Archive: August 2006

Hey, Isn't That Mayor O'Malley?

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley has no plans to endorse a fellow Democrat in the crowded 3rd Congressional District primary, but he appears in two pictures in the latest mailer sent out by hopeful Peter Beilenson. Beilenson served as O'Malley's health...

By John Wagner | August 31, 2006; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (7)

Senate Debate Line-Up Lament

Three Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate from Maryland rallied in Annapolis yesterday to protest their exclusion from tonight's live televised debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters that will include only the two front-runners for the party's nomination....

By Phyllis Jordan | August 31, 2006; 7:13 AM ET | Comments (10)

Governor's Race Tightens

With the official launch of the General Election less than two weeks away, the race for governor of Maryland has tightened, according to one recent poll.. Polls over the summer showed Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, the Democrat, with a double-digit...

By | August 30, 2006; 8:05 AM ET | Comments (24)

O'Malley: Party Couldn't Have Orchestrated Exit

Was Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley or the Maryland Democratic Party involved in Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan's abrupt exit from the governor's race? O'Malley is asked about that rumor, which aired some time ago on WUSA-TV, in a wide-ranging...

By John Wagner | August 30, 2006; 7:16 AM ET | Comments (15)

Perez to Endorse Simms

This afternoon, for the first time since a court ruling ousted him from the state attorney general's race, Tom Perez will speak publically about the appeals court decision and about the race ahead. And he will throw his support behind...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 28, 2006; 10:52 PM ET | Comments (28)

Owens Closing in on Schaefer

A new statewide poll on the comptroller's race showed Anne Arundel County Executive Janet Owens steadily gaining on incumbent and fellow Democrat William Donald Schaefer, coming within four percentage points. The survey, conducted by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies from...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 28, 2006; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (78)

After Early Voting

With a court ruling effectively ending any chance for early voting in this year's elections, Maryland Democratis say they will focus on making sure voters have access to absentee ballots, if they can't make it to the polls election day....

By Phyllis Jordan | August 28, 2006; 6:06 AM ET | Comments (6)

Perez off the Ballot, Early Voting Rejected

The Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that Maryland's early voting law violates the state constitution. And, the high court reversed another lower court ruling that had allowed Montgomery County Council member Tom Perez to run for...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 25, 2006; 3:43 PM ET | Comments (52)

Steele's New Agenda

Quoting John F. Kennedy during a speech to supporters at a fundraiser last night, Republican Senate candidate Michael Steele vowed to fight poverty if elected, and continued to wage his campaign by calling himself an outsider. This passage may best...

By | August 25, 2006; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (38)

Endorsements All Around

With less than three weeks until the Sept. 12 primary, candidates across the state are announcing endorsments to bolster their campaigns. U.S. Senate race: Democrat Kweisi Mfume will pick up an endorsement from former governor and fellow Democrat Parris N....

By Phyllis Jordan | August 24, 2006; 6:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Ad Spotlights Record

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley touts a "housing boom," a reduction in violent crime and improving test scores in his city in the gubernatorial hopeful's latest television ad. The ad, which started airing yesterday in the expansive Baltimore media market, says...

By John Wagner | August 23, 2006; 7:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Outside Men

Casting himself as a Washington outsider, Republican Senate candidate Michael S. Steele launched his first television ad yesterday, promising to be a "different kind of senator." On the other side of the political divide, Democratic Senate candidate Josh Rales also...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 23, 2006; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Simms and the "Party Bosses"

They are what U.S. Senate candidate Kweisi Mfume likes to refer to as the Democratic party bosses: Steny Hoyer, the long-serving congressman and House minority whip, and Mike Miller, the even longer serving state Senate president, both of whom carry...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 22, 2006; 6:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ehrlich: The Next Four Years

With the campaign sure to focus on what Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich has or hasn't accomplished in his four years as governor, Ehrlich took the opportunity yesterday to outline what he would focus on if elected to another four years....

By Phyllis Jordan | August 20, 2006; 9:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

On Shore, Steele Absent, But Still a Presence

With just a few weeks to Primary Day, most Maryland politicians were packed into the small strip of honky tonk, miniature golf and beach resorts that is Ocean City. Not present for the Maryland Association of Counties conference here, though,...

By | August 18, 2006; 9:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

For Democratic Candidates: It's Miller Time

Maryland Senate President Mike Miller (D-Calvert), unlike many political leaders, isn't keen on neutrality in the upcoming Democratic primary. He's endorsing a host of Democrats in contested races and is giving money to them all. Miller said yesterday he is...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 18, 2006; 6:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wynn-Edwards Race Gets Hot--Now With Video

The U.S. Senate race was the headliner at last night's political forum sponsored by the Prince George's chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. But it turned out that the big show (see video) came before...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 17, 2006; 1:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

"The Real Democrat"

State Sen. Ida G. Ruben, who's facing a tough challenge in the Democratic primary from Jamie Raskin in Montgomery County's District 20, changed the tone of the race late last week, when she sent out campaign mailer declaring that her...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 17, 2006; 6:54 AM ET | Comments (61)

No Tin Cup for Rales

U.S. Senate candidate Josh Rales brought his statewide bus tour into Annapolis this afternoon, nursing a bottle of Smart Water as he spoke with a handful of State House reporters in a local coffee house. The Potomac millionaire took questions...

