When Maryland Democrats redrew the state’s congressional districts in 2011, officials set up the commission charged with crafting the maps to avoid the state’s open meetings law, according to a cache of documents from the time reviewed by The Baltimore Sun.
Attorney General Brian E. Frosh asked a federal court Friday to dismiss a lawsuit that claims state lawmakers violated Republicans' constitutional rights when they redrew Maryland's congressional boundaries six years ago.
When state Democrats unveiled their proposed congressional districts in 2011, one of the central justifications for the squirrely lines in Western Maryland was a need to "maintain" the Interstate 270 corridor.
Maryland's convoluted congressional districts were drawn with an eye toward ousting a Republican incumbent and replacing him with a Democrat, former Gov. Martin O'Malley acknowledged as part of a high-profile legal challenge to the maps winding its way through federal court.
Democratic Rep. John Delaney's deliberation over whether to run for governor next year has created a political free-for-all in the state's westernmost congressional district, with a half dozen prominent Democrats expressing interest in his seat.
Maryland's convoluted congressional districts were once again before the Supreme Court on Wednesday as an attorney for a longtime critic of the maps questioned the constitutionality of the 2011 redistricting as well as the process federal courts have used to review it.
A Bethesda man's little noticed 2013 lawsuit over Maryland's convoluted congressional districts, which already were approved by voters and upheld — twice — by a federal court, is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, where it has the potential to not only change how redistricting cases are heard but also to open up a new line of constitutional attack against political gerrymandering.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's decision to retire in 2016 has thrust Maryland into an unexpected contest for that coveted seat and could put several House districts in play for the first time in more than a decade.
Democratic Rep. John Delaney's lead in Maryland's 6th Congressional District grew slightly on Thursday after the first day of absentee ballot counting -- an outcome that prompted the Associated Press to declare him the winner of the unexpectedly close contest.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Delaney, the first-term lawmaker in Maryland's 6th Congressional District, made an $800,000 contribution to his campaign late last month, records filed over the weekend with the Federal Election Commission show.
Republican Dan Bongino, the former Secret Service agent running in Maryland's 6th Congressional District, raised more than $530,000 since July, significantly exceeding his past fundraising and nearly matching the incumbent's haul, campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show.
Democratic Rep. John Delaney is airing the first general election television ad in his bid for a second term, focusing on a bipartisan infrastructure bill that has become his signature legislative effort, campaign aides said Wednesday.
The irregular shape of Maryland's 3rd Congressional District has been compared to a Rorschach test, and a crime scene blood spatter spread across Central Maryland. The New Republic called it "America's Most Gerrymandered Congressional District"; Roll Call said its boundaries frame a "Pinwheel of Death."
Maryland's congressional delegation was expected to coast to victory in Tuesday's primary, leaving Democrats positioned to dominate the state's House seats even in a year that's shaping up to be promising for the GOP nationally.
Rep. John Delaney, the Potomac Democrat who has emerged as a leading critic of Maryland's troubled health exchange, is fueling speculation that he is interested in running for governor — a move observers said could shake up the state's premier political contest this year.
By By John Fritze and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun
Rep. John Delaney, the first-term congressman from Potomac, visited the early presidential primary state Thursday on behalf of Jim Mowrer, a Democrat hoping to unseat six-term incumbent Republican Rep. Steve King in the state's 4th Congressional District, according to the Sioux City Journal.
Seven months into his first term, Rep. John Delaney of Maryland is charting a centrist course in a Congress bitterly divided by partisan politics. The effort, observers say, could be crucial in determining whether the Democrat will win re-election in 2014.
A 28-year-old Marine veteran who announced this week he is running in Maryland's 6th Congressional District is calling on the well-financed Democratic incumbent in that district to limit campaign spending to $500,000.
Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent turned Republican activist, set his sights Tuesday on taking back Maryland's 6th District congressional seat for the GOP. But state Sen. Nancy Jacobs, one of the state's longest-serving Republican lawmakers, said she will not seek re-election in 2014, adding to the attrition of the GOP's small band of senators.
WASHINGTON — Maryland's newest member of the House of Representatives, Democrat John Delaney, was sworn into office Thursday amid a flurry of symbolism and celebration but also apprehension over issues left unresolved by the last Congress.
A host of advocates for Maryland interests — from the Chesapeake Bay to the defense industry — are anxiously watching whether the election will change the political dynamic in Congress despite early indications that it probably won't.
The Dreamers — students brought to the United States illegally as children, who now want to pursue higher education here — gathered at a Mexican restaurant in Fells Point Tuesday evening and ended up celebrating approval of the Maryland Dream Act
Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, who has represented Maryland's 6th District for nearly two decades, lost his bid for an 11th term Tuesday to a Democratic businessman who cast the closely watched race as a battle of different economic visions for the country.
After months of being bombarded by slick advertising, celebrity endorsements and candidate pleas, it is Maryland voters who will turn out to the polls today — in large numbers, according to one estimate — to have the final word.
Despite well-known challengers and widespread dissatisfaction with Washington, most of Maryland's incumbents in the House of Representatives appear to be cruising to reelection — a result of convoluted congressional districts and large Democratic majorities in most parts of the state.
In a nationally watched contest, longtime Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett and Democrat John Delaney are running neck and neck in the race to represent Western Maryland's 6th congressional district, a new poll shows.
Democratic challenger John Delaney outraised longtime Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett by a 6-to-1 margin in the first half of October and had more cash on hand going into the final weeks of the campaign, according to figures released by the Federal Election Commission.
Democratic challenger John Delaney outraised longtime Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett by a six-to-one margin in the first half of October, and had more cash on hand going into the final weeks of the campaign, according to campaign finance data released late Thursday.