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May 20, 2014
Last week, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law legislation requiring that adults caught and convicted of drunk driving while transporting a child younger than age 16 be required to install an ignition interlock system - a device that won't let them start their cars unless they pass a breath test. The bill received modest attention when it passed on the final day of the legislative session, and deservedly so. There's nothing wrong with the law, of course. At least not in a state where police ticketed nearly 400 individuals during the last fiscal year for either Driving While Impaired (DWI)
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By Jules Witcover | May 16, 2014
Every two-term president since the 22nd Amendment was ratified in 1951 has faced being a lame-duck upon his re-election. Barack Obama clearly is no exception. With approximately 28 months left in his presidency, the clock is running out as he seeks to achieve a favorable legacy. Unless Mr. Obama's party defies the odds and retains control of the Senate and recaptures the House in the November elections, the outlook seems dim to reverse the Republican obstructionism that has hobbled most of his White House tenure.
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Letter to The Record and The Aegis | May 7, 2014
Editor: I congratulate and thank Councilman Bill Martin, Councilman David Glenn and Bob Robinson. It was a pleasure to campaign along-side three very passionate and respectful gentlemen. I would like to personally thank every resident who came to the polls and exercised their right to vote on May 6. I appreciate your support and am humbled to represent and advocate for the citizens and our City once again. I am excited to start what I believe will be a very productive council term, and look forward to working with the mayor, administration and especially my fellow councilmembers.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland elected its first woman bishop Friday, narrowly voting for the Rev. Canon Heather Cook to hold the post of bishop suffragan. Cook was among four candidates for the position - all of whom were women - and was elected after four rounds of voting among clergy and laymen at the diocese's convention in Ellicott City, according to a news release. A bishop suffragan is akin to a vice-president and helps run the diocese with its bishop diocesan. The rest of the Episcopal Church's dioceses must consent to the election before Cook is consecrated.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | May 1, 2014
One incumbent and two newcomers were elected to serve on the Columbia Council in contested races in the village dections held Saturday, April 26.  Newcomer Jeanne Ketley narrowly unseated longtime Town Center representative Suzanne Waller by a vote of 141-75. In Hickory Ridge, where a quorum was reached for the first time in recent years, incumbent Gregg Schwind defeated challenger Harry Schwarz, 189-147. Alan Klein will succeed long-serving Harper's Choice representative Cynthia Coyle, who did not seek re-election, after defeating newcomer Bob Fontaine by a vote of 196-179.
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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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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.
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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.
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