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Maryland Politics: January, 2012

Posted at 08:05 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Hundreds turn out in Md. to oppose same-sex marriage

A rally against same-sex marriage drew several hundred people Monday night to a plaza outside the Maryland State House in Annapolis, where ministers and lawmakers led the crowd in chants of “one man, one woman” and pledged to fight Gov. Martin O’Malley’s bill.

By John Wagner  |  08:05 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 01/30/2012

O’Malley to testify on same-sex marriage bill

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) plans to appear before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Tuesday to offer testimony in favor of his same-sex marriage bill.

By John Wagner  |  06:13 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 01/30/2012

O’Malley defends online sales tax proposal

The proposal would impose a sales tax on “digital products” and an “Amazon tax” that would require sales tax to be collected on certain goods purchased online.

By Greg Masters  |  04:54 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 01/30/2012

For Jack Johnson, two more weeks on the outside

Prison sentence delayed for former Prince George’s County executive convicted in a corruption probe.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  12:53 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 01/30/2012

O’Malley wants 6 percent sales tax added to gasoline

By Aaron C. Davis  |  11:19 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 01/29/2012

Gov. O’Malley: ‘Stay tuned’ for a transportation bill

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said Sunday that he remains committed to introducing a transportation bill during the 90-day legislative session, even if raising additional revenue to pay for it is unpopular.

By John Wagner  |  04:09 PM ET, 01/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 01/29/2012

O’Malley, wife seeking to repair damage of ‘cowards’ remark

O’Malley (D) said Sunday that his wife feels “very badly” for having characterized same-sex marriage opponents as “cowards”.

By John Wagner  |  03:26 PM ET, 01/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Katie O’Malley ‘regrets’ word choice for gay marriage foes

Maryland’s first lady said Friday that she regrets characterizing opponents as “cowards.”

By John Wagner and Ovetta Wiggins  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 01/27/2012

Martin O’Malley, Andrew Cuomo headline New York City event

Unless you contribute to the Democratic Governors Association, however, you may not see the two together.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  10:29 AM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  martin o'malley

Posted at 12:06 AM ET, 01/27/2012

Md. first lady blames ‘cowards’ for defeat of same-sex marriage

O’Malley’s assessment came in remarks to a national conference of gay-rights advocates in Baltimore.

By John Wagner  |  12:06 AM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Md. Lt. Gov. Brown voices support for increase in tobacco tax

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) joined a group of health advocates in Annapolis on Thursday to push for an increase in the tax on non-cigarette tobacco products

By Greg Masters  |  07:09 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Maryland Senate unveils bills with bipartisan support

Democratic and Republican leaders of the Maryland Senate gathered Thursday morning to unveil five bills that they said members on both sides of the aisle can support.

By John Wagner  |  01:26 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 01/26/2012

Maryland State Bar endorses same-sex marriage bill

The endorsement follows what the organization said was an “overwhelming” vote by its board of governors.

By John Wagner  |  11:17 AM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 01/25/2012

Md. counties ‘hope’ for school funds in Annapolis

County school officials appealed to the governor, comptroller and treasurer for money to fund school construction projects.

By Greg Masters  |  04:22 PM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Maryland Politics | Tags:  Maryland Politics

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 01/25/2012

Prince George’s lawmakers want to force convicted felons from public office sooner

A bill introduced by two Prince George’s lawmakers aims to plug a loophole that has allowed convicted felons to stay in office until they go to jail.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  03:05 PM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Pr. George's, Post Now | Tags:  miranda spivack, leslie johnson, jolene ivey, maryland constitution, maryland general assembly

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 01/25/2012

GOP freshmen in Md. House call attention to taxes

A group of Republican freshmen from the Maryland House of Delegates occupied part of the hallway between their chamber and the Senate on Wednesday morning, sporting buttons proclaiming “We Are The 96%.”

By John Wagner  |  11:32 AM ET, 01/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Martin O’Malley to attend State of the Union as Nancy Pelosi’s guest

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) will head from the state capital to the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday as a guest of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

By Ben Pershing  |  05:15 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 01/24/2012

O’Malley seeks funds for same-sex marriage advocacy group

Just hours after promoting his same-sex marriage legislation, the Maryland governor sought donations for a group lobbying for the bill’s passage.

By John Wagner  |  04:16 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Ehrlich: Defense payments followed rules

A spokesman for former Md. governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. says he followed all requirements in using campaign funds to pay for the criminal defense of a top aide.

By John Wagner  |  03:20 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Catholic Conference chides same-sex marriage supporters

The Maryland Catholic Conference said a new same-sex marriage bill introduced by the governor distracts from more important issues.

By John Wagner  |  01:49 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 01/23/2012

O’Malley prepares to push same-sex marriage, other priorities

Md. governor Martin O’Malley is promoting bills that he will sponsor this year, including same-sex marriage.

