Baltimore television stations were expecting little in the way of political advertising this campaign year. Then the fight over expanded gambling in Maryland erupted, pitting deep-pocketed and competing casino companies against one another.
The main ballot committee supporting same-sex marriage in Maryland has raised $3.2 million and still has $1.2 million in its war chest to defend the law in the Nov. 6 referendum, according to a disclosure filed last night with the State Board of Elections.
Local leaders of the Catholic, Mainline Protestant and black churches are planning to speak this evening in favor of in-state tuition breaks for illegal immigrants at Maryland¿s public colleges and universities, advocates said.
Volunteers, interest groups and any individuals who want to print out the proper forms are rushing to register voters as Maryland's deadline looms less than two weeks away. But while recent voter-registration scandals have been cause for concern in some states, the State Board of Elections said the focus in Maryland is on voter roll maintenance, not registration fraud prevention.
Until a few weeks ago, University of Maryland junior Tali Alter was registered to vote in her home state of Illinois. But the 21-year-old psychology major was eager to cast a ballot in this state in favor of same-sex marriage and in-state tuition for some illegal immigrants.
In an event at Harford Community College sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Harford County, the Harford County Branch of the American Association of University Women and the Political Awareness Association of Harford Community College, Know Your Vote offered residents a look at the seven state ballot questions voters will face Nov. 6.
Providing illegal immigrants more access to higher education in Maryland could generate an extra $5 million in revenue for the state per graduating college class, according to a new cost-benefit study by University of Maryland, Baltimore County researchers.