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Maryland Politics: April, 2012

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 04/27/2012

O’Malley’s band to play at 1812 commemoration

It’s not quite as big as playing at the White House, but Gov. Martin O’Malley’s Celtic rock band has another high-profile gig coming up.

By John Wagner  |  09:58 AM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 04/26/2012

Md. special sessions complicate fundraising rules

With the possibility of a pair of special sessions in coming months, fundraising rules for Maryland lawmakers have become a little more tricky.

By John Wagner  |  12:24 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 04/26/2012

Maryland Live! casino plans June 6 launch

The opening of the $500 million facility in Anne Arundel County will mark a key milestone in Maryland’s gambling program.

By John Wagner  |  11:22 AM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Gov. Martin O’Malley headed to N.C. and Nebraska

O’Malley (D), the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, is headed to Charlotte, on Thursday for a two-day conference and “preview” of the upcoming Democratic National Convention there.

By John Wagner  |  02:51 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 04/24/2012

John Delaney named to Democrats’ ‘Red to Blue’ program, offering national support in House race

The inclusion of the financier’s race against Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in the “Red to Blue” program means Democrats view it as one of their best pickup opportunities.

By Ben Pershing  |  06:05 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 04/24/2012

Maryland looking at two special sessions

One session could be devoted to a revenue package, the other could be on gambling legislation.

By John Wagner  |  12:44 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:40 AM ET, 04/24/2012

Maryland chancellor warns of budget cuts

In Baltimore Sun column, Chancellor William E. Kirwan says failure to enact new tax package will mean tuition increases and cuts in financial aid, university programs.

By John Wagner  |  07:40 AM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Baker, Rawlings-Blake watching for special legislative session to press for gaming in Md.

The heads of two of Maryland’s largest jurisdictions see an opportunity to ramp up their push for a gambling bill if the General Assembly has a special session.

By John Wagner  |  03:47 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Montgomery’s Rollin Stanley headed to top planning post in Calgary

Rollin Stanley, who shepherded through plans to remake parts of the county but rubbed some activists the wrong way, is headed to the top planning job in Calgary.

By Lori Aratani  |  01:25 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Baker readies for “doomsday” budget but hopes state will find a way to plug gaps

Baker says state must help Prince George’s more if there is no casino bill

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  04:04 PM ET, 04/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 04/20/2012

O’Malley, legislative leaders to talk Tuesday

The two Democratic leaders of the Maryland General Assembly have agreed to a first step in ending a two-week impasse between the House and Senate: talking to one another.

By John Wagner  |  06:13 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 04/20/2012

Labor wants gaming bill in Md. special session

A coalition of labor leaders wrote to Gov. Martin O’Malley and legislative leaders Friday asking that a gambling bill be included in a special session called to finish work on the state budget.

By John Wagner  |  04:51 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 04/20/2012

O’Malley says fixing budget mess in Maryland comes way before talk of White House in 2016

Friday briefing focused instead on Democratic dysfunction after collapse of state budget deal.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  02:22 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:16 PM ET, 04/19/2012

O’Malley casts Republicans as foil in Annapolis

The Maryland governor made a plea for party unity as an impasse continued between the Democratic leaders of the House and Senate.

By John Wagner  |  05:16 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 04/19/2012

O’Malley touts crab rebound, avoids talk of legislature

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley had plenty to say Thursday about juvenile crabs — but he wasn’t talking about the return of the General Assembly.

By John Wagner  |  01:57 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Miller blasts House, says gaming didn’t cause session’s demise

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. says that it is “patently untrue” that a gaming bill caused the impasse at the end of the 90-day legislative session.

By John Wagner  |  05:45 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 04/17/2012

O’Malley meets with senators as session talks continue

After emerging from a meeting with four leading senators, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said late Tuesday that he and lawmakers will “continue to talk” about a special session.

By John Wagner  |  06:34 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Md. GOP disputes need for special session, tax increases

House Republicans charged that even without a planned tax hike on six-figure earners, Maryland will still afford to let overall spending rise.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  05:51 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 04/17/2012

O’Malley advertised as ‘hot prospect’ for 2016

The Maryland governor has been booked for a private press briefing Friday in Washington.

By John Wagner  |  02:17 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Delaney’s poll gives him 9-point lead over Bartlett in House race

The general election survey by a Democratic pollster gives the challenger a clear edge over the Republican incumbent congressman.

