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Aug 17, 2023

Trump should be kept off the ballot

The Maryland State Board of Elections is obligated under the U.S. Constitution to refuse to list Donald Trump on the Republican presidential primary ballot. The same with the general election, should Trump be the (unlawfully-designated) nominee of that party. The same goes for any electors pledged to Trump. All write-in ballots for Mr. Trump should be […]

Jul 13, 2023

Another side of cross-examination

It can be said that the purpose of cross-examination, like all aspects of trial, is to argue the case with adroit leading questions to advance from one point to the next. Sometimes the answers are not what is expected, and the attack commences with more leading questions attempting to achieve agreement from the witness that […]

Jun 30, 2022

Editorial Advisory Board: It’s time to abolish felony murder in Md.

A 20-year-old who is partying with friends learns that they want to rob a local drug dealer. He lends them his car and then goes to sleep after giving them the keys. A person is accidentally killed during that robbery and the 20-year-old is charged, not as an accessory to a robbery, but with the […]

Mar 21, 2019

Editorial: The UMMS mess

For the second time in less than three years, the board of a University of Maryland institution has failed to measure up to basic standards of ethical governance. Last year, the Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland conducted a review of the University of Maryland football program that was notable for many […]

Oct 11, 2018

Editorial: Finding a police commissioner

We fear the absence of any substantive information about the search will set up the new appointee for failure.

Lexington Market
Oct 4, 2018

To the markets they (hopefully) will go

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Baltimore has plans to revitalize Lexington Market.

Sep 27, 2018

TDR editorial: Keep debating

Depriving Marylanders of multiple chances to hear candidates get challenged by independent observers – and each other – only hurts the state’s residents.

Baltimore City Hall
Sep 13, 2018

Two crucial hires for Baltimore

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh now has two of the most important jobs in her administration to fill.

Aug 30, 2018

The case against Kopp

Some Democrats in the General Assembly are bandying about the idea of dumping Nancy Kopp as state treasurer.

Aug 2, 2018

The right decision

Because when it comes to the opioid crisis, there is no gray area.

Jul 20, 2018

A federal courthouse rule that needs changing

Thanks to an absurd rule in the U.S. District Court in Baltimore, we learned of a new kind of court filing: public but only available under the court’s terms.

Dec 28, 2017

A farewell, and a thank you

For nearly a decade now, The Daily Record has been fortunate enough to feature a weekly column from C. Fraser Smith on our opinion pages. Those columns were always thoughtful, often prescient and invariably infused with a passion for democracy, for making sure the actions of our political and civic leaders squared with their obligation […]

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