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Democrats Brag About Gun Control – In Baltimore!

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H/T The Daily Caller.

  Baltimore is the most dangerous city in America, according to a new study by USA Today because of gun control.               

The honest residents of Baltimore are unarmed while the thugs are armed to the teeth.

Baltimore is the most dangerous city in America, according to a new study by USA Today, with 55.8 murders per 100,000 residents. In spite of that fact, the Maryland Democratic Party is touting the “assault weapons ban” the party implemented in 2013 as a way to raise money. “Will USA follow MD’s lead?” asks a fundraising email from Maryland Democratic Party Chairwoman Kathleen Matthews.

The fundraising email from Matthews, wife of MSNBC personality Chris Matthews, reads, “Following the tragic Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Democrats in Maryland passed one of the toughest assault weapons bans in the country.”

“Now, as young people in Parkland are leading the Never Again movement against gun violence, all of Maryland’s Democratic members of Congress are united against the NRA and their Republican cronies in the fight to pass an assault weapons ban to protect all Americans.”

It then contained a picture with a link to the state party’s fundraising page:

Screen capture from Maryland Democratic Party fundraising email.

Matthews continues, “Help us ensure they can continue their work in Washington and Annapolis by making a contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 today. We have great Democratic representation here in Maryland. Let’s keep it that way.”

In 2013, then-Governor Martin O’Malley, signed the Firearms Safety Act into law, which was billed at the time as “among the nation’s most restrictive gun-control measures.” In the years following the law’s passage, the City of Baltimore — that largest city in Maryland — has seen an escalation of its murder rate, jumping from 211 murders in 2014 to 343 in 2017.

In addition to Maryland’s restrictive gun laws, the city of Baltimore has very restrictive laws regarding gun ownership and is a “may issue” state, not a “shall issue” state in regards to the ability to carry a concealed firearm.

 

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Crime Wave: Murders Skyrocket Across The Country in St. Louis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Atlanta, New York City

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This is from Town Hall. 

In case you missed it all of the cities on this list are being controlled by DemocRats.

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Anti-police sentiment in big cities across the country comes at a cost and we’re seeing it now with skyrocketing crime statistics from St. Louis to New York City.

Baltimore – Murders have doubled with 43 homicides last month alone

Chicago – 900+ shootings this year

St. Louis – 55 murders this year

Dallas – Violent crime up 10 percent

Atlanta – Homicides up 32 percent

Milwaukee – Homicides up by 180 percent

New York City – Murders up 20 percent

Heather Mac Donald at the Wall Street Journal has a detailed piece about the increase in crime that’s worth a full read. Reporters from different cities broke down the numbers last night with Greta Van Susteren.

“There’s a war on cops. Not bad cops, not bad apples, but all cops and the police know it. The conduct of the suspects is never in question they’re always right, it’s usually drawn on racial lines. It’s a complete, toxic formula to actually do police work,” former Los Angeles Police Department Homicide Detective Mark Fuhrman said. “The police are simply scaling back, exactly what everybody’s chanting for in all of these protests. ‘Don’t be so aggressive. Don’t stop and frisk. Don’t stop and ask where people are going. Don’t make traffic stops.’ So, they are and now crime’s out of site.”

As I’ve said before, the criminals in these neighborhoods aren’t anti-law enforcement because the police engage in racial profiling or brutality, they’re anti-police because cops stop their criminality.

Ironically, some of the very same people in Baltimore who accused the police of racism and wanted them out of their neighborhoods, are begging them to come back.

 

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MSNBC Panel: ‘Offensive’ to Label Baltimore Rioters ‘Thugs;’ the ‘New N-Word’

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This is from NewsBusters.

The word thug applies to any skin color.

