State of Maryland Archives: on Government Reform


Larry Hogan: Just like Trump he refuses to release his tax returns

Hogan's most notable act as governor has been canceling a public transit project in Baltimore and spending Maryland money on highway developments adjacent to land he owns personally. Just like Trump, instead of divesting himself of conflicts of interest, he put his business operations in the hands of a relative who keeps him abreast of what is happening. Hogan is making millions, yet just like Trump refuses to release his tax returns.
Source: The Week newsmagazine on 2022 Maryland Gubernatorial race Dec 16, 2020

Larry Hogan: nonpartisan redistricting reform to end gerrymandering

In November, a panel of federal judges unanimously ruled that the boundary lines of Maryland's 6th congressional district are unconstitutional. For the past three years, our administration has pushed for comprehensive, nonpartisan redistricting reform that would remove partisan politics from the redistricting process. Listen to the will of the people of Maryland and finally bring this bill to the floor of both chambers for an up or down vote.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Maryland legislature Jan 30, 2019

Ben Jealous: Dual attack: disenfranchisement & Citizens United

Campaign Finance: Support Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited political donations from corporations and unions?

Hogan: Unclear. Hogan was elected under a public financing system & pushed bill to strengthen.

Jealous: No. Opposes "dual attack on our democracy: everyday voters are being disenfranchised while corporations are being hyper-enfranchised." Co-founded national coalition of unions, civil rights groups & environmental groups working to roll back money in politics.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Maryland Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Ben Jealous: Require federal nonpartisan redistricting

Elections: Support nonpartisan redistricting to address charges of partisan gerrymandering?

Hogan: Yes. Introduced Redistricting Reform Act to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission.

Jealous: Yes. Founded two organizations to require federal nonpartisan redistricting.

Voting Rules: Voting rights for felons?

Hogan: Vetoed bill to let felons vote when on probation or parole.

Jealous: Strong supporter of felon voting rights.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Maryland Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Tony Campbell: No regulation of corporate indirect campaign contributions

Q: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?

A: Yes

Source: Maryland Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2018

Ian Schlakman: Make voter registration easier

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Make voter registration easier"?

A: Strongly support

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Governor candidate Aug 21, 2018

Tony Campbell: Regulate campaign contributions from corporations and unions

Q: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?

A: Yes.

Source: VoteSmart Maryland 2018 Political Courage Test Jul 4, 2018

Richard Madaleno: Same-day voter registration & automatic registration at MVA

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Governor candidate Jun 1, 2018

Shawn Quinn: Make voter registration easier

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Make voter registration easier"?

A: Support

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Governor candidate May 13, 2018

Arvin Vohra: Make voter registration easier for Libertarians

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Make voter registration easier"?

A: Agree. Today, in many states, Libertarian voters face blockades to registering Libertarian, or voting for Libertarian candidates. The two old parties do everything they can to keep us off the ballot entirely. That is completely immoral. I will do everything I can to stop that kind of voter suppression. Voting is not just for Democrats and Republicans. Libertarians have the right to vote our conscience.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Senate candidate Mar 30, 2018

Chelsea Manning: Government is not helping us; we need to help ourselves

We need someone willing to fight. We need to stop asking them to give us our rights. They won't support us. They won't compromise. We need to stop expecting that our systems will somehow fix themselves. We need to actually take the reins of power from them. We need to challenge them at every level. We need to fix this. We don't need them anymore. We can do better. You're damn right. We got this.
Source: YouTube video on 2018 Maryland Senate race Jan 31, 2018

Larry Hogan: End partisan gerrymandering; make term limits

Help us put the issue of term limits on the ballot this year for the people of Maryland to decide this issue for themselves in November. And in order to uphold the public trust and to truly represent the interests of all the people we were elected to serve, let's put partisanship and self-interest aside and join together with the overwhelming majority of Marylanders to end the practice of partisan gerrymandering in Maryland.
Source: 2018 Maryland State of the State address Jan 31, 2018

Larry Hogan: Disallow legislators from drawing their own district lines

We cannot allow the unethical behavior of the few to tarnish the good will of the many. Help us finally bring the transparency that Marylanders want and deserve by passing the Legislative Transparency Act, which provides for all sessions of the General Assembly to be livestreamed to the public.

And isn't it time that we finally pass the Redistricting Reform Act so we can remove the politics and the politicians from drawing their own district lines? Free and fair elections are perhaps the most basic promise that those in power must provide to citizens.

