Fair Maps Maryland Calls on General Assembly to Pass Nonpartisan Legislative Map

ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 12, 2022)—Fair Maps Maryland, an nonpartisan grassroots organization, today released the following statement calling on the General Assembly to end Maryland’s shameful history of voter suppression and to pass the fair and legal map drafted by the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission:

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POLITICS Second legal challenge filed against Maryland congressional map

A second legal challenge has been lodged against the new map for Maryland’s eight congressional districts. The advocacy group Fair Maps Maryland, which is aligned with Gov. Larry Hogan, filed a lawsuit Thursday arguing the map is “filled with grotesque examples of extreme partisan gerrymandering” and violates the Maryland Constitution.

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Fair Maps Maryland Announces Lawsuit Challenging Congressional Districts Based on Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering

ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 23, 2021)—Fair Maps Maryland, a nonpartisan grassroots organization, today announced that a group of Marylanders have filed suit in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to prevent the use, application, administration, or enforcement of unconstitutional and gerrymandered Congressional maps in Maryland. The lawsuit is being brought by a diverse group of plaintiffs made up of Marylanders from all eight Congressional districts. The claims of partisan gerrymandering are very similar to ones that have been made in other states and have found success, including in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

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Maryland Democrats Sued Over ‘Extreme’ Gerrymandering Of 2022 Congressional Maps

Fair Maps Maryland, a nonpartisan organization founded to eliminate partisan gerrymandering, filed suit Thursday to stop the implementation of the Maryland General Assembly’s proposed 2022 Congressional map.

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Maryland Voters Accuse Dems of ‘Blatant Voter Suppression’ in New Gerrymandering Suit

Conservative groups and voters in Maryland have filed two lawsuits in the last two days challenging the state’s new congressional maps, which they say are unconstitutional and based on extreme partisan gerrymandering.

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State legislators, voters sue Maryland over allegedly gerrymandered congressional map helping Democrats

A group of Republican Maryland legislators and voters is suing the state over the allegedly partisan congressional redistricting plan Democrats in the state legislature passed following the 2020 Census.

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Md. panel releases district map that helps vulnerable Democrats, reduces Baltimore clout

The Maryland Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission released a proposed legislative redistricting plan Monday evening that would further erode the political power of Baltimore City, shore up vulnerable Democrats, and create a few opportunities for Democrats to go on offense — even though they already hold supermajorities in both the House of Delegates and Senate.

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Baltimore City would lose representation under new map proposed for electing state lawmakers

Baltimore City would have two fewer state lawmakers in Annapolis under a proposed new map for electing state senators and delegates. A General Assembly redistricting committee posted the map online without comment on Monday night, setting a marker for discussions over how communities are represented in the state legislature.

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Senate approves Democratic-supported Congressional redistricting map, syncs up with the House

The Senate on Wednesday evening voted 32-15 to recommend the adoption of a congressional redistricting map that was developed by a bipartisan legislative commission and is supported by Democratic lawmakers.

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Fair Maps look put a stop to extreme gerrymandering in Maryland

Fair Maps Maryland, a nonpartisan grassroots organization, is taking aggressive action against gerrymandering. This evening they released the following statement condemning the Congressional redistricting map passed by the Maryland General Assembly.

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Fair Maps Maryland to Take Aggressive Legal Action Against Maryland Legislature's Extreme Gerrymandering

Fair Maps Maryland, a nonpartisan grassroots organization, this evening released the following statement condemning the Congressional redistricting map passed by the Maryland General Assembly, and announced its plan to take aggressive legal action against this purposeful violation of Marylanders’ civil rights:

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Hogan-Aligned Group Announces Plans for Lawsuit Against Just-Approved Congressional Redistricting Plan

An organization with ties to Republican Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. announced Wednesday that it will seek to overturn the congressional redistricting plan approved by the Democratic supermajority in the General Assembly.

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Maryland General Assembly approves new congressional map

The Maryland General Assembly approved a new congressional map on Wednesday, sending new Democratic-backed district boundaries for the state’s eight U.S. House districts to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan.

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General Assembly Continues to Keep Marylanders in the Dark On Redistricting

At start of special session, legislature fails to produce substantive records or insight into map creation

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Redistricting Testimony Sign-Up Too Short, Anti-Gerrymandering Activists Say

Lawmakers are set to convene a special session on Monday to tackle congressional redistricting, but anti-gerrymandering activists say the window for members of the public to register to testify on the issue is too narrow.

