Published on October 3rd, 2012 | by Cynthia Prairie1
State Roundup, October 3, 2012
REDSKINS BACK GAMING: John Wagner and Rick Maese of the Post report that proponents of expanded gambling in Maryland landed a major-league endorsement on Tuesday: the Washington Redskins, which calls it a major economic-development initiative.
ANTI-GAMING RALLY: A group of religious and community leaders in Prince George’s County led a rally Tuesday where speakers argued that a casino would do the jurisdiction more harm than good, blogs John Wagner in the Post. The event, which drew close to 100 people, was more closely watched by the media because of a report that attendees were being offered up to $40 to attend in a Craigslist ad.
ETHERIDGE JOINS GAY MARRIAGE FIGHT: Singer Melissa Etheridge is the latest celebrity helping raise money for the campaign to uphold Maryland’s same-sex marriage law, blogs John Wagner in the Post.
STUDENTS FOR GAY MARRIAGE: With just 13 days until the voter registration deadline, several University of Maryland campus organizations, including Terps for Marriage Equality, College Democrats and the One Project are rallying to educate students on same-sex marriage, hoping they vote to uphold it come November, reports Jenny Hottle for the Diamondback.
NO TO NEW DISTRICTING: Democrat Phil Andrews, in an op-ed for the Sun, urges Marylanders to vote against the new congressional redistricting map, saying that it is so outrageous that proponents are embarrassed to show it in public. That’s because when most people see the map and its bizarrely shaped districts, they cannot believe that anyone in their right mind would have voted for it.
YOUTH LOCKUP: With Gov. O’Malley’s announcement that the plan for the Baltimore youth jail is moving forward, Marc Steiner of WEAA-FM has a conversation about what it means for the community with Dayvon Love, of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, and Monique Dixon of OSI-Baltimore and the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program.
HOW YOU ASK THE QUESTION: In the many recent polls concerning the referendums that Marylanders are being asked to vote on in November, divergent results, particularly on gambling, suggest the answer for Maryland voters depends on how you ask the question, say the opinionators at the Sun.
O’MALLEY AT DEBATE: The Sun is reporting that Gov. O’Malley’s schedule takes him to Denver today, where he will be in the audience for first presidential debate.
MID-SHORE REPUBLICANS ON TOP: About a month away from the presidential election, Mid-Shore voters registered as Republicans outnumber Democrats by 540, writes Erin Fluharty of the Easton Star-Democrat.
LEOPOLD SHOULD REPAY: A state lawmaker and fellow Republican has challenged Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold, a fellow Republican, to repay taxpayers if he loses a gender discrimination case that in two weeks rang up more than $21,000 legal fees.
AA COUNCIL HAS FINAL WORD: The Anne Arundel County Council will have the ultimate say on legal settlements of $100,000 or more. Councilmen Monday night passed a bill, 6-1, that gives them the authority to approve such settlements, reports Allison Bourg of the Capital Gazette. The law was spurred by two federal lawsuits filed by former county employees.
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT: The Prince George’s County Council is considering legislation to require that all appointees to county boards and commissions be Prince George’s residents, reports Erich Wagner in the Gazette.
SILLINESS IN CARROLL: Carroll County Times columnist Dean Minnich writes that the county commissioners are considering making English the official language of Carroll County. Why is it that those candidates who run for office on a platform for getting rules and regulations out of our lives are the same ones who come up with this kind of silliness?, he asks.
FREDERICK CHARTER: Forces supporting and opposing the proposed Frederick County charter have launched their campaigns to win over local voters, writes Bethany Rodgers in the Frederick News Post. And today both sides will get a chance to try their appeals on a smaller scale.
FORMER CO EXEC EAKLE DIES: Former Howard County Executive William “Ned” Eakle, 86, died yesterday morning following a brief illness, writes Lindsey McPherson for the Howard County Times.