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  • O’Malley pushes for raising Maryland gas tax

    03/15/2012 5:05:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 14, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O'Malley told House and Senate lawmakers Wednesday that failing to raise Maryland’s gas tax could lead to crumbling roads and bridges in the future, and that they should pass his proposal despite its lack of popularity with residents. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, touted his proposed 6 percent sales tax on gas while testifying before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and at a joint hearing of the House Ways and Means and Environmental Matters committees. Legislators have said a gas-tax hike appears unlikely during this year’s General Assembly session because of rising gas prices, public outcry...
  • Examiner Local Editorial: Another victory for the Second Amendment

    U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg's groundbreaking March 5 ruling that Maryland cannot refuse to issue a handgun permit to an otherwise qualified individual unless that person has an acceptable reason for wanting one is a jurisprudential gem that correctly shifts the burden of proof from the citizen to the government. His elegant reiteration of basic Second Amendment rights in Woollard v. Sheridan will be quoted for generations: "A citizen may not be required to offer a 'good and substantial reason' why he should be permitted to exercise his rights. The right's existence is all the reason he needs." Maryland...
  • Need address/footage of Pete Stark's mansion

    03/14/2012 3:10:30 PM PDT · by guyshomenet · 12 replies
    3/14/2012 | Guy Smith
    Pete Stark, who misrepresents a district out here, has a home (a minor mansion so I am told) in Maryland, which he tried to claim as his primary residence for taxes. See http://articles.latimes.com/2009/mar/20/nation/na-stark20. I intend to help unseat Stark, but I need some help from Maryland locals. I need footage of his mansion (3,600-square-foot, on 6.35 acres with an assessed value of about $1.6 million … should be easy to find) and it’s address. The footage goes into a video that will be released prior to the first campaign debates here.
  • State looks at all-electronic toll collection

    03/14/2012 6:40:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | March 13, 2012 | Candus Thomson
    Maryland may eventually do away with tollbooths on the state's highways, bridges and tunnels and switch to electronic toll collection. A preliminary report by the Maryland Transportation Authority concluded that converting its seven toll plazas is feasible but would cost as much as $180 million. Transportation officials initiated the study as they look for long-term savings and ways to reduce travel time and increase highway safety. "It's something we're interested in doing. It's something the industry is moving toward. But it's complicated and we're in the earliest stages," said Harold Bartlett, the transportation authority's executive secretary. At least eight states...
  • O’Malley seeks support for Maryland gas tax hike

    03/14/2012 4:45:44 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 13, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O'Malley will go before House and Senate committees Wednesday and ask them to raise the state’s gas tax, but he might get drowned out by the talk from constituents back in lawmakers’ home districts. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, has clung to the proposal in recent weeks even as skepticism of the plan has mounted in the face of rising gas prices and persistent objections from the public. The governor says the tax increase is a necessary investment in the state’s congested, too-long-ignored road and transit infrastructure. But with gas prices climbing toward $4 a gallon, leading...
  • Maryland Senate Democrats Favor Across-The-Board Hike To Personal Income Taxes

    03/04/2012 12:22:32 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 27 replies
    Wa Po ^ | 3/3/12 | Aaron C. Davis
    Maryland Senate Democrats have coalesced around a plan to jettison Gov. Martin O’Malley’s array of proposed tax increases on six-figure earners in favor of a simpler, but no less controversial, across-the-board hike to Marylanders’ personal income taxes. A majority of the Senate’s Budget and Taxation Committee, which could vote on the plan as early as this week, said in interviews Friday that they have felt too much public resistance to O’Malley’s (D) plan to cut the state’s structural deficit by capping personal deductions and exemptions for residents making $100,000 or more. O’Malley’s proposal has been derided by homeowners groups and...
  • New American Cardinal Calls Abortion "Civil Rights Struggle" Of Our Time

