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August 9, 2012
It was refreshing to see The Sun come down on the right side of the Harry Reid and Mitt Romney tax disclosure issue ("Reid goes too far," Aug. 6). What a dishonor that the Senate's majority leader, of all people, misused his position to spread phony accusations backed up by not a sliver of evidence. The only people who could have revealed anything about Mr. Romney's personal tax returns are the Romneys, their accountant and the IRS. Could there be any more reason for Senator Reid's censure than lying on the Senate floor?
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
A former Anne Arundel County school board member says he'll resign from a school system ethics panel after being censured by the board for comments he made last month, including a reference to then-interim superintendent Mamie Perkins as "Aunt Jemima. " On Wednesday the board moved to censure Eugene Peterson and called for his resignation from the ethics panel. Board vice president Patricia Nalley read a motion criticizing Peterson for "inappropriate and startling" comments and said it "demonstrated his poor judgment and his willingness to employ derogatory and despicable language to describe highly regarded and well respected public officials.
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NEWS
March 15, 2006
Democrat Russ Feingold of Wisconsin is a thoughtful senator, and in many ways quite admirable. But his proposal to censure President Bush as a means of holding him accountable for secretly approving warrantless wiretaps of Americans on American soil looks too much like a political ploy, and it threatens to taint further debate on this vital constitutional issue. Not even Mr. Feingold's fellow Democrats are joining him in a crusade they fear will only build sympathy for an embattled president.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
Melony Griffith is in District Heights making her pitch to voters. The veteran Prince George's County delegate is telling them about her 15 years of legislative experience, her expertise on state pension issues and her plans to boost the economy. There's one thing Griffith is conspicuously not mentioning: her opponent, Ulysses S. Currie's, trial on corruption charges and subsequent censure by the Maryland Senate. For the first time in 12 years, Currie, still a towering Annapolis figure, is facing a Democratic primary challenger.
NEWS
December 3, 2010
I am appalled that two of Maryland's congressional delegation chose to vote against the censure of Charles Rangel for numerous well established ethics violations. By voting against this censure, Reps. Elijah Cummings and Donna Edwards show disrespect for the offices they hold and apparent acceptance of Mr. Rangel's conduct. These two representatives lack credibility and show their obvious racial bias by overlooking these serious violations. I am sure had the vote been toward a white representative (especially a Republican)
NEWS
March 10, 2014
Constituents of Rep. Elijah Cummings might want to Google the March 5 House Oversight Committee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service ("Cummings cut off at IRS hearing," March 5). They undoubtedly will be appalled by the rude treatment of our congressman by Chairman Darrell Issa, a California Republican. Rep. Cummings asked for the floor for a procedural question before the hearing was gaveled to an end but was met by Rep. Issa's unacceptable behavior. he ignored Mr. Cummings' question, spoke over him, interrupted him to speak to someone else and then turned off Mr. Cummings microphone, turning his back and finally walking out on him. I would imagine that Mr. Cummings' constituents and indeed his colleagues feel extremely insulted by the rude, uncivil and yes, racist behavior by Mr. Issa.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2012
The Maryland Senate voted unanimously Friday to censure Sen. Ulysses Currie for numerous violations of ethics laws stemming from his failure to disclose that he was being paid by a grocery chain when he sought help for the company from state agencies. Currie, once a powerful committee chairman, apologized to the Senate for his conduct — then voted along with his 46 colleagues for the resolution of censure. "I'm a person with flaws, and I do have weaknesses," he said. Choking up toward the end of his statement, the Prince George's Democrat thanked senators for their support over the past five years, during which he was the subject of a federal investigation, an indictment and a trial in which he was acquitted of bribery and extortion charges.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2012
The General Assembly's joint ethics committee has recommended unanimously that the Senate censure Sen. Ulysses Currie, once a powerful committee chairman, for failing to disclose that he was being paid to represent a grocery chain before state agencies. In what would be the harshest action taken against a legislator since 1998, the ethics panel also urged senators to strip Currie "immediately and permanently" of all but one committee assignment and to bar him from any role in House-Senate negotiations to resolve differences over bills.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
Melony Griffith is in District Heights making her pitch to voters. The veteran Prince George's County delegate is telling them about her 15 years of legislative experience, her expertise on state pension issues and her plans to boost the economy. There's one thing Griffith is conspicuously not mentioning: her opponent, Ulysses S. Currie's, trial on corruption charges and subsequent censure by the Maryland Senate. For the first time in 12 years, Currie, still a towering Annapolis figure, is facing a Democratic primary challenger.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,Sun Staff Writer | June 17, 1995
A nationwide organization of college professors has censured Essex Community College officials for firing four professors from tenured positions two years ago.The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) acted a committee finding that the school had violated principles governing academic freedom and the traditional job security of tenure, associate secretary Robert Kreiser said yesterday."Censure is a statement to the academic community that conditions for academic freedom and tenure are not sound," he said of Saturday's censure vote.
