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Maryland Politics: August, 2012

Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 08/30/2012

Anti-gambling expansion ad hits the air in Md.

A committee funded by Penn National Gaming started airing a TV ad Thursday opposing a recently passed expansion plan.

By John Wagner  |  06:11 PM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 08/30/2012

Maryland PSC may revisit Pepco rate hike ruling

The Maryland Public Service Commission indicated this week that it may revisit a portion of its ruling that allows Pepco to recover costs for smart meters.

By Victor Zapana  |  05:00 PM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 08/30/2012

2014 hopefuls helping host Maryland Democrats in Charlotte

At next week’s Democratic convention in Charlotte, Maryland’s gubernatorial hopefuls will continue their efforts to get a leg up on 2014.

By John Wagner  |  10:49 AM ET, 08/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:31 PM ET, 08/29/2012

Former Ehrlich aide joins same-sex marriage battle

Close ally of former Md. Gov. Robert Ehrlich solicits money to support marriage equality ballot measure.

By John Wagner  |  07:31 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 08/29/2012

Penn National Gaming announces opposition to Maryland gambling expansion

Penn National Gaming, the owner of the first Maryland casino to open, will on Thursday formally announce its opposition to a November ballot measure on expanded gambling.

By John Wagner  |  05:40 PM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 08/29/2012

Md. Democrats to remember Sargent Shriver

Convention will pay tribute to the late Sargent Shriver, Peace Corps founder and architect of “War on Poverty.”

By John Wagner  |  08:02 AM ET, 08/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 08/27/2012

O’Malley to play GOP foil in Tampa

Before Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) heads to Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention, he is making a stop in Tampa for the Republican National Convention.

By John Wagner  |  04:38 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  RNClive

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 08/27/2012

Bartlett targeted by Democrats over views on abortion, rape

The Maryland lawmaker is one of 20 Republicans being hit with automated phone calls.

By Ben Pershing  |  04:37 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 08/27/2012

Star-studded fundraiser in New York to benefit same-sex marriage in Maryland

A long list of top-flight celebrities are headlining a fundraiser planned in New York next month to benefit the campaign for same-sex marriage in Maryland.

By John Wagner  |  02:12 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 08/27/2012

MGM kicks in $2.4 million for gambling campaign

The money is the start of what is expected to be a multi-million dollar push on both sides.

By John Wagner  |  12:20 PM ET, 08/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 08/26/2012

O’Malley bashes Romney, GOP as ‘party of exclusion’

On the eve of the Republican National Convention, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) accused the GOP and its presumed presidential nominee of being hostile to the rights of women and immigrants.

By John Wagner  |  11:12 AM ET, 08/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 08/24/2012

Pro-gambling forces take to Md. airwaves

Proponents of expanded gambling in Maryland have wasted little time in kicking off their campaign for voter approval in November.

By John Wagner  |  02:38 PM ET, 08/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 08/23/2012

O’Malley to address Democrats in Colorado

It is the latest in a string of appearances that has put O’Malley in front of Democratic audiences in states where new friendships could be helpful down the road.

By John Wagner  |  03:35 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 08/23/2012

State unveils name, logo for insurance exchange under the federal health care law

Maryland Health Connectionwill begin open enrollment in October 2013 to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  01:55 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 08/23/2012

O’Malley’s band following him to Charlotte

Not only is Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley speaking at next month’s Democratic National Convention, but he’ll be singing, as well.

By John Wagner  |  12:26 PM ET, 08/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 08/21/2012

Md. pit bull owners face new liability after court ruling

A divided Maryland Court of Appeals on Tuesday tried to pull back slightly on its controversial ruling that all types of pit bulls are inherently dangerous.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  05:25 PM ET, 08/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 08/20/2012

For Md. voters, Nov. ballot requires homework

Fully understanding the issues may require a lot of reading.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  05:35 PM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 08/20/2012

O’Malley to get convention speaking role

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) will be among the featured speakers at next month’s Democratic National Convention that party officials are set to announce Monday.

