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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2011
A proposal to redraw Howard County Council districts — supported by the County's Democratic Central Committee but opposed by the council's lone Republican — will undergo some changes, council members said. The map would move some residents in Ellicott City from Councilwoman Courtney Watson's district to neighboring District 2, represented by Council Chairman Calvin Ball, a move that drew criticism from residents. The plan would also shift the Dorsey Hall neighborhood from Mary Kay Sigaty's district in Columbia to Watson's.
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December 11, 2013
"I am a kid, not a number," says a child's sign in the photograph from the Nov. 28 article "Board passes redistricting plan amid parent outcry. " In a rapidly growing county, clearly redistricting is a necessity. Discontent arises, however, when the board acts simply based on numbers on a map. The redistricting plan passed by the board split the community south of [Route] 216 in two and created a small feed to Hammond Middle. The Board set aside an existing plan that moved the entire community to Lime Kiln Middle.
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By Ginger Thompson | June 28, 1991
Perennial Republican candidate Ross Z. Pierpont yesterday challenged the constitutionality of Baltimore's new City Council redistricting plan, charging that it is designed to preserve safe seats for the all-Democratic council's incumbents."
NEWS
November 25, 2013
It seems strange that parents who objected to the original Howard County middle school redistricting plan had months to provide feedback and work with Superintendent Renee Foose on changes, yet those of us who are now objecting to parts of her revised plan have had less than a month to provide our feedback and, even worse, the county board of education voted recently voted to ignore it ( "Foose's middle school redistricting plan backed by board," ...
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff writer | November 17, 1991
County Executive Charles I. Ecker vetoed the County Council's redistricting plan Friday, saying it unnecessarily divides communities, hastoo wide a range of population between districts and is not compact enough.Ecker also vetoed a council bill creating a spending affordability committee to deal with the fiscal 1993 budget. He called thebill too restrictive, but said he has established by executive ordera spending affordability committee to deal with the fiscal 1993 budget.Council Chairman C. Vernon Gray, D-3rd, said he was appalled by both vetoes -- the first by an executive since Gray cast his first vote on the council in December 1982.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff writer | January 15, 1992
Del. Martin Madden, R-13B, wants to join state NAACP leaders and black legislators in opposing the governor's legislative redistricting plan, which Madden says is an attempt to kill his chances of re-election.Madden opposes the plan Gov. William Donald Schaefer submittedto the General Assembly last Wednesday because it does away with a single-delegate district, 13A, for eastern Columbia.The plan puts him in a two-member district dominated by Columbia's heavily Democratic electorate."They in effect decided to trample on minority voting rights for the chance of picking up my seat in 1994," Madden said Monday.
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By Thomas W. Waldron and Thomas W. Waldron,Evening Sun Staff William Thompson contributed to this story | September 27, 1991
Members of the Maryland Senate were returning to Annapolis today to work on passing a new congressional redistricting plan to leave for their absent colleagues in the House of Delegates.House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell Jr., saying that the Senate was not giving his favored proposal a fair consideration, sent the 141 delegates home yesterday, only 24 hours after the start of the special session called to draw new district maps.Mitchell's action puzzled some senators, who said the two chambers had not had a chance to negotiate the politically loaded issue.
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By Norris P. West and Norris P. West,Staff Writer | August 25, 1993
The Maryland Court of Appeals yesterday approved Gov. William Donald Schaefer's 1990 redistricting legislation, which created five senatorial districts that Baltimore County must share with Baltimore.The state's highest court voted 5-2 to uphold a Feb. 4 decision by a special court master declaring the law valid.Another review of the legislation is pending in federal court.While a spokeswoman for the governor praised the court's approval of the city-county districts, a legislator who challenged the plan said that the law gives the city too much political power while diluting Baltimore County's strength in the General Assembly.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | February 13, 2002
Opponents of Gov. Parris N. Glendening's legislative redistricting plan vowed during a rally outside the State House yesterday to take their fight to Maryland's courts. "This will be decided, if not in hallways here, then in the courtroom down the street," said state Sen. Norman R. Stone Jr., a Baltimore County Democrat, as he pointed in the direction of Maryland's Court of Appeals. "There's no doubt it will go to the courtroom." The legislative redistricting plan -- required once a decade to reflect the latest national census data on population changes -- shifts two state Senate districts from the Baltimore region to the fast-growing Washington suburbs.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | January 9, 2002
State Sen. Clarence M. Mitchell IV has backed off -- for now at least -- from his threat to withdraw from the Democratic Party over a legislative redistricting plan he believes will hurt African-American representation in the General Assembly. "After thoughtful and wise advice, I am postponing my decision as to whether to leave the Democratic Party until the legislative process of finalizing the redistricting map is completed," wrote Mitchell, who has voiced outrage over the past several weeks about the redistricting map proposed by a panel appointed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening.
