Archive: January 2006

Senate Finances

As today's deadline arrived for U.S. Senate candidates to file campaign finance reports, the numbers showed that Rep. Ben Cardin has not only raised more than any of his Democratic rivals, he had more cash on hand at the end...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 31, 2006; 6:01 PM ET | Comments (14)

Calls the balls and strikes, Miller says

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s call last night for full debate of the gay marriage issue on the House and Senate floor is not sitting so well with one relevant party: Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. Miller (D-Calvert)...

By John Wagner | January 31, 2006; 11:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gansler goes Daily

Montgomery County State's Attorney Doug Gansler is no stranger to televisions cameras. But last night marked his maiden voyage on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Gansler was asked to explain his office's prosecution of Raymond Hugh McNealy, 44 for...

By | January 31, 2006; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Steffen's spirit

Joe Steffen, the former governor's aide who calls himself the Prince of Darkness, has yet to appear before the legislative committee investigating Bob Ehrlich's hiring and firing practices. But his spirit lingered over the proceedings, including Monday's testimony from three...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 30, 2006; 7:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ehrlich's treasured Towson

Governor Ehrlich was back on familiar turf today to unveil his fiscal 2007 budget for construction projects throughout the state. The former Baltimore County state legislator and congressman picked Towson University as his backdrop and the unusually warm January morning...

By Ann Marimow | January 30, 2006; 2:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mfume campaign shuffle

Ten months after announcing his bid for the U.S. Senate, Democrat Kweisi Mfume is bulking up his campaign team. Mfume is bringing in two Washington political veterans to run his campaign, which has had trouble raising money and gaining traction...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 29, 2006; 1:25 AM ET | Comments (16)

Think Thinner

As Doug Duncan moved through a series of events across Montgomery County today, one thing became clear: he's losing weight. The Montgomery County executive, whose seeking the Democratic nod for governor, looked noticeable thinner while campaigning in Silver Spring. "I'm...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 28, 2006; 6:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Validating Votes

House leaders have scheduled a hearing Wednesday on legislation that would require the state's electronic voting machines to provide paper receipts. "Under this legislation, voters would be able to check and correct any error made by the voting system," said...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 28, 2006; 7:08 AM ET | Comments (4)

Changing Environment

The Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chuck Gates got a little snarky this afternoon, when asked about Lynn Buhl's departure at the end of this month from her job as deputy secretary of the Department of Natural Resources. "I can...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 27, 2006; 5:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

Perk$ of Incumbency?

In politics, one of the perks of incumbency has always been how easily the contributions flow into the campaign coffers. But some challengers in this year's legislative races are holding their own--or have more cash to spend than the incumbents,...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 27, 2006; 2:27 PM ET | Comments (6)

State Senate standoff

The negotiations between Montgomery County Dels. Adrienne A. Mandel and Carol S. Petzold, both Democrats, over who should run for the state Senate have broken off, and both plan to run for the seat. For weeks, Mandel and Petzold have...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 27, 2006; 6:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Two-Candidate Marriage

Politics could become a family affair for Prince George's County prosecutor Glenn Ivey now that his wife, Jolene, is planning to run for the House of Delegates. Jolene Ivey had been pondering for weeks whether to become a candidate for...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 26, 2006; 8:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ehrlich speaking in code?

One aspect of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s State of the State speech today generated alarm among supporters of embryonic stem cell research. The Republican governor has proposed spending $20 million next year on stem cell research but has said...

By John Wagner | January 26, 2006; 6:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ruben vs. Raskin

Jamie Raskin, an American University law professor, has formally announced that he is challenging District 20 Sen. Ida G. Ruben in this year's Democratic primary. Ruben has represented District 20, which includes parts of Silver Spring and Takoma Park, since...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 26, 2006; 4:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

My tax increase is smaller than your tax increase

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr (R) usedd his annual address to the General Assembly this afternoon to tout his fiscal stewardship and the state's $1.2 billion budget surplus. Just in time for the speech, the Maryland Democratic Party has put...

By Ann Marimow | January 26, 2006; 8:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Defending the Judge

The Maryland State Bar Association came to the defense of Circuit Judge Brooke Murdock yesterday. Murdock took fire from Republican Del. Don Dwyer (Anne Arundel) after she issued the ruling last week that found Maryland's ban on same-sex marriage discriminatory...

By | January 26, 2006; 7:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Override one more time

When the Democratic-controlled Senate voted to override another of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr's (R) vetoes on Wednesday, the Senate Minority Leader Lowell Stoltzfus took the opportunity to provide fellow lawmakers with some perspective on their actions. The General Assembly...

By Ann Marimow | January 25, 2006; 8:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mfume backs gay marriage

Democratic Senate candidate Kweisi Mfume has turned his murky position on same-sex marriage into a solid one. In an interview with The Post's John Wagner last week, former member of Congress and NAACP president Kweisi Mfume, said he respects the...

