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Maryland Politics: October, 2011

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Baker seeks delay in vote on Prince George’s top lawyer

Baker says he will stand by his nominee for county attorney and resubmit her name next year; asks council to delay vote this fall.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  04:47 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Currie’s wife takes blame for lack of disclosure

The wife of Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie testified Thursday that she assumed responsibility for filling out her husband’s financial disclosure forms and blamed herself for not including his consulting work for a grocery chain.

By John Wagner  |  02:46 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Shuttered Hillcrest Heights Safeway to be replaced by Evergreen

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker says New York-based Evergreen Supermarket hopes to open at the site.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  03:33 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Mo’Nique speaks out on same-sex marriage

A coalition advocating for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Maryland on Wednesday served up its most spirited video as part of an ongoing Web campaign.

By John Wagner  |  01:41 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 10/26/2011

Ehrlich calls Currie “gentleman,” praises his integrity

The former governor became the latest well-known Maryland politician to serve as a character witness for Sen. Ulysses Currie, who is on trial on bribery charges.

By John Wagner  |  10:38 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Glenn Ivey, former Prince George’s prosecutor, eyeing Donna Edwards’s U.S. House seat

The former top prosecutor for Prince George’s County is laying the groundwork for a run against the incumbent U.S. House member.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  06:21 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 10/25/2011

15-cent gas tax hike urged in Maryland

State panel recommends boosting fees on travelers to fund road maintenance and transit projects.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  03:20 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Jury hears from Currie doctor, other defense witnesses

A urologist testified that Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie was being treated for “the highest grade of prostate cancer there is” in 2008 when the FBI raided his home.

By John Wagner  |  02:11 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Anne Arundel County Council member Jamie Benoit explores primary challenge against U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards

Exploratory bid by Anne Arundel council member would make him the first major challenger to Edwards under redrawn Md. map.

By Ben Pershing  |  07:45 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Ehrlich’s ‘call to action’ to hit bookstores in December

A book by Maryland’s only Republican governor in a generation is scheduled to arrive in stores just in time for Christmas shopping.

By John Wagner  |  05:36 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Montgomery curfew counterproposal to be introduced Tuesday

A loitering bill, which will be introduced to the County Council at a meeting on Tuesday, targets people who “loiter or prowl” outside or on county property.

By Victor Zapana  |  04:33 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Garagiola nabs endorsements in Md. 6th Congressional District race

Although technically not yet a candidate, state Sen. Robert J. Garagiola (D-Montgomery) is beginning to roll out supporters in his expected campaign.

By Ben Pershing  |  01:03 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Baker shifts attention away from slots

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) will focus this week on other types of economic development.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  12:19 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 10/24/2011

Brown tells jurors Currie is honest, has integrity

In court Monday morning, Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown described Sen. Ulysses Currie as a friend, a mentor and “a man of strong integrity.”

By John Wagner  |  10:59 AM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Ravens star Brendon Ayanbadejo appears in same-sex marriage campaign

A video featuring linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo made its debut today, in a campaign to build support for same-sex marriage in Maryland.

By John Wagner  |  04:15 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 10/21/2011

DOJ to review request on Maryland redistricting

The Justice Department will review any request filed by Maryland Republicans and a grass-roots voter rights group to investigate whether Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and Democrats racially gerrymandered a congressional map for party gain.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  01:48 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 10/21/2011

Md. slots revenue will be lower than expected, analysts say

Maryland budget analysts say slot machines will generate nearly $475 million less for the state during the coming five years than previously forecast.

By John Wagner  |  10:35 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Duchy Trachtenberg to run for redrawn 6th district congressional seat

Montgomery Democrat Duchy Trachtenberg says she’ll run for the redrawn 6th district congressional seat held by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R).

By Ben Pershing  |  02:48 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Ehrlich to chair Romney efforts in Md.; Perry picks three co-chairs

Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) has been enlisted as chairman of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in Maryland, while Rick Perry has picked two state legislators and a political consultant to lead his effort in the heavily Democratic state.

