Winners and Losers
A few winners and losers this week in Maryland politics:
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loser just a week ago, when Democrats in the General Assembly were poised to consider a bill that would in effect have rescinded her new term. But on Monday, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) announced detente in his long cold war with Grasmick. He asked for the bill to be withdrawn, and said he would work with her to pass education measures -- apprently to avoid a long unproductive fight over an issue that would likely end in court. A big win for Grasmick.
Prince George's Council member Samuel H. Dean: Dean (D-Mitchellville) succeeds David C. Harrington (D) as council chairman, as Harrington moves up to the State Senate. The council voted unanimously to elevate Dean, 72, who was elected to the council in 2002 and then reelected in 2006. He previously served a one-year chairmanship in 2005.
Affordable housing seekers: The Post's Miranda S. Spivack reported this week that Montgeomery County's affordable housing program, long touted by county officials as one of their highest priorities, leaves much to be desired. Case in point: A seven-year wait for 12 affordable units to be built on a block in Bethesda. In the meantime, more than 80 market-price units have been built in the same project.
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