A Legislative Legend


The fast-paced nature of the news cycle means that while reporters speak to politicians quite often, the conversations are usually brief and superficial. In this week’s cover story, however, you’ll see how sitting down and talking at length allows for deeper conversation.

Staff writer Connor Graham and I had the opportunity to sit down with U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin a couple of weeks ago at his Pikesville home to talk about the recent midterms and issues like immigration, anti-Semitism, Israel, gun control and more. The meeting allowed us to get beyond the soundbites and talk in detail about the senator’s view of things.

Cardin, who has been an elected official for more than half a century, does see a path forward in the next two years on a number of issues that he thinks Republicans and Democrats can unite behind. We also got a chance to discuss BDS with Cardin, who proposed an anti-BDS act last year. He tells us what he thinks can combat the movement and what he was aiming for with that legislation.

We hope you enjoy our conversation.

In other news, Baltimore City rang in Chanukah with a public menorah lighting on Sunday, with Mayor Catherine Pugh and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford on scissor lifts to light the 32-foot menorah, which Chabad believes is one of the largest in the world.

While there was music, food, kids’ activities and speeches from dignitaries, the gathering held particular significance this year in the aftermath of the shooting at Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha synagogue in Pittsburgh as well as other incidents of anti-Semitism locally, nationally and internationally. It was a proudly Jewish, unafraid public display.

As Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan told the JT, “The message of Chanukah is the message of light. The nature of light is that it is always victorious over darkness. A small amount of light dispels a lot of darkness. Another act of goodness and kindness, another act of light, can make all the difference.”

Happy Chanukah!


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