Alex Wagner and her two left-wing panelists on the Wednesday edition of her MSNBC program – Salon’s Brittney Cooper and The Nation’s Ari Berman – likened the use of the word “thug” to describe the rioters and looters in Baltimore, Maryland on Monday to a notorious racial slur against blacks. Wagner played up how “there are folks, like CNN’s Erin Burnett, who don’t understand why it’s offensive; and why some people are saying the ‘T’ word is the new ‘N’ word.” Cooper claimed that “thug” is “rooted in a racialized understanding of black people.” Berman also asserted that “the use of the word ‘thug’ has been used to delegitimize the actions of many because of the actions of a few…the ‘black live matter’ movement has been a peaceful movement….And so, by making it seem like everyone ‘black lives matter’ is now a thug, you’re trying to delegitimize a movement and mis-characterize it.” Wagner first played up how “usage of the word ‘thug’ spiked on Monday – appearing in roughly 50,000 Tweets. Today, Baltimore’s mayor [Stephanie Rawlings-Blake] apologized for using the term, attributing her use of it to – quote, ‘frustration.’ The word’s ubiquity has, this week, led to re-examination of the origins of the word ‘thug,’ and the debate over its racial connotations.” She continued by playing clips of Burnett’s recent confrontation with a city councilman in Baltimore over the word, as well NFL player Richard Sherman’s contention that “thug” is “the accepted way of calling somebody the ‘N’ word nowadays.” Wagner also zeroed in on how “it was, perhaps, surprising to see President Obama yesterday settling on ‘thug’ as his chosen term,” and how he declined to walk back his use of the word.

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The MSNBC host then turned to Cooper and Berman and asked the Salon contributor’s take on the issue. Cooper replied by blasting the use of “thug,” and continued by spouting many of the far-left’s talking points on race:

ALEX WAGNER: …To the use of the word itself, Brittney – I mean, I think there are folks like CNN’s Erin Burnett who don’t understand why it’s offensive, and why some people are saying the ‘T’ word is the new ‘N’ word. Give us your take.

BRITTNEY COOPER, SALON CONTRIBUTOR: Sure. It’s rooted in a racialized understanding of black people. So, for instance, no one is calling the police who put this kid in a van and snapped his spine and crushed his voicebox ‘thugs’ – right? They’re only applying it to acts of violence against property – right? Acts of – and sure, acts of harassment, sure – acts of anger. But when are we going to have a language to talk about the systemic violence that white folks do in the name of anti-blackness and white supremacy in this country? We don’t have a language for that.

So this becomes a way for there to be a procession of both white people in the media who are unsympathetic; and also, the, sort of, respectable middle-class or upper-class black people who are saying, we want to maintain law and order. We want to make a distinction between us and the criminals and the thugs – the low – the lower elements of black people. We don’t want to be associated with them.

Wagner followed up by quoting leftist commentator Derrick Clifton, who claimed that “‘thug’ is used to describe black perpetrators of violence – very rarely white. He says, ‘If the word thug were used to reference all forms of violent action, that would be one thing. But this word has become reserved for black people, regardless of whether or not they are engaged in unrest or criminal activity.'” Berman responded with his point about the supposed targeting of the “black lives matter” movement. He also claimed that little has been done to fix poverty in minority communities – despite hundreds of billions of dollars in government spending:

ARI BERMAN, CONTRIBUTING WRITER, THE NATION: Yeah – absolutely – and in this context, the use of the word ‘thug’ has been used to delegitimize the actions of many because of the actions of a few. The fact is, the ‘black live matter’ movement has been a peaceful movement. It’s been a non-violent movement. And so, by making it seem like everyone ‘black lives matter’ is now a thug, you’re trying to delegitimize a movement and mis-characterize it.

The second thing I would say about that is there’s a lot of echoes between the 1960s and today, in terms of, if you look at the Kerner Commission in the 1960s, after the rioting in Watts [California] – and all across the country after Martin Luther King’s death – they found – you know, two societies – white and black; separate and unequal. And instead of really trying to understand urban poverty and do something about it,we heard the language of law and order; of states’ rights; of the white backlash. And so, what we’ve seen is, essentially, a 40-year disinvestment in these communities, because of how we’ve characterized these elements and – making everything seem dangerous and thuggish, instead of really trying to fix the problem.

Of course, these commentators are overlooking the term “jack-booted thug,” which is regularly used to attack the excessive use of force by the government in general and law enforcement specifically.