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Questions Arise About Public Comment Ahead Of Md. Special Session On Redistricting

Marylanders have the opportunity to testify during a General Assembly special session next week, but one group says the process of submitting comment is not very inviting.

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Baltimore Fishbowl: ‘Partisan Pizza’ truck visits Annapolis

Gerry’s Partisan Pizza, a traveling food truck that aims to raise awareness about redistricting, visited Annapolis on Friday.

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Calvert Beacon: Governor Hogan & Fair Maps Maryland Get Cheesy

Governor Larry Hogan joined Ellie Collinson, President of RepresentUS and Jim Brochin of Fair Maps Maryland for a supreme visit to the Gerry’s Partisan Pizza food truck in Downtown Annapolis.

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Maryland Matters: Anti-Gerrymandering Activists Bring ‘Partisan Pizza’ Truck To Annapolis

A federal judge once described Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District as “reminiscent of a broken-winged pterodactyl, lying prostrate across the center of the state.” On Friday, an anti-gerrymandering group gave out free slices of pizza in the shape of the district in Annapolis in a bid to raise awareness about redistricting.

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Governor Hogan & Fair Maps Maryland Get Cheesy With Gerry’s Partisan Pizza

Governor Larry Hogan today joined Ellie Collinson, President of RepresentUS and Jim Brochin of Fair Maps Maryland for a supreme visit to the Gerry’s Partisan Pizza food truck in Downtown Annapolis.

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Maryland Matters: Anti-Gerrymandering Group With Ties To Hogan Requests Legislative Redistricting Commission Records

Fair Maps Maryland, a group formed by a pair of former lawmakers to support maps proposed by the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission, submitted a sweeping public records request aimed at the General Assembly’s Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission on Thursday, according to a press release from the group.

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Fair Maps Maryland Submits Public Information Act Request to Obtain Records of 2021 Legislative Redistricting Advisory Committee

ANNAPOLIS, MD (October 21, 2021)—Fair Maps Maryland, the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the abolition of partisan gerrymandering in Maryland, today announced that it has submitted an official Public Information Act request to obtain documents and records related to the 2021 Legislative Redistricting Advisory Committee.

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Baltimore Sun: Commission appointed by Maryland Gov. Hogan proposes new political district maps

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s redistricting commission has proposed a new set of maps for electing state and federal lawmakers going forward.

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Maryland Matters: Marylanders Urge Transparency at Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission Hearing

Marylanders urged members of the General Assembly’s Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission at a Tuesday hearing to make draft maps available for public comment before the panel’s last public hearing in November, arguing that the public should have a chance to weigh in before the General Assembly takes them up for a vote.

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Maryland Matters: Anne Arundel Residents Urge Legislative Redistricting Commission to Keep County Whole In Congressional Maps

Anne Arundel County residents urged members of the Legislative Redistricting Advisory Commission to keep their county whole in congressional maps during a Thursday evening public hearing.

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Daily Caller: An Inside Look At The Behind The Scenes Fight To Set The 2022 Election

Amid the closest partisan margin in the House of Representatives in almost 20 years, state legislatures are redrawing their congressional districts in preparation for the 2022 midterm elections.

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Carroll County Times: Brian Griffiths: The redistricting maps Maryland deserves | COMMENTARY

Recently, we have seen the initial proposals of the congressional and legislative redistricting maps being worked on by the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission.

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Baltimore Sun: Kudos to those seeking an end to gerrymandering | READER COMMENTARY

I would like to commend former state Sen. Jim Brochin and former Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman for re-entering Maryland’s political arena in support of such a critically important issue as redistricting (”New advocacy group takes aim at Maryland gerrymandering ahead of redistricting battle,” July 1). Both gentlemen have already dedicated far more to serving the people of this state than most and have more than earned their right to a peaceful retirement far from the miserable cesspool of politics.

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WTOP: It's map drawing time: Md. Citizens Redistricting Commission opens public submissions

Marylanders can now submit their own proposals for redistricting to the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission, state officials announced Thursday. The Maryland Department of Planning’s new submission portal allows users to map their proposals for congressional and state legislative districts, and includes instructions on how to draw districts.

