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Gansler addresses teen beach party appearance

(USA TODAY/WUSA9) -- Maryland's attorney general, an outspoken opponent of underage drinking, says it was not his responsibility as a parent or a high-ranking law enforcement official to intervene at a teen beach party in June where alcohol was apparently served, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Douglas Gansler, a Democrat candidate for governor, says he does not remember whether he saw anyone drinking at the high school party in Delaware, the newspaper reports Wednesday.

In a press conference Thursday, Gansler said he was only at the party to speak with his son.

A photo, which was posted to Instagram by one of those attending, shows Gansler with a cellphone pushing through a crowd of young people, including some dancing shirtless on a table amid a smattering of red plastic cups.

The Sun says underage participants at the party at a rented house in South Bethany, Del., later confirmed that many were drinking alcohol.

Gansler responds to reports of reckless driving

WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is responding to accounts from Maryland State Police that he regularly ordered state troopers to drive him with lights and sirens to routine appointments.

Documents obtained by The Washington Post show Gansler directed troopers to speed, run red lights and bypass traffic jams while driving him. In one case, police said Gansler insisted on driving himself, running red lights with sirens blaring.

Police Lt. Charles Ardolini wrote in 2011 that the problem existed for five years and "occurs on a daily basis."

Gansler is now a Democratic candidate for governor.

Gansler's campaign issued a response Sunday. Gansler apologized if his "backseat driving" made troopers uncomfortable. But the campaign says the matters were settled and are now being used as a political attack on Gansler.

Riderwood Retirement Community’s Nearly 3,000 Residents to Vote Nov. 6

Riderwood Retirement Community’s Nearly 3,000  Residents to Vote Nov. 6

Nearly 3,000 residents of Riderwood retirement community will vote November 6  in two separate county voting precincts located at their campus in Silver Spring, MD.

Half of Riderwood’s 120-acre campus is located in Montgomery County and half is located in Prince George’s County. Residents will vote in either of the county precincts depending on where they actually live at Riderwood.

As the November 6 General Election nears,  Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring, MD,  is a hotspot for politically passionate people, their passion outweighed only by their savvy.

Many of Riderwood’s residents  belong to one of two resident-run political groups on campus—one for Democrats and one for Republicans. And though these two groups may hold different political opinions, they both serve as places for freedom of expression.

Montgomery Co. Opens Early Voting Centers

Montgomery Co. Opens Early Voting Centers

Montgomery County will open five Early Voting Centers from October 27 through November 1, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Sunday hours noon – 6 p.m.)  Voters are able to vote on the same voting equipment used on Election Day, but at a time that is more convenient.

Early Voting Centers are located at:

Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center, 14625 Bauer Drive, Rockville 20853

Germantown Recreation Center, 18905 Kingsview Road, Germantown 20874

Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center, 14906 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville 20866

Montgomery County Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville 20850

Silver Spring Civic Building, One Veteran’s Plaza, Silver Spring 20910 


Although born and bred in upstate New York, I have lived in Northern Virginia for 31 years. This election cycle, the Commonwealth is a battleground in the Presidential race, and by virtue of anticipated coattails, negative or positive, in the Senatorial one as well. For what seems like an eternity, residents have endured increasingly nasty TV ads, and it isn't even post convention, post Labor Day!  Candidates have been crisscrossing the state in attack dog mode, spewing gall and gaffes, attempting to drum up support. I want to buy earplugs.