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August 26, 2010
I was saddened upon receiving my Baltimore County sample ballot. Having been on every ballot for the past 40 years, it is the least name-cluttered in memory. No real contest for governor, comptroller, attorney general, U.S. Senate and Congress, and the state legislature. Only two games in town - county executive and council. My contest, County Council, features an age range of mid-40's to mid-70's. Two retired lawyers, one retired businessman, one grandmother, and all with grown children and all having made their marks in life.
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By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
The state attorney general's office is appealing a federal judge's ruling ordering Maryland to use an absentee ballot-marking technology for the disabled that the Board of Elections had refused to certify as secure. The state will ask the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., to throw out District Judge Richard D. Bennett's decision this month. Bennett found that the election board's refusal to implement the program violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The attorney general's office filed a notice of intent to appeal Monday but did not spell out its objections to the ruling.
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NEWS
July 10, 2014
Dan Rodricks , please have a seat ( "Is popular vote best way to pick a sheriff?" July 8). The general electorate is already only minimally involved, at best, in the process of filling offices, and a vote for a "down ballot" candidate, as Mr. Rodricks dismissively calls them, represents one of the few opportunities to be involved in a representative fashion in local affairs. If ignorance of candidates' qualifications was a deciding criterion, only a few would be qualified to vote for the office of president of the United States or other federal offices.
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By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
A diverse coalition of business groups, unions and transit advocates is urging Maryland voters to put a constitutional "lockbox" on state transportation funds, making it harder for governors and lawmakers to divert the money to other purposes. Andrew Feldman, a spokesman for the coalition, said more than a dozen groups will contribute money to back Question 1 on the Nov. 4 ballot, which would for the first time give transportation funding explicit protection in the state Constitution.
EXPLORE
August 21, 2013
Does your family have a go-to restaurant for celebrations? Know of a place with mouth-watering barbecue or the best dessert your tastebuds have ever encountered? We want to know about it! Give your favorite eateries a pat on the back by nominating them for Harford magazine's Best of Dining contest. Look for the results in our December issue. The rules: • All restaurants must be located in Harford County. • Online votes only. No paper ballots. • Ballots with fewer than 10 nominations with be disregarded.
NEWS
By J.H. Snider | January 8, 2010
T his November, Marylanders will have a once-in-a-generation chance to shake up the political process. Yet few know about it, and even fewer are talking about it. Maryland's Constitution stipulates that, every 20 years, the General Assembly must place on the general election ballot a binding referendum asking voters whether they want to convene a constitutional convention. If it passes, it could be the most politically momentous event in Maryland during 2010. Since the U.S. was founded, states have convened more than 230 constitutional conventions, five of them in Maryland.
NEWS
November 16, 2012
I suspect it is fair to say that organizer of the petition drives leading to anti-immigrant Question 4 and anti-gay Question 6, Del. Neil Parrott, was absolutely de-feathered ("A referendum on referendums?" Nov. 13). Mark Goldberg and Christopher Smith, Baltimore
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2012
Wendy Rosen is the Democratic candidate for Congress in Maryland's 1st District but the Cockeysville businesswoman was busy Friday campaigning for a Libertarian. In an e-mail, Rosen's campaign implored supporters to sign a petition that would will help put Libertarian candidate Muir Boda on the ballot in November. Doing so, the e-mail said, would take votes away from incumbent Republican Rep. Andy Harris. "You can help me win this election by helping a third candidate enter the race," read the e-mail, which included a link to the state Libertarian Party's webpage.
SPORTS
March 25, 2012
A simple comparison Steve Gould Baltimore Sun All you need to do to know that Chipper Jones is a first-ballot Hall of Famer is compare his career statistics to those of other third basemen enshrined in Cooperstown. Let's start with traditional stats. His .304 average? In line with George Brett (.305) and George Kell (.306). His .402 on-base percentage? Second to Wade Boggs (.415). His 454 home runs? Only Mike Schmidt (548) and Eddie Mathews (512)
NEWS
October 31, 1990
Of the county's four ballot questions, only one -- Question D -- merits defeat. Its exact meaning can probably only be determined by a lawsuit, but its intended effect is to cap property taxes. Even if the measure passes, voters will save paltry amounts on their tax bills, while jeopardizing the level of county services they now enjoy. We urge a vote against Question D.
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Defense attorney Russell A. Neverdon Sr. filed Wednesday to run as a write-in candidate for Baltimore state's attorney after a city judge issued a ruling that kept his name off the ballot. The only name that will be presented to voters in the Nov. 4 election is that of Democratic nominee Marilyn Mosby, an insurance company attorney and former prosecutor. In a video posted to his Facebook page, Neverdon urged his supporters to continue backing his candidacy. "My name will not appear on the ballot, but I am a candidate for the office," he said.
