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Maryland Politics: January 22, 2006 - January 28, 2006

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governor  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  General Assembly  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Assembly  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  General Assembly  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly , Governor  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly , Same-Sex Marriage  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Assembly , Same-Sex Marriage  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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