Archive: September 2008

Horse Industry Slams Ehrlich

Representatives of Maryland's horse-racing industry yesterday sharply criticized former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. for voicing opposition to the state's slots referendum, suggesting that the Republican was trying to deny a victory to his Democratic successor. Ehrlich, who spent much...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 30, 2008; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (5)

Fillmore Plan Divides MoCo Council

Montgomery County Council members were divided yesterday on a pair of land-use measures designed to bring one of Live Nation's Fillmore music halls to downtown Silver Spring. The council's planning committee debated technical changes to Montgomery's land-use rules that...

By Anne Bartlett | September 30, 2008; 8:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Donna Edwards Vote "No" on Bailout

While her fellow Marylander Majority Leader Steny Hoyer exhorted the House of Representatives to approve a $700 billion bailout plan, Donna Edwards voted against the plan. "This legislation would have done little to help the hard working people in...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 29, 2008; 2:51 PM ET | Comments (23)

Ehrlich Calls Slots Referendum "Bad Policy"

After spending the better part of his administration and much of his political capital pushing for slot machine gambling, former governor Bob Ehrlich is opposed to the referendum that could finally bring slots to Maryland. On his weekend radio show...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 29, 2008; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (4)

Slots foes gather at National Harbor

Developers of the upscale National Harbor in Prince George's have long proclaimed that they have no interest in slot machine gambling. And slots foes, gathered at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center there, intend to keep it that...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 27, 2008; 8:29 AM ET | Comments (5)

MoCo Ambulance Fee Gains Traction with Council

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett's proposed ambulance transport fee appeared to be gaining some traction yesterday afternoon with two of three members of the County Council's Public Safety Commitee, which will have the first word on the measure before it...

By Ann Marimow | September 26, 2008; 9:05 AM ET | Comments (3)

MoCo Democrats Vote Against Slots

Montgomery County Democrats have formally staked out a position against the November slots referendum proposal. The 16-1 vote last night by the Democratic Central Committee comes less than one week after Democratic County Executive Isiah Leggett reversed course and endorsed...

By Ann Marimow | September 25, 2008; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (16)

Congressional Candidate: Gov't Bailout Illegal

Republican Congressional candidate Peter James said yesterday that he would spend the day as a process server, handing out legal filings to the White House, the Department of Treasury and congressional offices. James, an avowed libertarian challenging Democrat Donna F....

By Rosalind Helderman | September 25, 2008; 7:52 AM ET | Comments (22)

Both Sides in Slots Debate Win Converts

Pro- and anti-slots groups each gained support today: Maryland fightfighters became the latest municipal union to endorse the November slot machine gambling referendum proposal, while the Maryland Taxpayers Association came out against it. In a statement put out by the...

By Lisa Rein | September 24, 2008; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (2)

O'Malley Pledges To Look Out For Middle Class

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is promising to keep the middle-class in mind as his administration makes another round of budget cuts in coming weeks. To cope with a $432 million downward revision in anticipated tax revenue for the current fiscal...

By John Wagner | September 24, 2008; 9:56 AM ET | Comments (10)

O'Malley: No Plans to Shift Teacher Pension Costs

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) said today that he is still not inclined to shift teacher pension costs to Maryland counties, despite renewed interest in the idea in Annapolis. Last year, as lawmakers held a special session on the state's finances,...

By John Wagner | September 23, 2008; 3:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

MoCo's Budget Shortfall Persists

There was good news and bad news from Montgomery County's budget writers this afternoon. Budget director Joe Beach reported to the council's fiscal committee that the size of the projected shortfall for fiscal 2010 remains the same - about $251...

By Ann Marimow | September 22, 2008; 3:36 PM ET | Comments (6)

Gansler Raising Money For Obama-Biden

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D), an early supporter of the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, is making appearances at two high-level fundraisers for the Democratic ticket today. Gansler is in Boston this afternoon, according to an Maryland for...

