Archive: May 2008

Pr. Geo.'s, State Name Hospital Deal Negotiators

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. And for the Prince George's hospital system, that step will be taken by the county's finance chief, Iris B. Boswell, and Peggy J. Watson, deputy chief of staff to...

By Anne Bartlett | May 30, 2008; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

MoCo Staff: Allow Bethesda High-Rise

A high-rise building proposed for property atop the Bethesda Metro station has won support from the staff of the Montgomery County planning department and is scheduled for review June 12 by the planning board. The 16-story office tower proposed by...

By Anne Bartlett | May 29, 2008; 3:26 PM ET | Comments (4)

Nomination of Miller's Son Prompts Another Resignation

A third member of the judicial commission that nominated the son of Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.(D) for a District Court judgeship resigned today in protest over what she called political interference in the process. Marysabel Rodriguez-Nanney, an...

By Lisa Rein | May 28, 2008; 8:34 AM ET | Comments (8)

Slots Rhetoric, Pro and Con, Heats Up

Summer has yet to arrive, but the rhetoric over November's referendum on legalizing slots in Maryland is already heating up. Yesterday the ballot issue committee supporting slots put out a press release claiming the ballot issue committee opposing slots "endorses...

By John Wagner | May 28, 2008; 6:15 AM ET | Comments (8)

Don Praisner Officially Joins MoCo Council

Montgomery County elected officials formally welcomed Don Praisner to their ranks this morning in a quiet swearing-in ceremony at the Circuit Courthouse in Rockville. Praisner was elected to the County Council this month to fill the open seat left by...

By Ann Marimow | May 27, 2008; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley to Israel This Week

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is planning to head to Israel tonight on a weeklong trade mission that will include meetings with top government leaders and executives from several emerging industries. His itinerary includes a meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert,...

By Anne Bartlett | May 26, 2008; 8:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Try Your Hand At Balancing MoCo Budget

The Montgomery County Council gave final approval today to a $4.3 billion budget that will bring property tax increases of about 13 percent for the average homeowner and raise energy taxes by about $10 a year for the average household....

By Anne Bartlett | May 22, 2008; 4:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Open Mike for Prince George's Council

In comments this week, Prince George's Council Chairman Samuel H. Dean (D-Mitchellville) offered a new and unusual theory of public discourse for elected officials: He said it is "inappropriate" for elected officials to comment on matters until they have already...

By Rosalind Helderman | May 22, 2008; 8:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Pushes Back on MoCo Funding

The Maryland Board of Public Works signed off on a plan today to provide $46.3 million for school construction in Montgomery County next year, shy of a $55 million goal to which Gov. Martin O'Malley agreed as he was courting...

By Anne Bartlett | May 21, 2008; 4:05 PM ET | Comments (2)

Local Pols Visit Vegas

If you were unable to find a politico or business type in Prince George's earlier this week, you weren't alone. They were likely in Las Vegas, taking part in the dating game that is the International Council of Shopping Centers'...

By Anne Bartlett | May 21, 2008; 2:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Md. Bill Would Have Addressed Childhood Obesity

The Washington Post's series this week on childhood obesity addresses an issue that's a priority for some in Annapolis. They tried unsuccessfully to pass legislation at the annual legislative session to add more physical education to the school day through...

By Anne Bartlett | May 20, 2008; 1:24 PM ET | Comments (5)

Harrison Joins Prince George's Council

A crowd of well-wishers, family and elected officials turned out in Prince George's today to watch Springdale-resident Andrea Harrison (D) take the oath of office as the newest member of the County Council. Harrison, a life-long resident of the district,...

By Rosalind Helderman | May 19, 2008; 5:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Replacing Pr. George's Bradford Pear Tree

If Prince George's County decides that the Bradford Pear should no longer be the official county tree, it may choose a new tree for that designation. Right now, it's considering the Allegheny Serviceberry. Which of these trees would you like...

