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Maryland Politics: January 20, 2008 - January 26, 2008

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General Assembly  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  John Wagner  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Rosalind Helderman  
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