Wagner then returned to her critique of President Obama from the left for his use of the “thug” term: “It is as much a black/white issue as it is a black/black issue. I mean, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is a black woman; Barack Obama is half black, half white, but is identified as a black president; and they’re using the word ‘thug.’ Now, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has since…apologized. The President seems, if we’re to believe the White House press secretary, defiantly, sort of, doubling down on, this is how I describe looters and people who perpetrate violence.” Cooper replied, in part, by hinting that the rioting was somehow a proper response to the killing of Freddie Grey by the Baltimore police, along with the previous allegation of police misconduct towards the black community:

COOPER: …I don’t like the narrative that says that this is about the violent actions of a few. My question is, where are folks supposed to put these decades and decades of rage, after being mistreated by people who were sworn to protect them – right? The police officers have a higher responsibility to protect people in our communities, because they have state power backing their right to use lethal force….But this – this idea that – that we’re lauding peace – right? But we’re not asking police officers – who are also called peace officers – why they don’t de-escalate situations; why they don’t keep the peace. But then, we expect citizens to deal with harassment; and then, keep the peace and to never act out.

I’m not saying that violence is always productive, but I am saying that I do respect black people as human beings, and part of what that means is understanding that rage is a legitimate and reasonable response to being mistreated repeatedly by those in power.

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The dirty little secret no one wants to admit about Baltimore

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This is from Allen B West.

Look at the destruction of Detriot and Kalifornia  under Democrat rule.

Look at the businesses fleeing cities, counties and states ran by DemocratsNow.

It is the turn of Baltimore to be laid to waste as a result of Democrat rule.

The population of Baltimore is 622,000 and 63 percent of its population is black. The mayor, state’s attorney, police chief and city council president are black, as is 48 percent of the police force. But as 36-year-old Robert Stokes says, “You look around and see unemployment. Filling out job applications and being turned down because of where you live and your demographic. It’s so much bigger than the police department.”

Everyone wants to have an honest conversation about race, so let’s us endeavor to do just that. Now, of course, when you speak the hard truth about race issues in America – and not just the liberal progressive talking points – and you’re white, you’ll be branded a racist. And if you’re black, well, y’all just watch the comments below and see the denigrating drivel.

 As posted on Breitbart.com by John Nolte, “Contrary to the emotional blackmail some leftists are attempting to peddle, Baltimore is not America’s problem or shame. That failed city is solely and completely a Democrat problem.”

“Like many failed cities, Detroit comes to mind, and every city besieged recently by rioting, Democrats and their union pals have had carte blanche to inflict their ideas and policies on Baltimore since 1967, the last time there was a Republican Mayor. In 2012, after four years of his own failed policies, President Obama won a whopping 87.4% of the Baltimore city vote. Democrats run the city of Baltimore, the unions, the schools, and, yes, the police force. Since 1969, there have only been only been two Republican governors of the State of Maryland. Elijah Cummings has represented Baltimore in the U.S. Congress for more than thirty years.”

As I write this, despite his objectively disastrous reign, the Democrat-infested mainstream media is treating the Democrat like a local folk hero, not the obvious and glaring failure he really is. Every single member of the Baltimore city council is a Democrat. Liberalism and all the toxic government dependence and cronyism and union corruption and failed schools that comes along with it, has run amok in Baltimore for a half-century, and that is Baltimore’s problem. It is the free people of Baltimore who elect and then re-elect those who institute policies that have so spectacularly failed that once-great city. It is the free people of Baltimore who elected Mayor “Space-to-Destroy”.

Mr. Nolte is white and we all know the invectives which will be hurled his way — but he is absolutely correct.

I was watching the news reports from Baltimore and hearing all the condemnations from some about being kept down and the lack of jobs, opportunity, good schools — then why do these blacks keep voting for the same people? And this isn’t a phenomenon isolated to Baltimore.

Every single major urban center in America is run by Democrats — more specifically, liberal progressives, black or white. The morass that became Detroit. The killing fields of Chicago. The depravity of Washington DC. The shame of South Dallas. And yes, even the place that was once my home, Atlanta — even with all the successful black entertainers.

Now, I remember the first black mayor of Atlanta, Maynard Jackson. That guy was a leader and even spoke at my high school Baccalaureate. But today, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has done such a bang-up job that the Atlanta Braves are moving to Cobb County!

