Archive: June 2008

O'Malley-Angelos Rapprochement?

The frigid relationship between Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos recently thawed long enough for the two men to share a meal in Baltimore's Little Italy. O'Malley and Angelos were brought together for dinner...

By Anne Bartlett | June 30, 2008; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Edwards' First Votes

Within moments of her swearing in last week, Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) was casting her first vote on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Edwards defeated Republican Peter James in a special election in parts of Montgomery...

By Anne Bartlett | June 26, 2008; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (24)

Pr. Geo.'s Politicians Pledge Anti-Slots Effort

Prince George's State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey led a group of county politicians yesterday who announced they will work to convince local residents to vote against a November ballot referendum that would authorize the state to legalize slot machines. Ivey...

By Anne Bartlett | June 25, 2008; 7:54 AM ET | Comments (12)

MoCo Chooses Planning Board Members

The Montgomery County Council today selected a community activist and a developer to fill two vacancies on the Planning Board that sets land-use policy, oversees parks and reviews development plans. Clarksburg community activist Amy Presley replaces Republican Allison Bryant, whose...

By Anne Bartlett | June 24, 2008; 6:40 PM ET | Comments (106)

MoCo Council Sends Moore to WSSC

As expected, the Montgomery County Council unanimously signed off this morning on Ike Leggett's pick to serve on the commission that oversees water and sewer service in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. But the discussion over Rockville epidemiologist Roscoe Moore's...

By Ann Marimow | June 24, 2008; 4:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Forcing School Kids to Walk Farther

The Montgomery County school board is expected to vote tonight on whether to give Superintendent Jerry D. Weast emergency power to make students walk farther to school, as a way of coping with escalating fuel costs for buses. More walkers...

By Mike McPhate | June 23, 2008; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (27)

Pr. Geo.'s Delegate Rankles Chinese Government

Del. James W. Hubbard seems to have started a trade dispute with China -- and he's loving every minute of it. The Prince George's Democrat began to rankle the Chinese government last winter, when the General Assembly took up his...

By Anne Bartlett | June 23, 2008; 9:37 AM ET | Comments (2)

Edwards Sworn Into Congress

U.S. Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D) was sworn in today as a member of the House of Representatives, becoming the first black woman to serve in Congress from the state of Maryland. Surrounded by the state's congressional delegation and introduced...

By Anne Bartlett | June 19, 2008; 4:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

MoCo Council Vets WSSC Nominee

As thousands of Montgomery County residents were still reeling from disruptions in water service this week, council members were vetting Democratic County Executive Isiah Leggett's latest pick to serve on the commission that oversees water and sewer delivery for 1.8.million...

By Anne Bartlett | June 19, 2008; 9:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Prince George's and MoCo Execs Break Bread Over Water

County executives Jack Johnson and Ike Leggett met as planned yesterday afternoon to try to break the stalemate over the search for a new general manager at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. The six commissioners, three each appointed by Johnson...

By Ann Marimow | June 18, 2008; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Edwards Wins Congressional Seat

By Rosalind S. Helderman Washington Post Staff Writer Prince George's attorney Donna F. Edwards was elected today to the U.S. House of Representatives by voters in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, becoming the first black woman elected to Congress...

By washingtonpost.com editors | June 17, 2008; 8:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Berliner Changes MoCo House Size Bill

Montgomery County Council member Roger Berliner has modified a bill aimed at limiting construction of single-family houses of the kind whose height and bulk have roiled the close-in Washington suburbs. Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda), whose district has become ground zero for tear-downs...

By Anne Bartlett | June 17, 2008; 2:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Turnout Low in Fourth District Race

Exceptionally low turnout is expected in Maryland's Fourth Congressional district, as voters go to the polls today in a special election to replace former Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D). A spokeswoman for Democrat Donna F. Edwards, whose defeat of the...

By Anne Bartlett | June 17, 2008; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Voters Poised to Pick Wynn Replacement

Voters in parts of Prince George's and Montgomery counties will go to polls again Tuesday, when Prince George's non-profit executive Donna F. Edwards, a Democrat, faces Republican Peter James (R) in a special election to fill the seat of former...

By washingtonpost.com editors | June 16, 2008; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (4)

Gov Has to Exile Barking Dog

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and his wife, Catherine Curran O'Malley, had to send their mixed-breed terrier Scout to live with a friend, the Associated Press reports today. Scout was well-known in Annapolis for barking at passers-by, especially other dogs and...

