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Maryland Politics: June, 2012

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 06/29/2012

O’Malley returning to ‘Face the Nation’

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is booked to face off Sunday against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).

By John Wagner  |  05:07 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 06/29/2012

O’Malley criticizes McDonnell over Obama health care legislation

The governor said Maryland will benefit economically from the health care legislation, upheld Thursday by the Supreme Court.

By Jeremy Borden  |  02:17 PM ET, 06/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 06/28/2012

Montgomery anti-abortion pregnancy center disclaimer law is unconstitutional, federal court rules

A federal appeals court has struck down a controversial Montgomery County regulation that requires anti-abortion pregnancy centers to provide a health disclaimer to patients.

By Victor Zapana  |  03:45 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 06/28/2012

Penn National spends most on Md. lobbyists

Players in Maryland’s debates over gambling, same-sex marriage, health care and tax issues were among the biggest spenders on Annapolis lobbyists during this year’s 90-day session.

By John Wagner  |  02:26 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 06/28/2012

O’Malley weighs in on health-care ruling

The governor said the Supreme Court’s decision would “protect the lives of millions of Marylanders and millions of Americans.”

By John Wagner  |  01:40 PM ET, 06/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Brian Feldman to step down as Montgomery County delegation chair

By Victor Zapana  |  05:23 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Gov. Martin O’Malley: Out-of-state political travel to pick up

The governor is making no apologies for the time he spends outside Maryland.

By John Wagner  |  04:20 PM ET, 06/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:21 PM ET, 06/26/2012

O’Malley puts odds of gambling session at 50-50

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said Tuesday that he is continuing to pursue a consensus on an expanded gambling plan that would include a Prince George’s County casino.

By John Wagner  |  09:21 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Montgomery County judge strikes petition on police referendum

By Victor Zapana  |  02:57 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 06/26/2012

In Montgomery, volunteer firefighters getting ready for ambulance fee fight

The volunteer firefighters in Montgomery County haven’t decided whether to challenge an amended version of a countywide ambulance fee that was struck down by referendum in 2010. But they are getting ready for a fight anyway.

By Victor Zapana  |  05:00 AM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Montgomery County facing a $71 million shortfall in fiscal 2014 budget

County officials declined to specify whether they would raise taxes or cut spending to close the gap.

By Victor Zapana  |  04:30 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Same-sex marriage foes to release final signatures

The measure already appears headed to the November ballot in Maryland.

By John Wagner  |  04:24 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Pro-casino group launches TV ads

A coalition of labor groups is continuing to up the ante in its effort to bring a casino to National Harbor with a new television ad that began running Monday in the Baltimore market.

By John Wagner  |  04:16 PM ET, 06/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 06/23/2012

O’Malley, Busch meet privately on casino standoff

Governor, house speaker talked privately Friday night about Maryland’s casino impasse but reported no significant progress.

By John Wagner  |  11:54 AM ET, 06/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 06/22/2012

Seven financial experts named to help vet Prince George’s economic development applications

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III announced the seven members of a new panel to help the county vet applicants for its $50 million economic development fund.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  04:21 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 06/22/2012

Labor-backed radio ad asks for more casino consideration

An ad began airing Friday that urges Maryland lawmakers to pick up the pieces of this week’s collapse of a work group plan that would allow a casino in Prince George’s County.

By John Wagner  |  02:18 PM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 06/22/2012

Baker comes out swinging, and Cordish punches back over Prince George’s casino

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III has put a lot of political capital into the effort to bring a casino to National Harbor.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  09:36 AM ET, 06/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:01 PM ET, 06/21/2012

O’Malley in New York for money meetings, TV appearance

Appearing on “Morning Joe” on Friday, Maryland governor defends President Obama.

By John Wagner  |  09:01 PM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 06/21/2012

Some haven’t given up on National Harbor casino

The developer and county executive are among those still pushing the project.

By John Wagner  |  07:33 AM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 AM ET, 06/21/2012

Rocky Gap casino moves forward in Md.

A state panel signed off on a ground lease and other provisions needed for construction of a casino in Western Maryland.

By John Wagner  |  01:36 AM ET, 06/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 06/20/2012

It’s a high-stakes day for Maryland gambling

A work group is scheduled to meet for the final time to determine whether it can reach consensus over a plan to expand the state’s slots program.

By John Wagner  |  03:00 PM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 06/20/2012

Montgomery police referendum remains for now, judge rules

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge chose not to reject a petition that put a local police bargaining law to referendum.