By washingtonpost.com editors | May 19, 2008; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (4)

O'Malley Urged to Veto Bills

Consumer groups are urging Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) to veto a bill that would allow a Columbia-based, for-profit credit counseling firm whose business practices are under review in multiple states to be licensed in Maryland. The legislation, approved by the...

By Anne Bartlett | May 19, 2008; 10:22 AM ET | Comments (5)

Coming Up in Maryland Politics

Coming up this week in Maryland politics: PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY The County Council on Tuesday will hold a public hearing on proposals to increase the county's income and recordation tax rates. It is scheduled to vote on the proposals afterward....

By Anne Bartlett | May 19, 2008; 8:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Johnson Peers Into the Sinkhole

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) toured a Camp Springs neighborhood, where a 200 yard sinkhole opened behind several 50-year old homes, sucking some back decks off their foundations. No one was hurt by the opening of the...

By Rosalind Helderman | May 16, 2008; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pr. Geo.'s School Board Back To Single Member Districts

The Prince George's County Board of Education will be divided into nine single-member districts under a bill signed into law this week by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D). The law returns the county's school board to the way it used to...

By Anne Bartlett | May 15, 2008; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley: Maryland Overcame Groucho Marx Syndrome

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley cited a scene from a 1935 Marx Brothers film today in making the case that his administration had acted boldly to take responsibility for the state's fiscal challenges. Speaking to a gathering of the Prince George's...

By John Wagner | May 14, 2008; 4:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

PSC Hears From Utilities, Consumer Advocates

An executive with Baltimore Gas and Electric told members of the Maryland Public Service Commission today that electricity prices are rising due to global market forces and reregulating the industry would serve to worsen the problem. The comments came at...

By Anne Bartlett | May 14, 2008; 3:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

How Low Can You Go in MoCo?

As it turns out, voter participation in yesterday's special election in Montgomery County Council District 4 was even lower than the Board of Elections first calculated late last night. Instead of close to 11 percent, turnout was actually 8.56 percent...

By Ann Marimow | May 14, 2008; 12:34 PM ET | Comments (10)

Praisner Wins in MoCo District 4

Democrat Don Praisner has won a low-turnout special election to serve out the term of his late wife, Marilyn, on the Montgomery County Council. Praisner defeated Republican Mark D. Fennel with 66 percent of the vote in the eastern county's...

By Anne Bartlett | May 13, 2008; 10:29 PM ET | Comments (32)

Miller: Re-Election Decision Likely On June 4

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) said today that he would likely make an announcement early next month about whether he will seek re-election in 2010. Miller (D-Calvert), who has presided over his chamber for more than...

By John Wagner | May 13, 2008; 2:09 PM ET | Comments (110)

Johnson's Switch to Obama: What do you think?

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson, a Democratic convention delegate pledged to support Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, told Washington Post reporter Rosalind S. Helderman yesterday that he thinks Sen. Barack Obama has "in a real sense" won the Democratic...

By Anne Bartlett | May 13, 2008; 9:29 AM ET | Comments (8)

Coming Up in Maryland Politics

Coming up this week in Maryland politics: MONTGOMERY COUNTY A special election will be held Tuesday in County Council District 4 for the seat left vacant by the death of Marilyn Praisner. Praisner's husband, Democrat Don Praisner, a retired CIA...

By Anne Bartlett | May 12, 2008; 7:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Raising Funds for Edwards, Talking About Obama

U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) joined Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson (D) and other local leaders at an Upper Marlboro home last night for a fundraiser for Democratic congressional candidate Donna Edwards. Jack Johnson and Donna Edwards at her...

By Anne Bartlett | May 9, 2008; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (1)

Glitch in MoCo District 4 Election Planning

Montgomery County election officials were reprogramming voting machines yesterday after failing to include the party affiliation of candidates on the ballot in Tuesday's special election in County Council District 4. Two candidates - Republican Mark D. Fennel, a marketing analyst,...

By Anne Bartlett | May 9, 2008; 7:14 AM ET | Comments (34)

MoCo Council Member: Reduce Raises

Council member Duchy Trachtenberg, who leads Montgomery County's key fiscal committee, said today that she would recommend trimming raises for most county workers by 2 percent and by a half percent for firefighters. Trachtenberg's proposal comes as the council considers...

