Archive: January 2008

Busch Honored for Health Care Efforts

House Speaker Michael E. Busch received an honor today from Salisbury University, which recognized him for his efforts to improve the quality of health care in Maryland. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) received the seventh annual John R. Hargreaves Distinguished Leadership Fellowship...

By Philip Rucker | January 31, 2008; 4:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

Harrington Chosen by Dems for Britt's Seat

The Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee recommended last night that County Council Chairman David Harrington be appointed to fill a state Senate seat left vacant after the death of Gwendolyn T. Britt. According to the state constitution, Gov. Martin...

By Anne Bartlett | January 31, 2008; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

New Americans Caucus Is Launched

The New Americans Caucus of the Maryland General Assembly was formally launched this morning, with an agenda of promoting the contributions of immigrants to counter the anti-immigrant mood members say has bubbled up in the legislature. More than a dozen...

By Lisa Rein | January 30, 2008; 1:06 PM ET | Comments (3)

GOP Outlines Proposed Spending Cuts

House Republicans today outlined their plan to repeal the expansion of the 6-percent state sales tax to computer services, one of the more controversial measures passed during November's special session. GOP lawmakers want to void the computer services tax, which...

By Philip Rucker | January 30, 2008; 12:03 PM ET | Comments (6)

Money Questions in the 4th

U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.), on the defensive for months for fundraising from corporate interests, has gone on the attack. Yesterday, his campaign manager filed a 34-count complaint with the Federal Election Commission, arguing Prince George's attorney Donna F....

By Rosalind Helderman | January 30, 2008; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Md. Dems on Bush Speech

Maryland's Democratic congress members left last night's State of the Union speech predictably disappointed with President Bush. U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House Majority Leader: "I felt like the President's speech lacked a certain energy, a certain vision, a certain...

By Anne Bartlett | January 29, 2008; 12:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

To the Air in 4th District

Prince George's Attorney Donna F. Edwards is the first on TV in the tough race for Maryland's 4th Congressional District seat. Her ad, which began running last Wednesday, targets incumbent U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D) for taking money from...

By Rosalind Helderman | January 28, 2008; 1:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Townsend Sticks with Clinton

On a day when two prominent members of her family are endorsing Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign at American University, former Maryland lieutenant governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is voicing her support for Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign. Townsend (D) was lieutenant...

By Philip Rucker | January 28, 2008; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (3)

Coming Up In Maryland Politics

STATE GOVERNMENT Local school system officials go to Annapolis on Wednesday to plead their case for state funding to build new schools and repair old ones before the influential Board of Public Works, which consists of Gov. Martin O'Malley (D),...

By Anne Bartlett | January 28, 2008; 6:26 AM ET | Comments (1)

Lawmaker: Clean Up Transit Rides

A Maryland lawmaker is proposing tougher penalties for transit riders who assault passengers or drivers, damage property and use foul language. Under legislation introduced yesterday by Del. Melvin L. Stukes (D-Baltimore), beating a transit passenger would be a criminal offense...

By Philip Rucker | January 25, 2008; 2:58 PM ET | Comments (3)

Winners and Losers

A few winners and losers in Maryland politics over the last week: WINNERS: Montgomery County firefighters: County Executive Isiah Leggett's proposal to address a financial crunch by trimming this year's budget by $37.8 million included a plan to transfer some...

By Anne Bartlett | January 25, 2008; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (5)

A Notable Absence

There were several white-haired former governors in attendance in Annapolis at yesterday's State of the State address by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D): Marvin Mandel (D), Harry Hughes (D) and Parris N. Glendening (D). Absent, however, was William Donald Schaefer (D)....