By Victor Zapana  |  02:40 PM ET, 06/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Dozens flock to testify on Costco gas station bill

Civic activists want Montgomery County Council to impose stronger restrictions on development.

By Victor Zapana  |  10:46 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Gambling group’s private meetings okay, lawyer says

The secrecy surrounding a work group on expanded gambling in Maryland prompted howls of protest this week from a leading Republican lawmaker.

By John Wagner  |  02:47 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 06/19/2012

O’Malley to address Dems in Ohio, Louisiana

The planned appearances come amid a noticeable uptick in O’Malley’s travels around the country.

By John Wagner  |  12:58 PM ET, 06/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 06/18/2012

Work group crafting Md. gambling plan

The panel launched by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley huddles behind closed doors to hammer out key details of a possible gambling expansion.

By John Wagner  |  07:09 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 06/18/2012

Judge to rule whether county police bargaining law will go to referendum

County has sued its own election board to block referendum

By Victor Zapana  |  06:57 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:31 PM ET, 06/18/2012

Montgomery council member pushes for additional hiring help for those with disabilities

Board member seeks an amendment to county charter

By Victor Zapana  |  06:31 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 06/18/2012

O’Malley, Busch hosting same-sex marriage fundraiser

The event in Ocean City next week will benefit the fall campaign.

By John Wagner  |  02:43 PM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 06/18/2012

O’Malley’s band plays with the Baltimore symphony

O’Malley’s March had a little more muscle than usual on Sunday night.

By John Wagner  |  11:33 AM ET, 06/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 06/15/2012

MGM all in at National Harbor — with a few conditions

The global casino company announced Friday that it is committed to bringing a high-end casino to National Harbor if it can get the right deal.

By John Wagner  |  02:06 PM ET, 06/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:46 PM ET, 06/14/2012

Gaithersburg city manager resigns

Official says she leaves the city in “a strong financial position’

By Victor Zapana  |  07:46 PM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 06/14/2012

MGM could operate National Harbor casino

National Harbor’s developer is in negotiations with one of the world’s leading gaming companies to operate a proposed casino.

By John Wagner  |  11:14 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 06/13/2012

Md. high court clears Dream Act for ballot (says it will explain later)

The court affirmed the decision of an Anne Arundel county circuit court judge and said it would explain its position in an opinion filed at a later date.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  02:18 PM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 06/13/2012

Obama raises $2 million, lifts gay marriage supporters in swing through Maryland

President Obama never uttered the words gay, same-sex or marriage, but everyone seemed to know just what he meant

By Aaron C. Davis  |  01:29 PM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 06/13/2012

Pepco tree trimming bill debated in Montgomery

The public debate has started on a controversial Montgomery County bill aimed at the area’s largest power company and its aggressive tree-trimming practices.

By Victor Zapana  |  11:22 AM ET, 06/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 06/12/2012

Md. has room for another casino, analysts say

Maryland’s gambling market is large enough to support a new casino in Prince George’s County, says a group of analysts from the state legislature and a private consulting firm.

By John Wagner  |  05:01 PM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 06/12/2012

Immigrant tuition referendum in hands of Maryland high court

Opponents made one last legal argument that the state’s Dream Act should be exempt from going before voters in November.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  11:38 AM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 06/12/2012

Tiffany Alston found guilty of theft charges

Alston (D-Prince George’s) was found guilty of charges that she stole $800 from the General Assembly to cover expenses of an assistant at her private law firm.

By John Wagner  |  10:35 AM ET, 06/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:17 PM ET, 06/11/2012

Spirited arguments, no verdict yet in Alston case

Accusations that defense witnesses lied under oath and that prosecutors abused power flew around an Anne Arundel County courtroom Monday.

By Aaron C. Davis and John Wagner  |  07:17 PM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 06/11/2012

Karl Rove blasts Obama, O’Malley and tells Md. Republicans to ‘stop whining’

Republican strategist Karl Rove began a pep talk to Maryland Republicans on Saturday night by gloating that President Obama isn’t coming off just a bad week, but a bad couple of months.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  08:52 AM ET, 06/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 06/10/2012

Gov. O’Malley acknowledges bad week for Democrats

The Maryland governor assessed the fallout of the Wisconsin recall election during an appearance on “Face the Nation.”

By John Wagner  |  11:49 AM ET, 06/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 06/08/2012

White House plans first Hispanic summit in Maryland

The White House will host its first Hispanic summit in Maryland in Montgomery County next week, county officials said.

