Chelsea Manning files to run for US Senate Maryland seat

  • Published in Local

Chelsea Manning.  COURTESY PHOTOChelsea Manning. COURTESY PHOTOChelsea Manning, a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst convicted of leaking a trove of classified information to WikiLeaks in 2010, has filed for candidacy in the U.S. Senate race in Maryland, according to online Federal Election Commission records.

Manning, a controversial figure who is seen by some as a hero to the U.S. and as an enemy by others, served seven years of a 35-year sentence in a military prison before being granted clemency by then-President Barack Obama as one of his final acts before the end of his term in January 2017.

Conservative blog Red Maryland first reported on the FEC filing.

According to FEC online records, Manning filed candidacy paperwork on Jan. 11 at 3:02 p.m. under the committee name, “Chelsea Manning for U.S. Senate.”


Protesters confront Sen. Cardin at town hall

  • Published in News

ROCKVILLE – Protesters assembled outside a town hall to voice their opposition to legislation sponsored by Sen. Ben Cardin.

"There's a long track record of Cardin, among other people in Congress, of supporting policies that don't recognize the humanity of Palestine," said Benjamin Douglas, 33, who led the protest.

The protest was part of the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement which aims to change Israel's West Bank settlement and embargo policies through international pressure. They gathered Thursday at a town hall focused on health care with Sen. Cardin at the Johns Hopkins Rockville campus.

Douglas, who works as a lawyer, said he was there to specifically protest a bill primarily sponsored by Maryland's senior U.S. Senator.

"The specific catalyst is Senator Cardin's role as a primary introducer and primary sponsor of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act which actually seeks to criminalize certain forms of boycott, divest, sanctions movement," Douglas said. "The intent is to intimidate civil society and promote investment even in things the U.S. government considers illegal like settlement in the West Bank," he added.


Maryland delegation takes on Democratic convention in upheaval

  • Published in State


13680785 1299385890079454 1255167274195815338 nSen. Bernie Sanders spoke about party unity at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. PHOTO BY PAUL SCHWARTZ 

PHILADELPHIA – While Democrats planned on sending out a message of hope and unity during their convention, it was anything but, as loud boos echoed out through the conventional hall signaling that the party is still reeling from upheaval.

On the Friday before the Democratic National Convention, WikiLeaks published about 20,000 emails from the Democratic Party that showed the key party leaders – including the Democratic Party Chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz – favored former Secretary State Hillary Clinton over rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) for the presidential nomination.

After the revelations that members of the Democratic Party favored Hillary Clinton, Wasserman-Schultz resigned as chair, but that did not stop ardent Sanders supporters from holding up signs in protest and booing speakers.


Sen. Cardin talks issues with Montgomery County Council

  • Published in Local

ben cardinSen. Ben Cardin   COURTESY PHOTO  

ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County Council members talked with Sen. Ben Cardin (D) about several local issues such as Metro, immigration and policing at a lunch meeting in Rockville on Monday.

The day before, President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush spoke at a memorial service for five Dallas police officers that were killed by a gunman last week. Cardin said there is a sense of bipartisan unity in the Senate.

“I have talked to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and you know it is a general sense of just frustration and anger when you see these type of episodes occur too frequently in the United States and around the world,” Cardin said. “So yes, I think there is a real belief that we are better than this and that there needs to be a way to keep our community safe. We need better relationships between community and law enforcement.”

Subscribe to this RSS feed