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FOX 45 News: Call to fairly redraw Maryland congressional and legislative districts

Following the results of the 2020 Census, Maryland will redraw its congressional and legislative districts for the coming decade. Fair Maps Maryland, a bipartisan effort, encourages all voters to be informed about the issue and learn the facts.

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Maryland Matters: Dueling Commissions Foreshadow Partisan Battle Over Redistricting

This year marks the first time in many decades that Maryland has had a Republican governor when legislative districts are redrawn, setting the stage for an unusual and contentious process as two separate commissions are set to propose new district maps. Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) created the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission earlier this year to draw legislative and congressional maps that he will propose as a bill to the General Assembly.

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Pasadena Voice: Marylanders Call For Fair Redistricting Process

“If you believe the game is rigged, you'll be discouraged from playing.” Those words from business owner Dan Medinger summarized the consensus of residents from Anne Arundel and Howard counties, as well as Baltimore City, who testified during the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission public listening tour on July 7.

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Maryland Reporter: Voter Suppression, Maryland Style

The headlines are full of worries about mounting voter suppression in many states, such as Texas, Georgia, and Wisconsin. But Maryland has long had its own form of voter suppression that goes largely unnoticed.

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Baltimore Sun: Top Maryland Democrats launch redistricting commission ahead of new election maps

The top Democratic leaders in the Maryland General Assembly unveiled a new seven-member commission to study redistricting as politicians gear up for the upcoming once-a-decade redrawing of the state’s election maps.

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Maryland Matters: Central Maryland Residents Urge Redistricting Commission To Keep Neighborhoods Intact In Proposed Maps

Members of the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission heard a familiar appeal from residents of Baltimore City and Anne Arundel and Howard counties at a virtual hearing Wednesday evening: Don’t split neighborhoods and communities in proposed maps.

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Washington Post: Maryland legislators begin redistricting effort for ‘gerrymandered’ state

A seven-member bipartisan legislative panel responsible for redrawing new congressional and legislative maps for Maryland has been named and will begin holding public hearings next month, Maryland presiding officers announced on Thursday.

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Baltimore Fishbowl: Fair Maps Maryland calls for nonpartisan redistricting to end gerrymandering

A new advocacy group with strong ties to Gov. Larry Hogan has been launched to end gerrymandering in Maryland and support a nonpartisan redistricting process for the state.

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Baltimore Sun: New advocacy group takes aim at Maryland gerrymandering ahead of redistricting battle

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s uphill effort to reduce political influence over how Maryland redraws congressional and state legislative districts may get a boost from a new advocacy group led in part by a bipartisan pair of former elected officials.

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Chestertown Spy: Nonprofit Group Formed to Endorse Md. Redistricting Commission Maps

A bipartisan pair of former lawmakers that lost narrow elections in 2018 have formed a nonprofit group to pressure the General Assembly to accept new legislative and congressional district maps being drafted by a commission created by Republican Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.

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Maryland Matters: Brochin, Kittleman Form Group to Endorse Redistricting Commission Maps

A bipartisan pair of former lawmakers that lost narrow elections in 2018 have formed a nonprofit group to pressure the General Assembly to accept new legislative and congressional district maps being drafted by a commission created by Republican Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.

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Press Release: New Independent, Nonpartisan Redistricting Advocacy Organization "Fair Maps Maryland" Announces Launch

ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 30, 2021)—Fair Maps Maryland, a new, independent, nonpartisan organization advocating for a fair redistricting process, launched today with a 60-second digital ad highlighting Maryland as one of the most gerrymandered states in the country.

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Maryland Matters: Redistricting Commission Urged To Adopt Single-Member Delegate Districts At First Public Hearing

Eastern Shore residents urged the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission to adopt single-member legislative districts at a virtual hearing Wednesday evening, with some charging that the state’s current hybrid model is unfair for voters.

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Lawsuit forces Maryland Democrats to acknowledge the obvious: Redistricting was motivated by politics

WASHINGTON — Maryland Democrats drew the state's convoluted congressional districts with an eye toward ousting a longtime Republican incumbent and replacing him with a Democrat, former Gov. Martin O'Malley has acknowledged as part of a high-profile legal challenge to the maps winding its way through federal court.

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Politico: Is Gerrymandering about to become more difficult?

A new approach in the way the Census aggregates its data could make it more difficult to do extreme gerrymandering, says Moon Duchin.

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Maryland Matters: Redistricting Commission Sets Regions for Public Hearings

The Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission is set to begin regional-based public hearings in June, commissioners decided at their Wednesday night meeting.