The people of Maryland desperately want--and certainly deserve--balance, fairness, and bipartisanship in our state. An overwhelming majority of all Marylanders all parties and from all walks of life strongly support this legislation. But last year, this critically important reform legislation was hidden in a drawer. This year, the people deserve to have it come to the floor of both the House and the Senate for an up or down vote.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to Maryland Legislature Feb 1, 2017

Jamie Raskin: Restore the voting rights of ex-felons

As "one of America's most ardent advocates for democracy" (The Nation 4/20/15) Jamie is a champion of sweeping campaign finance reform, a powerful defender of voting rights, and a passionate critic of Citizens United and the systematic deregulation of big money in politics. Jamie was a key force in restoring the voting rights of ex-felons, successfully introduced legislation to lower the voter registration age to 16, and steered the nation's first National Popular Vote law to passage. After Citizens United was handed down, Jamie successfully introduced legislation in Maryland requiring outside spenders to disclose their spending in Maryland races, and he wrote a General Assembly letter to Congress urging a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United. Jamie was the sole academic witness called by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in 2014 in favor of the Democrats' constitutional amendment, which every Democrat in Congress then voted to support.
Source: 2016 Maryland House campaign website JamieRaskin.com Nov 8, 2016

Larry Hogan: Vetoed restoring voting rights to 40,000 ex-offenders

Virginia is granting more than 200,000 convicted felons the right to vote in the November elections, part of a large-scale effort Gov. Terry McAuliffe says is intended to reverse the state's long history of suppressing the voting rights of African-Americans.

The move echoes a concern in several other states, which have increasingly turned away from harsh criminal sentences and raised new questions about what happens to offenders once they are released, including their ability to participate fully in society. In Virginia, 1 in 5 African-Americans is disenfranchised, according to the Sentencing Project based in Washington, D.C.

In February, the Maryland State Senate overrode a veto by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and expanded voting rights to 40,000 ex-offenders. In that the case, the law actually went further than Virginia's policy by allowing ex-convicts to vote while on parole or probation.

Source: Christian Science Monitor on 2018 Maryland governor race Apr 22, 2016

Larry Hogan: Undo restored voting rights to ex-felons

Virginia is granting more than 200,000 convicted felons the right to vote in the November elections, echoing a concern in several other states. In February, the Maryland State Senate overrode a veto by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and expanded voting rights to 40,000 ex-offenders. The Maryland law went further than Virginia's policy by allowing ex-convicts to vote while on parole or probation.

But the policies have been controversial. Last December, newly elected Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) reversed an executive order by his Democratic predecessor to grant voting rights to ex-felons in the state once they had completed their sentences. Governor Bevin framed his opposition to the executive order signed by then-Gov. Steve Beshear (D) on procedural rather than ideological terms. "While I have been a vocal supporter of the restoration of rights, for example, it is an issue that must be addressed through the legislature and by the will of the people," he said in a statement.

Source: Christian Science Monitor on 2018 Maryland governor race Apr 22, 2016

Sam Faddis: Stop passing the buck, take responsibility for our problems

Recently, he decided it was "time to stop recommending that somebody else do something about" America's problem at home and overseas, and step up to the plate himself. "We have to solve problems and get things done," which he said he has had a lifetime of experience doing.
Source: Maryland Reporter on 2018 Maryland Senate race Nov 5, 2015

Chris Van Hollen: Do everything we can to make it easier to vote

Rep. Chris Van Hollen urged the Maryland State Board of Elections to reject a decision to replace early voting locations in Burtonsville and Chevy Chase with sites in less-densely populated Brookeville and Potomac.

The decision to change two of the county's nine early voting sites was made with a 3-2 vote along party lines on the Republican-led county Board of Elections. Many claimed the purpose was to make it harder for Democrats along the Route 29 corridor and Bethesda and Chevy Chase to access early voting. Van Hollen said the change would "have a major negative impact on the success of early voting in Montgomery County. We should do everything we can to make it easier for every citizen to vote. Unfortunately, the current early voting proposal makes it harder. It will create confusion, undercut early voting and same-day voter registration, and make it harder for low-income and elderly people and people of color to participate in our political process."

Source: Bethesda Magazine on 2016 Maryland Senate race Sep 25, 2015

Martin O`Malley: Fair Campaign Financing Act for gubernatorial elections

The strength of our democracy rests on a balanced, honest and open political process that challenges convention and encourages progress. The Fair Campaign Financing Act for gubernatorial elections provides this balance and opens discord. It levels the playing field and holds our elected leaders accountable.

And while many said we would never elect a governor because of the low spending limits mandated in our public finance laws, I stand before you today as proof that the system does work.

