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Maryland Politics: September 16, 2007 - September 22, 2007

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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