Archive: December 2006

Clean Cars, Clean Air

Gearing up for next month's General Assembly session, environmentalists and health advocates have released a new report on Maryland's air quality meant to bolster their case for clean-car legislation. The study, based on data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,...

By Ann Marimow | December 28, 2006; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lobbyists and Felons

In the waning days of the Maryland governor's race, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D) proclaimed that if elected, neither he nor his running mate, Anthony G. Brown, would meet with lobbyists who had felony convictions. The edict was aimed at...

By Phyllis Jordan | December 24, 2006; 7:12 PM ET | Comments (13)

O'Malley Shares Some Advice

Maryland Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley last night shared some high-powered advice he received recently with members of the state's Democratic Central Commmittee who were meeting in Silver Spring. The advice: Don't ignore voters who sided with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr....

By John Wagner | December 20, 2006; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

New GOP Leaders

Maryland's House Republicans picked their leadership team yesterday afternoon, returning Del. Anthony J. O'Donnell (Calvert) to the chamber's front row, this time to serve as Minority Leader. The former Republican whip said he recognize he would have to play a...

By | December 20, 2006; 6:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Politics and the Death Penalty

Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley, who personally opposes the death penalty, said Monday he was looking to the courts for guidance on whether lethal injection amounts to cruel and unusual punishment in Maryland. Tuesday he got some guidance. Maryland's highest court sidestepped...

By Phyllis Jordan | December 19, 2006; 1:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

A "Lovefeast" at the Annapolis Loews

Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley (D) won at least style points yesterday at a "retreat" with legislative leaders in Annapolis. Though no policy agreements were forged during a three-hour, closed-door session at the Annapolis Loews, Democratic lawmakers offered universally upbeat assessments of...

By John Wagner | December 19, 2006; 9:37 AM ET | Comments (3)

O'Malley Meets, Greets and Retreats

With a month remaining before he is sworn in, Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley (D) is making several overtures in an apparent effort to appear more collegial than the Republican incumbent he defeated. On Monday, O'Malley and Lt. Gov.-elect Anthony G....

By Phyllis Jordan | December 16, 2006; 3:04 PM ET | Comments (5)

Ehrlich on the Election: "Got Fired"

Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. went back to the comfortable environs of Baltimore talk radio yesterday to give what he called his first "exit interview" as he prepares to leave office after being unseated last month. "Got fired. Got...

By Phyllis Jordan | December 13, 2006; 6:25 AM ET | Comments (25)

Leggett Suggests Gas Tax Hike, O'Malley Noncommittal

Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley arrived nearly an hour late to the Committee for Montgomery's annual legislative breakfast this morning, after getting stuck in rush hour traffic from Baltimore. Shortly before O'Malley arrived at the North Bethesda conference center, Montgomery's new county...

By Ann Marimow | December 11, 2006; 2:47 PM ET | Comments (24)

Inaugural Invites in the Mail Soon

Formal invitations to Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley's inaugural celebration on Jan. 17 will be mailed out in the coming two weeks, according to an email sent to supporters of the Baltimore mayor this morning. Aides say they expect close to 35,000...

By John Wagner | December 8, 2006; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (4)

O'Malley Says Hello to Spending Panel

Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley had just settled into a seat in front of the House Appropriations Committee yesterday when a booming voice was heard from the back of the room. "Don't give him everything he wants!" shouted House Speaker Michael E....

By John Wagner | December 6, 2006; 7:35 AM ET | Comments (17)

Progressive Causes Clash

Two of Maryland's most respected good-government groups have become embroiled in a heated dispute over an alleged campaign finance violation. Last week, Bobbye Walton of Common Cause Maryland distributed a news release saying she had filed a complaint against Progressive...

By Phyllis Jordan | December 4, 2006; 6:56 AM ET | Comments (0)

Same-Sex Marriage:Good for Kids?

As Maryland's highest court prepares to hear a same-sex marriage case on Monday, a group of psychologists, social workers and child welfare advocates spoke out yesterday in support of families headed by gays and lesbians. At a news conference in...

By Phyllis Jordan | December 1, 2006; 6:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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