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June 9, 2011

Pro-choice women's group endorses Rawlings-Blake

Emily's List, a group that encourages the political careers of pro-choice female Democrats, endorsed today Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's campaign to retain her office.

"As mayor, Stephanie has worked to build economic development, create jobs, and provide opportunities for her constituents," Jonathan Parker, Political Director of EMILY’s List, said in a statement. "A groundbreaking mayor, Stephanie is the only African-American female mayor out of the nation’s 100 largest cities."

"Baltimore is home to some amazing women who wake up every morning ready to do everything in their power to create a better life for their families," Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. " These women can count on me to make the same type of tough decisions as mayor so that our families can have better schools, safer streets and stronger neighborhoods.”

Emily's List cited in the statement a contentious 2009 Rawlings-Blake initiative that required crisis pregnancy centers that do not perform abortions to post signs saying that they did not offer those services. A federal judge struck down that law in January, saying that it violated the centers' First Amendment rights. The city filed an appeal of the ruling about a month ago.

Backers of the law said that the centers had provided deceptive information; the Archdiocese of Baltimore, which filed suit against the city, said that being forced to post signs infringed on the centers' right to free speech.

Rawlings-Blake has previously been endorsed by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Rep. Elijah Cummings, Del. Keiffer Mitchell and the local health care workers union of the SEIU.

Posted by Julie Scharper at 4:29 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: 2011 City Campaigns
        

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The residents of Baltimore are looking for those jobs that SRB has created and the economic development that was attributed to her. Maybe they are the shovel ready that VP Biden cited. No one in Baltimore has seen any growth from her administration.

I can cite less city services, increase in murders, more trash and weeds around the city, fire fighters buying billboard space to voice their displeasure with her and the council, higher unemployment and more homelessness during her watch.

SRB tenure as mayor will be a replica of Clarence DuBurn's tenure voted out at the next election.

SRB is nothing but a puppet of both OMalley brothers.
She has got to go.

An obvious endorsement prompted by Emily's List queen, Senator Barbara Mikulski, who already came out in favor of SRB based on her relationship with Governor Martin O'Malley and his puppet Congressman Elijah Cummings...and their! backpocket union SEIU1199!! So sad...

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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