Archive: August 2008

Md. GOP's Pelura: "We don't need a party"

ST. PAUL -- James Pelura, chairman of the Maryland Republicans, praised his party's decision this afternoon to pare down opening-day activities of its convention in response to Hurricane Gustav. "Republicans are so enthused with our nominee, and really enthused with...

By John Wagner | August 31, 2008; 5:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

From the Floor: In Transit

Sam White is a Maryland alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention, who will be blogging from Minneapolis-St. Paul for Maryland Moment. He is from Odenton in Anne Arundel County. I really feel it incumbent upon myself to take...

By Anne Bartlett | August 31, 2008; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Speech Excitement in Pr.Geo.'s

The tears started to flow Thursday night at former Redskin LaVar Arrington's Sideline Restaurant and Bar in Prince George's County as soon as Sen. Barack Obama stood in the Denver Broncos football stadium and said, "I accept the nomination." Hundreds...

By Anne Bartlett | August 29, 2008; 1:27 PM ET | Comments (2)

O'Malley Jams with The Govs in Denver

It sounds like Maryland Gov. Martin O"Malley threw quite the bash Wednesday night at an Irish pub in downtown Denver, where he and other Democrats were attending the Democratic National Convention.. In what has become a staple of O'Malley parties,...

By Anne Bartlett | August 28, 2008; 7:34 PM ET | Comments (1)

Now this is Unity

Former Maryland Del. Rushern L. Baker III (left) and Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (right). (Photo courtesy of Justin Ross) Forget Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. In Maryland, there are few politicians who have held such enmity...

By Rosalind Helderman | August 28, 2008; 6:16 PM ET | Comments (2)

From the Floor: Kanye Rocks the Bono Charity Event

Katina Rojas Joy is a Maryland alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging for Maryland Moment from Denver. She is from Prince George's County. Chicago native Kanye West performed at last night's One Campaign party...

By Marcia Davis | August 28, 2008; 5:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

From the Floor: Voto Latino

Katina Rojas Joy is a Maryland alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging for Maryland Moment from Denver. She is from Prince George's County. "Our work is not done." That was the message from actress...

By Anne Bartlett | August 28, 2008; 3:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

From the Floor: Iraq Vet Heads to Convention

Sam White is a Maryland alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention, who will be blogging from Minneapolis-St. Paul for Maryland Moment. He is from Odenton in Anne Arundel County. Hello everyone! My name is Sam White and I...

By Anne Bartlett | August 28, 2008; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

From the Floor: Wednesday Recap

Katina Rojas Joy is a Maryland alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging for Maryland Moment from Denver. She is from Prince George's County. I spoke with Bowie delegate Len Lucchi, who told me Roxanne...

By washingtonpost.com | August 27, 2008; 4:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Local Gospel Musician Performs at DNC

Not everybody at the Democratic National Convention in Denver is making speeches. Six-time Grammy award nominee Richard Smallwood, a familiar presence in churches in Washington's Maryland suburbs, performed during the interfaith service Sunday. Smallwood, a pianist who has recorded albums...

By Anne Bartlett | August 27, 2008; 1:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cummings Speaks Tonight at Convention

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, who represents Maryland's 7th Congressional District, is scheduled to speak tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, sometime between 5 and 6 p.m. local time (7-8 p.m., Eastern time.) Cummings was Sen. Barack Obama's campaign...

By Anne Bartlett | August 27, 2008; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

From the Floor: On Camera and Online

Katina Rojas Joy is a Maryland alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging for Maryland Moment from Denver. She is from Prince George's County. Katina participated in a washingtonpost.com live online discussion to answer questions...

By washingtonpost.com | August 27, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (2)

From the Floor: Mile-High Michelle

Katina Rojas Joy is a Maryland alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging for Maryland Moment from Denver. She is from Prince George's County. My party has sent me to Denver to get fired up....

By Anne Bartlett | August 26, 2008; 7:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Blue State Delegates Sing The Blues

While Virginia delegates to the Democratic National Convention bask in the glory of being seated on the floor of the Pepsi Center in front of the podium, delegates from Maryland are seated almost as away from the podium as a...

By Tim Craig | August 26, 2008; 4:18 PM ET | Comments (1)

Clinton Confidante Urges Md. Support for Obama

DENVER - In the pages of today's Post, we told you about the continued hard feelings some Hillary Rodham Clinton supporters in Maryland's delegation harbor toward the Barack Obama campaign. In particular, Montgomery County delegate Mary Boergers remains frustrated. The...

By Anne Bartlett | August 26, 2008; 3:07 PM ET | Comments (7)

Delegate from Bowie Suffers Stroke

A Maryland convention delegate is recovering from a mild stroke at a Denver hospital today and hopes to make it back to the convention floor Thursday night, friends said. Roxanne Taylor, 52, of Bowie, collapsed at about 11 p.m. Monday...

By Anne Bartlett | August 26, 2008; 1:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Claims Biden for Md. Sort Of.

DENVER -- The thing about political conventions is that everyone wants to claim a piece of, a connection to, the nominees. So it was that Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley happily stated that Marylanders can proudly stake claim to Sen. Joseph...

By Anne Bartlett | August 26, 2008; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (4)

From the Floor: Motherhood and Music

Katina Rojas Joy is a Maryland alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging for Maryland Moment from Denver. She is from Prince George's County. Like Michelle, I too am optimistic at what this country has...

By washingtonpost.com | August 26, 2008; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Informal Survey in MoCo Shows Anti-Slots Sentiment

Montgomery's legislators have long been some of the loudest voices opposed to the expansion of slot machine gambling, so it was not surprising when a recent sampling found many local residents who share their views. In a rather unscientific straw...

