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  • Blacks’ support a surprise on same-sex marriage

    12/10/2012 5:17:43 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10 December 2012 | Hannah Morgan - Capital News Service
    Same-sex marriage opponents counted black voters among their allies leading up to November’s election, expecting them to help overturn legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry in Maryland. Polls in the months before November’s referendum on same-sex marriage seemed to back them up, with black residents showing less support than whites. But as the months wore on, opposition softened, especially in the face of endorsements from President Obama and prominent entertainers, as well as a media campaign that included clergy, athletes and other public figures. By Election Day, voters in the state’s large, predominantly black jurisdictions — Baltimore and Prince George’s...
  • Maryland, Maine back gay marriage in breakthrough votes

    11/07/2012 7:23:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 6, 2012 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    Gay marriage advocates cheered victories in voter initiatives in Maryland and Maine on Tuesday night and seemed poised to win in two other states. The votes were first setbacks at the ballot box for opponents of same-sex marriage after more than 30 victories. With 93 percent of the vote counted in Maryland, Ballot Question 6, which legalizes gay marriage in the state, was leading by 52 percent to 48 percent, and supporters were already claiming victory in the heated and expensive battle. “Today the marriage equality map expands to Maryland, giving thousands more loving couples the opportunity to make lifelong...
  • Why a Good Person Can Vote Against Same-Sex Marriage (Long article)

    10/30/2012 7:35:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2012 | Dennis Prager
    Next week voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington will vote on whether to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples. Given that there are good people on both sides of this issue, how are we to explain their opposing views? The primary explanation is this: Proponents and opponents ask two different questions. Proponents of same-sex marriage ask: Is keeping the definition of marriage as man-woman fair to gays? Opponents of same-sex marriage ask: Is same-sex marriage good for society? Few on either side honestly address the question of the other side. Opponents of same-sex marriage rarely acknowledge how unfair the age-old...
  • Dominique Ludvigson: Marriage debate: Reason to worry about free speech and religious freedom

    10/30/2012 4:03:12 AM PDT · by rhema · 48 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 10/29/12 | Dominique Ludvigson
    Proponents of same-sex marriage have attempted to reassure citizens that changing the meaning of marriage won't restrict the free-speech rights and religious freedom of those who oppose doing so. However, that's not the message sent by Gallaudet University's suspension of a top administrator simply for signing a petition to put the contentious social question directly to the people of Maryland, one of four states where marriage is on the ballot in November. The persecution of Angela McCaskill is just the latest telling indicator of the hostile climate surrounding those perceived as resisting efforts to redefine marriage. McCaskill, Gallaudet's chief diversity...
  • Early voters overwhelm polling places in D.C., Maryland

    10/27/2012 4:02:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Voters in the District and Maryland overwhelmed election officials at several polling places Saturday when larger than expected crowds turned out on the first day of early voting to cast ballots. Officials said thousands showed up at voting sites, spurred on by President’s Obama plea to vote early — and concern about the threat posed by Hurricane Sandy. Several polling officials found themselves in a midday scramble to install more voting machines. Long lines and lengthy waits were reported at polling places in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, as well as in several of the District’s wards. Some voters, frustrated...
  • Absentee ballots missing crucial page in Montgomery and Prince George's (Counties, Maryland)

    10/24/2012 4:56:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 10/24/12 | Rachel Baye
    Some absentee ballots sent out to voters in Montgomery and Prince George's counties are missing the page that includes several contentious statewide ballot questions. The missing page, reported by NBC Washington, includes the ballot questions on the Maryland Dream Act, same-sex marriage, the state's new congressional districts and the expansion of gambling. It also includes all of the local ballot questions. In Montgomery County, for example, it's missing the question that would decide whether the county police union gets to keep its right to "effects bargaining," or the right to bargain almost any management decision.The Board of Elections has received...
  • Deaf Prof. McCaskill Bullied For Supporting Marriage Vote Speaks Out

    10/19/2012 4:14:59 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 16 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | 10-19-2012 | ABC 7
    Deaf Prof. McCaskill Bullied For Supporting Marriage Vote Speaks Out - YouTube
  • Democrats reach across aisle to oppose Maryland redistricting

