Archive: August 2007

Discrimination Against White Republicans?

Are white Republicans in Maryland a protected class? A judge will decide. A former state employee who is suing the O'Malley administration to get his job back claims that one of two things caused his sudden termination from the Department...

By Lisa Rein | August 31, 2007; 12:47 PM ET | Comments (24)

O'Malley's Children Share The Spotlight

Two of Gov. Martin O'Malley's children played prominent supporting roles yesterday during a string of appearances in the Baltimore region. The governor tapped 16-year-old Grace O'Malley as his "lifeline" during a morning radio appearance in which he faced off against...

By John Wagner | August 31, 2007; 6:17 AM ET | Comments (3)

Maryland In The Black -- For The Moment

With a budget shortfall of nearly $1.5 billion looming next year, this probably doesn't qualify as great news, but Maryland officials welcomed it yesterday nonetheless: The state finished last year $193 million in the black. According to a letter from...

By John Wagner | August 30, 2007; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (17)

New Leaders for Montgomery Delegation

Montgomery County's delegation to the state Senate has two new leaders. Sen. Rona E. Kramer (D) ascends to chairman of the delegation from second in command, replacing Sen. PJ. Hogan (D) who resigned from the Senate this summer to take...

By Lisa Rein | August 29, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

You Can Close The Budget Shortfall

Sharpen your pencils and bring your calculators, Montgomery County residents. A state senator and Maryland's budget secretary are scheduled to appear at a forum next month in which participants will get a crack at solving the state's $1.5 billion budget...

By John Wagner | August 28, 2007; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (16)

Conservative Delegate to Fight Spanish-Language Channel

V-me, Maryland Public Television's Spanish-language digital channel, has been on the air for less than a week, but a conservative lawmaker is already working to yank it. Del. Patrick L. McDonough (R-Baltimore County) said he will introduce legislation when the...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 27, 2007; 9:47 AM ET | Comments (31)

O'Malley Appoints King to Senate

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) today named Del. Nancy J. King (D-Montgomery) to fill out the remainder of state Sen. Patrick J. Hogan's term in the General Assembly, ratifying her selection by local Democrats. King, 57, of Montgomery Village, has said...

By Anne Bartlett | August 23, 2007; 2:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ehrlich To Be On Display At State Fair

Nine months after his re-election defeat, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. remains the Maryland Republican Party's biggest star. The latest evidence: Ehrlich is booked to appear next week at the state GOP's booth at the Maryland State Fair in...

By John Wagner | August 23, 2007; 5:57 AM ET | Comments (11)

Delayed Cable Debut At Issue

With great fanfare, Maryland Public Television yesterday launched the state's first public all-Spanish-language channel, featuring an array of educational and entertainment programming. But it could be a while before most Comcast subscribers in Montgomery and Prince George's counties are able...

By Anne Bartlett | August 21, 2007; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

"O'Malley's Stroll" Takes Stage In Annapolis

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), whose musical side career has been on hiatus, stepped back on stage last night. Appearing with two members of his Celtic rock band, O'Malley's March, the governor played a three-song opening set at a concert...

By John Wagner | August 21, 2007; 7:01 AM ET | Comments (13)

A First Date At MACO?

The headlines generated by Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's speech Saturday to the Maryland Association of Counties were all about transportation funding. But much earlier in his remarks, the governor felt the need to put a rumor to rest. In her...

By John Wagner | August 19, 2007; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (15)

Welcome To Ocean City. Slots Are Not Welcome.

Attendees at this year's convention of the Maryland Association of Counties -- a see and be seen event of state politics -- are being welcomed to Ocean City by dozens of motel and hotel signs proclaiming opposition to slot-machine gambling....

By John Wagner | August 16, 2007; 9:06 AM ET | Comments (13)

Slots Report Irks Franchot

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot clashed openly yesterday with Gov. Martin O'Malley, a fellow Democrat, criticizing a report on slot machines by a senior O'Malley administration official as propaganda for the nation's gambling industry. Franchot, speaking at a news conference in...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 16, 2007; 8:07 AM ET | Comments (11)

House GOP Announces Budget Proposal

House Republicans put forward a plan today to solve Maryland's fiscal problems without raising taxes, proposing instead to curtail planned spending on education and other programs and to legalize slot-machine gambling. The plan calls for limiting overall growth in state...

By Anne Bartlett | August 15, 2007; 1:39 PM ET | Comments (10)

A Higher Appeal

Prince George's County officials have decided to appeal a court decision yesterday that left the county on the hook for a $2 million payment to Dimensions Healthcare, the private company that runs the county's hospital system. Late today, County Spokesman...

By Rosalind Helderman | August 14, 2007; 5:21 PM ET | Comments (1)

The $2 Million Two Step

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals today lifted a stay of a ruling by a lower court that had ordered Prince George's to pay $2 million to the company that runs its hospital system. A circuit court judge on June...

By Rosalind Helderman | August 13, 2007; 3:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Endorses Dixon To Keep His Old Job

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) returned to his old political stamping grounds this morning to offer his endorsement of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon (D) to keep his former job for a full term. Dixon, the former City Council president, inherited...

By John Wagner | August 13, 2007; 1:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Demands That Wealthy Pay "Fair Share"

In another apparent effort to prepare Marylanders for looming tax increases, Gov. Martin O'Malley today released a recorded statement to radio stations suggesting corporations and higher-income earners will be among those asked to pay more. "When given a choice between...

By John Wagner | August 9, 2007; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley To Organize Clinton Backers Next Week

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to host a statewide organizational meeting next week for the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, the latest in a string of activities on behalf of his preferred Democratic hopeful. At the planned Tuesday night...

By John Wagner | August 8, 2007; 9:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley: Dems Should Be Mindful Of The Center

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley advises national Democrats not to take the political center for granted during this presidential cycle in a piece appearing today on The Washington Post op-ed page. "George W. Bush is handing us Democrats our Hoover moment....

By John Wagner | August 7, 2007; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (17)

Bland's Words Echo Kofi Annan's

Prince George's County Council member Marilynn Bland recently touted the "academic journey" that has led her to receive a doctoral degree, including in her news release quotes from the dissertation she said she wrote. However, the dissertation quotes in the...

By Anne Bartlett | August 6, 2007; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (8)

Obama Campaign Co-chairmen Announced

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) were announced today as Maryland co-chairmen of the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). Obama also released the names of 28 other elected Democrats from Maryland...

By Anne Bartlett | August 2, 2007; 4:32 PM ET | Comments (7)

Supporters Rally to Barkley's Defense

Friends of Del. Charles E. Barkley (D-Montgomery), a candidate to succeed Sen. P.J. Hogan in the 39th District in Montgomery County, rallied to his defense this week. Jan Watson, a Democratic activist in Montgomery, said she represented a large group...

By Lisa Rein | August 2, 2007; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (6)

Maryland GOP Takes Aim At Progressive Alliance

Senate Republicans in Maryland are attempting to use a poll commissioned by a liberal coalition to undermine possible tax increase proposals from Gov. Martin O'Malley (D). At a press conference last week, members of the Alliance for Tax Fairness argued...

By John Wagner | August 2, 2007; 6:05 AM ET | Comments (19)

Prince George's Chides Comcast

Prince George's officials have added their voices to the chorus of Maryland leaders warning county residents about an upcoming change to the terms of Comcast subscribers' agreements with the company, a change the officials believe limits customer rights to take...

By Rosalind Helderman | August 1, 2007; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (23)

 

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