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March 13, 2013
Thanks, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., for your warning to the Democrats ("Democrats riding high, but beware a midterm crash," March 10). Now, let me ask a question to a Republican: What do you see a conservative, Republican Party doing to swing the Democrats their way? When I was in my 20s, I asked my father the difference between the. He told me the Republicans live in the past and the Democrats always look to the future. I am now 84 years old and I believe he was right. Since Mr. Ehrlich's party is still in shock over the last election, some keep saying they just didn't explain themselves enough.
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October 8, 2014
With the midterm elections just weeks away, I was reminded of a comment by Abraham Lincoln: "Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters. " When it comes to voting, the electorate has three choices: Stay at home and sit it out; accept things as they are; or act on a desire for change. Does one vote really matter? Consider that in the recent Republican primary election for Baltimore County executive, candidate George Harman won by just 18 votes.
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NEWS
May 22, 2013
Editor: I am very grateful to the voters of Havre de Grace, this was my first attempt to serve as a member of the City Council. I was not elected, however, the number of votes I received was impressive and most gratifying. Thank you and I shall return! Robert E. Greene Havre de Grace
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | October 7, 2014
Homestead-Wakefield Elementary School in Bel Air hosted its 2014 Voting Parade Tuesday morning on the school campus. The parade is held every two years, according to teacher Cindy Leon, to celebrate America's freedom of voting; it has been part of the election year school calendar for 16 years. Students vote on several things in school: favorite super hero, yearbook cover, songs, etc. The winners were announced at the celebration. The Bel Air High School band and the entire Homestead-Wakefield student body marched in the parade, which started at Wakefield and proceeded down the street to the he street to the Homestead building.
NEWS
December 18, 2011
The Republican answer to not taxing the rich is to reduce unemployment benefits and freeze federal workers pay, again affecting the middle class and not the wealthy ("Lawmakers hold talks as shutdown draws close," Dec. 15). And yet they want our vote? Maybe a wiser cut would be to reduce their salaries; I'm sure they wouldn't take much time turning that one down! Gary Lusby, Ocean View, Del.
NEWS
July 20, 2011
In response to your editorial "No defender of the bay" (July 18), are you really surprised that Congressman Andy Harris voted against protecting the health of the Chesapeake Bay? You can expect every vote from the 1st Congressional District to be against protecting Maryland's environment and waters until Rep. Harris gets what he deserves - retirement. John A. Pica Jr., Baltimore The writer is a former Democratic state senator from Baltimore.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sara Toth | November 9, 2012
Remember all that voting you did this week? I'm not talking about the election; I'm talking about “The Voice.” Well, we got to see the results tonight, and I have to say, I'm a little disappointed in you, America. A results show means a lot of filler, but I'm gonna cut straight to the chase here because I'm angry. The deal was this, America: You got to save two people on each team, while Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton got to save one. Team Adam Saved by America: Amanda Brown and Bryan Keith Saved by Adam: Melanie Martinez Eliminated: Loren Allred, Joselyn Rivera In this case, it's Adam I'm mad at - you're good for now, America.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
I had a chance to talk to former Oriole Rafael Palmeiro about Wednesday's Hall of Fame announcement that the Baseball Writers' Association of America did not vote in anyone for the 2013 induction class . That includes Palmeiro, who was on his third year of the ballot and is one of just four players in the game's history to have at least 500 homers and 3,000 hits. He's also the only one on this year's ballot to have tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. In 2005, months after he told a congressional committee that he had never taken steroids, a drug test found stanozolol in his system and Major League Baseball suspended him for 10 days.
NEWS
October 29, 2012
Even the most ardent fans of Mitt Romney ought to take the latest of President Barack Obama's reelection ads to heart. Here's its point: 537. That's the number of votes (along with a favorable Supreme Court ruling) that decided who won Florida - and the presidency - in the contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore in 2000. This year's election is shaping up to be just as close, with the latest polls suggesting the outcome could turn on a relatively few voters in states like Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada, Colorado and even tiny New Hampshire.
