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.
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.
February 23rd, 2012 | by Len Lazarick
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
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.
January 12th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick
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
January 10th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick
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.
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
December 29th, 2011 | by Len Lazarick
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
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
December 23rd, 2011 | by Len Lazarick
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.