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By Kevin Rector and Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Veteran defense attorney Russell A. Neverdon Sr. has lost another battle in his effort to get his name on the November ballot as a candidate for Baltimore state's attorney. Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin P. Welch ruled against Neverdon on Tuesday in Neverdon's appeal of a ruling by city elections officials denying him a place on the ballot. Elections officials found that he had fallen more than 1,000 signatures short of the 4,160 that he needed to challenge Democrat Marilyn Mosby as an independent candidate.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
A veteran defense attorney running an independent campaign for Baltimore state's attorney argued in Circuit Court Friday that city election workers "messed up" when they ruled he did not have enough signatures to appear on the November ballot.  "Just because they say it's so, don't make it so," said Edward Smith Jr., the attorney for candidate Russell A. Neverdon Sr. "Each and every [signature] they looked at, they messed up. " Judge Martin P. Welch said he will postpone ruling on the case until after he hears more evidence next Friday.  The city's Board of Elections said earlier this monrth that Neverdon fell more than 1,000 signatures short of the 4,160 needed to challenge Democrat Marilyn J. Mosby on the general election ballot.
NEWS
August 27, 2014
The referendum process in Howard County is dead ( "Howard petitioners take referendum issue to legislators," Aug. 21). I'm not referring to the outcome of the court cases which stretched from December to August. I'm referring to the murder of any future effort. The unconscionable intimidation of the 50-plus caring citizens who collected over 6,000 signatures in two months' time will undoubtedly deter anyone making a future effort. The attempt by Citizens Working to Fix Howard County (FixHoCo)
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
A veteran defense attorney running an independent campaign for Baltimore state's attorney was dealt a significant setback Friday when elections officials determined that he did not collect enough signatures to appear on the November ballot. Russell A. Neverdon Sr. fell more than 1,000 signatures short of the 4,160 needed to challenge Democrat Marilyn J. Mosby, a city official said. Neverdon said he will appeal the decision to Baltimore Circuit Court and, failing that, would consider running a write-in campaign for the job. "This fight has not ended by any stretch of the imagination," Neverdon said outside the offices of the Baltimore City Board of Elections.
NEWS
August 6, 2014
It is interesting to note that Bill Clinton was impeached when he was president of the U.S. not for his improper behavior with an intern but for his constant lying to Congress - serious actions which were definitely misdemeanors ( "Impeachment-lite," July 31). "Impeachment" is an expression that is loosely being cast around in contemporary America, and apparently it is a boastful threat full of sound and fury which is becoming louder and louder as the number of executive orders from President Barack Obama is increasing.
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By MORRIS FREEDMAN | August 30, 1991
The Board of Regents in New York recently voted 12 to 3 to revise the state's history textbooks to give greater emphasis on minorities.However noble its intention, the act is another effort to shape learning by vote. We contend lately about content of high school and college courses not in terms of truth or falsity but of pressures. We settle ideological and scientific differences not by analysis, discussion and consensus but by counting our supporters.Using political clout to resolve disputes about education can only be pernicious.
SPORTS
By Sports Digest | March 10, 2011
Et cetera Collins, Hardin on ballot for College Football Hall of Fame Former Maryland wide receiver Gary Collins is among 78 players and ex-Navy coach Wayne Hardin is among nine coaches on the 2011 ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame. Collins was a 1961 consensus first-team All-America selection and was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference pick, recording 74 receptions for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns in three years. He punted 113 times for 4,205 yards.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Veteran defense attorney Russell A. Neverdon Sr. brought about 6,000 signatures to the city's Board of Elections on Monday - a total that, if verified, will put him on November's ballot as an independent candidate for Baltimore state's attorney. With his family by his side, Neverdon, 46, pointed to the petition effort as evidence his candidacy has grass-roots support. "We've spent sleepless nights, long weekends, long days," Neverdon said. "The citizens of Baltimore spoke, and they want a choice.
NEWS
July 10, 2014
Dan Rodricks , please have a seat ( "Is popular vote best way to pick a sheriff?" July 8). The general electorate is already only minimally involved, at best, in the process of filling offices, and a vote for a "down ballot" candidate, as Mr. Rodricks dismissively calls them, represents one of the few opportunities to be involved in a representative fashion in local affairs. If ignorance of candidates' qualifications was a deciding criterion, only a few would be qualified to vote for the office of president of the United States or other federal offices.
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