It annoys me sort of how entrenched the Democratic Party is in Maryland. It’s nice that we’re relatively sure that we’re generally going to get more liberal politicians and we’re going to generally have more progressive policies, but I just don’t trust them. And, I mean, they got their ridiculous Klein bottle map passed, so I think I have reason. I don’t want gross Republican to start successfully challenging them, but I want to shake them up a bit. Maybe a more progressive third party that starts breaking up their constituency?
Barbara Mikulski (you have a sister in Senate with you now! just come out, lady!) and Donna Edwards get free passes.
FYI, this is the map you’re voting for/against on Question 5. It helps the Democratic Party but I think you’d be hard pressed to argue that this kind of gerrymandering helps democracy. District 3 (light green) cuts through five counties and is wrapped around and twisted into District 2 (dark purple); it’s like the Klein bottle of congressional districts. It’s ridiculous.
Yeah, no, please everyone in MD vote this down. Vote No on 5.
The final of our four-part series made in each of the states that have marriage equality votes this November, this short shares the experiences of same-sex couples who want to get married in Maryland. The entire series is available here.
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ATTENTION MARYLANDERS VOTING BY ABSENTEE!! Apparently a whole slew of absentee ballots that were sent were lost in the mail system - if you haven't gotten yours, CALL YOUR BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND MAKE SURE THEY'VE SENT YOU A NEW ONE. You can find out your board's number at this link under "Election Board" after you fill in your info. Just because it says "SENT" under "Ballots" doesn't mean yours wasn't lost - I don't know if this is only Montgomery County or the whole state: https://voterservices.elections.state.md.us/VoterSearch
In the vein of this sign, I really appreciated this one from the National Equality March.
Today is the last day to register to vote in Maryland. You are able to register even if you don’t have a driver’s license as long as you have a Maryland address, but in that case, you will need to print out and mail in a paper application. It only needs to be postmarked today.
This year, in Maryland, we’re voting on the Maryland Dream Act (Question 4) and marriage equality (Question 6), so I think it’s pretty important!
People have been saying marriage equality (which has already passed in legislature earlier this year) will be hard for Maryland because we have a high black population in particular and people of color in general, but I think we can tell NOM and their not-so-secret-and-quite-explicit plans of dividing black people against LGBTQ people (as though they were mutually exclusive) to shove it.
I’m just really giggly about this existing.
On “swing states.”
The more I think about this Tumblr the more it annoys me. It’s like, I get it — the “swing states” are likely the ones where voter sentiment is still up in the air and thus could decide the presidential election. And so the Washington Post is right in assigning student journalists to cover the issues in each of those states — after all, I guess a Washington-based national newspaper shouldn’t have to cover all 50 states, right?
But how exactly is this different than telling voters in the 38 other states to fuck right off? That their votes don’t matter?
The media has to do a better job of, essentially, not taking sides in politics. Which is what thePostis doing here — basically telling these 12 states that their concerns are more important than those in the other 38. And who’s to say that there’s no deleterious effect here, that of people in those 38 just staying home because their vote — they perceive — doesn’t count?
The “swing state” is less a reality than a self-fulfilling prophecy, a concept nurtured and propagated by the mass media until the voting public’s significance is reduced to Tim Russert’s scribblings on a Dri-Erase board.
And that is just fucking irresponsible.
The group suggested hiring as a spokesman an “extremely literate conservative African-American” who can argue that Mr. Obama misled the nation by presenting himself as what the proposal calls a “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.”