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Maryland Politics: July, 2012

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 07/28/2012

Local vote in statewide Prince George’s casino referendum would likely be nonbinding

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said Friday that a casino in Prince George’s would not move forward without county voters’ blessing.

By John Wagner  |  10:32 AM ET, 07/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 07/27/2012

O’Malley seeks federal disaster aid for storms

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) requested a presidential disaster declaration for six jurisdictions in Maryland in the wake of the derecho storms that swept across the region last month.

By John Wagner  |  04:05 PM ET, 07/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 07/27/2012

Bartlett foe John Delaney heading to Israel

The district Delaney hopes to win has a sizable Jewish population.

By Ben Pershing  |  03:32 PM ET, 07/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 07/27/2012

Md. Republicans blast gambling session

Republican leaders in the Maryland General Assembly wasted little time Friday in criticizing the special session on expanded gambling called by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).

By John Wagner  |  03:09 PM ET, 07/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 07/27/2012

O’Malley announces special session on Prince George’s casino, other gambling issues

It’s official: Maryland lawmakers will be called back to Annapolis next month to weigh an expanded gambling plan.

By John Wagner  |  10:51 AM ET, 07/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 07/26/2012

Maryland gambling: O’Malley to announce special session on Friday

Gov. Martin O’Malley will announce a special session on expanded gambling on Friday morning.

By John Wagner  |  03:10 PM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 07/26/2012

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett ad calls him ‘different,’ ‘independent’

The Republican’s spot appears aimed at Democrats and independents in Montgomery County.

By Ben Pershing  |  11:10 AM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 07/26/2012

Gaming executive alleges ‘sleazy’ process in Maryland

An executive with Penn National Gaming this week blasted Maryland officials as they consider whether to allow a new casino in Prince George’s County.

By John Wagner  |  10:45 AM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 07/26/2012

O’Malley launches federal PAC as national profile rises

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) this week set up a federal political action committee, a move likely to further stoke talk about ambitions for national office in 2016.

By John Wagner  |  08:05 AM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 07/25/2012

Gambling expansion special session likely to be called for next month, Busch says

House Speaker Michael Busch says he expects the governor to call lawmakers back next month to consider an expanded gambling plan that includes a Prince George’s casino.

By John Wagner  |  06:19 PM ET, 07/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 07/25/2012

O’Malley creates group to study electricity outage recovery

The governor announced a work group to explore ways to “strengthen Maryland’s utility infrastructure and create a more resilient electric distribution system.”

By John Wagner  |  03:06 PM ET, 07/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 07/25/2012

Penn National warns it will fight Maryland gaming plan unless Rosecroft is included

The largest national gaming company now operating in Maryland is vowing to “fight furiously” against any expanded gambling that does not include Rosecroft Raceway.

By John Wagner  |  11:58 AM ET, 07/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 07/25/2012

Redskins, residents get boost as Prince George’s council rushes to adjourn for six weeks

Council members handled a packed agenda Tuesday that included several bills before heading off for summer recess.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  09:35 AM ET, 07/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:13 PM ET, 07/24/2012

Caesars shares thoughts on Md. gambling plan

Caesars Entertainment could win a license next week for a new casino in downtown Baltimore.

By John Wagner  |  09:13 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 07/24/2012

Rales sewer for art gallery gets approval at Montgomery Council; state review is next

The Montgomery County Council on Tuesday approved a sewer line for the Glenstone art gallery in Potomac, a project of billionaire businessman Mitchell Rales.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  06:26 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 07/24/2012

Md. Dems file suit over referendum on congressional map

Party and five other plaintiffs challenge elections board for green-lighting a vote on Maryland’s new congressional map.

By John Wagner  |  05:23 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 07/24/2012

Md. House speaker hears case of casino owner

With a decision expected soon on whether a special session will be held on expanded gambling, the owner of the state’s largest casino met with House Speaker Michael Busch.

By John Wagner  |  03:20 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 07/23/2012

Md. lottery proceeds set new record

Maryland lottery sales generated $556 million for the state budget in the just-concluded fiscal year, a jump of 7 percent from the prior year and a record for the program, lottery officials said.

