In Session 2018 - General Assembly Wrap-up

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The News-Post politics team is back in the same studio as we put a wrap on the 2018 General Assembly in Annapolis. Host Colin McGuire and political reporters Danielle E. Gaines and Kelsi Loos discuss what bills passed, what died on the vine and the most interesting headlines during the session. Be sure to keep an eye on this feed as primary season gears up as we'll highlight a bevy of races prior to the general election.

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In Session 2018 - Week Twelve

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On this week's episode of the In Session Podcast host Colin McGuire is joined by political reporters Danielle E. Gaines and Kelsi Loos to talk about developments in Annapolis in the General Assembly. The team discusses lawmakers' passing of an operating budget, a couple environmental bills, an unconventional Easter egg fundraiser and a preview of a special episode covering Danielle's coverage of oral arguments at the Supreme Court, which has taken up a case about gerrymandering in Maryland.

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In Session 2018 - Week Eleven

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With crossover day behind us, the team takes a look at bills that made it out of the senate and will head to the house for consideration and vice versa. Host Colin McGuire gets updates on the budgets of both the state and Frederick County from News-Post political reporters Danielle E. Gaines and Kelsi Loos. Danielle discusses her upcoming trip to the Supreme Court of the United States to hear oral arguments in a gerrymandering case affecting Maryland.

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In Session 2018 - Week Ten

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With crossover day looming, News-Post political reporters Danielle E. Gaines and Kelsi Loos check in with host Colin McGuire to provide updates on the goings on in Annapolis. Among other topics, the team discusses the state budget, possible salary increase for state employees, a ban on Bump Stocks passed by the House of Delegates, mandatory micro-chipping (and Colin's fear of said subject) and a push to retire the state song- "Maryland, My Maryland."

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In Session 2018- Week Nine

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In this week's episode, host Colin McGuire and News-Post political reporters Danielle E. Gaines and Kelsi Loos provide updates on developments in Annapolis, including state funding for the proposed downtown hotel and conference center, local ethics reform, gerrymandering and bills to loosen local liquor laws, including for shochu, a Japanese distilled drink.

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In Session 2018 - Week Eight

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In this week's episode, host Colin McGuire and News-Post political reporters Danielle E. Gaines and Kelsi Loos provide updates on developments in Annapolis, including who registered as a candidate by the filing deadline, Sen. Ron Young's controversial comments, and Colin's favorite bill to talk about- the "left lane bill."

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In Session 2018 - Week Seven

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Host Colin McGuire and News-Post political reporter Danielle E. Gaines wade into this week's news out of Annapolis, including the hours of testimony for bills that would alter Maryland's brewing laws. They also discuss recently released political polls, legislation to combat the opioid epidemic, international election observers and a wrap up of Political Notes.

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In Session 2018 - Week Six

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Filling in as host, News-Post reporter Cameron Dodd is joined by political reporters Danielle E. Gaines and Kelsi Loos as we break down recent developments in Annapolis. From bills addressing animal testing to sunscreen application in Maryland schools, we take a look at the goings on in the General Assembly.

In Session 2018 - Week Five

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Host Colin McGuire is joined by News-Post political reporter Kelsi Loos, who calls in from Annapolis to update us on such developments as legislation that would allow rape victims to ask a judge to end the parental rights of their rapist, the soon-to-begin paid sick leave, bills that would provide free tuition to community college for Maryland residents and more of the goings on during the General Assembly.

In Session 2018 - Week Three

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News-Post political reporters Danielle E. Gaines and Kelsi Loos join host Colin McGuire from the Annapolis State House to provide an update on the goings-on in General Assembly, including a bill that would require domestic abusers to sell or turn in their guns, Sen. Ron Young's challengers in the primary for his seat and a bill that would allow school students to opt out of dissecting animals in class.

Danielle also sits down for a one-on-one interview with Gov. Larry Hogan and gives us an update on her search for mango Diet Coke.

