Archive: June 2006

Simms's Instant Campaign

Baltimore lawyer Stu Simms launched his campaign for state attorney general yesterday with a big boost from former running mate Doug Duncan. It's not just the name recognition that came with the Montgomery County executive's decision in April to...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 30, 2006; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (32)

Ehrlich's Running Mate

You read it here first 29 days ago: Ehrlich's pick for a running mate is, indeed, Kristen Cox. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) announced Kristen Cox, the state's secretary of disabilities who is blind, as his running mate at...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 29, 2006; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (37)

Politics by the Numbers

When Republican Bob Ehrlich took the governor's mansion four years, he relied on an electoral formula that turned the Democrats' recipe for success on its head. He didn't pick off any of the Democrat's three reliable strongholds: Montgomery and Prince...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 28, 2006; 6:44 AM ET | Comments (34)

Schaefer's Woman Problem

It should come as a surprise to no one, but Comptroller William Donald Schaefer has turned off a sizeable percentage of Maryland's women voters. And the long-time pol is now more popular with Republicans than his fellow Democrats, according...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 28, 2006; 6:29 AM ET | Comments (5)

No sharp elbows in Ocean City

As candidates' forums go, this one was a little unusual. The Maryland Municipal League had invited the two Democrats running for governor as well as the Republican incumbent to participate in a forum this morning in Ocean City focused on...

By John Wagner | June 27, 2006; 2:07 PM ET | Comments (3)

Fire Me, Please

The embattled chairman of the Public Service Commission Kenneth D. Schisler filed a lawsuit yesterday to try to save his job and those of his fellow commissioners who oversee electricity rates throughout the state. But one of the commissioners is...

By Ann Marimow | June 27, 2006; 6:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

Public Service Ads Called Political

Democrats are questioning a program announced last week by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) that is aimed at notifying state residents by phone whenever a paroled sexual predator moves into their Zip code. The program, which is being paid...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 26, 2006; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (18)

Duncan's Stunner

Doug Duncan's expected announcement today that he is dropping out of the governor's race has stunned the state's political world. His two rivals, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. offered no immediate reaction. O'Malley's office planned...

By | June 22, 2006; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (62)

Electricity Wars

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is preparing to announce today whether he will sign or veto legislation aimed at reducing the sting of rising electricity costs. House leaders decided this would be a fine time to give the governor a...

By | June 22, 2006; 9:21 AM ET | Comments (6)

A honking endorsement

The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce's endorsement of its hometown candidate in the Democratic primary came as no surprise yesterday. But it was an opportunity for supporters to remind voters of Doug Duncan's accomplishments during his 12-year-tenure as the county's...

By Ann Marimow | June 22, 2006; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

Ehrlich Hits the Airwaves

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) began airing the first campaign commercial today in what is likely to be a summer-long television advertising blitz aimed at securing his reelection in November. The ad, which was e-mailed to supporters last night,...

By | June 21, 2006; 9:43 AM ET | Comments (10)

Duncan Dancing For Dollars

Doug Duncan brings some musical star power to his bid for governor this week to celebrate his wife's 50th birthday and raise some campaign cash. The Montgomery County executive caps off a week of fundraising events - in Reisterstown last...

By Ann Marimow | June 20, 2006; 3:55 PM ET | Comments (5)

Fired Ehrlich Appointee to Speak Out

A week after Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. fired his appointee to the Metro Board for making controversial remarks about homosexuality on a local cable TV talk show, that same appointee plans to be back on television. Robert Smith will...

By | June 20, 2006; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (37)

Power Politics II

Democrats are crying foul about the way Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is organizing his veto hearing on the issue of electricity rate relief. The governor has scheduled a rare veto hearing to review the legislation recently approved by the...

By | June 19, 2006; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (6)

Arrested Developments

After a week dominated by electricity-rate relief, Montgomery County Douglas M. Duncan sought to shift the debate yesterday to another issue that has dogged his Democratic rival for governor: police tactics in Baltimore. The subject was back in the news...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 17, 2006; 6:38 AM ET | Comments (34)

Ehrlich and Gay Rights

Gov. Bob Ehrlich's swift decision yesterday to dismiss an appointee who refused to apologize for calling homosexuals "sexual deviants" earned him praise from the openly gay board member who demanded the apology. And it no doubt burnished the moderate credentials...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 16, 2006; 6:58 AM ET | Comments (78)

Power Politics

The gubernatorial campaign of Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley wasted little time today trying to capitalize on rate-relief legislation passed early this morning by the Maryland General Assembly. A fundraising solicitation sent to supporters by email declared that "Maryland families secured...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 15, 2006; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inventing the Purple Line

It could go down as an Al Gore moment. During a gubernatorial candidates's forum today, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan apparently got a little carried away in talking about his support for the Purple Line, a proposed light rail...