By Ann Marimow | May 8, 2008; 1:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Muse Lauded By Business Owners

It was billed as an educational forum for local minority business owners. But it turned into a rally for a state senator and a strategy session to increase the number of contracts awarded to minority contractors on huge developments in...

By Anne Bartlett | May 8, 2008; 9:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Defends Hilltop Decision

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) suggested today that an automotive safety inspection station in Prince George's County will receive increased monitoring from the Maryland State Police as he defended his administration's decision to issue a new license to the facility four...

By Anne Bartlett | May 7, 2008; 2:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Money in MoCo's District 4 Primary Race

Montgomery County's special election to pick Marilyn Praisner's successor on the County Council is next Tuesday, but campaign finance reports released this week reveal behind-the-scenes loyalties from last month's primary. In the Democratic contest, Praisner's widower, Don, defeated School Board...

By Ann Marimow | May 7, 2008; 6:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Harrison Elected to Pr. Geo.'s Council

Prince George's voters have elected Springdale resident Andrea Harrison to the County Council, in a low turn-out special election to fill a vacant seat. Harrison, a Democrat, overwhelmingly defeated Republican Steven W. Johnson, a consultant from Cheverly for the District...

By Anne Bartlett | May 6, 2008; 10:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Announces Foreclosure Ad Campaign

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) announced the kickoff of $400,000 advertising blitz today that seeks to make the increased ranks of Maryland homeowners at risk of foreclosure aware of resources that could help them. In coming weeks, radio spots are scheduled...

By Anne Bartlett | May 6, 2008; 4:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Hanko Re-Elected in New Carrollton

When New Carrollton Mayor Andy Hanko ran for re-election two years ago, the contest was so close that Hanko packed up some of the items in his office, took his telephone off the hook, and went home before the final...

By Anne Bartlett | May 6, 2008; 1:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Floreen Calls For Additional 2 Percent Cut in MoCo

It's crunch time for the Montgomery County Council as it prepares to take final action on a $4.2 billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year. Council members will make tough decisions next week about raising property taxes and tinkering...

By Ann Marimow | May 6, 2008; 6:34 AM ET | Comments (13)

Obama Gets Two More Md. Superdelegates

Sen. Barack Obama picked up two new superdelegates from Maryland, including the chairman of the state Democratic party, on the eve of key presidential primaries in North Carolina and Indiana. "I have been inspired by what he represents," Maryland...

By Anne Bartlett | May 5, 2008; 5:00 PM ET | Comments (18)

Coming Up in Maryland Politics

Coming up this week in Maryland politics: PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY A special election will be held Tuesday in County Council District 5, in the central part of the county, when Democrat Andrea Harrison, a former Prince George's County Council staffer...

By Anne Bartlett | May 5, 2008; 9:54 AM ET | Comments (7)

Winners and Losers

A few recent winners and losers in Maryland politics: WINNERS "Alcopops" opponents: Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) was all set this week to sign a bill strongly supported by the liquor industry that classifies fruity malt liquor drinks as beer, allowing...

By Anne Bartlett | May 2, 2008; 8:41 AM ET | Comments (27)

Harrison Mum on Tax Issue in Pr.Geo.'s Campaign

Prince George's voters will go to the polls Tuesday in County Council District 5, when Spring resident Andrea Harrison, who emerged victorious in a closely fought special Democratic primary for the seat, faces Republican Steven W. Johnson in a special...

By Rosalind Helderman | May 1, 2008; 2:46 PM ET | Comments (3)

Inmates Listen To Lanham Prayer Service

From left to right, Quest ensemble members Blandin Mozon, Arkese Gaskin, and Dameion Roy perform. Quest is part of the Friendship Outreach Ministry of Capitol Heights. (Photo by Hamil Harris) At sunrise today, inmates at the Prince George's County...

By Anne Bartlett | May 1, 2008; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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