Archive: December 2007

Best, Worst in 2007 Politics

As the new year begins, Lisa Rein takes a look at the highs and lows of Maryland politics 2007 in the Annapolis Notebook....

By Anne Bartlett | December 31, 2007; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (3)

Coming Up In Maryland Politics

Coming up this week in Maryland politics: The Maryland Association of Counties will hold its Annual Winter Conference from Wednesday to Friday at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge. Highlights include a "General Assembly Forecast" at 9 a.m. Friday,...

By Anne Bartlett | December 31, 2007; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Deposition of Clerk Delayed

The Assoicated Press reports that a panel of judges yesterday delayed plans to depose the chief clerk of the Maryland House of Delegates in a Republican-led legal challenge to last month's special session of the General Assembly. Republicans say all...

By Phyllis Jordan | December 27, 2007; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (11)

Capital Punishment at the State Capitol

The campaign to repeal the death penalty in Maryland is bringing a few high-profile visitors to the state: David Kaczynski, brother of Theodore Kaczynski, the Unabomber, has met with a lawmaker to try to persuade him to vote to repeal...

By Phyllis Jordan | December 26, 2007; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Debate on Domestic Partnership Expected in January

The first big controversy of the 2008 session of the General Assembly could play out one day after it opens. At 2 p.m. Jan..10, the joint House-Senate committee that oversees government regulations will hold a hearing on a proposed regulation...

By Anne Bartlett | December 24, 2007; 8:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Leggett Follows Up On 911 Failure In MoCo

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett fielded questions from residents this afternoon in his regular on-line chat. The inquiries ranged from the parochial to more countywide concerns about traffic, police uniforms, immigration and Montgomery's 911 emergency system that failed over the...

By Ann Marimow | December 20, 2007; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Two Unions Endorse Edwards in District 4

Two major labor unions made rare endorsements of a challenger to a Democratic congressman yesterday, promising to make their choice matter through a vigorous effort to help lawyer Donna F. Edwards unseat eight-term Rep. Albert R. Wynn (Md.). An official...

By Anne Bartlett | December 20, 2007; 9:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Prince George's Council Lobbyists

The Prince George's County Council has been represented in Annapolis large portions of the last two years by lobbyists who were not registered with the state ethics commission. State law requires that anyone who communicates with a legislative or executive...

By Rosalind Helderman | December 19, 2007; 8:12 AM ET | Comments (4)

Carr Gets Nod From O'Malley in District 18

As expected, Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed off on the appointment of Kensington Town Council member Al Carr to serve out the term of the late Democratic delegate Jane Lawton in District 18. Carr, a telecommunications businessman, is scheduled to...

By Ann Marimow | December 18, 2007; 2:50 PM ET | Comments (1)

Referendum Effort Launched Against Transgender Measure

Opponents of the council's initiative to prohibit discrimination against transgender individuals are seeking to overturn the law through a referendum. The group has until Feb. 16 to collect more than 25,000 signatures from registered voters to place the measure on...

By Anne Bartlett | December 18, 2007; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (2)

Franchot Touts Bioscience Industry

Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), one of Maryland's most outspoken opponents of legalizing slot-machine gambling, spent a morning last week highlighting an alternate vision for bolstering the state's economy and its tax collections. Franchot played host Thursday at the Maryland Life...

By Anne Bartlett | December 17, 2007; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (3)

Coming Up in Maryland Politics

Coming up this week in Maryland politics: STATE GOVERNMENT * Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) will swear in Joseph F. Murphy, Jr. to the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, at 1 p.m. today. Murphy, 63, of Baltimore, previously...

By Anne Bartlett | December 17, 2007; 7:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hendershot Hired in Prince George's

Former Prince George's County Councilman Thomas R. Hendershot (D-New Carrolton) is back. Hendershot, who was forced from the council by term limits last year, has been hired by the Prince George's County Fire Department as an Administrative Assistant I/II, reviewing...

By Rosalind Helderman | December 14, 2007; 7:10 AM ET | Comments (4)

Obama Campaign Claims 100 Elected Endorsers

The presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama today released the names of 100 elected officials in Maryland who are supporting the Democratic presidential hopeful in the state's Feb. 12 primary. Obama's Maryland campaign is led by Attorney General Doug Gansler...