By Victor Zapana  |  06:29 PM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 06/08/2012

O’Malley booked on ‘Face the Nation’

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is headed back to the Sunday talk-show circuit.

By John Wagner  |  06:16 PM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 06/08/2012

Del. Tiffany Alston theft case likely to go to jury Monday

The theft case against Maryland Del. Tiffany T. Alston is expected to go a jury on Monday after closing arguments.

By John Wagner  |  05:28 PM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 06/08/2012

O’Malley: Wisconsin recall campaign an ‘alternate universe’ because of GOP spending

Republicans’ large spending advantage made the contest something less than a fair fight, O’Malley said.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  05:11 PM ET, 06/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 06/07/2012

Same-sex marriage headed to ballot in Md.

A widely anticipated referendum on same-sex marriage in Maryland appeared a certainty Thursday.

By John Wagner  |  06:34 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 06/07/2012

Alston case heads into fourth day

A judge denied a motion to acquit Del. Tiffany T. Alston on charges of theft and misconduct in office in advance of the case going to the jury.

By John Wagner  |  05:25 PM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 06/07/2012

Redskins ‘are fine’ at FedEx, Pr. George’s official says

Prince George’s County officials say the Washington Redskins have no plans to depart from FedEx field in Landover.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  11:39 AM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 06/07/2012

Maryland Live! draws many state lawmakers

The casino drew politicians who will have a big say in whether the state allows another in Pr. George’s.

By John Wagner  |  08:49 AM ET, 06/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 06/06/2012

Key witness in Alston trial contradicts prosecutors

A key witness in the theft trial of Maryland Del. Tiffany T. Alston testified Wednesday that she did legislative work for the Prince George’s Democrat, contradicting prosecutors’ claim.

By John Wagner  |  05:28 PM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Steny Hoyer’s daughter comes out as a lesbian

She made her announcement after her father endorsed same-sex marriage.

By Ben Pershing  |  05:02 PM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Rockville official resigns during city investigation

An investigation by a local newspaper focused on the human resources director.

By Victor Zapana  |  12:12 PM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:10 AM ET, 06/06/2012

Maryland Live! casino to open its doors Wednesday night

Maryland’s largest planned casino is set to debut Wednesday night, marking a major milestone in the state’s long-running gambling debate.

By John Wagner  |  08:10 AM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 06/05/2012

Rushern Baker names five to public arts panel in Prince George’s

The program in Prince George’s uses public funds of at least 1 percent of construction costs to acquire and install art work in public buildings.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  11:09 AM ET, 06/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 06/04/2012

Maryland Live! casino licensed to open

Maryland state regulators on Monday cleared the state’s largest planned casino to open later this week at Arundel Mills mall.

By John Wagner  |  05:33 PM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 06/04/2012

Fosselman, Teti face off in Kensington mayoral election Monday night

After development, campaign finance scandals, mayor of Maryland town battles challenger to keep seat.

By Victor Zapana  |  09:04 AM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 06/03/2012

Montgomery planners oppose bill blocking a Costco gas station in Wheaton

Bill would block plans for a gas station at a Costco under construction next the Westfield Mall.

By Victor Zapana  |  11:02 AM ET, 06/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 06/02/2012

In colorful N.H. speech, O’Malley decries ‘constipation Congress’

The Maryland governor said Saturday that Congress is incapable of helping President Obama create jobs more quickly.

By John Wagner  |  02:52 PM ET, 06/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 PM ET, 06/01/2012

Baker urges businesses to get more involved in Prince George’s public schools

County executive says improving public education should be mission for everyone — even business leaders.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  09:00 PM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rushern Baker

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 06/01/2012

Ann Romney coming to Md. for fundraiser

Liberal-leaning Maryland isn’t exactly a presidential battleground, but it remains a source of campaign cash.

By John Wagner  |  09:48 AM ET, 06/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 05/31/2012

Lawyer: Md. lawmakers can expand gaming

A state lawyer has advised Maryland lawmakers that they are on strong legal ground to expand the state’s gambling program over any objections of previously licensed casino owners.

By John Wagner  |  06:08 PM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 05/31/2012

RGA knocks O’Malley as he heads to Wisconsin

The Maryland governor is being greeted in Wisconsin with a new video from the Republican Governors Association that highlights his tax increases back home.

By John Wagner  |  02:47 PM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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