Archive: February 2007

Miller Seeks Start to Slots, Tax Debate

In an effort to jump-start the debate about Maryland's bleak fiscal outlook, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller today is introducing bills to legalize slot-machine gambling and raise the gas tax. Miller (D-Calvert) said he expects neither bill to pass...

By John Wagner | February 28, 2007; 9:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Steele seeking more than $200,000

Republican Michael S. Steele's U.S. Senate bid ended unsuccessfully in November, but he's still trying to pay the bills. in an email solicitation, Maryland's former lieutenant governor asks supporters to help retire more than $200,000 in campaign debt. "You've always...

By John Wagner | February 27, 2007; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Could Baltimore Smoking Ban Tip State?

The Baltimore City Council's passage last night of a ban on smoking in the city's bars and restaurants re-ignited debate today over a statewide prohibition pending in the Maryland General Assembly. As of Jan. 1, Baltimore will join Montgomery, Prince...

By John Wagner | February 27, 2007; 1:15 PM ET | Comments (3)

Death of Prince George's Interim Election Chief

[The following item was submitted by Washington Post Staff Writer Rosalind S. Helderman] Prince George's County lost a long-time public servant Saturday when Robert J. Antonetti Sr., who had been serving as interim elections administrator, died suddenly at age 70....

By | February 27, 2007; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Debating Bull Bits in Annapolis

In Maryland, state lawmakers are debating weighty issues such as the death penalty and global warming. But much of the chatter this week was about...fake bull bits. State Del. Del. LeRoy E. Myers Jr. (R) has proposed banning them and...

By | February 23, 2007; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (21)

Gay Marriage Debate Comes to Annapolis

[The following posting comes from Washington Post Staff Writer Lisa Rein, who covers Maryland politics.] A new caucus is being born in the Maryland General Assembly: The Marriage Protection Caucus. Opponents of gay marriage gathered in the House Office Building...

By | February 22, 2007; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (6)

Capital Punishment at the Capitol

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) testified this afternoon in favor of repealing the death penalty during back to back legislative hearings in the Senate and the House. Aides said O'Malley, who is Catholic, argued that the cost of prosecuting death penalty...

By Phyllis Jordan | February 21, 2007; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (8)

Rights for Wrongdoers

Advocates seeking to expand the voting rights of convicted felons in Maryland are stepping up their efforts this year, hoping that the election of Gov. Martin O'Malley will help move bills that stalled in past years. Leaders from the 2nd...

By Phyllis Jordan | February 20, 2007; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (31)

New Utility Regulators

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has chosen to nominate Steven B. Larsen, Maryland's former insurance commissioner, and Susanne Brogan, a former member of the Public Service Commission, to fill two vacancies on the panel that regulates the state's electricity providers and...

By Phyllis Jordan | February 16, 2007; 9:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Maryland to Congress: No Surge

As Congress debates President Bush's plan for a troop buildup in Iraq, Democrats in the Maryland legislature are weighing in with a resounding no. A one-page letter signed by 83 lawmakers and sent yesterday to the delegation on Capitol...

By Phyllis Jordan | February 14, 2007; 6:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Paying for BRAC

U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski said yesterday that she would push an amendment allowing any school district affected by the realignment of military bases to receive federal aid before the arrival of students whose parents relocate for the job shifts....

By Phyllis Jordan | February 13, 2007; 7:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

HPV Vaccine Study Proposed

Legislation to require young girls to receive the vaccination against the virus that can cause cervical cancer may have been shelved, but a Prince George's County delegate doesn't want the issue taken completely off the table. Del. Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk...

By Phyllis Jordan | February 12, 2007; 6:58 AM ET | Comments (36)

Vote Early, Not Often

A constitutional amendment that would allow voters to cast their ballots prior to Election Day was voted out of a House committee yesterday, putting the issue on the legislative fast track. The House Ways and Means Committee approved the measure...

By Phyllis Jordan | February 9, 2007; 6:52 AM ET | Comments (12)

Slavery: Regrets Only

A Prince George's County lawmaker introduced a resolution yesterday that offers an apology from Maryland for the state's role in the slave trade. Sen. Nathaniel Exum (D), sponsored the resolution, which expresses "regret for the role that Maryland played in...

By Phyllis Jordan | February 8, 2007; 6:49 AM ET | Comments (92)

Steamrolling the GOP

With former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s departure, Republicans in the General Assembly have been feeling a bit deflated. But yesterday, some of them felt like they got steamrolled. The Republicans yesterday made several attempts to pass rule changes...

By Phyllis Jordan | February 7, 2007; 6:21 AM ET | Comments (18)

A Swipe at Store Loyalty Cards

Retailers invite their customers to save money on groceries or electronics, as long as they carry the store's preferred customer card. More and more shoppers are getting the cards, called consumer loyalty cards. But in exchange for discounts, they give...

By Phyllis Jordan | February 5, 2007; 6:12 AM ET | Comments (32)

Kopp Gets the Nod for Treasurer

Del. James W. Hubbard (D-Prince George's) joked that the tally for the election yesterday of the state treasurer sounded like a game of Duck, Duck, Goose. Kopp. Kopp. Kopp. W. D. Schaefer? Kopp. Kopp. Rushern Baker? Kopp. Kopp. Joe Bryce?...

By Phyllis Jordan | February 2, 2007; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ag Secretary Gets Unusual Unveiling

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) today is expected to announce his nomination of Eastern Shore farmer Roger Richardson for secretary of agriculture. But House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) got a little ahead of the game yesterday. Filling time before...

By John Wagner | February 1, 2007; 8:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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