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Md. Lawmakers, Promise Us You’ll Pass at Least One of These Bills, Please!


Opening of the State of Maryland legislature Annapolis, Md

After some shamelessly partisan redistricting left us with a Congressional map so wonky that it was declared the nation’s greatest gerrymander a couple years back, it’s about time that we see some legislation that addresses the issue. And according to Marylander Reporter, three such bills have been introduced in the state Senate.

Each in its own way, the bills attempt wrest control of the process away from the governor and increase transparency and public involvement.

This Is the Most Awkward Moment in Md. Politics Since the Last Time This Happened

Left to Right: Del. Mike Smigiel, Gov. Martin O'Malley, Del. Steve Hershey
Left to Right: Del. Mike Smigiel, Gov. Martin O’Malley, Del. Steve Hershey

This can’t be how anyone wanted it go down, but after Republican central committees in the Upper Eastern Shore counties that comprise the 36th state Senate district — Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, and Cecil — could not reach an agreement on who would succeed former Sen. E.J. Pipkin, it fell to the very, very Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley to choose between the two likely candidates, Del. Mike Smigiel and Del. Steve Hershey.

After an interview with each of the delegates, O’Malley selected Hershey, a choice the governor claims was “guided not by which candidate I would prefer, but rather by which candidate has demonstrated the broadest electoral support in the district.” That may very well be hogwash. The Sun points out that Hershey is the “less confrontational legislator,” and Smigiel thinks the choice has something to do with the fact that he “sued the governor three times and called him a ‘tyrant’ on the floor of the House of Delegates.”