Archive: November 2007

Slots Testimony Seen In A New Light

Written testimony submitted to the Maryland General Assembly this month by Penn National Gaming has become a better read in light of the Pennsylvania company's announcement this week that it was pulling out of a deal to buy Rosecroft Raceway,...

By John Wagner | November 30, 2007; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lawton's Death Stuns Political Establishment

The sudden death today of Del. Jane Lawton, the county's cable administrator and a four-term Chevy Chase mayor, has reverberated throughout the state and county political establishment. Below are tributes from local and statewide leaders. Please feel free to share...

By Phyllis Jordan | November 29, 2007; 5:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Same-Sex Marriage Good for the Economy?

Advocates for gay marriage in Maryland got a boost this week from a new study that claims legalizing same-sex marriage would help the state economy. Among the study's findings: Revenues from license fees from same-sex weddings would generate about $94...

By Lisa Rein | November 29, 2007; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

And Then There Were Six?

Del. Herman L. Taylor II (D-Montgomery), an officer of the legislative black caucus and co-chair of its annual conference, confirmed Wednesday that a group of business executives in Prince George's are attempting to draft him to enter the race for...

By Rosalind Helderman | November 29, 2007; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Executive Crystal Ball

Prince George's State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey (D) may have three years left in his term, but he is already contemplating his next step-- a possible run for county executive in 2010. And he may have good reason to feel...

By Rosalind Helderman | November 28, 2007; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (4)

O'Malley, Olmert Share "A Certain Kinship"

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) told reporters today that he and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert "share a certain kinship" from their respective tenures as mayor. O'Malley, who served for seven years as mayor of Baltimore, hosted a luncheon yesterday for...

By John Wagner | November 27, 2007; 1:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

O'Malley Invites Olmert to Lunch

Fresh from his success at getting legislative leaders Mike Miller and Mike Busch to agree on taxes and slot machine gambling, Gov. Martin O'Malley is now dipping his toe into the Middle East peace process. Technically it's just lunch: He's...

By Phyllis Jordan | November 26, 2007; 1:55 PM ET | Comments (12)

Coming Up In Maryland Politics

Coming up in Maryland politics this week: MONTGOMERY COUNTY The Montgomery County Council will get an update at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday on the county budget at the council office building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) last...

By Anne Bartlett | November 26, 2007; 6:27 AM ET | Comments (1)

Business Leaders: This Tax Does Not Compute

BuBusiness leaders caught off guard by the late-emerging decision at last week's special legislative session to apply the sales tax to computer services say they'll be back for a fight when the General Assembly reconvenes in January. "We'll try to...

By Phyllis Jordan | November 25, 2007; 9:48 AM ET | Comments (14)

Waxing Poetic on the Session

The final hours of a legislative session bring fatigue, short tempers, impatience for action and ... .for one State House observer who wished to remain anonymous, poetry: The 12 Days of Extraordinary Special Session On the first day of extraordinary...

By Lisa Rein | November 21, 2007; 1:17 PM ET | Comments (5)

Special Session Round-Up for Tuesday

Maryland's three-week special session came to an end shortly after 2:30 a.m. on Monday. Maryland lawmakers raised the state's sales, corporate income, tobacco and vehicle titling taxes, writes The Posts John Wagner. "This is the boldest move, the boldest action,...

By Washington Post Editors | November 20, 2007; 6:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leventhal Back in Action

A week after surgery for injuries sustained in a car accident, Montgomery Council member George Leventhal (D-At Large) was officially back in action on the dais this morning in Rockville. After the incident, in which his car hit a deer...

By Ann Marimow | November 20, 2007; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley's Role: Firm Leader or Tax-and-Spend Democrat?

Montgomery County Democrat Brian E. Frosh put it this way: "Will people recognize it as hard choices that had to be made or as government run amok?" The senator was talking about the three-week special session of the General Assembly...