Just do the assessment yourselves, who are the elected officials heading up the urban centers? And where does one find the most dire socio-economic statistics?

Yet we hear these rioters blame whites — well, they need to make sure they’re specifically blaming the correct whites — those on the left. Blacks have been herded into these inner city clusters, a new economic plantation and in this 50th year of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society — well, the unintended, or maybe intended, consequences are deplorable.

But Mr. Nolte does bring up an interesting comparative analysis. He writes:

“Poverty has nothing to do with it. This madness and chaos and anarchy is a Democrat-driven culture that starts at the top with a racially-divisive White House heartbreakingly effective at ginning up hate and violence. Where I currently reside here in Watauga County, North Carolina, the poverty level is 31.3%. Median income is only $34,293. In both of those areas we are much worse off than Baltimore, that has a poverty rate of only 23.8% and a median income of $41,385. Despite all that, we don’t riot here in Watauga County. Thankfully, we have not been poisoned by the same left-wing culture that is rotting Baltimore, and so many other cities like it, from the inside out. We get along remarkably well. We are neighbors. We are people who help out one another. We take pride in our community, and are grateful for what we do have. We are far from perfect, but we work out our many differences in civilized ways. Solutions are our goal, not cronyism, narcissistic victimhood, and the blaming of others.”

The truth is that it is a culture of dependency as promulgated by the race baiters and new plantation overseers of the inner city that has created what we’re seeing play out in Baltimore. There is where the blame lies, but there are very few who are willing to admit just that.

Remember what ESPN sports commentator Stephen A. Smith said? He wished that for one voting cycle, the black community would vote Republican. Heck, they could do no worse — and look, even the people of the state of Maryland decided to try something different and elected a Republican governor. Who, when finally asked, immediately activated the National Guard to quell the violence and chaos which the Democrat Mayor of Baltimore failed to comprehend, and control. Perhaps what we’re witnessing in Baltimore is the pure definition of insanity — continuing to do the same thing and expect different results.

Yes, the dirty little secret that no one wants to admit is that Baltimore, and so many other urban areas and inner city communities in America are a reflection of the abject failure of liberal progressive socialist policies as advanced by the Democrat party.

The preeminent question is whether or not those in Baltimore and other places will recognize who is truly responsible for their plight. Or will they continue to be manipulated and propagandized by the liberal progressive media and the poverty pimps like the one supposedly heading down from New York City.

John Nolte’s piece was spot on and this is not about an American failure, it is about a Democrat failure. And ask yourself, who were the ones who developed the concept of urban economic empowerment zones — as opposed to the ones who have produced urban depraved enslavement zones?

 

There Is A Good Case For Reparations

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This is from Town Hall.

The author blows holes in the reparations case.

 

Progressives have long called for reparations—payments to blacks for the horrors of slavery. These were routinely dismissed because they’re absurd – those who suffered the injustice of slavery and those who perpetrated it are long dead, and most Americans of every national origin had nothing to do with it.

But the push for reparations truly never was about slavery, it’s about redistribution of wealth and perpetrating the victimhood mentality that keeps people voting for progressives. To think they’d ever stop would be like thinking a heroin addict wouldn’t steal your iPhone if you let them crash on your couch – it’s just not going to happen.

Enter The Atlantic. Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates has brought the issue back to the forefront of progressives’ minds and set a debate raging on MSNBC. Well, as much of a “debate” that can happen when both participants agree on every point.

Coates’ article, “The Case for Reparations: Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole,” lays out a series of damning government policies and actions that directly harmed, if not targeted, black Americans and held them back economically.

The specific claims of Coates have been refuted by people much smarter than I, and I suggest you read the original article and the rebuttals to form your own conclusion. But if progressives are interested in reparations for past wrongs, they should target those who perpetrated them – the Democratic Party.

The Democratic Party was the party of slavery. It gained power from it, profited from it, and fought to keep it.

Jim Crow was the spawn of racist Democrats who, angry they could no longer own slaves, set about creating a series of laws, both on the books and off, to deny blacks the dignity they deserved and their rights as full citizens.