By John Wagner | September 22, 2008; 2:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Steele Playing Obama In Debate Prep

Michael S. Steele, Maryland's former Republican lieutenant governor and failed U.S. Senate candidate, is reportedly playing a prominent role in the presidential race this week: that of Barack Obama (D-Ill.). The Wall Street Journal reports that Steele is playing the...

By John Wagner | September 22, 2008; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (7)

Anti-gambling Conference Set for National Harbor

Taylor Branch, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and acclaimed chronicler of the civil rights movement, will headline a two-day anti-gambling conference at National Harbor in Prince George's County on Friday. Branch is a member...

By Anne Bartlett | September 22, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Magazine: Md. has nicest, meanest senators

Maryland is home to one of the nicest and one of the meanest members of the U.S. Senate -- at least according to Washingtonian magazine. In an annual poll of Capitol Hill aides, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) topped the list...

By Anne Bartlett | September 22, 2008; 7:57 AM ET | Comments (3)

McCain to Attend Reunion in Annapolis

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain will return to Annapolis tomorrow for his 50th class reunion at the U.S. Naval Academy. . AP says McCain's public schedule has him attending the football game Saturday afternoon between Navy and Rutgers. It's...

By Anne Bartlett | September 19, 2008; 5:55 PM ET | Comments (2)

Leggett Endorses Slots Ballot Measure

Montgomery County's top elected official today "reluctantly" endorsed a November ballot measure to legalize slot machines, reversing his long-standing opposition to state-run gambling and taking a position at odds with many of the county's other political leaders. County Executive Isiah...

By Anne Bartlett | September 18, 2008; 6:16 PM ET | Comments (11)

Pr. Geo.'s Unions Sue Over Unpaid Furloughs

A coalition of five unions representing public safety unions in Prince George's County filed suit in circuit court today, arguing the county is in breach of contracts with their members because the County Council agreed to a plan to furlough...

By Rosalind Helderman | September 18, 2008; 4:26 PM ET | Comments (4)

First Lady Praises MoCo Woman

Montgomery County got a shout out from first lady Laura Bush last week during a speech at the Service8Nation Summit in New York City. In her remarks, Bush told the story of Della Stolsworth, who works with Senior Corps' Retired...

By Anne Bartlett | September 18, 2008; 3:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Liberal Franchot, Conservative Greenip Share Anti-Slots Stage

Two of Maryland's most ideologically opposed politicians shared the stage today at an anti-slots rally in Annapolis. Comptroller Peter Franchot, a liberal Democrat from Montgomery County, and Sen. Janet Greenip, a conservative Republican who represents Anne Arundel County, joined several...

By Lisa Rein | September 17, 2008; 4:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Correctional Officers Rally Against Furloughs

Less than 24 hours after the Prince George's County Council voted to furlough them and other county workers, about three dozen officers from the county Department of Corrections gathered in Upper Marlboro to try to drum up public support against...

By Anne Bartlett | September 17, 2008; 2:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Election Officials: 250,000 New Voters Expected

Maryland election officials said yesterday that they expect 250,000 new voters to register by next month's deadline for the presidential election and are making preparations for long lines at the polls on Nov. 4. Hundreds of new electronic poll books...

By Anne Bartlett | September 17, 2008; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (7)

Magna Ups the Ante in Slots Campaign

Magna Entertainment, the owner of two of Maryland's major racetracks, appears poised to contribute as much as $2 million toward the passage of the state's slot-machine referendum proposal, providing an infusion of cash from an industry that has been slow...

By Anne Bartlett | September 17, 2008; 9:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Senate GOP Stays Neutral on Slots

Maryland's Senate Republican caucus now has an official position on the November referendum on slot-machine gambling: No position. The 14 GOP lawmakers, many of whom supported slots under former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, Jr. (R) and fought Gov. Martin O'Malley (D)...

By Anne Bartlett | September 16, 2008; 5:50 PM ET | Comments (3)

Malone To Leave O'Malley Administration

Sean R. Malone, a long-time trusted aide to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), said today that he will leave the administration in coming weeks to become a partner in a law firm and lobbying shop. Malone, a deputy legislative officer...

