We Are One of Four

Monday, October 11, 2010
Four states to weigh calls for constitutional conventions
By Melissa Maynard, Stateline Staff Writer

The measures in Iowa, Maryland, Michigan and Montana would be on the ballot this year with or without the Tea Party movement. Those four states are among the 14 that ask voters at set intervals of between 10 and 20 years.

One common feature is that the delegates of the convention don’t get the last word: Voters must approve the new constitution before it can take effect.

MD AG Against Open Carry

Md. high court hears state gun law arguments

Associated Press
10/07/10 7:00 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, MD. — Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler told members of the state’s top court Thursday that recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings prove state laws restricting people’s right to carry guns in public are constitutional, despite the arguments of a man seeking to overturn the law.

Read more at the Washington Examiner:

County Exec Says 10 percent Firefighter Cuts

In the Washington Examiner, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said Tuesday about one in 10 county firefighters would lose his or her job if voters reject a new ambulance fee as put on the November ballot as a referendum issue. (That referendum to be on the ballot was court ordered, by the way.)

87 of them at risk of losing their jobs since there are 20 vacancies. Ironically, there is an argument that residents may reconsider dialing 911 if they expect to be charged a fee.

Well, I hate to say it, but everyone had better take a look at this. While it didn’t happen here in Maryland, someone had better ask – will it?

At what cost is it to deny such services, let alone play upon people’s fears? And how much of a loss should citizens suffer due to an arbitrary decision?

Particularly in this time-frame of irresponsible overspending and careless governmental budgeting?

California Stop Sign Cameras

So far, just there???

After assuming that only wild creatures would witness her car roll through a remote stop sign, Wilson was stunned weeks later to get four tickets in the mail totaling $700. A hidden camera had captured her infractions on video.

Get on your guard folks, other states are sure to follow.

Much to our dismay.

Pro And Con: Does MD Need ConCon?

An article in The Daily Record by Steve Lash

Meyer Marks: Opposing Frosh

[Ed.: In this case, while I am not necessarily endorsing this political announcement, I think it is an option you may wish to consider.]

BETHESDA, MARYLAND – Maryland’s #1 advocate against guns and Jessica’s Law now has a Republican challenger. In Maryland’s District 16, Meyer Marks, a government affairs consultant for health care and tort reform, will file with the Board of Elections to run against a personal injury lawyer. As a State Senator, Marks’ goal is to create a more conducive environment for businesses with greater fiscal accountability and government transparency. Marks is also concerned that Maryland ranks as a violent haven for criminals in the United States.

“Frosh has grown seriously out of touch with the needs of the voters,” says Marks. “Probably because of being a personal injury lawyer, he has not adequately addressed crime issues in Maryland, either. Frosh seems more interested in protecting criminals than he is protecting victims of crime.”

Frosh has been in the General Assembly since 1994 and has opposed broadly-supported legislation to tighten restrictions on criminals with Jessica’s Law, a bill that strengthened sentences for sexual crimes committed against children. For instance, during a hearing on the bill by the Senate Judicial Committee, chaired by Frosh, advocates of the bill were treated so poorly that the President of the Maryland Senate later apologized. When the bill came to a vote by the entire Senate, Frosh was one of only three people to vote against strengthening the sentences. In the Maryland House, the bill was adopted unanimously. In addition, Frosh is an ardent supporter of gun control laws, declaring that anyone who wishes to carry a gun (other than police) is “nuts.”

Meyer Marks was raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he received a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Central Arkansas. In addition, he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in European Studies from Georgetown University. In 1988, he founded Marks and Associates, a government relations firm that specializes in health care and educational issues. He is also the caregiver for his mother, who has Alzheimer’s Disease, sensitizing him to the illness. In 2008, Marks was a candidate for U.S. Congress in Maryland’s Eighth District. For over 25 years, Marks has worked to craft public policy on the state and federal levels. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland.

Marks’ event will be on Maryland Day, Thursday, March 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 4242 East-West Highway in Chevy Chase. Street parking and public parking is limited. Contact him at 240-476-5533 or meyer@marksformaryland.org or www.MarksForMaryland.org.