Wednesday, May 15, 2013
City Council rejects referendum proposal, lowers voting age as part of charter changes.
If you are old enough to get a Maryland driver's license, you will be old enough to vote in the City of Takoma Park’s municipal election in November. The City Council passed a series of charter amendments Monday including one making Takoma Park the first city in the United States to lower its minimum age for voting to 16, The Gazette reported. The amendments, proposed by council members Tim Male and Seth Grimes, sparked debate in the city. “We thought it was the right thing to allow them to participate,” Grimes told Patch in March, saying that he has met many engaged 16- and 17-year-old Takoma Park residents. Colleen Clay, a former Takoma Park councilwoman, told Patch in March that her children “are focused on being teenagers," and not so …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Hundreds gather at Prince George's Community College in Largo, MD for Brown's gubernatorial campaign announcement.
Follow @UMarlboroPatch for live coverage of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's announcement.
Friday, May 3, 2013
The effort to place the issue on the ballot will be led by Democratic Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger and Washington County Republican Del. Neil Parrott.
Proponents of the death penalty in Maryland will attempt to overturn at the ballot box a new law repealing capital punishment. The effort to place the issue before voters in 2014 will be spearheaded by Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger and Washington County Del. Neil Parrott. The pair is expected to make the effort to collect the required 55,736 official during a Friday morning announcement near Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Shellenberger said the death penalty is an important tool for prosecutors. "One only has to look at what has taken place in our country in the last 10 years—Virginia Tech; Aurora, CO; Boston," Shellenberger said. "We don't know what is going to happen in the future but we should at least have the …
Friday, April 12, 2013
County officials said that the amount of traffic caught them by surprise and hampered the ability of the public to access election results.
Officials for DuPage County are saying that the influx of traffic to their election results website, which crashed the page between 8 and 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, has been a wake-up call to necessary improvements, the Chicago Tribune reports. According to the paper, the problem was caused when the available bandwidth was exceeded; page views peaked at 15,000 within a few minutes, 5,000 more than the peak in the 2012 elections. "If you asked me 72 hours ago if the site would peak out 50 percent higher than a presidential election, I would've laughed," Robert Saar, the election commission's executive director, told the paper. "Everybody here had their eyes opened. We're disappointed that it happened, but I'm extremely confident that going…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Takoma Park leaders say young people are smart and should be allowed to participate in the election process.
Takoma Park could become the first city in the United States to lower its voting age to 16 for local elections. In an effort to encourage more voters in local elections, council members Tim Male and Seth Grimes have proposed several initiatives—one being lowering the voting age. “I really care about making elections easier,” Male, council member for Ward 2, said. “I have honestly been interested in this since I’ve been campaigning. You meet young people who are really engaged but cannot vote." Male and Grimes said they hope to make other changes to local elections to raise voter turnout as well. Some include easing candidates’ access to apartments and requiring apartments to put up notices regarding voting. They also want the city to …
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.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
O'Malley's leadership PAC—and the possibility of him running for president in 2016—may get a boost from a fundraiser to be held in a private Chevy Chase home on Monday.
Obama has yet to be sworn in for his second term as president, but the 2016 presidential race already is underway. "[Prospective] candidates from both parties are wasting little time schmoozing potential super PAC [political action committee] funders," Politico reported last week. In Chevy Chase, MD, former South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges, a Democrat, will co-host a fundraiser for Gov. Martin O'Malley's leadership PAC on Monday evening, Dec. 10, at a private home, Politico reported. To attend the Chevy Chase fundraiser, the "suggested contribution" is $5,000 for a "host," $2,500 for a "sponsor" and $1,000 for a "guest," Politico reported. Hodges "also raised money earlier this year for the PAC fronted by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, …
Monday, December 3, 2012
The holiday visions in our heads probably still have more to do with sugar plums than Scrooge, so let's hold that thought for a few more days.
Montgomery County may have gotten a whole new political season for Christmas, considering what looked like an unofficial announcement last week. Below are the details, as well as the rest of the week's highlights in our continuing investigation into life in these 500 square miles. You'd think we would have gotten a call back considering the newsworthiness of the information, but we'll stick with the evidence we did get. According to an email sent to supporters, former county executive Doug Duncan is set to vie for that office again, after a six-year hiatus. “I am not seeking to return to the County Executive office simply because it is winnable—I am returning because I have so much energy for the job and know that Montgomery County is …