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Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 06/12/2012

Tiffany Alston found guilty of theft charges

Alston (D-Prince George’s) was found guilty of charges that she stole $800 from the General Assembly to cover expenses of an assistant at her private law firm.

By John Wagner  |  10:35 AM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Same-sex marriage bill remains stalled in Md. House

The fate of Maryland's same-sex marriage bill remained unclear Wednesday, as House leaders indicated they would not try again to bring it to a committee vote until at least Thursday.

By John Wagner and Sandhya Somashekhar  |  01:30 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:10 AM ET, 03/02/2011

In statement, Alston says she is prepared to vote on same-sex marriage bill

Del. Tiffany T. Alston (D-Prince George's) issued a statement early Wednesday morning saying she is now prepared to vote on Maryland's same-sex marriage bill and will do so "based on what I believe to be right."

By John Wagner  |  06:10 AM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Updated: Missing delegates stall Md. same-sex marriage bill

One of two legislators who went missing Tuesday morning for a committee vote on Maryland's same-sex marriage legislation said they are withholding their votes on the bill to gain "leverage" on unrelated issues they consider equally important. Del. Jill Carter...

By John Wagner  |  02:05 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 02/28/2011

Catholic leaders urge continued fight against same-sex marriage in Md.

The Catholic Church isn't giving up its fight against same-sex marriage in Maryland.

By John Wagner  |  05:41 PM ET, 02/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 02/04/2011

Brown steps out on same-sex marriage in Maryland

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G Brown (D) speaks out forcefully for same-sex marriage in an interview that posted Thursday on the Web site of the Washington Blade.

By John Wagner  |  08:58 AM ET, 02/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 02/03/2011

New Jersey's Christie strikes back at O'Malley

During a recent radio interview in which he described his efforts to reform state employee pensions, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) took a swing at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) -- another pol whose name is already showing up on lists of potential 2016 presidential candidates.

By John Wagner  |  03:11 PM ET, 02/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:38 AM ET, 02/03/2011

O'Malley to nominate brother as Maryland Democratic Party chairman

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is planning to nominate his younger brother and long-time political confidant, Peter O'Malley, as the next chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party, according to party sources.

By John Wagner  |  07:38 AM ET, 02/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 02/02/2011

Md. lawmakers to hold hearing on storm outages

Maryland lawmakers are planning to grill utility company representatives next week about why so many customers were left in the dark following last week's snowstorm.

By John Wagner  |  02:01 PM ET, 02/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 02/02/2011

GOP senator announces support for Md. same-sex marriage bill

Sen. Allan H. Kittleman (R-Howard) formally announced his support Wednesday morning for legislation that would allow same-sex marriages in Maryland, saying he would vote for the bill "because of my firm belief in equal rights."

By John Wagner  |  11:25 AM ET, 02/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 02/01/2011

Kittleman breaks with Senate GOP caucus on Maryland same-sex marriage bill

Sen. Allan H. Kittleman (R-Howard) parted ways with fellow Senate Republicans on Tuesday as they voted as a caucus to oppose a same-sex marriage bill pending in the Maryland General Assembly this year.

By John Wagner  |  02:56 PM ET, 02/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 01/31/2011

O'Malley to back 'reliability standards' for Pepco, other utilities

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) will back legislation imposing reliability standards on Pepco and other utilities that would require companies to pay fines for poor performance that would be directed to affected ratepayers. O'Malley outlined his position in a letter...

By John Wagner  |  09:18 AM ET, 01/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 01/27/2011

Md. senator to miss much of session for Guard training

A Republican state senator in Maryland will miss a significant portion of the 90-day legislative session because he has been activated for an Air National Guard training mission in Georgia.

By John Wagner  |  09:51 AM ET, 01/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 01/25/2011

O'Malley numbers up in new poll; majority supports same-sex marriage

A new statewide poll finds Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's job approval higher than it's ever been and includes some encouraging news for advocates of same-sex marriage.

By John Wagner  |  12:01 AM ET, 01/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 01/24/2011

Halt in production of lethal drug to be issue in Md. death penalty deliberations

A new wrinkle has emerged in Maryland's deliberations over resuming use of the death penalty: Word that the U.S. company that makes a drug used in lethal injections is halting its production.

By John Wagner  |  04:00 PM ET, 01/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 01/24/2011

Investment fund, wind energy top O'Malley session agenda

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) formally unveiled a legislative package Monday that contained few surprises, is fairly modest in scope and seeks to bolster the administration's job-creation efforts and "green energy" credentials.

