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Running for redistricting reform: 225-mile gerrymander meander

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

Maryland has least compact congressional districts in nation

October 3rd, 2012 | by Len Lazarick

Maryland is still the undisputed U.S. champion when it comes to drawing sprawling, weirdly shaped congressional districts, according to a soon-to-be-released national study. Maryland has the least compact congressional districts in the nation, based on four mathematical tools for compactness, Azavea, a geographic information services firm in Philadelphia, plans to report in a white paper.

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

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.

Racial politics and community concerns dominate redistricting hearing

December 23rd, 2011 | by Len Lazarick

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

Analysis: Legislative redistricting has Republicans frowning

December 18th, 2011 | by Len Lazarick

The two top Democrats in the General Assembly are pretty happy with the legislative district maps they helped draw, safely slicing the pie to protect their super-majorities. Republicans, on the other hand, are not pasting smiley face stickers on the plan submitted Friday evening, which could force some incumbents to run against each other.

Liveblog of special session on redistricting

October 17th, 2011 | by Len Lazarick

Megan Poinski and Len Lazarick followed Monday's activity in Annapolis -- especially the joint hearing on redistricting -- with a liveblog. Here is the transcript, with the most recent posts on the top

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