SPORTS
By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2012
For the past week we've had our readers decide who they think is the top boys lacrosse team in the area. It turned out to be an interesting week to hold the voting, as Calvert Hall was upset by McDonogh Friday night, leading to significant changes in our top 15 poll released yesterday . Below are the results from your voting. It's worth keeping in mind that many of these votes were cast before Calvert Hall's loss, while some came after. And it's worth mentioning that tonight's Gilman-Calvert Hall game will also sway some opinions.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
The International Longshoremen's Association is investigating the largest dockworker union at the port of Baltimore over racially tinged allegations that local leaders stacked its membership in advance of coming local elections. Two members of the ILA executive council convened meetings in Baltimore this week to investigate the grievances filed by members of Baltimore's Local 333, confirmed Jim McNamara, a national ILA spokesman. The hearings occurred as two senior ILA officials, including Atlantic Coast District President Dennis Daggett, met in Baltimore this week with representatives of the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore and the United States Maritime Association, or USMX, to continue local contract negotiations for Local 333. The two associations represent port shippers that employ ILA labor.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Johns Hopkins isn't the only area Division III program with an untarnished record in 2014. Stevenson is 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Middle Atlantic Conference and earned votes in the latest American Football Coaches Association poll. It's the first time the program has won its first four games of the season, and the team has already matched single-season records in overall victories and league wins set last year. Considering that the Mustangs were 8-22 overall and 6-20 in the conference, the current run might be shocking to some, but not to coach Ed Hottle.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Nine candidates on Monday called the selection process to chose a new City Council member for Baltimore's 11th District an “insult” - and demanded a new vote. In a letter sent to the members of the City Council, nine of 14 candidates said the committee selection process for the vacant City Council seat was “tainted” and weakened the public's trust in Baltimore's government. “Ultimately, the selection process has caused residents across Baltimore City to question their trust and confidence in our political system,” the nine wrote.
NEWS
September 24, 2014
I agree that Montgomery County's campaign finance reform bill is a step in the right direction ( "An alternative to fat-cat politics," Sept. 22). In recent years, big-money donations have corrupted our elections and therefore made our political system less democratic. Never before has our nation seen such vast sums of cash flowing into politics. Money talks. The wealthy individuals and corporations throwing this money at candidates have their own agendas and make it hard for candidates to focus on average donors.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
The state attorney general's office is appealing a federal judge's ruling ordering Maryland to use an absentee ballot-marking technology for the disabled that the Board of Elections had refused to certify as secure. The state will ask the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., to throw out District Judge Richard D. Bennett's decision this month. Bennett found that the election board's refusal to implement the program violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The attorney general's office filed a notice of intent to appeal Monday but did not spell out its objections to the ruling.
NEWS
September 21, 2014
On Sept. 17, 1787, the 55 delegates of the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting with one item on the agenda - signing the Constitution. This November, under-18-year-olds will not be able to vote in congressional and state elections. Why? It's the law. Almost certainly, new strategies are needed to increase civic engagement in Maryland and even the United States. Is it time for a robust debate concerning lowering the voting age in Maryland to 16? Yes, Maryland should follow the lead of the City of Tacoma Park and give 16-year-olds the right to vote in state elections.
NEWS
By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2010
The Annapolis City Council voted Monday night to allow more downtown bars and restaurants to stay open until 2 a.m., overturning a nearly 20-year-old policy that critics decried as unfair. The council approved the measure 6 to 3, with Mayor Joshua J. Cohen voting against it. The new law strikes down a 1994 policy that prohibits restaurants that serve alcohol from remaining open beyond midnight. Businesses that already had a 2 a.m. license at that time were grandfathered in, which critics argued gave those establishments an improper advantage.
NEWS
Erica L. Green | December 3, 2012
The Mount Washington School is vying for a $50,000 grant from Clorox, and asking for the Baltimore city community's help to secure it. The school entered into the Clorox CompaNy's "Power a Bright Future" competition under which the company plans to dole out $200,000 to give to schools across the country.  Mt. Washington is among nearly 2,500 schools that have entered to win one of seven grants,  which it plans to put toward boosting its...
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Now that the NFL and the NFL Players Association have implemented human growth hormone testing as part of a revised performance-enhancing drug policy, Ravens veteran defensive end Chris Canty is hoping that ensures a level playing field. As the Ravens' player union representative, Canty voted in favor of the policy. The changes include a suspension of four games without pay for a first violation, a 10-game suspension without pay for a second violation and a minimum two-year ban for a third violation.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
The Baltimore Arena will be getting a face-lift quickly, with the city expected to select Royal Farms on Wednesday as the venue's new title sponsor. The Baltimore-based chain of convenience stores known for its fried chicken has agreed to pay $250,000 per year for five years to name the 14,000-seat arena the Royal Farms Arena. If approved, the new name would go into effect Nov. 1, according to the agenda for Wednesday's Board of Estimates meeting. Efforts to reach leaders of the 160-store business, which operates in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia, were unsuccessful Monday evening.
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