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Decision about petition drive on gun control up in the air

April 5th, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

Following the controversial passage of the Firearms Safety Act of 2013, many Marylanders in opposition to the law may be wondering: what next? Republican delegates have not yet come together with a unified response. However, rumors of a referendum petition are moving fast

Pro-gun legislators challenge O’Malley’s gun control proposal

February 3rd, 2013 | by Len Lazarick

With the first hearing on Gov. Martin O’Malley’s gun control package set for a Senate hearing Wednesday, pro-gun legislators are loading up their arguments against the proposals. The lawmakers said that O’Malley’s proposed gun-licensing fees in SB281 could exceed $400 per person, bringing the dawn of a new era when “only rich people could afford guns.”

Commentary: Redistricting map is a stain on the political process

October 26th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

When Del. Neil Parrott was gathering petition signatures to put congressional redistricting on the ballot so voters could overturn it, he found that all he needed to do was show people the map itself and they were ready to sign on. That’s the same appalled reaction I found last week when I made a presentation on Question 5 to students and staff at the University of Maryland Baltimore. All they had to do was look at the map, particularly the lines for the 3rd Congressional District, to realize there was something very wrong.

GOP desperate for ballot signatures, as are Greens

June 29th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

Republicans hoping to overturn Maryland’s gerrymandered congressional districts are sounding desperate to collect enough by the deadline at midnight Saturday. They say they need to collect 7,000 signatures to be on the safe side to put the redistricting map on the ballot with a total of 55,736 valid signings

Online petition drives have made referendums easier

June 21st, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland voters in November may face as many as three questions on the ballot to overturn laws passed by the General Assembly. Opponents of the third measure -- a gerrymandered congressional district plan -- are nearly halfway to reaching the signatures needed with a week left to go

Podcast: Same-sex marriage petition drive starts

February 29th, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

The petition drive to repeal Maryland's same-sex marriage law -- which will be signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley today -- is underway. Duane Keenan filed this podcast talking to organizers of the petition drive, headed up by the Maryland Marriage Alliance and backed by Del. Neil Parrott's group

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