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Md. constitution bans atheists from public service

If you want to hold office, or even serve as a juror or witness, in Maryland, the state constitution says you have to make "a declaration of belief in the existence of God."

Monday - 12/08/2014, 05:58am EST

Tags: religion, Maryland constitution, atheist, Kate Ryan, Jamie Raskin

Bill seeks to close sexual-abuse loophole

A bill to close a loophole regarding teachers having sex with students has a loophole of its own - but advocates say it's still worth pursuing.

Monday - 02/17/2014, 05:22am EST

Tags: Kate Ryan, sexual abuse, Lisae Jordan, Jamie Raskin

Free speech or sleazy politics? More on campaign fundraising

In Maryland, timing is everything when it comes to campaign fundraising. The state's elected officials cannot take your money in the form of a campaign contribution while they make laws in the 90-day General Assembly session. But is that constitutional?

Saturday - 01/04/2014, 08:03am EST

Tags: Jamie Raskin, Kate Ryan, Attorney General Doug Gansler, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown

Md. lawmakers propose assault weapons ban

A group of Maryland lawmakers has announced a series of gun control proposals, including one that would ban the possession or sale of assault weapons.

Thursday - 12/20/2012, 05:36am EST

Tags: Maryland General Assembly, Brian Frosh, Jamie Raskin


Md. lawmaker's flip-flop on gay marriage angers supporters

Md. Delegate Sam Arora's decision to vote "no" on a bill to legalize gay marriage has infuriated constituents and same-sex marriage supporters from across the country.

Monday - 02/20/2012, 06:36pm EST

Tags: Sam Arora, Ted Lapidus, gay marriage, Kal Penn, Jamie Raskin, Heather Mizeur, Anne Kaiser

Puerto Rico vote on statehood could embolden D.C.

"Statehood for the District would require shrinking the federal district down to the White House, the Capitol and the federal buildings, and ceding the (remaining) land to a new state," Md. Sen. Jamie Raskin said. "That would be the same process as retroceding the District to Maryland."

Tuesday - 02/14/2012, 08:01am EST

Tags: D.C., statehood, Paul Strauss, Jamie Raskin