ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBAL & AP) —December 8, 2021
Partisan trenches are dug deep as state lawmakers arrived Monday for a special session called to adopt newly drawn congressional district maps and to override many of Gov. Larry Hogan's vetoes of measures from the last session.
Last month, the Republican governor's own citizen committee finalized maps that Hogan said will give Republicans a stronger edge and "have a chance to restore fairness to our political system."
The Maryland Redistricting Advisory Committee, led by Democratic House Speaker Adrienne Jones and Senate President Bill Ferguson, heavily favors Democrats with all eight districts in favor of the party. Democrats hold a supermajority in the General Assembly and control the redistricting process in Maryland.
"It is a map that is more compact and contains boundaries that honor communities' identification," Ferguson said.
Republicans are concerned the Democrat-preferred map holds seven congressional seats safely in the hands of Democrats. The Eastern Shore district currently held by Republican Andy Harris could become more competitive…
Maryland General Assembly Approves New Congressional Map