Archive: March 2008

The Franchot Provision: House vs. Senate

As they broke for the weekend, budget negotiators from the House and the Senate remained at odds over several weighty issues, including stem cell research grants and a new fund to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay. And then there's...

By Anne Bartlett | March 31, 2008; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Coming Up in Maryland Politics

Coming up this week in Maryland politics: PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY A Democratic primary will be held Tuesday in the race for the Prince George's County District 5 seat left vacant when David Harrington was appointed to the state senate. Seven...

By Anne Bartlett | March 31, 2008; 8:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Winners and Losers

Some winners and losers in Maryland politics in recent days: WINNERS Gov. Martin O'Malley: Since his election campaign, O'Malley (D) has been bashing the electric power companies, and promising to push for rate relief -- to little avail, until this...

By Anne Bartlett | March 28, 2008; 9:29 AM ET | Comments (9)

Moco Lawmakers Divided Over Tax Replacement

Montgomery County lawmakers are deeply divided over a proposal floated this week by Gov. Martin O'Malley to allow for the repeal of Maryland's new sales tax on computer services partly by imposing a surcharge on the income of millionaires. See...

By Philip Rucker | March 27, 2008; 2:06 PM ET | Comments (6)

Senators Whomp Delegates -- in Basketball

In what is becoming an Annapolis tradition, state delegates took on senators for an annual basketball game. Last year, the delegates prevailed. But Tuesday night at the Anne Arundel Community College gymnasium, the senators proved more nimble, skunking the delegates,...

By Philip Rucker | March 27, 2008; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (1)

General Assembly: Legislation Status

Here is the status of a number of significant bills being considered by the Maryland General Assembly during this current 90 day session....

By Anne Bartlett | March 26, 2008; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (2)

Cellphone Driving Ban in Doubt

A proposal passed narrowly by the Senate last week to prohibit the use of hand-held cellphones while driving in Maryland received a mixed reaction in the House of Delegates yesterday. Following a hearing on the cellphone ban in the House...

By Philip Rucker | March 25, 2008; 3:25 PM ET | Comments (4)

MoCo's District 4 Field is Official

With the passage of yesterday's filing deadline at the Montgomery County Board of Elections, the field of candidates vying to replace the late Council member Marilyn Praisner is now official. Four Republicans and four Democrats will compete to represent the...

By Ann Marimow | March 25, 2008; 1:12 PM ET | Comments (8)

Local Preachers Speak About Wright

Presidential politics and the story of Jesus shared the spotlight in at least some African American churches on this Easter weekend in the Maryland suburbs, as preachers addressed the controversy involving remarks made by Sen. Barack Obama's former pastor, the...

By Anne Bartlett | March 24, 2008; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (7)

Coming Up in Maryland Politics

Coming up in Maryland politics this week: STATE GOVERNMENT Today is the deadline in the General Assembly for bills to clear at least one of the two chambers. The "crossover day" is typically one of the busiest of the 90-day...

By Anne Bartlett | March 24, 2008; 7:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Washingtonpost.com Reader Poll

The Maryland House of Delegates voted 90 to 45 yesterday to pass the governor's speed cameras legislation, allowing police departments to install roadside cameras to ticket speeding motorists in work areas, school zones and residential neighborhoods across the state. function...

By washingtonpost.com editors | March 21, 2008; 2:52 PM ET | Comments (33)

Public Safety Endorsements in Pr. Geo. District 5

Edmonston Mayor Adam Ortiz has picked up more union support for his campaign for Prince George's vacant County Council seat. This week, the local Fraternal Order of Police, the local professional firefighters organization, the Deputy Sheriff's Association, the National Capital...

By Rosalind Helderman | March 21, 2008; 2:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Winners and Losers

Here are a few of the winners and losers in Maryland politics in recent days. WINNERS The legislature's Black Caucus: A number of black lawmakers objected to Gov. Martin O'Malley's high-priority bill to collect DNA samples from people arrested for...

By Anne Bartlett | March 21, 2008; 8:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

The $65,000 Bathroom: What do you think?

As the Washington Post reports today, a construction crew is installing a bathroom in Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett's locked suite of offices, complete with a small sitting room and shower, at a cost to taxpayers of $65,225. Here is...

