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Maryland Politics: June, 2011

Posted at 09:27 PM ET, 06/29/2011

Leslie Johnson’s release sets off questions

Prince George's County Council member Leslie Johnson, who is expected to appear in federal court Thursday to face charges of witness tampering and destruction of evidence, set off a flurry of questions Wednesday night when her council office sent out an invitation to a "business card exchange" for residents to meet with county officials who handle small-business issues, and minority contracting.

By Miranda Spivack  |  09:27 PM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 06/28/2011

Sen. Cardin gets fundraising help from O’Malley, Mrs. Cardin

Sen. Ben Cardin is getting some campaign fundraising help from his wife and the governor.

By Ben Pershing  |  12:46 PM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 06/28/2011

Could New York strategy in same-sex marriage fight work in Maryland?

There has been some chatter among gay marriage advocates that a strategy like Cuomo’s might work in Maryland if supporters of same-sex marriage enlisted key African American leaders.

By Miranda Spivack  |  12:25 PM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 06/28/2011

Prince George’s seeks to tighten rules for home delivery of liquor

The Prince George’s County liquor commission takes up a proposed set of rules Tuesday that aim to tighten controls on home delivery of wine, beer and liquor.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  06:00 AM ET, 06/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 06/27/2011

Gansler says he has no political motive in filing robocalls civil case

Any contention that he is trying to score political points in Maryland’s robocalls controversy is “absurd,” Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) says in a new legal filing.

By John Wagner  |  09:57 AM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 06/25/2011

New York’s passage of same-sex marriage revives Maryland’s debate

Could New York’s embrace of same-sex marriage prove a boon to the effort in Maryland?

By John Wagner  |  01:43 PM ET, 06/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 06/24/2011

In Iowa warm-up, Gingrich says anything still possible

Don’t count him out, Newt Gingrich told Maryland Republicans on Thursday night.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  02:15 PM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 06/24/2011

Pr. George’s expands arts and humanities programs

The Prince George’s Arts Council is expanding its reach to the humanities as well as the arts.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  09:43 AM ET, 06/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 06/23/2011

Gingrich slated to address Md. GOP Thursday night

Newt Gingrich’s very bumpy road to the White House takes him to Maryland on Thursday night for a state GOP fundraising dinner.

By John Wagner  |  12:40 PM ET, 06/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 06/22/2011

Md. attorney general accused of ‘gamesmanship’ in robocalls case

An attorney for Julius Henson accused Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) of trying to score political points on the issue.

By John Wagner  |  05:43 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:20 PM ET, 06/21/2011

Council majority in Montgomery supports police disability changes

Key step for bill first proposed in 2008 following a critical examination of the disability retirement system by Montgomery’s inspector general

By Michael Laris  |  09:20 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 06/21/2011

Baker, council spar over $50 economic development fund, delay likely

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker’s signature program, a $50 million economic development fund, has hit some rough patches.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  04:35 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 06/21/2011

Vote likely soon on Pr. George’s cab changes

The Prince George’s County Council is expected to vote in the next few weeks on changes to the tax medallion system that drivers said would undo gains they made last year after a nearly five-year political battle.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  04:16 PM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 06/20/2011

Montgomery proposes ban on double payments to developers

A proposal to ban double payments to developers who build road, sewers and other infrastructure is slated to be introduced Tuesday in the Montgomery County Council.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  04:24 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 06/20/2011

Feldman remains interested in Md. comptroller job

House Majority Leader Kumar P. Barve isn’t the only Democratic delegate from Montgomery County eyeing the Maryland comptroller post.

By John Wagner  |  10:50 AM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 06/18/2011

Mooney: Despite robocalls, ‘plenty’ of reasons to vote GOP

Maryland’s GOP chairman said Saturday that voters still have “plenty of good reasons” to vote Republican following the indictments of two people working for the party’s gubernatorial nominee last year.

