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Jon Cardin vs. Brian Frosh

Politics[B' Spokes: While not directly bike related (though Brian Frosh is a cyclist), I will assert that Brian Frosh is one reason why our bike bills will typically pass the Senate while the House can have issues with them, that point is better expressed below in more general terms. And maybe there is some parallels to cycling like supporting the underdog that's may lose to a big name.]
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By Laslo Boyd, Center Maryland
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The efforts of the candidates for Attorney General present a somewhat different picture. In light of Delegate Aisha Braveboy’s minimalist campaign, with little money raised, evaluating her efforts during the General Assembly isn’t particularly relevant even with her active role in the Legislative Black Caucus.

A second candidate, Delegate Jon Cardin, through a strategy of continuous press releases, tried to claim credit for bills on which he had little impact and made pronouncements on many other issues. One of the most curious of those press releases was a joint one with Delegate Luiz Simmons calling on the Senate to act on their “Revenge Porn Bill.” Given that Simmons is one of the least well-regarded members of the House of Delegates, it is puzzling that Cardin wanted to associate with him so publicly.

The candidate for Attorney General whose work in the General Assembly session was significant and substantive was Senator Brian Frosh, chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

The most important bill was one that changed the burden of proof for individuals seeking protective custody orders. This legislation, which had died in previous years in the House, was a top priority of victims’ rights and women’s groups and was incorporated into the Administration’s legislative package. Frosh, however, was the real leader on the effort.

Another Frosh bill on domestic violence that passed this session closed a legal gap in the time frame between temporary and permanent protective orders. A third outlawed a particularly disgusting practice known as “Rape by Proxy” that previously was not covered by any statute. The term refers to a person using social media to pose as an ex-spouse and invite others to engage in sex with her or him.

At the request of the Maryland State’s Attorneys Association, Frosh managed to correct a legal defect in current law that sets the statute of limitations on felonies committed with a handgun at one year. The new law makes the time frame for prosecution of the use of a handgun in a felony the same as for the felony itself.

In reviewing the results of the session, I also found an interesting historical footnote. In 1861, Maryland was one of three states which ratified a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would have prevented Congress from overriding any state law on slavery. Maryland’s ratification of that law was repealed by SJ 1, sponsored by Frosh.

Will yet another session of leadership in the Senate be helpful to Frosh’s campaign to be elected Maryland’s Attorney General? Or will having an opponent with a famous last name be too much to overcome?
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http://centermaryland.org/index.php?option=com_easyblog&view=entry&id=915&Itemid=178
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[B' Spokes: And personally I find Cardin's marriage proposal fiasco in poor taste and judgement.
http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2009-08-18/news/0908170093_1_city-police-police-department-baltimore-county ]
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Meet Don Engel and Healther Mizeur

Politics[B' Spokes: I encourage everyone to get involved with politics. And here are a couple of people I am impressed with, go see them and see if you are too.]

Sunday 04/27/14 - 5:00 - 6:00 P.M.
Don Engel,11th District Legislative candidate Meet-and-Greet hosted by Susan Somerville-Hawes, 1911 Ruxton Road, Towson, MD 21204,  Email Dan@DonEngel.com to RSVP.

Monday 04/28/14 - 7:30 p.m.
Southwest Baltimore County Democratic Club monthly meeting, 106 Bloomsbury Ave., Catonsville, MD  21228, Room 108.  Special Guest:  Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate, Healther Mizeur

Wednesday 04/30/14 - 7:00 pm. - 9:00 p.m.
Don Engel,11th District Legislative candidate Meet-and-Greet hosted by Ann and Don Schwartz, 2414 Sugarcone Road, Baltimore, MD 21209. Email Dan@DonEngel.com to RSVP.

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State Senator Brian Frosh, a Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Maryland

Politics[B' Spokes: As usual with these kind of posts, I like people who bike. And in an effort to become the all powerful bike lobby I like sharing with you who I have met with and am impressed with. And I encourage you to get involved with your local politicians and if they are supportive of cycling let me know and I will try and promote them.]
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Dear Friends,

I would like to share with you an upcoming opportunity you don't want to miss with State Senator Brian Frosh, chairman of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and a Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Maryland.

This Sunday, March 30, the campaign will host a reception in Lutherville and you're invited!  Brian will discuss his legislative priorities and share why he is running to be the next Attorney General. Please join us for an afternoon of good conversation and refreshments and learn why so many Democratic leaders in our state are standing strong behind Brian's campaign.

There is much work to be done and Brian can't do it alone.  Please join us March 30 to share your voice and get involved in our campaign.  Details of the event are listed below. Please feel free to share this invitation with friends and family!

