Advertisement
HomeCollectionsBallot Box
IN THE NEWS

Ballot Box

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
July 18, 2012
John Rutkowski's recent letter defending voter ID requirements deserves to be challenged ("Voter ID no threat to black civil rights," July 17). A Department of Justice investigation clearly documented that we have no voter fraud problem; it was able to identify only a few hundred instances nationwide. Interestingly, Mr. Rutkowski was able to identify several of them in his letter, suggesting that there may be an organized Republican campaign to promote voter ID laws In order to suppress hundreds of thousands of votes by legitimate U.S. citizens who simply lack a driver's license.
ARTICLES BY DATE
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.
Advertisement
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.
NEWS
July 14, 2014
Thanks for publishing letter writer Roz Heid's comments, which expresses the opinions held by many of us ( "Obama's disastrous immigration policy," July 10). The U.S. is justly proud of its inclusiveness, and most people want to be hospitable to newcomers. Today's arrivals, however, are from one particular area and represent a special problem since they constitute an extremely large group and therefore are not easily assimilated. They are supported by the fashionable doctrine of multiculturalism, which encourages them to bring their language and culture with them, instead of adopting the language and customs of their new country.
NEWS
By Paul M. Weyrich | February 20, 2000
ANOTHER ONE of our liberties is going to be taken away without our consent unless we get on this case now in a major way. Clearly what has solidified our liberty in this nation is the sacredness of the ballot box. We could cast our vote and we knew that our vote really counted. Over the years hundreds and hundreds of elections at all levels were won by a single vote. Already our system of government has been greatly compromised by the so-called Motor Voter laws. People can show up at the polls on Election Day to vote and in most places little is done to check on their authenticity after the fact.
SPORTS
By PETER SCHMUCK | July 2, 2006
Frankly, I can't believe that I was once a proponent of the system that determines home-field advantage for the World Series. I must have been in the midst of one of my several midlife crises and just didn't think it through when the idea was proposed to link it to the outcome of the All-Star Game. Maybe it seemed to make sense because the old system - which awarded home-field advantage to each league in alternating years - wasn't exactly devised by Archimedes. Maybe we were all just so upset after the infamous All-Star tie in Milwaukee in 2002 that we would have gone along with just about anything to make the midsummer classic more meaningful.
NEWS
By GWYNETH K. SHAW and GWYNETH K. SHAW,SUN REPORTER | January 17, 2006
WASHINGTON -- With a burgeoning ethics scandal and fall elections looming, ideas about how to curtail the influence of lobbyists in Washington - and burnish the image of Congress - are suddenly popping up all over. Republicans and Democrats alike are talking about new ethics rules, such as banning free trips from outside interest groups for lawmakers and their staff. In a reaction to the crimes of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty this month to fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion charges, some are calling for a ban on gifts from lobbyists, plus faster and better public disclosure of lobby activities and an enforcement system with teeth.
NEWS
July 31, 2012
It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that Chick-fil-A CEO Dan T. Cathy is an opponent of gay marriage or that he has donated to the cause. The family-owned chain has a strong tradition of conservative Christian leadership - it's no coincidence that the restaurants aren't open on Sundays. It should also not have come as much of a surprise to Mr. Cathy that his recent public comments about his stance would cause a backlash at a time when public opinion polls show a steadily growing acceptance of the idea of gay marriage among American voters.
NEWS
By Paul West and Paul West,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | August 8, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Behind the money madness afflicting the current crop of presidential candidates lies a very compelling fact.Over the last four elections -- 1996, 1992, 1988 and 1984 -- the men who raised the most money in the year before the primaries became the presidential nominees.The competition for early contributions, often described as an "invisible primary," has in some ways become the most influential contest of all."The year of the invisible primary is a year in which candidates are made and unmade," says Thomas E. Mann, director of governmental studies at the Brookings Institution.
NEWS
By Maria Archangelo and Maria Archangelo,Staff writer | September 12, 1990
Call them the unsung heroes of election days.Candidates campaign for last-minute votes, supporters hawk the strong points of their choices and party officials urge registered voters to get out to the polls.But without the residents who volunteer to work at county polling places, nobody's vote would be official and voting day would be a lot more hectic.For some polling place workers, it's a chance to spend a day serving their country. For others it's an opportunity to catch up on the neighborhood news.
NEWS
November 20, 2013
Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl Jones, after having spent five months in prison for failing to file tax returns, recently remarked, "You show me a lion without scars, and I'll show you a lion that can't lead" ( "For Daryl Jones, long road back to Arundel council," Nov. 18). I think we've all had enough of politicians trying to give their embattled images a makeover so that they appear to be a phoenix rising from the ashes. While I can appreciate the tenacity of a person who has successfully navigated challenges, surviving self-inflicted wounds doesn't count as an endorsement for a person's ability to lead.
