Monday, March 18, 2013
A libertarian group launched attack ads aimed at the legislation, Maryland Juice reported.
After Maryland's 2012 ballot was stuffed with referendums for everything from same-sex marriage to gambling in Prince George's County, Burtonsville Democrat Del. Eric Luedtke proposed more stringent standards for petitioners. Columnist Marta Mossburg wrote off the bill as hypocrisy in an op-ed for the Baltimore Sun on Feb. 26 and a group called Citizens in Charge reportedly mailed a slew of attack ads taking shots at Luedtke and the bill to Maryland voters last week. Luedtke wrote an opinion piece for the Sun on March 3, defending his legislation, which, he said calls for more transparancy in the funding of petition campaigns; requires signers to be made aware of whether their information will become public information and validates …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Both senators representing East Montgomery County vote against putting expanded gambling on the ballot, but delegates split.
State senators and delegates representing Burtonsville, Silver Spring and Takoma Park split Wednesday on whether to put expanded gaming up for a referendum. The measure, which passed the Senate Wednesday morning with a 32-14 vote, would leave it up to voters to approve the expansion of gaming to a sixth location in the area that includes both National Harbor and Rosecroft Raceway. A majority of Prince George's County voters are required to vote in favor of a site in their county—something they rejected in 2008. According to an unofficial roll call, Sens. Jamie Raskin (D-Dist 20, which includes Takoma Park and Silver Spring) and Karen Montgomery (D-Dist 14, which includes parts of Silver Spring and Burtonsville) both voted "nay" on the bill…
Saturday, August 11, 2012
"Concerns are everywhere," said Del. Frank Turner, chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Gaming Law and Regulation.
A bill authorizing gambling expansion in Maryland will likely be amended, according to the chairman of the House subcommittee that is holding hearings on the legislation. Del. Frank Turner, a Howard County Democrat, initially characterized possible changes to the bill passed Friday by the Senate as minor. "Mostly it's a lot of tweaks," said Turner, the chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Gaming Law and Regulation. When asked what concerns his committee might have, Turner suggested the changes might be more substantive. "I think there are concerns everywhere," Turner said. "There are all kinds of concerns and ideas. Some will be germane and others won't. I think we're going to make it a better work product than what the …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Eleven group members and six alternates were chosen to discuss allowing a casino in Prince George’s County and adding table games to Maryland’s slot locations.
Two delegates from East Montgomery County, one as a member and one as an alternate, will be a part of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s gambling work group, the governor announced Monday. The group will try to reach agreement on the key issues involving expanded gaming in Maryland. If it can, O'Malley will call for a special special of the General Assembly on July 9. The group, which will be led by business executive John Morton III, will include Del. Sheila Hixson (D-Dist 20), who represents Silver Spring and parts of White Oak, and Del. Eric Luedtke (D-Dist 14), who represents Burtonsville and Colesville, as an alternate. The gaming work group includes O’Malley’s chief of staff Matrthew Gallagher and 17 legislators--11 group members and six …
Monday, April 9, 2012
Maryland's General Assembly is poised to approve a bill to increase the state's minimum dropout age from 16 to 17, and gradually to 18.
Should Maryland require high school students to be 18 years old in order to drop out? The General Assembly is expected to pass a bill proposing to increase Maryland's minimum school dropout age from 16 to 18 years old, according to a report by WTOP. The change will align Maryland with Virginia and D.C., where the dropout age is already set at 18. "Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to sign the bill, which is on its third and final reading in the House," the report states. The change — according to the bill — is gradual, with the minimum age first increasing to 17 on July 1, 2015, and to 18 two years later. The bill provides some exceptions for students to dropout early, including: kids who graduate early or get a GED, are married or are in…
Friday, October 14, 2011
Critics of Maryland’s redistricting committee’s proposed map say it prohibits non-white communities from electing the candidate of their choice.
People don’t know what Montgomery County residents look like, say some of the county’s top lawmakers who gathered Thursday evening at a redistricting forum, hosted by the African-American Democratic Club of Montgomery County at the People’s Community Baptist Church in Cloverly. Del. Eric Luedtke, (D-East Montgomery County) said the county is among the most diverse communities in America; County Council President Valerie Ervin (D-Silver Spring) added that she represents a majority black district. Both elected officials, along with half-a-dozen others, agreed that a proposed map of state legislative and Congressional districts slices through minority areas and may inhibit the ability of non-white groups to elect representatives of their …
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Luedtke showed his support for Verizon employees at a union rally on Monday, Aug. 8.
Showing his support for the hundreds of disgruntled Verizon employees who rallied on Monday, Aug. 8 in Silver Spring, Del. Eric Luetke (D-Dist 14) of Burtonsville said: “I’m proud to be a union member myself,” said Luedtke, a teacher at Loiederman Middle School in Silver Spring. “This fight isn’t just about CWA, this fight isn’t just about Verizon…You know that in America today there is a war on working families; there is a war on the working class. “This fight is the fight of every middle-class family in America,” Luedkte continued.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Hundreds of employees left work to show their discontent with contract negotiations.
Ask Carolyn—one of the hundreds of Verizon employees who gathered Monday in the Fairland neighborhood of Silver Spring to protest recent contract negotiations—who is manning the company’s call center at Chesapeake Complex at Columbia Pike and Musgrove Road and she’ll shrug. “Probably nobody,” the Bowie resident, who declined to give her last name, told Patch on Aug. 8. “Call in there and see what happens.” Carolyn is a member of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 2108 in Beltsville, which is one of several local groups engaged in a contentious battle for retained employee benefits, including healthcare costs and vacation time. CWA leaders say they have been negotiating with Verizon for six weeks. Monday’s protest was one of …
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
A week after Del. Eric Luedtke wrote to Giant of Maryland about its lease on Burtonsville Crossing, Luedtke says the corporation hasn’t responded.
The continuous loss of business at Burtonsville Crossing, a shopping center at Columbia Pike and National Drive, is a problem for Del. Eric Luedtke (D-Dist 14). Luedtke wrote to Giant of Maryland, parent company of the grocery store that serves as the anchor of Burtonsville Town Square, a shopping center that opened in November. The store had been located across the street and served as the anchor for Burtonsville Crossing until the new center opened. According to a statement from Giant, the company is still required to pay expenses for its previous space in Burtonsville Crossing and it is seeking other retailers to take over its old location. Reportedly, the property lease gives the company the right to turn away potential competitors. …
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Read the letter Del. Eric Luedtke (D-Dist 14) sent to Giant, asking the store to discontinue "delaying tactics" that may prevent Burtonsville Crossing from securing an anchor store.
Del. Eric Luedtke (D-Dist. 14) recently wrote to Giant of Maryland, parent company of Giant on Columbia Pike in Burtonsville. Luedtke expressed concern over the health of Burtonsville Crossing since the new shopping center, Burtonsville Town Square, opened in November. Giant operated a grocery store in Burtonsville Crossing until late last year when the company moved its store to the newer shopping center across the street. Reportedly, Giant has the right to prevent similar businesses from moving into their old spot in Burtonsville Crossing. The text of Luedtke's letter: April 4, 2011 Don Sussman Interim President Giant of Maryland 8301 Professional Place, Suite 115 Landover, MD 20785 Mr. Sussman: I write to express my deep concern about…