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  • Overrule the Supreme Court on campaign finance reform

    Overrule the Supreme Court on campaign finance reform
    Democracy has been called a government of laws, not of men; but who makes the laws that govern democracy? Not you, me, or our fellow citizens — at least, not according to the five-justice conservative majority on the Supreme Court, who continue to...
  • Maryland's redistricting road show

    Maryland's redistricting road show
    In 2001, when Gov. Parris N. Glendening appointed a five-member advisory commission on the redrawing of legislative and congressional district lines, some questioned whether the entire exercise — including a dozen public hearings — would all...
  • Suit claims Chicago police punch first 'and ask questions later'

    A federal lawsuit filed today claims a Chicago police officer was caught on tape punching a man who questioned the use of force against his neighbors in 2009. The complaint alleges LaMonte Simmons' constitutional rights were violated on Aug. 3, 2009 when...
  • O'Malley appoints state redistricting committee

    ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O'Malley announced the make-up of his five-member Redistricting Advisory Committee on the Fourth of July holiday. The announcement of the committee first appeared on the governor's website July 5 and also noted the first...
  • State employee unions have outlived their usefulness

    As a state employee I am irate that my constitutional rights are being violated by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ("State workers to pay unions," July 5). I wouldn't be so angry if the non-union member fee wasn't just $4...
  • Shuttle program opened doors for minorities, women

    Shuttle program opened doors for minorities, women
    In 1972, President Nixon gave his blessing to ramp up Apollo's successor, the Space Transportation System (STS). Two years later, work began on the first space shuttle, a test vehicle that NASA planned to christen Constitution. Those plans changed...
  • Illinois high court to rule on $31B public works program

    The Illinois Supreme Court is expected to decide today the constitutionality of Gov. Pat Quinn's showcase $31 billion public works program, with an adverse ruling likely to throw a state in financial turmoil into even deeper disarray. Sinking in billions...
  • Illinois Supreme Court upholds construction plan, video poker law

    Illinois Supreme Court upholds construction plan, video poker law
    SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois Supreme Court today gave a thumbs up to Gov. Pat Quinn's showcase $31 billion public works program and the video poker that's supposed to help pay for it. The 7-0 ruling allows state lawmakers and the governor to exhale after...
  • NSA employee accused of leaking information sentenced to probation

    NSA employee accused of leaking information sentenced to probation
    Thomas Andrews Drake, the former NSA employee accused of felony espionage but convicted of a misdemeanor computer violation, was sentenced Friday in Baltimore's federal court to 240 hours of community service and one year's probation. It was an abrupt...
  • Glendale prepares to fork over redevelopment funds

    CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday gave an initial OK to forking over nearly $12 million in redevelopment funds to Sacramento in exchange for the state allowing Glendale to retain its own agency. The legislation, adopted last month as part of...
  • What's at stake in the debt-limit talks: a primer

    What's at stake in the debt-limit talks: a primer
    Answering questions about the debt-ceiling talks and what could happen if both sides fail to reach an agreement: What is the federal debt ceiling? In 1917, as the U.S. entered World War I, Congress authorized the Treasury to issue long-term bonds to...