It was Democrats who pioneered “separate but equal,” standing in schoolhouse doors to keep out children who only wanted to learn without having to travel miles to an inferior “black school.”

It was Democrats who, through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, instituted mortgage policies that led directly to the housing market crash and record foreclosures in black communities.

It was Democrats who, through a continual string of lies, promised to right the wrongs their policies caused, only to make them worse. Their legislative and regulatory actions created a permanence to government dependence, trapping generations in poverty and a feeling of hopelessness.

Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago, and every major city with a large black population is in or on the verge of financial and social bankruptcy. Vacant lots, abandoned houses, rampant drug dealing and use, gang violence, massive job losses, astronomical crime rates, failed social and governmental services—all are staples of these cities, as is generations of Democratic political leadership. They aren’t mutually exclusive.

There’s a lot of power in telling people they’re powerless, but that you’ll help them. If you convince people they can’t get ahead, that the system, as progressive Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., put it in her 2012 convention speech, “is rigged” against them, many will believe you. If you convince people they are victims of discrimination, be it from skin color or the economics in which they were born, then normal failures in life – such as not getting a job you want – are not chalked up to someone being a better fit or you simply not being the best candidate, but to that “rigged” system. That deflates the human spirit, kills aspiration, and perpetuates the cycle.

There is no power in empowering others. But there is a lot in the opposite. And it is the opposite in which the Democratic Party, led by progressives, lives, and has always lived. They couch their actions in the vernacular of liberty – freeing people from “job lock,” for example – but the results are always the same. Government can’t grant you liberty; you’re born with it, government can only infringe upon it. People who take the bait don’t realize they’ve swallowed the hook too.

Reparations are in order, but they should not be sought from the government—it was only the conduit through which oppression was carried out. They should be sought from the source of that oppression, its originators and perpetrators to this day—the Democratic Party.

Quotes of the day/week/year…

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Hat Tip To Old NFO.

 

Now y’all know I don’t usually put up quotes, lots of others do better than I…

But… These Mencken quotes ‘do’ resonate…

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
H. L. Mencken

The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
H. L. Mencken

I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
H. L. Mencken

It doesn’t take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.
H. L. Mencken

Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
H. L. Mencken

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
H. L. Mencken

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.
H. L. Mencken

 

Maryland to Hold Committee Hearings on 51 Anti-Gun Bills in Just 2 Days

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This is from AmmoLand.com.

Things are going to get ugly.

We need to stand strong and united.

We need to get in the 1776 mode.

Maryland-(Ammoland.com)- 2 More Gun Bill Days are Scheduled – 51 Bills to be Heard

Briefly stated, here is the situation:

A total of 51 bills will be heard over 2 days in 3 Committees. Each day we will have bills being heard in 2 different Committees at the same time. This tactic is intended to dilute our numbers, which is why a strong “boots on the ground turnout is so important. This is especially true on March 5th because the hearings will be in different buildings.

Friday, March 1st @ 1:00 PM:

  • 4 bills in the House Health & Government Operations Committee
  • 7 bills in the House Judiciary Committee (including the Governor’s gun ban)

Tuesday, March 5th @ 1:00 PM

  • 15 bills in the House Judiciary Committee
  • 25 bills in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee

Be sure to click the links immediately below for important information.

Keep up the email pressure; this is critical if we are to prevail in the face of the Governor’s attack on our rights.

Links to Important and Useful Information

About:
Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Inc. (AGC), located in Marriottsville, Maryland. The Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Inc. was formed on July 1, 1944 when a number of World War II veterans in the Baltimore, Maryland area began looking for a place for recreational and competitive shooting. They organized with several other Baltimore area shooting clubs to form the “AGC” Visit: www.associatedgunclubs.org

Read more at Ammoland.com: http://www.ammoland.com/2013/02/maryland-to-hold-committee-hearings-on-51-anti-gun-bills-in-just-2-days/#ixzz2LrGzQiSk

Witness To Brutal Attack Speaks With WJZ

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This is from WJZ 13 CBS in Baltimore.

Do the people of Maryland have Second Amendment rights?

If they did this may not have happened.

You can bet Eric Holder won’t prosecute his people.

