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Maryland Politics: September 21, 2008 - September 27, 2008

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2008 Elections , John Wagner  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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