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August 10, 2011
Regarding your report about Casa de Maryland and the ACLU's effort to block a referendum on in-state tuition for noncitizens ("Vote on tuition bill faces lawsuit," Aug. 2): I have been watching the letters to the editors expecting to see someone point out the irony in the efforts of these groups, who are contesting the petition signatures on narrow legal grounds. Yet they are the same people that insist anyone can come into a polling place and vote, even if they are not registered and present no identification.
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Dan Rodricks | September 10, 2014
This should have been a totally tall week for Baltimore - tall ships and Blue Angels for War of 1812 commemorations; the Orioles, ever closer to a division title, back home to play the Yankees; Derek Jeter bidding farewell to Camden Yards; the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium to face their biggest rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Thursday night on national television. Big stuff, tall stuff, a real wow week in the life of Charm City. And it's all still true, except for the clouds left by the Ray Rice storm.
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Letter to The Aegis | June 5, 2012
Editor: It is an honor and a privilege to represent you as your Delegate. As most of you are aware, the petition drives have been ongoing for several weeks now. Last year, with the help of many volunteers from across the state and especially Harford County, we collected over 133,000 signatures to place the bill that gave in-state tuition for illegal immigrants on the ballot as a referendum. After the bill was passed by the Maryland General Assembly, Del. Neil Parrott and I decided that our only recourse would be a petition drive.
NEWS
Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
OCEAN CITY - Squinting into the August sun at Ocean City's boardwalk Thursday, Comptroller Peter Franchot formally launched his petition drive to require Maryland schools to start after Labor Day. Franchot wants to deliver 10,000 signatures under the banner “Let Summer Be Summer” to Maryland lawmakers in January, when he will kick off lobbying for a new law that would forbid school districts from beginning classes before September. While the petition itself is symbolic, it continues the state comptroller's more than yearlong campaign to push back the first day of school.
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By Larry Carson | larry.carson@baltsun.com | March 31, 2010
Critics of Columbia's downtown redevelopment plan are facing a 4:30 p.m. Friday deadline for submitting at least 2,500 valid signatures as a first step toward putting the zoning for the project on the November ballot - and they are not sure whether they'll succeed. "We'll certainly have 2,500. The question is whether we'll have enough to survive all the rejections," said Russell Swatek, spokesman for the group called Taxpayers Against Giveaways. Swatek would not say exactly how many signatures the group had on Tuesday.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2013
A Senate committee has killed a Republican-sponsored bill to shield from public scrutiny the names and personal information of people who sign petitions to bring General Assembly-passed bills to referendum. The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee voted 8-3 along party lines Tuesday night to kill the bill sponsored by Sen. Nancy Jacobs of Harford County. Proponents of the bill said petitions should be exempt from public records laws to protect the privacy of voters.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2012
After Maryland Republicans appeared to have cleared the first hurdle in their challenge to Maryland's new congressional district map, the state Democratic chairwoman said the party will "consider all options" to fight the GOP effort to challenge the redistricting plan in a referendum. “In the face of dwindling electoral success and political irrelevancy, Maryland Republicans have turned to the petition as a means to circumvent legislative procedure and impose their partisan agenda," said a statement released by state party chief Yvette Lewis.
NEWS
July 6, 2011
The article in Friday's Sunpaper ("Petition drive yields big numbers," July 1) was an example of freedom at work. It seems from this article that the people of Maryland have had enough of Maryland politicians who ignore their constituents and kowtow to lobbyists and political correctness. I sincerely hope their next step is to vote every politician who voted for this legislation out of office as I intend to do. Hats off to the Sunpaper for using the correct terminology, "illegal immigrant," rather than the ridiculous terminology from Gov. Martin O'Malley in this article.
NEWS
December 10, 2009
Since 2007, the Department of the Environment has made enforcing environmental laws one of our top three priorities - along with increasing transparency and improving our fiscal structure. Progress includes enacting standard operating procedures to correct enforcement delays, increasing enforcement activity 34 percent in fiscal year 2008 and securing two of the highest penalties ever collected for state environmental violations. We did this without additional inspectors or resources. Over the past three years, due to the national economic recession and necessary state budget reductions, MDE reduced its budget by $27 million - equivalent to about a third of our annual operating budget.