 

What: Meet & Greet with Brian Frosh, Democratic candidate for Maryland Attorney General hosted by Kathleen Birrane

Where: 501 Surrey Road Lutherville, Maryland  21093

When: Sunday, March 30 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

RSVP NOW to Christa Burton at (847) 409-5889 or christa@brianfrosh.com

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Bill Marker for the Maryland House of Delegates 40th District

Politics[B' Spokes: I'll note Bill is a regular at Bike to Work Day among being spotted from time to time riding around town or at various cycling events. A nice guy and I rather enjoy talking with him. So in continuing supporting those that bicycle...]
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Friends of Bill Marker
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Don Engel for Delegate 11th District, Maryland General Assembly

Politics[B' Spokes: As usual with these kind of posts, I like people who bike. And in an effort to become the all powerful bike lobby I like sharing with you who I have met with and am impressed with. And I encourage you to get involved with your local politicians and if they are supportive of cycling let me know and I will try and promote them.]
Meet-and-Greet hosted by Bob
March 30, 2014 from 2pm to 4pm
2423 Sylvale Road, Baltimore, MD 21209

Meet-and-Greet hosted by Susan
April 27, 2014 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
1911 Ruxton Road, Towson, MD 21204

Meet-and-Greet hosted by Ann and Don
April 30, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm
2414 Sugarcone Road, Baltimore, MD 21209

https://www.donengel.com/
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Bike safety advocates push 2 bills, get frosty reception in Maryland General Assembly

Politics[B' Spokes: This is way we need to connect with those that represent us.]
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By Ashley Halsey III, Washington Post

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“I’m a little shell-shocked that there are so many bike bills,” said Del. James E. Malone Jr. (D-Baltimore-Howard counties), who chaired the hearing before the House Environmental Matters Committee. “This year it’s four feet, and next year it’s five feet, and before you know it the cars are on the shoulders and the bikes are on the road.”

Malone said many cyclists he observes “don’t pay any attention to the rules of the road.” [Is he including us not riding far right as possible on a lane too narrow to share as State highways asserted? Confusion over what the rules are for cyclists and signaling out cyclists as the sole source scofflaw behavior on our roads are a big problem here.]
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/bike-safety-advocates-push-2-bills-get-frosty-reception-in-maryland-general-assembly/2014/01/28/81fc1c3c-8861-11e3-a5bd-844629433ba3_story.html
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How to become the all powerful bike lobey

PoliticsSend me picture of you and whoever you support that's running for an office as long as they are a cyclist or are aware that you are a cyclist then they deserve some time on this site. So I'll start this off with me and Brian Frosh, two cyclists! image
Brian Frosh for attorney general
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Meet Brian Frosh for Attorney General

Politics[B' Spokes: I was with some cycling friends over the weekend and they could not stop talking about how great Brian Frosh is (and he is a cyclist as well.)]


I hope you are safe and warm this snowy day! I want to share information on our campaign's upcoming events in the Baltimore area this weekend. This Saturday we are having two events, the first is Saturday morning in Baltimore County and the second is that afternoon in Baltimore City. Brian will discuss his legislative priorities and share why he is running to be the next Attorney General of Maryland.

There is much work to be done and Brian can’t do it alone. He needs your support! Please join us this Saturday to learn more about Brian, hear more about his vision for a better and safer Maryland, and get involved in our campaign. Please feel free to share this invitation with your friends and family!

Sincerely,

Terrell

 

 

Baltimore County Baltimore City

Meet & Greet in Timonium

with

Senator Brian Frosh

 Democrat for Attorney General of Maryland

Saturday, January 25, 2014

10am – 12pm

Home of Rev. Sharon Smith

219 Sandee Road

Timonium, MD

 

Meet & Greet in Mt. Vernon

with

Senator Brian Frosh

 Democrat for Attorney General of Maryland

Saturday, January 25, 2014

3pm – 5pm

Home of Kathleen Fanone & Steven Ruckman

913 Tyson Street

Baltimore, MD

  

 

Please RSVP to Christa Burton at 847-409-5889 or send an email to christa@brianfrosh.com


His website: http://www.brianfrosh.com/
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We Need an Honest, Open, and Transparent Baltimore

PoliticsWhile this blog post by Dave Troy is not about bicycling it does seem to do a nice job of summing up the city's problems.

http://davetroy.com/posts/we-need-an-honest-open-and-transparent-baltimore
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STATE LEGISLATOR HOLDS WALKING OFFICE HOURS

Politics[B' Spokes: Very cool idea, now just to get our reps to do something like this.]
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-> According to an Oct. 16th Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, “Democrat State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, who represents the city's south side, will hold walking office hours this weekend -- a chance to get some exercise and discuss issues of concern, she says. The ‘office hours’ will take place along the newly opened Kinnickinnic River Trail.
"‘I look forward to spending time this weekend walking the newly opened Kinnickinnic River Trail and talking with constituents of the 8th Assembly District about state issues that are important to them,’ she said in a news release.

"‘Our Latino community, in particular, is struggling with high diabetes and obesity and I recently resolved to get active for my own health. Hosting walking office hours is a great way to encourage my constituents to get active with me and let me know about the issues of concern to them at the state level,’ she said...”
Source: http://bit.ly/17fbyq2

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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