By John Wagner  |  05:39 PM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 07/20/2012

Prince George’s gaming foes press their case

Religious and civic leaders in Prince George’s made a new bid Friday to persuade officials and County Executive Rushern Baker to abandon efforts to expand gaming in the county.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  03:16 PM ET, 07/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:32 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Franchot says Md. session on gambling would be ‘profound’ mistake

Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), a frequent critic of Maryland’s slots program, has no interest in a special legislative session to expand it.

By John Wagner  |  08:32 PM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Montgomery County Council bill aimed at Costco gas station is unconstitutional, county attorney says

The bill would block plans for a gas station at the Costco being built next to Wheaton Mall.

By Victor Zapana  |  06:34 PM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Same-sex marriage backers rake in quarter-million from Chevy Chase fundraiser

Supporters of same-sex marriage said they raised $250,000 on Wednesday night to benefit the campaign to uphold Maryland’s new gay nuptials law.

By John Wagner  |  02:15 PM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Chris Van Hollen, other Md. officials urge that Pepco rate hike be denied

U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined dozens of other Maryland officials Thursday in urging state utility regulators to reject a rate hike for Pepco.

By Victor Zapana  |  01:12 PM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 07/19/2012

Silver Spring Transit Center opening date to be announced soon

The $112 million transit hub in downtown Silver Spring has been under construction since 2008, a project that has had numerous delays.

By Victor Zapana  |  08:56 AM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 07/18/2012

O’Malley donates campaign contributions tied to Thompson

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has donated $38,000 to a veterans fund to offset past campaign contributions tied to businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson, who is accused of funding a “shadow campaign” for District Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), an O’Malley said.

By John Wagner  |  05:06 PM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 07/18/2012

O’Malley crafting gambling bill for review

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) plans to make available draft legislation on expanded gambling as early as Friday so lawmakers can get a better handle on what’s being proposed.

By John Wagner  |  02:28 PM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:36 PM ET, 07/17/2012

Montgomery officials discuss local referenda

One proposal would help disabled people get county jobs

By Victor Zapana  |  08:36 PM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 07/17/2012

Md. casino deliberations to continue a few more days

Maryland leaders agreed to spend a few more days assessing whether there are enough votes to pass an expanded gambling plan in a special legislative session.

By John Wagner  |  03:32 PM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 07/16/2012

Maryland Live! casino owner pleads case in e-mail to governor, legislators

The owner of Maryland’s largest casino said Monday that an accounting firm has found that nearly half its revenue is coming from the Washington area, a finding with “enormous” implications for the debate over whether to allow a new casino in Prince George’s County.

By John Wagner  |  06:38 PM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 07/16/2012

O’Malley, local leaders press case for casino plan

The governor met with local leaders to pressure leaders of the House of Delegates to agree to a special legislative session on expanded gambling.

By John Wagner  |  11:37 AM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 07/13/2012

Special session decision soon, O’Malley says

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said Friday that he plans to decide within the next week or so whether to call a special legislative session on expanded gambling.

By John Wagner  |  03:03 PM ET, 07/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 07/13/2012

Two Maryland senators urge massive fines against Pepco, BGE

Backlash over recent power outages continues among Maryland, D.C. lawmakers

By Mary Pat Flaherty and Victor Zapana  |  05:00 AM ET, 07/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:58 PM ET, 07/12/2012

Isiah Leggett thinks rapid bus system in Montgomery could take 20 to 30 years

He rejects recommendation that it be built in nine years.

By Victor Zapana  |  10:58 PM ET, 07/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 07/12/2012

Howard County’s Ken Ulman raising money for Md. same-sex marriage campaign

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (D), who has been positioning himself to run for governor in 2014, is hosting a fundraiser Friday night to support the same-sex marriage law.

By John Wagner  |  04:58 PM ET, 07/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 07/12/2012

O’Malley has key meetings next week on gambling

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) has meetings planned next week that could go a long way toward determining whether he calls a special session on expanded gambling.

