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Maryland Politics: February 26, 2006 - March 4, 2006

Who Pays for Elections?

With all the competitive races in Maryland this election season and the requisite fundraising, advocates for the public financing of political campaigns believe their chances are greatly improved this session. Groups, such as Common Cause and Progressive Maryland, are starting...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 4, 2006; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Duncan Vows to be "Pro-Choice Governor"

Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan warned yesterday that the next governor of Maryland might well have to reaffirm the state's support for abortion and pledged to be "Maryland's pro-choice governor" if voters him elect him this fall. Speaking at...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 2, 2006; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Stem cell meltdown?

Maryland senators offered a preview this morning of fireworks to come when the chamber starts floor debate next week on a bill authorizing state funding of stem cell research. Senate Minority Whip Andrew P. Harris (R-Baltimore County) complained in open...

By John Wagner  |  March 2, 2006; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  General Assembly  
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Lights, Camera, Duncan!

Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan and his staff appear to be increasingly eager for the perfect photo op as Duncan's Democratic campaign for governor heats up. At Monday's announcement of $24 million in federal funding for the Silver Spring transit...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 1, 2006; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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A Silent Schaefer

A subdued William Donald Schaefer returned yesterday to the biweekly bureaucratic gathering that sparked ogle-gate. For nearly an hour, the typically verbose 84-year-old comptroller did not ask a single question or offer any opinion of the business before the board....

By Ann Marimow  |  March 1, 2006; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clearing His Throat

Senator John Giannetti has been the toast of Annapolis , as word has spread of his heroics in an Annapolis restaurant Monday night -- he saved his most fierce political rival from choking on a hunk of seafood. And that's...

By  |  March 1, 2006; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly  
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Who's got the biggest heart?

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s Democratic rivals used a news conference this afternoon to decry his past Medicaid cuts in strikingly similar language that sounded like a preview for the upcoming contest. In tough budget times last summer, some recent...

By Ann Marimow  |  February 28, 2006; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly , Governor  
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AFL-CIO Endorses O'Malley, Cardin

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's campaign for governor secured an unusually early and lopsided endorsement today from Maryland's largest labor organization. A committee of the Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO, which claims nearly 300,000 members, voted 52-11 to back O'Malley (D)...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 28, 2006; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governor  
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Steele and his "Come to Jesus Moment"

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele yesterday exhorted religious leaders to build stronger ties between church and state and called for targeting more state money for community programs run by faith-based groups. "Oops I am not supposed to use the word:...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 27, 2006; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Treasured Triple "A" Status

The major bond rating agencies have reaffirmed Maryland's strong status as one of only six states with a AAA rating from Fitch, Moody's and Standard & Poor's. The announcement by State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp comes as Maryland prepares to...

By Ann Marimow  |  February 27, 2006; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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