 

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A man is fighting for his life after a brutal attack in downtown Baltimore. A witness to the broad-daylight beating is speaking only to WJZ.

Mike Hellgren has this new account and why this case is so unusual.

It’s so stunning to many because it’s so brazen. The beating happened in the afternoon last Friday on Lombard and Howard just blocks from Camden Yards and the Inner Harbor.

John Mason, a 32-year-old tattoo artist, is in a medically induced coma with serious head injuries after being beaten downtown on Lombard and Howard streets, just a block from the Bromo Seltzer Tower. The bold attack was at 1:30 p.m. last Friday.

A witness–who does not want his face shown–says there were at least eight attackers, all young men.

“Twice, he kept telling them he didn’t want to fight. He didn’t want to fight,” the witness said. “They didn’t care.”

It didn’t look like it was a targeted attack.

“They didn’t know him at all. They was just looking for trouble,” he said.

He says it happened at the bus stop and one of the attackers kicked Mason more than a dozen times.

“The guy was already knocked unconscious and the guy sat there and held his feet while his homeboy just started stomping on his head,” he said. “When I came down and I called 911, he was on his back. I turned him on his side and when I did, he came about and the last I recall was, I saw him getting on the stretcher.”

“At this point, it’s unclear what the motive was. We’re looking at a variety of possibilities. One of them is an obvious robbery. We’re also looking at the background of the victim, trying to see if there are any disputes that might have resulted in this,” said Anthony Guglielmi, Baltimore City Police spokesperson.

Police are combing through images from the extensive camera network downtown and say the area is safe, despite this attack and the beating of a tourist earlier this year that was caught on video and got attention nationwide.

Some who live and work here are fed up.

“Somebody needs to come forward and say what they saw so we can get these people off the streets who are doing these things to our citizens,” said Eric Adams.

Police say they hope to interview the victim and do not yet have any good description of the attackers.

 

 

 

Democrat withdraws from 1st District congressional race after allegations she voted in two states

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This is from The Baltimore Sun.

Attention Attorney General Holder your party is committing voter fraud.

This is the second DemocRat to be involved in voter fraud.

This is why Eric Holder does not see voter fraud as his party is guilty of it.

Wendy Rosen

Rosen says she registered in Fla. to support friend there.

 

Wendy Rosen, the Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Andy Harris in the 1st Congressional District, withdrew from the race Monday amid allegations that she voted in elections in both Maryland and Florida in 2006 and 2008.

It was unclear, however, whether she could remove her name from the ballot with the election less than two months away. Under state law, a candidate has until 70 days before an election to remove his or her name from the ballot. The deadline for the Nov. 6 election passed on Aug. 28.

Democratic leaders — who raised the allegations, urged Rosen to step aside and notified prosecutors — said they would gather Central Committee members this month to identify a write-in candidate for the district, which includes the Eastern Shore and parts of Harford, Carroll, Cecil and Baltimore counties.

Republicans, meanwhile, said the allegations prove that voter fraud is real and called on Democrats to join the GOP in calling for reforms.

Rosen, 57, a Cockeysville businesswoman and Maryland voter, told The Baltimore Sun that she registered to vote in Florida several years ago in order to support a “very close friend” running for the St. Petersburg City Council and to vote on local issues there.

Rosen said she was able to register in Florida because she owned property there.

Under Maryland law, a voter here may not maintain registration in a second state if it allows the voter to participate in state or federal elections there, according to Jared DeMarinis, director of candidacy and campaign finance at the State Board of Elections.

State Democratic Chairwoman Yvette Lewis said an examination of voting records in Maryland and Florida showed that Rosen participated in the 2006 general election and the 2008 primaries in both states.

Maryland and Florida both held gubernatorial and congressional contests in 2006 and presidential primaries in 2008, when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton competed for the Democratic nomination.

Asked by The Sun on Monday if she had voted in both states in the same elections, Rosen said she did not remember how she voted. Asked if she had voted twice in the 2008 presidential primaries, she declined to comment “due to possible litigation.”

Lewis referred the allegations Monday to Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and State Prosecutor Emmitt C. Davitt.

