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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 firefighters on weekend and evening shifts from Glen Echo and Laytonsville to busier stations in Gaithersburg and Kensington. The County Council rejected that cut, with Council Vice President Phil Andrews (D-Gaithersburg-Rockville) saying proposed changes in fire department services were at odds with efforts to speed up responses to emergencies.For that and other decisions, see this story by Ann E. Marimow.

U.S. Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest (R): This Eastern Shore Republican, who faces a strong challenge from two GOP state lawmakers in the District 1 primary on Feb. 12, got a letter of endorsement from President Bush late last week.Even though Gilchrest was one of only two Republicans reps to vote last year for a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq, Bush called Gilchrest "an example of what's great about America." That should help Gilchrest try to fight off attacks from his right.

LOSERS:

Montgomery County government: It has a reputation for efficiency and competance. But this week, the Post reported that state prosecutors are investigating the suspected theft of more than $500,000 that authorities believe a Pennsylvania man fraudulently claimed in property tax refunds owed to at least 50 county businesses and individuals. Here is the story by Marimow and Ernesto Londono.

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler: Gansler ran last year on a pledge of "an all-out assault" on polluters. But the law has gotten in the way, the Post's David A. Fahrenthold reported this week. The sources of much Chesapeake Bay pollution -- runoff from farms, lawns and develoopments, processed wastewater -- is completely lawful. Gansler promises to take creative approaches and try to change some laws.

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 25, 2008; 9:35 AM ET
 
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Losers: Montgomery County homeowners. Marylanders have waited since the beginning of the Republic to get one of their own as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. They have finally succeeded by having Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. Ms. Pelosi brought about a plan to give Marylanders and others across the Nation a rebate to counter the economic downturn. It is evident from the lazy efforts of County Executive Leggett and Council President Knapp to trim the budget that homeowners will be getting a great big property tax increase this year. So much for Pelosi's rebate--Leggett and Knapp will seize it in the name of property tax increases. SAVE OUR HOMES!

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | January 25, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Doug Gansler is not the loser in this issue - it is Maryland's citizens. Without the tools (laws) available to combat pollution, the Attorney General has little recourse to save our air, waterways, roadsides and our health.

I hope Gansler can approach with Environmental Committees in the General Assembly with some real legislative proposals to combat this crime against our children.

Posted by: PG'er | January 25, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Loser - me.

Like a broken record, I repeat the same nonsense that has had zero traction with anyone in Maryland. Like a broken record, I repeat the same nonsense that has had zero traction with anyone in Maryland.

Like a broken record, I repeat the same nonsense that has had zero traction with anyone in Maryland. Like a broken record, I repeat the same nonsense that has had zero traction with anyone in Maryland.

Like a broken record, I repeat the same nonsense that has had zero traction with anyone in Maryland. Like a broken record, I repeat the same nonsense that has had zero traction with anyone in Maryland. . .

Posted by: Robin Ficker Loser Robin Realty | January 25, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

To entertain the notion that our laws are insufficient for saving THE BAY is a mistake that simply ADDS to Gansler's dilemma. The laws need only be ENFORCED and that would, normally, be in his line of work.

For instance; Prince George's County has not reviewed its Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Program since 1993. The law requires a review every six years. If that review does not take place, another law requires SANCTIONS to be imposed and it is the Attorney General's job to see that they are, indeed, IMPOSED!

If jobs don't get done, people aren't doing their jobs!!!!

Posted by: Riverweeper | January 26, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Will somebody please tell Gansler and O'Malley to READ THEIR MAIL???

Posted by: ProBo | January 26, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

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