Archive: July 2007

O'Malley: Democrats Should Be Party Of Security

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley argued yesterday that Democrats need "to become again the party of security." O'Malley appeared at a conference in Nashville of the Democratic Leadership Council, a centrist group, where he delivered an address focused on homeland security....

By John Wagner | July 31, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Clarksburg memo riles residents

Clarksburg activists say they are still sifting the legal and policy documents that County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) offered up yesterday as a possible way to resolve a dispute over whether to tax residents to repay developers for at least...

By Miranda Spivack | July 27, 2007; 4:29 PM ET | Comments (3)

Seeking Higher Counsel on the Hospital

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) is trying to dispel fears that he's out for control of the Board of Directors of Dimensions Healthcare, the company that runs the county's hospital system. Today, he suggested a new entity...

By Rosalind Helderman | July 27, 2007; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (2)

Another Round Of O'Malley v. Carter

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Del. Jill P. Carter (D-Baltimore) have not been on good terms for quite some time -- and this week offered fresh evidence that the relationship is not likely to take a turn for the...

By John Wagner | July 27, 2007; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (14)

Dimensions Directors on the Exam Table

A Circuit Court judge is scheduled tomorrow to hear lawyers for Dimensions Healthcare System, the nonprofit company that runs the county's hospital system, argue that the county should be forced to provide public funding to keep the hospitals open. Without...

By Rosalind Helderman | July 25, 2007; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (6)

Hogan Hands Gavel To Bohanan

Sen. P.J. Hogan (D-Montgomery) acknowledged having "a little bit of a heavy heart" this morning as he called to order a meeting of a panel that may soon be known as "the commission formerly known as the Hogan Commission." The...

By John Wagner | July 23, 2007; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (11)

Bromwell to Plead Guilty

Former state senator Thomas L. Bromwell has agreed to plead guilty to federal racketeering and tax crimes, his attorney said last night, bringing a close to one of Maryland's largest corruption investigations in recent years. The Baltimore County Democrat, once...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 20, 2007; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (6)

If Not Governor, Maybe An Entertainment Lawyer

"Martin O'Malley is easy on the eye -- very easy on the eye." Thus begins a wet kiss of an introduction to an interview with Maryland's governor that appears in the August/September issue of Irish America magazine. O'Malley (D), very...

By John Wagner | July 20, 2007; 6:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Off-year Clambake Still Draws Crowds

Wednesday's 31st annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake served up thousands of Maryland crabs, fried clams and steamers, cobs of corn and watermelons --and plenty of politicians, considering it's an off-year for elections. The seafood and political...

By Lisa Rein | July 19, 2007; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Angelos Not Just Your Ordinary High-Income Earner

It was not a random example. Speaking to Democrats in Frederick this week, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) used Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos to illustrate why the state's nearly flat income tax is "patently unfair." Angelos, who is...

By John Wagner | July 18, 2007; 8:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

4th District Race Heats Up

The race for Maryland's 4th Congressional District seat is off to a fast start, if fundraising is any indicator. According to campaign finance reports filed July 15, U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.) has raised more than $460,000 so far...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 18, 2007; 6:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

PJ Hogan Takes the Plunge

It's official. State Sen. Patrick J. "PJ" Hogan, a Montgomery Republican turned Democrat, is resigning to take a $175,000 a year job as the chief lobbyist for the state's university system. Hogan said today he expects to start his new...

By Miranda Spivack | July 16, 2007; 4:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Goines Going To DNC

Maya E. Goines, who became the Maryland Democratic Party's executive director barely four months ago, is leaving to take a position with the Democratic National Committee. Goines took over the post in March, succeeding Derek Walker, who was on the...

By John Wagner | July 16, 2007; 6:25 AM ET | Comments (5)

The Sopranos Enter Maryland's Budget Battle

The Sopranos have gone into retirement, but the recently ended hit HBO series is still lively fodder for Maryland politics. This week, Sen. E.J. Pipkin (R-Queen Anne's) accused the executive director of the Maryland Association of Counties of using a...

By John Wagner | July 13, 2007; 7:15 AM ET | Comments (12)

Leggett: Minorities Please Apply

Montgomery County is on the hunt for a more diverse government workforce, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said this week. Saying he was proud to have appointed a more diverse group of cabinet officials than his predecessors, Leggett said he...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 12, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (30)

The Debate Debate Begins in MD's 4th

In a classic move by a challenger running against a powerful incumbent, Congressional candidate Donna F. Edwards has proposed that she and U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.) take part in a series of five debates between now and the...

By Rosalind Helderman | July 11, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Brown "Among The Trailblazers," Newsweek Says

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) is getting a little national attention this week with a mention in Newsweek. Brown is cited in a piece headlined "After the Trailblazers," which runs as a sidebar to a story on Barack...

By John Wagner | July 11, 2007; 8:03 AM ET | Comments (5)

AFSCME Opposes O'Malley Budget Cuts

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed $153 million in budget reductions received a hostile greeting this morning from Maryland's largest state employees union, which strongly backed the Democrat in last year's election. "Many of them are very bad, and this is...

By John Wagner | July 10, 2007; 1:08 PM ET | Comments (18)

Selection Time in Prince George's

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) has a big choice to make -- who he will name to fill a vacancy on the county's nine-member Board of Education. On Thursday, he announced he's got just a couple options...

By Rosalind Helderman | July 6, 2007; 2:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Franchot Asks for Delay on Land Deal

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot yesterday asked Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration to delay final purchase of 271 acres of undeveloped land in Queen Anne's County, asking whether the state was vastly overpaying for the property. "In order to ensure that Maryland's...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 3, 2007; 9:34 AM ET | Comments (8)

Money Tiff Over Aides' Salaries

With Maryland facing a $1.5 billion budget deficit and Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) ordering state agencies to find $200 million in cuts, the governor's budget chief was not at all pleased when Comptroller Peter Franchot asked her to approve hefty...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 2, 2007; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (12)

 

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