By John Wagner  |  05:47 PM ET, 06/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 06/18/2011

O’Malley welcomes ‘most important’ mayors to Baltimore

Proclaiming “once a mayor, always a mayor,” Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) returned Saturday to his former city of Baltimore, where he welcomed an annual gathering of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

By John Wagner  |  12:53 PM ET, 06/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 06/17/2011

O’Malley releases tally of $144,000 in Asia trip costs

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration spent more than $144,000 on his recent economic development trip to Asia, according to a partial accounting released Friday.

By John Wagner  |  05:39 PM ET, 06/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 06/17/2011

Barve considering 2014 bid for comptroller

The latest evidence that Maryland’s 2014 elections are closer than they may appear: House Majority Leader Kumar P. Barve (D-Montgomery) let it be known in an interview Friday that he is considering running for state comptroller.

By John Wagner  |  04:26 PM ET, 06/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 06/16/2011

Top Ehrlich aide, consultant indicted in Md. robocalls case

A senior aide and consultant hired by former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) were indicted in a case stemming from thousands of anonymous robocalls placed on election night last year that suggested voters could stay home even though the polls were still open.

By John Wagner  |  02:44 PM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 06/16/2011

O’Malley sings at Bar Revue 2011

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) — the real one — walked on stage carrying an acoustic guitar, sans his suit jacket, with his blue power tie loosened and his sleeves rolled up.

By John Wagner  |  08:40 AM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 06/15/2011

Harrison urges aid to Pr. George’s homeless shelter at National Harbor reception

Prince George’s County Council member Andrea Harrison (D-Springdale) is encouraging donations to the Shepherd’s Cove Homeless Shelter at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at National Harbor.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  02:14 PM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland Politics

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 06/15/2011

O’Malley to appear with Biden, others at White House event

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is slated to join Vice President Biden at a news conference in Washington on Thursday to talk about strengthening the ability of first-responders and law enforcement officers to communicate with one another.

By John Wagner  |  12:17 PM ET, 06/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:52 PM ET, 06/14/2011

Montgomery’s legal strategy on Pepco questioned by County Council ahead of hearing

Montgomery officials — unified in their displeasure with Pepco — have slid into an internecine dispute over legal approach.

By Michael Laris  |  07:52 PM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 06/14/2011

Montgomery County Council appoints two to planning board

The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday appointed Casey Anderson and Norman Dreyfuss to the Montgomery County Planning Board.

By Lori Aratani  |  05:50 PM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 06/14/2011

O’Malley’s political travels include Illinois, Utah

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley touched down in Chicago on Tuesday and will deliver a speech next month in Salt Lake City in his role as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.

By John Wagner  |  05:10 PM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 06/14/2011

O’Malley, back from Asia, details ‘engagement abroad’

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) offered a travelogue of sorts for reporters Tuesday.

By John Wagner  |  04:34 PM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 06/14/2011

Prince George’s board will consider new alcohol delivery rules

Proposed regulation may not sit well with liquor stores that already deliver, because it could cost them $250 to apply to do something they already are doing.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  03:52 PM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 06/14/2011

Arundel slots on track for June 2012, developer says

The developer of Maryland’s largest planned slots casino pledged to a state panel Monday that Maryland Live! at Arundel Mills mall will open its doors to the public in June 2012.

By John Wagner  |  10:46 AM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 06/13/2011

Md. leaders celebrate federal dollars for broadband

Many of the leading members of Maryland’s political class — including Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) — converged Monday morning in a nearly empty warehouse in Howard County to celebrate some federal stimulus funding that is continuing to flow to the state.

By John Wagner  |  12:20 PM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:13 AM ET, 06/13/2011

A call for O’Malley to show ‘leadership’ on Md. gambling

Long-serving Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) says he hopes the governor “has some vision” for upgrading Maryland’s fledgling program.

By John Wagner  |  07:13 AM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 06/10/2011

Md. elections officials looking at complaint on tuition petition

The Maryland State Board of Elections said Friday that is looking into concerns about the potential for fraud with the online petition-gathering system being used by opponents of a new law that grants college tuition breaks to in-state illegal immigrants.