By John Wagner | December 13, 2007; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (54)

Kensington Endorses Same-Sex Marriage Bill

The Kensington Town Council is urging the Maryland General Assembly to approve a bill that would extend marriage rights to same-sex couples. In a resolution passed unanimously Monday night, the town joined Takoma Park in supporting legislation that would amends...

By Phyllis Jordan | December 13, 2007; 6:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Discussion With Nancy S. Grasmick

A defiant Maryland State Board of Education voted yesterday to renew the contract of Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick, brushing aside objections from the governor and two leaders of the General Assembly. The divided vote, taken during a three-hour, closed-door session,...

By Washington Post Editors | December 12, 2007; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Carr Tapped to Succeed Lawton

Montgomery County's Democratic Central Committee has tapped Al Carr, a Kensington Town Council member, to succeed the late Del. Jane Lawton in District 18. Carr, who ran unsuccessfully for the seat last fall, is a telecommunications businessman and engineer. He...

By Ann Marimow | December 12, 2007; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Great Moments at the Board of Public Works

Truth be told, meetings of the Maryland Board of Public Works can be a little dull. The primary task of the three-member panel -- made up of the governor, comptroller and state treasurer -- is to approve state contracts. So...

By John Wagner | December 12, 2007; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Board Decides to Renew Grasmick's Contract

The state Board of Education agreed today to renew State Superintendent Nancy Grasmick's contract for another four years, despite a request from leading lawmakers and Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration to delay such a step until at least the summer. O'Malley...

By Phyllis Jordan | December 11, 2007; 3:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pelles Gets Family Backing for Lawton's Seat

With the Democratic Central Committee poised to meet tonight to vote for a successor to the late Montgomery Del. Jane Lawton, her family has thrown its support behind Rosalyn "Roz" Woodward Pelles. Lawton's husband Stephan and two daughters are urging...

By Ann Marimow | December 11, 2007; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

In James We Trust

In the last few election cycles, Republicans haven't made much headway in Maryland's 4th Congressional District, which includes part of Mongtomery and most of Prince George's. But Peter James, 52, isn't just running as a Republican for the seat, now...

By Rosalind Helderman | December 11, 2007; 6:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Candidates Line Up for Lawton's Seat in District 18

The field of candidates vying for the District 18 seat of former Montgomery delegate Jane Lawton is taking shape. Five candidates - four men and one woman - have applied to the county Democratic Central Committee, which will vote Tuesday...

By Ann Marimow | December 10, 2007; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Defining Domestic Partners

A little-noticed regulation defining domestic partnerships in state law looks like it could be the opening act for the General Assembly's upcoming debate over same-sex marriage. The regulation was released by Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration this week in time for...

By Phyllis Jordan | December 8, 2007; 9:44 AM ET | Comments (9)

Governors Tap O'Malley To Lead Fundraising

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has been named finance chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, a post that involves raising money for the party's gubernatorial hopefuls across the nation. The appointment was made this week by West Virginia Gov. Joe...

By John Wagner | December 6, 2007; 4:05 PM ET | Comments (2)

New Leaders for Montgomery, Prince George's

The Prince George's County Council elected David Harrington (D-Cheverly) chairman yesterday, and the Montgomery County Council selected Michael Knapp (D-Upcounty) to serve as its president. Harrington, 53, immediately moved to restructure Prince George's council committees to focus on economic development...

By Phyllis Jordan | December 5, 2007; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (10)

Taylor Stays Out of MD-4

Rarely does a state delegate put out a statement to announce he is not running for Congress. But that's exactly what Montgomery County Del. Herman L. Taylor Jr. (D) did, indicating he will not file today to run in the...

By Rosalind Helderman | December 3, 2007; 4:26 PM ET | Comments (3)

Coming Up in Maryland Politics

Coming up in Maryland politics this week: ELECTIONS The deadline for candidates to file to run for office in the Feb. 12 primary election is 9 p.m. today. By this morning, six of the state's eight incumbent U.S. House of...

By Anne Bartlett | December 3, 2007; 5:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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