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October 18, 2011
The dreaded gerrymander has been sighted in Annapolis as the Maryland General Assembly has convened this week in special session to update the election district lines for the state's U.S. Congressional districts. And a few weeks into the new year, the assembly will take up the matter of district lines for the state senate and house of delegates. Because it's possible to draw districts in such a way as to confer political advantage to a particular party, no doubt there is a tendency to do that, even as the true purpose is supposed to be drawing districts with as close to exactly the same number of people in them as possible.
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NEWS
November 2, 2012
Del. Kathleen Dumais wrongly claims that redistricting reform in Maryland is impossible because "until such time that change occurs at the federal level, redistricting will continue to be a partisan, political process" ("Md. congressional map is far, legal," Oct. 30). The U.S. Constitution establishes how the size of each state's Congressional delegation shall be established but leaves it to each state to decide how its district lines will be drawn. California, for example, now has an independent Citizens Commission composed of five Democrats, five Republicans, and four voters who belong to neither major party.
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NEWS
April 19, 2011
It is no wonder people have no respect for politicians when politicians habitually show no respect for them. Beyond question, the best form of redistricting, both in terms of administrative efficiency for congressmen or candidates and in terms of actual representation for citizens with common concerns, would make all eight Maryland congressional districts compact and coherent. For example, there would be a single district comprising Baltimore City and inner ring suburbs. Instead, Baltimore is chopped up among three districts, all of which are strung out to a ridiculous length across the state.
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By Kathleen Dumais | October 29, 2012
Several recent editorials and commentaries criticize the new congressional districts. The opposition primarily focuses on the odd shapes of districts, without considering any of the other variables that come into play when drawing district lines. Simply making bald assertions about gerrymandering without any other facts and looking at the shapes of districts in isolation is extremely misleading. Common Cause asked the question in a recent article "are odd shaped districts good or bad?"
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,Staff Writer | December 21, 1993
NAACP lawyers yesterday attacked the state's legislative district lines on the lower Eastern Shore, arguing that they polarize white voters against black candidates.The arguments marked the opening of a two-day trial in federal court, where the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is holding a microscope on the voting patterns in two state legislative districts that include Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.Only nine blacks in those counties have ever been elected to any public office, said attorney Peter Forbes, who is representing the NAACP.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 26, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- Several members of the Maryland congressional delegation told the Governor's Redistricting Advisory Committee last night how well they all work together. Then they proceeded to divide over the sticky question of congressional redistricting.Five members -- a majority -- of the congressional delegation signed astatement advocating parameters that would combine the Eastern Shore counties -- now represented by Representative Wayne T. Gilchrest, R-Md.-1st -- with an area that appeared to pinpoint Anne Arundel County, an area now represented by Representative Tom McMillen, D-Md.
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By Bob Allen | December 8, 2011
The culmination of the Carroll County Redistricting Committee's three months of deliberation and public input will be presented to the county's delegation to Annapolis on Dec. 13 as part of legislators' annual review of pending issues for the upcoming General Assembly session. But the committee's recommendation - a 4-3 vote by members calling for a change in district lines for the five county commissioner districts - may already be in question, especially since the chairman of the redistricting panel was among those voting against it. The delegation has the final word on choosing the county's five-commissioner-district map, which is being updated this year based on new population data from the 2010 census.
NEWS
October 6, 2011
Congressional district lines should be based on equal populations, not their potential for partisan political gains. Looking at Maryland's proposed redistricting map clearly shows gerrymandering at its worst ("District lines draw critics," Oct. 5). Maryland is playing a game of one-upmanship: What's good for the Democratic party rather than what is good for the people of this state. I have seen my district in rural Howard County be annexed into western Baltimore City to guarantee that Republicans have no voice in Congressional elections.
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By Howard County Bureau of The Sun | December 17, 1991
The Howard County Board of Elections decided yesterday to implement a controversial council resolution setting up new councilmanic districts for the 1994 election, said Frank T. Lupashunski, the board's president.The district lines will take effect Jan. 30, Mr. Lupashunski said. The board's two Democrats voted for the resolution, while its lone Republican voted against it. Local Republicans have said they may challenge the resolution in court.The council passed the resolution, which is not subject to an executive veto, on Dec. 2 after County Executive Charles I. Ecker vetoed a bill setting up the new districts.
