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A "Lovefeast" at the Annapolis Loews

Governor

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 the free-wheeling discussion, saying it marked a welcome contrast from the tenure of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R).

"The beauty is, it was a totally different tone," said Sen. Patrick J. Hogan (D-Montgomery), vice chairman of the Senate Budget and Taxation Committeee. "We were all in the room at the table with the new governor. That's a hugely different starting point."

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (D-Calvert) described the afternoon as a "lovefeast."

"We all felt very good to be there," Miller said. "There wasn't a negative word said."

"The good news," Miller added wryly, "is that Martin knew everybody's name."

Those invited to the gathering included chairman and vice chairman of committees in both the Democrat-led Senate and House of Delegates, as well as various others with leadership titles.

Missing were any Republicans.

An O'Malley spokesman said the governor-elect plans to meet with them after they finish electing their leaders this week.

By John Wagner  |  December 19, 2006; 9:37 AM ET
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Did the event end with O'Malley, Miller and Busch sitting around a campfire singing Kumbaya?

My oh my, how Democrats get all warm and fuzzy by discussing tax increases.

The Washington Times reports:

"State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. yesterday said tax increases -- including sales and gasoline taxes -- need to be considered if Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley is to keep his campaign promises on education, transportation and health care.
"Somehow, someplace, somebody is going to have to pay for it, and it is going to be the Maryland taxpayer," Mr. Miller, Southern Maryland Democrat, told reporters as he entered Loews Annapolis Hotel for a meeting with legislative leaders and Mr. O'Malley."

Posted by: BG from PG | December 19, 2006 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Curious that the article mentions that no Republicans were in attendance while neglecting to mention whether or not they were invited. (Miller's comment about O'Malley knowing everyone's name certainly suggests that they were not.)

Gee, no "journalistic" bias there, huh folks?

Posted by: Rufus | December 20, 2006 8:15 AM | Report abuse

I think the previous poster didn't read the blog very carefully - the blogger, Mr. Wagner made it perfectly clear that the only ones that were invited were the chairs and vice chairs of the committees - who are democrats in a a democratically controlled legislature. THe blogger goes on to say that O'Malley's spokesman said he will meet with the Republicans after they elect their leaders, which hadn't happened as of this meeting.
There are plenty of genuine things in this world to complain about - the journalist's integrity in this case was not one of them.

Posted by: annearundel | December 20, 2006 11:06 AM | Report abuse

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