By Ben Pershing  |  02:05 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 04/16/2012

There’s some talk in Annapolis — but no sign of action

Maryland legislative leaders have started talking to Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) about a possible special session — but reported little progress.

By John Wagner  |  04:43 PM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 04/16/2012

Ehrlich anticipates ‘decisive’ vote against gay nuptials

Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) predicts that a law allowing same-sex marriage will suffer a “decisive defeat” on the November ballot.

By John Wagner  |  02:05 PM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 04/15/2012

Should gambling be on a Maryland special session agenda?

A long-festering rift over the issue played into the messy ending last week of the state’s 90-day legislative session.

By John Wagner  |  10:13 AM ET, 04/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 04/13/2012

O’Malley advised to hold off on some bill signings until state budget is balanced

The budget secretary recommended Friday that the governor hold off signing bills that will cost the state money next year until Maryland’s budget is brought into balance.

By John Wagner  |  04:29 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Prince George’s delays decision on Whole Foods development

Supporters of the plan to bring a mixed-use development had hoped the project would be approved by the District Council this week.

By Lori Aratani  |  04:22 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 04/13/2012

O’Malley plans to meet with Maryland legislative leaders

The governor says the meeting will take place in “the next several days” to talk about completing work on the state’s tax and spending plans.

By John Wagner  |  11:23 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 04/12/2012

O’Malley willing to summon lawmakers ‘a half-hour from now’

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says he will call a special session if leaders can reach consensus over the issues that led to Monday night’s collapse of a tax package.

By John Wagner  |  10:36 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maryland, Maryland politics

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Same-sex marriage lobby hires Maryland campaign manager

The move offers more evidence that the battle over Maryland’s expected referendum on same-sex marriage is ramping up

By John Wagner  |  02:25 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 04/10/2012

What did pass the Maryland General Assembly

Although some high-profile bills collapsed, a lotdid pass on the session’s last day.

By Greg Masters  |  05:11 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 04/10/2012

During General Assembly session, Leggett officials wanted Ride-On money, ambulance fee

State legislators were close to securing additional funding. But then the funding fell through, because it was tied to the state’s tax package.

By Victor Zapana  |  04:45 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 04/10/2012

General Assembly kills measure that could have benefited Del. Tony McConkey

The measure would have benefitted Del. Tony McConkey (R-Anne Arundel).

By Aaron C. Davis  |  04:33 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 04/10/2012

In Prince George’s, Baker works on a ‘doomsday’ budget

His county will put in place a “doomsday” budget if the General Assembly does not move on a referendum to allow a casino at National Harbor.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  02:38 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 04/10/2012

O’Malley passes on chance to call special session

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley chided lawmakers Tuesday morning but did not heed appeals to call a special session.

By John Wagner  |  11:32 AM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 04/09/2012

Clock ticks on chaotic final day for Maryland legislature

Lawmakers work on a long list of unresolved issues; 3 student protesters arrested.

By John Wagner, Aaron C. Davis and Greg Masters  |  02:15 PM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:37 PM ET, 04/07/2012

Md. track subsidy passes House

The Maryland House of Delegates approved a bill Saturday night that would steer up to $1.2 million a year in operating assistance to an Eastern Shore horse track — over the spirited objections of a Montgomery County lawmaker.

By John Wagner  |  09:37 PM ET, 04/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:05 PM ET, 04/07/2012

Md. lawmakers move scores of bills as Monday deadline looms

Facing a Monday deadline to adjourn and with big questions remaining on the budget and a proposed casino, legislators worked fast on Saturday.

By Greg Masters  |  08:05 PM ET, 04/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 04/06/2012

Md. House approves septic system limits; other environmental bills in limbo

A bill to limit where septic systems can be built won approval Friday in the Maryland House of Delegates.

By Greg Masters  |  05:25 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 04/06/2012

A Good Friday accord on Md. budget?

Time is slipping away for Maryland lawmakers to reach a budget deal before the General Assembly adjourns early for Good Friday and Passover observances.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  01:02 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 04/06/2012

Roscoe Bartlett won with a little help (and cash) from his friends

Roughly a quarter of the cash Roscoe Bartlett has raised this year came from his Hill colleagues.

