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Conversations with Maryland’s Newsmakers

We started off with Baltimore’s soon-to-be mayor and ended up with the woman whom she replaced.

And in between, we had the governor (twice, actually), CEOs of major Maryland companies, leaders from some of the state’s top academic institutions, politicians who wanted to get back into office and a couple of first-timers as subjects of our Maryland Newsmakers feature.

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake kicked things off when, less than two weeks before she would take over as Baltimore’s mayor, she told our reporters and editors that she would bring to City Hall an agenda full of revisions to the details of the previous administration’s list of projects and priorities, but nothing in the way of seismic changes in how the city is run.

Gov. Martin O’Malley talked to us early in the year about the still-young 2010 legislative session, and later about the race to keep his office. His opponent in the Nov. 4 election, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., whom he ended up beating by 14 percentage points, also came by.

We finished up in a big way, when former Mayor Sheila Dixon granted us her first extended interview since she was forced to leave office after her gift card scandal. She apologized to Baltimore for the first time.

The Daily Record started Maryland Newsmakers in 2009, and we already have plans for our first interviews for 2011. Let us know if there’s someone you’d like to see on our hot seat.