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Maryland Politics: January 29, 2006 - February 4, 2006

Steele's Conservative Contributors

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, the leading Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, has sought to move to the middle as he runs for election in a state where Democrats hold a nearly two-to-one advantage in party registration. But...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 4, 2006; 11:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Breaking Ranks

The Republican effort to usher a constitutional ban on gay marriage onto the House floor for debate last week was short-circuited by the Democratic leadership before Minority Whip Anthony J. O'Donnell had a chance to deliver it. O'Donnell vowed...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 4, 2006; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly  
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Same-Sex Marriage Ban Defeated Again

A Republican effort to revive a measure banning same-sex marriage went down to defeat on the floor of the House of Delegates Friday afternoon, a day after a House committee killed the proposed constitutional amendment. The House debated whether to...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 3, 2006; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly , Same-Sex Marriage  
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Hot Date for the Maryland Legislature

Maryland's General Assembly was nominated this morning for a rare accolade: "Best Legislature in the Country." The praise came from Rachel Maddow, a liberal commentator on the Air America radio network, who also declared Maryland's legislature the one she'd "most...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 3, 2006; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly , Same-Sex Marriage  
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Playing Prince George's Song

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) finished his speech about the need and desire for high-end retail in Prince George's and sat down. He then realized that he had not introduced his invited guest, Montgomery County Executive Doug...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 3, 2006; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governor  
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"Otherwise sensible" governors

Chris Edwards, tax director at the libertarian Cato Institute, picks on Republican governors in Maryland and California as examples of what not to do with their respective state budget surpluses. In a column for National Review Online, he writes that...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 2, 2006; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governor  
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The shrinking budget battleground

A bipartisan committee of the General Assembly gave itself some wiggle room today as it prepares to try to trim from Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr's (R) budget of popular programs. Based on better than projected revenues, the chief legislative...

By Ann Marimow  |  February 1, 2006; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly  
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Real Estate Politics

Remember that aborted land deal, the one where Gov. Bob Ehrlich's administration tried to sell state parkland in St. Mary's County to a well-connected contractor? Or how about the failed attempt to see a patch of University of Maryland land...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 1, 2006; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governor  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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