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Maryland Politics: May 7, 2006 - May 13, 2006

The Ice Dancer Cometh

The special committee investigating Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.'s (R) personnel practices heard yesterday from key administration officials who some former employees said were involved in purging state government of Democratic loyalists and hiring people with political connections and little...

By Ann Marimow  |  May 12, 2006; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Duncan Ads Go Negative

Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan put up two new television commercials in the Baltimore media market today, bashing Democratic primary rival Martin O'Malley for Baltimore's crime rate and its failing schools and taking on Republican Gov. Bob Ehrlich for his...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  May 12, 2006; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Shifting into Campaign Mode

There was another sign yesterday that Gov. Bob Ehrlich is ramping up his still-undeclared campaign for reelection. The governor's front-line press aide, Shareese DeLeaver, will leave her job as deputy press secretary to take over media duties for the campaign...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  May 11, 2006; 6:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Governor  
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Where's Joe?

The Maryland legislative committee that's investigating Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. for the way his administration handled the termination of dozens of longtime state workers was expecting tomorrow to be a banner day. They had planned to call Joe Steffen...

By  |  May 10, 2006; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  General Assembly  
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Analogy of Steele

As Lt. Gov. Michael Steele expands the campaign team that will assist in his U.S. Senate bid, it seems there's a bit of branding going on. When Steele announced his bid, he billed himself as a bridge -- a bridge...

By  |  May 10, 2006; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Electricity Rates on Trial

The lawyer for Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley will be in court this morning to try to block the plan utility regulators approved last month that gives electricity customers the option to delay higher rates. City Solicitor Ralph Tyler argues in...

By Ann Marimow  |  May 10, 2006; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Strange Bedfellows

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Michael Steele was in Minneapolis Monday morning for a breakfast fundraiser hosted by Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.). The $1,000-per-person event, hosted by Coleman's NorthStar Leadership PAC, honored Steele and GOP Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Montana). Democrats said...

By  |  May 9, 2006; 7:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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The Race is On

Within a day of J. Joseph Curran's retirement announcement this morning, it appears as though a Republican will be entering the race to replace the long-serving Democratic attorney general. Scott Rolle, the Frederick County State's Attorney, issued an advisory Sunday...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  May 8, 2006; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Legal Technicality for AG Hopeful

Article 5, Section 4 of the Maryland Constitution is just one sentence, but it's one that Montgomery County Council member Tom Perez probably should have read before he started raising money and quietly campaigning to become the state's next attorney...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  May 8, 2006; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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