Archive: October 2007

Special Session Round-Up for Wednesday

Here is a selection of news and links from around the web that supplement The Post's coverage of the Maryland special session as of Wednesday, Oct. 31. The likelihood of productive consensus at the special session is low, says Republican...

By Washington Post Editors | October 31, 2007; 5:54 PM ET | Comments (8)

Miller and O'Malley -- A Love Fest

Weddings are all about the love. And at Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller's daughter wedding last week, there was a lot of love going around. There were his 10 lovely grandchildren, adorned in their ivory attire. And there was...

By Ovetta Wiggins | October 31, 2007; 5:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Franchot Chides O'Malley On Slots

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) blasted Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) this morning for making his proposals to expand health care access and hold down college tuition contingent on passage of a referendum legalizing slot-machine gambling. "It seems as though everything...

By John Wagner | October 31, 2007; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Just How Big Is The Shortfall?

A divide emerged yesterday over just how large the potential state budget shortfall is. Aides to Gov. Martin O'Malley continued to refer to next year's budget gap as $1.7 billion during hearings taking place on the special session's second day....

By Anne Bartlett | October 31, 2007; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Special Session Round-Up for Tuesday

Here is a selection of news and links from around the web that supplement The Post's coverage of the Maryland special session as of Tuesday, Oct. 30. From the governor, answers to "frequently asked questions" about the special session ...Senate...

By Washington Post Editors | October 30, 2007; 5:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Backlash From Health Clubs

A proposal to apply the state sales tax to health club memberships has exercised fitness buffs in Maryland. As the result of a lobbying campaign orchestrated by health clubs, lawmakers are getting a raft of email protesting Gov. Martin O'Malley's...

By Anne Bartlett | October 30, 2007; 5:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Top 10 List for Tax Changes

A few dozen activists from liberal interest groups gathered near the steps of the Maryland State Capitol today to call for an overhaul in tax policy that would go beyond closing a projected $1.7 billion budget deficit to make new...

By | October 30, 2007; 2:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

"Giant leap" for a Freshman Senator

He was sworn in less than 10 months ago, and Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery) is already moving up in the Senate. He's moving his seat up a row. As a freshman, he was assigned to the back row. Now, he's...

By Ovetta Wiggins | October 30, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Clarence Thomas at Baltimore Book Party

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was at the Baltimore County home of Sincalir Broadcast Group president David D. Smith on Saturday night to promote his new book, "My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir." He told the audience of lawyers and others...

By Anne Bartlett | October 29, 2007; 1:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Coming Up In Maryland Politics

Maryland Moment gives you a preview every Monday of some of the political events coming up in the region. This week: STATE GOVERNMENT * The General Assembly convenes tonight at the State House in Annapolis for a special session that...

By Anne Bartlett | October 29, 2007; 5:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Black Divide on Same-Sex Marriage

African Americans in Maryland are deeply divided over same-sex marriage, an issue that pushes many to weigh their commitment to civil rights against powerful religious convictions. Black lawmakers are likely to confront the dilemma in the General Assembly when the...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 28, 2007; 9:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Counties Protest Possible Cuts

A dozen county leaders from across Maryland convened in Annapolis yesterday to warn against the consequences of cutting education funding and other local aid as a solution to the state's projected $1.7 billion budget shortfall. Gov. Martin O'Malley (D)...

By Anne Bartlett | October 26, 2007; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (27)

Bill Proposes Transparent Legislative Appointments

Montgomery's two newest state legislators -- Dels. Kirill Reznik and C. William Frick -- may have been sworn in by House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) earlier this month, but the controversy over how they were chosen by the...

By Anne Bartlett | October 25, 2007; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (9)

Politics of Outsourcing

The Prince George's County Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Tuesday condemning Washington Gas for outsourcing local jobs overseas. In June, Washington Gas Light Company announced it was contracting with a company called Accenture Ltd., outsourcing about 250 jobs from...

By Rosalind Helderman | October 24, 2007; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (20)

Gas Tax Increase Not A Popular Idea

Earlier this year, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) floated the idea of raising the gas tax to help pay for a lengthy list of transportation needs in Maryland. A new poll by The Washington Post may provide some insight as to...

