Sen. Jill Carter attributed Kweisi Mfume’s sweeping win in last week’s primary to favor among the Democratic Party establishment. “He won decisively in a primary that was very much geared toward the person with the highest name recognition and attracted the oldest adults in the voting bloc….But I believe that the message that we are bringing and the ‘fight for the people’ that our campaign believes is important and is necessary in the Congress — or else I wouldn’t run.”
Stung by the loss of the governorship to Republican Larry Hogan, Sen. Barbara Mikulski told a crowd of 500 cheering Democrats, “We take a pledge that we will never again lose a statewide election.” Beyond that, she said it is not enough that nine out of 10 members of Maryland’s congressional delegation are Democrats. She wanted a “100% Maryland delegation” of Democrats.
The Maryland Democratic Party has been sending out mailers to heavily African American areas telling them to vote for Anthony Brown because “it’s our turn” to have the state’s first black governor.
The mailers and handouts, which have offended some older white voters who saw them, visually tie Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown to Martin Luther King and President Barack Obama. “We’ve come a long way in our journey,” says the cover of one mailer.
After some pre-election hype, the Maryland Democratic Party and Election Integrity Maryland (EIM) agreed, Election Day concerns over voter suppression efforts and voter fraud occurrences really didn’t materialize to the extent either side expected.
Maryland Democrats, particularly Democratic women, clobbered Republicans in early voting turnout. It’s hard to say what impact this huge Democratic turnout might have for the final results, since no Democratic incumbents in Maryland are considered vulnerable.
The Maryland Democratic Party and some of its top elected officials are complaining that a Maryland voter watchdog group is training people in voter suppression.
Election Integrity Maryland, an offshoot of the Texas-based TRUEtheVOTE, has trained up to 200 poll watchers across the state this year to monitor what should be one of Maryland’s most contentious elections in memory.
UPDATE: In a short order signed by Chief Judge Robert Bell, the Maryland Court of Appeals on Friday morning affirmed the lower court ruling that allows the congressional redistricting to be challenged on the November ballot. Here is a report on yesterday’s hearing.
The torrent of comment on the Supreme Court decision to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act fell predictably along party and ideological lines: Democrats and progressives were exulting; Republicans and conservatives were disgusted, except for the ruling that the individual mandate was a tax. It will take several days to digest the full implications, but here are lightly edited versions of over two dozen Maryland reactions.
Patrick O’Brien follows Bob Ehrlich everywhere he can, taping the Republican ex-governor with a little flip cam. Blogger Amy Becker is on the same beat, and shows up at lots of Ehrlich events.
We got to see some of their handiwork Tuesday as the Maryland Democratic Party released a video titled “Bashful Bob.” The Democrats released the spliced together video because O’Brien and Becker are not independent journalists, as the tape implies. They work for the Democratic Party as part of its opposition research, and the video has an authority line from the party in the last few seconds.
By Megan Poinski
Sen. Delores Kelley said she’s been involved in politics all her life. She started out many years ago by getting involved with the Maryland Democratic Party. After working with legislators, she realized that was where the action was happening, and decided to run for the House of Delegates in 1990. She thought issues were being ignored, and she thought she could do a better job. Two decades later, Kelley, 74, is still in Annapolis representing District 10 in the Randallstown area of Baltimore County – now as a senator – and hopes to return in January for another four-year term.