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Maryland Politics: July, 2011

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 07/29/2011

O’Malley stops in Miami, heading to Aspen

The Maryland governor spoke to longshoremen, mingled with donors to the Democratic Governors Association.

By John Wagner  |  11:24 AM ET, 07/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 07/28/2011

Miller predicts passage of Md. same-sex marriage bill

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), an opponent of same-sex marriage, predicted Thursday that the bill would clear the General Assembly next year.

By John Wagner  |  03:41 PM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 07/28/2011

Del. McDonough mulls race against Cardin or Ruppersberger

Del. Patrick L. McDonough (R-Baltimore County) says that he is considering a run in 2012 against two incumbent Democrats, Sen. Benjamin Cardin and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger.

By Ben Pershing  |  01:58 PM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 07/28/2011

O’Malley wins award for data collection bill

A 2010 bill that established the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center didn’t exactly grab a lot of headlines at the time.

By John Wagner  |  12:47 PM ET, 07/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 07/27/2011

Maryland bond sale a bit of good news on debt

The state sold $418 million in bonds at a near record-low interest rate, even as Moodys Investors Services last week put the AAA-bond rated state and four others on a credit watch.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  11:48 AM ET, 07/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:17 PM ET, 07/26/2011

Analyst: In debt showdown, “no happy ending” for states

Financially, there are three possible outcomes for states in the increasingly dire showdown over the federal debt ceiling, Maryland’s chief budget analyst told lawmakers on Tuesday.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  08:17 PM ET, 07/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 07/26/2011

For Prince George’s, redistricting prompts questions of identity

County residents delivered one unifying message to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s redistricting commission: Keep a proud county whole.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  06:18 PM ET, 07/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 07/26/2011

Prince George’s liquor board gives preliminary approval to limiting home delivery

The Prince George’s liquor board unanimously gave preliminary approval to new rules to tighten home delivery of alcohol.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  12:40 PM ET, 07/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 07/26/2011

Arguments preview government’s case against Currie

Both sides showed some of their cards Monday during a lengthy pre-trial hearing in the federal government’s bribery case against Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George’s).

By John Wagner  |  09:33 AM ET, 07/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 07/22/2011

O’Malley calls Romney a job killer

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) took aim Friday at former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, saying the leading GOP presidential candidate had “joined the dinosaur wing of the Republican Party and endorsed extreme, job-killing policies.”

By John Wagner  |  05:34 PM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 07/22/2011

Baker sacks Pr. George’s health chief

A day after officials announced plans for a new $600 million hospital and health-care network, the county’s top health official has been asked to step down.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  05:14 PM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 07/22/2011

Good news, bad news for Md. economy

A report released Friday by Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) predicted that Maryland will have ended its fiscal year in June with tax revenue significantly ahead of forecasts.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  04:08 PM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 07/22/2011

O’Malley announces sponsorship of same-sex marriage bill

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Friday said a good deal of work must still be done to pass a bill legalizing gay unions.

By John Wagner  |  03:20 PM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 07/21/2011

O'Malley to announce sponsorship of same-sex marriage bill Friday

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) will formally share his plans Friday to make legalization of same-sex unions part of his legislative package next year, aides said.

By John Wagner  |  03:43 PM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 07/21/2011

O’Malley, Baker announce deal for new Pr. George’s hospital

Gov. Martin O’Malley and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III on Thursday announced a multimillion-dollar deal which would bring a new hospital to the county.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  01:03 PM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 07/21/2011

O’Malley: Some Republicans want economy to tank so Obama loses in 2012

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) pleaded Thursday for a “balanced approach” to cutting spending and raising the debt ceiling, and alleged that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and some other Republicans want the economy to worsen so President Obama does not win reelection.

By Ben Pershing  |  11:04 AM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 07/21/2011

O’Malley heads to Hill to talk debt

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) visits Washington Thursday morning to address House Democrats about the impact of the federal debt-ceiling negotiations on states.

By John Wagner  |  08:15 AM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 07/20/2011

Deal to salvage some of Prince George’s hospital to be announced Thursday

Maryland and Prince George’s officials plan to make it official Thursday: there is a deal for a new health care system that will salvage some of Prince George’s Hospital Center .

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  03:15 PM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 07/20/2011

Colorado is O’Malley’s next destination as DGA chair

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s travels as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association will next take him to Colorado.

By John Wagner  |  02:02 PM ET, 07/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 07/19/2011

O’Malley planning announcement of same-sex marriage bill sponsorship

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is preparing to announce as early as Friday his intention to sponsor a same-sex marriage bill next year, according to several people familiar with the planning.

By John Wagner  |  04:56 PM ET, 07/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:31 PM ET, 07/18/2011

States stand to lose in debt battle, O’Malley warns again

The Maryland governor continued his media appearances to warn of the debt standoff’s potential consequences for states.

