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  • Maryland Dem Gov Candidate Caught Voting In Washington While Registered In Maryland

    08/20/2017 8:40:48 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 35 replies
    Republican Governor's Association ^ | August 11, 2017 | RGA
    Maryland Democrat gubernatorial candidate Krishanti Vignarajah’s campaign roll-out is off to a rough start. Just days after declaring her candidacy, it was reported that she has been a registered Washington, D.C. voter, despite also being registered in Maryland, and has cast her votes in DC elections since 2010. Even though Vignarajah lived just minutes away from Maryland for years and maintained a Maryland residence, she chose to vote in DC. Bethesda Magazine reports: “Vignarajah, 37, an attorney, first registered to vote in Maryland in 2006 at an address in Catonsville. However, she didn’t vote in the state until the 2016...
  • The Business Behind the Left’s Pay-to-Protest Scheme [ Antifa , George Soros ]

    08/19/2017 1:30:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
     LifeZette ^ | 18 Aug 2017 | Margaret Menge
    Big-money groups are helping to organize and fuel 'AstroTurf' progressive uprisings. ... The housing, the food, the organized activities and the defense attorneys at the ready made the riots possible. But why did news reports never mention that the riots were being funded? ... The DisruptJ20 website says its efforts are "nationally supported" ... The Black Lives Matter movement, one of the organizers of the violent counterprotests in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, does take money ... Open Society Foundation documents showed that the George Soros-funded group gave Black Lives Matter groups $650,000. The Ford Foundation subsequently announced that it was...
  • Roger Taney statue removed from Maryland State House grounds overnight

    08/18/2017 8:37:42 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 70 replies
    Under the cover of night, a work crew removed the statue of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney — author of the infamous Dred Scott decision — from the grounds of the State House, ending the monument’s 145-year prominent perch in Annapolis. At 12:20 a.m. Friday, flatbed trucks with equipment including a large crane pulled onto the street encircling the State House. Workers cordoned off the front lawn of the historic building and placed straps around the statue, the latest monument linked to the Confederate era to be removed from a public square. Just before 2 a.m., the...
  • Federal Managers Have Some Bad News For Government Workers

    08/17/2017 5:02:18 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | August 16,2017 | Jazz Shaw
    They’re going to have to start laying some people off, and for much of Washington, DC, that’s a completely foreign concept. Agencies are “pretty certain” they will need to institute reductions in force as they aim to satisfy an executive order from President Trump and ensuing guidance from the Office of Management and Budget, said Leslie Pollack, deputy associate director of OPM’s HR Strategy and Evaluation Solutions, on WJLA’s “Government Matters” program. Those documents required executive branch agencies to reorganize themselves and, in the process, cut the size of their workforces. Pollack’s office, which provides human resources consulting to federal...
  • Md. judge denies DC sniper Malvo’s bid for new sentence

    08/16/2017 3:17:36 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 17 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | August 16, 2017 12:55 pm | AP
    ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) _ A man convicted of taking part as a teenager in deadly sniper attacks that terrorized the Washington area has lost a bid for a new sentence in Maryland. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Robert Greenberg said in a ruling dated Tuesday that Lee Boyd Malvo’s “physical, mental and emotional state” and the influence of John Allen Muhammad was given full consideration before he was sentenced to life without parole for six counts of first-degree murder. Malvo was convicted in Maryland, and in Virginia, of playing a role when he was 17 in the 2002 shootings that...
  • Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues in Early Morning Operation

    08/16/2017 8:32:55 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 29 replies
    freebeacon ^ | August 16, 2017 | Cameron Cawthorne
    Four Confederate statues were swiftly removed in Baltimore during the early hours of Wednesday morning, days after violence erupted over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va. due to the removal of another Confederate monument there. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh ordered a contingent of local police officers to remove the statues early Wednesday after the City Council voted on Monday for them to be removed, the New York Times reported. By 3:30 a.m., three of the city's four monuments had been removed. They included the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson Monument, a double equestrian statue of the Confederate generals...
  • Baltimore removes statues under cover of darkness

