In Session - Feb. 22. 2019

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Maryland lawmakers consider alcohol and gun laws this week in Annapolis. State house reporter Samantha Hogan and guest host Allen Etzler discuss the probability of local and state brewery bills passing and why the gun debate has already become complicated in this week’s edition of In Session. They also catch up on redistricting proposals for the 6th Congressional District, which could mean big changes for Frederick County.

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In Session - Feb. 15, 2019

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News-Post city editor Allen Etzler is joined by state government reporter Samantha Hogan, who calls in from Annapolis to update us on this week’s developments in the General Assembly.

The two discuss a pair of bills that would allow the creation of which would authorize Maryland to establish up to six "overdose and infectious disease prevention sites,” possible bans of Styrofoam/Polystrene and restrictions of single-use straws and several other bills being considered by Maryland lawmakers.

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In Session - Feb. 8, 2019

This week on In Session, guest host Allen Etzler and state house reporter Samantha Hogan discuss CREST — a regional higher education center in Frederick County designed to offer science and technology degrees to local undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students — and why it received zero funding in Governor Larry Hogan's budget. They also take a look at a bill to let school systems again select their start-date, after Hogan issued an executive order in 2016 mandating schools start after Labor Day. Finally, listen to local round-up of upcoming issues including campaign finance, transportation and whether to fund bonds to fix public infrastructure or preserve historic structures in Frederick County.

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In Session - Jan. 30, 2019

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Gov. Larry Hogan (R) gave his State of the State address to the General Assembly on Wednesday with calls for tax relief, redistricting legislation and judicial reform.

Guest host Graham Cullen and state house reporter Samantha Hogan also dig into the priorities announced early this week and late last week by the Democratic and Republican caucuses and where potential conflicts exist between the two.

Plus, freshman Del. Ken Kerr turns crimson after a funny prank during his first bill hearing.

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In Session - Jan. 25, 2019

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Is it time for Maryland to move from a "may carry" to a "right to carry" state? Should people seeking medical care expect to receive a Patient's Bill of Rights when they arrive at a hospital? How much beer is the right amount for Frederick breweries to make and sell? 

The Frederick County delegation ask these questions and more as it files legislation for the 2019 session. Guest host and News-Post city editor Allen Etzler is joined by state house reporter Samantha Hogan as they dive into new bills and more during this week's episode of In Session.

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In Session- Jan. 18, 2019

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The first week of the 2019 General Assembly session concludes with the release of Gov. Larry Hogan's $46.6 billion budget. State house reporter Samantha Hogan and host Colin McGuire talk budget priorities for Frederick County, legislation in front of the county delegation, a plan to move Baltimore City toward ranked-choice voting and calls for bipartisanship on Inauguration Day.

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In Session- Jan. 11, 2019

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The General Assembly is only three days into it's 90-day session, but already there's much to discuss. State house reporter Samantha Hogan and host Colin McGuire talk redistricting, education, renewable energy and other topics that are expected to be debated in 2019. Details of a surprise cancer announcement from State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. is also included in this week's episode of In Session. 

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In the Booth with Liz Barrett, candidate for Board of Education

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Candidates for the Frederick County Board of Education sat down with Editor Allen Etzler and Education Reporter Emma Kerr to talk county-wide redistricting, Frederick High School's LYNX program, the recruitment of diverse teachers, school safety and more. 

Eight candidates, including three incumbents, remain in this non-partisan race: Karen Yoho, Cindy Rose, April Miller, Brad Young, Camden Raynor, Liz Barrett, Jay Mason and Kim Williams. Early voting begins Oct. 25, and Election Day is Nov. 6. Voters will select four candidates who each serve four-year terms.

Williams did not respond to multiple requests for her participation in this podcast. Rose declined to participate. 

In the Booth with Jay Mason, candidate for Board of Education

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Candidates for the Frederick County Board of Education sat down with Editor Allen Etzler and Education Reporter Emma Kerr to talk county-wide redistricting, Frederick High School's LYNX program, the recruitment of diverse teachers, school safety and more. 

