Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

October 31, 2008

Maryland to stay true blue

It has been 20 years since a Republican candidate for president has won in the state of Maryland. That streak is not likely to be broken Tuesday.

Maryland has long been considered a blue state, but Republicans still have managed to carry the state in six of 15 elections since 1948. The breakdown:

1948 — Dewey (R) over Truman (D)

1952 — Eisenhower (R) over Stevenson (D)

1956 — Eisenhower (R) over Stevenson (D)

1960 — Kennedy (D) over Nixon (R)

1964 — Johnson (D) over Goldwater (R)

1968 — Humphrey (D) over Nixon

1972 — Nixon (R) over McGovern (D)

1976 — Carter (D) over Ford (R)

1980 — Carter (D) over Reagan (R)

1984 — Reagan (R) over Mondale (D)

1988 — GHW Bush (R) over Dukakis (D)

1992 — Clinton (D) over GHW Bush (R)

1996 — Clinton (D) over Dole (R)

2000 — Gore (D) over GW Bush (R)

2004 — Kerry (D) over GW Bush (R)

With Maryland’s lopsided Democratic registration, it is little wonder that Republicans have an uphill fight. The state has about 1.9 million Democrats and 926,000 Republicans. Tuesday’s election turnout is forecast to be as high as 85 percent....

Local historian Al Feldstein provided us with a copy of the local page of the Cumberland Evening Times of Feb. 21, 1952, showing a photograph of confiscated slot machines being destroyed.

The caption said the 20 machines were smashed by the Allegany County sheriff and roads department employees and the money was turned over to the county treasurer, James W. Bishop. It was not indicated where the machines were found.

Slot machines will be legal in Allegany County if Tuesday’s statewide referendum on gambling is approved by voters....

The federal Food Stamp Program is a thing of the past. It’s official name is now the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the program, said the new name represents a “new era” and more accurately reflects the program’s mission. Perhaps the SNAP was borrowed from the snap, crackle and pop slogan of a popular cereal....

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