Archive: September 2006

Steele Wants GOP Cash to Keep Coming

The alarm bells started ringing inside the Senate campaign of Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele earlier this week: Was the national GOP leaving them behind? As reported today, with anywhere from five to seven U.S. Senate seats to defend around...

By | September 29, 2006; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama, Mfume and Cardin

Sen. Barack Obama, a rising star in the Democratic party, stopped by the University of Maryland yesterday to pump up a crowd of loyalists on behalf of Senate candidate Benjamin Cardin. But Obama also had a warm personal introduction for...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 28, 2006; 7:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ehrlich Takes Aim at Franchot

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is, of course, running for re-election against Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D). But Ehrlich (R) directed his heaviest firepower toward the Democrats' candidate for comptroller, Montgomery Del. Peter Franchot, at a Republican dinner last night...

By John Wagner | September 27, 2006; 8:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Senator Switches Parties

Two weeks after a stinging Democratic primary defeat, Maryland state Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr. announced last night that he had switched parties and would seek reelection as a Republican. "This is going to be a real opportunity to appeal...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 27, 2006; 6:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hillary's Highlights

The latest polls show the Democrats leading in the contests for governor and U.S. Senate, but the latest campaign finance reports show both Mayor Martin O'Malley and Rep. Ben Cardin trailing their Republican opponents in fundraising. So the Democrats are...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 26, 2006; 6:27 AM ET | Comments (18)

Wynn's Win

The vote count didn't end until yesterday, leaving Rep. Al Wynn the winner in the Democratic primary for the 4th Congressional District, representing parts of Montgomery and Prince George's counties. Challenger Donna Edwards conceded her defeate this morning, urging state...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 24, 2006; 6:50 AM ET | Comments (7)

Political Punch?

Was it a "love tap" as one witness described it? Or did Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller actually walk up to a Prince George's County developer and punch him in the jaw yesterday? Looks like Miller will have to...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 21, 2006; 3:21 PM ET | Comments (17)

Radio Ad Flap

Michael Steele this morning demanded that the National Black Republican Association halt its advertising campaign on radio stations in Baltimore, calling the ads "insulting." The 60-second ads identify Martin Luther King Jr. as a Republican and pin the founding of...

By | September 21, 2006; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (16)

Mothball the Machines

If Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has his way, Maryland will ditch the electronic voting machines that contributed to last week's primary day chaos and go back to paper ballots for November's election. "When in doubt go paper, go low-tech,"...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 20, 2006; 4:43 PM ET | Comments (23)

Steele Backer Courts Mfume

Darlene Jackson wants Democrat Kweisi Mfume to consider supporting Republican Michael Steele for Senate, and wrote a startling open letter this morning to Mfume that she distributed to the group she heads, the Black Republican Council of Maryland. In it,...

By | September 20, 2006; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (9)

Tales from the Polls

Three year ago, Johns Hopkins computer scientist Avi Rubin shook up Maryland with a report decrying security failures in the brand new electronic voting machines the state had purchased from Diebold Elections Systems. Last week, Rubin admits in his recounting...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 19, 2006; 9:53 AM ET | Comments (15)

O'Malley Introduces Himself in D.C. Market

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley began advertising in the D.C. television stations last night, the first time the Democratic candidate for governor has aired ads outside of the Baltimore media market. And what did he talk about? Baltimore. More specifically...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 18, 2006; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (15)

Cardin Staffer Fired For Blog Remarks

Howard Dean helped persuade politicians that ready access to the Internet could drastically improve the way political candidates campaign. Now it's a junior staffer of Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, the Democrat running for Senate in Maryland, who has provided the...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 17, 2006; 7:53 AM ET | Comments (8)

Keeping track of Ehrlich

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. had a tracker moment of his own yesterday -- though nothing comparable to that of Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) a few weeks ago. Following a gubernatorial forum with his Democratic challenger, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley,...

By John Wagner | September 15, 2006; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (26)

Schaefer Bows Out

William Donald Schaefer, 84, the Maryland political patriarch who served four terms as Baltimore's mayor and two as governor, conceded defeat this morning. The comptroller had cake and coffee with his staff early, and then met reporters for a news...

By | September 13, 2006; 1:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Trouble at the Polls

In election day tradition, we won't be blogging about candidates today, but we're interested to hear your experiences at the polls. Widespread problems in Montgomery County kept hundreds of voters from casting their ballots, and there were reports of problems...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 12, 2006; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Strange Bedfellows?

The off-beat campaign commercial promoting Michael Steele has gotten a lot of buzz in Maryland political circles. In the visually-spare, 30-second spot, Steele mugs for the camera, and talks casually about the general sense of malaise people feel with Washington....

By | September 11, 2006; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

They've Got Your Number

If your phone is ringing, chances are it's a politician. Or his wife. Or another popular elected official. Or a national figure. Or an actor. The live and computerized calls coming to telephones across Maryland mark the last ditch effort...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 11, 2006; 9:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Beyond the Primary

Following Tuesday's competitive statewide primaries, the most immediate challenge facing Maryland Democrats will be uniting the party, including its vanquished hopefuls, to focus on the Republican ticket in November. The task could be made more difficult this year, party insiders...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 10, 2006; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sharp Words in the AG, Comptroller Races

In the final days before Tuesday's primary, campaigning has suddenly gotten a lot uglier in the races for state attorney general and comptroller. Stu Simms, the Baltimore lawyer who entered the AG's race late and led a quiet campaign at...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 8, 2006; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (27)

Ring, ring....

As candidates step up efforts to remind their supporters to vote next Tuesday, many are making use of automated telephone recordings. Most recently, that includes U.S. Senate candidate Allan Lichtman, who has asked former presidential contender George McGovern to record...

By | September 8, 2006; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

Steele's Highwire Act

Republican Senate candidate Michael Steele began airing a new television commercial yesterday, which uses inspirational music and snippets of Steele speeches to introduce him to voters. Imagine "Rocky" as a political ad. The spot continues his campaigns most ambitious effort,...

By | September 7, 2006; 6:36 AM ET | Comments (46)

Primary Forecast: Rain?

It's an axiom of politics that bad weather depresses voter turnout. So plenty of Maryland politicians could be watching the Weather Channel this weekend as Tropical Storm Florence swirls toward the United States, potentially hitting the Mid-Atlantic just in time...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 7, 2006; 6:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mother Hubbard and the Dog

If Janet Owens is "Mother Hubbard" of fairy tale fame, does that make William Donald Schaefer the "poor dog" ? Schaefer, 84, told Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher in comments published yesterday that Owens, the Anne Arundel County executive, is...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 6, 2006; 6:03 AM ET | Comments (41)

Ehrlich, Steele Skip Bush Visit

In his infamous background interview last month, the one where Michael Steele talked about the "Scarlet R" for Republican, a reporter asked the lieutenant governor if he wanted Bush to come to Maryland to campaign with him. "To be honest,"...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 5, 2006; 6:17 AM ET | Comments (17)

An Early Start on November

Even before the Sept. 12 primary, Maryland Democrats are busy preparing for a bruising Senate race against the presumptive Republican nominee, Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele . Last week, party volunteers began distributing thousands of door hangers in the six...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 3, 2006; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (14)

No Bail For Lichtman

When Allan Lichtman's protest at the Maryland Public Television studios last night (see video) landed him five hours in a Baltimore County jail cell (see letter from jail), he told WBAL radio this morning that only one person called with...

By | September 1, 2006; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (27)

 

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