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Mar. 11– After passing the state Senate, Maryland House of Delegate voted to place the bill to legalize gay marriage into committee. The bill will be out of discussion until at least January of next year. This defeat was a surprising shock to advocates of gay marriage, who had high hopes for passing the bill in Maryland, a state with historically liberal policies. After the bill swiftly passed the traditionally conservative-leaning senate, opposition to the bill rose and representatives began to feel more pressure from opposed constituents.
Feb. 23 – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's conversation with a prank caller posing as conservative billionaire David Koch sparked outrage among thousands of Wisconsin protestors. Koch's Political Action Committee gave $43,000 to Walker's campaign. Walker admitted to caller, Ian Murphy, that he had hoped to lure the 14 Democratic Senators back to the capitol under the pretense of negotiation. He hoped to create a quorum in which the budget bill could pass without the votes from the Democrats. He also admitted that he thought about hiring agitators to bring an end to the two weeks of protests that have occurred in Madison.
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