gov. Hogan

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Governor Larry Hogan today enacted a new congressional map for the state of Maryland after the defendants, through the Office of the Attorney General, agreed to withdraw their efforts to maintain the gerrymandered map that was struck down by the courts.

Following are excerpts from the governor’s comments after signing SB1012:

Opening Remarks:

“The Speaker, the Senate President, and I just signed into law the new congressional maps, which were ordered to be redrawn by the court. This is something that we’ve been focused on for eight years. It’s a tremendous victory for democracy and for free and fair elections in Maryland.

“When these maps came out in December, I said they were unconstitutional and violated the law. The courts agreed, described it as extreme partisan gerrymandering, and a clear violation of the Constitution, ordered the legislature to go back and draw new maps, which they did. Now they weren’t, in my opinion, as good as the ones drawn by the citizen commission, and we shouldn’t have wasted so much time—but they are a huge improvement.

“It’s a huge victory. The plaintiffs agreed to drop their appeal. There was an attempt to say we will draw new maps, but we still want to go back to the gerrymandered unconstitutional maps and we’ll take it to another court. They decided to drop those attempts, and now it’s the law of the land.

“I want to just thank all of the people who participated in the citizens commission. I want to thank all the Republicans and Democrats who really were fighting for fair maps. I think gerrymandering is a cancer on our democracy—regardless of which party does it.

“A number of maps have been thrown out in other states around the country, Republican maps. This is the first time in the United States that a set of Democratic maps have been thrown out for the same reasons.”

On the legislative maps

“I believe that Judge Wilner is supposed to come up with his preliminary findings. They appointed a special master— a retired judge—who has been doing all the fact finding, and I think he’s supposed to come out with his report tomorrow, and then the Court of Appeals still has to act on that. So we’re hopeful. Look, the exact same process was done in both cases: it was the backroom, in secret, behind closed doors by the Democratic caucus pushing through these maps that the same intent was to protect the incumbents and to maintain their large majorities. So I believe hopefully we’re going to be successful there, but it’s a whole different set of legal issues and a different court.”

On the legislative session

“It’s been a pretty good week. We just passed $2 billion in tax cuts and I’ve been talking about the retirement tax cuts since 2014, and we were successful at that. I’ve been talking about trying to fix the broken process so that we can have free and fair elections and we stopped the gerrymandering which was described as the worst in America, and we’ve now done that to a certain extent, but I still want that bill passed. But we’ve gotten a lot done and I just want to thank—although we don’t always agree—we have in many cases come together with the leaders of both houses and gotten things done. We did it with the RELIEF Act last year. We did it with the retirement tax elimination this year and reluctantly, with the help of the court, we’ve also got them to move forward on the fair maps.”

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44 Comments

  1. It should be called left-wing-mandering since they’re always screwing it up! Judgment Day is coming democrats! I hope you like hot weather…

      1. So we are up to 10 childish and idiotic posts. 7 in the retiree tax break thread, 2 here and 1 in the Victim Day thread. This was most definitely the most childish and idiotic. Thank you for brightening my day so much and providing so much proof that you truly don’t have the ability to provide a coherent response!!

        1. Hahahaha you counted 10? Now you’ve really confirmed how stupid you really are

          1. OH right…so there are 11. Gee I bet that made your entire year didn’t it? You sad pathetic little creature.

        2. How’s that “home shortage “ you claim there is????
          Literally right now there is 5918 homes for sale in southern Maryland

          I know you’re speechless right?

          1. Zillow shows total for sale as: 459 in Charles, 206 in Calvert, 261 in St Marys.

          2. Wrong as usual, I literally told you that you CANNOT use websites for that, oh that’s right you can’t read

          3. And you are forgetting prince George’s county and also Anne arundel there princess

            God I love making you look like a fool

          1. Go ahead, milk it troll. You got 1….as pathetic as it is, I made a mistake so I’ll give ya 1. On every other post however, you get toasted because you are really, really stupid. There is a big difference between making a mistake and being really, really stupid. But you probably don’t understand that either.

          1. Besides being nothing but a scumbag internet troll, you must also be dumber than you have proven yourself to be day in and day out.

  2. “Dumb dogs best friend says: April 7, 2022 at 4:32 pm And you are forgetting prince George’s county and also Anne arundel there princess God I love making you look like a fool” Prince Georges and Anne Arundel are not part of Southern Maryland. Any and EVERY resident of Southern Maryland know this.

      1. Moron…did you even bother to read your link here is what is say regarding Prince Georges and Anne Arundel: “and sometimes the southern portions of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties.” Note the words “sometimes” and “portions”. So, thank you for putting up a link that proves what I said.

        1. Hey moron, in real estate pg and Anne arundel IS considered southern Maryland, I provided the facts you refuse making you the dipstick, god you’re a idiot

          1. Hey moron, IN THE ARTICLE YOU PROVIDED, PG and Anne Arundel are not considered part of southern Maryland. Your opinion of the what the real estate industry thinks or doesn’t is irrelevant.

      1. And, as I just pointed out, you actually need to READ what was in the link you posted. It debunked YOUR opinion.

        1. Nope it sure doesn’t, please read the provided facts before you attempt any reply

          1. Once again, please read my reply. Your comment is in direct contradiction to the article you posted.

          1. That’s because you can’t think of anyway to come back at me, you are toast!

  3. ” Dumb dogs best friend says: April 7, 2022 at 4:30 pm Wrong as usual, I literally told you that you CANNOT use websites for that, oh that’s right you can’t read” Come on No Clue. It is a well established fact that you aren’t very bright so who on Earth is going to listen to or believe anything you type?

      1. I think you need to look up the definitions of those words. They don’t mean what you think they do.

        1. That’s your opinion, I provide countless facts every time you attempt to be intelligent, you get “toasted” at every attempt because unlike yourself I actually provide links to articles proving facts

          1. Again, please look up the definitions of those two words. They don’t mean what you think they do. Additionally, post an article with facts that are irrelevant to the topic are meaningless. But you never were one to be able to keep up with the conversational flow were you, No Clue?

  4. “Dumb dogs best friend says: April 10, 2022 at 7:18 am That’s because you can’t think of anyway to come back at me, you are toast!” No, I made simple statement of fact. Your comment has nothing whatsoever to do with my post.

  5. “Dumb dogs best friend says: April 10, 2022 at 7:19 am You’ve been toasted again! Here’s your L” Both of your replies have nothing to do with what I posted. The fact that you posted them one day apart does not make either of them any more relevant.

  6. “Dumb dogs best friend says: April 10, 2022 at 6:58 pm Hey moron, facts are facts! I’d love to ram them down you fat mouth” Ah…there it is. When the truly stupid realize that there stupidity has been proven beyond doubt they lash out with an infantile violent reply thereby solidifying not only their lack of knowledge, but immaturity as well. BTW…since you forgot, the article in question was about the new MD district map. Not one of your childish and immature posts had anything to do with the actual article.

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