Friday, November 30, 2012
State attorney general gives the go ahead.
Friday, November 30, 2012
By DANA AMIHERE Capital News Service An opinion released Thursday by the Maryland attorney general’s office said that same-sex couples can obtain marriage licenses as soon as Gov. Martin O’Malley “formally proclaims” the results of the November election, which he is expected to do on or about Dec. 6. The law, and therefore the licenses, will not be effective until Jan. 1. Attorney General Douglas Gansler answered other questions about the implementation of Maryland's same-sex marriage law in a 19-page opinion. Gansler and Chief Counsel Adam Snyder found that postdating the licenses’ effective date doesn’t impose an unconstitutional waiting period on same-sex couples because it’s the ceremony, not the license, that validates the marriage…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Online petitions to secede surround the Free State.
An apparent wave of post-election discontent has found its way online in the form of tens of thousands of people protesting the outcome of the presidential election by stoking the specter of secession. Maryland isn't among the states represented but all four of its neighbors are. Disgruntled residents from dozens of states—from California to New Hampshire and Texas to Florida—are using the Internet to try to invoke their First Amendment right to “petition the government for redress of grievances” by asking the White House to allow their state to withdraw from the Union. The White House's “We the People” program says the administration will respond to any petition that receives 25,000 or more signatures within 30 days. Petitions that have…
Monday, November 12, 2012
Mayland voters narrowly approved Question 7 last week, but not before a lot of money was spent.
Groups with a stake in Maryland's referendum on expanded gambling spent more than $35 a vote during the 2012 campaign, according to an analysis by WTOP. Unofficial results from the Maryland Board of Elections show that 2,479,262 people cast a vote on Question 7, which asked residents whether they favored the introduction of table games to the state and the addition of a sixth casino in Prince George's County. The measure narrowly passed by a margin of 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent. But before the matter was decided, opponents and supporters undertook enormous advertising efforts to sway voters. Casino operators that stood to benefit—including MGM Resorts International, CBAC Gaming LLC, and The Peterson Companies—were pitted against casinos …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Victors attribute the wins to Democratic Party dominance, among other factors.
Capital News Service A dominant state Democratic Party, a progressive electorate, a national trend toward socially liberal policies and the need for more revenue in tough economic times converged in Maryland to bring passage of same-sex marriage, in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants, expanded gambling and a gerrymandered political map, political observers say. All of Maryland's ballot initiatives passed on election night. "(Gov. Martin) O'Malley and the Democrats have complete control," said Blair Lee, political columnist at The Gazette newspapers. "The only (political) competition and conversation was among Democrats … the Republicans are almost now gone the way of the Whig Party in terms of influence and presence." In Maryland, …
Friday, November 9, 2012
See how each of the 5 Greenbelt precincts voted for President, Senate and the 5th Congressional seat, and compare it with four years ago.
See Greenbelt election results precinct by precinct from 2012 and compare them with how Greenbelt voted in 2008, according to Prince George's County projections. For the Senate race the vote tally comes from 2006. Obama-Biden Ben Cardin Steny Hoyer Obama-Biden Ben Cardin Steny Hoyer Obama-Biden Ben Cardin Steny Hoyer Obama-Biden Ben Cardin Steny Hoyer Obama-Biden Ben Cardin Steny Hoyer Obama-Biden Ben Cardin Steny Hoyer
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Bob Auerbach may not have won a seat in the U.S. House but he got more than 4,600 votes.
Maryland's 92-year-old Green Party nominee for Congress, Bob Auerbach, has a penchant for optimism. He stood outside the Greenbelt Community Center polling station on Election Day passing out literature in temperatures barely above freezing. He admitted, "I'm not hot, that's true." But he turned even the chilly weather to a positive, adding later, "You were fortunate if you were in the sun, you got a little warmth." Auerbach said he has had 12 operations on his left knee, his right eye is 95 percent blind, he has hearing aids in both ears and a metal plate in his left hip. But he preferred to talk about what he could do. "I still walk around without any cane," he said—a point he proved Tuesday when he walked to the polling station, …
Bob Auerbach didn't expect to win Maryland's 5th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, but he went out to the Greenbelt Community Center polling station Tuesday with hope that his issues will one day win.
The unofficial numbers are in, and county voters re-elected Democratic leaders and said yes to controversial questions on the ballot.
Prince George's County is easily identified as a "blue," so it was no surprise Tuesday night when Democrats swept the election. With 98.7 percent of the ballots counted by the county's board of elections, the unofficial tally states that President Barack Obama was re-elected by almost 90 percent of the county's voters. Sen. Ben Cardin took 81.3 percent of the vote, while Rep. Donna Edwards and Rep. Steny Hoyer took almost 93.3 percent and 84.9 percent of the vote respectively in order to be re-elected to their seats. However, the biggest items drawing eligible voters to the polls were the statewide questions on the Dream Act, same-sex marriage and gambling expansion. In Prince George's County, all of the measures have passed according to …
From long lines and political signs to teenage politicos and "I voted" stickers, here are the images from Election Day.
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Hoyer trounces O'Donnell 60 percent to 28 percent.
Incumbent Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) has claimed victory in the race for his fifth district seat in the House of Representatives after securing a commanding lead over his Republican opponent Tony O'Donnell. With more than 80 percent of Maryland precincts reporting by 11:30 p.m., Hoyer held a commanding 40 percent over O'Donnell. Hoyer had 177,766 votes, wrapping up nearly 60 percent of the vote, to O'Donnell's 75,745 votes, securing 28 percent of the ballots cast. Far back in the vote totals are Libertarian Arvin Vohra and Green Party Candidate Bob Auerbach, who each secured one percent of the vote. Hoyer, a 32 year congressional veteran, issued a statement tonight thanking voters and pledging to serve the residents of the Fifth…