By John Wagner | September 15, 2008; 4:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leggett Edges Toward Slots Announcement

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett dropped more hints today that he is preparing to part with his long standing opposition to slots, and said he would formally announce his position on the referendum by the end of the week. For...

By Ann Marimow | September 15, 2008; 3:28 PM ET | Comments (5)

Franchot Fires Back At Miller

Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) fired back this afternoon at Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), suggeting he was "impressed by the length" of a letter Miller sent earlier this week -- but not much else. "It was yet...

By John Wagner | September 12, 2008; 2:01 PM ET | Comments (6)

Miller Knocks Franchot As A "Novice"

A feud between two Annapolis politicians with healthy-sized egos escalated this week, with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) penning a letter to Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) in which Miller offers a scathing review of Franchot's first 20...

By John Wagner | September 12, 2008; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (5)

University System Apologizes On Duncan's Behalf

The University System of Maryland said today that former Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) has apologized for news reports in which he suggested he was forced to back out of a political forum next month at the direction...

By John Wagner | September 11, 2008; 4:51 PM ET | Comments (5)

Pr. Geo. Dems: No Advice on Slots

A deeply divided Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee voted last night to offer county party members no guidance about how to vote on Maryland's slots referendum in November. A sizable portion of the committee wanted to tell voters they...

By Rosalind Helderman | September 10, 2008; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (5)

Obama Lauds Prince George's Teachers Pay Plan

Maria Glod, the Post's sharp-eyed education reporter, noted that Democratic candidate Barack Obama brought up Prince George's County in his speech in Dayton yesterday. Obama praised the county for a pay-for-performance pilot program that rewards teachers for improving student...

By Phyllis Jordan | September 10, 2008; 6:49 AM ET | Comments (5)

Tensions High Between Leggett, MoCo Council

Tensions reached a new high this morning at the County Council's first meeting with County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) in more than a month. This being Montgomery County, the tenor of the discussion was polite and no one pounded a...

By Ann Marimow | September 9, 2008; 3:28 PM ET | Comments (3)

O'Malley's Approval Rating Rises

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has seen a rebound in his job approval numbers while support for a key initiative of his, the legalization of slot-machine gambling, has slipped some, according to a new poll. Forty-five percent of likely voters...

By Anne Bartlett | September 9, 2008; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (13)

Franchot, Slots Advocates Clash

Advocates on both sides of the debate over slot machine gambling in Maryland stepped up their rhetoric today on the eve of new revenue estimates that are expected to paint a bleak picture of state finances. First, Comptroller Peter Franchot,...

By Anne Bartlett | September 8, 2008; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (14)

Small Town Mayors Unite

Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo says he hasn't decided which presidential candidate he's supporting in November, but he does know this: Small-town mayoral experience is valuable. Calvo has found himself in a national spotlight recently after a Prince George's County...

By Rosalind Helderman | September 8, 2008; 10:37 AM ET | Comments (1)

ACLU-led Coalition: Preserve Abortion Services at Pr. Geo.'s Hospital

A coalition of groups led by the ACLU wants the Prince George's Hospital Authority to declare in writing that health-care management companies interested in taking over the county's hospital system will offer abortions and other reproductive health services. Representatives for...

By Anne Bartlett | September 8, 2008; 9:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

From the Floor: Overwhelming Experience

Sam White was a Maryland alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention who blogged from Minneapolis-St. Paul for Maryland Moment. He is from Odenton in Anne Arundel County. I really would like to say that this has been an...

By Anne Bartlett | September 5, 2008; 6:13 PM ET | Comments (4)

Md. GOP: Fired Up, Ready to Travel

Maryland delegates are leaving the Republican National Convention fired up, but some acknowledged their greatest value in coming weeks could be providing help in states, including Virginia, where polls suggest a closer race. "Three points in Maryland isn't as important...

By Anne Bartlett | September 5, 2008; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (2)

Pr. Geo.'s Unions: Johnson's Wasting Money

A rift between Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson and the unions representing county public safety agencies is deepening. Last week, a coalition of five unions filed a series of public information requests with the county, seeking answers that...

