Archive: September 2007

Ethics Adviser: Raise Revenue, Not Campaign Cash

Amid the buzz in Annapolis about a possible special session of the General Assembly this fall, the legislature's ethics counsel warned lawmakers last week about seeking campaign donations as they vote on closing Maryland's projected budget shortfall. State law prohibits...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 30, 2007; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (5)

Cummings: Local Leaders Need Help To Combat Gangs

U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke and a host of judicial officials from Maryland were among those at the 37th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Weekend at the D.C. Convention Center searching for answers to...

By Anne Bartlett | September 29, 2007; 1:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Development Industry Skeptical About MoCo Growth Rules

Raquel Montenegro, a lobbyist for the Maryland Building and Industry Association, is one of the lucky ones. Her commute is six minutes each way. By car. Door to door from her house to her office in Silver Spring. So she...

By Miranda Spivack | September 28, 2007; 4:05 PM ET | Comments (7)

"Few Appointments as Important As This One"

Oh what a difference three years makes... In an interview Tuesday, Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) was insistent that we in the media have overstated Cpl. Keith A. Washington's role in county government. Washington, had been charged...

By Rosalind Helderman | September 27, 2007; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Debate Over Mikulski at Chesapeake Hearing

The fourth-floor hearing room in the Dirksen Senate building held a standing-room-only crowd. The Environment and Public Works Committee was starting a hearing today on global warming's threat to the Chesapeake Bay. Governors Martin O'Malley(D) and Timothy Kaine (D-Va), Sens....

By Lisa Rein | September 26, 2007; 2:06 PM ET | Comments (17)

Taxation Without Representation in Clarksburg?

In Montgomery, the issue of taxation without representation has been the lament of many Clarksburg residents who claim that a proposed special tax on them is unfair. The ball is now in the County Council's court and yesterday, several County...

By Miranda Spivack | September 26, 2007; 6:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Hospital Summit

Remember Nixon and China? Reagan and Gorbachev? Now there's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) and William Williams, the chairman of the company that runs the Prince George's hospital system. For months, Johnson has been feuding with the Board of...

By Rosalind Helderman | September 25, 2007; 3:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Same-Sex Marriage Plaintiff Blasts O'Malley

Lisa Polyak, one of the plaintiffs on the losing side of last week's Court of Appeals ruling upholding Maryland's same-sex marriage ban, has some not-so-nice words for Gov. Martin O'Malley (D): He betrayed us. Polyak has shared with friends and...

By Lisa Rein | September 25, 2007; 8:55 AM ET | Comments (12)

Calorie Counting in MoCo

The Montgomery County Council's two-hour discussion yesterday afternoon about legislation designed to encourage diners to make healthier food choices revealed much about the bad eating habits of committee members: Council member Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda) loves burgers at Johnny Rockets and...

By Ann Marimow | September 25, 2007; 5:14 AM ET | Comments (2)

Obama to Prince George's

Maryland primary voters may not weigh in on presidential nominees until after New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina, but Democratic hopeful Barack Obama is nevertheless planning a major Maryland rally. The Illinois Senator will be in the Prince George's as...

By Rosalind Helderman | September 24, 2007; 1:24 PM ET | Comments (66)

O'Malley and Brown Return Money From Movie Producer

The campaign committees of Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) have returned nearly $100,000 to James G. Robinson, a movie producer who lives in Baltimore, because the contributions greatly exceeded what is allowed by law....

By Anne Bartlett | September 24, 2007; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dueling Tax Ads

Let the tax wars begin. As soon as Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) started rolling out key elements of his plan to close the state's estimated $1.7.billion shortfall by taxing some Marylanders more and others less, the Republican and Democratic parties...

By Anne Bartlett | September 24, 2007; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (4)

Slots for MoCo?

Gov. Martin O'Malley's labor secretary and a Montgomery legislator traded barbs yesterday afternoon on NewsChannel 8 over the legalization of slot machines in a preview of the General Assembly's upcoming debate. Labor Secretary Tom Perez defended his recent report that...

By Ann Marimow | September 21, 2007; 5:40 AM ET | Comments (10)

A Hospital Breakthrough?

In comments today, Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) sounded more conciliatory about the company that runs the county's hospital system than he has in months. Johnson and the board of directors of the not-for-profit Dimensions Healthcare have...

By Rosalind Helderman | September 20, 2007; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Budget Tour Moves on to Howard, Sales Tax

Day 2 in Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget tour brought him to a kitchen table in Howard County and a discussion of his plans to increase the state sales tax and gradually reduce the state's property tax. The sales tax rate...

By John Wagner | September 20, 2007; 5:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

What Next for Same-Sex Marriage?

Yesterday's long-awaited Court of Appeals ruling upholding Maryland's ban on same-sex marriage took many on both sides of the issue by surprise. Gay rights advocates and opponents alike had expected a scenario similar to the one that played out last...

By Lisa Rein | September 19, 2007; 8:25 AM ET | Comments (30)

Maryland High Court Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Ban

BY ERIC RICH AND JOHN WAGNER WASHINGTON POST STAFF WRITERS Maryland's highest court upheld the state's ban on gay marriage in a ruling issued this morning, reversing a lower court decision and turning back the most formidable legal challenge to...

