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October 24, 1998|By From staff reports

Glendening endorsed by labor groups at Dundalk rally

Gov. Parris N. Glendening was endorsed by several labor unions at a rally yesterday.

More than 100 members of the United Steelworkers, United Autoworkers and Machinists unions attended the meeting at the Steelworkers Hall in Dundalk.

"Parris Glendening's opponent [Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey] always reminds us that her father was a union steel worker, but things have changed," said Burt J. Dixon, president of United Steelworkers Local 2609. "We agree. Times have changed. But Governor Glendening has always been on the side of working people. He's willing to sit down with both organized labor and management to solve problems."

Blind voters in 2 counties can obtain secret ballots

Blind voters in Baltimore and Carroll counties will have access to secret ballots in some precincts under a new arrangement.

The ballots will be available at six Baltimore County polling places -- Ridgely Middle School, the Towson library, Loch Raven Academy, Halstead Academy, Perry Hall Elementary School and the Rosedale School -- and at the Multi-Service Center in Westminster.

Several Maryland counties -- including Montgomery, Prince George's, Allegany and Dorchester -- use systems that effectively deny secret ballots to the blind, said Paul Grace, a private attorney who has been working on the issue with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Maryland Disability Law Center.

Lawmakers' tobacco views posted on World Wide Web

Smoke Free Maryland, the state's anti-tobacco coalition, posted General Assembly members' voting records on tobacco issues on the World Wide Web yesterday.

The group's Web site (http: // also notes whether legislators have accepted contributions from political action committees of Philip Morris and R. J. Reynolds, the top two U.S. cigarette makers.

It also reports legislators' positions on the group's proposal to increase Maryland's cigarette tax by $1.50 a pack over three years in an effort to reduce smoking among teen-agers. For a printed copy of the report, call 800-492-1056, Ext. 353.

Pub Date: 10/24/98

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