By Rosalind Helderman | September 4, 2008; 2:07 PM ET | Comments (2)

From the Floor: Historic Evening

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. Last night we all gathered in the Xcel Energy...

By Anne Bartlett | September 4, 2008; 1:13 PM ET | Comments (5)

Huckabee Revs Up Marylanders

The Maryland delegation was treated to a breakfast speech this morning from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), who, like most others in the room, appeared to still be on a high from last night's speech by GOP vice presidential...

By Anne Bartlett | September 4, 2008; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

'Drill, Baby, Drill'

ST. PAUL -- Michael S. Steele, Maryland's former lieutenant governor, fired up the Republican convention Wednesday night with a 10-minute speech that touted Sen. John McCain's character and judgment and suggested he would bring about change on issues important to...

By Anne Bartlett | September 4, 2008; 9:47 AM ET | Comments (1)

From the Floor: Online and On Camera

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. Sam participated in a washingtonpost.com live online discussion from...

By washingtonpost.com | September 3, 2008; 3:32 PM ET | Comments (27)

From the Floor: Full House

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 just got back from the [washingtonpost.com] online chat....

By Anne Bartlett | September 3, 2008; 2:02 PM ET | Comments (2)

Md. GOP Trolls for Speaker, Gets a Big Name

Maryland Republicans were without a featured speaker for their breakfast this morning, so delegation leader Don Murphy starting trolling. By 5 a.m., Murphy had arrived at the St. Paul restaurant from which MSNBC's "Morning Joe" is being broadcast this week....

By Anne Bartlett | September 3, 2008; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (2)

From the Floor: High Energy

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. Wow!!! That is all that I can say about...

By Anne Bartlett | September 3, 2008; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (7)

Heavy-hitters Speak to Md. Republicans

ST. PAUL -- Even leaders of the Maryland delegation seemed taken aback by the starpower of the speakers at their breakfast meeting this morning. Those who came by to talk to Republicans from the heavily Democratic, relatively small state included...

By Anne Bartlett | September 2, 2008; 12:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

Gilchrest Endorses Democrat in 1st District

Republican congressman Wayne T. Gilchrest broke ranks with his party yesterday and endorsed Democrat Frank Kratovil as the candidate he thinks should replace him in Congress in the 1st District. The endorsement came about seven months after Gilchrest lost a...

By Anne Bartlett | September 2, 2008; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (12)

From the Floor: Denver Reflections

Katina Rojas Joy was a Maryland alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention who blogged for Maryland Moment from Denver. She is from Prince George's County. I am back home and have recovered from the convention. I've managed to...

By washingtonpost.com | September 1, 2008; 10:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

From the Floor: Day One

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. The first day is over at the convention and...

By washingtonpost.com | September 1, 2008; 8:04 PM ET | Comments (4)

Md., Va. Delegates Go to the Circus

ST. PAUL -- Dominion Resources, the energy company, treated the Virginia and Maryland delegations to a lunch-time circus performance today that included acrobatics and fire juggling. The event was put on by Circus Juventas, a non-profit organization in St. Paul...

By Anne Bartlett | September 1, 2008; 4:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

From the Floor: From Fallujah to St. Paul

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 just left the delegation breakfast where we were...

By Anne Bartlett | September 1, 2008; 1:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

From the Floor: Arrival in Twin Cities

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. The last time we talked, I was in Atlanta...

By Anne Bartlett | September 1, 2008; 12:49 PM ET | Comments (1)

Md. GOP Delegate Once Represented Obama

One Maryland delegate to the Republican National Convention was reminiscing yesterday morning about past ties to the presidential nominee -- of the Democratic party. As a member of the Hawaii legislature in the 1970s, Anne Arundel County Executive John R....

By Anne Bartlett | September 1, 2008; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Palin Choice Popular in Md. GOP Delegation

ST. PAUL -- The tone at a Maryland delegation breakfast this morning seemed dialed back, in keeping with the spirit of today's GOP convention. But several speakers sang the praises of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), the recently named running...

By Anne Bartlett | September 1, 2008; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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