By | January 25, 2006; 5:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Debating when life begins

State funding of stem cell research may be one of the most emotional issues the Maryland General Assembly will consider this year, and it did not take long today for some raw nerves to be exposed during a hearing today....

By John Wagner | January 25, 2006; 5:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

In legal limbo

Former construction executive W. David Stoffregen, indicted in a federal corruption case ripping through Annapolis, has lost his lawyer. Lawyer Barry Levine said late yesterday that he dropped out because the government has frozen Stoffregen's assets, leaving him unable to...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 25, 2006; 3:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Speed Cameras Become Law

A proposal to use speed cameras on residential roads in Montgomery County won final approval this morning when the Senate overrode the governor's veto of the measure. "If you slow people down, you'll have fewer accidents and less serious injuries,"...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 24, 2006; 3:24 PM ET | Comments (5)

Faith and Politics

The corridors of the Maryland State House became a crossroads of faith and politics today as a coalition of ministers urge lawmakers to block a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in the state. "To put up the...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 24, 2006; 2:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

And then there were seven...

The cast of characters who make up the Democratic field in Maryland's U.S. Senate race grew again today. Josh Rales, a millionaire businessman from Montgomery County officially launched his bid at events in Montgomery County and Baltimore, telling his supporters...

By | January 23, 2006; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (5)

Lt. Gov. Schaefer???

One of the hottest games of the moment in Annapolis is trying to tease out the names of potential running mates for the candidates for governor. Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley has already tapped Prince George's Del. Anthony Brown. That...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 21, 2006; 8:29 AM ET | Comments (8)

Gay Marriage--Beyond the Politics

As lawmakers and jurists across Annapolis geared up for the aftermath of a judge's ruling Friday that struck down a 1973 law banning same sex marriage, the result was far more personal for a College Park couple who cheered it...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 20, 2006; 11:17 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Perks of Incumbency

When Montgomery County's Democratic legislative caucus--basically all but one of the county's lawmakers in Annapolis--meets on Sunday, delegates, senators and council members plan to discuss the upcoming elections, Del. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. wrote to fellow delegates this week. Elected...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 20, 2006; 5:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Same-Sex Politics

A Baltimore judge's ruling this morning that invalidates the state law defining marriage as a union between a man and woman hasn't prompted a rush to the county clerk. After all, Circuit Judge Brooke Murdock stayed her own ruling, pending...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 20, 2006; 1:25 PM ET | Comments (12)

Schaefer on Duncan

Comptroller William Donald Schaefer reaffirmed his support for Montgomery County Executive's Douglas M. Duncan's bid for the Democratic nomination for governor this morning, but refused to say whether he would support Duncan in a general election match up against...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 20, 2006; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (11)

Get Dangerous, The Sequel

Whenever Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. finds himself in front of a business group, he is quick to point out that they have been backing the wrong team for a generation. So it was this afternoon, when Ehrlich addressed the...

By | January 19, 2006; 6:26 PM ET | Comments (5)

Slots Again

Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced yesterday he plans to wade back into the contentious debate over slot machine gambling, submitting a bill that is similar to those he's offered in past years. Ehrlich has been clear that he...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 19, 2006; 6:13 PM ET | Comments (3)

Duncan's Dough

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan's relatives are putting their best possible spin on this week's campaign finance reports that shows Duncan trailing his opponent for the Democratic nomination for governor, Baltimore Mayor Martin J. O'Malley, in the race for...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 19, 2006; 12:39 PM ET | Comments (105)

Forward

Do you want your state to move backwards? Didn't think so. Fortunately for the good citizens of Maryland and Virginia, your very different governors feel exactly the same way. Both have used strikingly similar language in recent days to boldly...

By | January 19, 2006; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Motivational Speaking

The Christmas wreaths and greens have disappeared from the governor's mansion, but the doors leading to the State House offices of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.'s senior aides have been decorated to mark a different season: the spirited legislative session...

By Ann Marimow | January 18, 2006; 6:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

Curran's Currency

As annual campaign finance reports roll in today, most of the attention is on the big money, governor's race. But the reports offer some hints as to what's going to happen in some other contests, as well. Consider the attorney...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 18, 2006; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Why can't Maryland's greens attract blacks?

Looking around the packed Environmental Legislative Summit in downtown Annapolis this week, African Americans in the room were more scarce than oysters in the bay. Among what organizers said were 300 attendees, fewer than a dozen were black. The conference's...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 18, 2006; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (5)

Duncan Trails Opponents

When Doug Duncan files his annual campaign finance report this morning, he'll show $1.36 million on hand for the race ahead. That compares with more than $4 million his Democratic opponent, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley , will show in his...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 17, 2006; 9:50 PM ET | Comments (11)

Spending a Surplus

With a news conference practically every day rolling out another spending initiative, there was little suspense when Gov. Bob Ehrlich delivered his $29 billion budget this morning. Still the Republican governor did manage to surprise Democrats with the budget's pace...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 17, 2006; 2:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Some Wal-Mart humor

The tone on the Maryland Senate floor has been pretty intense and pretty partisan in the session's opening days, so Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer decided today to inject a little humor -- at his own expense. Kasemeyer (D-Baltimore County) reminded...

