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Supreme Court to wait on Maryland gerrymandering case

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COURTESY PHOTOCOURTESY PHOTO  The United States Supreme Court decided Monday to not rule on a case challenging the design of Maryland’s congressional districts – leaving the state's congressional map for the 2018 elections intact.

The unanimous holding by the Supreme Court means that Maryland, along with several other states, will have to wait for the Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue of partisan gerrymandering.

Partisan gerrymandering, the act taken by state legislators to redraw congressional districts to deliberately provide advantage to one political party over another, has become a hot topic in Maryland ever since legislators redrew the state’s congressional districts after the 2010 census.

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Things my father taught me

nips wild turkeyMy dad taught me a lot of things growing up. Some I can share, but some would be best left to late night conversations after imbibing some Wild Turkey.
One of the things that sticks in my addled, aging mind is that it is best to “shut the Hell up and let everyone think you’re an idiot, rather than opening your mouth and getting your butt beat because everyone found out you’re an idiot.”
I know, there are plenty of other interpretations of that particular saying from dear old dad - but his sticks with me.
Obviously Kanye West, Donald Trump and several county candidates for council and county executive could’ve used the services of Dear Old Dad.

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Turning rhetoric into action with results

FB IMG 1506084285680There are several reasons to point to as to why Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald J. Trump.
The challenges we face as a nation, however, transcend the election of the most unfit and unqualified candidate ever to run for the office. Certainly it wasn't because of Donald Trump that Democrats lost the majority in the House of Representatives in 2010 or the majority in the Senate in 2014.
The dwindling of influence by the Democratic Party has evolved over years if not decades as is further evidenced by the fact that approximately two-thirds of the state houses and governorships are held by Republicans.
Certainly the gerrymandering of districts has contributed to this imbalance. The 2010 Supreme Court ruling commonly referred to as “Citizens United” which opened the door to big money influence in elections severely contributed to this imbalance of influence among the two major political parties.
So, you ask, what is the remedy? The aftermath of the election of 2016 unleashed pundit after pundit, advising that the Democratic Party must work from the “bottom up.”

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Hogan, O’Malley agree on gerrymandering reform

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Maryland’s two most recent governors agree on one of the most divisive issues in the state – gerrymandering.

Gov. Larry Hogan had faint praise for his predecessor, former Gov. Martin O’Malley, after getting wind of remarks O’Malley made at a speech at Boston College.

In his speech, which O’Malley published online in January, O’Malley called for a nonpartisan commission to draw congressional districts, a reform that Republicans in Maryland are in support of.

“America needs non-partisan redistricting commissions not only for drawing Congressional districts every ten years, but for state legislative districts as well,” O’Malley said. “This simple reform, already being adopted in some states, must become the new norm of American democracy.”

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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 22, 2016

My opinions versus your facts

To the editor;

When politicians accuse other politicians of corruption, fraud or misrepresentation without factual evidence to support “opinion deception;” those self-serving screwballs create hoaxes to fool gullible people to believe propaganda from politicians dealing marked cards for the blame game are not from the Jokers.

There is no evidence to prove P.T. Barnum said, “Thers a sucker born every minute.”

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County's congressmen talk gerrymandering

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Representatives from Maryland’s congressional delegation said they are working on ending gerrymandering in the state after a three-judge panel decided to allow a lawsuit against the state’s congressional district boundaries to go forward.

The case Shapiro v. McManus alleges that Maryland’s sixth congressional district violates the rights of Republicans to freely associate after the state legislature redrew the congressional districts in 2011.

After the two-one vote by a panel of federal judges on Aug. 24 in Baltimore, the case will go to trial and could potentially end up being heard by the United States Supreme Court.

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Suffocating the voice of the people

 

The 2014 election serves as the poster child for the impact that gerrymandering has on our elections. The 2014 election was, to say the least, a total disaster for Democrats as it resulted in Republicans taking over the Senate as well as pick up additional seats in the House. This occurred despite the fact that Democrats received more votes in total across the country than did Republicans.

Likewise, in the 2012 elections, although seven states voted for President Obama, they elected a majority Republican Congressional delegation. Virginia is one such state; Barack Obama won this state twice, yet eight of Virginia's 11 members of the House are Republicans while just three are Democrats. How is this possible? Simple. Gerrymandering of voting districts!

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