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  • Redistricting for and by the people

    Redistricting for and by the people
    Maryland almost certainly will not enact reforms to the way it redraws legislative and congressional districts this year because the most powerful proponent of the idea, Gov. Larry Hogan, isn't pushing it. He wants a commission to study the issue and provide advice on the best way to remove partisan politics from the process, and given the variety of reforms other states have tried in that vein, his approach makes sense. But he'd better not wait for long, otherwise the unique conditions that make this reform possible will soon evaporate.
  • Redistricting reform is in spotlight – and in bills

    Redistricting reform is in spotlight – and in bills
    Some state lawmakers are hopeful the stars are aligned for Maryland to change the way it draws its political districts — a process that has resulted in some of the most convoluted maps in America. Their hopes were bolstered recently when...

    Jury selection begins in bribery trial of state Sen. Currie

    Jury selection begins in bribery trial of state Sen. Currie
    Jury selection in the federal bribery and extortion trial of Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie and two Shoppers Food Warehouse executives opened Monday with the judge reading aloud a who's who in state politics. Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas...

    Revamp of rail systems sought

    A new federal study commissioned after the 2001 Howard Street Tunnel fire recommends an overhaul of the city's convoluted passenger and freight systems as the only way to fix a network deemed vital to the country's transportation grid. Despite its...

    Revised bus route plan still draws some critics

    The Ehrlich administration might have appeased some critics by tabling much of its plan for new bus routes, but others are saying the scaled-back measure has serious flaws. The head of the union representing bus drivers and the Baltimore NAACP...