchen, Clarksville

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Episode 55: With Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary

This week Candace and Tom sit down with Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary to discuss the closing days of the Maryland General Assembly.  They review everything from Delegate Atterbeary’s fight with the NRA to why it is so hard to pass good legislation in Annapolis.

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Episode 54: With Roughly Speaking’s Mileah Kromer and Luke Broadwater

For their first “joint podcast”, Candace and Tom team up with the Baltimore Sun’s Roughly Speaking: Government Edition duo, Luke Broadwater and Mileah Kromer, to talk all things Annapolis.

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Elevate Blog: April 7, 2019

A regular update on what we’re up to and what we’re thinking about

ELEVATE Podcasts:

Join us! Mark your calendars, RSVP on our Facebook events:

    • APR 15 – Episode 55 Joint Podcast with Roughly Speaking, Mon 6 PM, The Common Kitchen, Clarksville
    • APR 23 – Episode 56 with Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary, Tue 6 PM, The Common Kitchen, Clarksville
    • APR 29 – SOLD OUT – Episode 57 with Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, Mon 6 PM, Food Plenty, Clarksville
    • MAY 14 – Episode 58 with Delegate Jessica Feldmark, Tue 6 PM · 9 friends are going, The Common Kitchen, Clarksville

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Join Us! What an Upcoming Line-Up

What a line-up! Mark your calendars, RSVP on our Facebook events, and join us!

  • APR 15 – Episode 55 Joint Podcast with Roughly Speaking, Mon 6 PM, The Common Kitchen, Clarksville
  • APR 23 – Episode 56 with Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary, Tue 6 PM, The Common Kitchen, Clarksville
  • APR 29 – SOLD OUT – Episode 57 with Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, Mon 6 PM, Food Plenty, Clarksville
  • MAY 14 – Episode 58 with Delegate Jessica Feldmark, Tue 6 PM · 9 friends are going, The Common Kitchen, Clarksville

Elevate Blog: (Reusable) Bag Lady

March 25, 2019

By Wendy Royalty

Even before we moved to Seattle, I brought reusable bags with me (almost) every time I went to the grocery store…. Giant, Safeway, Whole Foods, Mom’s, and Trader Joes (where all the cool kids bring their own bags)…you name the store, I had the bags. I’ve long been bothered by the countless plastic bags leaving the stores (except TJ’s).  SO MANY plastic bags used for groceries. And not much put in to each bag, either.

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Episode 53: With DCACC Artistic Director Darin Atwater

This week, Candace and Tom sit down with the newly appointed artistic director of the Downtown Columbia Arts and Cultural Committee, Darin Atwater.  Darin is the founder of the Soulful Symphony, which will be the new “house orchestra” for Merriweather Post Pavilion.  Check out this episode to hear more about this groundbreaking partnership and how it will promote the arts across Howard County.

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Elevate Blog: March 19, 2019

A regular update on what we’re up to and what we’re thinking about

ELEVATE Podcasts:

Join Us!  Episode 53 – An Evening with Darin Atwater

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Hosted by Elevate Maryland and Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, Maryland 21044

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Elevate Blog: What Do We Need To Do To Elevate Maryland?

March 4, 2019
By Elizabeth Mason Moses
Elevate Maryland. It’s a catchy name for a podcast. Simple, yet meaningful, and it provides for a variety of varyingly playful puns. Don’t believe me? Just ask any one of their Elevators (friends and supporters of the podcast). Merriam-Webster defines the word “elevate” as such: “to lift up or make higher”; “to raise in rank or status”; “to improve morally, intellectually, or culturally”; and finally, “to raise the spirits of.”
This post is surely retrospective, looking back over the many inspiring answers to the final question posed to Elevate Maryland guests, “What do we all need to do to Elevate Maryland?” But the true aim of this post, like that of the question itself, is to look forward. Forward and upward. Elevation.

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Episode 52: With BOE Members Sabina Taj & Mavis Ellis

This week, Tom and Candace sit down with Howard County Board of Education members Sabina Taj and Mavis Ellis.  Both are history-makers in their own right, Ms. Taj being the first asian woman elected to the Board and Ms. Ellis the first African-American chairperson.  Tune in to hear about Black Lives Matter week in schools, diversity in leadership, and the budget-making process.

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Episode 51: With HoCo Police Chief Myers & Fire Chief Uhlhorn

In the second episode in their “History Makers” series, Tom and Candace sit down with Howard County Police Chief Lisa Myers and Fire Chief Christine Uhlhorn to discuss their vision and how they balance the revolutionary nature of their appointments with departments that rely on stability and predictability.

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Episode 50: With District 3 County Council Member Christiana Rigby

Tom and Candace sit down with Howard County Council Chair Christiana Mercer Rigby to discuss equity, inclusion, and her endorsement for President (hint: she agrees with the Council-member from District 2).

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Episode 49: With District 2 County Council Member Opel Jones

Tom and Candace sit down with newly elected County Council Member Opel Jones to discuss his first month in office, school redistricting, budget priorities, and what it looks like when everyone elected to the council is new.

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Episode 48: Candace and Tom’s Year in Review

This week, Candace and Tom got together for a very special brunch edition of the podcast to discuss the ups and downs of 2018.  From hate speech to norm shifting to finding common ground, this is a podcast with a little bit of everything.

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Episode 47: With Former Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler

This week, Tom and guest host Andrew Kanicki sit down with former Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler to discuss his fascinating seven months in office following the sudden death of his longtime friend and boss Kevin Kamenetz.  Mr. Mohler is one of the most respected people in Maryland politics and after listening to this episode, you’ll know why!  Thank you, again, to Lupa in Columbia, Maryland for hosting!

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