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GOP and black group plan court challenge of O’Malley’s legislative redistricting map

February 23, 2012

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s state redistricting map will become law on Friday without a single hearing, and Marylanders have been denied a say, the state Republican Party and Fannie Lou Hamer, an African-American political action group, charged on Wednesday. [...more]

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

February 1, 2012

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. [...more]

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O’Malley issues official redistricting map, with changes in some counties

January 12, 2012

Gov. Martin O’Malley quietly released his legislative redistricting map Wednesday afternoon, the deadline for its introduction as a joint resolution in the Maryland General Assembly. [...more]

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Mooney may be entering race for Congress; Afzali to become sixth legislator to file

January 10, 2012

With the filing deadline tomorrow at 9 p.m., state GOP Chairman Alex Mooney Tuesday morning is planning to announce whether he will challenge 10-term Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, a man for whom he once worked on Capitol Hill. [...more]

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

January 5, 2012

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. [...more]

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Md. congressional districts may be most gerrymandered in nation

December 29, 2011

Maryland officials constantly tout the state’s top schools and most educated workforce, but it may have a more dubious distinction – the least compact and most gerrymandered congressional districts in the nation. [...more]

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Percentage of voting population doesn’t guarantee seats in legislature

December 27, 2011

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. [...more]

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Federal judges reject challenge to Md. congressional districts

December 23, 2011

In an early Christmas present to Maryland’s Democratic leaders, a three-judge federal court has totally rejected all the arguments in a lawsuit challenging the state’s congressional district map passed and signed Oct. 20. The court’s unusually rapid 55-page opinion, issued just three days after a hearing on the case, paves the way for Maryland to conduct its presidential primary election on April 3 as planned, with a filing deadline Jan. 11. [...more]

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Racial politics and community concerns dominate redistricting hearing

Racial politics and concerns about community cohesion dominated a three-hour hearing Thursday as scores of people from across Maryland came to Annapolis to condemn, offer suggestions and even praise the new legislative district map drawn by Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Redistricting Advisory Committee. [...more]

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O’Malley surprised, disappointed that redistricting committee member was guilty of tax evasion

December 22, 2011

Gov. Martin O’Malley said Thursday that he was surprised and “very disappointed” when he learned that Richard Stewart, a member of the Governor’s Redistricting Advisory Committee, pleaded guilty last Thursday to failing to pay almost $4 million in federal Social Security and income taxes for a company he owned. [...more]

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