Eight candidates, including three incumbents, remain in this non-partisan race: Karen Yoho, Cindy Rose, April Miller, Brad Young, Camden Raynor, Liz Barrett, Jay Mason and Kim Williams. Early voting begins Oct. 25, and Election Day is Nov. 6. Voters will select four candidates who each serve four-year terms.

Williams did not respond to multiple requests for her participation in this podcast. Rose declined to participate. 

In the Booth with April Miller, candidate for Board of Education

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Candidates for the Frederick County Board of Education sat down with Editor Allen Etzler and Education Reporter Emma Kerr to talk county-wide redistricting, Frederick High School's LYNX program, the recruitment of diverse teachers, school safety and more. 

Eight candidates, including three incumbents, remain in this non-partisan race: Karen Yoho, Cindy Rose, April Miller, Brad Young, Camden Raynor, Liz Barrett, Jay Mason and Kim Williams. Early voting begins Oct. 25, and Election Day is Nov. 6. Voters will select four candidates who each serve four-year terms.

Williams did not respond to multiple requests for her participation in this podcast. Rose declined to participate. 

In the Booth with Camden Raynor, candidate for Board of Education

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Candidates for the Frederick County Board of Education sat down with Editor Allen Etzler and Education Reporter Emma Kerr to talk county-wide redistricting, Frederick High School's LYNX program, the recruitment of diverse teachers, school safety and more. 

Eight candidates, including three incumbents, remain in this non-partisan race: Karen Yoho, Cindy Rose, April Miller, Brad Young, Camden Raynor, Liz Barrett, Jay Mason and Kim Williams. Early voting begins Oct. 25, and Election Day is Nov. 6. Voters will select four candidates who each serve four-year terms.

Williams did not respond to multiple requests for her participation in this podcast. Rose declined to participate. 

In the Booth with Karen Yoho, candidate for Board of Education

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Candidates for the Frederick County Board of Education sat down with Editor Allen Etzler and Education Reporter Emma Kerr to talk county-wide redistricting, Frederick High School's LYNX program, the recruitment of diverse teachers, school safety and more. 

Eight candidates, including three incumbents, remain in this non-partisan race: Karen Yoho, Cindy Rose, April Miller, Brad Young, Camden Raynor, Liz Barrett, Jay Mason and Kim Williams. Early voting begins Oct. 25, and Election Day is Nov. 6. Voters will select four candidates who each serve four-year terms.

Williams did not respond to multiple requests for her participation in this podcast. Rose declined to participate. 

In the Booth with Brad Young, candidate for Board of Education

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Candidates for the Frederick County Board of Education sat down with Editor Allen Etzler and Education Reporter Emma Kerr to talk county-wide redistricting, Frederick High School's LYNX program, the recruitment of diverse teachers, school safety and more. 

Eight candidates, including three incumbents, remain in this non-partisan race: Karen Yoho, Cindy Rose, April Miller, Brad Young, Camden Raynor, Liz Barrett, Jay Mason and Kim Williams. Early voting begins Oct. 25, and Election Day is Nov. 6. Voters will select four candidates who each serve four-year terms.

Williams did not respond to multiple requests for her participation in this podcast. Rose declined to participate. 

MD Senate District 3 debate between Ron Young (D) and Craig Giangrande (R)

Candidates for Maryland State Senate District 3 joined the In the Booth podcast to debate issues in their district and throughout the state ahead of the Nov. 6 election. The candidates answered questions regarding business and economic development, education, transportation, public safety and agriculture.

Craig Giangrande, the Republican challenger for the seat, criticized incumbent Sen. Ron Young for his record for his stances on immigration in the state and the senator’s hope to implement “safe houses” for heroin addicts to be able to get clean needles and be in a safe environment. Young defended his record in his two terms in the senate, and offered his hopes to improve mass transit system in Frederick County and throughout the state.

