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Opening Arguments

For the all-politics-is-local file

Charlie White, say hello to Wendy Rosen:

Wendy Rosen, the Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Andy Harris in the 1st Congressional District, withdrew from the race Monday amid allegations that she voted in elections in both Maryland and Florida in 2006 and 2008.

It was unclear, however, whether she could remove her name from the ballot with the election less than two months away. Under state law, a candidate has until 70 days before an election to remove his or her name from the ballot. The deadline for the Nov. 6 election passed on Aug. 28.

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Rosen, 57, a Cockeysville businesswoman and Maryland voter, told The Baltimore Sun that she registered to vote in Florida several years ago in order to support a "very close friend" running for the St. Petersburg City Council and to vote on local issues there.

The Indiana Court of Appeals just tossed Charlie's appeal, which frees him to seek "post-conviction relief" from the judge in the original trial. Good luck with that. "Why, yes, Mr. White, I now freely confess that I committed grave errors while presiding over your case, so you are now absolved of all guilt." Note that both Charlie and Wendy got caught up in political scandal at the lowest levels of politics, she to support a "very close friend" in a City Council race, he to keep his town council seat and salary. Don't gotta be big to be messy and embarrassing.