Thursday, March 14, 2013
A survey by Goucher College finds support on issues from banning assault-style weapons and ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds to fingerprinting and prohibitions on owning weapons for persons who are involuntarily committed.
From bans on assault-style weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines to fingerprinting anyone purchasing a gun, a new poll finds that a majority of Marylanders want stricter state gun laws. Eighty-two percent of those surveyed in a poll conducted by the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College believe those purchasing a gun should be fingerprinted. The poll also found: Last month the Maryland Senate approved sweeping changes to gun laws that requires a license for all handgun purchases, bans of sales of assault-style weapons and ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds, requires fingerprinting for new gun purchases, and prohibits anyone involuntarily committed involuntarily for mental health reasons or who …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Looking ahead to the strange and unknown in weather.
Tuesday, February 19
By Lauren Kirkwood, Capital News Service From potential heat waves to increased cases of respiratory illness and outbreaks of infectious disease, Maryland scientists are looking to predict how climate change will affect health in order to help communities across the state prepare. Looking ahead at the possible impact of global warming will give states and cities the chance to enact plans to protect those especially vulnerable to public health threats, including infants, the elderly and people with allergies or other medical conditions, scientists said. In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama noted 12 of the hottest years on record have fallen in the past 15 years, and said if Congress fails to act to prepare the nation …
Monday, February 18, 2013
Dayvon M. Green did not have to undergo a background check for a second gun under Maryland gun laws that Gov. Martin O'Malley would like changed.
Monday, February 18
By Rashee Raj Kumar, Allen Etzler and Kelyn Soong, Capital News Service Under Maryland law, Dayvon M. Green, the University of Maryland graduate student identified as the shooter in last week's apparent murder-suicide in College Park, had to undergo a state background check to purchase the 9mm handgun used to kill his roommate. But Green, who was schizophrenic, according to reports, did not have to undergo a state background check to purchase the semi-automatic Uzi .22 caliber rifle police found fully loaded next to his body. The tragic events in College Park have raised questions about the effectiveness of state gun laws in preventing the sale of deadly firearms to those suffering from mental illness. Before the College Park shooting, …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Before a press conference at Overlea High School a student caught the Governor off guard with a question about his political future.
Kids, even high school age teens, say the darndest things. Before a press conference where Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced the proposed $336M state fiscal year 2014 school construction budget he was surprised by an off-hand question from a student in the audience. "Are you going to go for a federal job?" Overlea High School sophomore Dominque Carter asked. The question elicited laughter from the crowd of students, teachers and elected officials. Carter was asked what position he thought O'Malley should go for. "President," he replied. The governor recently finished a term as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association and last year formed a federal political action committee called the "Oh Say Can You See PAC" that is seen as …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
It's a no-go for Franchot. Who should step in?
Comptroller Peter Franchot, who was expected to run for governor in 2014, announced Tuesday he would not seek the post. Franchot, whose criticism of Gov. Martin O’Malley led many to believe he would run, instead announced he would seek to retain his current position. But just because Franchot won’t run, doesn’t mean there won’t be a crowded primary field. Other Democrats who may seek the office include Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Del. Heather Mizeur, Attorney General Doug Gansler and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. What Democrat would you like to see make a run for the state’s top office? Tell us why in comments.
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…
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, …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
To make up for lost time in early voting because of Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced that early voting will take place through Friday with extended hours at the polls.
Early voting will resume Wednesday in Maryland, and polls will be open with extended hours through Friday, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced Tuesday. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to make up for time lost due to Hurricane Sandy. Early voting was cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, and not originally schedule for Friday. Early voting hours were originally 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. “Anyone that’s waiting in line by 9 p.m. will be able to vote,” O’Malley said during a press conference at Maryland Emergency Management Agency’s headquarters in Reisterstown. Early voting will take place in Garrett County as well, where the governor said the state may have to plow roads and resort to backup power sources.
There are 308,000 Maryland residents without power and there have been two storm-related deaths.
Editor's note: A death that the state originally attributed to Hurricane Sandy has been retracted and was not hurricane-related. Hurricane Sandy claimed the lives of two Maryland residents and 308,000 were still without power as of 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. A large tree fell on the home of a Pasadena man and killed him Monday night. The first storm-related death was in an automobile accident Monday morning in Montgomery County. State officials originally connected a third death in Prince George's County with the storm, but county officials are no longer linking the death to the storm. A man changing a tire beneath an SUV was killed when the jack slipped, officials said. Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Joshua …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey a couple of hours ago and Marylanders can expect heavy rain and strong winds for the next 12 hours.
The eye of Hurricane Sandy is making its way through the upper Chesapeake Bay and 280,000 Maryland residents are without power, Gov. Martin O’Malley said Monday night. The storm made landfall near Cape May, New Jersey, earlier Monday night, according to meteorologist Ken Wedelski of the National Weather Service. It is moving on a north/northwest course but is slowing down, moving at about 23 mph. About half of the citizens in Cecil and Harford counties are without power. Rain and strong winds will continue in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Blizzard warnings are in effect for Western Maryland and tidal flooding is expected, Wedelski said at MEMA headquarters in Reisterstown during the governor’s 9:30 p.m. press conference. “The next 12 …