    08/16/2017 8:24:46 AM PDT · by pawpawrick · 25 replies
    Confederate monuments were torn down down in Baltimore overnight just days after white nationalists led a deadly protest over the planned removal of a statue in Virginia. Work crews used heavy machinery to haul the divisive monuments away in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
  • Baltimore Votes To Rid Itself Of 4 Confederate Statues

    08/16/2017 5:45:20 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 87 replies
    RT ^ | 08/16/17
    Baltimore City Council has voted to remove four Confederate monuments in the city. The move follows protesters pulling down a Confederate memorial in Durham, North Carolina after a deadly weekend of protests over another statue in Charlottesville, Virginia. The council still has to decide whether to destroy the monuments or move them to a museum because of their historical significance. We still emphatically do not want these to be placed on public display anywhere,” council member Brandon Scott told WMAR. Scott, who introduced the resolution calling for the destruction of the monuments said, “we should melt them down and use...
  • Baltimore Takes Down Confederate Statues In The Early Hours

    08/16/2017 5:06:12 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 71 replies
    The city of Baltimore took down some Confederate statues on Wednesday morning. Similar statues have divided opinion throughout the country, with those supporting their retention stating that they mark US civil war history. Those against say they are racist symbols that celebrate slavery.
  • Confederate statues in Baltimore removed overnight

    08/16/2017 3:39:04 AM PDT · by VanShuyten · 152 replies
    Fox 5 DC ^ | 8/16/2017 | Fox5DC Staff
    BALTIMORE - Contractors in Baltimore have removed several of the city's Confederate statues overnight. The Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson monument in Wyman Park Dell was removed early Wednesday morning. The Confederate Women's Monument on West University Parkway was removed overnight as was the Roger Taney Monument from Mount Vernon Place. Taney was a Supreme Court justice who ruled African-Americans could not be considered citizens of the U.S. It is unclear if and when the city’s remaining Confederate statue - the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Mount Royal Avenue - is scheduled for removal. A commission appointed by...
  • Time to Deactivate Academia?

    08/15/2017 8:20:00 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 15, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Higher Education Establishment insists that its mission is just that. Academic insiders know better. "Activism in this broad sense rules the day in contemporary higher education," Zena Hitz, a tutor at St. John’s College in Annapolis, writes in the summer 2017 issue of Modern Age. "The core purpose of the University of Texas, according to its mission statement, is 'to transform lives for the benefit of society.'" "Education is for the sake of 'social transformation,' says Harvard College--or 'the improvement of the world today,' according to Yale University." Yet and still, conservatives ready to high five each other and...
  • House Speaker Busch: Time to remove Taney statue from Maryland State House grounds (Dred Scott)

    08/14/2017 7:24:51 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 58 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 14 August 2017 | Erin Cox
    In the wake of a violent white supremacist rally in neighboring Virginia, House Speaker Michael E. Busch said Monday it’s time to take down Maryland’s most prominent Confederate-era monument. Busch said the statue of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney — author of the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to black people — should no longer preside over the front lawn of the Maryland State House.“It certainly doesn’t belong there,” said Busch, an Anne Arundel County Democrat.“It's the appropriate time to remove it,” he said. Leaving it in place after white supremacists...
  • Voters Oppose Removing Confederate Monuments

    08/14/2017 7:46:17 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 65 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | June 2017 | Scott Rasmussen
    Four Confederate monuments were removed from New Orleans earlier this month following complaints that they celebrate racism, and now the city of Baltimore has plans to follow suit. But most voters oppose taking away these remnants of the past even if they are unpopular with some. While proposals have been made to get rid of monuments such as the Jefferson Memorial and the carving on Stone Mountain in Georgia because they honor men who practiced or defended slavery, just 19% of Likely U.S. Voters think the United States should erase symbols of its past history that are out of line...
  • Michelle Obama’s former policy director enters race for Maryland governor

    08/11/2017 10:54:36 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/9/2017 | Ovetta Wiggina and Josh Hicks
    Krishanti Vignarajah, a onetime policy director for former first lady Michelle Obama, announced Wednesday that she plans to enter the race for Maryland governor, becoming the first woman to join the crowded field for the 2018 Democratic nomination. Vignarajah plans an official campaign announcement next month. “I am running for governor because I am worried my daughter will not have the same opportunities my parents gave me when they brought our family here when I was a baby girl,” she said in a statement. “I hope Marylanders will agree the best man for the job is a woman.” Vignarajah, 37,...
  • Hogan calls for meeting with judges, prosecutors over jailing more violent offenders