We must replenish this fund as soon as possible and make it available for future candidates. Therefore, we will submit legislation to reinstate the voluntary check-off which allows a taxpayer to make a donation to go towards the public campaign financing system each year.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Maryland Legislature Feb 4, 2015

Kathy Szeliga: Voted NO to online voter registration & online voting

HB 224 Amends Voting Procedures
Concurrence Vote Passed House (99 - 40); Rep. Kathy Szeliga voted Nay.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2013-2014 Maryland voting records Apr 8, 2013

Jamie Raskin: Voted YES to online voter registration & online voting

HB 224 Amends Voting Procedures
Concurrence Vote Passed House (99-40-2); passed Senate (36-11-0); Sen. Raskin voted YEA.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2013-2014 Maryland legislative records Apr 2, 2013

Richard Madaleno: Voted YES to online voter registration & online voting

HB 224 Amends Voting Procedures
Concurrence Vote Passed House (99-40-2); passed Senate (36-11-0); Sen. Madaleno voted YEA.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2013-2014 Maryland legislative records Apr 2, 2013

Rob Sobhani: Public service shouldn't be a life-long career; 2-term limit

Public service is a high calling, but it should not be a life-long career. I will not serve more than two terms in the Senate. And I'll support a limit on the amount of time members of Congress can serve. Term limits will refresh and restore our democratic foundations, while causing elected officials to live under the same rules they write for others.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, www.sobhaniformaryland.com Oct 15, 2012

Robert Ehrlich: Let Board of Regents engage in campaign fundraising

HB1674: Prohibiting members of the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland from engaging in campaign fund-raising activities and from being a candidate for a public office.

Analysis by The Chronicle of Higher Education: A member of the Board of Regents who is a top fund raiser for Gov. Ehrlich would have to choose between the two jobs, as would another Regent who will run for State Senate.

Veto message: This denial of a citizen's basic civil rights to fully participate in our representative government is unacceptable. The unpaid volunteers serving on the Board of Regents are motivated by the highest principles of public service to Maryland; insinuating otherwise is insulting.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 87-47-7 on Mar/23/06; Passed Senate 28-17-2 on Mar/29/06; Vetoed by Gov. Robert Ehrlich on Apr/7/2006; Veto overridden House 88-49-4 on Apr/8/06; Senate 29-18-0 on Apr10/06

Source: Analysis of Maryland legislative voting record HB1674 Apr 7, 2006

Peter Franchot: Prohibit Board of Regents from campaign fundraising

HB1674: Prohibiting members of the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland from engaging in campaign fund-raising activities and from being a candidate for a public office.

Analysis by The Chronicle of Higher Education: A member of the Board of Regents who is a top fund raiser for Gov. Ehrlich would have to choose between the two jobs, as would another Regent who will run for State Senate.

Veto message: This denial of a citizen's basic civil rights to fully participate in our representative government is unacceptable. The unpaid volunteers serving on the Board of Regents are motivated by the highest principles of public service to Maryland; insinuating otherwise is insulting.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 87-47-7 on Mar/23/06; Passed Senate 28-17-2 on Mar/29/06; State Rep. Peter Franchot voted YES; Vetoed by Gov. Robert Ehrlich on Apr/7/2006; Veto overridden House 88-49-4 on Apr/8/06; Senate 29-18-0 on Apr10/06

Source: Analysis of Maryland legislative voting record HB1674 Mar 29, 2006

Richard Madaleno: Prohibit Board of Regents from campaign fundraising

HB1674: Prohibiting members of the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland from engaging in campaign fund-raising activities and from being a candidate for a public office.

Analysis by The Chronicle of Higher Education: A member of the Board of Regents who is a top fund raiser for Gov. Ehrlich would have to choose between the two jobs, as would another Regent who will run for State Senate.

Veto message: This denial of a citizen's basic civil rights to fully participate in our representative government is unacceptable. The unpaid volunteers serving on the Board of Regents are motivated by the highest principles of public service to Maryland; insinuating otherwise is insulting.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 87-47-7 on Mar/23/06; Passed Senate 28-17-2 on Mar/29/06; Sen. Madaleno co-sponsored the bill and voted YES; Vetoed by Gov. Robert Ehrlich on Apr/7/2006; Veto overridden House 88-49-4 on Apr/8/06; Senate 29-18-0 on Apr10/06

Source: Analysis of Maryland legislative voting record HB1674 Mar 29, 2006

Anthony Brown: Prohibit Board of Regents from campaign fundraising

HB1674: Prohibiting members of the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland from engaging in campaign fund-raising activities and from being a candidate for a public office.

Analysis by The Chronicle of Higher Education: A member of the Board of Regents who is a top fund raiser for Gov. Ehrlich would have to choose between the two jobs, as would another Regent who will run for State Senate.

Veto message: This denial of a citizen's basic civil rights to fully participate in our representative government is unacceptable. The unpaid volunteers serving on the Board of Regents are motivated by the highest principles of public service to Maryland; insinuating otherwise is insulting.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 87-47-7 on Mar/23/06; Rep. Brown co-sponsored the bill and voted YES; Passed Senate 28-17-2 on Mar/29/06; Vetoed by Gov. Robert Ehrlich on Apr/7/2006; Veto overridden House 88-49-4 on Apr/8/06; Senate 29-18-0 on Apr10/06

Source: Analysis of Maryland legislative voting record HB1674 Mar 23, 2006

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