According to Plan

If Otis Rolley’s bright ideas are enough to get him elected mayor, are they enough to fix the city?

His “turn” or not, the question of whether Otis Rolley can amass a political base sufficient to get elected this coming fall remains. His answers to this and other questions raise a deeper question not yet broached: Does Rolley fully understand the problems he’s proposing to tackle? Full Story »

Posted by Mary Hartney - via Baltimore City Paper (News + Features)
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Stacy Spaulding
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by Stacy Spaulding - Mar. 27, 2011

One of the reasons I enjoy Edward Ericson's reporting is his transparency. He tells us how here how long his interview with Rolley was, for example. He pushes interviewees for specifics, in this case names of campaign naysayers. He then goes to those sources, in this case Rick O. Berndt, for a clear and definitive response, and back to Rolley again. Ericson doesn't offer a comment on the exchange, but lets readers decide how to interpret the facts.

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Kevin Griffin Moreno
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by Kevin Griffin Moreno - Mar. 17, 2011

This is a well written, in-depth story. Mr. Ericson provides a good deal of fresh background on Mr. Rolley's life and career prior to his mayoral run. Mr. Ericson also cites sources (such as Mr. Berndt) who refute Mr. Rolley's narrative.

The "not my turn" frame in Mr. Rolley's messaging, while certainly effective campaign rhetoric and undeniably a historic problem in Baltimore electoral politics, is a bit disingenuous given the candidate's strong establishment ties.

He uses that “not my turn” line often. It imbues his campaign with underdog status, messianic urgency, and righteous credibility, ringing with the tone of a 1960s civil ... More »

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Mary Hartney
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by Mary Hartney - Mar. 16, 2011
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Gordon Steen
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by Gordon Steen - Mar. 16, 2011

This piece expands nicely on earlier writings in the press, but there are no surprises, no questions that dig into things like how Baltimore could work better as a community or what would it take to get the community to unite behind being a better urban environment, what would it take to get developers to only build not only for the rich, what is a world-class city, can government be innovative??? Good journalism grabs me and makes me think, it should go beyond the facts.

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Rene Kessler
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by Rene Kessler - Mar. 28, 2011

A solid piece on somebody who desires to be influential to the future course of the city. Well researched and written.

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