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Maryland Politics: February 24, 2008 - March 1, 2008

Md. Obama Supporters Head to Ohio

Coimptroller Peter Franchot (D) and other Maryland supporters of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's presidential bid are heading to Ohio this weekend to campaign for him before that state's primary on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. One of the group, Del....

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 29, 2008; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Winners and Losers

A few winners and losers in Maryland politics over the last week: WINNERS Montgomery County Ride-On customers: Following a public outcry, County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) decided to restore six of nine Ride-On bus routes that had been scheduled for...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 29, 2008; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Once Again, Franchot vs. Lawmakers

The feud between Comptroller Peter Franchot and some lawmakers escalated this morning when a state senator asked the Ethics Commission to investigate Franchot's public release of information on 4,600 state workers with salaries above $100,000. Sen. James E. DeGrange, Sr....

By Lisa Rein  |  February 28, 2008; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Child Porn Bill Passes

The House of Delegates voted unanimously this morning to make the possession of child pornography a felony and to toughen the maximum penalty to five years in prison and a fine of $2,500. The vote comes less than two weeks...

By Philip Rucker  |  February 28, 2008; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tense Times for MoCo's Council

Last night's union meeting in Montgomery County was meant to improve communication between labor leaders and elected leaders, but it also exposed lingering unease among council members as they jockey for committee assignments following the death this month of their...

By Ann Marimow  |  February 28, 2008; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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MoCo Unions Quiz County Leaders

Leaders of the six labor unions that represent more than 30,000 Montgomery County employees quizzed elected leaders last night on the county's budget crunch and politely pressed them to stick with wage and benefit agreements. The meeting was just the...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 28, 2008; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Ban on Special Session Fundraising

Common Cause Maryland and Progressive Maryland rallied yesterday behind a bill that would prohibit state lawmakers from raising or soliciting campaign donations during a special session of the General Assembly. Del. Saqib Ali (D-Montgomery) introduced the bill in response to...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 27, 2008; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Johnson Releases $4 Million to Hospital

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson may have bought himself a bit more time to keep negotiating a plan for the future of the county's hospital system today by releasing $4 million in county funds to Dimensions Health, the...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 26, 2008; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Praisner's widower considers running in MoCo's District 4

Don Praisner, the widower of the late Montgomery County Council member Marilyn Praisner, said this afternoon that he is considering running for her District 4 seat. Praisner said he would either file as a candidate or get behind someone who...

By Ann Marimow  |  February 25, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Wynn: Irony Abounds in Environmentalist Score

This may be a frightening thought for incumbents around the country: U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.) was last week awarded a 100 percent perfect voting rating from the League of Conservation Voters -- the same organization that spent more...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 25, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Coming Up in Maryland Politics

Coming up in Maryland politics STATE GOVERNMENT * Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) meets Tuesday morning with representatives of the loan service industry, as he continues to highlight the state's home foreclosure problems. O'Malley has had harsh words for the industry...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 25, 2008; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Too Sexy for My State House

Some prominent Maryland politicians appear in a pair of rather bizarre YouTube videos, links to which have been widely shared in Annapolis. One opens with footage from a Republican congressional forum that included state Sen. Andrew P. Harris (Baltimore...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 24, 2008; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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