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August 3, 2010

Rawlings-Blake in Asia for leadership program

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is visiting China and India this week. But her tour of Asia is not a vacation-- she's traveling with the Aspen Leadership Institute's Rodel Fellowship Program.

According to its website, the program “seeks to enhance our democracy by identifying and bringing together the nation's most promising young political leaders to explore, though study and conversation, the underlying values and principles of western democracy, the relationship between individuals and their community, and the responsibilities of public leadership.”

Rawlings-Blake was in Beijing Tuesday and will head to New Delhi Thursday, aides said. They said city money is not being used to find the travel

She joins a familiar face on the trip: Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is one of the 20 fellows participating.

Rawlings-Blake has had a busy couple months of business travel, heading to Las Vegas for the International Council of Shopping Centers conference in May, catching the Indianapolis 500 over Memorial Day weekend in advance of the announcement of the Baltimore Grand Prix and attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Oklahoma City in June.

Posted by Julie Scharper at 5:00 AM | | Comments (6)
Categories: City Hall


In these tough economic times the Mayor should curb her travel and keep a Firefighter,Policeman,Teacher or a fire station open. This city has to many immediate problems for her to be else where spending the taxpayers $$$.

I believe th blog mentioned she is not traveling to Bejing on the taxpayers dollar. It is important for her to learn and grow to be an effective leader now and in the future.

Yeah, i'm sure she's not taking the trip on the taxpayers dime, after all, no politicians, especially Baltimore politicians would ever lie to their peoples

Of course MOM's pupper SRB is traveling the world.
There are too many pressing issues here in Baltimore to take care of.

anyone else wondering WHY she needs to go to CHINA of all places?

Looks like a bit of nobama rubbed of on the inept mayor. Spend the tax payers money for our joy trips. How can any benefit to the citizens of B-More come out of the nonsense.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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