By John Wagner  |  05:59 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Maryland House approves congressional redistricting

The planl passed with a needed supermajority to ensure it can be enacted in time to let Maryland hold its primary in April.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  04:02 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Frosh tells jury Currie is ‘open, honest’

Sen. Brian E. Frosh became the latest Maryland politician to be called as a character witness for Sen. Ulysses Currie, who is on trial on bribery charges.

By John Wagner  |  01:49 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Leggett undecided on Montgomery fire commission changes

Montgomery County’s fire chief is in favor of a measure that would curb the fire commission. His boss, County Executive Isiah Leggett, is less so.

By Victor Zapana  |  05:48 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Md. Senate passes congressional redistricting

A supermajority of Maryland’s state Senate on Tuesday passed Gov. Martin O’Malley’s (D) redistricting plan.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  01:52 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Steny Hoyer praises Currie’s character during court appearance

A defense witness, the U.S. House Minority Whip calls Currie a “decent, honest person of integrity.”

By John Wagner  |  01:12 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Turnout light in Prince George’s as voters head to polls to replace Leslie Johnson

Turnout appears light in Prince George’s County’s Council District 6, where voters are heading to the polls to replace Leslie Johnson, who stepped down in July.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  11:25 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Tim Maloney on Ulysses Currie: ‘No one would call him smart’

The first witness called Monday by Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie’s defense tangled with a prosecutor over Currie’s intelligence level.

By John Wagner  |  02:24 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 10/17/2011

O’Malley urges lawmakers to consider 15-cent gas-tax hike

O’Malley said the General Assembly must begin considering a 15-cent increase to Maryland’s gas tax to fund road construction, public transit and other transportation projects.

By Aaron Davis  |  01:30 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Marathon debate begins on Md. redistricting

Debate continues in Annapolis over Maryland’s congressional redistricting plan.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Same-sex marriage backers in Maryland plan push next week

Same-sex marriage is not on the agenda when Maryland lawmakers convene for a special session on redistricting. But they are likely to hear a good deal about it.

By John Wagner  |  04:20 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Cardin campaign takes in $700K, Bongino raises $52K

Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.)’s July-September fundraising report shows again the steep financial hill facing any challenger.

By Ben Pershing  |  01:03 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 10/14/2011

O’Malley wins praise, but lower mark from environmental group

A leading environmental group has awarded Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley a B+ for his performance in recent years, a lower mark than on its previous scorecard.

By John Wagner  |  10:49 AM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 10/14/2011

Minority group ups ante in Maryland redistricting battle

A group that contends Maryland must draw three minority congressional districts is upping the ante in the war of words over a proposed redistricting plan.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  10:22 AM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 10/13/2011

Baker launches push for embattled nominee for Prince George’s county attorney

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III (D) plans a major push this week to show support for his embattled nominee

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  10:28 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 10/12/2011

O’Malley will not introduce jobs bill

The Maryland governor will not introduce a statewide economic stimulus package next week when the state’s General Assembly convenes.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  04:43 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Currie reported consulting on tax forms

Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie reported income received from a grocery chain on his federal tax returns, according to evidence presented Wednesday in his trial on bribery and extortion charges.

By John Wagner  |  02:32 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Prince George’s county attorney battle may signal end of Baker’s political honeymoon

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  12:31 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Another $1-per-pack cigarette tax increase in Md.?

The group that successfully lobbied for Maryland’s first tax increase on alcohol in a generation is hoping to convince state lawmakers to approve a $1-per-pack tax increase next year on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  11:58 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:23 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Currie trial set to resume in federal courtroom

The trial of Maryland state Sen. Ulysses Currie is scheduled to resume Tuesday morning after a four-day hiatus.

By John Wagner  |  08:23 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 10/10/2011

The Fix plays ‘Name That District’ in Maryland

Redistricting isn’t always a pretty process — for evidence, look no further than Maryland’s proposed 3rd congressional district.