By John Wagner  |  02:52 PM ET, 07/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 07/12/2012

Baltimore slots license could be awarded this month

Maryland officials could award the last of five licenses currently authorized by the state.

By John Wagner  |  11:33 AM ET, 07/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 07/12/2012

National Harbor casino advocates tally lost gaming dollars

A labor-led group aligned with National Harbor developer Milton V. Peterson is pulling out all the stops to convince Maryland lawmakers to allow a casino there.

By John Wagner  |  08:45 AM ET, 07/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 07/12/2012

Glenstone sewer request approved by Montgomery County Council panel

Glenstone sewer request is approved by Montgomery County Council panel.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  05:00 AM ET, 07/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 07/11/2012

Md. voters likely to decide congressional map

Maryland voters appear likely to get the final word on the state’s highly partisan and racially charged plan to redraw Maryland’s congressional districts.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  05:06 PM ET, 07/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:57 AM ET, 07/11/2012

New health officer, planning board member in Prince George’s

Nominations by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III unanimously confirmed by lawmakers.

By Miranda S. Spivack  |  06:57 AM ET, 07/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 07/10/2012

Md. marriage petitioners told of success

Opponents of Maryland’s same-sex marriage law were officially notified Tuesday that they had succeeded in petitioning the measure to the November ballot.

By John Wagner  |  04:23 PM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 07/10/2012

Web ad features black same-sex marriage supporters

Proponents of upholding Maryland’s same-sex marriage law on Tuesday launched on a new Web video featuring a series of African-Americans explaining why they are supporting this fall’s referendum.

By John Wagner  |  02:36 PM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:10 PM ET, 07/09/2012

Costco gas station bill in trouble

Measure would block plans for a station next to Wheaton mall

By Victor Zapana  |  08:10 PM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 07/09/2012

Pepco seeks delay in Maryland rate increase decision

Pepco has requested a 4 percent rate hike for its Maryland customers.

By Victor Zapana  |  10:30 AM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 07/08/2012

Romney ‘bet against America,’ O’Malley says

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) on Sunday lambasted Mitt Romney for his Swiss bank account and other overseas financial activities.

By John Wagner  |  03:22 PM ET, 07/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 07/07/2012

Leggett offers support for Prince George’s casino

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) spoke out Friday in favor of allowing a new casino in Prince George’s County, saying his counterpart there has “made a very strong case.”

By John Wagner  |  06:00 AM ET, 07/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

This Sunday, O’Malley squares off against Louisiana’s Jindal

If it’s Sunday, it’s a reasonable bet that Maryland’s governor will be facing off against a well-known Republican on national television.

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

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 07/06/2012

Maryland special session on gambling won’t happen next week

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is expected to announce Friday that he will continue to seek consensus on a plan that could be enacted later this summer.

By John Wagner  |  02:52 PM ET, 07/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 07/03/2012

Maryland Live! yield for June: $28.5 million

The state’s largest casino generated $28.5 million in gross revenue during its opening month, providing a shot in the arm to a slots program.

By John Wagner  |  01:44 PM ET, 07/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 07/03/2012

GOP delegate would boycott Maryland gambling session

The odds of a Maryland special legislative session next week on expanded gambling have grown long, but at least one Republican delegate won’t be there if it happens.

By John Wagner  |  09:48 AM ET, 07/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 07/02/2012

Md. House leaders talk about Prince George’s casino

Leaders of the House of Delegates huddled behind closed doors Monday to discuss an expanded gambling plan but reached no conclusions.

By John Wagner  |  06:18 PM ET, 07/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 07/02/2012

Foes of Maryland congressional map claim success on ballot signatures

A group led by a Republican delegate in Maryland said Monday that it has collected enough signatures to force a statewide vote in November on the state’s new congressional map.

By John Wagner  |  12:49 PM ET, 07/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 07/01/2012

O’Malley tangles with Scott Walker over health care

Maryland’s Democratic governor said Sunday that Democrats can campaign

on President Obama’s health care law.

By John Wagner  |  01:59 PM ET, 07/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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