Winners and Losers
A few recent winners and losers in Maryland politics:
Maryland senior citizens: If the legislature approves, about 7,500 low- and moderate-income seniors will be eligible for a subsidy for their prescription drugs under a plan announced this week by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. Lisa Rein covered the story.
Opponents of transgender protection law: A Montgomery County citizens group has submitted to the Board of Elections about 31,000 signatures for a referendum to overturn the county's new law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a person's gender identity. The board still must examine the signatures, but the number suggests Citizens for a Responsible Government have a good shot at getting their referendum on the November ballot. They say the MoCo transgender protection law is so broad that it would allow a biological male dressed as a female to use the women's restroom. Proponents of the law say the new protections do not change laws about restrooms and locker rooms, and accuse the citizens group of distorting the issue.
Maryland Republicans: They were embarrassed late last week when Robert A. McKee, a long-serving Republican delegate from Western Maryland, announced his resignation after authorities seized two computers, videotapes and printed materials from his Hagerstown home. The Washington County sheriff described the case as a child pornography investigation. Whatever the outcome, it wasn't a good day for the party of family values. Here is Philip Rucker's story.
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