Archive: June 2007

Harsh Hospital Words

The stage is set for a real showdown on the Prince George's hospital next week. Calvin Brown, the chairman of the hospital system's board of directors sent a tough letter to County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) late today. In...

By Rosalind Helderman | June 29, 2007; 4:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Elections Chief Asks Diebold to Pull Ad

Maryland elections administration Linda H. Lamone sent a letter today asking Diebold Elections Systems to remove her name and photograph from a brochure promoting the electronic "poll books," which were blamed for much of the delay that kept lines long...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 28, 2007; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lawmakers To See "Doomsday Budget"

State aid to education would be frozen. Promised new funding for nursing homes, drug treatment and children with disabilities would not materialize. Money available for stem cell research would be cut back. State funds flowing to the university system would...

By John Wagner | June 27, 2007; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Busch Lays Groundwork For Tax Increases

House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) said this morning that the Maryland General Assembly would try "to hold local government harmless" when closing a looming $1.5 billion shortfall in the state budget. But, speaking to a convention of the...

By John Wagner | June 26, 2007; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (16)

Hospital Conflict

When the Prince George's hospital system's board of directors voted Monday evening to reject County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D)'s demand that several members resign, the vote of one of the board members present wasn't counted. And it was a...

By Rosalind Helderman | June 26, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (5)

Pension Offer Draws Ire

[Post staff writer Eric Rich contributed this item from his story in today's paper] Just days after he was sworn into office, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) named Marcus Brown, a deputy police commissioner in Baltimore, to serve in one of...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 26, 2007; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (6)

Governor Saves A Duck Named Martin O'Malley

The cover of last year's edition of the Maryland Bay Game, a summer activity book for youngsters, was adorned with the smiling faces of then-Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), his wife, Kendel, and their two young sons, Drew and...

By John Wagner | June 25, 2007; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

Universities Bid to Skip Budget Lesson

Boosters of the University System of Maryland are lobbying Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) to soften the blow of a potential $20 million cut that would be enacted next month as part of the state's efforts to come to terms with...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 24, 2007; 9:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Surprising Pick for the Planning Board

An appointee to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission for Prince George's attracted a bit of attention as the County Council confirmed appointees to various county agencies at its Tuesday meeting. By a 9 to 0 vote, the council...

By Rosalind Helderman | June 20, 2007; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (1)

O'Malley Offers Frosh Some Fundraising Help

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is sponsoring a fundraiser in Baltimore tomorrow night for Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery), one of several hopefuls to succeed Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) if he steps down at the end...

By John Wagner | June 19, 2007; 9:44 AM ET | Comments (30)

Firing of Ehrlich Loyalist Ruled Illegal

When Greg Maddalone worked for then-Gov. Robert L Ehrlich (R), he was accused of gleefully draping a T-shirt that read "you're fired" over his chair, angering Democrats who said they were being purged from state government for political reasons. When...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 14, 2007; 6:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Scouts Slots

Gov. Martin O'Malley said yesterday that he is dispatching a Cabinet secretary on a fact-finding mission to racetracks in neighboring states that allow slot-machine gambling. Thomas E. Perez, secretary of labor, licensing and regulation, said he plans to start with...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 14, 2007; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Rockefeller Republicans Return, Albeit Briefly

Former congressman Gilbert Gude's funeral at Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda drew hundreds of mourners yesterday, including Isiah Leggett and a special assistant Chuck Short, former U.S. senators Charles "Mac" Mathias Jr. (R) and, Paul S. Sarbanes (D)...

By Miranda Spivack | June 13, 2007; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Suffers Stress Fracture on Treadmill

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) will govern on crutches for the next six weeks while he recovers from a stress fracture in the shin bone of his right leg. He suffered it while running on the treadmill, his office said today....

By Lisa Rein | June 11, 2007; 2:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hoyer Serenaded in Prince George's

[The following item was submitted by Staff Writer Philip Rucker.] Several hundred people showed up at the Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville Friday night to fete House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) at the congressman's 27th annual Bull Roast...

By | June 11, 2007; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dimmer Light on Democrats' Firings?

Loyalists to former Republican governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. are accusing Democratic lawmakers of applying a double standard to the firing practices of the past and present governors. In recent weeks, Republicans have been circulating a list of a couple...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 11, 2007; 6:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Congressional Rematch in Maryland

About 1,000 people showed up for a kick-off fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Albert Wynn (D) at Prince George's Camelot banquet hall in Upper Marlboro. Wynn survived a tough challenge from local activist Donna Edwards in last September's Democratic primary. Because...

By Rosalind Helderman | June 8, 2007; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Anti-tax Advocate Ficker's Law License Suspended

Anti-tax activist Robin Ficker's law license was suspended for at least a year, a Maryland court ruled in a decision released yesterday. The Maryland Court of Appeals ruled 7-0 against Ficker on three complaints from clients who said he had...

By | June 8, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (14)

Glendening Lobbying for Lynch--and Against ICC

Gene Lynch, a former top aide to Gov. Parris Glendening (D), is among the leading candidates for the Montgomery County Planning Board and his old boss is leaving no stone unturned in trying to help Lynch secure the post. Lynch...

By Miranda Spivack | June 8, 2007; 6:16 AM ET | Comments (25)

Eggs and Drama in Prince George's

There was a packed house for the Prince George's Ploughman and Fisherman breakfast this morning, the annual fundraiser for the Democratic Central Committee. A packed house for a time, that is. Those at the back of the La Fontaine Bleu...

By Rosalind Helderman | June 7, 2007; 2:41 PM ET | Comments (12)

Motorist Fee Notice Disappears

Notice of proposed motorist fee increases had been removed from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Admininistration Web site as of this morning. Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) nixed the proposed hikes, affecting fees for driver's licenses and nearly three dozen other services...

By John Wagner | June 7, 2007; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (6)

The Return of the Hospital Debate

Things have been pretty quiet with the troubled Prince George's hospital system since county officials pledged in April to use public money to keep the doors open through June 2008. But Del. Doyle Niemann (D) thinks the quiet is a...

By Rosalind Helderman | June 6, 2007; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (5)

O'Malley To Name Top Energy Official

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is scheduled today to announce the appointment of Malcolm Woolf, a former counsel to a congressional committee, as head of the Maryland Energy Adminstration, according to a senior state government official. The agency advises the governor...

By | June 4, 2007; 5:54 PM ET | Comments (22)

Waiting for the Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

No one but the justices knows when Maryland's high court will rule on a same-sex marriage ban. But that hasn't stopped advocates from gearing up for a decision that could have big consequences across the state. The Court of Appeal...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 4, 2007; 6:27 AM ET | Comments (115)

Down by the Riverside

Politicians from Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on down made their way to Prince George's Thursday night for a swanky celebration at the $2 billion National Harbor project, celebrating the completion of the vast development's first building. The three story glass...

By Rosalind Helderman | June 1, 2007; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (18)

Power Play: New Rates Take Effect Today

With higher electricity rates taking effect today for much of Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley and several public interest groups traded suggestions for how to cope with the 50 percent increase for Baltimore Gas & Electric customers. O'Malley said yesterday his...

By Phyllis Jordan | June 1, 2007; 6:15 AM ET | Comments (17)

 

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