Sunday, November 11, 2012
Victors attribute the wins to Democratic Party dominance, among other factors.
Capital News Service A dominant state Democratic Party, a progressive electorate, a national trend toward socially liberal policies and the need for more revenue in tough economic times converged in Maryland to bring passage of same-sex marriage, in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants, expanded gambling and a gerrymandered political map, political observers say. All of Maryland's ballot initiatives passed on election night. "(Gov. Martin) O'Malley and the Democrats have complete control," said Blair Lee, political columnist at The Gazette newspapers. "The only (political) competition and conversation was among Democrats … the Republicans are almost now gone the way of the Whig Party in terms of influence and presence." In Maryland, …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
DREAM Act, expanded gambling and congressional redistricting also survive referendum challenges.
UPDATED (2:26 a.m.)—Same-sex marriage is the law in Maryland. The passage of the controversial law was the biggest win among a list of six other statewide ballot questions including the DREAM Act, expanded gambling and congressional redistricting that all also passed. Gov. Martin O'Malley took to the podium to address the Question 6 victory party at The Soundstage in Baltimore early Wednesday to chants of his last name. O'Malley thanked the crowd for all they had done "in this noble battle to move Maryland Forward." The governor praised supporters for all their hard work and for securing support for the controversial ballot question by talking to their families and their religious institutions. "You were carrying this banner of human …
Voters in Maryland on Tuesday gave the state's 10 electoral votes to Barack Obama.
Barack Obama won Maryland’s 10 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race three out of five times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in Maryland. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections. ABC and CNN reported Obama had won Maryland within 30 minutes of the polls closing around the state. » Follow live election updates here and 'like' our Maryland Patch Facebook page. Women's rights at the national level were a key issue for some in Maryland, including Edgemere resident Trudie Stancliff. "I know of a lot of …
Images from across the country on Election Day 2012 as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney square off in the race for the White House.
Patch editors are uploading photos from polling places across the country. Keep up with the latest dispatches from the field in the photos above or through this link. For local photos, visit the Howard County election gallery and feel free to upload your own!
Maryland's Patch editors bring live coverage of Election Day 2012 to your fingertips.
Patch has editors on the ground in dozens of communities around Maryland today, bringing you live coverage of Election Day 2012. Join the conversation above starting at 9 a.m. The chat window will aggregate Twitter posts from our Patch team and other Twitter users we thought you may find interesting on Election Day. Basically, you can follow everything election related right here—from the county and state ballot questions to the presidential election. Here are a few stories to get you started—we'll be updating this list throughout the day, too. For more updates, follow Maryland Patch teams on Facebook.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Read a sample ballot from Howard County before you show up to vote
Monday, November 5, 2012
There's a lot at stake in the presidential election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Are you ready? We know that even though we have offered you a lot on election information on Patch, sometimes it looks different when you are in the voting booth. To view a sample ballot in Howard County, click on the box on the right. You can also visit the Maryland State Board of Elections link here.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Do you see any value in the onslaught of political ads?
Just like holiday decorations seem to appear in stores earlier and earlier each year, it seems like every election cycle features the ubiquitous campaign ads sooner and sooner. At times, it seems like the usual TV ad buyers - Coke, Apple, Honda, etc. - can't even find :30 to squeeze their messages in between attack ads. Do these ads provide value, or do they simply confuse potential voters? On the national stage, pro-Obama ads target the now infamous "47 percent," Bain Capital or Mitt Romney's apparently changing positions on hot button issues. On the red state side, ads attack Obama on health care, the economy and foreign policy. Locally, races in Virginia seem to sink even deeper, with candidates slamming each other on education, …
Friday, November 2, 2012
County Executive Ken Ulman said he would vote Friday.
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman wrote in a blog post Friday that he was going to vote for school board candidates Janet Siddiqui, Jackie Scott and Ellen Flynn Giles as part of early voting at the Florence Bain Center on Friday. "I have worked with both Ellen and Janet for a number of years, and I know how committed they are to ensuring our students receive a top-notch education," wrote Ulman on why he made the decision to support those three candidates in a competitive Howard County Board of Education race. "Jackie Scott is a leader who will bring energy and passion to the Board, and I am proud to call her my friend." In addition, Ulman said he would vote yes on Question 4, the Dream Act, Question 6, in support of gay marriage, and …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
To make up for lost time in early voting because of Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced that early voting will take place through Friday with extended hours at the polls.
Early voting will resume Wednesday in Maryland, and polls will be open with extended hours through Friday, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced Tuesday. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to make up for time lost due to Hurricane Sandy. Early voting was cancelled for Monday and Tuesday, and not originally schedule for Friday. Early voting hours were originally 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. “Anyone that’s waiting in line by 9 p.m. will be able to vote,” O’Malley said during a press conference at Maryland Emergency Management Agency’s headquarters in Reisterstown. Early voting will take place in Garrett County as well, where the governor said the state may have to plow roads and resort to backup power sources.