By John Wagner  |  12:40 PM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 06/09/2011

O’Malley’s band to entertain nation’s mayors

O’Malley’s March has been booked to play at a crab feast in Baltimore that is part of an annual gathering of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

By John Wagner  |  09:48 AM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 06/09/2011

Md. lawmakers spotlight chicken drug’s being pulled from market amid arsenic worries

Some Maryland lawmakers sought to seize the moment Wednesday as word spread that a drug given to chickens for decades is being pulled off the market after federal scientists found low levels of a potentially carcinogenic form of arsenic in the livers of the animals.

By John Wagner  |  09:34 AM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 06/07/2011

Gansler hires Democratic veteran as communications director

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) has hired David Paulson as his new communications director.

By John Wagner  |  02:22 PM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 06/07/2011

Tuition bill petitioners cross first threshold

Organizers of an effort to repeal a Maryland law granting college tuition breaks to illegal immigrants appear to have met an initial threshold for collecting enough valid voters signatures to force the issue to a statewide vote.

By John Wagner  |  02:00 PM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 06/07/2011

Montgomery judge invalidates part of collective bargaining law

Ruling shows there is a fundamental disconnect at the center of laws governing relations between Montgomery and its workers.

By Michael Laris  |  01:41 PM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:19 PM ET, 06/06/2011

O’Malley orders study of natural gas drilling in W. Md.

The move pleases lawmakers who unsuccessfully sought during the recent legislative session to put a two-year moratorium on the controversial process.

By John Wagner  |  08:19 PM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

May revenue at Md.’s two slots sites: $13.3 million

Both casinos have significantly fewer machines than envisioned, so gross revenue is lower than what was forecast when the program was crafted.

By John Wagner  |  01:01 PM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 06/06/2011

Books, Christmas ornaments and rum flowed to O’Malley in 2010

One of the many perks of being governor of Maryland is the gifts. Lots of them. Including some stuff you probably would never want.

By John Wagner  |  09:07 AM ET, 06/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 06/05/2011

Cost of O’Malley’s Asia trip is about $100,000, aide says

Aides say the Maryland governor has worked to limit the cost of the 10-day trade mission, which includes stops in China, South Korea and Vietnam.

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

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 06/02/2011

Baker crosses to Montgomery to hunt for businesses and make new friends for Prince George’s

On Wednesday night, the new Prince George’s County executive dodged hailstones in Upper Marlboro, the Prince George’s county seat, and made his way to the Montgomery County conference center just off Rockville Pike. His goal: to promote Prince George’s.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  01:23 PM ET, 06/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 06/01/2011

Signatures rise on petition to repeal tuition breaks for illegal immigrants

Organizers of an effort to repeal a Maryland law granting college tuition breaks to illegal immigrants said Wednesday that they have collected 62,496 signatures to force a public vote.

By John Wagner  |  06:13 PM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 06/01/2011

Gingrich headlining Maryland GOP dinner

For the second year in a row, the Maryland Republican Party has landed a high-profile candidate for an annual fundraising dinner.

By John Wagner  |  05:42 PM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 06/01/2011

Developer wants card games at Oxon Hill Clarion

Mark Vogel is floating the idea of table games at the Clarion hotel in Oxon Hill.

By John Wagner  |  01:50 PM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 06/01/2011

Ex-Secret Service agent Bongino enters race to unseat Cardin

A former Secret Service agent has entered the uphill contest to unseat Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in 2012.

By Ben Pershing  |  11:47 AM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 05/31/2011

Petitioners claim momentum on in-state tuition repeal

Organizers of an effort to repeal a Maryland law granting college tuition breaks to illegal immigrants said Tuesday that they are well ahead of pace in collecting enough signatures to force a public vote on the issue.

By John Wagner  |  04:55 PM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 05/31/2011

O’Malley headed to Asia on 10-day trade mission

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is scheduled to depart Tuesday morning on a 10-day economic development mission to Asia.

By John Wagner  |  09:28 AM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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