Archive: April 2006

Petition Drive Begins

Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. began moving forward yesterday with a petition drive aimed at undoing plans for early voting in the fall elections. The governor's 2006 campaign team, led by campaign manager Bo Harmon, began handing out petitions...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 30, 2006; 2:06 PM ET | Comments (3)

A Running Mate for Duncan

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan had just made it through a news conference in Annapolis rates today when a reporter asked him if we was nearing a selection on a running mate in the governor's race. "Um, ah, we,...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 27, 2006; 3:29 PM ET | Comments (16)

New Poll Rates Candidates, Baseball Teams

The latest polling in the Maryland governor's race puts Mayor Martin O'Malley ahead of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. by nine percentage points--46 percent to 37 percent--and finds Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan in a statistical dead heat with the...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 27, 2006; 2:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Franchot Wins AFL-CIO Backing

Del. Peter Franchot has won the backing of the state's largest labor organization in his uphill bid to unseat Comptroller William Donald Schaefer in the Democratic primary. The Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO, which claims nearly 300,000 members, voted...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 26, 2006; 3:24 PM ET | Comments (14)

Politics at the Pump--Ehrlich Weighs In

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr's attention is quickly shifting from home energy costs to gas prices as the cost of filling up has soared. At a news conference this morning in Baltimore that was billed as an event to highlight...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 26, 2006; 3:18 PM ET | Comments (18)

On the Road Again

Lt. Gov. Michael Steele drew attention earlier this year for the amount of time he spent outside the state of Maryland (128 days since taking office in 2003), much of it campaigning for President Bush in 2004. Now's he's back...

By | April 25, 2006; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (5)

PSC Meeting: Just a Coincidence

Maryland's utility regulators say they did not violate the state's Open Meetings Act when four commissioners talked privately last month about rising electricity rates with aides to Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. Rather it was a coincidential meeting...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 24, 2006; 6:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Running Mate Rumors

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, who aides say is nearing the end of a search for a running mate in the governor's race, had a lengthy meeting on the topic a week and a half ago with Baltimore lawyer...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 22, 2006; 10:34 PM ET | Comments (17)

Prosecutor Could Move Behind Bench

Less than a year after he was tapped to be Maryland's top federal prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein has emerged as a potential nominee for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Sources familiar...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 22, 2006; 7:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leisure World: Center of the Universe

"Welcome to the center of the universe in Maryland politics," proclaimed Sen. Leonard Teitelbaum (D-Montgomery), and, especially to Democratic politicians, the hyperbole can be forgiven. He was referring to Leisure World, the Montgomery County retirement community with about 8,500 residents...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 21, 2006; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (11)

Van Susteren Drops Out of Senate Race

Lise Van Susteren, a Montgomery County psychiatrist and the only woman in a crowded Democratic field for the U.S. Senate, sent a letter to supporters this morning withdrawing from the race. "I am proud of what our campaign accomplished," she...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 21, 2006; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

The Political Theater

The topic was reducing electricity rates for Maryland customers. But each of Maryland's candidates for governor chose a setting yesterday that helped convey the message they wanted to deliver. Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. chose the imposing governor's mansion...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 20, 2006; 10:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ehrlich Sizes up the Media (Again)

No big headlines here, but Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. made it clear today that he still prefers the electronic media to newspapers. Ehrlich (R) offered his assessment at one of his periodic appearances at a "persuasion" class taught by...

By John Wagner | April 20, 2006; 7:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sen. Grosfeld Won't Run Again

Maryland State Sen. Sharon M. Grosfeld (D), one of the most progressive members of the General Assembly, announced yesterday she will not seek-reelection to a second term. Grosfeld, who represents District 18, has built a reputation in Annapolis as being...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 20, 2006; 4:32 PM ET | Comments (7)

Petition Drive Politics

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s campaign manager met with 19 members of the Rock Creek GOP Women's Club earlier this week to lay out plans for a petition drive that seeks to challenge early voting. The reason for the challenge,...

By | April 20, 2006; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (9)

New Poll Numbers

There are several competitve races in this year's Democratic primary, but many Maryland voters appear unlikely to support Republicans in the general election, according to a new poll released this morning. The poll by Gonzales Research and Marketing Strategies found...

By Tim Craig | April 17, 2006; 11:52 PM ET | Comments (23)

Winners and Losers

State House reporters Matt Mosk, John Wagner and Ann E. Marimow compiled their list of winners and losers in this year's General Assembly session. Check out the list and attach an comment on your own nominations. Winners Brian C. Denton:...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 16, 2006; 1:18 PM ET | Comments (6)

Video: Tom Stuckey

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By | April 14, 2006; 3:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Steele by the Numbers

On the heels of a Democratic National Committee report showing Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele poised to make inroads with Maryland's black voters comes a Yale University study showing the African American candidate could lose some white Republican voters. The...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 14, 2006; 9:16 AM ET | Comments (11)

Video: Del. Pauline Menes

Del. Pauline Menes (D-Prince George's), who is retiring after serving in the Maryland legislature for 40 years, explains the changes she's witnessed in the State House. She was the longest-serving member of the House. var movieSrc = "http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/mmedia/player/player2.swf?whichMode=normal&justify=center&playad=no&mediatype=mp3&postdir=metro&postvideo=041106-16v&cuesfile=none&autoplay=no&starttime=0&endtime=0&largerver=none&image=041106-16v_320&playlistxml=none" ; //URL...

