Subject: Another Update on Petition Drive Against MD DREAM Act
Another brief note to keep your readers up-to-date on the petition drive to put Maryland's DREAM Act to a state-wide referendum.
On June 30, petition organizers presented the State Board of Elections with a second and final batch of approximately 74,000 petitions. That makes a total of nearly 132,000 petitions, far in excess of the 55,376 required. While the 2nd group still needs to be validated, at this point it is inconceivable that the threshold will not be met for putting the issue on the November 2012 ballot.
In the final weeks, our opponents launched a well-funded campaign of interference and intimidation against petition gatherers.[One Maryland Defense Campaign, (Email them)]I personally witnessed these tactics, and was myself the subject of a false police report by someone claiming I had refused to leave their property when asked.
Blatant, in-your-face corruption and Nazi tactics in Maryland occurring NOW, James Simpson, DC Independent Examiner, June 27, 2011
These efforts, however, were too little and too late. DREAM Act supporters drank too much of their own Kool Aid and sincerely couldn't imagine taxpayers not being overjoyed at the chance to help cuddly undocumented teens with straight A's go to college. They never anticipated the peasants might revolt.
Ominously, however, our opponents haven't accepted defeat. Instead, they retained one of the Left's nastier hired guns, Joseph E. Sandler.
Maryland activist Ann Corcoran has done an excellent job of detailing Sandler's long career of opposing traditional Americans and traditional American values.So who did the MD State Board of Elections really give your personal information to, and when?, by Ann Corcoran, June 28, 2011The Maryland State Board of Elections eagerly handed over to Sandler all the names, addresses & birth dates of petition signers as of May 31st. The electronic file given to Sandler will certainly be used to create a searchable, online database of personal information in order to punish signers, such as Sandler's gay rights clients have done in similar situations.
The Catholic Church is also gearing up for a fight.Local Catholic leaders urge support for Dream ActIrregardless of any future legal challenges, two immediate victories have already been won. First, implementation of the Maryland DREAM Act, which was scheduled for July 1, has been delayed at least until August 1 and likely until the next election. Second, the stunning overkill achieved by an unfunded, bi-partisan, grassroots citizens effort in deep-blue Maryland has got to give pause to potential supporters of Senator Durbin's national DREAM Act.
By George P. Matysek Jr. gmatysek@CatholicReview.org June 28, 2011
Those interested in following the signature validation process on a day-by-day basis can go to the Maryland State Board of Elections website here.