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Maryland Politics: October 28, 2007 - November 3, 2007

Brown Hosts Iraqi Delegation

While most people in Annapolis focused this week on the state's budget deficit, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown turned his attention to the Middle East -- at least for a day. Brown (D) hosted a group of Iraqi officials who...

By  |  November 3, 2007; 6:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Special Session Round-Up for Friday

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 Friday, Nov. 2. Frederick County Commissioners President Jan Gardner testified yesterday in favor of the governors'...

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 2, 2007; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Belafonte Issues Challenge to Local Lawyers

Reflecting on words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., singer and activist Harry Belafonte looked across a sea of lawyers, judges and politicians gathered in a Greenbelt ballroom Thursday night and said, "In our struggle for integration, we have...

By Anne Bartlett  |  November 2, 2007; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Moco's Leventhal Injured in Car Accident

Montgomery County Council member George Leventhal (D-At large) is recovering from injuries suffered late yesterday in a one-car accident on the Capital Beltway, County Council spokesman Neil Greenberger said this morning. Leventhal was en route from Rockville, heading eastbound, when...

By Miranda Spivack  |  November 2, 2007; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Dueling Rallies on Slots in Annapolis

Supporters and opponents of slot-machine gambling staged dueling rallies this morning in Annapolis, as lawmakers prepared for a day of hearings on Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to legalize the video terminal machines in Maryland. Slots is perhaps the most controversial...

By  |  November 2, 2007; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Heated Testimony on Taxes

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to close an expected budget shortfall evoked passionate responses from constituencies from across the state yesterday, underscoring the challenge lawmakers face in reaching consensus as they move into the fifth day of a special session....

By Anne Bartlett  |  November 2, 2007; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Special Session Round-Up for Thursday

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 Thursday, Nov. 1. A Howard County delegate has proposed a bill that would give control of...

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 1, 2007; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Unions, Democratic Party Clash in Prince George's

A deep dispute has erupted between union leaders in the Washington region and the leadership of the Prince George's County Democratic Party, a fight that highlights broader conflicts over both the pace of development in the county and labor influence...

By Anne Bartlett  |  November 1, 2007; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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