Tuesday, November 6, 2012
DREAM Act, expanded gambling and congressional redistricting also survive referendum challenges.
UPDATED (2:26 a.m.)—Same-sex marriage is the law in Maryland. The passage of the controversial law was the biggest win among a list of six other statewide ballot questions including the DREAM Act, expanded gambling and congressional redistricting that all also passed. Gov. Martin O'Malley took to the podium to address the Question 6 victory party at The Soundstage in Baltimore early Wednesday to chants of his last name. O'Malley thanked the crowd for all they had done "in this noble battle to move Maryland Forward." The governor praised supporters for all their hard work and for securing support for the controversial ballot question by talking to their families and their religious institutions. "You were carrying this banner of human …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
How will you vote on the Congressional redistricting plan on Nov. 6?
In addition to more notable referendum questions such as same-sex marriage, DREAM Act and expanded gambling, Maryland voters will also be asked to decide the fate of the state's recently redrawn congressional districts. Earlier this week, Comptroller Peter Franchot announced he intends to vote against the maps and asked voters to do the same. The comptroller said the recent maps drawn by Gov. Martin O'Malley and approved by the General Assembly are unfair and make Maryland "the poster child for gerrymandering." A spokeswoman for the governor noted that the maps have survived a number of challenges in the courts and that the process used to create them is legally sound. Voters on Nov. 6 will be asked to vote for the referred law or against …
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Judicial Watch, a conservative government watchdog group that represents MDPetitions.com, is leading the petition drive to overturn Maryland's Dream Act legislation.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
By Jessica Talson, CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE An Anne Arundel County Court has ruled that MDPetitions.com can intervene in a lawsuit between proponents of the recently passed Maryland DREAM Act and the Maryland State Board of Elections. The group will legally be able to defend the petition drive that put the DREAM Act to a referendum. DREAM ACT proponents had sued the Maryland Board of Elections to stop the law from going to referendum on the grounds that tens of thousands of the signatures were invalid. MDPetitions.com, led by Delegates Neil Parrott, R-Washington, and Patrick McDonough, R-Baltimore, opposes the DREAM Act and collected the signatures to put the law to a vote. Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the DREAM Act into law in May after heated…
Saturday, July 23, 2011
The issue of In-state tuition for qualified illegal immigrants makes the 2012 ballot.
After taking their greivance to the Internet, opponents of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants have succeeded in securing a referendum spot for Maryland's DREAM Act, according to the Baltimore Sun. The State Board of Elections has reportedly accepted 108,923 signatures; only 55,000 were required to get a referendum question on the 2012 ballot. "Today the voters of Maryland have achieved a huge victory," Washington County Republican Del. Neil Parrott said in a statement. The act was supposed to take effect June 1. It would have allowed illegal immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities if they met certain requirements; if their parents paid state taxes and if they graduated from a Maryland high …