By Anne Bartlett | August 26, 2008; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (5)

Brown Returning To Md. After Cousin Is Shot

Catherine Brown, a teacher at the Beauvoir School of Washington National Cathedral who was fatally shot in her Montgomery Village home over the weekend, is a cousin of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D). The lieutenant governor, who is in...

By John Wagner | August 25, 2008; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

From the Floor: Picking Biden

Katina Rojas Joy is a Maryland alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging for Maryland Moment from Denver. She is from Prince George's County. The Denver Pre Plan I have just learned some very exciting...

By washingtonpost.com | August 24, 2008; 1:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

From the Floor: Last Minute Huddle

Katina Rojas Joy is a Maryland alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging for Maryland Moment from Denver. She is from Prince George's County. The Bowie crew, 4th and 5th congressional district delegates, Len Lucci,...

By washingtonpost.com | August 22, 2008; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (1)

Pr. Geo.'s Pols Head to Denver

Much of political Prince George's is decamping for Denver this week and next, as the Democratic National Convention kicks off Monday. Among the notables who will attend are County Executive Jack B. Johnson, who was selected to serve as a...

By Anne Bartlett | August 21, 2008; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

From the Floor: Meet Your Delegate

Katina Rojas Joy is a Maryland alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention who will be blogging for Maryland Moment from Denver. She is from Prince George's County. My name is Katina Rojas Joy, a New Yorker who now...

By washingtonpost.com | August 21, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Steele to Speak at GOP Convention

Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele has been chosen to speak at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul next month. Steele, who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2006, is slated for Sept. 2, following Hawaii Gov. Linda...

By Anne Bartlett | August 20, 2008; 3:20 PM ET | Comments (2)

MoCo Council President, Exec Wrangle Over Housing Aid

Long-simmering yet mostly unspoken tension between Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and the County Council president has boiled over in a dispute over money to help first-time homebuyers. In the calm of the council's summer recess, Leggett's team was...

By Anne Bartlett | August 20, 2008; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (2)

GOP Cites Currie in Fund-Raising Appeal

As chairman of the state's powerful Budget and Taxation Committee, Prince George's Sen. Ulysses Currie (D) is used to raising money for state coffers. Now, he may indirectly raise funds for an entirely different organization: The Maryland Republican Party. The...

By Rosalind Helderman | August 19, 2008; 3:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Slots Opponents Question Ballot Language

An anti-slots group says that the wording of a November referendum to authorize 15,000 slot machines in Maryland is too favorable to pro-gambling interests. The language, released today by Secretary of State John P. McDonough, an appointee of Gov. Martin...

By Anne Bartlett | August 18, 2008; 5:22 PM ET | Comments (12)

Slots Wars Heat Up

Maryland's slots wars, 17 days and counting before Labor Day's traditional fall campaign kickoff, managed to heat up anyway on Thursday. First, state and local leaders working to defeat the November referendum held a press conference on the boardwalk in...

By Anne Bartlett | August 15, 2008; 8:39 AM ET | Comments (5)

Money for Prince George's Hospital

The Prince George's Hospital Center and other county health facilities have received $5.6.million in state and county money, the latest funding in a public effort to stave off the collapse of the long-troubled hospital system. Dimensions Healthcare System, the nonprofit...

By Rosalind Helderman | August 13, 2008; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Md. High Court Takes Transgender Case

Maryland's highest court agreed late yesterday to hear arguments in the case that will determine whether Montgomery's voters are asked on the November ballot to weigh in on the law that provides broad rights to transgender individuals. The Court of...

By Ann Marimow | August 12, 2008; 3:22 PM ET | Comments (13)

Libertarian Weighs In On Raid

Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Bob Barr is, apparently, a close reader of the news of Prince George's County. The former Republican Congressman from Georgia released a statement on his presidential campaign website about the July 29 Prince George's police and...

By Rosalind Helderman | August 12, 2008; 8:28 AM ET | Comments (26)

State Nixes Online Vote "Auction"

The auction for Aaron Fischer's vote this November opened at $3.99. "Influence the political climate like never before in this November's historical Presidential Election!" read the Catonsville man's auction posting on eBay. "To the highest bidder, YOUR VOTE IS MY...

By Anne Bartlett | August 11, 2008; 1:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Rejects Miller's Son For Judgeship

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has declined to appoint the son of Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D) to a District Court judgeship in Anne Arundel County. The governor's office announced today that he has filled three vacancies...

By Anne Bartlett | August 7, 2008; 5:11 PM ET | Comments (5)

Money Delay For Pr. George's Hospital

Officials with the Prince George's County hospital system said this week they have not received the first installment of state and county money that was promised under a new law and was intended to prop up the troubled system while...

By Anne Bartlett | August 7, 2008; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Short Hiatus

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By Washington Post Editors | August 5, 2008; 9:48 AM ET | Comments (2)

Berwyn Heights Rallies for Mayor and His Dogs

About 100 people gathered on a ball field in the tiny town of Berwyn Heights last night to rally in support of the town's mayor and in memory of his two dogs who were shot and killed by law enforcement...

By Phyllis Jordan | August 4, 2008; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (20)

O'Malley Touts "Fiscal Responsibility"

At first blush, last year's special legislative session in Maryland might seem a curious couple of weeks for Gov. Martin O'Malley(D) to voluntarily revisit. Multiple taxes were increased, and whatever the benefit to the state's finances, it came at a...

By Anne Bartlett | August 4, 2008; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (4)

State Police: Busch's Wife Charged with DUI

The wife of Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) was arrested this week on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, authorities said. Maryland State Police issued four traffic citations to Cynthia F. Abbott Busch, 51, of...

By Anne Bartlett | August 1, 2008; 1:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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