By Anne Bartlett | March 20, 2008; 9:33 AM ET | Comments (27)

Howell Snags More Endorsements

The endorsements continue coming in the District 5 Council race in Prince George's County. Consultant Adrion J. Howell, who already picked up support from former Rep. Kweisi Mfume, has been endorsed by several other county politicians. Howell said he has...

By Anne Bartlett | March 19, 2008; 3:35 PM ET | Comments (2)

Black Caucus Members Protest DNA Bill Process

A bill to expand Maryland's collection of DNA samples from those arrested for violent crimes and burglary, a key component of Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislative agenda this year, continues to face opposition from black lawmakers and civil rights groups. Members...

By Anne Bartlett | March 19, 2008; 8:01 AM ET | Comments (3)

Service Employees Back Ortiz in Prince George's

The Service Employees International Union 1199, which represents workers in the Prince George's Hospital system, has endorsed Edmonston Mayor Adam Ortiz for the District.5 County Council seat. Voters in District 5 will go to the polls April 1 for a...

By Anne Bartlett | March 18, 2008; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (5)

Steele's Still Interested

Former Republican lieutenant govenor Michael Steele, an unsuccessful Senate candidate in 2006, is making no secret of his continued political ambitions. "I'd like to be governor of Maryland someday, if the people will have me," he said last night on...

By Anne Bartlett | March 18, 2008; 9:54 AM ET | Comments (6)

Anti-illegal Immigrant Activists vs. Vallario

Del. Joseph F. Vallario Jr., the Prince George's County Democrat who has long chaired the House Judiciary Committee, has been targeted all session by activists fighting illegal immigration in Maryland. A YouTube video clip featuring Vallario speaking at a recent...

By Anne Bartlett | March 17, 2008; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (17)

Coming Up in Maryland Politics

Coming up this week in Maryland politics: BUDGET SEASON * The county executives in both Prince George's and Montgomery Counties will announce their annual budget proposals today. Both counties are struggling with slower revenue growth because of the faltering economy....

By Anne Bartlett | March 17, 2008; 6:52 AM ET | Comments (6)

Johnson Speaks on Budget Prospects

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) told business leaders Thursday night that he plans to propose fully funding the Board of Education's budget request. In his annual State of the Economy speech, delivered at a dinner sponsored by...

By Anne Bartlett | March 14, 2008; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (8)

Winners and Losers

A few winners and losers in Maryland politics in recent days: WINNERS Prince George's public hospital system: Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson (D) have announced yet another plan to save the financially troubled health...

By Anne Bartlett | March 14, 2008; 6:45 AM ET | Comments (2)

High Court Dismisses GOP Tax Appeal

Maryland's highest court today dismissed an attempt by Republican legislative leaders to overturn a $1.4 billion tax increase passed during last fall's special session. GOP lawmakers appealed a Carroll County Circuit Court judge's decision to dismiss their lawsuit, which alleged...

By Philip Rucker | March 12, 2008; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (19)

License Restored for Prince George's Station

The Maryland State Police last week restored the license of an automotive inspection station in Prince George's County that was revoked four years ago after authorities had said that it was issuing certificates for safety inspections that it did not...

By Anne Bartlett | March 12, 2008; 9:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Faux Slot Machines Could be Pulled

The Maryland Attorney General's office has declared that the way in which instant bingo machines (which look alot like slot machines) are being used in bars and restaurants in Southern Maryland could be illegal. In a six-page letter to Senate...

By Phyllis Jordan | March 11, 2008; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Navarro Makes It Official in MoCo District 4

School Board President Nancy Navarro officially announced her bid for the County Council this morning at the Good Hope Community Center in Silver Spring, and there was much talk of hope as she cast herself as the "tried and tested"...

By Ann Marimow | March 10, 2008; 2:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Will the Pope Weigh In?

Sen. Alex X. Mooney (R-Frederick) was widely seen last year as the swing vote on the Maryland Senate committee that killed a proposed repeal of Maryland's death penalty. Mooney has a conservative record but as a Catholic found himself wrestling...

