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Maryland Politics: May 20, 2007 - May 26, 2007

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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