By John Wagner  |  03:15 PM ET, 01/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 01/21/2011

Md. Senate GOP revamps caucus leadership

Senate Republicans in Maryland overhauled their leadership team on Friday, installing a pair of more conservative senators to lead the caucus at the close of the session's second week.

By John Wagner  |  06:43 PM ET, 01/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 01/21/2011

Md. majority leaders sponsoring same-sex marriage bills

The majority leaders in both the Maryland House and Senate are acting as lead sponsors of bills this session allowing same-sex marriage, a symbolic move meant to underscore the momentum behind the legislation.

By John Wagner  |  12:46 PM ET, 01/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Hearing on Md. death penalty rules set next month

Maryland lawmakers have scheduled a hearing on proposed death penalty regulations, a long-delayed step along the way to the possible resumption of executions in the state.

By John Wagner  |  04:07 PM ET, 01/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 01/20/2011

O'Malley celebrates inaugural with Irish music, beer

About 2,500 people streamed to a cavernous military hall in Baltimore that was tranformed Wednesday night into the site of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's second inaugural celebration.

By John Wagner  |  08:58 AM ET, 01/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 01/18/2011

UPDATED: Md. GOP chair urges Kittleman not to resign as Senate minority leader

Maryland Sen. Allan H. Kittleman (R-Howard) announced Tuesday that will step down as minority leader because it has become apparent his colleagues do not want a "social moderate" leading the caucus.

By John Wagner  |  05:59 PM ET, 01/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 01/18/2011

O'Malley, wife to greet public following swearing-in ceremony

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will host a receiving line for the public following his inauguration to a second term on Wednesday, his office announced.

By John Wagner  |  04:36 PM ET, 01/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 01/12/2011

Md. Senate president calls alcohol tax hike 'insanity'

"Insanity personified."That's how Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) summed up his thoughts Wednesday morning on a proposal for a "dime-a-drink" increase in state alcohol taxes.

By John Wagner  |  11:39 AM ET, 01/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 01/10/2011

Md.'s O'Malley to keynote Va. political event

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) will cross the Potomac next month to serve as the keynote speaker at an annual party dinner for Virginia Democrats.

By John Wagner  |  11:51 AM ET, 01/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 01/10/2011

Nearly 1,400 state workers apply for Md. buyout

Nearly 1,400 Maryland state employees have applied for a voluntary buyout program, according to Gov. Martin O'Malley's office.

By John Wagner  |  11:29 AM ET, 01/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 01/07/2011

O'Malley to propose $250 million in school construction, aide tells county leaders

Despite a tough budget year ahead, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) remains committed to spending at least another $250 million on public school construction, a top aide said Friday.

By John Wagner  |  12:06 PM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 01/07/2011

O'Malley asks for 'continued vigilance' following ignition of incendiary devices

In an email sent to all Maryland state employees Friday, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) asks that they continue to report suspicious activity following the ignition of two small incendiary devices sent to state buildings the day before.

By John Wagner  |  10:56 AM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 01/05/2011

Senate GOP leader in Md. to push for civil unions

Senate Minority Leader Allan H. Kittleman (R-Howard) announced Wednesday that he would sponsor legislation in the upcoming legislative session that would allow civil unions between both heterosexual and same-sex partners.

By John Wagner  |  05:10 PM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 01/05/2011

O'Malley to headline policy conference next month

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) will get some more national exposure -- among policy wonks, at least -- when he delivers at keynote address next month at a conference hosted by Governing magazine.

By John Wagner  |  04:06 PM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 01/05/2011

O'Malley likely to reject budget cut affecting disabilities providers

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is not likely to accept a recommendation from his budget advisers that would freeze some funding next year for state-paid providers of mental health and developmental disabilities services, aides said Wednesday.

By John Wagner  |  02:01 PM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 01/05/2011

Md. health secretary lauded as tenure nears end

A formal announcement of his departure is not scheduled until noon Wednesday, but the tributes to John M. Colmers, Maryland's health secretary, started rolling in long before that.

By John Wagner  |  11:12 AM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 01/03/2011

O'Malley plans scaled-down inaugural celebration

In recognition of the state's continuing economic challenges, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is scaling back his Jan. 19 inaugural activities compared to four years ago.

By John Wagner  |  04:23 PM ET, 01/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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