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Maryland Politics: November 11, 2007 - November 17, 2007

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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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  |  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, 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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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