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Maryland Matters: Redistricting Commission Selects U. of Md. Official to Help with Hispanic Outreach

The Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission, which is drawing up proposed congressional and legislative maps for the state’s next round of redistricting, appointed an adviser at their Wednesday night meeting to help with outreach to Maryland’s Hispanic community.

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Maryland Matters: Opinion: An Open Letter to Sens. Cardin and Van Hollen on Redistricting Reform

Dear Senators, Now, the “For the People Act of 2021” is in your hands. The Senate Rules and Administration Committee has set a May 11 markup of this bill to expand voting rights, enhance campaign finance reform, create new ethics rules for federal officeholders, mandate independent redistricting, and more.

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Maryland Matters: Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission Convenes Introductory Meeting

Members of the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission convened a virtual introductory meeting Wednesday night — but the data they’ll need to draw their proposed maps is still months away.

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Maryland Matters: Maryland Redistricting Commission to Hold First Meeting May 5

The Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission will hold its first meeting next Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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Maryland Matters: Hogan’s Redistricting Commission Announces Members

Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s redistricting commission — tasked with making recommendations on congressional and legislative maps that he will submit to the General Assembly — finalized its membership Thursday.

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Maryland Matters: Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission Announces Members

Annapolis, MD – The co-chairs of the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission (Commission) today announced the remaining six members. In January, Governor Hogan issued an executive order establishing the nine-member Commission, which is charged with drawing fair and representative legislative and congressional maps for the 2022 elections that are compact and respect natural and subdivision boundaries to the extent practicable, and without accounting for political parties.

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Maryland Matters: Maryland Faces ‘Extreme’ Threat of Gerrymandering, New Report Says

Maryland is under “extreme” risk for gerrymandering when lawmakers draw up new election districts, according to a new report from an anti-corruption watchdog group.

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Maryland Matters: GOP Lawmakers Introduce Redistricting Bill That’s Likely to Sit on the Shelf

In what is likely a ceremonial gesture, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) introduced a bill this week in the General Assembly that would redraw the lines between Maryland’s 6th and 8th congressional districts.

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Capital Gazette: Michael Malone: Whatever happens in Washington, Maryland needs its own solution to gerrymandering | COMMENTARY

Winston Churchill once said that “history is written by the victors.” Newer versions found in Brian Sanderson’s fantasy novels and a movie about French novelist Colette says it better: history is written by the one with the pen.

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Maryland Matters: At-Large Districts Are Relics That Produce ‘Absurd’ Results, Voting Expert Says

When the House of Delegates voted earlier this month to advance House Bill 655, Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) celebrated the moment, writing on social media that “for too long across this country, undemocratic local laws have denied voters of color their full enfranchisement.”

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The Daily Record: Editorial Advisory Board: Md. redistricting commission a good start Editorial

In January 2021 Gov. Larry Hogan created the Maryland Citizen Redistricting Commission to prepare plans for the necessary redistricting of Maryland’s state legislative and congressional districts as a consequence of the 2020 Census.

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CNN: Something *very* important for our politics happened on Tuesday

While the eyes of the world were focused on the impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, Gov. Larry Hogan of neighboring Maryland did something extremely important in beginning the long process of unwinding our current political polarization.

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Hogan, Other Redistricting Reformers Give it the Old College Try

The congressional map Maryland has used since 2012 is so wildly contorted and misshapen, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear lawsuits against it not just once, but twice.

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Baltimore Sun: Ready: Time to reform redistricting in Maryland

As we reach the Christmas season and end of 2018, my family and I are grateful for the blessings we’ve been given in our lives. I’m particularly grateful for the opportunity to continue serving Carroll County in the State Senate and working to advance policies that will make our state better for families, retirees and job creators.

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Washington Post: Opinion: Maryland, the court and partisan redistricting

Redistricting used to be regarded with a yawn. But it has become a hot issue. Republicans in 2000 successfully reconfigured state legislative and congressional districts to ensure their dominance in several states and Congress. One notable exception was Maryland, a Democratic stronghold.

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Baltimore Sun: Editorial: Independent commission should be assigned to re-draw 2020 Congressional redistricting map

The boundary lines of Maryland’s Sixth Congressional District are unconstitutional. That was the unanimous opinion of a three-judge federal court panel issued last week — just one day after the mid-term elections — effectively banning the current congressional district map from use in future elections.

