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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Tony Campbell
Poisonous lizards are coming to Washington, and they're hailing disproportionately from Maryland, North Carolina and Texas.
A new report does not call any Maryland district gerrymandered, it just says the heavily Democrat-leaning state has the nation's least compact congressional districts and focuses a spotlight on the much-maligned district map that voters will have an opportunity get rid of on Election Day.
A Maryland court on Friday upheld a petition forcing a referendum this fall on the state's congressional map.
Opponents of the new Maryland congressional map met their petition deadline Saturday night, turning in what they believe to be enough names to force a November referendum.
A petition drive seeking a referendum on Maryland's congressional map faces its final deadline this weekend, and organizers said Thursday they are still scrambling to gather the necessary signatures.
But the results showed that even many Democrats who were happy to see their party gain seats were disgusted with the way they did so, he said.
"You look at the map, and basically they carved it up like a Thanksgiving turkey," said Tony Campbell, president of Marylanders for Coherent and Fair Representation, which backed the referendum that would have forced the state to redraw its lines in time for the 2014 elections.