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Maryland Politics: April 2, 2006 - April 8, 2006

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly , Governor  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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