By Ben Pershing  |  03:22 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Daniel Bongino gets endorsement from Utah Sen. Mike Lee

Senate hopeful Daniel Bongino got some help from outside the state Monday, as Utah Sen. Mike Lee (R) announced his endorsement of the first-time candidate.

By Ben Pershing  |  11:57 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 10/07/2011

Ex-Rep. Frank Kratovil applies for judgeship

After losing his congressional reelection and taking a job in the Prince George’s state’s attorney’s office, Frank Kratovil is now looking to become a judge.

By Ben Pershing  |  10:35 AM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 10/06/2011

Bottled water group says Maryland policy doesn’t hold water

A plan to wean Maryland state workers off bottled water has proved particularly hard to swallow for one interested party: the bottled water industry.

By John Wagner  |  02:25 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Montgomery legislator and Shakira to join Obama’s Hispanic education team

A Montgomery legislator and pop star Shakira are tapped to join an advisory team on ways to improve education for Hispanic students.

By Victor Zapana  |  05:34 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Ministers, activists oppose slots in Prince George’s

They delivered a clear message Tuesday to the County Council: Bringing slot machines to Rosecroft Raceway would damage the community.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  03:24 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Tall casino sign to be allowed in Perryville to attract attention on I-95

Perryville has approved plans for a 175-foot sign at one of Maryland’s slots casinos, to attract attention on I-95.

By John Wagner  |  02:03 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/05/2011

Democrat win in W. Va. buoys O’Malley

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D)emerged unscathed Tuesday from a key test of his chairmanship of the Democratic Governors Association: a special election in neighboring West Virginia.

By John Wagner  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:36 AM ET, 10/05/2011

Rosecroft owner pushing study showing economic impact of casino

Building a full-fledged casino at Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George’s County would pump about $2.5 billion into the economy over five years, study says.

By John Wagner  |  08:36 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Maryland GOP decries new congressional map

Republicans say the proposed redistricting map, which could imperil Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R), is an “insult to the people of Maryland.”

By Ben Pershing  |  05:44 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Did O’Malley stretch the truth about Christie?

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has received “two Pinocchios” from The Fact Checker blog of The Washington Post for his assessment of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s record on a Sunday talk show.

By John Wagner  |  02:05 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 10/04/2011

Poll: Marylanders split on gay marriage, immigrant tuition

A new poll finds Maryland voters almost evenly divided over the legalization of same-sex marriage and over allowing children of illegal immigrants to receive in-state college tuition rates — two issues that could be decided at the ballot box next year.

By John Wagner  |  12:01 AM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:40 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Proposed Md. congressional map could imperil Rep. Roscoe Bartlett

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s (D) redistricting panel is set to release its recommendations for Maryland’s new congressional map, offering a plan that knowledgable sources said could help Democrats add to their advantage in the state by imperiling the reelection hopes of Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R).

By Ben Pershing and John Wagner  |  08:40 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 10/02/2011

O’Malley knocks Christie on ‘Face the Nation’

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) took a few swings at a favorite punching bag — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) — and knocked the already-announced Republican presidential candidates as well during an appearance on national television Sunday.

By John Wagner  |  11:56 AM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:31 PM ET, 09/30/2011

O’Malley, Md. Dems may target both GOP-held House seats

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and Democratic lawmakers are secretly negotiating two final options for congressional redistricting that could unseat one, and possibly both, of the state’s Republican congressmen, according to a Democratic Party official with knowledge of the behind-the-scenes talks.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  07:31 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 09/30/2011

O’Malley heading to India with Leggett and Baker

The leaders of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties will join Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on a trade mission in late November.

By John Wagner  |  04:14 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 09/30/2011

Ruppersberger: al-Aulaqi killing a ‘great day for America’

By Aaron C. Davis  |  02:14 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 09/30/2011

O’Malley to be back on national TV on Sunday’s ‘Face the Nation’

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is scheduled to be interviewed Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

By John Wagner  |  11:38 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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