Ethics reform moves ahead but work remains as Baker seeks a second term ( -- Gazette.Net


Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III came into office three years ago pledging to weed out corruption in a county with a long history of scandal.

Now, as Baker (D) nears the end of his first term and prepares to announce on Thursday his bid for a second, he can claim several successes. But he has also abandoned one of his biggest promises, the creation of an independent Office of Inspector General, and recently there were accusations that politics played a role in the awarding of a major county contract. Read the full story at