    03/13/2012 6:57:42 AM PDT · by icwhatudo · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Freeper Exclusive | 3/13/2012 | My eyes and ears
    ANNAPOLIS, Maryland- Joined by Bishops from nearby Baltimore and Washington DC, America's newest Cardinal Edwin O'Brien called abortion the "the civil rights struggle of our time" at the opening Mass of Maryland's annual March For Life. O'Brien went on to criticize the Obama administration's new health care law requirements that would force the Catholic Church to provide contraception drugs including those that cause abortions. He also called Maryland's recent legalization of homosexual marriage an attack on the family and the institution of marriage itself. The Cardinal thanked all those who were working on the pro-life and traditional marriage causes and...
  • And now, a new definition of 'Romney-CAIR'

    03/13/2012 6:51:35 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    WND ^ | March 12, 2012 | Ryan Mauro
    In what could be called a new version of “Romney-CAIR,” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Maryland campaign chairman, former Republican Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich, is an endorser of the controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations. “I’m glad that you have established such a strong voice in the community and that you are working to maintain a strong sense of cultural and economic identity,” Ehrlich is quoted on CAIR’s website as saying in December 2005. Under the headline “What They Say About CAIR,” dated March 2010, there are lists of comments from religious, law enforcement and election officials. Ehrlich’s comment is included...
  • The Second Amendment Foundation steps up in Maryland concealed carry fight

    03/13/2012 5:00:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 13 March, 2012 | Raquel Okyay
    Good Lord, what would we do without the Second Amendment Foundation? SAF was created in 1974, currently having 650,000 members, to combat anti-Second Amendment crusaders who use “safety” as an excuse to restrict our Second Amendment rights. Consistently battling the opposition in the Courts and otherwise, thanks to them, a positive Court ruling has been issued by the Honorable Judge Benson E. Legg in the Maryland district court on March 5, in the case of Woollard v. Sheridan. The main Plaintiff in this case Raymond Woollard, a Maryland resident and Navy veteran, attempted to renew his gun carry permit, but...
  • Maryland March for Life in Annapolis Monday March 12th

    03/12/2012 11:33:21 AM PDT · by icwhatudo · 2 replies
    Maryland March for Life ^ | 3-12-2012 | Maryland March for Life
    Join Maryland Right to Life for the 2012 Maryland March for Life in Annapolis, this Monday, March 12th! This annual event takes place in downtown Annapolis, beginning with non-denominational and Roman Catholic religious services at St. Mary's Church on Duke of Gloucester Street at 5:15pm. The annual march will then begin, culminating in a rally in front of the Maryland State House. Speakers will lead the rally with emotional testimony and inspiring words about the value of human life! A mixer will be held after the rally back at St. Mary's Church. Free Chic-Fil-A will be provided! During the mixer,...
  • The right of protection

    DOES THE Second Amendment protect an individual right to carry a gun outside the home? Last week, a federal judge in Maryland concluded that it does and in the process struck down a Maryland licensing provision for carrying concealed weapons in public. Judge Benson Everett Legg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Maryland issued a thoughtful and measured decision but one that should be reviewed by the federal appeals court.
  • Brooklyn hunt for spirit of 1776 soldiers

    03/11/2012 7:05:35 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 11, 2012 | GARY BUISO
    Brooklyn civic groups are leading a charge to discover the exact burial place of over 200 Revolutionary War soldiers killed at the dawn of the United States and dumped near the Gowanus Canal. “These are the men who allowed America to come into existence — it’s a question that needs to be resolved,” said Marlene Donnelly, a member of the Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus,... “The Battle of Gettysburg has an entire field put aside to remember it — and this one, we just don’t remember,”... The grave concern is that development in and around the putrid canal, a...
  • The Right To Bear Arms Is A Risk Worth Taking

    03/10/2012 7:46:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 March, 2012 | AWR Hawkins
    Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)- The Founders who “drafted and ratified the Second Amendment surely knew that the right they were enshrining carried a risk of misuse,” but risk is an integral aspect of freedom. For example, because we are free to speak our minds, we run the risk of hearing things we don’t want to hear, and of saying things others don’t want to hear. Because we have a God-given right to security in our own things, we run the risk of having people use their possessions in ways of which we don’t approve, and they likewise run the risk...
  • Lesbian denied Communion at her mother’s funeral is also a Buddhist

