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Maryland Politics: April, 2011

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 04/28/2011

O’Malley announces new environment secretary, other personnel moves

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) made several personnel announcements, including the elevation of a long-time state employee to secretary of the environment.

By John Wagner  |  02:43 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Baker names public safety director

Barry L. Stanton, county manager for Frederick County, has been named public safety director for Prince George’s County. Stanton, 54, will oversee chiefs of police, fire, corrections and the director of homeland security.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  06:13 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland Politics

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Schaefer remembered by cast of Marylanders

William Donald Schaefer, former Balitmore mayor and Maryland governor, will be memorialized today at a funeral service in his home city.

By John Wagner and Ann E. Marimow  |  01:12 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Md. to solicit new bids for Baltimore slots site

A state panel voted unanimously Tuesday to solicit new bidders to operate a slots casino in downtown Baltimore, seeking to move forward with the potentially lucrative project after a series of delays.

By John Wagner  |  05:54 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 04/25/2011

Schaefer’s body arrives at Md. State House

The flag-draped casket of William Donald Schaefer arrived at the State House in Annapolis at 9:30 a.m. Monday, accompanied by a police escort and greeted by a solemn Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).

By John Wagner  |  10:25 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 04/23/2011

Prince George’s urged to create anti-corruption watchdog

A task force to help Prince George’s County shed its reputation for government corruption is urging county officials to create an independent government watchdog

By Miranda Spivack  |  12:34 PM ET, 04/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Miranda Spivack, Prince George's County

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 04/22/2011

Equality Maryland dismisses top staffer

Following a big push to legalize same-sex marriage that fell just short, Maryland’s leading gay-rights group has dismissed its top staffer.

By John Wagner  |  04:46 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 04/22/2011

O’Malley drives measures on electric cars

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who by his own acknowledgment hasn’t driven much in the past decade or so, arrived at an event Friday behind the wheel of a black Chevy Volt.

By John Wagner  |  12:15 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 04/21/2011

O’Malley press secretary stepping down

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is in search of a new press secretary.

By John Wagner  |  08:52 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 04/21/2011

O’Malley plans more political travel, trade mission

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has plans to travel out of state in May to headline another political dinner and out of the country in June on a 10-day trade mission.

By John Wagner  |  08:29 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Schaefer remembered fondly at meeting of Md. board

The tributes to Maryland political giant William Donald Schaefer continued Wednesday at the Board of Public Works, a state panel on which the former governor and comptroller served for 16 years.

By John Wagner  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Schaefer viewing delays Md. bill signings

Dozens of bills passed in the just-completed session of the Maryland General Assembly will have to wait a few more weeks to become law.

By John Wagner  |  10:02 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 04/19/2011

Agreement allows Konterra project to move forward

The state has agreed to pay $74 million in infrastructure costs to settle a long festering lawsuit that has held up Konterra, one of the largest proposed mixed-use projects in Prince George’s.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  04:31 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 04/19/2011

Prince George’s council to consider pay raise for some county employees

The Prince George’s Council has agreed to consider a 2 percent pay raise for about 1800 county unionized employees, but approval is far from certain.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  03:49 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland Politics

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 04/19/2011

Baker wins confirmation for two Pr. George’s Cabinet posts

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III won confirmation Tuesday of his first two Cabinet nominees.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  01:08 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 04/19/2011

O’Malley touts latest blue crab estimate

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Tuesday pointed to a new estimate of the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population, saying it was more evidence of the wisdom of controversial limits imposed on harvesting in 2008.

By John Wagner  |  11:53 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 04/18/2011

O’Malley presses ahead with plans to limit new septic systems in Md.

Announcement shows that Maryland Gov. O’Malley isn’t backing down from a proposal to curb the construction of new systems that pollute the Chesapeake Bay.

By Ann E. Marimow  |  01:06 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 04/15/2011

O’Malley makes ‘Morning Joe’ appearance

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) got an opportunity Friday morning to tout Maryland’s education spending and knock “new tea-partying Republican governors” before a national television audience

By John Wagner  |  11:32 AM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 04/14/2011

O’Malley wades into U.S.-Islamic relations

O’Malley waded quite a bit beyond his known comfort zone, as a panelist discussing “The Challenges and Opportunities of the American Muslim Community.”

By Aaron C. Davis  |  12:57 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Hogan launches new group targeting Democratic ‘monopoly’ in Md.

Larry Hogan, a Republican who explored a 2010 gubernatorial bid, has launched a new organization critical of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and others in the Annapolis “monopoly.”

By John Wagner  |  03:13 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/12/2011

O’Malley and Md. legislative leaders sign bills on health care, ethics reform in morning-after ceremony

The event was more about photo-ops for bill sponsors than substance, but it was also a chance for the state’s political leaders to offer their assessments of the session that concluded at midnight.