By Anne Bartlett | January 24, 2008; 9:39 AM ET | Comments (4)

Closing a Loophole on Campaign Money

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) said yesterday that he will push to close a loophole that allowed lawmakers to raise a reported half-million dollars in campaign contributions during November's 21-day special session. Raising money during the legislature's...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 23, 2008; 9:33 AM ET | Comments (1)

Wrong Number: Calls to Capitol Get Sexy Retort

Residents of Cecil County who have used the local phone book to call the governor's offices have been treated to a rude awakening: "Mmmm ..... ," the recorded voice on the other line says. "Hi, sexy, welcome to Erotic Innocence,...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 22, 2008; 2:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Remembering Martin Luther King

The General Assembly remembered the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. last night during twin ceremonies in both houses of the legislature that honored his civil rights legacy in Maryland. In the House, Del. Herman L. Taylor Jr. (D-Montgomery) delivered...

By Philip Rucker | January 22, 2008; 9:04 AM ET | Comments (2)

Coming Up In Maryland Politics

Coming up this week in Maryland politics: POLITICS Tuesday is the deadline for voters to register in the Feb. 12 primary election. The ballot includes primaries for presidential candidates and congressional candidate in both parties and nonpartisan school board races....

By Anne Bartlett | January 21, 2008; 7:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Who WIll Succeed Gwendolyn Britt?

The Prince George's County Central Committee will meet Jan. 30 to choose a successor to Sen. Gwendolyn T. Britt (D-Prince George's), who died suddenly at age 66 last weekend. By state law, Britt's successor will be chosen by the 24-member...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 20, 2008; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Week's Winners and Losers

WINNERS Purple Line advocates: Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) included in his spending proposal $100 million for engineering and design of the Purple Line, a proposed light-rail or rapid-bus link between Metro stops in Bethesda and New Carrollton. Washington area...

By Anne Bartlett | January 18, 2008; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Montgomery Expects More School Money

Montgomery Council officials expressed bewilderment yesterday over an initial allocation of school construction funding included in Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed capital budget for next year: about $20 million. That was more than any other Maryland jurisdiction received but still a...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 18, 2008; 9:26 AM ET | Comments (2)

Mfume Endorses Edwards. But Not 'Till Next Week!

It appears former Congressman Kweisi Mfume will endorse Donna F. Edwards in her bid to unseat eight-term U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (Md.-D). At least, that's what the Edwards campaign told us via a media advisory at 6:58 p.m. last...

By Rosalind Helderman | January 17, 2008; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Voter Registration Drive Planned

Less than a week before the registration deadline for Maryland's Feb. 12 primary, a coalition of civil rights, political and religious leaders announced plans today to hold a voter registration campaign on the upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday...

By Anne Bartlett | January 16, 2008; 4:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Leggett: Kids Can Still Ride Free In Moco

Students will still be able to ride public buses for free in Montgomery County, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said this afternoon, reversing his position on a proposed cut to the current budget. The county executive's comments came during an...

By Ann Marimow | January 16, 2008; 1:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clinton on the Foreclosure Crisis

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) has joined the Maryland discussion about the state's spiralling foreclosure rate, dispatching a top supporter and a campaign policy adviser this morning to lay out her plans for the crisis. Clinton would set a 90-day moratorium...

By Ovetta Wiggins | January 16, 2008; 12:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Lethal Weapon?

It's rare for a Congressional candidate to land a spot in the Post's gossip column. But so it went for Prince George's attorney Donna F. Edwards, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.) for the second time for...

By Rosalind Helderman | January 15, 2008; 1:12 PM ET | Comments (7)

O'Malley Brushes Off Slide In Polls

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) yesterday downplayed fresh poll results showing a drop off in his job approval following last fall's special session, in which lawmakers followed his lead in enacting $1.4 billion in tax increases to help fix the...

By John Wagner | January 15, 2008; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (3)

Wynn endorses Obama

U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.) yesterday endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president. Wynn, an eight-term congressman whose district includes most of Prince George's and part of Montgomery County, said Obama "brings a positive energy, a new vision and...