EXPLORE
September 19, 2013
Does the Howard County Public School System hate the poor? Consider the languishing schools in Columbia juxtaposed against the palatial new schools elsewhere. The latest act of animus toward the poor is robbing Wilde Lake Middle School of its long-overdue expansion/renovation. How will they accomplish this? By redistricting the wealthy into Clarksville, leaving Wilde Lake Middle School with a building that doesn't meet current standards, fewer staff and contributing families, and increasing its already high percentage of low-income families.
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September 19, 2013
I am writing to express my utter dismay at the redistricting plan to move half of the Clemens Crossing feed out of Wilde Lake Middle School, despite plans for a building expansion the following year. Wilde Lake Middle School is fed by two Title I schools and one non-Title I school, yet the plan is to remove high-income students! Although moving low-income students to high-income schools is known to be enormously beneficial to those students, that is the last thing that the Howard County Public School System would ever consider doing.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2012
The Anne Arundel school board received Superintendent Kevin Maxwell's redistricting recommendation Wednesday for Crofton-area schools, which delays plans to draw boundaries for a $38 million elementary school in Odenton that a developer has promised but some area residents have opposed. The proposed school, still included in the redistricting plan, would be along Evergreen Road and is part of the school system's efforts to ease crowding at Nantucket Elementary. Those plans also include redistricting Crofton Meadows Elementary, Arundel Middle and Crofton Middle.
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By Joe Burris and Sara Toth, Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 25, 2012
In her first 100 days on the job, Howard County schools Superintendent Renee Foose has revamped the system's legal services, established an office of accountability and called for revision of a redistricting proposal to shift hundreds of students to new schools, a move that some parents have decried. Foose is steadily imposing her management approach on the 50,000-student system as she attempts to fulfill promises to make it more transparent and accessible - directives spelled out in the entry plan she unveiled as she took over July 1. Perhaps the most controversial move she has made involves the redistricting plan.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2012
Irene Hopkins could only grasp for an explanation as Republican Del. Nic Kipke showed her the way Anne Arundel County had been cut up on Maryland's congressional map. "I think they were drunk when they made it up, or at least feeling very spiteful," said the Pasadena woman. "Anne Arundel is a large county, and we should at least be a district unto ourselves. " It was exactly the kind of response Kipke hoped to elicit as he showed the map, which he equated to "spider legs jumping all over the state," to voters from his county on Saturday morning.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed Monday a lower court's ruling upholding Maryland's new congressional redistricting plan, which counts inmates as living at their last-known addresses instead of in their prison cells. But it may not be the last word on the matter. Some Republican lawmakers opposed to the map, drawn once each decade based on U.S. census counts, have until Saturday to submit the nearly 56,000 signatures needed to put it on the November ballot and let voters decide whether the plan stays.
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By David G. Savage and Scott Gold and David G. Savage and Scott Gold,LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 19, 2004
WASHINGTON - Just two weeks before America's voters are expected to leave Republicans in control of the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court revived a legal challenge to an unusual redistricting plan in Texas that could shift six House seats to the GOP. In a one-line order yesterday, the justices told a lower court to reconsider whether the plan, the handiwork of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas, is unconstitutional. The ruling came too late to affect next month's races, but it could lead to a new congressional district map for the 2006 elections.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | April 27, 2002
Maryland's new legislative map might look odd, but there is a logic behind the squiggles and protrusions that protects voting strength in Baltimore and bolsters minority voices statewide, one of the redistricting plan's chief architects argued in court yesterday. Secretary of State John T. Willis, a lawyer, historian and ally of Gov. Parris N. Glendening, defended the most notable idiosyncrasies in the governor's redistricting plan during the second day of a court hearing in Annapolis.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2012
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman announced Thursday that he would not sign off on a County Council bill redrawing district boundaries, instead endorsing a map supported by an appointed bipartisan commission. Under the new boundaries, the Columbia Association will be represented by an additional council district; two Ellicott City neighborhoods will move from their current district, despite residents' protests before the council; and parts of Elkridge will continue to bleed into District 2. The newly drawn council districts will take effect for the 2014 council elections.
EXPLORE
January 26, 2012
When I became president of Freedom Area Citizen' Council 3 1/2 years ago, State Sen. Allan Kittleman attended my first meeting, along with Del. Susan Krebs. Since that time, I saw him only once more and that was to an event to which I had sent him an invitation. Kittleman represents both Howard and Carroll county citizens. I do not know what he has done for Howard County, but I know of nothing he has done for South Carroll - and I am active in my community. So currently, for the 9th District, we are represented by a senator who lives outside our county (Kittleman)
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