By Phyllis Jordan | November 20, 2007; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Coming Up In Maryland Politics

Coming up in Maryland politics this week: PRIMARY ELECTION The deadline to change party affiliation before the Feb. 12 Presidential Primary Election is 9 p.m. today, Nov. 19. For more information call your local board of elections office. MONTGOMERY COUNTY...

By Anne Bartlett | November 19, 2007; 5:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Where's Anthony Brown?

Before the current special legislative session started, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), a former delegate from Prince George's County, made a few rounds talking to lawmakers, in person and on the phone, about the governor's solution to the state's...

By Phyllis Jordan | November 18, 2007; 4:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

House Roll Call on Slots Referendum

The Maryland House of Delegates on Friday voted 86-52 for House Bill 4 to approve a constitutional amendment, which would require a referendum on whether to legalize slot machine gambling. Voting "yes" were 81 Democrats and 5 Republicans; voting "no"...

By Anne Bartlett | November 17, 2007; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Voices From The House Slots Debate

A bill authorizing Maryland to hold a referendum next year on legalizing slot machine gambling squeaked by the House of Delegates yesterday, clearing by one vote the supermajority of 85 it needed to pass. The 86-52 vote was preceded by...

By Anne Bartlett | November 17, 2007; 6:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Praisner in Intensive Care Following Accident

Montgomery County Council President Marilyn Praisner, 65, is in intensive care at Bethesda's Suburban Hospital, after she sustained injuries in a car accident this morning near her Burtonsville home, said council spokesman Neil Greenberger. She is the second council member...

By Miranda Spivack | November 16, 2007; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

What a Diff'rence a Day Makes

Was it a sign of hope or wry irony? Reporters in the State House were mystified this morning when House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) wandered down the basement hall singing "What a Diff'rence A Day Makes," a classic...

By John Wagner | November 16, 2007; 9:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Too Late to Debate

First there was Ralph Nader. Then Mike Gravel. Now we have Jason Jennings, the 37-year old utility consultant who jumped into the race for the Democratic nomination for Maryland's 4th Congressional District this month and, given his late start, has...

By Rosalind Helderman | November 15, 2007; 6:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

MoCo Dems Scrap Secret Ballots

Montgomery County's Democratic Central Committee has decided to ditch the secret ballot and open up its process for filling vacancies in the General Assembly. Three Montgomery delegates had introduced legislation this session to try to force the committee's hand to...

By Ann Marimow | November 14, 2007; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Legislative Leaders Upbeat About Session's End

Democratic leaders of the Maryland General Assembly emerged from a meeting this morning with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) optimistic about the prospects of a bringing their special session to a close by this weekend. "It was very positive," Senate President...

By John Wagner | November 14, 2007; 9:41 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, November 13, 2007. There are "too many opportunities for corruption" when choosing slot sites, says...

By Washington Post Editors | November 13, 2007; 6:09 PM ET | Comments (2)

Slots Foes Produce a Top 10 List

StopSlotsMaryland, a grass-roots group opposed to Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to expand gambling, is trying to employ humor as lobbying tactic. Members of the group yesterday were distributing a David Letterman-style "Top Ten Excuses To Approve Slots In Maryland." Among...

By John Wagner | November 13, 2007; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

Delegate Roll Call on Tax Bills

Early Sunday morning, the Maryland House of Delegates voted for 80-56 for House Bill 5, which includes raising the sales tax from 5 to 6 percent, increasing the vehicle titling tax from 5 to 6 percent and increasing the tobacco...

By Anne Bartlett | November 12, 2007; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (9)

Coming Up In Maryland Politics

STATE GOVERNMENT * The General Assembly goes into the third week of a special session to consider measures to close a projected state budget shortfall of at least $1.5 billion. The House, which wrapped up a six-hour debate on its...

By Anne Bartlett | November 12, 2007; 6:23 AM ET | Comments (2)

Health Care Plan Appeals to One Vocal Critic

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) has finally found something about the legislature's two-week-old special session that he likes. Franchot, a former Montgomery County delegate, sent a letter yesterday to the chairman of the House's health committee offering praise for a...

