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Coming up this week in Maryland politics:


A Senate committee will hold a hearing at 1 p.m. Tuesday on a bill that would call for reducing Maryland's greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and 90 percent by 2050. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George's), would also create an Office of Climate Change.


County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) is expected on Tuesday to announce more details of his plan to revamp county government. In his State of the County speech in December, he said he wants to consolidate the county's police, fire and training operations on a campus in Gaithersburg, move some maintenance and storage facilities in Rockville and free land near the Shady Grove Metro for the development of thousands of high-density, transit-oriented homes.

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Here's hoping Pinsky's bill passes. Relative to other states, MD is way behind. The USDOE has an alternative fuel (as opposed to alternative energy) incentive page that details incentives by state. California leads with 39, New York has 14, New Jersey 10, Virginia 7, MD is near the bottom with a big fat two.

A few years ago Amory Lovins an energy consultant and founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute produced a report called "winning the oil endgame" that outlined a blueprint to transition the US off oil dependence by 2050 using currently available technology.
The cost was remarkably low, $300 billion or so, (seemed too low to me), with lots counterbalancing benefits, not the least of which was that it would undercut the argument that the US military was only in the middle east to protect oil supplies.

Posted by: Count Bobulescu | February 18, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

The big question for Leggett and Knapp is why are they going to in effect seize our Pelosi rebate checks and give us a great big property tax hike? SAVE OUR HOMES! We have just had sales, computer, car, corporate and income tax increases. The 16% of Marylanders who live in Montgomery County will pay over 50% of the state income tax hike. The school system is getting a large infusion of Thornton money from the state.

The county budget has gone from $3 billion in FY04 to about $4.5 billion now while the population has increased less than 5%. The budget is increasing 10 times as fast as the population. The school system is asking for 30% pay increases. 17% over three years PLUS 3.5% annual step increases. From FY06 to FY08 the number of students decreased 3,076 while the school system added more than 1000 new employees. The taxpayers league has discovered that if we filled every classroom with a teacher we would havfe 598 teachers left. This does not include the 1021 Art, Music, Physical Education and Library teachers. We have enough classroom teachers to have a class size of 17.1, but the actual class size is 19.7. This means that hundreds of classroom teachers do not teach.
A property tax increase will force hundreds into foreclosure, mostly minorities, and keep thousands out of the conty housing market. SAVE OUR HOMES!

Posted by: Robin Ficker Broker Robin Realty | February 18, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Maryland Del. Heather Mizeur (D-20) is neutral in the presidential race according to MSNBC (and Maryland Politics Watch) and a Clinton supporter according to the Washington Blade. Will Del. Mizeur vote with or against her district?

Heather Mizeur is not just a delegate from District 20 but a superdelegate by virtue of her service on the Democratic National Committee as an elected member from Maryland.

Statewide, Obama won 60% of the vote compared to just 36% for Clinton. In District 20, represented by Heather Mizeur, voters supported Obama even more strongly, giving him 64% with only 35% for Clinton.

Last month, Mizeur said deciding who to support was tricky because one was bound to alienate one side:

[Mizeur] acknowledged that if she were to support Obama or Clinton, there could be some unhappy Democrats in her district, the ones who support the candidate that she didn't endorse.

Every superdelegate faces this same quandary: alienating the Democrats who elect them and with whom they must work. "People are very much divided," said Mizeur.

However, now it is clear that both her district and her state are not evenly divided but support Obama over Clinton by a margin of over 20 points.

So I imagine that I am not the only one wondering how Del. Mizeur plans to vote at the Democratic National Convention.

Delegate Heather Mizeur do the right the thing and promise to vote for Barrack Obama TODAY. We are watching.

Posted by: Angry Takoma Park Resident | February 19, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

You know what I miss? The details of the sexual harassment trial of Leggett.

Can the post reprint those gems?

Posted by: Ombudsman | February 24, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

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