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by Annie Linskey | March 20, 2012
The opponents to Maryland's new same-sex marriage law are holding a series of closed-door training sessions to teach volunteers how to properly collect signatures to petition the measure to referendum. In an email, the Maryland Marriage Alliance said it wants to "gather a minimum" of 150,000 signatures by May 31. "Past efforts have proven that the Board of Elections will invalidate at least 30% of the signatures, so it is imperative that we gather thousands and get it right!" according to the email.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2014
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NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
Signatures to force a ballot referendum on a transgender rights law scheduled to take effect this fall were still being counted late Saturday night, organizers said. The conservative group, MDPetitions.com, is attempting to collect the minimum 18,500 signatures needed to push the ballot referendum before voters in November. "We are still counting. Today was a good day," said Washington County Del. Neil Parrott, a Republican who chairs MDPetitions.com. However, he said, "I don't know yet what this going to look like.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
With a weekend deadline looming, a conservative group - shadowed by an equal rights organization - is making a final push in an uphill effort to collect enough signatures to force a ballot referendum on a transgender rights law scheduled to take effect this fall. "The bottom line right now is we're going full speed ahead," said Washington County Del. Neil Parrott, a Republican who chairs MDPetitions.com. As of Friday, the group was thousands of signatures short of its goal. It faced a deadline of midnight Saturday to collect about 18,500 signatures to keep its effort going.
FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
Pascal Tessier, 17, of Maryland, became one of the first out Eagle Scouts in the history of the Boy Scouts of America earlier this year, after the organization lifted its ban on gay scouts. On Wednesday, the Chevy Chase resident challenged the Boy Scouts' remaining ban on gay scout leaders, delivering a Change.org petition with more than 120,000 signatures to the Seattle headquarters of Amazon, asking the online retailer to halt donations by its charitable program, AmazonSmile, to the Boy Scouts.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
A June 3 luncheon at Petit Louis Bistro in Columbia will benefit the non-profit organization No Kid Hungry: Share Our Strength, whose mission is to end childhood hunger. The multi-course dinner will be hosted by Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf, the principals in the Foreman Wolf restaurant group, which owns Petit Louis Bistro restaurants in Baltimore and Columbia, and Rita St. Clair and Brian Thim, the principals in the Baltimore-based firm Rita St. Clair Associates, which designed the interiors for both restaurants.
NEWS
May 4, 2014
These last few years will go down as a time when Marylanders took steps to recognize the humanity of those who have too often been marginalized. In 2011, the General Assembly voted to stop penalizing children whose parents brought them to the United States illegally when it came time for them to go to college, an important gesture in the nation's polarized immigration debate. In 2012, lawmakers extended equal rights to same-sex couples who wanted to marry. And in 2014, legislators reached out to perhaps the most marginalized group of all, those who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth, by passing the Fairness for All Marylanders Act, which Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to sign this month.
NEWS
by Annie Linskey | July 2, 2012
The Western Maryland Republican leading the effort to repeal the state's new Congressional map says he believes the signatures they collected will withstand Board of Elections. "This was a very thorough validation process," said Del. Neil Parrott, R-Washington, speaking at an Annapolis news conference. To make his point, the delegate held up a passel of signed petitions that he opted not to submit due to errors. Parrott and other Republicans have so far turned in 65,722 signatures in two batches - about 10,000 more than needed to put the question to voters on the November ballot.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann | peter.hermann@baltsun.com | February 26, 2010
Baltimore police made an emergency petition Thursday to the city's liquor board asking it to immediately suspend the alcohol license of the Velvet Rope nightclub after authorities said hundreds of patrons holding tickets were locked out of an oversold show and nearly rioted on a downtown street. Police said it took 50 officers, including several from the tactical unit and assistance from a police helicopter, to control the crowd that showed up late Wednesday night to hear Southern rapper Yo Gotti.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014
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FEATURES
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
A federal judge in Washington has dismissed the high-profile discrimination lawsuit of a Gallaudet University official who claimed she was unfairly demoted for signing a petition to put Maryland's same-sex marriage law to referendum. U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg ruled April 14 that Angela McCaskill, Gallaudet's former chief diversity officer, had failed to show she had been discriminated against under the D.C. Human Right's Act -- whether for her religion, political beliefs or identity as a straight woman -- or that the university had acted negligently.
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