By Phyllis Jordan | November 11, 2007; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

How Senators Voted On Slots

The Maryland Senate approved legislation last night calling for a referendum next year on legalizing 15,000 slot machines and moved closer to passing a comprehensive tax package to close an estimated budget shortfall of at least $1.5 billion and raise...

By Anne Bartlett | November 9, 2007; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

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. 8. ''We have to be able to get Maryland citizens back in Maryland and...

By Washington Post Editors | November 8, 2007; 5:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leggett Calls Off Trip to India

The General Assembly's special session has thrown a wrench into Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett's travel plans. Leggett was scheduled to leave tomorrow for India as part of his economic development department's trade mission. But Leggett has decided to stay...

By Ann Marimow | November 8, 2007; 3:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Discord in MoCo's 39th District

There's a little dissension in Assembly District 39 in Montgomery County. First Del. Saqib Ali (D-Montgomery) expressed disapproval of the manner in which Sen. Nancy King (D-Montgomery) received her appointment to the Senate. Now he is blasting her for her...

By Ovetta Wiggins | November 8, 2007; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Debate Expected on Sales Tax Expansion Plan

Maryland lawmakers today are considering expanding the state sales tax to additional services not currently taxed. The Senate will vote on legislation that would apply the tax to landscaping, arcades and computer services. But the House appears unwilling to levy...

By | November 7, 2007; 6:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

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, Nov. 7. Budget cuts could mean the state's plans to move to a voting system...

By Washington Post Editors | November 7, 2007; 2:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Senate Panel Amends O'Malley Budget Plan

A Senate budget panel yesterday scaled back Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to raise taxes for high-income earners and suggested applying the state sales tax to several services that were not in his proposal. The actions by the Senate Budget...

By Anne Bartlett | November 7, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

House Committee Considers Spending Cuts

The House Appropriations Committee labored through a slew of proposed spending cuts today to trim about $500 million from the state's budget for the next fiscal year. But lawmakers appeared unwilling to eliminate a 2 percent cost-of-living wage increase for...

By Anne Bartlett | November 6, 2007; 2:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Special Session Round-Up for Tuesday

Starting off, a link to The Post's guide to Maryland elections. As an article from Rosalind Helderman notes, voters in six Maryland cities in the Washington area were to go to the polls today to elect council members and mayors....

By Washington Post Editors | November 6, 2007; 12:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

Brochin Plans To Join GOP Filibuster

An independent-minded Democratic senator became the first from his party to announce that he will join Republicans in attempting to kill Gov. Martin O'Malley's tax plans through the use of a filibuster. "In my mind, this is bad public policy,"...

By John Wagner | November 6, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (5)

Special Session Round-Up for Monday

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 Monday, Nov. 5. "If politicians in both parties knew about the looming $1 billion-plus state deficit...

By Washington Post Editors | November 5, 2007; 6:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leventhal Home From The Hospital

Montgomery County Council member George Leventhal is home from the hospital after a collision with a deer late Thursday during the afternoon rush on the Capital Beltway. Council spokesman Neil Greenberger said Leventhal did not expect to return to work...

By Miranda Spivack | November 5, 2007; 3:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nonprofits Seek Funding For Healthcare, Social Services

The Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations this afternoon tried to steer the attention of the state's lawmakers towards funding for health care and other social services. The group released a report charging that even if lawmakers approve Gov. Martin O'Malley's...

By | November 5, 2007; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Coming Up In Maryland Politics

STATE GOVERNMENT * The General Assembly continues its special session to consider measures to close a projected state budget shortfall of at least $1.5 billion. House and Senate committees held hearings last week, but have not yet reached consensus on...

By Anne Bartlett | November 5, 2007; 5:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

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 | Comments (6)

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 | Comments (8)

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 | Comments (4)

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 | Comments (31)

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 | Comments (5)

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 | Comments (1)

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 | Comments (2)

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 | Comments (11)

 

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