Archive: January 2007

Poll Finds O'Malley "Well-positioned"

Findings of a new poll suggest that Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is "well-situated to build on his position with voters as he tenure evolves." The poll, by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies, found that 50 percent of Maryland voters have...

By John Wagner | January 31, 2007; 9:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Toward a More Sensitive Legislature

Church hugs -- a forward lean from the waist -- are fine. Bear hugs are not, even if you think you're just being friendly. And, no, you cannot display the swimsuit edition of "Sports Illustrated" in your office. These are...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 29, 2007; 9:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gansler taps Montgomery Pol to Protect Consumers

The state's new Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has assured a soft landing for a Montgomery County pal. Former County Council member and Democratic candidate for County Executive Steven A. Silverman starts next week as assistant attorney general for consumer...

By Ann Marimow | January 26, 2007; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steele to Lead GOPAC

Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele will be taking over as chairman of GOPAC, a national organization that trains activists and seeks to field Republican officeholders. Steele, who ran unsuccessfully last year for the U.S. Senate, will succeed former...

By John Wagner | January 25, 2007; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (21)

Same Backers, Different Horse

Under Maryland's previous administration, Baltimore construction company executive Willard Hackerman came to symbolize what critics -- including now-Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) -- said was a too-cozy relationship between then-Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) and well-connected developers. Hackerman was at...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 25, 2007; 6:29 AM ET | Comments (6)

Write Your Own Caption

This is your chance to play newspaper editor. The photo above was taken of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), his wife, Katie, and other luminaries sitting in the gallery as guests of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at President Bush's...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 24, 2007; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (61)

Perez, Lyons join O'Malley team

Former Montgomery County Council member Tom Perez delivered a portion of his remarks in Spanish and touted the "value of inclusion" as he was introduced this morning by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) as the state's next secretary of labor, licensing...

By John Wagner | January 23, 2007; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (5)

Team Maryland

Now that Democrats are in charge of congress, the House speaker has Baltimore roots and the House majority leader has represented Maryland for 25 years, the new administration in Annapolis has set some high expectations for the state's delegation to...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 22, 2007; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (7)

Schaefer's Parting Shots

William Donald Schaefer acknowledges his Anne Arundel County house is crammed with decades of memorabilia. But when he leaves the comptroller's office for the last time Monday, he's taking more with him. Now, he has to find room for all...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 20, 2007; 7:31 AM ET | Comments (14)

The Cabinet Was Bare

As Cabinet meetings go, the 8 a.m. gathering yesterday was a little short on Cabinet members. The 21-member group included the seven secretaries Gov. Martin O'Malley has nominated so far and a hodge-podge of other interim department heads. Most of...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 19, 2007; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Scenes from an Inauguration

Maryland's 61st gubernatorial inauguration brought freezing temperatures, an Irish sensibility and a new sense of celebration for Democrats in Annapolis. Even Republicans got into the spirit, at least for one day, as the outgoing governor and lieutenant governor turned out...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 18, 2007; 6:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Direct from Ireland...

Martin O'Malley--known for his love of all things Irish, especially the music--is importing one of his favorite Irish bands for his inaugural ball tonight. "There's some real poetry to their songs," the Gov-elect said of the Saw Doctors last week,...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 17, 2007; 6:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley's Baltimore

It was billed as a speech to memorialize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But the speech by Del. Jill Carter (D-Baltimore), a candidate for Baltimore mayor, on the House floor Monday came across as criticism, albeit indirect, of outgoing Baltimore...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 16, 2007; 1:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Keeping Kopp?

The process to select a state treasurer has begun, but despite an earlier push for a Prince George's County candidate, few lawmakers expect that current treasurer Nancy K. Kopp will lose her spot. House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel)...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 13, 2007; 7:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ask the Reporter

What are the chances for slot machine gambling? A smoking ban? More education money for the Washington suburbs? the ICC? The Post's State House reporter John Wagner answered these and other questions about the Maryland General Assembly and Gov.-elect. Martin...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 11, 2007; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cabinet Choices: Slowly but Surely

Six days before he takes office, Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley is announcing two more nominees today: a health-care policy expert popular with lawmakers and a top environmental official from the previous Democratic administration. The announcements of John M. Colmers as secretary...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 11, 2007; 6:27 AM ET | Comments (8)

O'Malley Greeted by Large Audience, ICC Opponents

Even Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley seemed taken aback by the size of the audience that greeted him last night on the first stop of a pre-inaugural tour. A crowd that swelled to more than 750 people came to a town-hall style...

By John Wagner | January 10, 2007; 8:02 AM ET | Comments (10)

Welcome to Annapolis

With the return of the Maryland General Assembly today, the Post and, by extension, the Maryland Moment has a new reporting team in place. Veteran reporter John Wagner, who covered Martin O'Malley's gubernatorial campaign so ably last fall, will be...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 10, 2007; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

One-Party Party

After four years doing battle with outgoing Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), jubilant Democrats basked in their return to power in Annapolis yesterday with a lovefest on the eve of the General Assembly session. "Think of the collegiality in...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 10, 2007; 6:34 AM ET | Comments (7)

Her Honor, the First Lady

Maryland's soon-to-be first lady, Catherine Curran O'Malley, is sticking with her plan to stay on the bench once her husband is sworn in as governor. O'Malley, a district court judge in Baltimore, spoke publicly about her intentions during the summer,...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 8, 2007; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (23)

Ehrlich visits Big Apple, Giuliani

Aides to departing Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) freely shared last week that the boss was taking a day trip to New York to visit with former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. But they were not quite...

By John Wagner | January 6, 2007; 5:05 PM ET | Comments (4)

O'Malley adds White to State House staff

Gov.-elect Martin O'Malley (D) made public his latest staff pick yesterday, announcing to a gathering of Maryland county officials that Josh White would serve as his director of intergovernmental affairs. White served as O'Malley's campaign manager during his recent win...

By John Wagner | January 5, 2007; 5:58 AM ET | Comments (13)

Schaefer's sad farewell

A subdued but good-humored William Donald Schaefer, leaving public service after five decades, bade farewell yesterday at his last official meeting as Maryland state comptroller. The usually colorful and oft-cantankerous Schaefer, 85, was showered with praise and presented with a...

By John Wagner | January 4, 2007; 7:02 AM ET | Comments (7)

 

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