Early returns show promise for Constitutional Convention, other MD ballot Questions
Posted: 10:30 PM TUE, November 2, 2010
By Steve Lash
Daily Record Legal Affairs Writer

If early election results hold, Maryland will engage in a full scale review of the state’s constitution for the first time since 1967.


NEWS: Arizona Law In Maryland

Delegate Pat McDonough will be introducing a Bill in the coming 2011 General Assembly session that will replicate the Arizona immigration law here in Maryland.

It is important to understand that such legislation simply restates a federal law to the state level. This does not change or add different legal requirements that are already enumerated at the federal level. Instead, this Bill will empower enforcement within the state.

As a candidate for the U.S. Senate, I, Daniel McAndrew, applaud and endorse Delegate McDonough’s attempts to properly apply the rule of law within Maryland concerning the issue of illegal immigration, which, in truth, affects our unemployment, state budget deficit and debt.

I challenge Senator Barbara Mikulski to also endorse this Bill, which will aid Maryland in controlling spiraling costs and unemployment of our legal residents. This Bill will go a long way to return fiscal and human responsibility to Maryland.

Wrongful Termination???

What’s this? Politics affecting the Public Defender’s job?

This is very, very bad.

I hope Nancy Forster is being fair and accurate, if so – there is something very, very wrong going on concerning JUSTICE! Or, is there going to be any Justice??

Mini-Tort Reform

As a consequence of the recent healthcare controversy, where we argue most strongly for Tort Reform, each state can do its part as well right now.

In my view, the first part to consider can actually be done right here in the General Assembly right now. And that is to make a consistent “Loser Pays” condition for all suits brought before the Court.

This should reduce frivolous lawsuits, while at the same time not impacting the legal profession so significantly that they wouldn’t want to pass stronger legislation against their practice. At least I think so.

This should go a long way towards keeping our services, and products, pricing from rising so fast to keep us from a never ending inflationary spiral of costs.

Anyone want to rebut that?

UPDATED: One More Thing

Early Voting.
Yup. That starts next year.
Sept 3 (Fri, 10am to 8pm) through Sep 9 (Thu 10am to 8pm – Last Day of Early Voting)
Oh – excludes Sunday.

Yet, voting also is set for Sep 14 (Tue) at the regular timeframe of 7am to 8pm.

And, we go back to using paper ballots and the OCR machines. (connect the lines, remember?)

UPDATE – Received a recent Harford County Bd of Elections newsletter saying that there will still be a touch screen available to those with disabilities that want/need to use that. Other voters can choose between that and the new OCR machines.

Should be interesting.

Oh, also another thing, that Constitutional Convention question?
That shows up in the General Election on November 2, Tuesday.
Early voting for that timeframe starts on –
Oct 22, Fri 10am-8pm and ends on Oct 28, Thu 10am to 8pm
Yep, excluding Sunday here, too.

Then the regularly scheduled General Election on Tuesday, November 2, 7am to 8pm.

Term Limits: Just My Opinion

Do they work? Can they work? How best should they be determined?
The one that I figure most are familiar with is the two-term limit on the President’s Office.

So if that has been a good idea since FDR, how is it this is only for one major office??
Some would argue term limits aren’t needed, as voting would (hopefully) be such an effective tool. But is that really? How can that be, when typical voters – on a very good turnout – only amount to about 35% of all of the registered voters (usually, per precinct).

This says to me that of the remaining 65% that could have voted, but didn’t, could actually have changed outcomes.

But here’s the rub. The most common reasons for not voting is due to – 1) my vote won’t matter, 2) I don’t like either of them, 3) I’m too busy, 4) he/she doesn’t get my vote because he/she (whatever the single reason is), 5) not interested.

I’m sure there are more reasons.

But does anyone consider that trying to convince others, friends and family members to go and vote might actually make a difference?

Or, perhaps those of us who regularly vote just wish there was more of a choice than what they have seen so far?

Maybe that’s exactly what we need.

This could turn into effective term limits. Just having enough civic minded friends and neighbors that decide to take the jump and run against someone. Maybe this is what we need more of. At both the local and federal levels of government.

This would be eminently practical, particularly considering the not-so-likely scenario of hoping to get legislation passed at any level to institute term limits for any elected position.

So. Short answer – we really need each other. And more of us & each other, to vote.
In the primaries especially, where the competition actually lives. (Before it gets whittled down to the, ahem, chosen few that will show up in the General election.)

Enough of that. Have a good evening and rest up for September 14th, 2010.