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Redistricting Serious Subject for Black Lawmakers

October 18th, 2011 by WCBC Radio

Eyes were focused on Maryland's black lawmakers and Republican caucus Monday as the state's General Assembly meets in Annapolis for a special session to approve new Congressional lines. Over the weekend the Legislative Black Caucus met for hours, but failed to take a stand on a draft map offered by Governor  Martin O'Malley. Some in their ranks are upset that the proposed map slices up Montgomery County in a way that they say would use minority votes to dilute white conservatives  elsewhere. The GOP is angry that the governor's map adds a chunk of liberal Montgomery County to a longtime conservative Western Maryland congressional district- which republican Roscoe Bartlett has represented for two decades.  The effect: The next election could replace one of Maryland's two GOP Congressmen with a Democrat. Senate President Mike Miller, a democrat, disagrees with the ascertion that the proposed change would turn western Maryland from a republican to a democrat district…

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