By John Wagner | October 24, 2007; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (16)

Timing of Special Session Questioned

State Comptroller Peter Franchot has already made perfectly clear how he feels about Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to legalize slot machine gambling. Today he let loose with a broad criticism of O'Malley's plan for a special General Assembly session next...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 23, 2007; 9:48 AM ET | Comments (9)

Frost Family Pitches Maryland Health Care

The Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition, in its third straight year pushing for universal health care in Maryland, unveil a $50,000 radio spot yesterday in advance of next week's special session of the General Assembly. Pitching for them this...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 22, 2007; 7:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Coming Up in Maryland Politics

Maryland Moment gives you a preview every Monday of some of the political events coming up in the region. This week A flurry of activity is expected in the days leading up to the start of a special session called...

By Anne Bartlett | October 22, 2007; 5:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

Miller, Franchot Spar Over Slots

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., perhaps the leading proponent of legalizing slot machine gambling, made his feelings for slots foe and state Comptroller Peter Franchot crystal clear. When Franchot arrived at the Rural Maryland Council's annual award...

By | October 19, 2007; 8:55 AM ET | Comments (9)

Remarks on Chavez Criticized

The flap over a planned visit to Montgomery County by Venezuela's U.S. ambassador and a potential partnership with community organizations has continued to reverberate through the Latino community. To recap: Council member Marc Elrich (D-At Large) had hoped to bring...

By Anne Bartlett | October 18, 2007; 9:42 AM ET | Comments (21)

Finance Fun in MD 4

With about four months to go until the Feb. 12 Democratic primary, Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.) reports he has almost four times more to spend on his campaign than his challenger, activist attorney Donna F. Edwards. In campaign finance...

By Rosalind Helderman | October 17, 2007; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

MoCo's Ervin Explains Stance On ICC

Montgomery County Council member Valerie Ervin (D-Silver Spring) said this week that she signed a letter, along with four other council members, which urged the state to hold off doing major work on the controversial Intercounty Connector highway because she...

By Anne Bartlett | October 17, 2007; 6:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

An Ill-timed Trip to Ireland?

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's planned trip to Ireland today has become fodder in the battle over the state budget shortfall, with Republicans calling the trip ill-timed. O'Malley (D) is scheduled to depart tonight, two days after calling a special legislative...

By John Wagner | October 17, 2007; 6:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Former MoCo Planner Raises Money For Wynn

Former planning board chairman Derick Berlage has gone into the political fundraising business. Berlage, who joined Venable's land use section, recently joined forces with the law firm's lobbyist Jake Seher to hold a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Al Wynn (D-Md.)...

By Anne Bartlett | October 16, 2007; 2:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

MoCo Moves Ahead On Menu Labeling

The Montgomery County Council appears on course to require most of the county's chain restaurants - from Pizza Hut to Applebee's - to list the nutritional information of food items on menus or menu display boards. The council's health committee...

By Ann Marimow | October 15, 2007; 4:57 PM ET | Comments (13)

Coming Up In Maryland Politics

Maryland Moment gives you a preview every Monday of some of the political events coming up in the region. This week: MONTGOMERY COUNTY * The County Council's health committee today takes up a menu-labeling bill for a second time and...

By Anne Bartlett | October 15, 2007; 4:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pastors Were Among Obama Faithful

Several Prince George's pastors were among those who turned out for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign appearance in the county on Wednesday. "He has won me over," said the Rev. Grainger Browning, pastor of the 10,000 member Ebenezer African Methodist...

By Anne Bartlett | October 11, 2007; 6:13 PM ET | Comments (5)

Prince George's Turns Out for Obama

Thousands of Prince Georgians and residents from elsewhere in the Washington region streamed into an open parking lot at the Prince George's Community College last evening for a rally for Sen. Barack Obama (D), his first presidential campaign stop in...

By Rosalind Helderman | October 11, 2007; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (12)

In Search of Safer Gas

A Prince George's task force on gas safety recommended on Tuesday that every home using natural gas in the county be equipped with a device to detect gas leaks, that more state inspectors be hired to examine pipelines and that...

By Rosalind Helderman | October 10, 2007; 6:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

MoCo Smoking Ban Praised On Anniversary

Montgomery officials are celebrating the four-year anniversary of the county's smoking ban, saying the law hasn't harmed the restaurant business and has led to similar laws elsewhere. The District, and Charles, Howard and Prince George's counties in Maryland have banned...

