March 29, 2012
The drive to throw out Maryland's new congressional district maps by petitioning them to referendum is, in all likelihood, something of a futile gesture. Even if the opponents can muster the necessary signatures - battling in the process referendum fatigue from parallel efforts on same-sex marriage - the new, convoluted maps will still be in effect this November. And if the critics of the maps prevail at the ballot box, all they will succeed in doing is getting the same people who brought us the current mess to draw the maps all over again.
October 8, 2011
The chairwoman of the commission Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed to draft new congressional district maps for the state said that the members had attempted to respect natural and jurisdictional boundaries and communities of interest in drawing the lines. That is true, insofar as the group isn't proposing that the districts cross the Potomac into Virginia at any point. Otherwise, it's hard to find much in the Rorschach test-worthy map they produced that conforms to any standard of compactness or continuity.
August 31, 2011
Editor: I live in Belcamp which is in Congressional District 2. I would like to note that the closest Congressional District Office to my home is nine miles away in Bel Air, but that office is for District 1. The second closest Congressional District Office to my home is 26 miles away in Towson, but that office is for District 3. The third closest Congressional District Office to my home is 28 miles away in the city, but that office is for District...
January 22, 2011
The Baltimore City school system ranks slightly below the state average when comparing its education spending to student achievement, according to a report compiled by a progressive Washington think tank that examined the efficiency of Maryland's school districts. The Center for American Progress released the findings last week of the first-ever attempt to tie school districts' expenditures and test scores to gauge "educational productivity. " "It always feels like we're talking about achievement on one hand, and expenditures on the other, and we need to be having that conversation at the same time," said Ulrich Boser, senior fellow at the center and author of the study.
August 31, 2004
At Padonia International Elementary School, 5-year-old Yarasheila Sanjuan flung her arms around her mother's neck and cried when the time came for parents to leave the kindergarten classroom. At Cedarmere Elementary, teacher Cindy Littman's 17 new third-graders stood in a circle and reminisced about horseback riding, camping trips and other summer activities. And at Catonsville High, freshman Jillian Curtis, 14, was grateful to have a day to get lost without the embarrassment of upperclassmen watching.
September 19, 2001
Howard County District Judge James N. Vaughan, a 19-year veteran who has ordered criminals to read Les Miserables and invented a "maxim of red lights" for traffic cases, was named chief judge of Maryland's District Court system yesterday. Vaughan, 66, was appointed to one of the state's top three judicial positions by Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell. Vaughan takes his new post today, replacing Martha F. Rasin, who resigned to return to her previous job as a trial judge in Anne Arundel County.