Archive: July 2008

Anti-Slots Group Asks McDonough To Recuse Himself

A leading anti-slots group is calling on new Secretary of State John P. McDonough to recuse himself from crafting ballot language for a fall referendum on whether Maryland should legalize up to 15,000 slot machines. McDonough has served as a...

By John Wagner | July 31, 2008; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (4)

Delegate Is Tire Theft Victim

And now, a story from the brazen-criminal files: Sometime late Sunday or early Monday, someone jacked up the 2005 Cadillac STS sedan driven by Prince George's Del. Justin D. Ross (D), stole all four tires and hubcaps, and left the...

By Anne Bartlett | July 30, 2008; 7:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

Hoyer Predicts a Democratic Pick Up in the 1st District

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, in Prince George's County yesterday to mingle with the press, said he is confident of Democrats' chances in the fall election, predicting the party will pick up at least 10 seats in the House of...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 29, 2008; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (24)

Obama Allegedly Seen At One Stop In Salisbury

Amid the weekend papers, the following letter to the editor, appearing in the Salisbury Daily Times, grabbed our attention: "I wish someone would enlighten me as to why, at the One Stop Job Market on Route 50 in Salisbury, there...

By John Wagner | July 28, 2008; 10:49 AM ET | Comments (8)

Takoma Park: No Knowledge of Police Spies

The revelation this month that Maryland State Police agent spied on antiwar and death penalty protesters for more than a year has caused much consternation among civil liberties and good government groups. In Takoma Park, one of the state's bastions...

By Anne Bartlett | July 28, 2008; 8:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Union Conflict With Pr.Geo.'s Deepens

Prince George's AFSCME unions are filing an official grievance against the county, as the conflict between the government's unions and Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) deepens. At issue is Johnson's decision to try to close a $48 million budget shortfall...

By Anne Bartlett | July 25, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chevy Chase Says Buses Beat Trains on Purple Line

Leaders from the Town of Chevy Chase said yesterday that a recently released study shows a cheaper bus rapid transit system would be more likely to receive federal funding for a Purple Line than a light rail proposal. Town leaders,...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 25, 2008; 6:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Students Rally for Purple Line

Joining the ranks of Purple Line supporters, students at the University of Maryland yesterday started a grass roots campaign for the transit line that would traverse the College Park campus. Student government president Jonathan S. Sachs, said the "Terps for...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 24, 2008; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Grade Inflation on O'Malley Report Card?

The Maryland League of Conservation Voters yesterday gave Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) an A-minus for his environmental efforts on a "Mid-Term Report Card." That makes O'Malley the first governor to score an "A-grade" since the ratings began in 1997,...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 23, 2008; 12:18 PM ET | Comments (16)

O'Malley Takes In $1 Million For Re-Election, Aide Says

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) raised more than $1 million last night at their largest fundraiser since their 2006 election, an aide said. Tickets to the event at Silo Point, a newly renovated historic...

By John Wagner | July 23, 2008; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Welcomes Hearing On "Waste Of Police Resources"

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) said today that he welcomes legislative hearings on state police surveillance of peace activists and death penalty opponents that took place under his Republican predecessor. "I think they want to ask the same questions that...

By John Wagner | July 22, 2008; 2:09 PM ET | Comments (6)

Should MoCo Restrict Large Vehicle Parking?

Today, Montgomery County officials will consider a parking ban on commercial vehicles, large pickup trucks and RVs on all residential streets and on roads with schools, hospitals, churches or playgrounds. GaryJean thinks the legislation is long overdue. What do you...

By washingtonpost.com editors | July 22, 2008; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (19)

Leggett Names Climate Change Task Force

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) announced today he is establishing a task force to help the county coordinate programs aimed at cutting down on the county's carbon footprint. "We want to make sure Montgomery County becomes a leader," he...

By Anne Bartlett | July 21, 2008; 3:23 PM ET | Comments (8)

McCain Coming To Maryland -- For Cash

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is scheduled to make a fundraising stop in Maryland tomorrow night. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is booked at the Centre Club in downtown Baltimore. Tickets start at $1,000 a person. Entrance to a VIP reception,...

By John Wagner | July 21, 2008; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Edwards Gets Likely Committee Assignments

U.S. Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) has received her probable committee assignments. Edwards, who was sworn in to Congress on June.19 after winning a special election in Maryland's 4th Congressional District, was recommended to serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure...

