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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2012
A former math teacher. A firefighter. A lawyer. A small-business woman. A full-time doctoral student. A congressional aide. When the legislative session started in January, the six delegates from different cliques in Maryland's clubby General Assembly had this in common: None would have called himself or herself a supporter of Gov. Martin O'Malley's bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Yet all cast votes Friday in favor of the measure, providing the margin needed to pass the bill, 72-67, in the House of Delegates, which had rejected a similar measure 11 months ago. Some never let on that they were wavering.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,Sun reporter | December 6, 2006
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. waded yesterday into a difficult debate among Republican legislators on how to maintain relevance in Annapolis, saying he hopes they will stand in opposition to Democrats rather than trying to work with the majority party. Ehrlich, Maryland's first Republican governor in a generation, has kept a low profile since he and other members of his party suffered severe election losses a month ago. But yesterday, he told members of the Republican caucus in the House of Delegates that they are now the leaders of the state party and must work to keep the Maryland GOP alive until new statewide leaders can emerge.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | April 14, 1999
Maryland homebuyers will gain some warning of environmental hazards like the methane gas that forced evacuation of several new homes in Elkridge last year and sparked a $75 million lawsuit, say advocates of a bill enacted by the General Assembly April 7. The legislation survived opposition from builders, who helped kill several other consumer-oriented measures this year -- such as builder registration -- and who say the new law will require useless...
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October 26, 1994
To cut into conservative strength in Maryland's Eighth Legislative District, Democratic redistricters acted two years ago drop some of the Eighth's more Republican precincts in favor of city neighborhoods and other areas that would be inclined to vote for Democrats. The lone Democratic incumbent from the district, Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell, will nonetheless have a hard time winning re-election. For one thing, the district remains largely conservative. For another, his GOP opponent, Del. John J. Bishop Jr., is a moderate who can appeal to voters from both parties.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF | February 11, 2002
The Baltimore County Council's commission on redistricting has announced its plan for getting what critics said was lacking the last time lines were redrawn: public input. The six members, meeting for the first time Friday, said they are reluctant to schedule meetings with other groups that have drafted reform proposals or with people who complained that the council acted in secret when it drew new lines last summer. Such meetings, they said, could keep the commission from meeting its May 1 deadline.
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March 1, 1994
In 1929, Arab rioters killed some 60 Jews in Hebron. The event is etched in Israeli consciousness. Its remembrance forms part of Israeli nationalism. After partition in 1948, Hebron was controlled by Jordan, the ethnic cleansing complete. To roll it back, ardent Zionists founded Kiryat Arba and other settlements near Hebron and the reputed Cave of Abraham, after Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967.The slaughter of Arab Muslim worshipers at the Cave of Abraham by the American-Israeli Baruch Goldstein last Friday was a comparable atrocity.
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By Kimberly A.C. Wilson and Kimberly A.C. Wilson,SUN STAFF | March 27, 2004
A House committee voted 16-6 yesterday to approve a bill that would create a state registry to allow unmarried roommates to make medical decisions for one another. Members of the Health and Government Operations Committee fought amendments to the Medical Decision Making Act of 2004 that would have widened its target beyond the two groups that want the protection because they are unable or unwilling to marry: gay couples and seniors age 62 and older. If the bill becomes law, eligible couples would be able to register their relationship with a state health agency in order to ease post-death and medical care decision-making.
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By Andrew A. Green and Andrew A. Green,sun reporter | November 16, 2006
Their party reeling from the loss of the governorship and seats in the legislature, several Republicans in the House of Delegates are pushing for new leadership and a move away from the confrontational tactics that defined relations between the GOP and Democratic General Assembly leaders for the past four years. The drive for more cooperation is the first move in what is expecting to be a post-election retrenching for the state GOP. Top party posts in the state Senate are also up for grabs, and the Maryland Republican Party is likely to select a new chairman to oversee operations.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 10, 2004
Four new Baltimore County school board members and a student representative were sworn in yesterday morning and promptly given their first homework assignment: Read a thick stack of reports and materials in preparation for tonight's board meeting. In a lunch meeting with county schools Superintendent Joe A. Hairston and school board President James R. Sasiadek, the new board members were briefed about the 12-member panel's meeting and appointment schedule. They were advised against taking notes during discussions of personnel decisions.
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April 9, 2011
The individual accounts presented in your retrospective of the gasoline spill fail to adequately encapsulate the unremitting heartache wrought by the over 26,000 gallons of gasoline that leaked undetected for a month below the Jacksonville Exxon in early 2006 ("Five years later, Jacksonville still grapples with gas spill," April 6). I have spent much of the last five years visiting with friends and neighbors in the community, haggling with ExxonMobil and the Maryland Department of the Environment over well testing and an array of remediation efforts.
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