By John Wagner  |  06:31 PM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 07/18/2011

Dimensions partnership with U-Md. new sign of likely deal for Pr. George’s Hospital Center

Dimensions Healthcare has entered into a contract with the University of Maryland medical system to offer orthopedic medical services at Prince George’s Hospital Center.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  05:01 PM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 07/18/2011

Ehrlich aides plead not guilty to robo-call charges

A top campaign aide and a political operative to former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges that they sought to use robo-calls on Election Day to suppress turnout among the state’s black voters.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  11:23 AM ET, 07/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 07/16/2011

‘Partisan-osaurus’ threatening Washington, O’Malley says

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) conjured up a new image Friday night in his latest attack on Republicans.

By John Wagner  |  09:44 AM ET, 07/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 07/15/2011

O’Malley inclined to sponsor gay marriage bill

The Md. governor’s lobbying efforts on this year’s bill were largely limited to private conversations.

By John Wagner  |  06:16 PM ET, 07/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 PM ET, 07/14/2011

O’Malley: Silence of GOP governors on debt impasse is ‘deafening’

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley led a chorus of Demoratic governors who on Thursday chided their Republican counterparts for not playing a more constructive role in the federal debt-ceiling negotiations.

By John Wagner  |  10:25 PM ET, 07/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 07/12/2011

Ready returns as Md. GOP executive director

Justin Ready, who was unceremoniously sacked two years ago as executive director of the Maryland Republican Party, is back — at least for the time being.

By John Wagner  |  03:54 PM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 07/12/2011

Pr. George’s Council approves nominees for Planning Board, other seats

Betty Hewlett was approved Tuesday as chairman of the Planning Board, allowing her to take the panel’s reins again after a five-year hiatus.

By Ovetta Wiggins  |  03:32 PM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 07/12/2011

O’Malley considering next steps on same-sex marriage

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is weighing whether to sponsor a same-sex marriage bill during next year’s legislation session.

By John Wagner  |  01:57 PM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 07/12/2011

Pr. George’s Council votes not to override Baker veto

The council voted Tuesday against an override of County Executive Rushern L. Baker’s veto of a bill sponsored by council member Leslie Johnson.

By Ovetta Wiggins  |  12:44 PM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 07/11/2011

Dean backs Turner for Johnson’s seat

Sam Dean, a former Prince George’s council member who held the seat now occupied by Leslie Johnson, has endorsed community activist Arthur Turner to replace her.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  06:05 PM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 07/11/2011

Gay marriage advocates in Maryland launching broader push

A coalition of liberal state and national groups plans to begin a renewed effort Tuesday to pass legislation allowing same-sex marriages in Maryland.

By John Wagner  |  04:57 PM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 07/11/2011

Leslie Johnson is back at work, and votes on Baker nominees

Prince George’s County Council member Leslie E. Johnson came to the office Monday, voted on several nominations and gave no outward indication that anything in her life had changed.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  01:47 PM ET, 07/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:05 PM ET, 07/08/2011

Leslie Johnson turns in her county car, phone, laptop

But the Prince George’s County Council member appears to be  sticking with her plan to stay in office until July 31.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  09:05 PM ET, 07/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 07/07/2011

Opponents of Md. immigrant tuition bill win push for referendum

Maryland officials have certified enough signatures to let voters decide whether to give undocumented immigrants in-state tuition breaks.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  05:11 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 07/07/2011

Civil case against Ehrlich aide advances

A civil case will go forward that seeks $168 million in damages from a political consultant for former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. for his role last year in an election-night robocall scheme.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  04:50 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 07/07/2011

Following Casey Anthony trial, Maryland lawmaker seeks to make failure to report child’s death a felony

Sen. Nancy Jacobs says she received nearly two dozen emails from constituents in the days following the verdict in the Florida murder trial.

By The Associated Press  |  01:26 PM ET, 07/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  General Assembly

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 07/06/2011

Hoyer’s district must shrink in redistricting

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D) will have to gain the most, according to data released Wednesday by a panel tasked with rebalancing the state’s congressional districts.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  03:58 PM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 07/06/2011

Johnson bill withdrawn, but by whom?

A bill that council member Leslie Johnson sponsored to promote financial literacy was withdrawn Wednesday.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  02:23 PM ET, 07/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 07/05/2011

O’Malley’s redistricting panel leans left

Commission includes 3 powerful Democrats, a donor to governor’s campaign, and GOP lawmaker friendly to him

By Aaron C. Davis  |  05:27 PM ET, 07/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 07/04/2011

O’Malley announces Maryland redistricting committee

The five-member advisory group will immediately develop a schedule of public hearings so that citizens can participate in the process, the governor says.

By The Associated Press  |  05:21 PM ET, 07/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Governor

Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 07/01/2011

Green chosen as acting Prince George’s county attorney

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III (D) has nominated M. Andree Green as acting county attorney.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  06:23 PM ET, 07/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:49 PM ET, 06/30/2011

Counting begins to force referendum on immigrant tuition law

By Aaron C. Davis  |  09:49 PM ET, 06/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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