    08/11/2017 9:02:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | August 11, 2017 | by Luke Broadwater
    Gov. Larry Hogan plans to hold a meeting this month with representatives of Baltimore judges, prosecutors and politicians to discuss why more violent offenders aren’t being held in jail longer. The governor called it “outrageous” that 60 percent of gun offenders convicted in Baltimore have more than half their sentences suspended — a frequent complaint of the police department. In 2016, 245 people convicted in gun cases in Baltimore were sentenced to less than a year in jail, according to data on convictions shared by police. That’s 43 percent of all cases. Defendants in 33 cases were sentenced to no...
  • Baltimore Mayor Releases New Crime Plan After 'Nobody Kill Anybody' Weekend Failure

    08/10/2017 10:58:28 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 9, 2017 | Anders Hagstrom
    Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced a violent crime plan and appointed a new criminal justice director Wednesday, just days after the city failed to go 72 hours without a murder in the "nobody kill anybody" weekend campaign. ... Her policy plan addresses three areas she believes are the root cause of violent crime: poorly trained police, poor drug policy, and an under-educated populace. [Snip] Pugh’s plan also addresses a criminal justice reform topic that has enjoyed wide bipartisan support across the country, which is lowering sentences for drug crimes. Her plan calls for increased investment in drug treatment programs and...
  • New Baltimore Police Scandal Threatens Criminal Cases

    08/08/2017 9:56:23 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 13 replies
    NPR ^ | 8/8/17
    Public defenders in Baltimore say hundreds of criminal cases could be tossed out after two incidents discovered on police body cameras this summer show officers allegedly planting drug evidence. So far some 40 criminal cases have been dropped, mostly involving drug and weapons-related felonies. But lawyers there say that's just the beginning. "I would say there are hundreds and hundreds of cases directly affected between the two cases," Debbie Katz Levi, director of special litigation for Baltimore's Office of the Public Defender tells NPR. "I think it's safe to say if you included all of the officers, you're probably at...
  • Beats Not Bullets program teaches students music production, ins-and-outs of music industry

    08/07/2017 5:02:13 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 45 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 8/4/2017 | Brittany Britto
    Sade Alvarez-Gibson, 15, raps into a studio microphone in a makeshift booth made of blankets, while Oladele Kiambu, 17, records: “Keeping my mind focused / I’m controlling my reality / My grind’s an everyday thing / It’s something that I do casually,” she raps. Just feet away, Kamal Muhammad — wearing headphones and a face full of determination — sits in front of a computer monitor, rhythmically tapping on a keyboard, eliciting sounds of a synth and a drum kick. “This is my first time making a beat,” the 12-year-old said proudly. All three are hoping to break into the...
  • Maryland city mulling over idea to let illegal immigrants vote

    08/07/2017 2:51:14 PM PDT · by detective · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 07, 2017
    A D.C. suburb in Maryland is considering a plan that would give undocumented immigrants the right to vote, making their city the largest in the Old Line State to do so. The city, which is home of the University of Maryland’s main campus and nearly 30,000 residents, is weighing approval of the new measure to let noncitizens cast ballots for mayor and City Council, The Baltimore Sun reported Sunday.
  • Despite killings, Baltimore ceasefire leaders say spirit of event will continue

    08/07/2017 1:50:05 PM PDT · by PROCON · 19 replies ^ | Aug. 6, 2017 | Colin Campbell and Carrie Wells
    Erricka Bridgeford received a standing ovation from the congregation at Kingdom Life Church Sunday. Bridgeford, a special guest at the church in West Baltimore, and others had called for a 72-hour halt to the violence that has claimed the lives of more than 200 people in Baltimore so far this year — the fastest pace of violence in modern Baltimore history through July. Groups took the message to the streets, hosting dozens of events, staying out all night and offering food and services. The ceasefire was to end at midnight. Despite their efforts, four people were shot, two of them...