    03/09/2012 4:33:00 AM PST · by IbJensen · 75 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3/8/2012 | Ben Johnson
    GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND, March 8, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The lesbian who is attempting to get a Catholic priest removed from his parish for denying her Holy Communion at her mother’s funeral is a Buddhist who describes herself as a “naturally born agitator” committed to a “culture war.” Barbara Johnson created a national feeding frenzy after alerting the media that Fr. Marcel Guarnizo had refused to give her the Eucharist after asking her not to come forward to receive, because she is a sexually active homosexual. On February 26, Fr. Marcel Guarnizo of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, covered...
  • It's 'Constitution 101' for Maryland cops

    03/08/2012 8:32:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    WND ^ | March 7, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    It’s going to be “Constitution 101″ for state police in Maryland, who will be undergoing training on the First and Fourth Amendments as part of a settlement of a lawsuit over the illegal arrests of pro-life protesters there. Confirmation comes from officials with the Alliance Defense Fund, who argued that the officers’ decision to arrest, take into custody and strip-search the protesters simply wasn’t allowed. The ADF noted that the settlement with Maryland State Police will include “training on rights protected by the First and Fourth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.” “Under the terms of the settlement, Maryland State Police...
  • Maryland’s ‘doomsday’ budget used as club

    03/07/2012 8:13:12 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 6, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — State budget analysts Tuesday suggested nearly $800 million in potential cuts as part of a “doomsday” budget that Senate leaders have vowed to consider if lawmakers cannot agree on a mix of cuts and revenue increases in this year’s spending plan. The analysts briefed the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on the reductions, which include cuts to education and health services, elimination of 500 state jobs and more than $300 million in cuts of local aid to counties. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. said lawmakers are determined to make more aggressive cuts than those in Gov....
  • Anti-abortion protesters set for settlement (Abused pro-lifers get $385,000 settlement in MD)

    03/07/2012 5:14:53 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | March 06, 2012 | Mary Gail Hare
    The Maryland State Police have agreed to pay a $385,000 settlement to 17 anti-abortion protesters arrested by Maryland State Troopers four years ago in Harford County. The protesters, two of whom were 14 at the time, were arrested and processed and spent a night in the Harford County Detention Center. ... Members of the Alliance Defense Fund,... were holding up graphic images to passing motorists, claimed they were mistreated by the police and filed suit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore against Harford County, the town of Bel Air and seven local and state police agencies. The suit claimed...
  • Law to prohibit non-citizens from voting

    03/07/2012 10:50:32 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    abc2news.com ^ | March 7, 2012 | abc2news.com
    Law to prohibit non-citizens from voting link only copyright This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Read more: http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/state/law-to-prohibit-non-citizens-from-voting#ixzz1oSSjYveg
  • Courthouse Partially Evacuated for Coconut

    03/07/2012 10:01:31 AM PST · by RetroSexual · 29 replies
    The Frederick News Post ^ | 3/7/2012 | Staff Reports
    A coconut lying next to a column near the Frederick County courthouse caused police and fire personnel to evacuate the outside area and one inside office for about 20 minutes today. A courthouse deputy on his morning perimeter check spotted the coconut about 7:55 a.m. It looked like it had been sliced down the center and put back together, according to a Frederick County Sheriff’s Office press release. The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s bomb squad was called in to assist members of the sheriff’s office, the Frederick Police Department and the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services in determining whether...
  • Maryland ruling: State AG will appeal, antis demonize decision

    03/07/2012 5:25:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 6 March, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Monday’s big win for gun rights in Maryland – courtesy a lawsuit filed by the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation on behalf of Maryland resident Raymond Woollard – is already being demonized by anti-gunners, and will likely be appealed by the State Attorney General. The case is Woollard v. Sheridan. It was admittedly a big win for SAF, which has in the neighborhood of 20-plus cases in progress challenging onerous gun laws on constitutional grounds. SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb coined a slogan about two years ago that seems appropriate: “Winning Firearms Freedom One Lawsuit at a Time.”...