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Redistricting overhaul proposed, but unlikely to pass

March 19th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

Since the new district maps to elect members of Congress and the legislature have sparked anger and lawsuits, many throughout the state have questioned the way that the lines are drawn, especially after the legislative redistricting plan quietly became law without hearings in the General Assembly. Several overhaul plans have been proposed, but none are likely to pass.

Brochin offers new redistricting process

February 23rd, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

Sen. James Brochin has proposed a law to reduce partisanship in future redistricting decisions by creating a Temporary Redistricting Commission in the year following a U.S. Census. Brochin, a Towson Democrat, believes his 42nd District in Baltimore County was redrawn into “ultra-Republican” areas -- as punishment for regularly voting with the Republican minority on fiscal issues.

6th District update: Bartlett gets protection; Garagiola demands Delaney records

February 1st, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

After a shaky entrance into his 2012 reelection campaign and polling data suggesting vulnerability, 10-term Republican Congressman Roscoe Bartlett was placed in the incumbent protection program this week by the National Republican Congressional Committee. On the Democratic primary front, Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola on Twitter is calling on Democratic challenger John Delaney of Montgomery County to produce his personal financial records.

GOP’s Brinkley, Democrats Delaney and Bailey enter 6th District Race

January 5th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

In frigid temperatures amongst a small crowd outside Frederick City Hall, state Senator David Brinkley, a man who has represented Western Maryland for over 16 years, announced his candidacy for Maryland’s 6th Congressional District Wednesday afternoon. More quietly, two more Democrats officially filed their candidacies in the race for the Democratic nomination at the Board of Elections in Annapolis Wednesday -- commercial banker John Delaney of Potomac and attorney Charles Bailey of Sharpsburg in Washington County

Percentage of voting population doesn’t guarantee seats in legislature

December 27th, 2011 | by Len Lazarick

The African-American witnesses at Thursday’s hearing on the proposed legislative redistricting map consistently made the case that there should have been 14 predominately black Senate districts out of 47, not the 12 proposed. But the decision by a three-judge federal court the next day on the congressional districts maps undermined some of these arguments based on the percentage of the population

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