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By Jules Witcover | April 28, 2014
Probably no single episode did more to assure President Obama's 2012 re-election than that supposedly private fundraising lunch at which Mitt Romney famously declared that "47 percent of Americans" would never vote for him. The remark, unexpectedly captured on video, spread swiftly over the Internet and the airwaves, marking the hapless Mr. Romney in his own words as an elitist icon of the rich, unable or unwilling to comprehend how the other half...
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NEWS
April 25, 2014
Before attending a presentation in Symphony Woods last weekend, I had already decided to vote for Alan Klein as Columbia Council rep for Harper's Choice. At this meeting I learned just how important it is for us to elect Alan. The way in which the Columbia Council has ignores the rights of Columbia residents is incredible. They have given away Symphony Woods to a private corporation that proposes to fill the park with gimmicky attractions. On top of that they are spending millions of dollars of our lien payments for these attractions.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
Maryland's top elections official expressed confidence Friday that the state will deliver absentee ballots to voters smoothly and on time despite a change in plans ordered just two months before the June 24 primary. The State Board of Elections decided this week not to move forward with a system that would have allowed voters who receive an absentee ballot through the Internet to mark their choices on a computer screen before printing the ballot and mailing it in. Linda H. Lamone, administrator of the elections board, said the agency will do what is needed to comply with the decision of the five-member panel.
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By Luke Lavoie, Baltimore Sun Media Group | April 25, 2014
For one of the state's most tech-savvy regions, it's a quaint process - paper ballots, delivered in person at village centers, to decide community leaders. Saturday is Election Day in Columbia, and voters will head to the polls. Well, some of them. If the past is any indication, interest in the annual Columbia village elections on Saturday will be scant. In a community with a population of more than 100,000, turnout is consistently under 10 percent of eligible voters. By comparison, Howard County saw a voter turnout of nearly 20 percent in the 2012 primary and more than 80 percent in the general election.
NEWS
April 24, 2014
For the past several years, Columbia has been at a crossroads. Redevelopment plans have the potential to change the downtown in ways that founder Jim Rouse could have never imagined. More housing is destined for the core, as is a revamped mall and even a grocery store and gym on the lakefront. Meanwhile, Howard County General and Howard Community College continue to grow. In other parts of Columbia, a plan to overhaul many of the village centers could be ready soon and a new president for the Columbia Association could be introduced nearly any day. And let's not forget that this reimagined Columbia seems destined to include changes around Merriweather Post Pavilion, both in Symphony Woods where there's currently a debate on how to develop portions of that property and on the nearby "crescent property," where the Howard Hughes Corp.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
The future of a system that would let voters download absentee ballots before mailing them in was cast into doubt Thursday when the State Board of Elections refused to move forward with part of the plan amid fears it would open the door to widespread fraud. The five-member panel declined to certify a system for marking the ballots on a computer screen despite assurances from its staff that the system was secure and ready to be used in this year's June primary and November general elections.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein got to work on his re-election campaign in a low-key way Saturday, knocking on the doors of likely voters in Northwest Baltimore and asking for their support. It was one of the first campaign activities Bernstein has organized this year, and while he confirmed last summer that he intended to run again, he has been reluctant to talk about the political side of his job. On each doorstep he made no big promises about the future but pointed to his record in office.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lauren McEwen and For The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
I must admit, with a very heavy heart, that the Season 3 finale of "Scandal" disappointed me. Too many storylines to wrap up so quickly. Plus, Fitz and Quinn are both still alive and being the worst, and that's never OK. We start off at the senator's funeral. Cyrus is all set to let it blow up, with everyone inside, but fortunately, less evil folks discover Maya's plan and Fitz is able to get the church evacuated before the bomb can go off. The whole building promptly explodes as soon as the last person leaves, and Sally?
NEWS
April 17, 2014
The Columbia Association will hold elections on Saturday, April 26. During the elections, Columbia residents who pay the Columbia Association assessed fee can vote in their respective village for their village's representative to the 10-member Columbia Council, which becomes the 10-member Board of Directors. Each village hosts its own election. This year, there are only three contested races for the 10-member board. Those races are in Harper's Choice, Hickory Ridge and Town Center.
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