October 28, 2013
President Barack Obama renewed his call to Congress last week for passage of comprehensive immigration reform legislation that would "grow the economy and shrink our deficits" as well as strengthen border security, modernize the visa system and offer a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already living in the U.S. To show how serious he was about getting a bill he could sign, the president dropped his previous insistence that...
July 16, 2013
While the usual suspects of Maryland politics, the candidates, the fundraisers, the loyalists, the lobbyists and groupies are dining on crabs and beer Wednesday at the annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield, a couple dozen volunteers will converge on Annapolis seeking something that seems always out of season in this state, whether it's summer, winter, spring or fall — congressional districts that aren't drawn like paint splatter....
July 3, 2013
Letter writer Joe Everett made a valid point about the Voting Rights Act but failed to see the bigger picture and the totally inequitable situation that needs to be addressed ("Where was the outcry when Md. voters were harmed?" June 27). In the last federal election, more people voted for Democratic congressional candidates than for Republicans. Yet Republicans came away with 33 more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and a big, unwarranted majority. Decades of gerrymandering by Republican governors in red states has had the perverse effect of minimizing the political clout of urban areas and their voters.
February 13, 2013
This Feb. 14, will mark the 93rd anniversary of the founding of the League of Women Voters, an organization that was built on the efforts to secure for women the right to vote and continues its work by providing information to all voters to ensure that the right is exercised effectively. In Maryland and many other states, the League of Women Voters is addressing a serious threat to the right to vote: gerrymandering. Last year's redistricting process created congressional districts that twist from one county to another, dividing communities and combining little portions of each with parts of counties many miles away, with very different interests.
November 12, 2012
Letter writer Antonio W. Campbell's comments on Maryland's redistricting map were right on target ("Reject the Maryland gerrymander," Nov. 6). What concerns me is the continuing corruption of the voting process through malapportionment and gerrymandering. How can one's vote really count when districts get carved up into such bizarre ways that three members of Congress represent one neighborhood? People need to have equal representation in government, not lopsided districts just because one party wants an advantage.
November 6, 2012
Kathleen Dumais' op-ed ("Md. congressional map is fair, legal," Oct. 29) contained several inaccuracies. I am very familiar with the redistricting process since I attended most of the public hearings conducted by the Governor's Redistricting Advisory Committee (GRAC) last year, and Marylanders for Coherent and Fair Representation was the driving force in the federal court case challenging the governor's congressional redistricting plan based primarily on insufficient consideration of communities of interest.