By John Wagner  |  12:01 AM ET, 08/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:05 PM ET, 08/17/2012

Potomac farm will remain for the farming season, landlord says

By Victor Zapana and Tim Carman  |  08:05 PM ET, 08/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 08/15/2012

Pit bull owners in Maryland left in limbo, as lawmakers fail to agree on rules

The Maryland legislature adjourned today without agreement on how to overturn a court ruling that has left thousands of Maryland pit bull owners in legal limbo.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  06:15 PM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 08/15/2012

O’Malley signs expanded gambling bill

The bill allows a Las Vegas-style casino in Pr. George’s and table games at Md. casinos.

By John Wagner  |  11:22 AM ET, 08/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 08/14/2012

Md. House leaders press for Tuesday night casino vote

The bill would allow a Las Vegas-style casino in Prince George’s, as well as table games at Maryland’s five existing slots locations.

By John Wagner  |  06:00 PM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 08/14/2012

The House rules for Md. slots operators

A site-by-site rundown of how and when operator shares of slots revenue would change under the House gambling bill.

By John Wagner  |  09:45 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Maryland House seeks to shape gambling bill

Members of the Maryland House are returning to Annapolis with an opportunity to put their stamp on an expanded gambling bill.

By John Wagner  |  04:30 PM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:11 PM ET, 08/10/2012

How the Md. Senate voted on expanded gambling

The Maryland Senate voted 28 to 14 on Friday night for a bill proposed by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D)

By John Wagner  |  08:11 PM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

How the Md. Senate voted on expanded gambling

Senators voted 28 to 14 on Friday evening for a bill proposed by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).

By John Wagner  |  08:07 PM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 08/09/2012

Maryland regulators will hold hearing on ‘Bill Stabilization Adjustment’

By Victor Zapana  |  05:53 PM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 08/09/2012

Maryland General Assembly lawmakers return Thursday morning

LIVE BLOG | The Maryland General Assembly returns to Annapolis today.

By John Wagner  |  05:15 PM ET, 08/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 PM ET, 08/08/2012

Franchot wants gambling donations disclosed

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) is calling on the governor and lawmakers to voluntarily disclose recent campaign contributions from national gaming companies.

By John Wagner  |  10:18 PM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 08/08/2012

Cordish slams O’Malley gambling plan as ‘patently unfair;’ Penn National Gaming also has concerns

The owner of Maryland’s largest casino said today that gambling expansion legislation proposed by Gov. Martin O’Malley is “patently unfair.”

By John Wagner  |  02:15 PM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 08/08/2012

O’Malley says he is ‘so sick’ of gambling debate

The governor’s comments came on the eve of a special legislative session that he has called on new casino and table games.

By John Wagner  |  11:21 AM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:35 AM ET, 08/08/2012

Key provisions of O’Malley’s gambling bill

Legislation proposed Tuesday would allow a new casino in Prince George’s County and table games at existing slots sites.

By John Wagner  |  07:35 AM ET, 08/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 08/07/2012

Md. casinos might get ‘marketing allowance’

A gambling bill being crafted by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is likely to include a new “marketing allowance” for casino operators.

By John Wagner  |  02:38 PM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 08/07/2012

Racing to continue at Rosecroft, unless gambling comes to National Harbor

Penn National Gaming said it has committed to another two years of live racing at Rosecroft Raceway — if a casino isn’t approved at nearby National Harbor.

By John Wagner  |  11:27 AM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Internet gaming won’t be in Maryland gambling mix

Gaming over the Internet won’t be included in any gambling legislation advanced by the Maryland House of Delegates.

By John Wagner  |  10:09 AM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:38 AM ET, 08/07/2012

Townsend, other Md. Catholics to push same-sex marriage

The group leading Maryland’s same-sex marriage campaign is highlighting Catholic supporters, including former lieutenant governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (D).

By John Wagner  |  07:38 AM ET, 08/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:17 PM ET, 08/06/2012

O’Malley headed to Iowa next month

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) is booked next month as the “special guest” at an annual political event in Iowa, a move certain to further talk of his 2016 national ambitions.

