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Maryland Politics: March 16, 2008 - March 22, 2008

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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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