    10/15/2012 5:53:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 14, 2012 | David Hill
    Maryland Republicans are driving efforts to overturn the state’s newly drawn congressional map in a referendum next month, but they are joined by a number of Democrats who say their own party has gone too far in crafting districts for political gain. Numerous Montgomery County Democrats are scheduled to hold a news conference Monday in Rockville during which they are expected to urge a “no” vote on ballot Question 5, which would reject the district map drawn last year by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley and approved by the General Assembly. Critics have accused the map’s makers of lumping disparate communities...
  • 63 ex-Catholic Priests in Washingon: We Back Gay Marriage

    10/09/2012 6:48:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 10/8/12 | Joel Connolly
    Sixty-three former Roman Catholic priests in Washington state will announce on Thursday that they support Referendum 74, which would make Washington the nation’s seventh state to legalize marriage between same-sex couples. The stand comes as the state’s four Catholic bishops intensify a campaign of pastoral statements and videos urging parishoners to vote against marriage equality. In the latest pastoral letter, Bishop Joseph J. Tyson of the Diocese of Yakima told his 41 parishes that Referendum 74 “jeopardizes freedom rather than expands it” and “endangers our religious liberty and the rights of conscience.” “Once marriage is redefined as a genderless contract,...
  • NFL's Matt Birk: Let's protect marriage -- and speech

    09/30/2012 2:57:41 PM PDT · by rhema · 13 replies
    Mpls Star Tribune ^ | 9/30/12 | Matt Birk
    It should come as no surprise that the National Football League supports the right of its players to share their opinions on important public matters, nor should it come as a surprise that I personally support my colleagues' rights to voice their opinions. But the conversation during the last few weeks on the subject of same-sex marriage has told a different story -- one that appears to be drawing a false connection between supporting true American values like free speech and the institution of marriage, our most fundamental and important social institution. I think it is important to set the...
  • Maryland Democrat quits congressional race amid vote fraud allegations

    09/10/2012 2:28:01 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 10, 2012
    A Maryland Democratic candidate quit her congressional race Monday after her own party told state officials that she had committed fraud by voting in both Maryland and Florida in recent elections. Wendy Rosen, a small-business owner running against freshman Rep. Andy Harris (R) in the Eastern Shore-based 1st Congressional District, released a statement saying that “with great regret, and much sorrow” she was resigning from the contest. “Personal issues have made this the hardest decision that I have had to make,” Rosen said Rosen’s announcement came the same day the state Democratic party released a letter to state Attorney General...
  • Sarah Palin endorses Bongino for Senate

    08/20/2012 7:05:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | August 20, 2012 | Matthew Hay Brown
    Former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has made another foray into Maryland politics, endorsing GOP candidate Dan Bongino in what she calls his "uphill battle" for the Senate, his campaign announced Monday. In 2010, the former Alaska governor backed Republican Brian Murphy in his unsuccessful GOP primary bid against former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. Bongino, a retired Secret Service agent, is challenging first-term Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin. "Dan has seen what politicians have done to our country, and he's decided, 'If I'm not part of the solution, I'm part of the problem,'" Palin said in a statement released...
  • Black church coalition to hold prayer vigil against gay marriage in Baltimore

    08/15/2012 5:11:13 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 15 2012 | Associated Press
    BALTIMORE — A coalition of African-American churches is holding a prayer vigil to highlight its members’ opposition to gay marriage and urge Marylanders to vote against it. Members of the National Black Church Initiative will gather to pray at Israel Baptist Church in east Baltimore on Wednesday.
  • Md. Senate approves gambling, pit bull bills

    08/12/2012 8:44:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 10, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — The Senate voted Friday to approve a gambling expansion bill, sending the legislation to the House where floor debate is expected to begin Monday. The Senate voted 28-14 in favor of the bill, which would legalize table games at the state’s slots casinos and allow a new casino to be built in Prince George’s County, pending approval in a November referendum.
  • Chick-fil-A restaurant vandalized with marriage equality stickers, gay pride flag [Md]