By | April 13, 2006; 3:27 PM ET | Comments (1)

Poll Shows Latest on Senate, Governor's Races

It turns out the numbers in the Comptroller's race aren't the only interesting ones in a new poll commissioned by Del. Peter Franchot (D-Montgomery), a hopeful for the office. The same poll, conducted by Garin Hart Yang, showed the Democratic...

By Tim Craig | April 12, 2006; 5:22 PM ET | Comments (24)

Gone But Not Forgotten

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R) honored some of the state's top small business owners today at an award ceremony in his State House reception room. The venue allowed him to boast about his efforts to make Maryland's business climate...

By Ann Marimow | April 12, 2006; 4:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardin Sitting on $2.6 Million

Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin's campaign said this morning that it had raised nearly $1 million in the first three months of the year and finished the quarter with $2.6 million on hand. The Baltimore-area Democrat's quarterly haul is smaller than...

By John Wagner | April 12, 2006; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (6)

A Real Race for Comptroller?

Folks in the Maryland State House are buzzing about the recent signs of political trouble for one of Maryland's most senior public officials, William Donald Schaefer. The longtime Baltimore mayor who served two terms as governor and is now Maryland's...

By | April 11, 2006; 5:17 PM ET | Comments (26)

The Morning After

Barely 10 hours after the confetti fell, barely five hours after the parties ended, there were the House speaker, the Senate president and the governor sitting together for the first of many bill signings in coming weeks. Senate President Thomas...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 11, 2006; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lost in the Shuffle

While all eyes were focused on the crash of the high-profile electricty rates bill on the final night of the General Assembly, a bill critical to Prince George's County was literally lost in the shuffle in the rush to adjournment,...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 11, 2006; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (2)

O'Malley, Cardin Win Straw Poll

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley emerged as the Democrat's favorite candidate for governor in the race's first straw poll, conducted Saturday at the Western Maryland Democratic Summit held at the Rocky Gap Lodge near Cumberland. O'Malley received 108 votes at the...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 9, 2006; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sex Chats in the State House

Maryland lawmakers are chattering this morning about the news of Public Service Commissioner Charles Boutin's strikingly candid admission about going on line with an alleged prostitute from his State House office, when he was a state delegate. Boutin issued the...

By | April 7, 2006; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Schisler Sues the State

A lawsuit filed yesterday by the embattled chairman of the Public Service Commissioners struck Democratic lawmakers as somewhat ironic. Chairman Kenneth D. Schisler has asked a Talbot County judge to block the General Assembly from firing him next week through...

By Ann Marimow | April 7, 2006; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Constellation Mulls Legal Action

The chairman of the state's largest electric utility told his employees today that the company is prepared to challenge the legality of bills passed by the General Assembly and predicted the company would prevail in court. Constellation Energy Group Chairman...

By Ann Marimow | April 7, 2006; 6:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Arguing with "Yes"

Gov. Robert L Ehrlich Jr's decision to sign a bill this morning requiring stricter air pollution standards caught a lot of folks by surprise. One of them was Prince George's Democrat Paul Pinsky, the Senate sponsor of the bill. While...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 6, 2006; 4:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Race Politics

Both political parties are crying foul over race politics in the U.S. Senate campaign in Maryland. Democrats held a press conference this morning to decry Lt. Gov. Michael Steele's decision to bring on Doug Heye as a new press secretary....

By | April 6, 2006; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

PSC: The Final Meeting?

One-by-one, commissioners filed onto the dais in a narrow hearing room on the 16th floor of the William Donald Schaefer Tower in downtown Baltimore. There were highly technical questions, an award ceremony and photo opportunity, but no outward signs that...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 6, 2006; 7:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Schaefer on the Baltimore Schools

It was only a matter of time, given his history as Baltimore mayor and his gift of gab, before Comptroller William Donald Schaefer weighed in on the fate of 11 low-performing Baltimore schools. At the Board of Public Works meeting...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 5, 2006; 4:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Duncan Wants to Know How Smart You Are

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan's campaign for governor has posted an online political quiz on newspaper websites. The quiz is a subtle effort by Duncan to boost his name recognition while distinguishing himself from his opponent for the Democratic...

By Tim Craig | April 5, 2006; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bombing Through the People's Business

The evacuation of the State House this afternoon gave lobbyists, legislators and their aides plenty of time to speculate - and make light of - what was behind the bomb threat. "This is the latest pathetic effort by the governor's...

By Ann Marimow | April 4, 2006; 6:42 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Mystery of the Locked Door

The fate of the General Assembly's efforts to curb air pollution from coal-fired power plants remains in limbo today, tied up in a dispute about timing and locked doors. Robert A. Zarnoch, assistant attorney general for the legislature, has advised...

By Ann Marimow | April 3, 2006; 7:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Announces Baltimore County Support

The gubernatorial campaign of Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley yesterday rolled out the endorsements of more than 30 elected officials and other community leaders from Baltimore County in a bid to show early strength in a jurisdiction expected to be a...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 3, 2006; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (12)

Stacking the Straw Poll?

An early straw poll in Maryland's Democratic primary for governor is planned for Saturday at a gathering of Western Maryland Democrats. And one candidate -- Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan -- is offering some help to those who would like...

By Phyllis Jordan | April 2, 2006; 6:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

 

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