Archive: April 2008

State To Review Med Center Contract Award

The Board of Public Works this morning approved $9 million toward construction of a new operating room and laboratory at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, but not before requiring the hospital to submit to a review of...

By Lisa Rein | April 30, 2008; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (87)

MoCo's Trachtenberg to Unions: Layoffs or Lower Raises?

With Montgomery County's elected officials running short on time to make tough decisions about raising taxes and trimming services, County Council member Duchy Trachtenberg is reaching out to union leaders to ask them to do their part to help close...

By Ann Marimow | April 29, 2008; 3:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCarthy Pension Bill: What Do You Think?

When Montgomery County's top prosecutor, John McCarthy, took the oath of office last year, his pension from more than two decades as a county employee was frozen, and he was directed to join a retirement plan for elected officials. Now,...

By Anne Bartlett | April 29, 2008; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Md. Chamber of Commerce to Endorse Slots

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce will announce its support today for the proposal on the November ballot question to legalize slot machine gambling in the state. The 850-member business group has supported slots since the General Assembly first debated the...

By Lisa Rein | April 29, 2008; 8:33 AM ET | Comments (3)

Maryland GOP Has New Director

The Maryland Republican Party has tapped Justin Ready, an aide to Sen. Janet Greenip (R-Anne Arundel), as its new executive director. Ready succeeds John Flynn, who has taken a job as staff attorney for Americans for Prosperity, a DC-based group...

By Lisa Rein | April 28, 2008; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (4)

Dueling Bills for Proposed Bethesda Public Housing

Montgomery County Council members Roger Berliner (D-Potomac, Bethesda) and George Leventhal (D-At large) are poised to introduce dueling legislation tomorrow over the fate of a five-bedroom house that has been proposed as public housing next to a leafy Bethesda neighborhood...

By Miranda Spivack | April 28, 2008; 1:04 PM ET | Comments (6)

Frosh: Veto Phosphate Ban Delay

A senior Maryland senator is urging Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) to veto a bill that would give companies more time to comply with Maryland's upcoming ban on phosphates in dishwasher detergents. In a letter to O'Malley, Sen. Brian E. Frosh...

By Anne Bartlett | April 28, 2008; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

MoCo Unions: Ration Jail Toilet Paper

Montgomery County labor leaders are urging county officials to ration rolls of toilet paper and bars of soap for inmates as a way to cope with a nearly $300 million budget shortfall. The suggestion to limit inmates to two...

By Anne Bartlett | April 24, 2008; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (17)

MoCo Celebrates Earth Day With Landmark Legislation

To mark Earth Day, the Montgomery County Council yesterday passed a far-reaching legislative package of bills designed to reduce energy consumption and cut greenhouse gas emissions. When debate began yesterday, it was unclear whether the leading sponsor of the bills,...

By Ann Marimow | April 22, 2008; 7:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Path to a Lobbying Career?

If you have aspirations to become a lobbyist in Annapolis, it doesn't hurt to have worked for Senate President Mike Miller (D-Calvert). Here is John Wagner's story....

By Anne Bartlett | April 21, 2008; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (3)

Coming Up in Maryland Politics

MONTGOMERY COUNTY Montgomery County Council committees will spend Monday discussing County Executive Isiah Leggett's budget recommendations, starting at 9:30 a.m. when the Management and Fiscal Policy Committee holds its first work session this budget season on employee salaries and benefits....

By Anne Bartlett | April 21, 2008; 7:57 AM ET | Comments (17)

Winners and Losers

Some winners and losers this week in Maryland politics: WINNERS Don Praisner: The retired CIA analyst is the obvious winner in Montgomery County this week, having bested school board president Nancy Navarro and two other Democrats in the primary for...

By Anne Bartlett | April 18, 2008; 8:17 AM ET | Comments (29)

Congressional Election Set for June

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) said today that Maryland will hold a special election on June 17 to temporarily fill the 4th Congressional District seat is being vacated by Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.). The announcement came as O'Malley signed emergency...

