Archive: July 2006

The Ruben-Raskin endorsement dance

In the District 20 Senate Democratic primary contest between incumbent Ida G. Ruben and newcomer Jamie Raskin, endorsements from student groups don't always come easy. When Raskin received the backing of the Montgomery College Democrats and posted it on his...

By Ann Marimow | July 28, 2006; 2:41 PM ET | Comments (10)

Franchot goes after Schaefer

Del. Peter Franchot (D-Montgomery) turned more aggressive today in his bid for comptroller, purchasing an ad in the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper that attacks the incumbent for alleged racial insensitivity. The ad features a large picture of Comptroller William Donald Schaefer...

By John Wagner | July 28, 2006; 2:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rales Buses in Supporters

A public relations firm working for Democratic businessman Josh Rales's campaign for U.S. Senate in Maryland paid a drug-treatment center in Baltimore to bus about 20 patients to a candidates forum last week to boost visibility for the political newcomer,...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 26, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Michael Steele Unveiled

After hours of speculation, Lt. Gov. Michael Steele's campaign acknowledged yesterday afternoon that Steele was the anonymous Republican quoted in Dana Milbank's column in the Washington Post on Tuesday. The column, for those who missed it, described a Republican from...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 26, 2006; 7:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

GOP Gets Ahead of the Story

In their eagerness to beat up Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) on education, leaders of the Maryland Republican Party got a little ahead of themselves last night. A news release sent to reporters early in the evening began thusly: "Maryland...

By John Wagner | July 25, 2006; 9:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Debate On Debates

The debate over debates has begun -- and Maryland voters could wind up seeing a lot more of their gubernatorial hopefuls than four years ago. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) wrote last week to his Democratic challenger, Baltimore Mayor...

By John Wagner | July 24, 2006; 3:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Courting the NAACP

The Maryland U.S. Senate campaign could boil down to the voting preferences of Maryland's the state's large African American population, especially with two prominent black candidates in the running. But only one of the leading Senate candidates took the opportunity...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 23, 2006; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Steele on Stem Cell

With stem cell research in the news, and Lt. Gov. Michael Steele's well-documented ambivalence on the subject, the question was bound to come. During a radio interview yesterday, WBAL talk show host Ron Smith asked the Republican candidate for Senate...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 21, 2006; 6:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Real "Rock Star"

John Kane, chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, was a virtual quote machine yesterday afternoon as he enjoyed a beer and cigar at the 30th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield. Among Kane's offerings at the...

By John Wagner | July 20, 2006; 6:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

WalMart Bill Struck Down

A federal judge's ruling striking down Maryland's WalMart bill, did more than take the giant retailer off the hook for a requirement to increase employee health care. It rekindles a fierce political debate in Maryland at a time when most...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 19, 2006; 2:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cox's Contracts

Maryland Secretary of Disabilities Kristen Cox turned to an unusual consultant two years ago when she wanted help improving employee relations at her rapidly expanding state agency: her father. Cox, now the running mate of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr....

By Phyllis Jordan | July 19, 2006; 7:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Schaefer Refuses to Apologize--Or Debate

A group of Korean Americans visited Maryland Comptroller Wiliam Donald Schaefer this afternoon, expecting an apology for remarks that seemed to hold South Korean immigrants accountable for the communist north "shooting missles at us." But they left angrier than they...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 18, 2006; 4:29 PM ET | Comments (13)

Candidates on Air

After nearly a month-long absence, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley is returning to the airwaves today with a pair of new television ads designed to portray the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful as a fighter for working-class families. O'Malley campaign spokesman Rick Abbruzzese...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 18, 2006; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ganging Up on Schaefer

Political pundits have noted that Comptroller William Donald Schaefer is rapidly alienating many of the Democratic party's core constituencies. For proof ot that one need look no further than yesterday's unique news conference where leaders of the Asian, Latin, black...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 17, 2006; 8:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Money in the Senate Race

The campaign finance reports due in the U.S. Senate race today suggest that despite his lead in recent polls, Kweisi Mfume is still trailing badly in the race for campaign cash. With barely two months to go to the Sept....

By Phyllis Jordan | July 15, 2006; 9:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dems Lampoon Ehrlich in Web Ad

Everybody knows the governor's race is going to be a slug-fest, and both sides are no doubt starting to brainstorm for negative ads. But the Democratic Party has gotten a little head start with a web ad called "Mis-leader." It...

By | July 14, 2006; 7:23 AM ET | Comments (10)

Perez Picks Up Endorsements, Lawsuit

County Council member Tom Perez won the backing of Montgomery's County's law enforcement community -- the county sheriff and unions representing police officers and sheriff's deputies -- in his bid for state attorney general this afternoon, but drew a lawsuit...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 13, 2006; 7:54 PM ET | Comments (20)

Mfume "Do Right"

Kweisi Mfume is locked in a tight primary race for the U.S. Senate, but that's not the only vote that counts this election season. Mfume is also in the running in Essence magazine's "Do Right Man" competition. "Who says a...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 11, 2006; 7:10 PM ET | Comments (20)

Ehrlich's Place in the Sun

There was good and bad news for Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday after he traveled to BP Solar North America's headquarters in Frederick to outline his stance on a range of issues dealing with renewable energy. In his...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 11, 2006; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (12)

The Real Steele

Maryland Democratic Party insiders are fuming about a photo that's been running on Republican Senate candidate Michael Steele's website that shows Steele and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer grasping arms during a light moment at an event in Bowie. The...

By | July 10, 2006; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (33)

Ehrlich the Prognosticator

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) played political pundit yesterday during an interview on Washington Post Radio and sized up some of the statewide contests on the ballot this fall. Not suprisingly, Ehrlich predicted that his lieutenant governor, Michael S....

By Phyllis Jordan | July 8, 2006; 7:25 AM ET | Comments (20)

Betting the House

As Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley picked up about three dozen endorsements from the Montgomery County political establishment yesterday, one person grinning especially broadly. O'Malley's running mate, Del. Anthony G. Brown, has come to Rockville in May to rally supporters and...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 7, 2006; 9:03 AM ET | Comments (16)

Schaefer on the Border

Comptroller William Donald Schaefer can't seem to keep from commenting when it comes to immigrants. "I get so irritated that we just open the borders, let everybody in, put everybody in the schools, educate them, all that sort of stuff,...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 6, 2006; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (31)

Rales Rolls Out Ads

If few Maryland voters are familiar with the name Josh Rales now, many more certainly will recognize the Montgomery County businessman and U.S. Senate candidate by the Sept. 12 primary. Rales, one of 18 Democrats running for the open...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 6, 2006; 6:41 AM ET | Comments (8)

Politics on Parade

While many of us spent the Fourth of July relaxing, candidates for statewide were racing from parade to parade, waving from atop convertibles or walking parade routes in the broiling heat. Several ran the gauntlet of suburban Baltimore events: In...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 5, 2006; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (20)

Same-Sex Survey

As a state appeals court prepares to debate the constitutionality of Maryland's law prohibiting same-sex marriage, a new Washington Post poll shows the electorate is decidedly split. Half of th 902 registered voters surveyed June 19-25 favored allowing gay and...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 3, 2006; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (96)

The First Lady and the Press

Maryland First Lady Kendel Ehrlich has never been shy when it comes to sharing her thoughts about her husband's political rivals or how the media is treating him. The latest evidence of that came last week in Ocean City during...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 1, 2006; 7:06 AM ET | Comments (18)

 

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