    08/12/2012 5:55:09 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Aug 12 2012 | Associated Press
    FREDERICK, Md. — Frederick police say vandals put stickers promoting marriage equality and a gay pride flag on the windows of a Chick-fil-A restaurant. Police say the vandalism was reported Sunday morning. Several homemade signs were also left at the restaurant.
  • Maryland gay marriage: Don't cue the wedding bells just yet

    08/10/2012 4:28:04 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 41 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | Aug 10 2012 | Richard Vatz
    Given the history of same-sex marriage referendums, poll results should be viewed skeptically There was a brief explosion of optimism from those supporting same-sex marriage in Maryland last week after a poll by Hart Research Associates indicated that voters in the state support it by a significant margin of 54-40. No state has ever approved gay marriage at the ballot box, but advocates here and elsewhere — The New York Times published a piece titled "Hopeful news from Maryland" — contend that the issue hasn't polled this well before either. They shouldn't get too excited just yet. Gay marriage is...
  • Catholic Former Lt. Gov. backs same-sex marriage

    08/09/2012 6:28:13 AM PDT · by kevcol · 38 replies
    WBAL ^ | Aug 9, 2012 | news
    BALTIMORE - One of Maryland's most recognizable yet seldom-seen politicians publicly entered the same-sex marriage debate Tuesday. Former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend made a rare public appearance to rally Catholics to uphold Maryland's same-sex marriage law at the polls. She urged Catholics, who are a major voting block, to buck church policy. "I learned from the nuns to love one another and that that was the most important commandment," she said, finding a way to reconcile her Catholic faith with her support of the idea. The daughter of civil rights stalwart Robert Kennedy said the law does gel...
  • Chick-Fil-A Day in Maryland

    08/01/2012 7:31:25 PM PDT · by Trueblackman · 61 replies
    Vanity | 1 August 2012 | Trueblackman
    Went to my local Chick-Fil-A here in Maryland(the Blue Liberal Bathtub) at Noon today and the store was already packed with customers just before Noon time today! The other location near Waldorf Maryland was just as busy from what I have been told. Today in my opinion was the successful defense of free speech as well as free will as I have the right to spend my money when and where I want, when a business shares my believes.
  • Nanny State (Maryland)

    06/17/2012 8:12:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Maryland Public Policy Institute ^ | June 6, 2012 | Marta Hummel Mossburg
    State police officers routinely scan license plates at toll booths to ensure emissions inspections are up-to-date. Portable cameras fine speeders practically everywhere in the state. In the name of safety, children of all heights and weights are now required to sit in a rear- facing car seat for their first two years, regardless of whether they fit in it. And legislators once again found new and creative ways to tax residents this year, in part by redefining rich. But, relax, the government doesn't control everything in this state ... yet. You can still freely sip sugary soft drinks of any...
  • Anti-gay marriage group: We have signatures for Maryland ballot

    05/30/2012 7:56:13 AM PDT · by kevcol · 7 replies
    pMSNBC.com ^ | May 30, 2012 | Miranda Leitsinger
    ay marriage opponents in Maryland said Tuesday they’ve handed in more than double the signatures required to hold a ballot referendum to squash the state’s new same-sex marriage law. . . “What we’re finding is that people are just engaged and passionate about this, even after Obama and the NAACP came out” in support of gay marriage," McCoy said. “Anybody that was on the fence is no longer on the fence.” A similar effort is under way in Washington state, where legislation approving same-sex marriage was signed into law by the governor earlier this year. Six states and the District...
  • This Gay Marriage Poll Shows An Incredible Shift In Black Support Since Obama's Endorsement

    05/24/2012 10:03:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/24/2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    Public Policy Polling is out with a new survey this morning on the gay marriage referendum likely to be on the Maryland ballot this fall.  It's historic, because it shows that Maryland is likely to pass—by a wide margin—the referendum holding up the bill that lawmakers passed in late February. It's incredible because of the shift in previous polls, particularly among black voters in Maryland.  Check out this flip: In March, 56 percent of black respondents said they would vote against the law, with only 39 percent supporting it. Now, 55 percent of black voters plan to support it, with only 36...
  • Maryland Assembly OKs $260M tax hike, teacher pension shift