By John Wagner  |  04:23 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Ehrlich campaign paid Schurick legal fees

A campaign account maintained by former Gov. Ehrlich was used to pay more than $100,000 in legal fees related to the defense of his campaign manager, Paul E. Schurick, on charges related to voter suppression.

By John Wagner  |  12:57 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 01/21/2012

Ehrlich to pen column for the Baltimore Sun

The former Maryland governor’s op-ed column, which will focus on national politics, will debut Jan. 29.

By John Wagner  |  04:17 PM ET, 01/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:39 PM ET, 01/20/2012

Baltimore state lawmaker: Keep ‘Occupy’ rats in D.C.

A Baltimore state legislature said he was introducing a bill to prevent the District from “illegally trafficking” in rats to Maryland.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  06:39 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Montgomery affordable housing bill could cost county $60 million

The bill, introduced by council member Nancy Floreen last month,would waive taxes that developers must pay if they build twice the amount of affordable housing required by law.

By Victor Zapana  |  04:42 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Prince George’s hospital plan should not rely on slots dollars, Baker says

County Executive Baker insists funding for regional hospital should be guaranteed, whether or not slots come to the county.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  04:40 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  miranda spivack, prince george's county, prince george's hospital

Posted at 09:23 PM ET, 01/18/2012

With $4 million on hand, Gansler far ahead of 2014 rivals

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) enjoys a large head start in fundraising among potential 2014 candidates for governor, campaign finance reports due Wednesday show.

By John Wagner  |  09:23 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 01/18/2012

O’Malley defends tax hike on high earners

The governor says he considers it the “fairest way” to help close the state’s latest budget shortfall.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  11:52 AM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 01/18/2012

Survey shows narrow majority approves of Ben Cardin’s performance

Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D) begins the election year with good marks from a bare majority of all Marylanders and a more sizable share of his fellow Democrats, according to a new survey.

By Ben Pershing  |  11:04 AM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 01/18/2012

Poll: Marylanders split on same-sex marriage, tuition breaks for illegal immigrants

Maryland voters remain nearly evenly divided over two high-profile issues that they could decide on the ballot in November, a new poll suggests.

By John Wagner  |  08:49 AM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 01/17/2012

WSSC proposes 7.5 percent rate increase

For customers who use about 210 gallons of water a day, the added cost would be about $5 a month.

By Victor Zapana  |  05:37 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Donna Edwards speaks out for same-sex marriage rights

U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) spoke out forcefully for legalizing same-sex marriage toward the end of a lengthy rally in Annapolis on Monday night in which several other labor-backed priorities were front and center.

By John Wagner  |  02:59 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Leggett proposes $4.21 billion for capital projects; MoCo schools would see decrease in funding

County executive proposed a cut in the school construction fund over the next six years — the first decrease in at least two decades.

By Victor Zapana  |  02:34 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 01/17/2012

In S.C., O’Malley gets in swings at Romney ahead of GOP field

Mitt Romney was derided as a “corporate raider” for his tenure at Bain Capital. His job-creation claims came under fire, and he was mocked for “his ability to take both sides of many controversial issues.”

By John Wagner  |  08:52 AM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 PM ET, 01/16/2012

Mishmash of politics ends MLK Day in Maryland

By Aaron C. Davis  |  10:22 PM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:34 PM ET, 01/15/2012

O’Malley to knock Romney in South Carolina

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is scheduled to appear Monday afternoon in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to take aim at the jobs record of Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney.

By John Wagner  |  08:34 PM ET, 01/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Panel tosses bidder for Western Maryland slots site

A Maryland panel rejected one of two remaining bidders for a slots license at Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort in Western Maryland.

By John Wagner  |  07:30 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Baker asks Prince George’s delegates to consider gaming

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), during an appearance in Annapolis on Friday, urged state lawmakers from his jurisdiction to “keep an open mind” about hosting a gambling site.

By John Wagner  |  12:06 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:55 PM ET, 01/12/2012

No. 1 ranking a political gold star for O’Malley

Maryland’s public schools topped Education Week magazine ranking for the fourth straight year.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  06:55 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Same-sex marriage could get early vote in Md. Senate

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. signaled this week that he wants his chamber to act quickly on a same-sex marriage bill.

By John Wagner  |  03:46 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Rob Garagiola scoffs at attempt to link him to Jack Abramoff

If it’s campaign season in Maryland, then it must be time for anonymous political attacks on candidates.

By Ben Pershing  |  12:25 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 01/12/2012

O’Malley hosts Democratic leaders for breakfast

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) welcomed a cadre of Demcoratic legislative leaders to Government House for breakfast Thursday to talk about his agenda and strategies for achieving it.

