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Donna Edwards breaks with party over redistricting again

100928_edwards_376Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) is open to an independent commission proposed by Gov. Larry Hogan (R).

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) is breaking with other Democrats again over redistricting, saying she’s open to an independent commission proposed by Gov. Larry Hogan (R).

“I have long supported redistricting reforms to end the damage partisan gerrymandering does to our democracy,” she said in a statement. “I look forward to reviewing Governor Hogan’s announcement to see whether it is truly independent of partisan politics.”

All but one of Maryland’s eight congressional districts are held by Democrats, thanks in part to boundaries drawn by Democratic leadership after the 2010 Census. Hogan is creating an 11-member panel to recommend a new process. The Maryland Democratic Party says the lines shouldn’t be redrawn until there’s nationwide agreement on reform.

Edwards, as she has in the past, disagreed with her fellow Democrats.

“It’s not going to change the balance in the state,” Edwards said of redistricting reform in an interview Thursday, given Maryland’s overwhelmingly Democratic population, “but it will be fairer to people.”

At the same time, she said, any new process should take into account contiguity and minority representation.

Her Democratic primary opponent in the race for Maryland’s open Senate seat, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, took a more cautious line. He told Hogan he was “open to reviewing your proposal,” but echoed his fellow Democrats in saying “it makes more sense to have one set of nonpartisan rules for the entire country rather than a state-by-state approach.”

Edwards noted that her opposition to the Maryland political map drawn by Democrats in 2011 is “no secret.” She said at the time that the map disadvantaged minority voters by dividing Montgomery County into three districts represented by white men. Democratic critics, who attacked her for discussing maps with Republicans, said her real concern was keeping her own district safe.

Van Hollen, a former state lawmaker with close ties to Democrats in Annapolis, went along with that plan although it also carved up his district.

A February Goucher College poll found that the vast majority of Marylanders — 72 percent — would prefer independent redistricting.

Via Washington Post

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Prayers for Gov. Larry Hogan as he battles cancer.

1545124_992528084125290_2255929320103975503_nOur Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced recently that he has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. While this is a form of cancer that responds well to treatment, it’s still a tough thing to face. We at Reform Sasscer Movement for Prince George’s County pray for him to get well soon. We also ask that people who are so inclined offer up prayers and good wishes for him and his family while they deal with this disease.

Gov. Hogan displayed incredible strength and leadership as he announced his diagnosis with B-Cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. According to his Facebook account, the support that has poured in from across the state and country has been nothing short of incredible!

Now, you can show your support for Governor Hogan with a profile picture or cover photo for your social media account. Together we can keep our governor in high spirits and ‪#‎HoganStrong‬!

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Larry Hogan’s First Executive Order – January 21, 2014

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ANNAPOLIS, MD –Maryland’s 62nd governor issued his first executive order on Wednesday following his inaugural address.

“My first act as Governor holds all those who serve in the Executive Branch of state government to the highest possible ethical standards,” Governor Hogan said. “Integrity will be of the utmost importance in the Hogan-Rutherford administration and as such, I expect every person who serves in the Executive Branch to adhere to these standards at all times. This is the right thing to do, and it ensures that good government practices will be in place from the top to the bottom of my administration.”

Executive Order 01.01.2015.07, “Standards of Conduct for Executive Branch Employees and Reporting of Misconduct,” states:

  • An employee shall not, except as permitted by applicable law or regulation, solicit or accept any gift or other item of monetary value from any person or entity seeking official action from, doing business with, or conducting activities regulated by the employee’s agency, or whose interests may be substantially affected by the performance or nonperformance of the employee’s duties.
  • Employees shall exhibit exemplary conduct and use honest efforts in the performance of their duties.
  • Employees shall act impartially and not give preferential treatment to any private organization or individual.
  • Employees shall adhere to all applicable laws and regulations that provide equal opportunity for all Marylanders regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation.
  • Employees shall endeavor to avoid any actions creating the appearance of any impropriety or that violate applicable laws, regulations, and ethical standards.
  • Consistent with all applicable substantive and procedural laws, violations of this Executive Order are grounds for employee disciplinary action, including termination from State employment.

“Serving the people of Maryland is a privilege and an honor, and should be treated as such,” said Governor Hogan. “Marylanders are looking to us to lead by example and I am confident that each and every person will adhere to these standards without difficulty.”

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