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Could Baltimore Move Its City Elections?

After a string of low-turnout elections in Baltimore, a coalition of groups is calling for the city to reset its election cycle, according to Associated Press.

Baltimore currently holds its local elections in the year after statewide elections and before presidential elections. Approximately 22 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in last year's mayoral primary, and turnout fell to about 13 percent in the general election. 

Representatives of the Baltimore Election Change Coalition saying bringing city elections in line with the statewide cycle would boost turnout and save money.

Some politicians, including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, support the change. But syncing the city elections with the presidential cycle might be more popular, because a move to the next statewide election would shorten the terms of those currently serving in office.

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How Mike Birbiglia Applies 'Yes, And ...' To Improv And Beyond

Birbiglia's new film follows a fictional New York improv troupe. Don't Think Twice explores the tension between personal ambition and being an "endlessly generous" team player.
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Scraped, Splattered — But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

Instagram is the Internet's semi-obsessive, borderline-creepy love letter to food. But behind every great meal is a plate doing a pretty-OK job. So a comedian made an Instagram to celebrate plates.
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Where Tim Kaine And Hillary Clinton Stand On Key Issues

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton's running mate. The two agree on how government should tackle abortion and gun control, but disagree on the authorization of military force.
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Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

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