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Maryland Makes Showing at DNC

Here's a roundup of convention coverage that hits close to home.

As we did last week with the , we're digging up items of local interest out of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC. We'll be updating this post with other items as the convention continues this week. Follow along with full coverage of the DNC on The Huffington Post.

O'Malley speaks tonight: Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley landed a primetime speaking slot: 10 p.m. Tuesday, when major networks will start broadcasting. The Baltimore Sun reports that the stage in Charlotte could be a launching pad for the 2016 presidential race. WBAL caught up with the governor on Monday.

Better off?: O'Malley may have gone a hair off message on Sunday's Face the Nation on CBS. Bob Schieffer asked if Americans were better off than they were four years ago. O'Malley answered: “No, but that’s not the question of this election. Without a doubt, we are not as well off as we were before George Bush brought us the Bush job losses, the Bush recessions, the Bush deficits, the series of desert wars, charged for the first time to credit cards — the national credit card."

Conservative bloggers and pundits quickly seized on the remarks.

The cheap seats: Maryland's delegation is seated toward a far back corner of the Time Warner Cable Arena, Maryland Reporter reports. But it was the first stop for Democratic National Committee chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who addressed the delegates in a breakfast meeting on Monday.

LGBT community looks to be heard: The Metro Weekly in Charlotte reports that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Charlotte wants to use this week's opportunity to speak to Maryland delegates. One lesbian-owned Irish pub, the paper reports, is hosting an afterparty for Maryland's delegation following President Barack Obama's speech on Thursday. Maryland's same-sex marriage law faces a referendum challenge on the ballot this fall.

Steve September 08, 2012 at 04:32 PM
ROTFLMAO Jon Stewart nailed Faux News on his show last night for their phony Convention coverage. http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/fri-september-7-2012/hope-and-change-2---last-week-this-week
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT September 08, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Both parties at their worst. Republicans - must distance themselves from George Bush. Did not. No mention of overseas wars. They must think the kids with lost limbs, eyes and other problems will heal themselves. A tax CUT - the dumbest idea I have ever heard. How about no change in the tax code and lower spending? Democrats - boo god. Clearly against any type of religion and lacking in morals. Dems committed fraud in their own convention! The most hideous women worried about birth contol Ladies - no worries in getting pregnant with the way you look . Joe Biden - actually a very good speech. He did give great insight to the President's thoughts. Pres and Mrs. Obama - we have heard the speeches before, - but we see your actions. Your actions are now front and center - you have a track record. Had you just moved a little to the middle, we would be talking landlsde for you. Now you are in a dogfight because you listed to folks like Axelrod. In the meantine, kids are not learning in school, in part because of the culture but also because of the behavior of both parties. If our leaders have no morals, why should our kids?
Steve September 08, 2012 at 06:27 PM
"Hideous women"??? Scarlett Johannson, Eva Longoria hideous???
John T. September 10, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Hal. Maybe that's the problem in the public sector. If they play by different rules then maybe the rules need to be changed. The post office still has a monopoly on the regular 1st class mail and can not be profitable. Agreed, they have to deliver to everyone, but that is less of an issue today than in the past with improved transportataion and population growth and sprawl.. The post office's main problem is the same problem that many failing private sector companies experience - not controlling your overhead. With the rise in the internet, may consumers have moved to sending that way, and raising the cost of a stamp only increases the use of the internet as a response by their customers. The large financial burden becomes increasing costs, primarily union labor and fuel while experiencing a loss of customers. Social Security is a whole other issue. The "trust fund" that politicians talk about is empty, loaded with IOU's. They pay the social security benefits owed today with the monies that they collect today. Example: Pay your payroll taxes (fed/Soc. Sec.) a day late and you'll get a threatening letter from SS immediately. Social Security's main problem is the drawing of benefits by people that never paid into it and if our elected officials didn't spend the money SS would not e where it is today.
John T. September 10, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Gov. agencies that are manipulated by members of congress is an issue and if the media did their job and reported those instance to the public, that could have an impact, but the media today doesn't perform its main job, which is to report news and in turn they become the publics watchdog. Instead they report news selectively and bias it with their opinion. The main problem with Gov.agencies are that their is no incentive to save money and retain a surplus, because they will not receive more money in next years budget. If they don't spend it they lose it. Lack of oversight perpetuates the problem. In the private sector, not many companies would stay competitive for very long using that approach. Ross Perot looked like he was onto something - an alternative to the 2 party system that we have become. His quote: "They (politians) buy our vote with our money", is so true and continues to get worse. Gov. employees, as well as retiring politicians, should be restricted from working for any companies that they were involved with while representing the public for a period of 5 years. If you do not agree with that then you simply do not work for the public sector and offer your services in the private sector. Very simple.

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