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In the Booth- Karl Bickel, (D), candidate for Sheriff

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Karl Bickel (D), hopes to finally oust Sheriff Chuck Jenkins in his second official campaign after failing to secure enough votes for a write-in campaign against the three-term incumbent in 2010.

Bickel has called for a more progressive and unilateral approach to the opioid epidemic, as well as a close re-evaluation of Jenkins' agreements with federal immigration partners, which he believes could come with a heavy price.

In the Booth- Chuck Jenkins (R), candidate for Sheriff

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Incumbent Sheriff Chuck Jenkins (R) hopes to win his fourth term in office come this November, running on a platform that he has managed the county's opioid crisis well and has helped stem the tide whenever possible given his role.

Jenkins also defended his close ties to federal immigration partners. In particular, Jenkins said his involvement in the 287(g) program has kept gang violence at bay in Frederick County throughout his tenure. 

MD Senate District 4 debate between Michael Hough (R) and Jessica Douglass (D)

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State Senator Michael Hough (R) and his District 4 democratic challenger Jessica Douglass debate roads, MARC service, public education and healthcare in this episode of In the Booth. The candidates sit down with host Allen Etzler and state house reporter Samantha Hogan to discuss their visions for Maryland and Frederick County if elected Nov. 4.

Hough, the incumbent, says he's running on his record having served on Maryland's Criminal Gang Statutes task force, Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council and Special Joint Commission on Public Safety and Security in State and Local Correctional Facilities. Douglass, a high school English teacher, seeks to unseat him and serve her first term in public office. Her goal is to be present and listen to constituents needs.

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In the Booth with Susan Reeder Jesse, candidate for County Council At-large

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Susan Reeder Jesse, a Democrat seeking an At-large seat on the Frederick County Council, sat down with host Allen Etzler and News-Post reporter Mallory Panuska to discuss a variety of county issues, ranging everywhere from school construction fees and affordable housing to opioid abuse and property taxes.

Voters will elect two County Council At-large members during the upcoming general election. The members will represent  the entire county, will serve four-year terms and make $22,500 each. Early voting for the election begins Oct. 25 and the Election Day is set Nov. 6.

Be sure to also give a listen to separate podcast episodes featuring other At-large candidates fellow Democrat Kai Hagen, unaffiliated incumbent Bud Otis and Republicans Danny Farrar and Phil Dacey.

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In the Booth with Phil Dacey, candidate for County Council At-large

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Phil Dacey, a Republican seeking an At-large seat on the Frederick County Council, sat down with host Allen Etzler and News-Post reporter Mallory Panuska to discuss a variety of county issues, ranging everywhere from school construction fees and affordable housing to opioid abuse and property taxes.

Voters will elect two County Council At-large members during the upcoming general election. The members will represent  the entire county, will serve four-year terms and make $22,500 each. Early voting for the election begins Oct. 25 and the Election Day is set Nov. 6.

Be sure to also give a listen to separate podcast episodes featuring other At-large candidates fellow Republican Danny Farrar, unaffiliated incumbent Bud Otis and Democrats Susan Reeder Jesse and Kai Hagen.

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In the Booth with Kai Hagen, candidate for County Council At-large

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Kai Hagen, a Democrat seeking an At-large seat on the Frederick County Council, sat down with host Allen Etzler and News-Post reporter Mallory Panuska to discuss a variety of county issues, ranging everywhere from school construction fees and affordable housing to opioid abuse and property taxes.

Voters will elect two County Council At-large members during the upcoming general election. The members will represent  the entire county, will serve four-year terms and make $22,500 each. Early voting for the election begins Oct. 25 and the Election Day is set Nov. 6.

Be sure to also give a listen to separate podcast episodes featuring fellow At-large candidates Democrat Susan Reeder Jesse, Republicans Phil Dacey and Danny Farrar and unaffiliated incumbent Bud Otis.

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