February 14, 2013
As Maryland legislators debate the repeal of the state's death penalty, everyone should go to see an excellent documentary, "West of Memphis," directed by Amy Berg. Sadly, three teenagers were falsely convicted of murders which someone else committed and they had their youth taken from them. Only because of the dedication of so many supporters were the three released after serving around 19 years in prison. However, they can't be compensated by the state of Arkansas because the government refuses to admit its malfeasance.
November 9, 2012
Maryland's highest court upheld Gov. Martin O'Malley's new legislative redistricting map on Friday morning. The Court of Appeals issued an order, but no opinion, denying the claims in three challenges. The order comes only two days after the challenges were argued in court. The order said the judges found the plan, which will take effect with the 2014 elections, passed constitutional muster. The new map shifts the districts of Baltimore County Democratic Sens. James Brochin – whose new district is majority Republican – and Delores Kelley, both of whom objected to the plan.
October 25, 2012
Third of three articles on state ballot issues Dee Powell's belief in the ideal of marriage survived the reality of her divorce, and now she is working to preserve the institution as solely the union of a man and a woman. "Marriage is perfect," Powell says. "People are not. " But for Judy Gaver, what would make marriage perfect is to extend it to gay couples, such as the lesbians whose commitment ceremony she attended this summer. "It was beautiful, with the flowers and the music and the families," Gaver said.
August 14, 2012
The Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition gave 80 Maryland legislators a perfect score for supporting consumers. That's 80 out of 188, so some of those other senators and delegates need to step it up. The consumer group rated legislators on their votes on during the 2012 General Assembly on consumer protection bills. The coalition looked at votes on eight key bills, including identify theft protection for children, tax on smokeless tobacco and small cigars, early mediation for foreclosures and a foreclosed property registry.
August 5, 2012
It's unwise that the General Assembly will be considering the expansion of Maryland's gambling program to a sixth casino before its five existing slots parlors is up and running. But the idea of legalizing Internet gambling at the same time - with little opportunity for public debate or due diligence by legislators, and no precedent from other states - is downright reckless. Internet gambling may be the future of the industry, but that future is not yet upon us, and there are too many unanswered questions - legal, logistical and social - for the state to make a headlong rush to legalize it. The idea first surfaced in a serious way this week in a memo from Maryland Live developer David Cordish about the conditions under which he could drop his opposition to the proposed sixth casino inPrince George's County.
February 3, 2012
Thank you for your newspaper's efforts to help keep Maryland citizens and businesses aware of the status of proposed tax increases our legislators are dealing with. This is important and I only wish the newspaper had a higher readership. I'm really taken aback by the rhetoric of Gov.Martin O'Malleyand his advisors who have demonstrated how oblivious and disconnected they are to the financial stresses and realities of the citizenry. Almost like a bad scary movie. Our citizens and private sector small businesses carry the 5th highest tax burden in the United States.