Friday, November 2, 2012
Most counties in Maryland show a spike in early voting turnout in 2012 while Anne Arundel and Worcester Counties show decreases.
Turnout for early voting this year has already exceeded that of 2010 in 22 of 24 jurisdictions in the state. And while two counties report declines in the overall percentages one Eastern Shore county reports close to a 20 percent turnout. But the exact meaning of the higher turnout is hard to immediately discern, according to one local elections analyst. Residents across the state have the opportunity to cast votes for President, U.S. Senate, eight congressional races and seven statewide ballot questions including congressional redistricting, the Maryland DREAM Act, same-sex marriage and expanded gambling. Source: State Board of Elections In four counties—Caroline, Howard, Kent and Somerset—the early voting turnout over the first six days …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The cable network's bus is scheduled to visit the Essex high school on Sept. 18.
A civics lesson on wheels is coming to Kenwood High School. C-SPAN’s Campaign 2012 bus is scheduled to visit the Essex high school on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Students are expected to enter the bus for between 15 and 20 minutes and watch a presentation on the importance of voting. They may also use interactive computer kiosks to "practice their critical thinking skills as they examine past elections and look at issues central to the current election," according to an announcement from school officials. Social studies teacher Cindy Hoyer arranged the visit with C-SPAN, a non-profit cable network that focuses on objective coverage of national public affairs. Hoyer stated in the announcement that she has "a civic duty to stress the importance of …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Supporters say law gives students who are illegal immigrants "a level playing field."
Karina is a "Dreamer." She says she's not the only one. The 22-year-old illegal immigrant and Montgomery College student spoke Wednesday at a news conference at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to kick off Educating Maryland Kids, an effort to pass the Maryland DREAM Act. "My mother has always told me that education is the path to my success and I very much believe that," said the woman who was only identified by her first name. Karina, who plans on graduating next year with dual associate degrees in general studies and mental health, called for support for a bill that would grant in-state tuition rates to students like herself who are in this country illegally or are considered undocumented immigrants. The law that would grant…
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Law goes to governor for signature and a likely referendum challenge.
The Maryland State Senate passed same-sex marriage by a 25-22 vote Thursday night. The passage of the bill comes less than a week after the House of Delegates passed the identical bill. The bill now goes to Gov. Martin O'Malley for his signature. The law, which goes into effect January 1, 2013 is expected to face a referendum challenge and could end up on the November ballot along with the bill that grants in-state tuition rates to some children of illegal immigrants. How they Voted: Baltimore City William Ferguson How They Voted: Baltimore County
Monday, February 20, 2012
Harford County Republican faces five-way primary.
Nancy Jacobs picked up the endorsement of a former state Senate colleague Monday. Freshman Rep. Andy Harris, a Cockeysville Republican, announced the endorsement in a statement released by Jacobs' congressional campaign. “I trust Nancy Jacobs," Harris said in the statement. "That’s why I have endorsed Nancy Jacobs for Congress. I need Nancy to help me fight the tax and spend liberals in Congress.” The endorsement was not a surprise. Jacobs announced her candidacy last month. Harris introduced Jacobs at the event and told a reporter later that his presence was meant to be seen as an endorsement. Jacobs faces a five-way primary, which includes notable candidates Del. Rick Impallaria and Larry Smith, a Timonium resident and a former …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Governor Martin O’Malley's office announced that Frank Michael Kratovil Jr. was appointed to the District Court for Queen Anne’s County on Wednesday.
UPDATE (7:38 p.m.)—Frank Michael Kratovil Jr., former congressman of Maryland's 1st District, was appointed to the District Court for Queen Anne’s County on Wednesday, Governor Martin O’Malley's office announced Wednesday evening. Kratovil, a resident of Stevensville on the Eastern Shore, served as a Democratic congressman between 2009 and 2010, defeating then-State Sen. Andy Harris. Republican Harris defeated Kratovil in the 2010 election. Kratovil had been considered a viable opponent to Harris in the 2012 election, before he announced in November that he would not be seeking reelection, Gazette.Net reported. Takirra Winfield, a spokeswoman for the governor's office, said running for the congressional seat would no longer be an option …