By Anne Bartlett | April 17, 2008; 4:43 PM ET | Comments (6)

Top Gilchrest Aide Joins Kratovil's Campaign

The top campaign aide to Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, who was defeated in February's Republican primary for Maryland's 1st Congressional District, has joined the campaign of the Democratic nominee for the seat, Frank Kratovil. Kratovil's camaign announced today that Lynn...

By John Wagner | April 17, 2008; 1:22 PM ET | Comments (2)

O'Malley: Franchot Is "Throwing Stones"

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley unloaded this morning on Comptroller Peter Franchot, saying his fellow Democrat's vocal opposition to November's slots referendum amounts to "throwing stones in a hypocritical way." O'Malley's comments to reporters came in advance of a campaign kickoff...

By John Wagner | April 16, 2008; 1:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Seniors and Turnout in MoCo's District 4

Supporters of Don Praisner, the Democratic nominee for the Montgomery County Council's District 4 seat, cheered his victory late last night at a celebration at his daughter's home. This morning, Praisner attributed his defeat of School Board President Nancy Navarro...

By Ann Marimow | April 16, 2008; 11:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Praisner, Fennel Win in MoCo District 4

Don Praisner, the widower of the late Montgomery County Council member Marilyn Praisner, yesterday won the Democratic nomination in District 4 to serve out the rest of her term. Mark Fennel won the GOP nomination. Here are the results, and...

By Anne Bartlett | April 16, 2008; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Low Turnout in MoCo Special Election

Turnout has so far been sparse in eastern Montgomery County's special election for the District 4 seat of the late Council member Marilyn Praisner. Most of the polling places in District 4 are schools, which are open today, and that...

By Ann Marimow | April 15, 2008; 4:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Edwards Not Only Dem Interested in District 4

Here's someone unhappy that the Maryland General Assembly has passed legislation to eliminate a special primary election to fill out Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D)'s congressional term: Jason Jennings, a former contestant for the seat. Jennings, a utility consultant from...

By Rosalind Helderman | April 15, 2008; 12:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

MoCo Pulls Greeting to Pope From Buses

Montgomery County officials today pulled plans to use hundreds of Ride On buses to greet Pope Benedict XVI, following concerns from some riders who questioned whether it was appropriate for a public entity to welcome a religious leader. When Ride...

By Anne Bartlett | April 14, 2008; 4:06 PM ET | Comments (18)

O'Malley Coming To A City Near You

With his band on hiatus, this may be the closest Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) gets to announcing a tour anytime soon. O'Malley today unveiled the 2008 lineup for his administration's "Capital for a Day" series, during which a retinue...

By John Wagner | April 14, 2008; 2:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Coming Up in Maryland Politics

Coming up in Maryland politics this week: STATE GOVERNMENT * On Tuesday, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) will announce a joint initiative on protecting Chesapeake Bay crabs. Their press conference is scheduled for 3 p.m....

By Anne Bartlett | April 14, 2008; 7:33 AM ET | Comments (6)

Teachers' Union E-mail At Issue in MoCo Election

Montgomery County's largest teachers' union is rallying its troops to support school board President Nancy Navarro in Tuesday's special election for the vacant County Council seat of the late Marilyn Praisner. MCEA is targeting the 1,100 teachers who live in...

By Ann Marimow | April 11, 2008; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (11)

Wynn Steps Down From Committees

U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.), under pressure from congressional ethics watchdogs after announcing he will resign from Congress in seven may 31 weeks to take a job at a lobbying law firm, has stepped down from his congressional committee...

By Anne Bartlett | April 10, 2008; 5:38 PM ET | Comments (6)

Leggett: Session Results "Mixed" for MoCo

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett said the General Assembly session that wrapped up at midnight Monday delivered "mixed" results for Montgomery. The county avoided some potential trims to teacher pensions, he said. But he pointed to the debate over the...

By Anne Bartlett | April 9, 2008; 4:24 PM ET | Comments (7)

Johnson 'Very Excited' About Hospital Bill

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) has offered his first public comments on the bill passed by the General Assembly Saturday that will create an independent authority to take over the county's hospital system. Johnson said Tuesday that...

