Governor Larry Hogan has a petition on his website you can sign if you support an end to partisan gerrymandering in Maryland. Here is information from his website:

Four years in a row, Governor Hogan introduced legislation to finally end partisan gerrymandering by removing the politics and politicians from the redistricting process. Four years in a row, legislators ignored the demands for reform for their own political gain. Enough is enough. Voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around.

Sign the petition to stand with Governor Hogan to finally end partisan gerrymandering!

As a general rule I don’t sign online petitions…but every once in a while I will…and as a resident of congressional district 3…I was happy to add my name to this petition. No one in the world can look at the way congressional district 3 is drawn and say that this is the way districts should be drawn:

I hear from some (including elected officials) that we should wait until other states fix their gerrymandering to do anything about ours…and I say no…I don’t live in those other states…I don’t vote in those other states…I live and vote in Maryland…and right is right and wrong is wrong…and the way the districts are drawn here are just wrong…and there should be no other reason than that in order to fix this issue.

Even the courts have said that what was done to our congressional districts is wrong (Maryland officials must draw up a new congressional redistricting plan by March 7th) while the Attorney General of Maryland continues to fight it (Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh appeals partisan gerrymandering decision)…this has stopped being about what is right for the residents of Maryland and is totally a political issue.

So if you believe the same thing…go sign the petition…because if enough of us stand up against this…at some point the elected officials might finally listen.

Sign the petition here:  https://larryhogan.com/petition/end-gerrymandering/

I have written in the past about those that have supported and opposed this legislation in Annapolis…and if a bill goes before the legislators this year…I will again document who votes for it and who votes against it…and as always highlighting the votes from legislators from Howard County.

Scott E

5 COMMENTS

  1. I care how many progressives are elected in every one of the United States. That’s because they make policy that affects us in the Congress and in the various states. I understand very well why our Republican governor wants Maryland to redistrict without regard to whether the many Republican-controlled states undo their own gerrymanders for partisan advantage. If Maryland draws new congressional boundaries, it would surely produce at least one more Republican House member. Unless those Republican-controlled states do the same thing at the same time, their partisan leaders can simply sit back and smile at for our political foolishness. I will also be watching to see any votes, in committee or otherwise, on Hogan’s continuing hypocritical ploy and will be urging opposition (as I have in the past) to his partisan redistricting bill.

    • Thank you, Thank you, Thank you…thank you for proving my point in the article that this has nothing to do with doing what is right and wrong but that this is all about politics. We do not elect candidates to play political games…we elect them to do what is right for the residents of this state, county or district that they represent. You can not honestly look at district 3 and say with any seriousness that it is not a joke…I also reject your premise that “If Maryland draws new congressional boundaries, it would surely produce at least one more Republican House member”…if this past election showed nothing else is that anyone can lose…even republicans in historically red districts…it happened all over the state earlier this month. It also wont hurt that out west there is a candidate that has been willing to spend around $29 million of his own money over two campaign cycles in order to get elected to the house…so there is always that as well. To me this is not a Red vs Blue issue…this is a right vs wrong issue. One last note – if we (Maryland) lead the way on this issue…voters in other states may look at it in a light that it can be changed and they may do the things necessary (sue the state, elect members that want it to change in their state) to make the change happen. We should not sit back and be followers…we should be leaders.

  2. Indeed it is all about politics and it is also an issue of right versus wrong. Both political parties are interested in winning congressional seats so they can adopt public policies to their liking. Maryland Democrats emulate the more numerous Republican-controlled states in gerrymandering for partisan advantage. What Hogan and his allies want is for Maryland to engage in unilateral surrender on this issue while Republicans in those many other states continue with their own gerrymandered districts (and, barring court action, I do believe that’s exactly what they would do). Hoping that these Republican states follow Maryland’s leadership is no guarantee that they’ll do the right thing. It’s not a matter of Maryland Democrats being followers. Getting it right , I am convinced, means every state redistricting in the same way at the same time. The legislature passed a bill that would have required congressional redistricting by a nonpartisan panel if neighboring states did the same. But our Republican governor wouldn’t accept that. For him and his allies, it’s unilateral surrender by the Democrats in Maryland or nothing.

  3. Hyper-partisans like Ken are all the same, no matter which of the two parties they subscribe to. His counterparts on the other side of the aisle say the same thing. It is just as foolish as voting against someone because they have the “wrong” letter after their name.

    What he does not realize is that this is a rising tide that will lift all boats across the country- the federal judiciary is finally giving the citizens teeth behind their ability to redress grievances with their government, right in line with the forgotten part of the First Amendment. This ruling gives legal precedence for citizens across the country to now sue to force parity in electoral districts. Because if the state will not bend to the will of their citizens, the Feds will make them.

  4. Steve Miller does not know me. My interest is in issues, rather than partisanship. I was happy to vote for Republican US Senator Charles “Mac” Mathias when he was challenged by Democratic cultural conservative State Senator Ed Conroy back in 1980 and definitely cannot be counted on to automatically vote for all Democrats whose names appear on the ballot. I’d gladly vote for someone like Mathias again, but his kind seem to be a vanishing breed in the GOP these days. Certainly, Larry Hogan is not one. Anyway, I’ve been around a long time and am very well aware of how partisanship works in redistricting and in general. Each of the two major political parties does its damndest to maximize their numbers and their advantage over the other one via redistricting. The people in some states have used their power of initiative to bring about what seems to them a fairer redistricting system. But neither political party, when they are the majority, is likely to voluntarily surrender their advantage. It is a fact that fewer Democratic-controlled states have gerrymandered their their districts than have Republican-controlled states. At any rate, contrary to Miller’s implication, I’d be happy to see the federal judiciary (if not the Congress) require that every state adopt a fair (non-gerrymandered) redistricting policy at the same time. Hopefully, a universal standard will be required. Absent that, we should not expect Maryland Democrats to voluntarily surrender their advantage while some big Republican-controlled states keep their own.

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