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October 31, 2002
WITH PRESSURES of growth at home and budget deficits in Annapolis, Harford County can't afford a legislative delegation of ideologues. It's a conservative part of Maryland, but its representatives should resist purely symbolic gestures that do little to address the county's everyday problems. District 34: The Sun endorses incumbent Republican Sen. Nancy Jacobs of Aberdeen, applauding her decision to be, as she says, a bit more "mellow." Her reputation for hard-edged conservatism has so far undermined any hope she may have had about being taken seriously in Senate councils.
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NEWS
October 2, 2014
We don't have enough evidence to declare the process for selecting a candidate to replace new Baltimore Development Corp. head William Cole a "travesty," as nine of the passed-over hopefuls did in a letter to the City Council. But we can certainly declare it disgraceful and most definitely not in keeping with recently enacted reforms that promised a transparent, community led process for filling council vacancies. Fourteen candidates, including many with strong records of public service, spent four hours explaining their qualifications to a panel of community leaders, business owners and two council members, all of whom were selected by Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young under a new protocol for filling council vacancies.
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January 13, 2012
Leave Westchester as part of District 12. Leave Westchester as part of Catonsville. ("Proposal would create new Catonsville district," Catonsville Times, Jan. 11) Gov. Martin O'Malley wants to take residents living west of Rolling Road out of Catonsville, politically. We live in the part of Catonsville that is to be redistricted so that we will be part of the Security Boulevard neighborhood. There may be nothing wrong with the Security Boulevard neighborhood. I don't know.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The NFL announced Thursday that former United States District Judge Barbara S. Jones has been appointed by the league to hear and decide the suspension appeal filed by the NFL Players Association on behalf of Ray Rice. “We are grateful to Judge Jones for taking on this role,” said league commissioner Roger Goodell, who suspended the former Ravens running back indefinitely after video came out Sept. 8 of Rice assaulting his then-fiancee. “She will have our full cooperation as she hears and decides this appeal.” Goodell was asked by the players' union to recuse himself from the hearing because he'll likely be a witness in the case.
NEWS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | January 6, 2005
In an effort to stimulate debate about education funding in Anne Arundel County, a school board member today plans to suggest two ideas that would shake up the system: splitting off Annapolis city schools from the rest of the district, and making the federal government responsible for schools that serve Fort Meade. "What I'm trying to do is get honest debate going in our community about what we value," said Eugene Peterson, who said he was prompted by the need to support Superintendent Eric J. Smith's proposed $773 million budget for the next fiscal year.
NEWS
January 28, 2007
One would think that a measure in the House of Representatives to give full voting rights to the District of Columbia would be easy now that Democrats are in charge of Congress. After all, they've been pushing it as a basic civil rights issue for years - and rightly so. But all that has happened so far is a weak-kneed change giving the district's delegate, along with those from U.S. territories, including Guam and American Samoa, limited votes on the House floor. For residents of the district, who pay federal income taxes, that's a copout.
NEWS
August 8, 1994
West Baltimore's 40th legislative district has long been a tough battleground. A breakthrough election in 1954 sent a black state senator and two black delegates to Annapolis, signaling the decline of the once-powerful white Pollack machine. In later years, the district witnessed fierce turf fights among rival African-American factions.As a result of redistricting, this district's borders have changed. Stretching from Northern Parkway along the Park Heights Avenue and Reisterstown Road corridors to Harlem Park, the district now contains parts of Reservoir Hill, Bolton Hill, Charles Village and Waverly.
NEWS
August 11, 1994
Perry Sfikas is one lucky fellow. The former aide to Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski got elected to the City Council three years ago. After American Joe Miedusiewski decided to run for governor, Mr. Sfikas wasted no time in staking a claim to the soon-to-be-vacant 46th district Senate seat. Barring an unforeseen upset, his luck will continue Sept. 13.Mr. Sfikas has two challengers. But Del. Anthony M. DiPietro Jr. has been an unimpressive performer and Thomas Siemek, who was in the House of Delegates in the 1940s, has not run a serious campaign.
NEWS
By Ginger Thompson | September 8, 1991
In 1987, the 4th District council race was one of the hottest in the city, with 17 candidates promising to deliver swift constituent service and to stand strong for policies that would help alleviate West Baltimore's disproportionate burden of urban problems.But this year, the political climate in the 4th District has barely reached lukewarm with fewer candidates running for office than in any other district.Only three challengers are seeking to unseat incumbents Sheila Dixon, Lawrence A. Bell and Agnes B. Welch.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Walter Evan Black Jr., a retired chief judge of the U.S. District Court for Maryland who ruled against the city of Baltimore in its efforts to acquire the Colts after the team moved to Indianapolis, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Monday at his Easton home. The former Roland Park-area resident was 88. During a lengthy career, he ruled against Baltimore in 1985 when it attempted to acquire the Colts football franchise by condemnation. In his ruling, he said the city did not have the power to take the franchise because the team had moved on the night of March 29, 1984, before the day the city had filed its suit.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Nine candidates on Monday called the selection process to chose a new City Council member for Baltimore's 11th District an “insult” - and demanded a new vote. In a letter sent to the members of the City Council, nine of 14 candidates said the committee selection process for the vacant City Council seat was “tainted” and weakened the public's trust in Baltimore's government. “Ultimately, the selection process has caused residents across Baltimore City to question their trust and confidence in our political system,” the nine wrote.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
Campaigns on Baltimore County's east side are still in full swing, but one outcome is already certain: For the first time in nearly half a century, voters get a new state senator. Democratic Sen. Norman Stone, who took office in 1967, is retiring from the General Assembly. Fellow Democrat John Olszewski Jr., currently a state delegate; Republican Johnny Ray Salling, a steelworker; and unaffiliated candidate Scott Collier are competing to replace him. Stone, who entered the Senate the year Spiro Agnew became governor, is its longest-serving member.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
A man was shot in the elbow in Northeast Baltimore on Thursday night, according to Baltimore Police. Officers responded to the 2900 block of Southern Avenue in the city's Lauraville neighborhood about 9:47 p.m. and found the injured man, police said. The man was transported to a nearby hospital for emergency care, police said. His injuries were not considered life-threatening late Thursday, police said. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 410-396-2444.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young came under fire Wednesday as critics charged that he pushed his favored candidate through a committee appointed to fill a vacant council seat. A committee of community leaders, appointed by Young, listened to more than four hours of testimony Tuesday evening from 14 candidates for the seat - and in less than five minutes agreed to nominate Federal Hill Neighborhood Association President Eric T. Costello, who was supported by Young.
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Democratic Rep. John Delaney is airing the first general election television ad in his bid for a second term, focusing on a bipartisan infrastructure bill that has become his signature legislative effort, campaign aides said Wednesday. The Potomac lawmaker and former financier who beat incumbent Roscoe G. Bartlett in 2012, will face Republican Dan Bongino in Maryland's 6th Congressional District. The district was redrawn by state lawmakers in Annapolis in 2011 to favor Democratic candidates.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
In Maryland's newly redrawn 12th legislative district - which slithers from southwestern Baltimore County to West Columbia in Howard County - the race for the State House is pretty neatly divided along county lines. All four Republicans in the race live and work in the smaller Baltimore County portion of the district, while every Democratic candidate works in the larger Howard County side, and three live there. The district's geography has the underdog GOP candidates decrying what they perceive as gerrymandering to diminish their county's voice.
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