    05/17/2012 7:28:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 16, 2012 | David Hill
    The Maryland General Assembly passed a $260 million tax increase Wednesday as it adjourned from a three-day special session that ended with Gov. Martin O'Malley saying he will bring lawmakers back for another session this summer. The House gave final approval to two bills that will raise income taxes and shift a portion of teacher pension costs to counties to balance the state’s $35.5 billion budget, which is nearly $1 billion larger than last year’s spending plan.
  • Maryland GOP gives voters the last word

    05/08/2012 9:11:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 7, 2012 | David Hill
    When Marylanders go to the polls in November, the most interesting races might not involve political candidates. The state’s voters will elect eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives and one U.S. senator, and will help choose a president, but an unprecedented slate of ballot initiatives is expected to set the state’s course on social issues, including same-sex marriage and illegal immigration, and potentially on gambling and congressional redistricting. This will be the first time in 20 years that a voter-petitioned referendum makes the state’s ballot, and as many as three could appear. All were initiated by Republicans who...
  • Live Thread: GOP Primary election results (WI, MD, DC)

    04/03/2012 5:24:56 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 317 replies
    April 3, 2012
    Fox News & CNN are projecting Romney wins MD in their banners. Santorum wasn't on the DC ballot. Wisconsin polls close at 8pm CDT/9pm EDT.
  • Right to carry victory in Maryland: Woollard v. Sheridan

    03/06/2012 6:53:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 5 March, 2012 | David Kopel
    Earlier today, Maryland federal district Benson Everett Legg decided the case of Woollard v. Sheridan. Plaintiffs on the case are Robert Woollard and the Second Amendment Foundation. The lead attorney for plaintiffs is Alan Gura, the winning attorney in D.C. v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago. As explained in the district court’s Dec. 2010 ruling, rejecting a motion to dismiss: Plaintiff Woollard initially obtained a handgun carry permit after he was assaulted by an intruder in his home in 2002. The permit was renewed in 2005. At that time, the intruder had recently been released from prison, providing a “good...
  • Frederick 'Open for Business' signs denied by state

    01/25/2012 7:27:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 25, 2012 | WTOP and David Burd
    WASHINGTON - Frederick County wants to make visitors feel right at home with welcome signs highlighting some of its best aspects, but Maryland is blocking efforts to put the signs on state highways. The signs say, "Welcome to Frederick County. Open for business." Board of County Commissioners President Blaine Young said he believes politics is to blame for the state's rejection. "The state feels that government creates jobs. We feel that businesses create jobs and that's why they reject putting our signs on state-operated highways," he said. "If the State of Virginia can have 'open for business' on their welcome...
  • 40 Maryland GOP Legislators and Leaders Endorse Rick Perry for President

    09/27/2011 4:00:27 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 105 replies
    Cypress Times ^ | September 27, 2011
    BALTIMORE – Forty Maryland Republican legislators and party leaders Tuesday endorsed Gov. Rick Perry for president. “Rick Perry is the candidate who not only can lead our party to victory in 2012 – he’s the candidate who will get America working again,” said State Senator Chris Shank. “With more than a million jobs gained in Texas on his watch, Gov. Perry’s record proves that the conservative philosophy works.” “Rick Perry is a principled conservative who has signed 65 tax cuts, reduced state spending and stood up to the job-killing regulations of Washington bureaucrats,” said State Delegate Kelly Schulz. “Gov. Perry...
  • Secret Service Agent-Turned Senate Hopeful: ‘I Like the President,’ but ‘Policies Just Wrong’

    09/26/2011 11:39:14 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies
    Secret Service Agent-Turned Senate Hopeful: ‘I Like the President,’ but ‘Policies Just Wrong’ After more than a decade protecting presidents with the Secret Service, Daniel Bongino is currently running against the policies that the most recent president he worked under – President Obama – has moved along. Bongino, who quit his job with the Secret Service in May to run for the Senate as a Republican in Maryland, told us on ABC’s “Top Line” today that it’s nothing personal. “I like the president a lot personally. We had a good relationship. He was a wonderful man to me, and this...