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By Bradley Olson and Bradley Olson,SUN REPORTER | November 16, 2007
All along, Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons says, he has known that a referendum to legalize slot machine gambling in Maryland would likely pass the General Assembly this year. Nevertheless, the Montgomery County Democrat has repeated his hard-line anti-slots stance perhaps even hundreds of times, relaying statistics and study findings about the ills of gambling. During this special session -- which he has called a "stain" on the legislature -- and the regular one earlier this year, Simmons has emerged as one of the few liberal critics of the newly elected Democratic governor.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2013
The race to become Maryland's next attorney general started Monday as Del. Jon S. Cardin, a Baltimore County Democrat, became the first candidate to formally launch a campaign. Emphasizing what he promised to be the theme of his bid, Cardin announced his candidacy in a Web video. He said that because technology changes the way we interact, the next attorney general should be focused on protecting citizens in the Internet age. "We are living in a world that is complicated, and the challenges are going to be more and more complicated as we move along," Cardin said.
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April 11, 2006
The General Assembly said goodbye to several members yesterday, the final day of the legislative session. Above, Del. Pauline H. Menes, 81, a Prince George's County Democrat and chamber parliamentarian, was elected in 1966 but is not running for re-election. Right, Del. John S. Arnick, 72, a Baltimore County Democrat, also was elected in 1966 and has been selected for a position on the state Board of Contract Appeals.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2013
A compromise in the General Assembly over legislation to undo a court ruling that declared pit bulls inherently dangerous has unraveled, turning what had appeared to be a settled issue into a dogfight between two veteran legislators. The breakdown in the understanding between Sen. Brian E. Frosh and Del Luiz R.S. Simmons — both Montgomery County Democrats — raises the chances that owners of the breed will continue to face heightened liability and the possibility of eviction. "I am extremely disappointed in Brian Frosh," said Simmons.
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By Annie Linskey and The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2012
Some of the delegates who struggled, and ultimately supported legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland Name: Del. Tiffany Alston, Prince George's County Democrat Age: 34 A reason: Amendment she proposed protecting referendum was adopted Quote: "It is time for us to move beyond this issue. " Name: Del. Pam Beidle, Anne Arundel County Democrat Age: 60 A reason: Concerned gay families don't have the same rights as straight families. Quote: "I just really thought about the issue.
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By Jason Song and Jason Song,SUN STAFF | March 18, 2003
Maryland state lawmakers are scheduled to begin debating legislation today that would outlaw unmetered water billing in apartment complexes, giving the state some of the toughest regulations in the nation. The bill, sponsored by Del. Elizabeth Bobo, a Howard County Democrat, and Del. Mary-Dulany James, a Harford County Democrat, would force landlords and billing companies to charge apartment renters for their exact water and sewer usage by installing meters in each unit. Landlords and water billing companies acknowledge that unmetered billing is not as accurate as charging each apartment dweller for exact usage but defend the practice, saying it promotes conservation among apartment dwellers.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 27, 1998
A Prince George's County Democrat assumed the chairmanship of the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus last night, succeeding former Sen. Larry Young of Baltimore.Del. Carolyn J. B. Howard, who had been vice chairman, was selected to serve the remainder of Young's term, which expires June 30.Young was expelled from the Senate on Jan. 16 for apparent violations of state ethics laws.Howard has been in the House of Delegates since 1988.Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden, a Baltimore Democrat, will serve as vice chairman, Howard said.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | July 9, 2005
House Speaker Michael E. Busch named the six delegates yesterday who will serve on a committee investigating the Ehrlich administration's personnel practices. As he had promised, Busch named Del. Adrienne A. Jones, a Baltimore County Democrat, as the House's co-chair of the committee, and Del. George C. Edwards, the House minority leader from Western Maryland, as a member. The other members are Del. Anthony G. Brown, a Prince George's Democrat who is returning this month from military duty in Iraq; Del. Galen R. Clagett, a Frederick County Democrat; Del Jean B. Cryor, a Montgomery County Republican; and Del. Maggie L. McIntosh, a Baltimore Democrat and chairwoman of the House Environmental Matters Committee.
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By Robert Nusgart and Robert Nusgart,SUN REAL ESTATE EDITOR | April 18, 1999
In December, the registering of homebuilders and home inspectors was expected to become a reality as the General Assembly prepared for its 1999 session. Instead, the roof collapsed on bills targeting those two key consumer concerns in the real estate industry."The good news is that we will have this summer to join with the committee members, the authors of the original bill to draft a new one that we can agree on and get through next year's session," said Martin P. Azola, president of the Home Builders Association of Maryland.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | January 28, 1997
A bill that would quadruple the maximum jail term for a second conviction for marijuana possession failed in the Maryland Senate last night on a tie vote that signaled the measure could pass Friday when it comes up for reconsideration.The get-tough bill sponsored by Sen. Larry E. Haines, a Carroll County Republican, would have raised the maximum term for repeat offenders to four years and a $25,000 fine. It would have left the current one-year maximum term for a first offense unchanged but would have raised the maximum fine from $1,000 to $10,000.