NEWS
March 10, 2014
Constituents of Rep. Elijah Cummings might want to Google the March 5 House Oversight Committee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service ("Cummings cut off at IRS hearing," March 5). They undoubtedly will be appalled by the rude treatment of our congressman by Chairman Darrell Issa, a California Republican. Rep. Cummings asked for the floor for a procedural question before the hearing was gaveled to an end but was met by Rep. Issa's unacceptable behavior. he ignored Mr. Cummings' question, spoke over him, interrupted him to speak to someone else and then turned off Mr. Cummings microphone, turning his back and finally walking out on him. I would imagine that Mr. Cummings' constituents and indeed his colleagues feel extremely insulted by the rude, uncivil and yes, racist behavior by Mr. Issa.
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By Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
State Sen. Ulysses Currie, who was censured by by his peers in 2012 over an ethics scandal, has drawn an opponent to his 2014 re-election from within his district delegation. Del. Melony G. Griffith, a four-term lawmaker, said Wednesday that she will formally announce a primary challenge to her fellow Prince George's County Democrat on Oct. 15. Currie, who is in his mid-70s, stood trial in federal court in 2011 on corruption charges involving payments he took from a grocery store chain.
NEWS
August 9, 2012
It was refreshing to see The Sun come down on the right side of the Harry Reid and Mitt Romney tax disclosure issue ("Reid goes too far," Aug. 6). What a dishonor that the Senate's majority leader, of all people, misused his position to spread phony accusations backed up by not a sliver of evidence. The only people who could have revealed anything about Mr. Romney's personal tax returns are the Romneys, their accountant and the IRS. Could there be any more reason for Senator Reid's censure than lying on the Senate floor?
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2012
Each week The Sun's  John McIntyre  presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar - another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: ANIMADVERSION Brace yourself if something you have written prompts animadversions. Animadversion (pronounced an-uh-mad-VER-zhun) is formal criticism or censure; animadversions are critical comments or remarks. To animadvert is to produce such criticism.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2012
The Maryland Senate voted unanimously Friday to censure Sen. Ulysses Currie for numerous violations of ethics laws stemming from his failure to disclose that he was being paid by a grocery chain when he sought help for the company from state agencies. Currie, once a powerful committee chairman, apologized to the Senate for his conduct — then voted along with his 46 colleagues for the resolution of censure. "I'm a person with flaws, and I do have weaknesses," he said. Choking up toward the end of his statement, the Prince George's Democrat thanked senators for their support over the past five years, during which he was the subject of a federal investigation, an indictment and a trial in which he was acquitted of bribery and extortion charges.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2012
The General Assembly's joint ethics committee has recommended unanimously that the Senate censure Sen. Ulysses Currie, once a powerful committee chairman, for failing to disclose that he was being paid to represent a grocery chain before state agencies. In what would be the harshest action taken against a legislator since 1998, the ethics panel also urged senators to strip Currie "immediately and permanently" of all but one committee assignment and to bar him from any role in House-Senate negotiations to resolve differences over bills.
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By Neil A. Grauer and Neil A. Grauer,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 15, 1998
The worst congressional condemnation ever suffered by one of the nation's strongest presidents, Andrew Jackson, may now be the best that Bill Clinton can hope for: censure.Yet in vehemently contesting Congress' right to censure him, Jackson and his close adviser, Maryland's Roger B. Taney, forcefully argued on behalf of a principle now firmly established in our system of government -- the role of the president as a representative of all the people and responsible to them, not to the Congress.
NEWS
December 24, 1998
ON ALL SIDES, appeals grow for the Senate to censure President Clinton rather than remove him from office. More than lTC a century has elapsed since the Senate's only presidential impeachment trial, and few people in or out of that body know how it will go.Senators of both parties are leaning on the expertise of Sen. Robert Byrd, the 81-year-old former majority leader from West Virginia who is respected with a bipartisan collegiality.The growing national consensus is that the accusations against President Clinton are not what the Constitution means by "other high crimes or misdemeanors."
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By Michael Dresser and Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2011
A leading government watchdog organization has called on the Maryland Senate to censure state Sen. Ulysses Currie, the once-powerful budget committee chairman who was acquitted of political corruption charges this week. Susan Wichmann, executive director of Maryland Common Cause, said Wednesday that the Prince George's County Democrat deserves punishment for his failure to disclose his employment by Shoppers Food Warehouse at a time when he was intervening with state officials on the grocery chain's behalf.
NEWS
June 14, 2011
I was quite surprised to read in The Sun that the Howard County Board of Education had voted to ask the State Board Education to remove Allen Dyer ("Howard Board of Education votes to request removal of member Dyer," June 10). But not really. It may be that the "old guard" on the BOE has been out to hinder any initiatives proposed by Mr. Dyer since he was elected, by the people of Howard County. He has always advocated for open meetings and transparency in the workings of the BOE within the constraints of state law. Rather than meet Mr. Dyer half-way, the old guard would not give him the courtesy of a second to most of his motions.
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