Tag: Kathy Afzali

Proposed voter ID law again draws hot debate in Annapolis

Republican legislators are back again, pushing controversial voter identification laws after failed attempts in prior years.

Sponsored by Republican Dels. Nic Kipke, Kathy Afzali and 32 other Republicans, but no Democrats, the contentious bill sparked heated debate last week in the House Ways & Means Committee.

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Conservative Timmerman tries to capitalize on shift in 8th Congressional District

Maryland’s 8th Congressional District is no longer the progressive bastion it once was. The district that used to be confined to the liberal walls of suburban Montgomery County, now includes much more conservative constituents in Frederick and Carroll counties.
Trying to capitalize on the new district lines, Republican candidate Ken Timmerman is contesting Democrat incumbent Chris Van Hollen, ranking member of the House Budget Committee member, for the seat.

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Bill would close loopholes in referendum law

With the state’s referendum laws in the spotlight for the first time in two decades, some legislators hope to close weaknesses in the referendum process that can open the door to fraud.

The House Ways and Means Committee heard testimony on a bill Wednesday that would adopt several measures implemented in other states to help ensure the validity of referendum petitions. We’ve got a story and a podcast.

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Briefs: Actor Charles Dutton in a guest spot; Brinkley, Garagiola find common ground on farmland

Actor Charles Dutton made a guest appearance in the Maryland House of Delegates Thursday, announcing his return to Baltimore to promote the arts in Maryland’s impoverished communities. Sens. Sen. David Brinkley, R-Frederick, and Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola, D-Montgomery are cosponsoring a bill reducing estate taxes on family farms.

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House passes O’Malley redistricting plan

The House of Delegates on Wednesday approved Gov. Martin O’Malley’s congressional redistricting map exactly as he had proposed, despite fierce opposition by Republicans and some minority groups.

The vote was 91-46, with five minority Democratic delegates from the Washington suburbs joining all 41 Republicans voting against it

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