By John Wagner  |  11:48 AM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Overheard in Annapolis: The day in quotes

Some of the more notable thoughts shared during opening day of the Maryland General Assembly’s 90-day session.

By John Wagner and Aaron C. Davis  |  06:37 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Glenn Ivey quits race against Donna Edwards

Ivey’s exit leaves two lesser-known Democrats – George McDermott and Ian Garner – on the primary ballot against Edwards.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  01:59 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 01/11/2012

O’Malley says he would raise Maryland sales tax if he could

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) on Wednesday floated the idea of raising the sales tax from 6 to 7 percent.

By John Wagner  |  11:10 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:28 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Maryland General Assembly session begins

Battles expected over casino sites, same-sex marriage and environmental and budget-cutting initiatives.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  07:28 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 01/10/2012

An unbilled Anthony Muse takes stage at Md. Dems event

Muse, a U.S. Senate candidate, begged those who remained at a party luncheon in Annapolis to listen to him “just out of respect.”

By John Wagner and Ben Pershing  |  05:50 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Rushern Baker taps education liaison

Baker announced Tuesday that he has named Christian Rhodes to serve as education policy adviser. Rhodes previously served as a political organizer for the state’s largest teachers union.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  03:50 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 01/10/2012

State GOP Chair Alex Mooney won’t challenge Bartlett in primary

Maryland Republican Party Chairman Alex X. Mooney said Tuesday that he had decided against running for the redrawn 6th Congressional District seat.

By Ben Pershing  |  11:24 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 PM ET, 01/09/2012

National NAACP leader to join Md. death penalty opponents

Benjamin Jealous, president of the national NAACP, is scheduled to appear in Annapolis Tuesday morning to support a renewed push to abolish Maryland’s death penalty.

By John Wagner  |  10:53 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 01/09/2012

O’Malley to propose $350 million in school construction funds

The Maryland governor will propose spending more than $350 million next year on public school construction.

By John Wagner  |  02:40 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 01/07/2012

Prince George’s Council retreat next week is open to public

The Prince George’s County Council is set to meet Monday and Tuesday in Baltimore for its annual retreat. The sessions are open to the public.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  06:40 PM ET, 01/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 01/06/2012

Md. Senate creates new ethics panel

The Senate will form a new committee after a court case last year in which Sen. Ulysses Currie was found not guilty of federal crimes but acknowledged ethical lapses.

By John Wagner  |  05:02 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 01/06/2012

Md. leaders offer preview of busy session

Maryland’s legislative leaders offered a lively preview Friday of what promises to be a 90-day session packed with contentious debate.

By John Wagner  |  11:40 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 01/06/2012

Sen. Ben Cardin endorsed by former primary foe Kweisi Mfume

Sen. Benjamin Cardin was endorsed for reelection in his primary race against state Sen C. Anthony Muse by the Democrat he beat six years ago.

By Ben Pershing  |  09:38 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Brown talks up Md. infrastructure projects, avoids taxes

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) pledged Thursday that the O’Malley administration would support “robust” spending on transportation and other infrastructure improvemens during the legislative session that starts next week — but provided no new details about how the projects would be funded.

By John Wagner  |  10:27 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Anthony Muse set to launch Senate primary challenge against Cardin

Md. state Sen. C. Anthony Muse is set to announce that he is challenging U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin for reelection.

By Ben Pershing  |  05:39 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Md. GOP Chair Mooney still weighing whether to run for Bartlett’s seat

Alex X. Mooney says he hasn’t decided yet whether to challenge Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R) in the redrawn 6th Congressional District.

By Ben Pershing  |  02:22 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 01/04/2012

John Delaney, David Brinkley join field gunning for Bartlett’s congressional seat

Financier John K. Delaney (D) and state Sen. David Brinkley (R-Frederick) officially entered the race for Rep. Roscoe Bartlett’s (R) seat.

By Ben Pershing  |  03:59 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Sen. Ulysses Currie gets high-profile help for ethics matter

Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George’s) has enlisted a retired judge from Maryland’s highest court to represent him in upcoming legislative ethics proceedings.

By John Wagner  |  02:16 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Nancy Jacobs to challenge Dutch Ruppersberger for congressional seat

Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger has drawn a Republican opponent, as state Sen. Nancy Jacobs (Harford) said Tuesday that she would challenge the veteran Democrat in Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District.

By Ben Pershing  |  06:13 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Under O’Malley, DGA fundraising up in 2011

With Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at the helm, the Democratic Governors Association increased fundraising 57 percent from 2007 to 2011.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  10:26 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 01/02/2012

Evans regains top lobbying spot in Annapolis

Gerard E. Evans has regained the top spot among Maryland lobbyists a decade after serving a prison term for fraudulent practices.

By John Wagner  |  02:09 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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