January 3, 2003
MAYOR MARTIN O'MALLEY'S most challenging task this year is to draw new City Council districts. Voters mandated this reapportionment in November when they approved a ballot question that replaced the six three-member council districts with 14 single-member ones. This downsizing from 18 to 14 members - plus a president elected citywide - is the most sweeping reorganization since 1922, when the council's current setup was introduced. The redrawing has the potential to trigger a flurry of other changes as well - from the way members deal with the powerful mayor to their handling of constituency concerns, because colleagues can no longer cover for a nonperforming member.
March 26, 1991
There is nothing magical about the redrawn political boundary lines approved last week by the City Council and Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke. They assure no one an easy reelection. They assure neither white nor black politicians control in the next City Council. That decision still rests with voters, especially groups of citizens who are concerned enough about the city's future to participate in the upcoming elections.The new maps create five majority-black districts and one with a lopsided white majority.
November 12, 1991
County political leaders are expected to file suit in federal court today, challenging a congressional redistricting plan that divides Anne Arundel four ways.Delegate Michael Busch, D-Annapolis, was expected to announce the suit today at an 8 a.m. news conference.Busch is chairman of Anne Arundel County's 13-member House of Delegates contingent.The county's State House delegation has opposedthe redistricting plan, which eliminates the Anne Arundel-dominated congressional seat held by three-term Democrat Tom McMillen, since the General Assembly adopted it Oct. 22.Lawmakers said the plan improperly splits established communities, such as Crofton and Ferndale.
June 14, 1994
Parents in Severna Park had one message last night for the committee developing a redistricting plan for Anne Arundel County public schools: Don't move our children."
March 29, 1994
For a while, it seemed we had devoted so much attention to the subject of redistricting Columbia's Wilde Lake High School, we were in jeopardy of being just one more discordant note in the cacophony surrounding this matter.The last two months, however, have revealed a noticeable drop-off in the amount and intensity of the rhetoric aimed at this problem. Different factions must have had their own reasons for quieting down.Once the screaming subsided, Howard County's school board acted to resolve this contentious dispute.
September 27, 1991
Despite the high-handed action of House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell in recessing the House of Delegates until Oct. 21, substantial progress was made yesterday on breaking the congressional redistricting deadlock in the State House. A sensible compromise plan, SB14, gained broad support in the state Senate and was winning a growing number of allies in the House. It is the best map on the negotiating table.Speaker Mitchell acted in anger in sending his delegates home for three weeks rather than negotiate with senators to resolve the redistricting dispute.