By Rosalind Helderman | April 9, 2008; 12:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Money, Money, Money in MoCo's District 4

In the final stretch to Montgomery County's April 15 special election, campaign finance reports reveal that School Board president Nancy Navarro is leading fundraising among the eight candidates vying to succeed the late County Council member Marilyn Praisner. Navarro has...

By Ann Marimow | April 9, 2008; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

National Harbor Meltdown: O'Malley vs. Muse

The meltdown on Monday of a bill creating liquor licenses of the National Harbor development in Prince George's County included a memorable exchange between Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D-Prince George's), as Muse pushed for more...

By Anne Bartlett | April 9, 2008; 9:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Session Ends: Late Night Surprises

The 90-day General Assembly session never ends without some unexpected late-night action -- or inaction. Before finishing up last night at midnight: * The Senate failed to pass a compromise version of a bill that would allow counties to install...

By Anne Bartlett | April 8, 2008; 7:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Legislative Session Action: The Last Day

Today is the last day of the Maryland General Assembly's 90-day session. We'll post some of the action on Maryland Moment as it happens: * An emergency measure to ban the video gaming machines that have proliferated at bars and...

By Anne Bartlett | April 7, 2008; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Coming Up in Maryland Politics

Coming up in Maryland politics: STATE GOVERNMENT Today is the final day of the General Assembly's annual session. On Saturday, lawmakers passed the state budget, as well as such major measures as the computer services tax repeal and a plan...

By Anne Bartlett | April 7, 2008; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (12)

Three Pr. George's Senators Object to Hospital Bill

The Maryland Senate voted overwhelmingly today to give preliminary approval to legislation that would establish an independent state authority to take over Prince George's County's ailing hospital system as it seeks a new owner. But the action came over the...

By Philip Rucker | April 4, 2008; 3:27 PM ET | Comments (5)

Winners and Losers

Here are some winners and losers in Maryland politics in recent days. WINNER: Homeowners facing foreclosure: Lawmakers passed a sweeping package of laws designed to help control the housing crisis. Property owners currently in foreclosure don't get any relief, but...

By Anne Bartlett | April 4, 2008; 9:19 AM ET | Comments (7)

Candidate Praisner Undergoing Health Tests

Democratic candidates in the Montgomery County Council District 4 special election debated in a fast-paced, sometimes tense discussion last night at White Oak Middle School. Absent from the event, though, was candidate Don Praisner, the widower of the late council...

By Ann Marimow | April 3, 2008; 6:14 PM ET | Comments (11)

Tracking Legislation

As the Maryland General Assembly's 90-day session approaches its end on Monday, here is a chart that tells you the status of important legislation....

By Anne Bartlett | April 3, 2008; 3:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Why Pr. Geo.'s Election Results Were Delayed

Lots of people in Prince George's have been wondering today why election results from yesterday's special primary election for the open District 5 County Council seat seemed to be so slow to arrive. After all, results only had to be...

By Rosalind Helderman | April 2, 2008; 4:44 PM ET | Comments (3)

Howard County Warns Against Scam

Tax season brings a new round of scam e-mails containing bogus notices that claim to be from the Internal Revenue Service. That happened in Howard County recently, with some unintended results. A smattering of county employees received e-mails at their...

By Anne Bartlett | April 2, 2008; 3:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Harrison Appears to be District 5 Winner

Andrea Harrison, a former Prince George's County Council staffer, appears to have won a Democratic primary to fill a vacant seat on the council Tuesday. With all 25 polling places reporting, Harrison was ahead by 137 votes, about 4.3 percent,...

By Anne Bartlett | April 2, 2008; 9:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Few Voting in Prince George's District 5

Looks like there's low, low turnout in the special election for the vacant District 5 seat on the Prince George's County Council. As of midday, Prince George's Elections Administrator Alisha L. Alexander said 2 percent of the district approximately 46,000...

By Rosalind Helderman | April 1, 2008; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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