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Maryland Politics: June 11, 2006 - June 17, 2006

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  Governor  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governor  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governor  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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