By Anne Bartlett | June 16, 2008; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

MoCo Planners Reject High-Rise

The Montgomery County Planning Board late tonight unanimously rejected a developer's proposal to add a 16-story office tower to the Bethesda Metro center, saying that it didn't fit in with longstanding county plans for the area and would crowd its...

By Anne Bartlett | June 12, 2008; 10:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

Smart Growth in Bethesda?

Arguments will be heard today on whether or not to build a 16-story office building in downtown Bethesda. Supporters say the building is a shining example of "smart growth," however, opponents are demanding a deeper review. Both sides agree on...

By washingtonpost.com editors | June 12, 2008; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

New MoCo Planner: Think Smaller -- in Housing

The scene at the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce's annual real estate breakfast might be a portent of things to come for the building industry. On the one hand, real estate agent Jane Fairweather gave a gloom-and-doom report on...

By Anne Bartlett | June 12, 2008; 9:53 AM ET | Comments (5)

Hillmead Pleased With Council Decision

The Montgomery County Council's decision yesterday not to house a homeless family in a sprawling house in the Hillmead neighborhood of Bethesda has left a lot of hard feelings in its wake, with opponents and supporters trading insults. But in...

By Miranda Spivack | June 11, 2008; 6:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

MoCo Fears Loss of Jobs to Pr.Geo.'s

Montgomery County Council members tried to draft Sen. Ben Cardin (D) yesterday to wade into a potential bi-county dispute over federal jobs. During a luncheon chat with Cardin, council members said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is pressing to move...

By Ann Marimow | June 10, 2008; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Prince Georgians Get on Board for Obama

Prominent Prince Georgians who supported Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) in her campaign for the presidency are now following her lead and announcing their support for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il.) Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D), a former delegate who lives in...

By Rosalind Helderman | June 9, 2008; 4:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Prince George's County Budget Game

The fiscal 2009 budget passed this year by the Prince George's County Council closes a projected $297 million shortfall with a combination of tax and fee increases and spending cuts. Think you could do better balancing the budget? Try our...

By washingtonpost.com editors | June 9, 2008; 1:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

MoCo: Is Free Library Parking a Civic Right?

The prospect of charging library patrons for parking has mobilized residents and politicians in advance of a likely County Council vote next week and has both sides invoking the Constitution and Founding Father Benjamin Franklin. Those who would continue the...

By Anne Bartlett | June 6, 2008; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (14)

Did Pr.Geo's Soccer Stadium Pitch Inspire D.C.?

Some in Prince George's have a theory about why officials in the District seem to be working with new vigor to get a soccer stadium for D.C. United: It's Vegas baby, Vegas. During the recent International Council of Shopping Centers...

By Anne Bartlett | June 5, 2008; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cardin Endorses Obama

U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D), a Maryland superdelegate, today endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, the Associated Press reports. In a prepared statement issued today, AP says, Cardin said he had tremendous respect for both Obama and...

By Anne Bartlett | June 4, 2008; 1:43 PM ET | Comments (4)

Ehrlichs' Official Portraits Unveiled

Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) is shown perched casually on the edge of his State House desk, on which three pieces of legislation passed during his tenure are resting. Former first lady Kendel Ehrlich is depicted on...

By Anne Bartlett | June 3, 2008; 8:49 PM ET | Comments (5)

United Methodist Bishop Pledges Anti-Slots Effort

Even though Maryland residents will not vote on a referendum on slot machine gambling until November, the bishop of the Baltimore-Washington conference of the United Methodist Church says he is already mobilizing his followers to oppose the effort. "We think...

By Anne Bartlett | June 3, 2008; 3:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parties Spar Over Currie

The FBI investigation of Sen. Ulysses Currie has sparked a war of words between leaders of Maryland's political parties, with Republicans saying the Prince George's lawmaker is part of "a culture of corruption" in Annapolis and Democrats defending his integrity....

By John Wagner | June 3, 2008; 8:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Transgender Law Case Heats Up in MoCo

Proponents of broad new protections for transgender individuals in Montgomery County were headed back to court today. Attorneys with Equality Maryland and Lambda Legal - a national gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group - planned to ask a Circuit Court...

By Ann Marimow | June 2, 2008; 2:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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