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Maryland Politics: September 7, 2008 - September 13, 2008

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Lisa Rein , Slots  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Prince George's County , Prince George's Hospital , Rosalind Helderman  
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