Gov. Larry Hogan was none too pleased when the Maryland legislature didn’t advance his congressional redistricting reform proposal. But that doesn’t mean he preferred the Democrats’ alternative.
Weeks after a pair of high-profile bribery and illicit campaign finance cases involving state officials, Governor Hogan has proposed a handful of measures to fight political corruption and boost government transparency.
Maryland’s 3rd congressional district has been called the nation’s most gerrymandered (or, to be more blunt about it, “America’s ugliest congressional district”). To some observers, it resembles blood spatter at a crime scene; others see “a broken-winged pterodactyl, lying prostrate across the center of the state.”
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Michael Boatwright was found unconscious in a motel room in Palm Springs this past winter. When he finally woke up, he told police his name was Johan Ek. He spoke only Swedish. And he had no memory of his past.
No, this isn’t the opening scene from an action movie — it’s a real (and frightening) example of Transient Global Amnesia, a condition that can spring from trauma, and can result in the inability to form new memories, according to Johns Hopkins professor of psychiatry and neurology Jason Brandt.