Rodricks: Gansler's public duty, parental strategy collide

I guess the only thing worse for Doug Gansler would be the revelation that he ordered his Maryland State Police driver to run red lights to get the attorney general to his son's senior week party on the Delaware shore. If that happened, could the trooper involved — or someone from the Brown for Governor campaign — call me? All conversations confidential. I have another question: Was that a selfie Gansler was taking with his cellphone while the cast of "Porky's II" swirled about him at the beach house? (Balt. Sun)

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Blair Lee: Intel from Gonzales

As Maryland’s state elections begin warming up we’re entering the phony opinion survey season when candidates release so-called “polls” they’ve commissioned showing “political momentum.” Such polls should be taken with large grains of salt. That’s why it’s helpful when a legitimate, independent polling service like Gonzales Research and Marketing gives us some reliable insight into the voters’ mood. (Gazette)

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Let's talk about racism, but not about the KKK

Once upon a time, Frederick County was home to the Imperial Wizard of the Invisible Empire of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan — the organization’s national leader. Roger Kelly lived in Rocky Ridge. Every so often throughout the ‘80s and early ‘90s, Kelly would lead a rally here or there, a couple of times in Thurmont, once in Baker Park in Frederick, and some other places. (News-Post)

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Celebrate free speech

Freedom of Speech is just one of the rights guaranteed to us in the First Amendment, but it one that consistently ranks highest in importance for Americans. Oct. 21-27 is Free Speech Week. The website freespeechweek.org highlights some of the things that people can do to celebrate the week, including sending a letter to your representative in Congress and researching candidates and ballot measures and registering to vote. Given the low opinion most folks have of Congress these days, those might be good ways to exercise this right. (Carroll Co. Times)

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A uniquely undistinguished group

It’s instructive to look back at the poor choices Maryland has made in its choice of governors. These questions, with a few additions, came up at trivia the other night. See how you do. (Star Dem.)

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Oct. 24 // A wary welcome to Amazon

It's not every day that a major corporation announces that it will bring 1,000 jobs to Baltimore City, so we have reason to cheer Amazon.com's decision to open a 1 million square foot distribution center here. Baltimore's official unemployment rate stands at 10.8 percent, and if you count people who have dropped out of the workforce, it's much higher than that. We need any jobs we can get. (Balt. Sun)

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McCartney: Gansler’s controversy could distract from his un­or­tho­dox views in Md. governor’s race

It would be a shame if Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler’s reckless back-seat driving and cocksure style killed his bid for governor so quickly that he missed a chance to rattle the complacency of the state’s Democratic establishment. The feisty attorney general, who prides himself on winning elections as an outsider, is openly espousing what amounts to heresy for the state’s Democrats. (Wash. Post)

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Redistricting reform

Maryland’s new congressional district map, created by Gov. Martin O’Malley following the 2010 Census, was accepted by voters in the 2012 general election. A new poll, however, indicates that voters — Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike, would much prefer that this process be fairer and more democratic in the future. They’d prefer it be handled by an independent redistricting commission. So would we. (News-Post)

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