By Ann E. Marimow  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 04/12/2011

Pr. George’s officials say General Assembly helped county in tough times

Prince George’s County officials said Tuesday that they emerged from the General Assembly with most of what they wanted, including crucial funds for the school system

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  11:53 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland Politics, Post Now

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 04/11/2011

O’Malley blames General Assembly for having ‘choked’ on some bills, while lobbying them to pass others

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Monday settled on a confrontational line that laid blame on members of the General Assembly for delaying two of his core legislative initiatives this year

By Aaron C. Davis  |  04:33 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Md. Senate derails transgender anti-discrimination bill

The Maryland Senate has killed a measure that sought to extend anti-discrimination protections to transgender people

By John Wagner  |  03:20 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Md. Senate puts in-state tuition bill in jeopardy

With the legislative session concluding at midnight Monday, it was unclear whether supporters could revive the bill that would allow illegal immigrants who have graduated from Maryland high schools to pay in-state tuition at the state’s colleges

By Ann E. Marimow  |  03:07 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Md. House advances increase in sales tax on alcohol

The Maryland House of Delegates has approved the first of two bills needed to raise the state sales tax on alcohol from 6 percent to 9 percent.

By John Wagner and Ann E. Marimow  |  02:31 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 PM ET, 04/09/2011

Tax increase on alcohol advancing in Md. House

Maryland’s House of Delegates on Saturday advanced a targeted tax increase on alcohol for the first time in 38 years.

By Aaron C. Davis and John Wagner  |  10:27 PM ET, 04/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 04/09/2011

Md. legislature passes bill targeting drunk-drivers

Ending a multiyear “mud-wrestling match” between Maryland’s House and Senate over drunk-driving laws, thousands of additional drivers arrested annually for drunk-driving will be required to breathe into breathalyzers to start their vehicles’ engines if they want to retain their rights to drive

By Aaron C. Davis  |  05:27 PM ET, 04/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 04/09/2011

Md. wine bill shipped to O’Malley

A bill is now on its way to Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) that would allow Maryland residents to have bottles of their favorite wine shipped directly to their door steps.

By Ann E. Marimow and John Wagner  |  04:11 PM ET, 04/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 04/08/2011

Md. House votes to give tuition breaks to undocumented immigrants

Maryland’s House of Delegates narrowly passed a bill on Friday to make illegal immigrants eligible for in-state tuition.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  05:45 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 04/08/2011

O’Malley blames GOP ‘hate’ for approaching federal shutdown

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) on Friday afternoon blamed Republican “hate of government” for the possible federal government shutdown.

By John Wagner  |  04:40 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Sources say O’Malley’s offshore wind bill shelved with study

 Maryland lawmakers will not pass the centerpiece of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s environmental agenda, a plan to build one of the nation’s first offshore wind farms in the Atlantic Ocean, before they adjourn Monday, according to multiple sources close to the negotiations

By Aaron C. Davis  |  03:35 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/07/2011

O’Malley targets Christie in address to New Jersey Democrats

Maryland “threw out a mean-spirited, ineffective, Republican governor after just one term.” If all goes well, New Jersey could have that in common.

By John Wagner  |  12:30 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Md. House lawmakers play ball, in rare lull in legislative debate

Bromwell stressed that the good times should not give anyone the impression that legislators are not hard at work. The House returns Thursday morning to take up a pile of bills.

By Ann E. Marimow  |  04:31 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Transgender protection bill faces steep climb in Md. Senate

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. agreed to move the measure after hearing from his House colleagues, but said he does not anticipate “any progress on this bill”

By Ann E. Marimow  |  01:49 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Md. Senate, House reach final deal on state budget

As a federal government shutdown drew nearer Tuesday after no breakthrough in budget talks, a very different ending to this year’s fiscal debate in Maryland played out 45 minutes from the U.S. Capitol

By Aaron C. Davis  |  06:17 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 04/05/2011

In-state tuition bill picks up support in Md. House committee

Democratic lawmakers in the Maryland House picked up support Tuesday for a measure that would allow undocumented immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition breaks at the state’s colleges and universities.

By Ann E. Marimow  |  05:40 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Bill to change Md. primary dates headed to O’Malley

A bill that would shift the dates of Maryland’s presidential and gubernatorial primaries is headed to Gov. Martin O’Malley (D)

By John Wagner and Ann E. Marimow  |  03:10 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 04/05/2011

O’Malley wind bill wins key supporter, but vote still uncertain

O’Malley’s measure would require the state’s utilities to enter into long-term contracts to purchase offshore wind energy.

By Ann E. Marimow  |  02:10 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Md. budget negotiators resolve key differences on state pension, health care costs

State retirees will pay more for health care, but not as much as the Senate-backed proposal envisioned. New state workers will receive a less generous retirement package.

By Ann E. Marimow  |  12:59 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 04/01/2011

Md. Senate seeks to crack down on motorists passing school buses

Local jurisdictions across Maryland would be allowed to install monitoring cameras on school buses to catch more motorists who disregard their “stop” sings, under a bill that won approval 38 to 7 in the Senate on Friday

By John Wagner  |  02:16 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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