NRA-Endorsed Incoming GOP Governor Will Keep State’s Sweeping Gun Control Law                             
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“If we get bogged down on tinkering around with law in Maryland on controversial issues, we’re never going be able to work together across party lines to fix our broken economy,” Hogan spokesman Adam Dubitsky told the Diamondback, the University of Maryland campus newspaper, when asked about repealing the law.

The “Firearms Safety Act of 2013″ is a direct assault to one’s Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. It bans many commonly owned and widely popular rifles, including the AR-15, and it limits magazine capacity to 10 rounds of ammunition in addition to requiring licensing, fingerprinting, and safety training for handgun purchases.


Article 5(a) of the Maryland Declaration declares that  “…the Inhabitants of Maryland are entitled to the Common Law of England, and the trial by Jury, according to the course of that Law, and to the benefit of such of the English statutes as existed on the Fourth day of July, seventeen hundred and seventy-six; and which, by experience, have been found applicable to their local and other circumstances, and have been introduced, used and practiced by the Courts of Law or Equity; and also of all Acts of Assembly in force on the first day of June, eighteen hundred and sixty-seven; except such as may have since expired, or may be inconsistent with the provisions of this Constitution; subject, nevertheless, to the revision of, and amendment or repeal by, the Legislature of this State. And the Inhabitants of Maryland are also entitled to all property derived to them from, or under the Charter granted by His Majesty Charles the First to Caecilius Calvert, Baron of Baltimore. Historically in America, there has been a contrast with common law (English) systems with civil law (Roman) systems. The basis in civil law has traditionally been the code, which is treated as a comprehensive body of rules, policies, and principles. Gaps in the code are filled in by a process call the equity of the statute. Judges reason by analogy from the most pertinent provision and its policy to supply the answer. New laws are integrated into the code either by the legislature and its drafters or by judges who reconcile its rules and policies with those of the code. The basis in common law systems has traditionally been the common law, a comprehensive body of rules, policies, and principles. Gaps in the common law are filled by a process of reasoning by analogy, figuring out how a new problem is alike, and different from, prior judicial findings. New laws are integrated into the common law through two simple canons. Ordinary statutes are construed consistent with the common law and not in derogation of it, but remedial statutes supersede the common law and now trump it.

“Maryland is suffering from a shortage of environmentally acceptable forms of energy.” Compounding this energy shortage is our failure to formulate a comprehensive and aggressive research and development program designed to make available to consumers our large domestic energy reserves including fossil fuels, nuclear fuels, geothermal resources, solar energy, and other forms of energy. This failure is partially because the unconventional energy technologies have not been judged to be economically competitive with traditional energy technologies. The urgency of our energy challenge will require commitments similar to those undertaken in the space program; it will require that the State undertake a research, development, and demonstration program in nonnuclear renewable energy technologies with a total investment which may reach or exceed $20,000,000,000 over the next decade. In undertaking such a program full advantage must be taken of the existing technical and managerial expertise in the various energy fields within the State and particularly in the private sector. Maryland’s future energy needs can be met if a statewide commitment is made now to dedicate the necessary financial resources, to enlist our scientific and technological capabilities, and to accord the proper priority to developing new nonnuclear energy options to serve our needs, conserve vital resources, and protect the environment.”
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Gov.-elect Hogan: Grand jury decision in Ferguson ‘really doesn’t impact Maryland’
Washington Post
Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R) said Tuesday that he wouldn’t second-guess a grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Mo., not to indict a police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager, adding that the decision “really doesn’t impact Maryland.”
Hogan was asked about the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson during a news conference in Annapolis called to announce 20 new members of Hogan’s transition team.

“It’s not my place to second-guess a grand jury decision, especially one that didn’t even taken place in our state,” said Hogan, an Anne Arundel County businessman who takes office Jan. 21. “None of us are privy to all the information that was available to those folks that served during those secret proceedings and looked at all the evidence.”


Brown failed to repay $500,000 loan on time
Baltimore Sun
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony G. Brown, who took out a $500,000 loan from the Laborers International Union in October to keep his faltering campaign going, did not pay it off as planned, according to a financial report filed Tuesday night.
Brown's campaign manager had vowed to pay back the unusual loan in full by Election Day. But the report showed that the campaign actually made no payments.

To take out the loan, Brown signed a personal guarantee of its repayment, and could be liable if the money can't be repaid. The report showed that Brown had $137,497 in his campaign account as of Nov. 11.

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