Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Eight days shy of the election filing deadline, and no candidates have officially declared intent to run for office in Riverdale Park.
As the April 11 deadline to file for the spring elections in Riverdale Park approaches, only one thing is missing—candidates. This is not cause for concern, according to Riverdale Park Mayor Vernon Archer, who said in previous years candidates have waited until closer to the deadline to file. “That’s basically been my experience, that everybody comes in at the last few days,” said Archer, who has served four terms as mayor. The mayor and four of the six incumbent council members have said they intend to file soon. If all of the incumbents submit their paperwork, and no additional candidates file in the next eight days, all the races will be uncontested. In the 2011 election, there were no contested races in Riverdale Park. “I don’t know …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Qualified town residents will have the opportunity to vote for the mayor and council members on May 6, 2013.
Registered voters in the town of Riverdale Park will get the chance to do their civic duty on May 6, when the town holds it's biennial mayoral and town council elections. Per the town charter, candidates running for town council must secure 15 signatures from eligible voters residing within his or her respective ward. Mayoral candidates must secure 25 signatures from eligible voters residing anywhere within town limits. Prospective candidates have until April 11 at 5 p.m. to file a petition, including the requisite signatures, to have his or her name placed on the ballot. He or she will also have to pay a $25 filing fee. The election will be held on on May 6 at the town hall from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. More information on running for office in…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Takoma Park delegate asks to be called a "rumored" candidate during interview with journalist.
Takoma Park Del. Heather Mizeur (D-District 20) took a spin on her own rumor mill yesterday when she took time to remind this journalist that she's considering running for governor in 2014. With nearly 21 months until the election, what else is a maybe-contender for the state's highest seat supposed to do? The exchange took place during an interview at an event at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville yesterday in support of proposed legislation which would require Maryland employers to provide workers with paid sick leave. "If you care to, put in there 'rumored gubernatorial candidate,'" said Mizeur as the interview concluded, jokingly suggesting how she might like to be referenced in a report noting her advocacy for the mandatory sick-leave…
Monday, January 7, 2013
If you haven't been invited to an official ball, there are plenty of other inaugural balls you can attend.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend just two official inaugural balls—the Commander-In-Chief’s Ball for members of the U.S. military and the Inaugural Ball. Both official balls are at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The ticketing period for both events has closed. But, if you still want to get dressed up and dance the night away, there are a number of “unofficial” Inaugural Balls—ones that are sponsored by state parties or societies, non-profit organizations or other groups. While there won’t be a presidential visit, they can be a lot of fun. The Maryland Inaugural Ball is sponsored by the Maryland Democratic Party and a host of local unions and companies. It will be …
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.
Monday, December 10, 2012
In Prince George's County, 49 percent of the African-American community voted in favor of same-sex marriage.
Same-sex marriage opponents counted African-American 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 prior to November's referendum on same-sex marriage seemed to back them up, with African-Americans 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 County -- joined to support same-sex marriage by a 4-…
Sunday, December 2, 2012
State attorney general gives the go ahead.
Sunday, December 2, 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. …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Despite pressure to reconsider, Montgomery's two-term county exec has not reversed his decision to step down in 2014.
Last year, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) went on the record saying that he would not seek a third term in office. In this fifth excerpt from a recent interview with Patch editors, Leggett acknowledges that he has been “under a lot of pressure from people asking me to reconsider," but says he hasn't wavered from on his decision not to run, "as of yet." Click here for Part 1 of the interview, in which Leggett discussed the ballot referendum on the Maryland "Dream Act," which would allow in-state tuition for certain illegal immigrants. Click here to watch Part 2, on his support for Maryland's historic same-sex marriage law. In Part 3, Leggett talks about the county's fiscal outlook. Part 4 covers Montgomery's projected …
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 …