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Maryland Politics: March 26, 2006 - April 1, 2006

Legislating on Deadline

After racing to get legislation to the desk of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), General Assembly leaders may now be running to court. Democrats jammed through a number of bills Friday so, if they are vetoed, there's still time...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  April 1, 2006; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Senate Candidates Set to Debate

Several of the Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate will participate in a forum at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Montgomery County Council office building's, third-floor hearing room, 100 Maryland Ave., in Rockville. The organizers say that , candidates Allan...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 31, 2006; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Child Abuse Bill Stalled

A bill approved last week by Maryland's House of Delegates that would extend the time allowed for victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue abusers and their employers is languishing in a Senate committee, alarming supporters who fear that...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 31, 2006; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Steele's New Spokesman

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele (R) has hired a former Capitol Hill press secretary to serve as the new spokesman for his U.S. Senate campaign. Doug Heye, who has been serving as U.S. Senator Richard Burr's communications director, will...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 31, 2006; 6:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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School Takeover Spurs Political Questions

Even as they went on offense in the long-running battle over how to improve Baltimore schools, state education officials this week appeared a bit defensive. Before and after the State Board of Education's vote yesterday to seize control of four...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 30, 2006; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Progressive Politicking

Democratic candidates in Montgomery County are usually eager for a chance to win an endorsement from Progressive Maryland, a liberal advocacy group with a loyal network of supporters in the county. But the three Capitol Hill staffers running for the...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 30, 2006; 6:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Voting without ever getting off the couch?

The continuing saga over how Marylanders will cast their ballots in the 2006 elections has taken another turn today. A Senate committee is expected today to approve a plan that would have every Maryland voter cast their ballot through the...

By  |  March 29, 2006; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Shattuck at the State House

For the first time since ratepayers learned that their energy bills could jump as much as 72 percent this summer, Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) and the top Democrats in the General Assembly met together with Constellation Energy...

By Ann Marimow  |  March 29, 2006; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Hope for Homeless Measures Rises, Falls

It looked for a brief moment yesterday like Sen. Alex X. Mooney (R-Frederick) might make some progress in making Maryland the first state in the nation to include homeless people in its hate crimes law. The Senate rejected the measure...

By John Wagner  |  March 29, 2006; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Back and forth on the PSC bill

Tempers flared today on the floor of the Maryland Senate over legislation that would effectively fire Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich's appointees to the Public Service Commission in the wake of proposed electric rate hikes of up to 72 percent. "It's...

By John Wagner  |  March 28, 2006; 7:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Correction... Duncan's 'Old' Ad

It turns out the Internet ad Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan's (D) campaign released yesterday isn't so new. Yesterday, Duncan's campaign for governor sent out a new release heralding a new ad on their website. Maryland Moment published an...

By Tim Craig  |  March 28, 2006; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Don't bet on Duncan-Schmoke

Former Baltimore mayor Kurt L. Schmoke (D) said yesterday he definitely won't be running on County Executive Douglas M. Duncan's ticket. "You can kill that idea," Schmoke said in an interview. " I will not be on the ticket. Nobody...

By Tim Craig  |  March 28, 2006; 4:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Another Ad for Duncan

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D), a candidate for governor, unveiled a new biographical ad today on his website . The 60-second spot, titled "Bigger," recounts Duncan's childhood, his tenure as Rockville mayor and his effort as county executive...

By Tim Craig  |  March 27, 2006; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Mandel Subject of Ethics Probe

A second member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents is now under investigation by the board for possible ethics violations in connection with his activities in Annapolis. Marvin Mandel, a former governor who was appointed to the...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  March 27, 2006; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Free the Nats

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan was among the politicians last weekend calling on Comcast Cable to allow the 1.3 million subscribers in the region to watch Washington National's games on their cable channels during the upcoming baseball season. In...

By Ann Marimow  |  March 27, 2006; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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