By Ben Pershing  |  12:39 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Maryland, maryland politics

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/06/2012

Baker continues late-hour push for Prince George’s casino

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) said Friday that he remains hopeful that state lawmakers will pass a bill authorizing a casino at National Harbor.

By John Wagner  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Md. budget compromise may come in nick of time

Negotiators in the Maryland Senate on Thursday evening offered a concession that appeared to bring a budget deal within reach.

By Aaron C. Davis and Greg Masters  |  10:31 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:39 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Md. House will ‘fix’ or ‘kill’ gaming bill, delegate says

With the Maryland legislature scheduled to adjourn Monday, House leaders are continuing to play their cards close to the vest on a bill that would authorize a new casino in Prince George’s County.

By John Wagner  |  07:39 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Md. legislation targets high school dropouts

Maryland is on the verge of raising the age that children would be required to stay in school.

By John Wagner  |  03:37 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:31 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Tensions revealed as Md. session marches toward close

Wednesday’s brief debate – over 19 cents – took Republican and Democratic arguments to their logical extremes.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  08:31 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Worst political endorsement since ...?

“I don’t know the gentleman, but if he can raise $800,000 for Hillary Clinton, he’s alright with me.”

By Aaron C. Davis  |  03:38 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Thomas V. Mike Miller, Robert Garagiola, Maryland politics

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 04/04/2012

O’Malley makes plea for wind, transportation bills

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) made a late-session pitch Wednesday for two of his languishing priorities.

By John Wagner  |  01:18 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 04/04/2012

Maryland 2012 GOP primary looks a lot like 2008

The results in the Free State arguably tell us less about how Maryland Republicans feel about Mitt Romney than the makeup of the state party.

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

Posted at 08:33 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Md. election results, updates

Get updates and tweets from the Maryland primary election throughout the evening.

By Washington Post staff  |  08:33 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:08 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Prince George’s council splits on gambling; six members say they now back casino bill, referendum

Prince George’s Council majority backs casino bill

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  08:08 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Maryland public safety and anti-smoking bills in limbo

Emergency measures to provide better legal protections for poor people remain mired in negotiations.

By Aaron C. Davis and Greg Masters  |  02:25 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Senate president warns of budget impasse

Miller warned that because of an impasse in budget negotiations, the General Assembly may have to extend its scheduled April 9 adjournment.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  02:06 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:50 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Md. offshore wind supporters encircle State House

Gov. Martin O’Malley addressed a boisterous offshore wind rally that had hundreds of citizens forming a circle around the State House and waving glow-in-the-dark miniature windmills.

By Greg Masters  |  09:50 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:25 PM ET, 04/02/2012

For Prince George’s gambling opponents, a big week ahead

Gerron Levi, a former Prince George’s delegate turned anti-gambling activist, is planning a push to highlight opposition.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  07:25 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Lt. Gov. Brown called on to rebut Romney

Democrats on Monday turned to Brown, the nation’s highest-ranking elected politician to have served in Iraq, to help return fire on Romney’s support of the Ryan spending plan.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  06:35 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Roscoe Bartlett denies involvement with last-minute attack on David Brinkley

Bartlett’s campaign says it had “no role” in releasing 911 tapes of foe’s domestic dispute.

By Ben Pershing  |  05:40 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Montgomery, Prince George’s officials question auditor’s demotion

Officials question auditor’s demotion.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  05:27 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Baker supports $800 million casino amendment

The amendment would likely require a private investor to spend in excess of $800 million to build a casino in his jurisdiction, an aide confirmed.

By John Wagner  |  05:08 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Emergency bill in Annapolis aimed at Montgomery County covenants

The legislation would void covenants restricting farming on the reserve, which establishes nearly a third of the county as farmland.

By Victor Zapana  |  02:38 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Updated: Tax and spending negotiations underway in Md.

Maryland House and Senate budget negotiators met Monday morning to start the process of reconciling some major differences in their tax and spending plans.

By Greg Masters  |  01:59 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 04/02/2012

John Delaney pours more cash into primary bid

The financier has now put more than $1.7 million of his own money into his primary bid.

By Ben Pershing  |  10:58 AM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 PM ET, 04/01/2012

Prince George’s delegates talk about amending casino bill

Proponents of a proposed casino in Prince George’s County sought over the weekend to bolster the support of state delegates from the jurisdiction with talk of several planned amendments to pending legislation.

By John Wagner  |  10:25 PM ET, 04/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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