By John Wagner | January 17, 2006; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

MLK with the RNC

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman joined Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele at the Hope Christian Church in Lanham today to pay tribute to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. And while Steele stuck mostly to personal reflections on the civil rights leader,...

By | January 16, 2006; 4:22 PM ET | Comments (3)

O'Malley's Millions

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley is entering the 2006 election year with more than $4 million in the bank, aides to the Democratic candidate for governor said this afternoon. A spokeswoman for Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, O'Malley's Democratic rival,...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 15, 2006; 5:20 PM ET | Comments (12)

In Senate race: 7 is a crowd

The political strategist behind Kweisi Mfume's campaign for U.S. Senate said this week he believes the increasingly crowded field in the Democratic primary could put the squeeze on Ben Cardin, who is leading the field in fundraising and endorsements. Last...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 14, 2006; 8:25 AM ET | Comments (9)

Union Muscle

Are you wondering how much muscle the unions brought to bear on the Wal-Mart bill that just cleared the Maryland General Assembly? Consider Del. Joseph J. "Sonny" Minnick (D), a restaurant owner who represents a blue collar district east of...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 13, 2006; 8:36 PM ET | Comments (2)

Wal-Mart Wallop

In the moments after the vote that turned the Wal-Mart bill into law, the whoops and cheers of advocates echoed in the vast hallway outside the House of Delegates. House Speaker Mike Busch was whisked outside the State House to...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 13, 2006; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (14)

Stem Cell Stutter

On Tuesday, as he announced a $20 million proposal for stem cell research, Gov. Bob Ehrlich's communicatons director told reporters "The governor will have no restrictions on the use of this money. He's never been troubled by the ethical challenges...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 12, 2006; 5:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

Forgotten Fundraiser

Perhaps in the flurry of fundraising events that has brought Bob Ehrlich more than $10 million in campaign cash so far, he has forgotten about one or two. Like the one thrown by Wal-Mart in December 2004. During an...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 11, 2006; 8:01 PM ET | Comments (2)

Extreme Makeover for Ehrlich?

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan's (D) campaign has become known for sending out snarky--some would say nasty--press releases and statements. For much of the fall, most were directed at his opponent for the Democratic nomination for governor, Baltimore...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 11, 2006; 4:44 PM ET | Comments (4)

Cordially Invited

When Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. formally announces his stem cell plans today, he says he'd like to have supporters of the research alongside him, including Democrats from the legislature. He went so far as to invite them to attend...

By | January 11, 2006; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Democratic rivals weigh in on stem cells

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s two Democratic rivals for governor were among the first --- and loudest -- voices to weigh in on the Republican incumbent's announcement that he will propose spending $20 million on stem cell research next year....

By John Wagner | January 11, 2006; 9:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Another Democrat for Senate

Former Baltimore County Executive Dennis F. Rasmussen is announcing tonight he will join the Democratic primary race for U.S. Senate, saying he offers a more moderate alternative to the existing field of candidates. In an interview, Rasmussen said "we...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 10, 2006; 6:24 PM ET | Comments (2)

At the Starting Gate

It's a new year, it's the start of an intense political year in Maryland, and so, an ideal time to get a sense of where Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. stands with voters. One way to judge that is with...

By | January 9, 2006; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Montgomery Senator Rejects Offer of Honor

Montgomery County state Sen. Leonard H. Teitelbaum (D) apparently has no plans to coast in retirement quietly. Last week, Teitelbaum, 75, announced he won't seek reelection after a 19-year career in the General Assembly. Teitelbaum's announcement came as he...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 9, 2006; 7:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Tax Cut or Gimmick?

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr's announcement today that he would seek to rollback the state's property tax rate by 15 percent-- or 2 cents for every $100 of assessed value--prompted charges of election-year politics from, not surprisingly, his election-year...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 9, 2006; 6:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

"Shockwaves" from the AFL-CIO

It was billed as an announcement "sure to send shockwaves up and down the political spectrum." Whether the AFL-CIO accomplished that this morning is open to debate. But the union had a definitive message for members of the Maryland General...

By John Wagner | January 9, 2006; 4:28 PM ET | Comments (3)

Take a Moment

Welcome to The Maryland Moment, a new washingtonpost.com blog that will keep you up to date on what's happening in the General Assembly and in the state's wider political circles. With the Free State preparing for some fierce races that...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 9, 2006; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (23)

 

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