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Maryland Politics: January 15, 2006 - January 21, 2006

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General Assembly , Same-Sex Marriage  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  General Assembly , Same-Sex Marriage  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Governor  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Governor  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General Assembly  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
Categories:  Governor  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governor  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Assembly  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  General Assembly  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Governor  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Assembly , Governor  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Governor  
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