NEWS
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | July 14, 2013
OK, the subject is race, so I'm going to ask the "haters" from both ends of the spectrum to step outside the chat room. You know who you are. Some of you were upset when I asked Michael Steele to run on my gubernatorial ticket in 2002. A few of you told me so quietly - the way white racism usually plays out today. (Those who chose to engage on this issue received a none-too-polite response; few decided to press the matter.) You were also the ones with the disapproving stares at Kendel Ehrlich when she appeared in public with one of our black executive protection state troopers.
NEWS
April 30, 2013
Sunday morning I read with interest the editorial, "Misoverestimating Bush," (April 28). It appears to me that both the writer and The Sun's editorial board forgot a valuable lesson of moral guidance that our parents and others in our lives imparted to us: When you point the finger at someone, it is also pointing back at you. The way I like to phrase it is what someone says about someone else, particularly in politics, says much more about the...
NEWS
January 22, 2013
How can Republicans believe it is legitimate to blackmail the country into accepting the same extreme agenda that the American people rejected at the ballot box in November? The Republican Party is threatening to shut down the federal government again over raising the debt ceiling in yet another game of "chicken. " This could seriously damage the economy. The last time they played this game, 2011, Republicans sabotaged confidence in the U.S. economy and were responsible for the downgrade in our credit rating, effectively strangling the economic recovery.
NEWS
January 2, 2013
Picking Buck Showalter as Maryland of the Year isn't merely wrong, it is gutless. It is a safe, pandering pick that will anger no one ("Orioles manager Buck Showalter is the Marylander of the Year," Dec. 29). Not so if you had had the courage to pick Gov. Martin O'Malley. Both those who admire Mr. O'Malley and those who don't can at least agree that he has had a great and lasting impact on Maryland. By contrast, Marylanders in the D.C. suburbs who are Nationals fans, and Marylanders in the western part of the state are probably indifferent to the Orioles.
NEWS
By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2012
One of the biggest winners in Maryland Tuesday night was not technically on the ballot: the Democratic leadership in Annapolis. All four of the controversial ballot questions were about measures championed by Gov. Martin O'Malley and approved by the General Assembly, where Democrats hold the majority. And all four were affirmed by the voters. Those measures expand gambling, legalize same-sex marriage, allow in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants and create new congressional district boundaries.
NEWS
August 20, 2012
Thanks so much for Marta Mossburg's thoughtful critique of our pathetic governor and legislature ("Gambling and pit bulls - this is an emergency?" April 15). One can only hope that they are listening to her. Wishful thinking, I suppose, since they are so arrogant that they do as they please, whenever they please, confident in the fact that they will be re-elected by a bunch of drones that are their constituents. Don't any of the state's voters appreciate that the box of rocks in Annapolis just increased taxes on the citizens of Maryland, only to offer tax breaks to their gambling industry supporters?
NEWS
By COX NEWS SERVICE | November 11, 2003
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala - Former dictator Efrain Rios Montt's bid to win the presidency at the ballot box has apparently failed, as partial results show him trailing badly behind two other candidates who will likely meet in a December runoff. With about two-thirds of the ballots counted from Sunday's election, former Guatemala City Mayor Oscar Berger, a pro-business conservative, had 38.4 percent of the vote, followed by center-left candidate Alvaro Colom with 27.6 percent and Rios Montt with 16.9 percent.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
This was the year of the referendum in Maryland, and given how things went at the polls, we're not likely to see a repeat any time soon. The success of all the three laws that were petitioned to referendum exposes the fallacy of Maryland Republicans' notion that they could build support for themselves and check the supposed excesses of the Democratic Party by bringing controversial measures to the voters. When Maryland Republicans, led by freshman Del. Neil Parrott of Washington County, succeeded in putting the Dream Act on the ballot, state GOP Chairman Alex Mooney called it a "game changer" and a counterweight to Democrats who "think that they can do what they want.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
Maryland made history yesterday as the first state to approve gay marriage at the ballot box. The outcome on Question 6 was notable not just for what it will mean for thousands of gays and lesbians whose relationships will now be recognized as equal to those of their heterosexual peers but for what it says about the state of gay rights in America. There is good reason to believe that yesterday's vote was not just a victory for equality but a turning point. Technically, Maryland appeared to be tied for the first-in-the-nation distinction, as a similar measure was poised for passage in Maine on the same day. Another was on the ballot in Washington.
Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.