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Maryland Politics: February 3, 2008 - February 9, 2008

Wynn Robocalls Target Edwards' Past Tax Liens

Tax liens once filed against the home of congressional candidate Donna F. Edwards are the subject of "robocalls" to voters by Edwards' primary opponent, U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D) that began Thursday night. The liens have all been released....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 9, 2008; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Huckabee Tells Supporters to Ignore 'Beltway Babble'

An enthusiastic crowd of nearly 1,000 people greeted former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee today at the University of Maryland, where the presidential hopeful urged supporters to ignore "Beltway babble" about the Republican race being over and vote for him on...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 9, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  2008 Potomac Primary , John Wagner  
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Clinton Plans Md. Appearance on Sunday

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign has announced that she will appear in Bowie on Sunday, at a "Solutions For America" Town Hall. The candidate will be at Bowie State University's Leonida James Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. Joining her will...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 8, 2008; 10:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Hillary's Maryland Ads

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign announced today that it will be showing two television ads in some Maryland markets before Tuesday's Potomac Primary. No word yet on which markets. They are called "Free Fall" and "Can Do."...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 8, 2008; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Mikulski on MD4: Whoa

Interviewed by Mark Seagraves on WTOP this morning, U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) pointedly declined to endorse either candidate in the race for Congress in Maryland's 4th Congressional District, which includes parts of Montgomery and Prince George's County. Many...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 8, 2008; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Ehrlich Promises Strong Md. Support for McCain

Sen. John McCain picked up an enthusiastic endorsement from former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. last night, speaking before some 300 Republicans in Ehrlich's home town of Arbutus, a suburb of Baltimore. Ehrlich's endorsement came a few hours after...

By Philip Rucker  |  February 8, 2008; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Winners and Losers

A few winners and losers this week in Maryland politics: WINNERS State Schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick: What a difference a week makes. Grasmick looked like a loser just a week ago, when Democrats in the General Assembly were poised to...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 8, 2008; 7:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Obama to Campaign in College Park on Monday

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is bring his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to the University of Maryland in College Park on Monday. Obama will appear at a "Stand for Change" rally at Cole Field House, Campus Drive. The doors...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 7, 2008; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Donna Edwards Endorses Obama Too

Late this afternoon, congressional candidate Donna F. Edwards endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il.) for president, referring to him as a "fellow agent of change." Edwards' endorsement comes almost a month after her opponent U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.) announced...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 7, 2008; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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'Real Live Candidates' in Maryland

Here's a selection of links, quotes and more that touch on Potomac Primary coverage from around the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. Free free to add more in the comments below. Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch, a Democrat who helped...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 7, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McCain to Speak in Md. Tonight; Ehrlich Joins Him

Maryland Republicans will have a chance tonight to see the GOP presidential nomination frontrunner: Sen. John McCain will speak at the Baltimore County Republican dinner in Halethorpe. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney had been scheduled to speak. But Romney dropped...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 7, 2008; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Democratic Leaders: Md. Remains Relevant

Maryland Democrats yesterday sought to downplay reports that Sen. Hillary Clinton (D) might cede the state to Sen. Barack Obama (D). "We hope both campaigns are active in the next week," said Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert),...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 7, 2008; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  John Wagner  
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Sorensen Campaigns for Obama in Moco

Continuing the effort to associate Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign with memories of John F. Kennedy's Camelot, JFK speechwriter Ted Sorensen will go on the stump for Obama at the Leisure World retirement community in Silver Spring at 12:30 today....

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 7, 2008; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Potomac Primary Round-Up

In the days leading up to Feb. 12, washingtonpost.com and The Washington Post will be scouring the web for news and commentary -- largely from outside the metropolitan area -- to supplement our coverage with additional viewpoints and posting what...

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 6, 2008; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Presidential Candidate Appearances

Presidential candidates are starting to make appearances in Maryland as they campaign for the Feb. 12 Potomac Primary in Maryland, Virginia and D.C. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will speak at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lincoln/Reagan Dinner hosted by...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 6, 2008; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Annapolis Comes Out For Wynn

In a show of local support, U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.) was joined by a majority of members of the Prince George's and Montgomery County legislative delegations for an Annapolis rally this morning. Holding Wynn signs and chanting "Win...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 6, 2008; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Wynn, Edwards Take Questions on Wednesday

Washingtonpost.com hosted chats earlier today with the leading candidates for the Democratic nomination in the 4th Maryland Congressional District: U.S. Rep. Albert Wynn (D) and lawyer Donna Edwards. Here are the transcripts from the chats with Wynn and with Edwards...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 5, 2008; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Prince George's Council Chooses New Chairman

Noting that he may have held the shortest chairmanship in the history of the Prince George's County Council, David C. Harrington (D-Cheverly) resigned the top position of the nine-member board this morning and said he would formally step down from...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 5, 2008; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Grasmick Gets Mixed Response at State House

Less than 24 hours after declaring a truce with Gov. Martin O'Malley, State Schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick returned to the State House this morning for a brief ceremony in the House of Delegates. Grasmick stood behind the lectern on...

By Philip Rucker  |  February 5, 2008; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Assembly  
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Abolish Civil Marriage in Maryland?

Advocates for same-sex marriage have adopted a startling new tacticv in the effort to push legal rights for gay couples through the House and Senate during the legislature's 90-day session: a proposal to abolish civil marriage entirely. They plan to...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 5, 2008; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lisa Rein  
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SEIU's Unprecedented Effort in 4th District

Did you see the ad on tv this weekend featuring the black and white photo of U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D) and the voiceover that says "Al Wynn's changed. Now we need a change"? If so, you weren't alone....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 4, 2008; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Coming Up in Maryland Politics

Coming up this week: STATE POLITICS Prince George's State's Attorney Glenn Ivey (D) and other officials will address supporters of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential bid at 5 p.m. today at Obama's Prince George's headquarters, 1101 Mercantile Lane, Largo. Later, U.S....

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 4, 2008; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Clinton Leads in Race for Maryland Money

The Post's analysis of campaign contributions from the Washington region show that, despite a surge of contributions from Prince George's County, Democrat Barack Obama is trailing fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton in campaign cash coming from Maryland addresses. That's not necessarily...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 3, 2008; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Ann Marimow  
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