- On the Fringes.
- Maryland Moment (Post blog), 6 Feb 2005 (by Matt Mosk).
- [Comment: As reported here a few days ago, Del. Benson had the worst attendance/voting record in the General Assembly. My e-mails to her bounce more often than they are delivered. She has never replied. I've never heard from her, even during campaigns.
Doug Graham of the Maryland Accountability Project said:
“I’m not sure what her constituents think about her attendance, but conservatives are probably happy she is missing so many votes . . .”As one of her constituents, I certainly don't think very much of any aspect of her record.]
Ever wonder who are the most liberal and most conservative members of the Maryland General Assembly?
A group calling itself the Maryland Accountability Project has developed rankings based on how all 188 lawmakers voted on 25 bills last year. Findings, which can be viewed at the group's website http://www.mapscorecard.org., suggest that Prince George's County Democrat Joanne Benson ranked as the most liberal member, followed by Barbara Frush, also from Prince George's.
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- After a heated start, no sign of cooling off; Stem cells, budget and slots still in store for Assembly.
. . . Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr., a Prince George's County Democrat, is hardly the only legislator already wishing for a vacation. Just the other night, he and his wife were talking about where they could go for a relaxing weekend.
"Just so we can get away from here," he said. "It's proven to be very taxing already.". . .
- A Bit of Justice at Last.
- Post, 6 Feb 2006 (Editorial).
IF THE VERDICT stands, one of the most clouded, haunting police misconduct cases in Prince George's County -- a killing that smacked of excessive force all along-- finally will have been adjudged a wrongful death. Cpl. Carlton B. Jones, an undercover narcotics officer who shot and killed an innocent, unarmed Howard University student after chasing him into Fairfax County more than five years ago, has been held responsible by a civil jury for the student's wrongful death. The jury recently awarded $3.7 million in damages to the victim's daughter and parents.
For all these years a blue wall of police silence shielded Carlton Jones from any criminal charges or disciplinary action. Police chief after police chief fuzzed over the findings in a case involving an officer with a less than confidence-inspiring reputation. [More].
- Black Caucus urged to support slots now.
- Gazette, 3 Feb 2006 (by Thomas Dennison, Staff Writer).
The Legislative Black Caucus should ‘‘seize this historic opportunity” and work with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) to pass a bill legalizing slot machines, a member of the caucus said Thursday.
Del. Clarence ‘‘Tiger” Davis made the appeal in a fiery speech Thursday morning as members of the Black Caucus met with Ehrlich in the governor’s mansion.
Legalizing slots could be a boon for minorities, he said, and this is the year for the Black Caucus ‘‘to do what’s right for our communities.”
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Senate Budget and Taxation Committee Chairman Ulysses Currie, a strong slots proponent who also attended the breakfast, said that for any bill to pass this year, the governor would have to engage in a dialogue with House Speaker Michael E. Busch.
A slots bill should not include Prince George’s County locations and should be developed in the House, said Currie (D-Dist. 25) of Forestville.
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