By Anne Bartlett | September 18, 2007; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Checking on Gun Sales

Maryland's gun laws are already among the nation's strictest, with a seven-day waiting period, a training requirement for buyers and relatively tough regulations on issuing permits to carry a firearm. Now anyone wanting to buy a gun must first agree...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 18, 2007; 6:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley to Bush: Rescind Insurance Rules for Kids

Maryland's governor is among those speaking out against new federal rules that would make it harder to enroll middle-income children in a popular government-subsidized health insurance program. In a strongly worded letter to President Bush last week, Gov. Martin O'Malley...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 17, 2007; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (15)

O'Malley: Keep Early November Clear

It remains unclear whether Maryland lawmakers will convene this fall for a special session on the state's looming $1.5 bill budget shortfall. But Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) certainly telegraphed his intentions yesterday. "Clear your calendars for early November," he said...

By John Wagner | September 14, 2007; 5:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Montgomery Dems Nominate Two New Delegates

Montgomery County Democrats today announced their selections to fill two vacancies in the Maryland House of Delegates. If approved by Gov. Martin O'Malley, Kirill Reznik of Germantown would represent District 39 and C. William Frick of Bethesda would represent District...

By Ann Marimow | September 12, 2007; 2:41 PM ET | Comments (168)

Montgomery Considers Transgender Protections

Montgomery County Council member Duchy Trachtenberg (D-At Large) yesterday introduced legislation intended to protect members of the transgender community from discrimination. If approved by the council, Trachtenberg said Montgomery would join more than 100 other jurisdictions, including the District and...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 12, 2007; 7:01 AM ET | Comments (6)

Leggett Urges Quick Action On State Budget

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett this morning renewed his call for a special session of the General Assembly to try to narrow the state's projected $1.5 billion budget shortfall. "I'm still very convinced that we need to take an approach...

By Ann Marimow | September 11, 2007; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (9)

Leggett Speaks On School District "Needs"

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is widely viewed as someone who tries to avoid public conflict. So it was not especially surprising this morning that he seemed to be holding out an olive branch to schools superintendent Jerry D. Weast,...

By Anne Bartlett | September 10, 2007; 3:01 PM ET | Comments (2)

O'Malley Gives Wine Industry Its Due

Gov. Martin O'Malley gave credit this morning to a previously unheralded player in Maryland's successful effort to maintain its AAA bond rating: the state's wine industry. Speaking at an event in the State House this morning honoring winners of a...

By John Wagner | September 10, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (4)

O'Malley To Keynote Pennsylvania Dinner

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is about to get a little more political exposure outside Maryland's borders. O'Malley is billed as the keynote speaker tonight at the Pennsylvania Progressive Dinner in Camp Hill, hosted by the Democratic Party in the state...

By John Wagner | September 7, 2007; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (3)

The Choice of the Maryland GOP: Ron Paul

A curious thing happened this year at the Maryland Republican Party booth at the State Fair: A GOP presidential straw poll was won by Ron Paul, the idiosyncratic congressman from Texas who is a fierce critic of the Iraq war....

By John Wagner | September 6, 2007; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fajitas in the Fourth

With Labor Day over, it's time for the campaign for the contest for the Democratic nomination in Maryland's fourth congressional district to get started in earnest. The Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted a debate yesterday for the candidates over...

By Rosalind Helderman | September 6, 2007; 5:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley To Tap Tyler For Insurance Post

Ralph S. Tyler, Gov. Martin O'Malley's chief legal counsel, will be named tomorrow as the state's new insurance commissioner, according to several people familiar with the selection. O'Malley (D) has scheduled a 10 a.m. news conference to announce his pick...

By John Wagner | September 5, 2007; 1:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

O'Malley Donates To Baltimore Council Hopefuls

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's involvement in the upcoming Baltimore elections has extended beyond his endorsement of candidates for mayor and City Council president. The governor's campaign committee gave money in July to 11 Democratic candidates for City Council, according to...

By John Wagner | September 5, 2007; 6:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Wants Better "Alignment" With Superintendent

The chilly relationship between Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and State School Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick shows no signs of thawing. Last week, O'Malley said he was caught flat-footed by Grasmick's proposal to allow Maryland high school students who are unable...

By John Wagner | September 4, 2007; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

About the Bloggers: Miranda S. Spivack

Miranda Spivack covers development and politics in the Post's Montgomery County bureau. Previously, she was the Post's editor in Prince George's County and before that served as the deputy editor for Gazette Newspapers, a Post subsidiary, helping launch several new...

By washingtonpost.com editors | September 1, 2007; 9:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

About the Bloggers: Lisa Rein

Lisa Rein covers Maryland state government and politics and is based in Annapolis. She came to the Post in 1999 to cover Prince William County, discovering supervisors and subdivisions after covering Rudy Giuliani for the New York Daily News. She...

By washingtonpost.com editors | September 1, 2007; 9:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

About the Bloggers: Rosalind S. Helderman

Rosalind Helderman covers Prince George's County government. She started at the Post in 2001, covering the education in Loudoun County, the nation's second fastest growing jurisdiction. She covered the Virginia General Assembly in 2005 and returned to Richmond for what...

By washingtonpost.com editors | September 1, 2007; 9:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

About the Bloggers: Ann Marimow

Ann Marimow covers Montgomery County government and politics from the Post's Rockville bureau. Before joining the Post in 2005, Ann spent five years at the San Jose Mercury News, writing about local and state government, including the recall of California's...

By washingtonpost.com editors | September 1, 2007; 9:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

About the Writers: John Wagner

John Wagner covers Maryland politics and government. He arrived at The Washington Post in July 2004 after working in various capacities for The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer since late 1992. His work in Raleigh included several years covering then-North...

By washingtonpost.com editors | September 1, 2007; 8:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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