Winners and Losers
A few winners and losers in Maryland politics over the last week:
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.
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.
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