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March 3, 2011
I am beyond tired of reading responses to the gay marriage bill. For once and for all: We are a democracy, not a theocracy. Our representatives are supposed to vote according to the constitution of the country or in this case, the state. Those who berate our representatives for not voting according to the Bible are wrong on so many levels. First, whose Bible should they follow? Second, there were slave owners in the Bible. Should we follow that path too? You don't have the liberty to cherry pick what you personally like and dislike in the Bible and govern accordingly.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Free State Legal, which provides legal services to low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents in the Baltimore area, is seeking a "passionate and visionary" new leader following the announced departure of its executive director. Aaron Merki, who helped co-found the nonprofit organization in 2007, has been in the role for the last two years, overseeing several victories. Last month, the group announced it had helped win coverage of transition-related care for transgender state employees under their state health plans.
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NEWS
February 8, 2012
Year after year this "Free State" becomes more and more excessive in what it takes from the working citizens. Each year the state legislature and governor conjure up new ways to wear away the patience of taxpayers. There is a point when our backs have been broken. Too bad for us that we do not consider throwing the rascals out of office. The school system in Maryland reeks of waste, and it begins with the school administrations. Too many administrators, and too much levied on students because of educators wanting more and more and working less and less.
NEWS
July 4, 2014
Within months of the first shots of what was to become America's Revolutionary War, Maryland mustered troops to join the Continental Army and help newly appointed general George Washington drive the British from Boston. But the willingness to support the armed struggle did not correspond with an inclination toward independence. As was the case generally throughout the colonies in 1775, Maryland's leaders remained steadfast in their hope for a redress of grievances with Great Britain and a peaceable reunion with the crown.
NEWS
May 4, 2010
One of our state legislators is planning to introduce or may have already by now introduced a bill similar to the anti-immigration bill that was signed into law in Arizona. I'd like to make the following points about this legislation: First, this type of discriminatory legislation is something we haven't seen since the Civil Rights era. I think the whole intent of targeting people because they may look a bit different, or have an accent, or wear clothing unlike what you wear is despicable.
SPORTS
By SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 7, 1999
ATLANTA -- Leland Beckel, from Bethesda, rallied from 5-down at the turn to turn back Pat Cornett of Mill Valley, Calif., 1-up, and advance to the final of the 13th U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur championship at the Cherokee Country Club yesterday.Beckel, a Columbia Country Club member who had put out Melanie Curtin of West Roxbury, Mass., 4 and 3, in the morning, then staged her comeback by playing the back nine in 2-under-par against Cornett, the finalist in the first championship in 1987, and a former Curtis Cup member.
NEWS
By Mike Pretl | October 11, 2013
Lost amid our gloom and doom over the tea partiers' nonsensical, reactionary effort to bring down effective government in Washington is this happy local counterweight: 2013 has been an incredibly fruitful year for the forces of forward-thinking government in Annapolis and throughout Maryland. October is not only the month when federal expenditures are debated and approved; it is also the starting-point for much of the legislation passed in the spring session of our General Assembly.
NEWS
By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,Evening Sun Staff | November 2, 1990
Inspired by a "60 Minutes" segment on a Mississippi millionaire who gives college educations to poor students, the Maryland Higher Education Commission has approved a new scholarship program called the Free State.The program will use state funds to provide up to $3,000 annually in college scholarships to low-income and middle-income high school students if they enroll in and pass college prep courses beginning in the eighth grade. This represents an attempt to get students involved in college prep courses a year before high school.
NEWS
December 24, 2012
I am having a problem following the logic of gun toters explaining why they should bear arms. Here's what I see when I read the Second Amendment: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. " What is meant by "a well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state?" It seems to me that all of you folks should belong to a state-regulated militia and attend militia meetings every Saturday.
NEWS
December 23, 2013
Red Maryland's Brian Griffiths will be appearing on the  Cam @ Co.  show on NRA News discussing Maryland politics at 3:40 PM on Monday. Visit  NRANews.com  to check it out. --Red Maryland has strived to be the premier blog and radio network of conservative and Republican politics and ideas in the free state since 2007. Its posts appear here regularly.