By John Wagner  |  09:17 PM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 08/06/2012

Maryland Live! rakes in $35 million in July, but revenue drops at Perryville casino

Maryland’s largest casino continued to perform strongly during its second month of operation, generating $35.4 million, while gross revenue tumbled last month at its closest competitor.

By John Wagner  |  04:00 PM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 08/06/2012

O’Malley touts Brown for higher office

It’s no secret in Maryland politics that Gov. Martin O’Malley’s preferred successor is his lieutenant governor, Anthony G. Brown.

By John Wagner  |  02:33 PM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 08/06/2012

Another $250K coming for Maryland for same-sex marriage effort

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay-rights lobby, is set to announce Monday an additional $1 million in spending on same-sex ballot measures this fall, with $250,000 going to Maryland.

By John Wagner  |  12:01 AM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 08/05/2012

Gov. O’Malley takes aim at Romney in New Orleans speech

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) sought to make the case for President Obama’s re-election during a speech that was laced with references to Hurricane Katrina.

By John Wagner  |  12:43 PM ET, 08/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:21 PM ET, 08/03/2012

Md. House will arrive a day later for special session

The Maryland House of Delegates won’t convene for a special session on expanded gambling until next Friday, one day after the session is set to begin.

By John Wagner  |  11:21 PM ET, 08/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 PM ET, 08/02/2012

Montgomery delegates huddle over gambling session

State delegates from Montgomery County swapped notes Thursday night about their recent conversations with the governor and House Speaker and talked about what they might seek in exchange for their support of an expanded gambling bill in next week’s special session.

By John Wagner  |  11:22 PM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:53 PM ET, 08/02/2012

Parts of Maryland approved for federal storm assistance

Maryland on Thursday received a presidential disaster declaration for six jurisdictions that incurred significant damages as a result of the derecho storms that swept across the region in late June.

By John Wagner  |  08:53 PM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 08/02/2012

House plans role in shaping gambling bill

Governor O’Malley’s legislation is expected to allow a Prince George’s casino and table games.

By John Wagner  |  05:30 AM ET, 08/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 08/01/2012

Cordish says it remains opposed to another Maryland casino

The owner of the Maryland Live! casino reasserted its opposition, a day after circulating a list of concessions it would seek if such a new Prince George’s facility were authorized.

By John Wagner  |  05:28 PM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 08/01/2012

Baltimore mayor Rawlings-Blake warns state delegates against overreaching in gambling debate

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is cautioning lawmakers against going too far in leveraging their votes on an expanded gambling plan during next week’s special session.

By John Wagner  |  03:49 PM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 08/01/2012

O’Malley says he is in range on gambling votes

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said that he is “getting there” when asked Wednesday if he has enough votes to pass expanding gambling legislation in a special session next week.

By John Wagner  |  12:54 PM ET, 08/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:40 PM ET, 07/31/2012

Cordish seeks tax relief, other breaks for its casino

The owner of Maryland Live!, which has strongly opposed allowing a new casino in neighboring Prince George’s County, on Tuesday laid out the terms of expanded gambling legislation that it could accept.

By John Wagner  |  09:40 PM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 07/31/2012

Caesars wins license for Baltimore casino

A Harrah’s casino with 3,750 slot machines is planned to open near the Ravens’ stadium in mid-2014.

By John Wagner  |  04:40 PM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 07/31/2012

Rocky Gap casino allowed to downsize

The owner of a planned casino in Western Maryland is given permission Tuesday to downsize after running into difficulties obtaining financing.

By John Wagner  |  03:50 PM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 07/31/2012

Court of Appeals to hear police referendum lawsuit

The Maryland Court of Appeals will decide whether Montgomery County’s police union can put to referendum a law that curtails police bargaining rights.

By Victor Zapana  |  03:44 PM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 07/31/2012

Anne Arundel lawmakers to huddle at Md. casino

Anne Arundel County lawmakers appear to be rallying around the owner of the new casino in their jurisdiction.

By John Wagner  |  09:39 AM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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