July 16th, 2015 | by Len Lazarick
The cake and ice cream in Lawyer's Mall at the State House Thursday was for Elbridge Gerry again. But the long-dead statesman, signer of the Declaration of Independence and 6th vice president of the United States was not being honored for his distinguished career, but for a minor political act that has outlived him.
As governor of Massachusetts, he gave his name to the gerrymander, the drawing of legislative districts for partisan political gain.
Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford came out not just to get a piece of chocolate cake, but to lend the Hogan administration support for the Tame the Gerrymander effort in Maryland
November 11th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
The Maryland congressman who probably benefited most from the state's partisan gerrymandering in 2012 has also become one of the strongest advocates for reform.
"I think this issue has real potential for a state and national movement," U.S. Rep. John Delaney told a forum on redistricting reform Monday night. "It's about entrenched interests versus the interests of the people."
September 22nd, 2014 | by Maryland Reporter
“Democracy is not served well by a method of redistricting that supports distorted districts that were drawn in 2012, seemingly to keep people in power,” said Susan Cochran, president of the League of Women Voters. “We need a fair and open process…with communities kept together. This will result in congressional representatives and their constituents better able to form a constructive relationship.”
September 18th, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Over the rivers and through the woods, two dozen runners and bikers will start a 3-day super marathon Friday morning to traverse the 225-mile perimeter of Maryland's 3rd Congressional District, the second most gerrymandered seat in the country.
The "gerrymander meander" is organized by Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, and the Annapolis section of the National Council of Jewish Women to encourage Maryland to reform its highly partisan process of congressional redistricting
March 3rd, 2014 | by Len Lazarick
Maryland’s controversial legislative redistricting is again the target of bills designed to overhaul the process and make it less partisan. Legislators are trying to introduce transparency and civic participation into the redistricting procedure, which now leaves the governor in control and the process wide open to political gerrymandering
October 17th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick
More than two-thirds of Maryland voters support redrawing legislative district lines using an independent commission, rather than by elected officials, according to a new poll
September 22nd, 2013 | by Len Lazarick
BY BARRY RASCOVAR The mountain natives are restless in Maryland. They want to have it their way, though they represent just 10 percent of the state’s population. Indeed, were the five western counties to secede from Maryland, there would be no chance for that movement to succeed
September 15th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick
Lots of people in Maryland, particularly Republicans and minorities, didn't like Maryland's congressional redistricting in 2012 that helped eliminate one of the last two GOP seats and did not create another potential minority district.
But during a talk Friday night, one of the major participants in the process, House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch admitted, "I did not like the redistricting."
April 9th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick
Tuesday was the first day candidates could file for the 2014 election, and 11 candidates took the plunge, including four Montgomery County legislators filing for reelection. Del. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, a 20-year veteran Democrat currently representing Baltimore County District 10, filed to run for state Senate in the redrawn District 44 currently represented by Sen. Verna Jones-Rodwell.
January 27th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick
Sen. Paul Pinsky would like to see more liberals and progressives in Congress, but he'd also like to have congressional district lines drawn fairly and in a bipartisan way. He's proposing a new bipartisan commission to draw the lines -- if a matching Republican-controlled state will do the same thing.