NEWS
May 9, 2014
"If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. " That little nugget of truth, also known as the "law of the instrument," can be applied to more than just tool selection. When it comes to some closely-held beliefs, people tend to see circumstances as frequently proving them correct - even when they do nothing of the kind. At least that might explain why a recently-released Gallup poll finding that 47 percent of Maryland residents would choose to move if they could - the third highest percentage among the states - is being cited by many as evidence of failed tax policy.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
Two organizations are collaborating to provide Maryland-specific resources for transgender youth and their families grappling with the legal system. Prompted by a request from PFLAG, legal services organization FreeState Legal created trans*youth@md , a website meant to address legal questions frequently asked by transgender minors and their parents. "We want to help parents figure out what they have to do, what they can do to protect their children," said Catherine Hyde, the transgender coordinator for PFLAG's Howard County chapter and a member of PFLAG's national board of directors.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
Two organizations in Baltimore have teamed up to offer free tax preparation help to low-income LGBT residents in Baltimore. "I think the low-income community needs tax prep in general, not just the LGBT community," said Aaron Merki, executive director of Free State Legal, which provides free legal advice to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Marylanders. "But there are a lot of tax issues following marriage equality that might need special attention, so we felt this was a particularly important year to provide tax assistance to our client-base.
NEWS
December 31, 2013
     Governor O'Malley found it appropriate to discuss floating a loan to a Greene Turtle.      Bridge protests began popping up all over Maryland with unnecessary results. Red Maryland Radio spoke to the founder of the Overpasses Movement .      David Ferguson resigned as executive director of the Maryland Republican Party.      Maryland based group Conservative Victory PAC suffered mission creep and focused on races in Virginia instead of Maryland.
NEWS
December 23, 2013
Red Maryland's Brian Griffiths will be appearing on the  Cam @ Co.  show on NRA News discussing Maryland politics at 3:40 PM on Monday. Visit  NRANews.com  to check it out. --Red Maryland has strived to be the premier blog and radio network of conservative and Republican politics and ideas in the free state since 2007. Its posts appear here regularly.
NEWS
By Mike Pretl | October 11, 2013
Lost amid our gloom and doom over the tea partiers' nonsensical, reactionary effort to bring down effective government in Washington is this happy local counterweight: 2013 has been an incredibly fruitful year for the forces of forward-thinking government in Annapolis and throughout Maryland. October is not only the month when federal expenditures are debated and approved; it is also the starting-point for much of the legislation passed in the spring session of our General Assembly.
NEWS
By JEFF SEIDEL and JEFF SEIDEL,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 12, 2006
Bryan Jelcic has long wanted to become a part of the Professional Bowlers Association tour. The 28-year-old Glen Burnie resident began bowling at age 7 and continues trying to work his way up the sport's ladder. Pro bowlers make their money and earn a living through a variety of tournaments around the country. But there are also several local and regional competitions in various states, including Maryland. Jelcic competes in those events regularly, especially the Free State Classic Tenpin Tour, which includes many Anne Arundel County tournaments.
NEWS
May 12, 1995
There is no more popular -- or lucrative -- sport these days than professional basketball. Yet Maryland taxpayers are providing the Washington Bullets -- a team that doesn't even intend to play future games in the Free State -- with a nearly $100,000 subsidy.The Bullets hold their practices at McKeldin Gymnasium on the campus of Bowie State University. They use the building at their pleasure. Except for Bowie's men and women's basketball team members, no other student gets to use the facility.
NEWS
By Andrea Purse | October 7, 2013
Living in Maryland, these days, it's not hard to hang our hats on many points of pride. As a mom living in the state, I have enjoyed all that Maryland has to offer for kids: fantastic museums in Baltimore, the Terrapin football games on Saturday afternoons, and the beautiful farm pumpkin patches as we move more deeply into fall. But today we have even more good news for moms and families in Maryland: a new study shows that women in Maryland are in a better position to live healthy and economically secure lives than women in any other state.
NEWS
By Jerry Hingle | June 6, 2013
The Farm Bill currently making its way through Congress is important to everyone who lives and works in Maryland because it provides critical support to one of the pillars of the state's economy: international trade. The bill, strongly debated in Congress since it was introduced in May 2012 following the expiration of the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill, helps keep the doors open to exports of America's food and agriculture. The debate over this nearly $1 trillion bill is a perfect example of gridlock in Congress: Because it requires balance among so many divisive priorities, including public support of our nation's farmers and ranchers, conservationism, social welfare and the budget deficit, it is a microcosm of our federal budgeting process and requires Congress to approach the situation with a willingness to compromise.
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