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Maryland Politics: March 19, 2006 - March 25, 2006

Regents Fundraising Ban

Legislation that would prohibit members of the university system's board of regents from political fundraising moved swiftly through the House of Delegates this week. Supporters have made no secret that one of their aims is to force Richard Hug, Ehrlich's...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 25, 2006; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly , Governor  
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Duncan Supporters Leaflet O'Malley Event

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley received a warm reception last night from more than 200 people gathered inside a middle school auditorium on the home turf of his Democratic rival for governor, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan. But what happened...

By John Wagner  |  March 24, 2006; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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O'Malley Backs Crime Audit Bill

It's a bill backed by his critics and aimed at answering a nagging question raised in his campaign for governor: Did Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley cook the books on the city's crime stats. So when O'Malley showed up in Annapolis...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 23, 2006; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General Assembly , Governor  
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Steele Considers Suit

A lawyer for Michael S. Steele said today that the lieutenant governor and U.S. Senate candidate may file a civil lawsuit as a means to learn more about an episode in which a Democratic researcher in Washington improperly accessed in...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 22, 2006; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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County Connections Blog Opens

Our sister blog, County Connections is opening today, offering local news bits from Montgomery, Prince George's, Frederick, Howard and Anne Arundel counties. Check it out at http://blog.washingtonpost.com/countyconnections/...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 22, 2006; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Montgomery Poll Shows Modest Lead for Duncan

A new poll shows Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan with only a modest lead in his home county over Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley in the Democratic primary for governor. But Duncan's camp quickly dismissed the numbers, since they came...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 21, 2006; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Governor  
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Cheney to Host for Steele

Vice President Dick Cheney will host a reception for Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele in April, the latest in a series of fundraising events hosted by President Bush and his team. The $1,000-per-person Cheney event will be held at the...

By  |  March 21, 2006; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Senate Seeks Additional Advise and Consent

Over cries of partisanship from Republicans, the Maryland Senate today gave preliminary approval to a bill that would require Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s cabinet secretaries to face a second confirmation vote by the chamber if the state's first GOP...

By John Wagner  |  March 21, 2006; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Steele on Sudan

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele has called on the managers of the state's pension system to divest its holdings in companies doing business in Sudan. Steele, who is a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland, said he was...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 20, 2006; 7:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Indecent TV?

An e-mailer writes to ask if the FCC should be looking at the drug awareness program produced by Maryland first lady Kendel Ehrlich. Sixteen episodes of the first lady's talk show, "Live Right: Straight Talk on Substance Abuse" are available...

By  |  March 20, 2006; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Resign. But first, can you spare some cash...

On March 13, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley stood near the headquarters of the Public Service Commission and called for Chairman Kenneth Schisler to resign. O'Malley lashed out at Schisler, a former Republican delegate, over skyrocketing electricity rates his commission had...

By  |  March 20, 2006; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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