NEWS
December 18, 1991
The county election board voted 2-to-1 along party lines Monday to accept district boundaries contained in a Dec. 2 resolution of the County Council.District lines must be redrawn after every census to reflect population changes. The boundaries accepted by the election board Monday are identical to those approved by the council Nov. 4 andvetoed by County Executive Charles I. Ecker Nov. 12.Following the veto, council Democrats relied on $7,686 worth of legal advice from former U.S. Attorney Benjamin R. Civiletti to push through a resolution creating district lines identical to those in thevetoed bill.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2012
Sen. Jim Brochin, the self-described "odd man out" inĀ Gov. Martin O"Malley'sĀ legislative redistricting plan, said he's considering a court challenge to the plan if it is not changed. "I'm leaving every option open," said the Baltimore County Democrat, whose new district includes a vast swath of Republican-dominated rural areas extending to the Pennsylvania state line. Brochin contends he was squeezed out by the efforts of O'Malley and legislative leaders to preserve some of the voting strength of Baltimore city, which lost populartion since the last census.
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By Katie V. Jones | January 7, 2012
There was pizza, salad, mozzarella sticks and, to the delight of state Sen. Joe Getty, a full house at his Jan. 4 "town meeting," held at J&P Pizza, in Hampstead. "At the last town meeting in Manchester, we had 25 people," Getty said to the residents who gathered. "We've doubled that crowd. There is more here than I expected. " In his 90-minute presentation, Getty discussed a topic that will be front and center this week as the Maryland General Assembly convenes its 2012 session in Annapolis.
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By Bob Allen | December 8, 2011
The culmination of the Carroll County Redistricting Committee's three months of deliberation and public input will be presented to the county's delegation to Annapolis on Dec. 13 as part of legislators' annual review of pending issues for the upcoming General Assembly session. But the committee's recommendation - a 4-3 vote by members calling for a change in district lines for the five county commissioner districts - may already be in question, especially since the chairman of the redistricting panel was among those voting against it. The delegation has the final word on choosing the county's five-commissioner-district map, which is being updated this year based on new population data from the 2010 census.
EXPLORE
October 24, 2011
Maryland's state leaders have redrawn the state's congressional districts yet again in an attempt to give the Democratic Party an edge. Already known for its gerrymandered districts, Maryland further contributes to the denigration of the democratic process. The problem lies in the fact that Maryland's leaders don't understand the purpose of these districts. All they care about is what party leaders tell them: "party first, state second. " These leaders, who come from both parties, care more about power than actually doing what is right.
EXPLORE
October 18, 2011
The dreaded gerrymander has been sighted in Annapolis as the Maryland General Assembly has convened this week in special session to update the election district lines for the state's U.S. Congressional districts. And a few weeks into the new year, the assembly will take up the matter of district lines for the state senate and house of delegates. Because it's possible to draw districts in such a way as to confer political advantage to a particular party, no doubt there is a tendency to do that, even as the true purpose is supposed to be drawing districts with as close to exactly the same number of people in them as possible.
NEWS
October 6, 2011
Congressional district lines should be based on equal populations, not their potential for partisan political gains. Looking at Maryland's proposed redistricting map clearly shows gerrymandering at its worst ("District lines draw critics," Oct. 5). Maryland is playing a game of one-upmanship: What's good for the Democratic party rather than what is good for the people of this state. I have seen my district in rural Howard County be annexed into western Baltimore City to guarantee that Republicans have no voice in Congressional elections.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff writer | November 10, 1991
County Executive Charles I. Ecker said last week he will not follow the example of his predecessor and ignore the County Council's redistricting bill."
NEWS
June 24, 1993
The Howard County Council, long unable to compromise over a councilmanic redistricting plan, may have found a way to avoid turning the whole matter over to County Executive Charles Ecker to solve. With the balance of political power at stake, Democrats and Republicans on the council have spent months warring over various options for redrawing district lines to comply with the county's charter and the 1990 Census.The main battle ground is District 1, the seat currently held by Democratic Council Chairwoman Shane Pendergrass.
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By Bob Allen | September 3, 2011
The newly-appointed Carroll County Redistricting Committee held the first of its series of public meetings on Aug. 31. Even though Carroll County just conducted its first-ever election with five members in 2010, the committee is charged with holding deliberations on possibly reshaping the county's those five commissioner districts based on the 2010 census. The seven-member commission is composed of members of the county's Republican Central Committee, Democratic Central Committee and a member of the county Board of Elections.
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September 2, 2011
Statewide redistricting is under way, and the governor's road show is headed to Baltimore County this weekend for one of 12 stops. Officially called the Governor's Redistricting Advisory Committee, the panel convenes on Saturday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. at Stephens Hall Theater on the Towson University campus. The public is invited to comment on where the lines should be drawn demarking the state's legislative and congressional districts. This testimony will be weighed and recommendations made to Gov. Martin O'Malley.
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