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Baltimore Sun: Don't wait for the courts, reform redistricting now

Among the most challenging national issues of our time is the scourge of partisan gerrymandering. All supporters of responsible and good government are bracing themselves for the forthcoming decision by the United States Supreme Court in Wisconsin’s redistricting case, Gill v. Whitford, which is expected to address the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering.

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Documents shed new light on redistricting as Maryland map heads to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — When Maryland Democrats redrew the state’s congressional districts in 2011, officials set up the commission charged with crafting the maps to avoid the state’s open meetings law, according to a cache of documents from the time reviewed by The Baltimore Sun.

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Baltimore Sun: What does the Pa. redistricting case mean for Maryland? More hypocrisy.

The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand a state court ruling ordering Pennsylvania to draw new congressional districts doesn’t have any direct legal impact on Maryland’s own contested and convoluted maps.

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WJZ 13: Hogan Backs Redistricting Reform, No Matter Who’s In Power

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he believes congressional redistricting should be taken out of the hands of politicians, “regardless of who the governor is or what party’s in power.”

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Baltimore Sun: One less excuse for Md. Dems. to reject redistricting reform

Ask most Maryland Democratic leaders about partisan gerrymandering, and they'll tell you it's a horrible problem. They'll say that is contrary to the principles of democracy, that it lets politicians choose their voters rather than the other way around and that it contributes to hyper-partisanship in Congress and state legislatures.

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Baltimore Sun: Lawsuit forces Maryland Democrats to acknowledge the obvious: Redistricting was motivated by politics

WASHINGTON — Maryland Democrats drew the state's convoluted congressional districts with an eye toward ousting a longtime Republican incumbent and replacing him with a Democrat, former Gov. Martin O'Malley has acknowledged as part of a high-profile legal challenge to the maps winding its way through federal court.

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Capital Gazette: Our say: Hogan right to veto bogus redistricting bill

"Phony" is an overused word in political discussions. Proposals may be inadequate, misconceived or counterproductive, but few are actually designed to be deceptive — for instance, to make it look as if its authors back a popular reform, when they really just want it to go away.

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Maryland Reporter: More partisan spin on redistricting reform

Democrats were quick to jump on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan for vetoing their version of alleged redistricting reform on Monday.

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Baltimore Sun: Editorial: Maryland Democrats may regret lack of support for redistricting reform

Once again, Maryland Democrats in the House of Delegates have killed Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's call to form an independent committee to draw the state's congressional and legislative districts every 10 years, choosing to play political games instead of doing what is best for Maryland voters.

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Capital Gazette: Our say: Maryland Democrats predictable on redistricting

Democrats in a key House committee on Monday killed Gov. Larry Hogan's proposal to assign the redrawing of Maryland's congressional districts to a nonpartisan commission.

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The Herald Mail: Hogan redistricting bill supported by … O'Malley?

ANNAPOLIS — In his State of the State address last week, Gov. Larry Hogan pressed lawmakers again to approve his proposal to appoint an independent commission to draw congressional and legislative districts.

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Baltimore Sun: Hogan wants redistricting reform; here's why Democrats should allow it

Democrats fuming over the election of Donald Trump despite his 2.8 million vote deficit to Hillary Clinton are frequently confronted with the fact that the framers of the Constitution didn't intend for the election of the president to be a direct reflection of the popular will. (Granted, we think that idea is outdated, and in any case, we rather doubt Mr. Trump is what they had in mind.)

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Capital Gazette: Our say: On redistricting, Hogan should try, try again

When it comes to redistricting — and the sensible and popular recommendations put forward by the governor's Redistricting Reform Commission — we suppose snickering Democrats will see Gov. Larry Hogan as Don Quixote charging the windmills.

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The Frederick News-Post: Governor decides state redistricting commission will continue its work

As voters went to the polls this week to elect a new Congress, Gov. Larry Hogan amended an executive order to extend the work of a bipartisan redistricting commission.

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The Daily Record: Redistricting reform needed

In states where they hold a majority in the state legislature, Republicans have pulled the same trick, drawing oddly-shaped districts to isolate the Democrats and guarantee the election of Republican lawmakers.

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The Frederick News-Post: Stonewalling redistricting reform

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller has declared Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to reform the state’s redistricting process as DBA — dead before arrival.

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