As we look ahead to November’s elections, Patch brings you the information you need to cast an informed ballot. Here's a quick look at the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.
President Barack Obama: Maryland is a reliably Democratic state for presidential candidates. Obama held , and campaigned in Baltimore with Gov. Martin O'Malley. He for a basketball game in November 2011.
GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney: The former Massachusetts governor . Remember the Etch A Sketch comment? That came on the day . In explaining how the candidate will avoid being pushed too far to the right on the issues during the primaries to capture wide appeal for November's general election, spokesperson Eric Fehrnstrom, in a CNN interview, likened Romney's positions to an Etch A Sketch. "You can kind of shake it up, and we start all over again,” he said. Political opponents wasted no time in capitalizing on the misstep. Nonetheless, Romney .
Sen. Ben Cardin: The incumbent Democrat is seeking a second term in the U.S. Senate. He has shared many of his views in .
Daniel Bongino: Cardin's Republican opponent is Daniel Bongino of Severna Park. He is a former Secret Service agent.
U.S. House of Representatives, 5th District:
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D), Rep. Hoyer is serving his 14th term in Congress. In November 2006, Hoyer was elected by his colleagues in the Democratic Caucus to serve as House Majority Leader in the 110th Congress. His election as Majority Leader - which is the second-highest position in the House - makes him the highest-ranking Member of Congress from Maryland. Issues of concern include: education, energy, environment, equal pay, healthcare, jobs, economy, small business, transportation, and veterans.
Rep. Tony O'Donnell (R), In 1994, Rep. O’Donnell was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 29-C. Since that time O'Donnell has served in leadership positions including serving as the Maryland House Minority Leader and is a member of the House Environmental Matters Committee. Issues of concern include: reforming entitlements and the tax code; ending the fraud, waste and abuse; balancing the budget; American energy policy; regulatory reform; healthcare reform; immigration reform; traditional marriage; and education reform.
The Dream Act would allow illegal immigrant students to pay in-state tuition at institutions in the University System of Maryland if their parents filed to pay state taxes, if they attended a Maryland high school for at least three years and if they graduated. Passed by the General Assembly in 2011, and landed it on the 2012 ballot as a voter referendum.
On March 1, in Maryland. Then, in May, opponents in November. Until then, supporters of same-sex marriage, such as Equality Maryland, are mobilizing support, canvassing and holding public events. Groups that oppose same-sex marriage, including the Maryland Catholic Conference, are still soliciting support and fundraising.