“We believe that this is a clear violation of Maryland law and urge the appropriate office to conduct a full investigation,” she wrote. “The Maryland Democratic Party strongly believes in upholding and expanding the right to vote but, at the same time, believes there should be zero tolerance for voter fraud of any kind.”

DeMarinis, the state elections official, said there are narrow circumstances under which a Maryland voter may register legally in two places.

Some municipalities maintain separate voting rolls for local elections. These allow property owners — even those that live and vote elsewhere — to register and participate in elections for local offices and ballot questions.

Thus, DeMarinis said, a resident of Baltimore who owned a vacation home in Ocean City could legally vote in local elections there, too.

DeMarinis said he knows of no law against a Maryland voter participating in local elections in another state. But an out-of-state registration that permitted participation in state and federal elections would be illegal, he said.

A spokesman for Maryland Democrats said party leaders were told of Rosen’s dual registration by someone within the party on Friday. After verifying the details over the weekend, spokesman Matthew Verghese said, the leaders confronted Rosen on Monday.

Rosen was seen as the underdog to Harris, a 55-year-old physician from Baltimore County who is serving his first term in Congress. The district that has grown more solidly Republican since Harris ousted Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil in 2010.

Still, she mounted a highly visible effort to promote her candidacy in July at the annual J. Millard Tawes crab feast in Crisfield.

At the time, she told a reporter she believed Harris was vulnerable to a challenge because of unpopularity among voters.

She traveled to Charlotte, N.C., last week for the Democratic National Convention. At a Maryland Democratic party luncheon at that city’s Mint Museum, she stood up to be recognized and receive applause.

Rosen edged Chestertown physician John LaFerla in the Democratic primary in April by just 57 of the more than 25,000 votes cast.

She withdrew from the general election in an email to party leaders.

“I have been proud to serve as the Democratic Congressional Candidate of Maryland’s 1st Congressional District for the last five months, so it is with great regret, and much sorrow that I must resign,” she wrote. “Personal issues have made this the hardest decision that I have had to make.”

Harris campaign manager Kathy Szeliga said Rosen’s withdrawal “must not delay our troops serving oversees from getting their ballots and exercising their right to vote in such an important presidential election.”

Rosen’s withdrawal comes during an election season in which Republicans across the country have cited voter fraud to push for new identification requirements at the polls.

Democrats say voter fraud is virtually nonexistent, and describe voter ID laws as a pretext to make it more difficult for the poor, minorities and other traditionally Democratic-leaning groups to vote.

The Maryland Republican Party said Monday it was “happy to see Maryland’s Democrats publicly agree that voter fraud is wrong.”

“Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi should not only investigate but also prosecute Wendy Rosen to the fullest extent of the law,” David Ferguson, the executive director of the state party, said in a statement.

Given that the state Democratic Party was “willing to push one of its own candidates out of the race due to voter fraud,” Ferguson said, “I’m sure this means they will join us in an effort to purge the rolls across Maryland of illegal immigrants, the deceased, and those otherwise unqualified to vote.”

Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, commended the “swift and decisive action” of Democrats to demand Rosen’s withdrawal.

“The action taken today by the Maryland Democratic Party sends a clear message to Marylanders — we will not tolerate any violation of election laws,” he said.

Sun reporters Michael Dresser, John Fritze and Annie Linskey contributed to this article.

 

Maryland officer kills man armed with sword

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This is from Fox News.

It seems this nit wit brought a sword to a gun fight.

Rule # 1 always bring a gun to a gun fight preferably two or more.

Police in suburban Baltimore are investigating the fatal shooting of a sword-wielding man by an officer executing a warrant.

Authorities said Baltimore County police went to a Reisterstown home late Thursday seeking two other people for a Howard County shooting.

Police say a Baltimore County officer killed 48-year-old Ronald Cox Jr. after Cox swung a sword and struck a shield he was carrying. The officer, whose name has not been released, has been placed on administrative review pending a review.

The Baltimore County officers were executing a Howard County warrant at the home. Howard County Police say the officers arrested two people charged with attempted murder for a June 19 attack on a 15-year-old boy in Marriottsville.

Police say a third suspect in that attack was arrested in Randallstown Friday afternoon.

 

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