By | August 15, 2006; 4:25 PM ET | Comments (23)

The Campaign Money Chase

The campaign finance reports being filed with the state Board of Elections today give both candidates for governor claim to bragging rights. Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and his running mate Kristen Cox have registered $13.3 million in contributions...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 15, 2006; 6:53 AM ET | Comments (9)

On the Road...And the Airwaves

Democratic Senate candidate Ben Cardin began his advertising campaign in the Washington media market today, airing a biographical ad on network TV. Two other Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate--American University Professor Allan Lichtman and Montgomery County businessman Joshua Rales-- are...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 14, 2006; 1:23 PM ET | Comments (9)

Steele's Take on Fallujah

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele has again found himself facing objections for words uttered while campaigning for U.S. Senate. This time, the subject was the Iraq war, which the Republican candidate discussed last week with reporters and editors of...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 13, 2006; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (10)

Poll Shows Ehrlich, O'Malley Tied

A new statewide poll shows Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and his Democratic opponent, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, tied in the race for governor, each with 41 percent of the vote. The poll of 500 registered voters contacted Aug....

By Phyllis Jordan | August 11, 2006; 2:37 PM ET | Comments (31)

Maryland's Ned Lamont?

Tuesday's upset victory of Connecticut Democrat Ned Lamont over entrenched incumbent Sen. Joseph Lieberman did a lot to buoy the spirits of challengers in some Maryland's races. U.S. Senate candidate Josh Rales, who like Lamont is using his own fortune...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 10, 2006; 6:57 AM ET | Comments (34)

Duncan Reappears--Quietly

There were several signs in recent days that County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) is preparing to make his first official debut since pulling he pulled out of the governor's race seven weeks ago to seek treatment for depression. First,...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 10, 2006; 6:45 AM ET | Comments (10)

Prince of Darkness In the Spotlight

For four hours today, political operative Joseph Steffen answered questions on his tenure working for Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. Steffen, who goes by the nickname "Prince of Darkness" admitted today to looking for state employees to purge and...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 9, 2006; 1:42 PM ET | Comments (15)

Schaefer's Challengers Turn on Each Other

A war of words has erupted between the two candidates seeking to oust fellow Democrat William Donald Schaefer as Maryland comptroller. As the incumbent and a legend in Maryland politics, former governor and Baltimore mayor, the 84-year-old Schaefer remains the...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 9, 2006; 6:26 AM ET | Comments (26)

Steele Speaks Out on Issues, Mfume

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, the leading Republican in the U.S. Senate race, released the most detailed position statements to date on a number of high-profile issues, including the Iraq war, national energy policy, immigration and affirmative action....

By Phyllis Jordan | August 8, 2006; 9:09 AM ET | Comments (30)

Waging The Wage War

While Congress debated the minimum wage this week, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) took Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) to task last week for not supporting federal and state efforts to raise the minimum wage. This raised a question...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 5, 2006; 6:36 AM ET | Comments (12)

Education Ad Wars (in Baltimore only)

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) boasts of his endorsement by Maryland's largest teachers union and outlines broad goals for education in a television ad that his gubernatorial campaign began airing yesterday in the Baltimore region. O'Malley's latest ad comes as...

By John Wagner | August 4, 2006; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (5)

Republican's Wal-Mart Watch

Two leading Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate rallied with labor leaders in Baltimore yesterday, as part of a bus tour aimed at getting Wal-Mart to provide better health benefits to its employees. Congressman Ben Cardin and former NAACP president Kweisi...

By | August 4, 2006; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (6)

Schaefer's' Tax Ads Feature First Family

Comptroller William Donald Schaefer (D) has begrudgingly, it seems, offered to support the Democratic nominee for governor this year -- which is just one reason why he is likely to raise eyebrows today when he unveils new public service...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 3, 2006; 6:02 AM ET | Comments (12)

Steele Feels the Heat

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele accepted an endorsement for his U.S. Senate bid from one of the nation's largest business groups this afternoon but wasn't able to leave the podium before being put on the spot on the subject...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 2, 2006; 5:35 PM ET | Comments (19)

Lawlah Abandons School Board Bid

A state senator who was one of the biggest names among many contenders for Prince George's County Board of Education withdrew today from the campaign, citing concern that her candidacy could become a divisive issue for a school system that...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 2, 2006; 4:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gansler Wins Endorsements, Perez Wins Legal Battle

U.S. Rep. Albert Wynn and Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson will endorse Doug Gansler's bid for state attorney general at a press conference Wednesday morning. The endorsements could provide a boost for the Montgomery County state's attorney, who...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 1, 2006; 9:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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