By Anne Bartlett | July 18, 2008; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Enforcing MoCo's Nanny Bill

The so-called nanny bill passed unanimously by the Montgomery County Council yesterday is all but certain to become law. County Executive Isiah Leggett has said he will sign the measure and is supportive of the measure's requirement that residents who...

By Ann Marimow | July 16, 2008; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

McDonough To Be Secretary Of State

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) tomorrow will name John McDonough, a Prince George's lawyer well-connected in Democratic politics, as Maryland's next secretary of state, according to several people familiar with the pick. WIth the scheduled announcement, O'Malley will fill a Cabinet...

By John Wagner | July 15, 2008; 3:41 PM ET | Comments (2)

O'Malley: Opposed To Offshore Drilling But Not Wind Power

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley this morning panned the Bush administration's push for exploration of coastal oil drilling - but said he remains interested in the potential for off-shore wind farms. O'Malley (D) offered few details on the subject, which came...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 15, 2008; 1:06 PM ET | Comments (9)

Prince George's Employees Clash with Johnson

Members of AFSCME unions that represent 2,000 county employees in Prince George's have voted to reject a request by county leaders to renegotiate the terms of their contract. Facing a $48 million budget shortfall in the tightening economy, County Executive...

By Rosalind Helderman | July 15, 2008; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (3)

Anti-Slots Strategists Swear Off Gambling Money

Anti-slots strategists sought today to put to rest talk that they may turn to out-of-state gambling interests to help fund their campaign to defeat slots in Maryland. In a conference call with reporters, Aaron Meisner, chairman of StopSlotsMaryland, said the...

By John Wagner | July 14, 2008; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bereano Tops Lobbying List

Bruce C. Bereano, whose lobbying career was derailed only briefly by a 1994 mail fraud conviction, has reclaimed the No. 1 spot on a list of top earners in Annapolis. Bereano reported receiving $806,250 in compensation for lobbying activities between...

By John Wagner | July 12, 2008; 6:40 AM ET | Comments (4)

Maryland Maintains AAA Bond Rating

Despite ongoing fiscal challenges, Maryland has retained its AAA bond rating in advance of a $415 million bond sale next week, State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp announced yesterday. Maryland is one of only seven states with a AAA rating from...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 11, 2008; 2:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

Former AG to Lead Death Penalty Panel

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) yesterday tapped a former U.S. attorney general to lead a panel examining Maryland's death penalty, opening another chapter in the state's long-running legal and political drama over the issue. Benjamin R. Civiletti, who served under President...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 10, 2008; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (2)

Sierra Club Rejects Slots

The Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club has voiced its opposition to the state's November referendum on slot-machine gambling, which would authorize up to 15,000 machines at five locations. In a statement, the group said its greatest concern is a...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 10, 2008; 7:39 AM ET | Comments (3)

The [County] Checks Are in the Mail

One casualty of Montgomery's ongoing budget constraints appears to be the hundreds of residents who served as poll workers during the special election contests in April and May to fill the open County Council seat of the late Marilyn Praisner....

By Phyllis Jordan | July 10, 2008; 6:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

Takoma Park's Latest Stand: Foie Gras

Takoma Park's elected leaders are taking a stand against foie gras, the fatty goose liver and French delicacy. At the urging of Mayor Bruce Williams, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution last week opposing "the production and sale...

By Phyllis Jordan | July 9, 2008; 1:01 PM ET | Comments (14)

Penn National Eyeing Md. Slots Site

Penn National Gaming, a major casino operator, has secured an option to purchase a 36-acre tract of land in Cecil County that could serve as a slots venue if Maryland voters approve a November referendum legalizing up to 15,000 gambling...

By John Wagner | July 8, 2008; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Internal Poll Has Rosy Outlook For Slots Supporters

Slots advocates in Maryland have been buoyed by a new internal poll showing 63 percent of likely voters supporting November's referendum, with 34 percent saying they would vote against it and only 3 percent undecided. The results are summarized in...

By John Wagner | July 2, 2008; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (10)

Pr. Geo.'s Jettisons Bradford Pear

The Bradford Pear tree has now been officially spurned by Prince George's County. The County Council unanimously adopted a resolution yesterday ditching it as the official county tree. The Bradford Pear, which was developed by government scientists at a U.S....

By Anne Bartlett | July 2, 2008; 8:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Is MoCo Pension Board Proposal Dead?

An effort to expand the role of local labor unions in overseeing Montgomery County's $3 billion employee retirement system appears headed for a quiet death. County Council President Michael Knapp (D-Upcounty) said this week that there are no plans to...

By Anne Bartlett | July 1, 2008; 2:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

 

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