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October 8, 2010

Another governor debate takes shape

...speaking of debates, looks like we have another one.

Baltimore radio talk show host Larry Young announced on his program this morning that Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. have agreed to a debate on WOLB. It will be broadcast live on the station from 8 to 9 a.m. Oct. 21.

O'Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese confirmed O'Malley's participation, and Ehrlich spokesman Henry Fawell said Ehrlich also has agreed to the debate.

Young, a Democratic former city senator friendly with both candidates, has worked for months to secure a debate for his Radio One station. He provided few details but promised more information in the coming days.

"Thank you for keeping your word," Young said, announcing the debate moments ago on his morning program.

Young has been on WOLB since 1998. The station's web site describes The Larry Young Show as the No. 1 black talk show in Maryland. O'Malley and Ehrlich have been guests on the program several times this election season.

Posted by Julie Bykowicz at 10:01 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Candidate Watch 2010


I would like to include in one of the debates a question or two about the enormous child support arrearage that has accumulated under both candidates while they were Governor. There is at least $1 billion now overdue, causing an enormous drain on the taxpayers in the form of public assistance. They don't even have the "day of the deadbeat dad" anymore. They used to set aside one day a year (what a joke) to target the top 10 deadbeat dad's. This money would not only relieve an already overtaxed public assistance program, but it would also provide a large boost to the state's economy. The amount I estimated is based on information obtained from the state child support agency.

Can't wait to hear the questions on this program coming from this host! Shall be interesting to say the least!?

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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.

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