In Session 2018 - Week Two

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From Gerrymandering to the governor’s budget being introduced, host Colin McGuire is joined by News-Post political reporters Danielle E. Gaines and Kelsi Loos, who break down all the developments of the first full week of the General Assembly in Annapolis.

The team also touches on transportation funding, campaign finance numbers in several local races, taxes and Colin's favorite part of the paper- the Political Notes column.

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In Session 2018 - Opening Week of the General Assembly

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Hosts Colin McGuire and Danielle E. Gaines are joined by News-Post political reporter Kelsi Loos, who calls into the studio from Annapolis to discuss the first few days of the Maryland General Assembly. The team provides an update on the override of Gov. Hogan's vetos of the paid sick leave bill as well as a bill that prohibits colleges from using the criminal history information of applicants. Join us every week as we break down all the goings on during the General Assembly in Annapolis.

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In The Booth- Roger Wilson, candidate for alderman

As Roger Wilson continues his day job working for Frederick County, he hopes to add member of the Frederick Board of Aldermen to his résumé in November.

Wilson, 45, currently serves as Frederick County’s director of government affairs and public policy, and he plans to keep his position if elected to the board. He has been juggling the job and his political campaign since filing in May, and earned the third-highest number of votes in the Democratic primary, which was also the highest of all the non-incumbents in the race.

Wilson joins hosts News-Post city reporter Mallory Panuska and city editor Danielle Gaines to discuss his candidacy.

In The Booth- Derek Shackelford, candidate for alderman

Derek Shackelford wears many hats, and come November, he hopes to add another one designating him as a member of the Frederick Board of Aldermen.

The 47-year-old teacher, minister, consultant, and NCAA basketball official wants to serve on the board to help all city residents benefit from the positive direction the city is going.

Shackelford joins hosts News-Post city reporter Mallory Panuska and city editor Danielle Gaines to discuss his candidacy.

In The Booth- Kelly Russell, candidate of alderman

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From helping to draft better legislation to fixing neighborhood issues, Democratic Alderwoman Kelly Russell said she has plenty left to do as an elected city official.

The 58-year-old retired Frederick police officer is running for a third consecutive term on the Board of Aldermen. She earned the second-highest number of votes in the Democratic primary, just one vote less than fellow Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak.

Russell joins hosts News-Post city reporter Mallory Panuska and city editor Danielle Gaines to discuss her candidacy.

 

In The Booth- Nate Power, candidate for alderman

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Nate Power is concerned about the direction the city of Frederick is going and wants to change its path from the City Hall dais.

The 65-year-old military contractor is a Republican candidate for the Board of Aldermen. He was one of four party candidates who filed on the last day of the filing period in July and, like all of the Republican candidates, avoided a primary and went straight on to the general election.

Power joins hosts News-Post city reporter Mallory Panuska and city editor Danielle Gaines to discuss his candidacy.

In The Booth- Ben MacShane, candidate for alderman

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Proud father, business owner and young progressive are three characteristics that Ben MacShane, a Democratic candidate for the Frederick Board of Aldermen, says he is proud to possess.

The 36-year-old owner of Frederick-based Principled Contracting, a construction business that does commercial renovations, is a political newcomer who broke into the scene with a bid for the Board of Aldermen this year. He earned the fourth-highest number of votes in the Democratic primary and is running an aggressive general election campaign.

MacShane joins hosts News-Post city reporter Mallory Panuska and city editor Danielle Gaines to discuss his candidacy.

In The Booth- Donna Kuzemchak

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From rallying for better and safer schools to sitting behind the City Hall dais addressing important municipal issues, Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak has spent years fighting for what she believes is right.

The 57-year-old Realtor, grant writer, office assistant and sitting Democratic alderwoman is seeking re-election to a second consecutive term on the Frederick Board of Aldermen. But her experience on the board dates back further than that, as she was first elected in 1998 and served consecutively until 2009. In the September primary, she received more votes than any other aldermanic candidate. She has also raised the most money of any candidate for alderman.

Kuzemchakjoins hosts News-Post city reporter Mallory Panuska and city editor Danielle Gaines to discuss her candidacy.