Archive: May 2007

O'Malley To Name New Police Superintendent

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) plans to announce Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan as his pick as the next superintendent of the Maryland State Police, according to several people familiar with the decision. Sheridan, 63, who previously spent 30...

By John Wagner | May 30, 2007; 2:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Health Care Not Dead Yet in Maryland

Plans to greatly expand health care coverage for the poor in Maryland may not be dead after all. The Senate leader of a legislative panel working to expand health care coverage said yesterday that the General Assembly should set aside...

By | May 30, 2007; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bond Boost for Prince George's

Prince George's officials have reported success from their recent visit to the bond rating agencies on Wall Street. County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) announced that Moody's Investors Service upgraded the county's bond rating from Aa2 to Aa1, the second...

By Rosalind Helderman | May 26, 2007; 6:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Parsing the Price at the Pump

Why is it that the gas stations at one corner all have the same price for gas? Or that gas stations at another corner miles away will share another price--perhaps lower than the first corner's but the exactly the same...

By Phyllis Jordan | May 25, 2007; 1:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Is It Drafty In Here?

If at first you don't succeed... In a letter submitted to the Prince Georges's County Council Wednesday, Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) made it clear he would like the group to approve his proposal to raise county phone taxes by...

By Rosalind Helderman | May 24, 2007; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Franchot Won't "Stand Idly By" On Slots

Opponents of slot-machine gambling gathered in Annapolis this morning to start preparing for a tough fight ahead and were rallied by Comptroller Peter Franchot (D). Franchot told about two dozen members of the StopSlots coalition that this is one issue...

By John Wagner | May 24, 2007; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kent Island Permit Rejected

The Maryland Board of Public Works this afternoon rejected a state wetlands permit for a development of 1,350 homes on the Eastern Shore, a project Gov. Martin O'Malley said would be so damaging to the Chesapeake Bay it would not...

By Phyllis Jordan | May 23, 2007; 5:44 PM ET | Comments (2)

O'Malley To Nominate Cryor as Democratic Chairman

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) will nominate Michael Cryor, a communications consultant based in Baltimore, as the next chairman of the state Democratic party, according to people familiar with the pick. Cryor, 60, would succeed Terry Lierman, who is leaving...

By John Wagner | May 22, 2007; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (3)

No Answer Yet on Prince George's Phone Tax

So will the Prince George's County Council support County Executive Jack B. Johnson's proposal to raise the county's telephone tax from 8 to 11 percent? Maybe yes, maybe no. The council may have found a clever way to avoid agreeing...

By Rosalind Helderman | May 22, 2007; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Steele Urges GOP to Get Back to Work

Former Maryland lieutenant governor Michael S. Steele sought to rally the Republican troops at a party convention over the weekend, declaring that "the sulking, the moping, the wailing and gnashing of teeth is over." Steele spoke to about 200 party...

By John Wagner | May 21, 2007; 6:45 AM ET | Comments (7)

Franchot Lures a Political Veteran To His Staff

Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) is beefing up his staff with another veteran of Maryland politics. Len Foxwell, who served in the administration of Parris N. Glendening (D) for eight years and was a spokesman for two Democratic gubernatorial candidates, is...

By John Wagner | May 18, 2007; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (3)

The (Maybe) Retiring Miller Raises More Than $150,000

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., who has said he will retire when his current term ends in 2010, raised more than $150,000 at a fundraiser Monday night at a Baltimore restaurant. The event, which drew Gov. Martin...

By John Wagner | May 17, 2007; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

FOR SALE: Cars once driven by governor's staffers

FOR SALE. MUST GO. PRICED TO MOVE. ALMOST NEW. BUY ME. Those were among the signs adorning a small fleet of cars parked outside the State House this morning in a bit of political theater orchestrated by Gov. Martin O'Malley...

By John Wagner | May 16, 2007; 1:58 PM ET | Comments (11)

Navigating the Trans-fat Ban

Now that Montgomery County has become the first county in the nation to ban trans fat, it's up to restaurant owners, such as Gene Wilkes of the Tastee Diner in Bethesda and Silver Spring, to figure out how to make...

By Phyllis Jordan | May 16, 2007; 6:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Look Out Below

If a big piece of concrete facade is going to come tumbling off a major government parking structure, the one thing you could hope for is that it might happen on a weekend. In that sense, Prince George's officials got...

By Rosalind Helderman | May 14, 2007; 3:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Spanish TV Programming Draws Fire

Three months before its debut, a Spanish-language channel that Maryland Public Television is adding to its lineup has set off a wave of denunciations on conservative talk radio. The station is joining about 20 public television markets in the country...

By Phyllis Jordan | May 14, 2007; 9:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Maryland Moment Relaunch

Maryland Moment is a blog about politics in The Free State. We'll keep you up to date on what's going on in Annapolis, and the Maryland suburbs outside of Washington D.C. I will be the primary editor of the...

By | May 11, 2007; 8:21 AM ET | Comments (5)

Debate Over Hospital Apology in Prince George's

The CEO of Dimensions Healthcare System, the not-for-profit company that manages Prince George's hospital system has apologized to the County Council for "hasty judgements" he made about the council in April, on the day after the council rejected a funding...

By Rosalind Helderman | May 10, 2007; 3:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Likely to Veto Drug Bill

Gov. Martin O'Malley(D) said this morning that he is inclined to veto a bill that would make twice-convicted drug dealers eligible for parole, calling drug dealing a "violent crime" that should be severely punished. "I'm not sure that I can...

By Phyllis Jordan | May 10, 2007; 1:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

It's Official: O'Malley Endorses Clinton

He effusively praised her as a champion for working families and a leader on homeland security who could bring the country together. She praised him -- seemingly at greater length -- for his willingness to tackle tough challenges and give...

By John Wagner | May 9, 2007; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (32)

Maryland First to Have 'Living Wage' Law

Maryland today became the first state in the nation to require government contractors to pay their employees significantly better than the minimum wage, under legislation signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D). The "living wage" measure, which was passed...

By John Wagner | May 8, 2007; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (77)

Advocacy Group Rebuts Prince George's on Hospital

A health care advocacy group is criticizing the Prince George's County Council for its recent handling of negotiations with the state over the future of the county's hospital system. Progressive Maryland is also suggesting that the council has been misleading...

By | May 4, 2007; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (6)

Brown Says a Special Session is Likely

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) told a gathering of real-estate brokers today that he believes a special session of the legislature is likely to be called to address a looming $1.5 billion deficit. Brown's comments, confirmed by his spokeswoman,...

By John Wagner | May 3, 2007; 2:58 PM ET | Comments (4)

Immigrant Advocates Want Meeting With Hoyer

Frustrated by Capitol Hill's lack of progress inreforming immigration laws, a coalition of Maryland pastors rallied hundreds of Hispanic residents at a Brandywine church this week to rekindle the issue in congress. From stirring prayers to personal testimonies, Union Bethel...

By Phyllis Jordan | May 3, 2007; 6:08 AM ET | Comments (5)

Miller Offers Graphic Retirement Scenario

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., who has presided over his chamber for more than two decades, hedged yesterday when asked whether he still plans to retire in 2010. Miller (D-Calvert) said during a lunch meeting with Washington...

By John Wagner | May 1, 2007; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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