By Anne Bartlett | January 15, 2008; 7:22 AM ET | Comments (4)

Maryland Pastor Protests BET Event

Black Entertainment Television is coming under under fire from a Maryland minsiter and his supporters. On Saturday night, the Rev. Delman Coates, pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, bused several hundred people into the District to protest the...

By Anne Bartlett | January 14, 2008; 1:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Poll: Obama, McCain lead in Maryland

The Baltimore Sun today released results of a poll on support among Maryland voters for presidential primary candidates that shows Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) leading among Democrats, and Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) ahead among Republicans. But it says support for...

By Anne Bartlett | January 14, 2008; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Coming Up In Maryland Politics

Coming up this week in Maryland politics: STATE GOVERNMENT Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) continues to roll out his legislative agenda this week. He plans two announcements today: one at 10 a.m. in Prince George's County on an initiative to address...

By Anne Bartlett | January 14, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

In Memory of Gwendolyn Britt

News came early this morning that Prince George's County Sen. Gwendolyn T. Britt, 66, died after being rushed to a hospital of an apparent stroke or heart attack. The death of the civil rights and community activist shocked colleagues who...

By Phyllis Jordan | January 12, 2008; 1:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Key Figures on the Legislative Front Lines

Here are some players to watch with Maryland's General Assembly begining its 90-day annual session this week: Civil Rights Activist: Sen. Gwendolyn T. Britt Go-To Guy: Joseph C. Bryce Energy Point Man: Del. Dereck E. Davis Legal Gatekeeper: Sen. Brian...

By Washington Post Editors | January 10, 2008; 4:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Local Leaders Outline Legislative Priorities

Maryland's three largest jurisdictions -- Montgomery and Prince George's counties and Baltimore -- addressed their legislative priorities yesterday as the General Assembly convened for its 90-day legislative session. Montgomery County's top priority is securing additional education and transportation funding. County...

By Anne Bartlett | January 10, 2008; 9:47 AM ET | Comments (2)

Online Voters Guide

For an online voter's guide to the candidates in Maryland's Feb. 12 primary election, click here....

By Anne Bartlett | January 9, 2008; 4:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Miller: Grasmick Won't Serve Another Term

Hours before the start of the 2008 session of the Maryland General Assembly, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. predicted that the embattled state schools superintendent would not survive to serve another term. "Nancy Grasmick is not going to...

By Anne Bartlett | January 9, 2008; 9:23 AM ET | Comments (17)

Edwards Protests Wynn Fundraiser

For the kind of campaign she is trying to run, Congressional candidate Donna F. Edwards could hardly have scripted this morning's event better. Five weeks before she takes on eight-term U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.) in the Democratic primary...

By Rosalind Helderman | January 8, 2008; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (8)

A Memorable Endorsement

Can't quite remember who you're supporting for president of the United States? You're not alone. Last month, the Maryland campaign of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) sent out a long list of state politicians who had decided to back his bid...

By Rosalind Helderman | January 8, 2008; 8:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Coming Up In Maryland Politics

Coming up this week in Maryland politics: STATE GOVERNMENT The General Assembly convenes at noon Wednesday in Annapolis for its 90-day session. For an overview of likely issues, see this storyby Lisa Rein and John Wagner. MONTGOMERY COUNTY County Executive...

By Anne Bartlett | January 7, 2008; 5:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Md. Pols Hit National Campaign Trail

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is scheduled this weekend to join a small parade of Maryland politicians stumping in early nominating states for their preferred presidential candidates. Aides said O'Malley plans to canvass Saturday in Portsmouth, N.H., with other supporters of...

By Anne Bartlett | January 3, 2008; 4:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Teachers Go For Wynn

U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.) announced Thursday that he has been endorsed for a ninth term by the National Education Association Fund for Children and Public Education, along with the Maryland State Teachers Association Fund for Children and Public...

By Rosalind Helderman | January 3, 2008; 8:46 AM ET | Comments (52)

 

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