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Bob Ehrlich The Agenda: Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) called on the Democratic legislature to sweep from Annapolis a brand of "Capitol Hill assassin politics."
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 Government 101: Find out how a bill navigates the legislative process from inception, until it hits the governor's desk.
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Va. Expands Use of Sentencing Tool for Judges
RICHMOND -- It used to be that Virginia justices went about sentencing nonviolent criminals the way judges across the country do: They scanned convicts' rap sheets and court files and took into account such general factors as age and history to decide how dangerous felons were to the public and whether they should go to prison.

In the News
Sheriff Candidates Setting Out Early: Alexandria Facilities Targeted (Post, April 24, 2005)

Md. Forecast Sunny For Bridge Traffic: Hope Shared by Commuters, Governor (Post, April 24, 2005)

Ehrlich Warns Loss of Slots Might Cost Md. the Preakness (Post, April 22, 2005)

'Interpreter' a Rote Translation (Post, April 22, 2005)

A Very Presidential Visit (Post, April 22, 2005)

A Newcomer's Take on the Historic Capital (Post, April 21, 2005)

Scouting D.C.'s New Team (Post, April 21, 2005)

In Md., Deaths and Hard Work Propelled Teen Driving Bills (Post, April 18, 2005)

Glitches and Hassles Can't Stifle Exuberance (Post, April 15, 2005)

Baseball Capital: Washington Cheers As Long-Sought Team Makes Winning Debut (Post, April 15, 2005)

'Monsieur N.' Comes Up Short (Post, April 15, 2005)

Assembly Session Marked by Partisan Discord: Agreement Found On Several Issues (Post, April 14, 2005)

Strong Showing For School Board Bill: Sponsors Plan to Revive It for 2006 (Post, April 14, 2005)

Frederick Requests Mostly Unheeded: Commissioners, Sheriff to Get Raises (Post, April 14, 2005)

More for Schools, But Less for Roads: County Has Mixed Results in Assembly (Post, April 14, 2005)

Duncan's Faith May Not Follow Church (Post, April 14, 2005)

Mayoral Flack Cuts Press No Slack (Post, April 14, 2005)

Placing a Value on School: Girls Help Open Doors For Peers in Mali (Post, April 14, 2005)

College Credits, With a Rush: W.Md. School Offers Degree Program in Extreme Sports (Post, April 14, 2005)

Ruppersberger Forgoes Senate To Finish Up House Work (Post, April 14, 2005)

World Bank-IMF Protests Set This Week (Post, April 13, 2005)

A Father's Vote for Gay Rights: Md. Delegate Helps Pass Partnership Registry (Post, April 13, 2005)

Ehrlich Calls Bills Hostile to Business: Governor Signs Other Measures (Post, April 13, 2005)

Naming Deal for RFK in Doubt: Sen. Warner, General Object to National Guard Sponsorship (Post, April 12, 2005)

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