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March 7, 2013
The House of Delegates approved a bill Thursday that would allow political candidates to use campaign funds to pay for the cost of attending professional conferences. The legislation, sponsored by Del. Carolyn J.B. Howard, a Prince George's County Democrat, passed on a vote of 110-27. It now goes to the Senate. The bill would let incumbent officeholders and candidates use their campaign funds to pay for the travel, lodging, meal and registration costs of conferences focused on policy issues related to the office they hold or are seeking.
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January 29, 2013
Local political committee interviewing applicants for membership The Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee is seeking to fill an open membership position in the 12th Legislative District. Applicants must be a registered Democrat and reside in the 12th Legislative District. Those applying should provide a cover letter and résumé to the Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee, baltcodems@gmail.com , no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 15. Applicants are invited to make their presentation to the 12th Legislative District Democratic Central Committee: Brian Bailey, Margaret Henn and Paula Wolf.
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By Phil Andrews | October 2, 2012
Whenever proponents of Maryland's new congressional districts make their pitch, there is something missing: the map itself. The gerrymandered map of Maryland's congressional districts produced by Gov. Martin O'Malley and a majority of the General Assembly is so outrageous that proponents of the new map are embarrassed to show it in public. That's because when most people see the map and its bizarrely shaped districts, they cannot believe that anyone in their right mind would have voted for it. Maryland's new Third Congressional District, represented by Congressman John Sarbanes, a Baltimore County Democrat, is so disjointed it looks like blood spatter from a crime scene (www.planning.maryland.gov/PDF/Redistricting/2010maps/Cong/Dist_3.pdf)
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2012
Anwer Hasan got involved in politics after the 2001 terrorist attacks, a time of tension for many Muslim Americans. "The rhetoric that was coming out against Muslims at that time, that was the reason for us to get organized and start working to tell people who we are," said Hasan, a 55-year-old Howard County resident who is serving as an alternate to the Democratic National Convention this week. "Everything was negative. " And so Hasan organized volunteer activities, charity drives and other events in an effort to introduce his faith to others.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2012
Even as he campaigns for re-election to Congress, Rep. Chris Van Hollen has been tapped by the Obama campaign to help lead the Democratic rebuttal to Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan — a role that is taking him to battleground states around the nation. When Ryan hit the campaign trail last month with presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, Van Hollen was giving national interviews criticizing the Wisconsin lawmaker's budget proposals. The Montgomery County Democrat has traveled to the swing states of New Hampshire and North Carolina to speak against Ryan's plans to cut taxes, slash spending and overhaul entitlement programs — turning Medicare, for example, into a voucher program.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2012
Maryland's Senate will wait until Thursday to debate Gov. Martin O'Malley's same-sex marriage bill, delaying the discussion one day at the request of opponents to the measure. The move was not surprising. Senate rules allow opponents to halt debate for a day to prepare amendments and sharpen their arguments. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said from the rostrum Wednesday that he still believes the votes are there to pass the measure. "I don't anticipate a single vote has changed," Miller said.
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By Jason Song and Jason Song,SUN STAFF | March 25, 2003
State legislators said yesterday that they will delay consideration of a bill that would outlaw unmetered water billing to allow a review of research of the issue over the summer. The legislation is expected to be reintroduced next year. "With so much happening with slots, there's not enough time to understand the problem," explained Del. Elizabeth Bobo, one of the bill's sponsors. "I don't put a bill in unless I want it to pass," added Bobo, a Howard County Democrat. "I expect this is something we'll tackle next year."
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By Jennifer Skalka and Jennifer Skalka,Sun reporter | March 25, 2007
The Maryland House of Delegates overwhelmingly approved a proposal yesterday to ban smoking in most indoor public establishments, with supporters applauding vigorously after passage of a measure they said marks a step toward mitigating the health consequences of secondhand smoke. The final vote was 98-40. "Public health has to take precedence over profit," said Del. Dereck E. Davis, a Prince George's County Democrat. Detractors said the bill would hurt small businesses and veterans, who gather at American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars clubs across the state.
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By Annie Linskey and The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2012
Some of the delegates who struggled, and ultimately supported legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland Name: Del. Tiffany Alston, Prince George's County Democrat Age: 34 A reason: Amendment she proposed protecting referendum was adopted Quote: "It is time for us to move beyond this issue. " Name: Del. Pam Beidle, Anne Arundel County Democrat Age: 60 A reason: Concerned gay families don't have the same rights as straight families. Quote: "I just really thought about the issue.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2011
In 2007, when the Maryland General Assembly was considering five locations for slot machines, the Rev. Jonathan L. Weaver sought to keep casinos out of Prince George's County. Weaver - who leads the Greater Mt. Nebo African Methodist Episcopal Church in Bowie - is once again fighting efforts to bring slots to the county amid increasing talk among state lawmakers of expanding Maryland's menu of gambling options next year. Slots opponents hope Prince George's County officials send a clear message to Annapolis on Tuesday, when the County Council is to vote on zoning legislation that would essentially ban slots in the county.
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