Maryland Governor Releases Another 1,200 Inmates Due to Coronavirus

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has signed another executive order granting the early release of around 1,200 prisoners in an effort to slow transmission of COVID-19. Signed Tuesday, the order applies to prisoners who are already up for release in the next four months or eligible for home detention. Priority goes to nonviolent offenders who are at least 60 years old, are medically vulnerable and have a record of good behavior. Prisoners must be examined for COVID-19 symptoms before their parole is approved, and inmates convicted of sex crimes are not eligible. “To mitigate the effects of the spread of COVID-19 and protect

Maryland County Election Board Warns Voters Of ‘Unlawful’ Ballot Collectors

A County Board of Election in Maryland has identified “someone [or a] group that is unlawfully going door to door and trying to collect completely filled out Presidential General Election Ballots.” The release from the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections states: “Please be advised, it has come to the attention of Anne Arundel County Board of Elections that someone/group is unlawfully going door to door and trying to collect completely filled out Presidential General Election Ballots. The Anne Arundel County Board of Elections would never send anyone, be they an Election Judge (volunteers), Election Officials(employees), or Voter Registration Volunteers

Maryland Lawmakers Prioritize Leftism over Education

The founding father, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, Samuel Chase once said that “religion is of general and public concern, and on its support depend, in great measure, the peace and good order of government.” It is almost certain that if the famous Marylander were to come back today, he would recoil in horror at the heavy-handed, anti-religious actions of his state’s General Assembly and Department of Education. Those who pay attention to the news cycle should be aware of how disappointingly common infringements upon religious liberty are these days. One such predicament is the one which Maryland’s

Maryland Drops School from State Voucher Program over Christian Beliefs

In the immediate aftermath of the Supreme Court’s 2015 landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, it concerned some jurists that institutions favoring traditional marriage might receive heavy-handed treatment from the government as a result of the ruling. Conservative justices on the court strongly dissented and raised concerns about the implications of the case on wide-reaching elements of American society. Notably, Justice Samuel Alito was worried about the effects it would have on people of faith, when he said that Obergefell “will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.”  While the Left had argued

Supreme Court Rules 7-2 in Favor of “Peace Cross” War Memorial

The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 on Thursday that the Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Md., being challenged by the atheist American Humanist Association, does not violate the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause and should be left alone. Background The Bladensburg World War I Memorial, as the Peace Cross is formally named, was built from 1919 to 1925 to remember the 49 men from Prince George’s County, Md., who perished overseas in WWI. It was funded by private donations from local families and businesses and the local American Legion, and built on private land. In 1961, the land was turned over to the

Maryland Assisted Suicide Bill Fails After Dramatic Tie Vote

A bill to legalize assisted suicide in Maryland went down to the narrowest of defeats in the state Senate this week. As Lisa Hudson covered earlier this week, the “End of Life Option Act” had stalled out in committee in the Maryland legislature since it was first introduced in 2015. But an expanded Democrat majority in the House managed to pass the bill out of committee this year and bring it to the floor. Much of the opposition came from Democrat legislators representing predominantly black districts who did not want to presume to play God. Allied with them was the

Assisted Suicide Laws Pick Up Support in More States

It was bound to happen. Abortion supporters have made babies fair game for nearly half of a century — the original disposal of the unwanted, the burdensome, the parasite, the financial headache. For the last 46 years, the rights of the unborn have been whittled away, until, as we’ve seen recently, the most heinous expansion since Roe v. Wade became law. It’s not surprising, then, to see the concept of the unwanted, the burdensome, and the financially draining expanded to another of our most vulnerable populations: the elderly and the infirm. Just as abortion supporters have championed a mother’s right

How a Rural Small Town Is Standing Up to Big Government

Imagine if the government sent you a letter saying, “We intend to take your house, demolish it, and build a chain restaurant.” In rural western Maryland, there’s a memorable little town called Cumberland. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, the town was a gateway to the west in early American history and was once Maryland’s second largest city. It’s now quite literally split in half by Interstate 68, which runs right through downtown on a large bridge. Anyone who’s taken I-68 will remember passing through and watching the speed limit drop from 70 to 40. Driving through Cumberland last week, I