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Maryland Politics: October 5, 2008 - October 11, 2008

Leggett's MoCo Agenda Now on YouTube

County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) is not known for the aggressive public relations tactics of his predecessor, Douglas M. Duncan, or D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. But Leggett has recently taken his agenda to a new medium that not even...

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 10, 2008; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Ann Marimow , Montgomery County  
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O'Malley Asked to Reverse Police on Spy File Access

The ACLU of Maryland today asked Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) to reverse a decision by the state police not to allow 53 nonviolent political activists wrongly classified as terrorists to get copies of their files and to review them with...

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 9, 2008; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Lisa Rein  
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GOP: Defeat Early Voting Amendment

Republicans in the General Assembly today announced their opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment on next month's ballot that would authorize early voting up to two weeks before Maryland elections. House Minority Leader Anthony J. O'Donnell (R-Calvert) said the measure...

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 9, 2008; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2008 Elections , John Wagner  
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Leggett Seeks $50 Million in Mid-Year Cuts

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) has called on government department and agency leaders to make mid-year budget cuts of $50 million to conserve resources to cope with a projected $250 million shortfall for fiscal 2010. He cited anticipated declines...

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 9, 2008; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Ann Marimow , Montgomery County  
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Hutchins Among Keith Olbermann's "Worst Persons"

Former Maryland Police Superintendent Thomas E. Hutchins won national recognition last night -- but not the kind one typically brags about. Hutchins was designated as the runner-up for "Worst Person in the World," a nightly feature on Keith Olbermann's "Countdown"...

By John Wagner  |  October 9, 2008; 6:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  John Wagner  
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High Drama At Maryland's Death Penalty Commission

A commission examining capital punishment in Maryland produced some high drama yesterday, as an exonerated death row inmate tangled with the state's attorney from the jurisdiction that sentenced him to death. Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Schellenberger, a member of...

By John Wagner  |  October 8, 2008; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Franchot Asks O'Malley To Call Off The "Attack Dogs"

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) said today that he was the victim of a "Swift-boat style" attack carried about by pro-slots forces and called on Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) to "call off the attack dogs, stop the negative campaigning and...

By John Wagner  |  October 7, 2008; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  John Wagner , Slots  
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Franchot: Won't Get In Gutter On Slots

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), a leading slots opponent, tried to turn the tables on slots supporters in a fundraising solicitation over the weekend. In an email Friday, For Maryland For Our Future, a pro-slots group, announced it was starting...

By John Wagner  |  October 6, 2008; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  John Wagner , Slots  
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Supporters, Foes Focus on MoCo Tax Amendment

Montgomery County voters will be asked Nov. 4 to decide whether to amend the county's charter to make it more difficult for the nine-member council to exceed the limit on property tax revenue. Real estate broker Robin Ficker's proposal would...

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 6, 2008; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Ann Marimow , Montgomery County  
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