Archive for March, 2010
ANNAPOLIS UPDATE – Impeachment Proceedings Against Attorney General Doug Gansler
By Delegate Rick Impallaria
Today, Wednesday, March 31, 2010, Delegate Don Dwyer introduced impeachment charges against the Attorney General of the State of Maryland, Douglas F. Gansler. Delegate Dwyer, before the entire body of the House of Delegates, read out clearly and concisely the authority of the body to bring impeachment charges against a constitutionally elected Officer of the State and also clearly laid out the reasons why Mr. Gansler should be impeached by the House of Delegates. To be absolutely clear about what impeachment means, it is similar to a Grand More >
I brought the Articles of Impeachment to the House Floor today at approximately 10:15am. I was not ruled out of order as I had expected to be, but was not able to get a vote. The Articles have been moved to House Judiciary Committee for hearings to be held today at 3pm.
Please come to testify, or simply to show support. If you are unable to come, you can view the hearings by following the link http://www.ustream.tv/channel/house-judiciary-hearings-march-31-2010
While researching in preparation of my impeachment of Maryland’s Attorney General, I came across an interesting situation. One that has led me to file an ethics complaint against House Speaker Michael Busch, regarding the appointment of the House Parliamentarian.
At issue are concerns regarding the House Parliamentarian and the fact the she is a voting member of the majority Party who, when asked questions of procedure, has always ruled in favor of the Speaker and the Democrat Party.
In fact, Maryland is the only legislature in the Nation whose Parliamentarian is a voting member of the body.
In order for the parliamentarian to rule fairly More >
Yesterday, I requested an emergency bill entitled Maryland Health Freedom Act. I am extremely concerned about the massive, intrusive, and expensive and UNCONSTITUTIONAL health care bill that Democrats on the Federal level are still trying to jam down America’s throat. I have watched along with many of you, the town hall meetings packed with citizens shouting to be heard while arrogant elected officials talk on their cell phones and insult their intelligence. A few days ago, Nancy Pelosi said, “we need to pass this bill so we can find out whats in it.” Are you kidding me? This is unacceptable and the people More >
I am appalled upon reading in the Gazette of yet another massive sewage spill from a pumping station. I have long argued that instances such as this along with others reported or unreported spills are the main culprit of the pollution in our waterways. I have been told that the main reason for pollution is animal feces and homeowners who have faulty septic systems.
Thousands of waterfront homeowners are required to comply with numerous stringent regulations regarding the use of their property in the name of protecting the environment. Non- compliance, even inadvertently often results in the homeowner having to pay huge More >
On Monday March 1, 2010 Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler declared in a letter written to House Speaker Michael E. Busch, that the Attorney General may only be removed by a court proceeding for the specified grounds, not by impeachment by the legislature.
While it is true that during the impeachment process, the removal comes as result of a court procedure, in all impeachments the Senate or High House becomes the court of jurisdiction. This is evidenced in the many historical records of impeachment proceedings.
This letter was reportedly presented to Democrat members of the General Assembly with the understanding that More >
Just 6 years after Maryland’s Attorney General Joe Curran issued his official opinion on the recognition of out of state same sex marriage, Maryland’s current Attorney General Doug Gansler has overturned it. In doing so, he not only bypassed the long standing practice of referring to standing opinions from previous Attorney Generals, he also usurped the power of the General Assembly. The immediate effect of this opinion is far-reaching. It nullifies Maryland’s current law that states “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid in this state.”
To hold the office of Attorney General one must put his More >