By John Wagner | June 15, 2006; 6:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

High Noon at the State House

In a crowded hearing room yesterday, with dozens signed up to testify, Senate Finance Chairman Thomas M. Middleton set aside a block of time early on for someone from the governor's office to weigh in on the bill to provide...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 14, 2006; 6:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live from Annapolis....

For those State House junkies who can't make it for the debate over the electriicity rates bill, Maryland Public Television (MPT) will pre-empt its regular programming this morning for a live broadcast of the General Assembly's special session. The Senate...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 13, 2006; 4:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Politically Ambidextrous Candidate

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele will launch a Web-based political advertisement this week, the first of his campaign for U.S. Senate, which will attempt to define him as an outsider who is ready to shake things up in Washington....

By Phyllis Jordan | June 13, 2006; 6:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Zeese Wins the Triple Crown

U.S. Senate candidate Kevin B. Zeese has completed the triple crown of minor-party nominations, securing up the backing of the Populist Party. Zeese previously won the nominations of the Libertarian and Green parties as part of a "Unity for Change"...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 13, 2006; 6:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ehrlich on Franchot

In the midst of a lengthy television interview about electricity rates this afternoon, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich had a not-so-positive prognostication for the political fate of Del. Peter Franchot. Franchot (D-Montgomery), is running for comptroller in the Democratic primary against...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 12, 2006; 5:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

At Long Last....Poll Numbers

Maryland's two Democrats running for governor are peddling very different pictures of how competitive the primary is heading into its final three months. Depending on whom you believe, the race is now either in single digits -- or has not...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 11, 2006; 6:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Family Values

Democrats Martin O'Malley and Douglas M. Duncan have put television commercials for their gubernatorial bids up on the air, but Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. continues to wait. Still, Ehrlich is not staying silent. In addition to keeping his...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 10, 2006; 10:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

TV and the Governor's Race

After five weeks of broadcasting TV commercials to break the ice with Baltimore voters, Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan's campaign told supporters this week that its media strategy is working and that "momentum is on our side." So it was...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 9, 2006; 6:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gansler Assembles Team

When Doug Gansler announced his campaign team in his race for state Attorney General yesterday, there were a lot of familiar names. His campaign manager will be Sandy Brantley, who was once general counsel to then Gov. Parris N. Glendening,...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 8, 2006; 1:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Schaefer Takes the Cake

First Lady Kendel Ehrlich waltzed in with a cake to present to William Donald Schaefer at the start of Wednesday's Board of Public Works meeting, welcoming the state comptroller back from a bout with the flu. "Alright, he's got his...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 8, 2006; 6:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Democratic Playbook?

If you were wondering what the Democratic lawmakers have in mind the special General Assembly planned for next week, Montgomery delegate and state comptroller candidate Peter Franchot shared a bit of strategy during an appearance yesterday on News Channel 8's...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 7, 2006; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Smokin' Tax

When Doug Duncan backed a cigarette tax increase yesterday to pay for the state's health care priorities, the Republican governor's response was quite predictable. The governor is always on the side of lower taxes," said Henry Fawell, a spokesman for...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 7, 2006; 6:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Summer Session

Rank and file lawmakers began reacting quickly to word they will be summoned back to Annapolis to once again joust over rising electricity rates. State Sen. John Astle (D) said he thought a special session was a fine idea (of...

By | June 6, 2006; 6:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Franchot on the Campaign Trail

Aside from a few members of the news media, there was little overlap in the audiences when Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan's held a news conference in Silver Spring on slots and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's town hall meeting...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 5, 2006; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Starts TV Ad Campaign

Montgomery County Executive and gubernatorial contender Douglas M. Duncan (D) was first out of the gate last month in what looks to be a slowly escalating political advertising assault on Maryland television viewers. Next on the scene will be his...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 4, 2006; 6:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ehrlich Reassures Supporters

Inside their cramped, windowless headquarters in Dundalk, community activists opposed to a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal vented their frustration with one of the neighborhood's favorite sons - Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. "What makes us hostile is that...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 3, 2006; 9:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Busing in the Opposition

Some perceptive Montgomery County residents attending Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's town hall meeting in Germantown on Thursday wondered aloud: Just who were those people being directed onto a bus afterward by a young man with bumper stickers for the mayor's...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 3, 2006; 8:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Tryout for the Ehrlich Ticket?

Several of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s cabinet secretaries attended last night's fundraiser with President Bush, but only one of them took center stage: Maryland Secretary of Disabilities Kristen Cox. Cox was praised by the governor for her work in...

By | June 1, 2006; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (6)

The Montgomery Campaign Trail

The campaign for governor moves to Montgomery County today with both Democratic candidates putting in appearances designed to highlight each other's weak spots. In Silver Spring, County Exec Doug Duncan promises a "debate" on slot machine gambling with "special guests."...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 1, 2006; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (12)

 

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