By Miranda Spivack | October 9, 2007; 2:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ike to Israel

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is in Israel this week for the first of several international trips he hopes to make during his tenure, including missions to India, China and possibly Vietnam and South Korea. Taxpayers are picking up the...

By Ann Marimow | October 8, 2007; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (10)

Special Session Would Be Risky For O'Malley

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), who has shown an abundance of caution during his first year in office, is now facing the biggest gamble of his governorship: whether to summon the legislature to Annapolis for a special session on his...

By Anne Bartlett | October 8, 2007; 9:59 AM ET | Comments (2)

Coming Up In Maryland Politics

Maryland Moment gives you a preview every Monday of some of the political events coming up in the region. This week: PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY * Development around the Capitol Heights Metro Station will be the topic of discussion Tuesday at...

By Anne Bartlett | October 8, 2007; 5:55 AM ET | Comments (3)

Franchot, O'Malley Aides Spar Over Taxes

A plan rolled out by Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) to more aggressively collect Maryland taxes was described very differently last week by Franchot and aides to his increasingly frequent sparring partner, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D). Franchot billed the plan, which...

By Phyllis Jordan | October 7, 2007; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley, Franchot Donor Fined $119,000

Baltimore movie maker James G. Robinson has agreed to pay $119,000 in fines for excess contributions made to the campaigns of Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), the Office of the State Prosecutor said today upon anouncing...

By John Wagner | October 5, 2007; 2:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Two Fundraisers in Prince George's

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) held his first fundraiser since the inauguration at Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville Tuesday. About 150 people attended the evening cocktail mingler, including developers and several elected officials. Brown's staff said they expected the event...

By Rosalind Helderman | October 4, 2007; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (6)

Live Nation Deal in Silver Spring Sparks Debate

Not all Silver Spring residents are celebrating the likelihood of a Fillmore music hall in the downtown arts district. Local e-mail discussion groups are abuzz with chatter from residents who complain that the required $4 million investment from the County...

By Anne Bartlett | October 4, 2007; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (10)

Slots Debate Heats Up

Comptoller Peter Franchot, an opponent of allowing slot machine gambling in Maryland, is expected to speak publicly on that issue today in Baltimore and Silver Spring. His comments follow the anouncement yesterday by GOP senators that they will vote against...

By Anne Bartlett | October 4, 2007; 9:54 AM ET | Comments (2)

Looking for Investors

Looking for Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) this week? You might want to hop a plane to Nigeria, where the executive is currently conducting a nine-day trade mission. The trip included a celebration of the 47th anniversary...

By Rosalind Helderman | October 3, 2007; 6:31 AM ET | Comments (9)

Leggett Moves to Reshape WSSC Board

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is trying to put his stamp on the politically-charged and often dysfunctional board of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, which serves Montgomery and Prince George's counties. Leggett submitted the names of two politcal veterans -...

By Ann Marimow | October 2, 2007; 3:42 PM ET | Comments (2)

Question of the Day: MoCo Growth Rules

The Montgomery Council has started debating new rules for development in the county. The Washington Post asked some county residents what they want from revised growth regulations. You can see what they said here. Now, it's your turn. What's the...

By Anne Bartlett | October 2, 2007; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Growth Debate Has Its Own Lingo, Grows Heated

Unraveling MoCo's proposed growth policy is not for the faint of heart Its supporters and opponents speak a unique language. Things got so obtuse at yesterday's meeting of the County Council committee that will review the new plan that even...

By Miranda Spivack | October 2, 2007; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

House GOP Opposes Special Session

What they lack in numbers, House Republicans made up for in humor yesterday. "We asked you to come today so we could give our whole-hearted endorsement to the governor's plan." That was how House Minority Leader Anthony J. O'Donnell (R-Calvert)...

By John Wagner | October 2, 2007; 5:27 AM ET | Comments (4)

Coming Up In Maryland Politics

Starting today, the Maryland Moment will give you a preview every Monday of some of the political events coming up in the region. This week: MONTGOMERY COUNTY * A County Council committee today will start discussing proposed growth rules that...

By Anne Bartlett | October 1, 2007; 5:27 AM ET | Comments (7)

 

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