By Anne Bartlett | March 10, 2008; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Coming Up in Maryland Politics

Coming up this week in Maryland politics: MONTGOMERY COUNTY * County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) is scheduled to testify this afternoon in Annapolis at the Senate Capital Budget Subcommittee to try to secure an additional $2 million in state funding...

By Anne Bartlett | March 10, 2008; 7:07 AM ET | Comments (5)

Broadwater Played Role in Hospital Deal

At yesterday's press conference announcing a county-state deal to stabilize the Prince George's hospital system, County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) thanked so many people for their hard work that reporters, lobbyists and others in the back of the room...

By Rosalind Helderman | March 7, 2008; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

MoCo Teachers Line Up With Navarro

Montgomery County School Board President Nancy Navarro has secured the endorsement of the county's teachers' union in her bid to succeed the late Council member Marilyn Praisner in District 4. Bonnie Cullison, president of the Montgomery County Education Association, said...

By Ann Marimow | March 6, 2008; 3:44 PM ET | Comments (46)

Ministers: Save Prince George's Hospital

A coalition of Prince George's County ministers spoke out today in support of the county's financially troubled hospital system, saying it must not be allowed to shut down. "We adamantly stand in opposition against any attempt to close the hospital...

By Anne Bartlett | March 6, 2008; 1:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

Schaefer Treated After Fall

Former Maryland Gov. William Donald Schaefer was treated in the emergency room at a Glen Burnie hospital this afternoon after stumbling and falling, a former aide and hospital spokeswoman said. Schaefer (D) was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center for...

By Anne Bartlett | March 5, 2008; 6:48 PM ET | Comments (1)

MoCo District 4 Race Takes Shape

The sprint to next month's special election for Montgomery County's District 4 Council seat is beginning to take shape. Don Praisner's decision to enter the race for the seat of his late wife, Marilyn Praisner - and his support from...

By Ann Marimow | March 5, 2008; 1:19 PM ET | Comments (9)

Prince George's Hospital Is Thursday's Focus

Dueling news conferences are scheduled Thursday by groups interested in keeping the doors of the financially-struggling Prince George's Hospital Center open. First, at 9:30 a.m., a group of local ministers and community leaders will gather at the hospital to push...

By Rosalind Helderman | March 5, 2008; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

Prince George's Council Candidates

The filing date to run for the County Council seat left vacant with former chairman David C. Harrington's elevation to the state senate has now passed, and five candidates have formally stated they will run. They are: former Harrington opponent...

By Rosalind Helderman | March 5, 2008; 7:48 AM ET | Comments (6)

O'Malley's Approval Ratings Still Lagging

Gov. Martin O'Malley's job approval numbers have not recovered from last fall's special on the budget, according to a poll released today by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies. The poll found that 37 percent approve of the way O'Malley (D)...

By John Wagner | March 5, 2008; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

County Exec Johnson at Jackson Fundraiser

Prince George's Sheriff Michael Jackson has not officially declared he is running for county executive in 2010, but, like numerous other county politicos eyeing the spot, he's already fundraising for the possibility. According to Jackson campaign manager Jack Booz, about...

By Rosalind Helderman | March 4, 2008; 3:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pants Suit Prompts Bill in Maryland

You may have guessed that after prompting worldwide ridicule, a D.C. judge's $54 million lawsuit against his neighborhood dry cleaners would disappear from the headlines. Think again. Maryland Del. Barbara A. Robinson (D-Baltimore) was inspired in part by the case...

By Philip Rucker | March 4, 2008; 9:48 AM ET | Comments (10)

Centralizing Constitutional Cases: Good Policy or Retaliation?

Democratic legislators are pushing a bill to allow any constitutional law challenge brought or filed in a circuit court to be transferred at the request of a defendant to the court in Anne Arundel County, home of Maryland's capitol. The...

By Anne Bartlett | March 3, 2008; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Coming Up in Maryland Politics

Political events coming up this week: STATE GOVERNMENT On Thursday, the Board of Reveue Estimates will produce new projections for next year, which will help determine the size of state budget cuts in coming weeks. In December, the board, which...

By Anne Bartlett | March 3, 2008; 7:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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