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Maryland Politics: October 19, 2008 - October 25, 2008

Leggett Plays Unintentional Role in Pro-Slots Ad

Despite agonizing for weeks about his position on next month's statewide referendum on slots, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) is unwittingly playing a prominent role in a pro-slots radio ad that began airing this week. The ad, titled "Most...

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 24, 2008; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Md. State Police Spied on Climate Change Activists

Three members of a Maryland environmental group that fights climate change and promotes the use of alternative energy sources were wrongly classified as terrorists by the state police. Mike Tidwell, founder and director of the Chespeake Climate Action Network, and...

By Lisa Rein  |  October 23, 2008; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Maryland's Voter Registration Up 10 Percent

The Associated Press had provided the number of voters by county and the percentage increase from the 2004 presidential election. Only Talbot County had a decrease. Allegany 42,171, 5 percent Anne Arundel 329,448, 7 percent Baltimore City 368,186, 20 percent Baltimore County 502,354, 14 percent Calvert 55,563, 12 percent Caroline 17,596, 13 percent Carroll 105,451, 10 percent Cecil 58,935, 19 percent Charles 87,748, 19 percent Dorchester 19,353, 9 percent Frederick 134,273, 11 percent Garrett 18,102, 2 percent Harford 149,661, 8 percent Howard 175,121, 7 percent Kent 12,760, 10 percent Montgomery 557,730, 8 percent Prince George's 494,859, 6 percent

By Lisa Rein  |  October 23, 2008; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ambulance Fee Appears Headed for Defeat

County Executive Isiah Leggett's proposed ambulance fee does not have enough votes to pass the County Council, vice president Phil Andrews said this afternoon. Andrews said that he and four of his colleagues on the nine member council would not...

By Ann Marimow  |  October 22, 2008; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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High Turnout = More Voting Machines

Maryland elections chief Linda Lamone today predicted a voter turnout of at least 85 percent on Election Day --and 90 percent in some areas. Final registration numbers won't be available until tomorrow morning, but the number of new voters surged...

By Lisa Rein  |  October 22, 2008; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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An O'Malley-Ehrlich Rematch?

There have been rumblings that Bob Ehrlich, the only Republican to be elected governor in Maryland in the past four decades, might give it a try again in 2010. That would likely mean taking on the Democrat who ousted him...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  October 22, 2008; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Pro-Slots TV Ads Begin in Washington Area

The first pro-slots television ad to hit the Washington-area market began airing today, playing up the pitch that slots will help Maryland recapture hundreds of millions of dollarsh spent by gamblers out of state. The narrator begins with a claim...

By Lisa Rein  |  October 21, 2008; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MoCo's Firefighters Threaten Referendum

Montgomery County's volunteer firefighter organization put elected officials on notice this morning that it will not back away from its opposition to a proposed ambulance fee. If the County Council approves the fee this fall, the volunteers said they would...

By Ann Marimow  |  October 21, 2008; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Gilchrest Speaks Out at Environmental Tribute

Last night's League of Conservation Voters dinner in Annapolis was a virtual who's who among Maryland Democrats. But a departing Republican stole the show. Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (D-Md.), who was defeated in the GOP primary in the 1st Congressional District...

By John Wagner  |  October 21, 2008; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pro-Slots Pollster: Measure is Favored By Voters

In a memo written last week, a pollster for Maryland's leading pro-slots group says the "slots referendum is poised for a solid victory" on Nov. 4. The memo, prepared for For Maryland For Our Future by Frederick S. Yang, says...

By John Wagner  |  October 20, 2008; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Steele as GOP Cabinet Pick?

Former Maryland lieutenant governor Michael S. Steele (R), who gave a prime-time speech at last month's Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., is being mentioned as a possible Cabinet secretary if Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) wins the presidency. Steele...

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 20, 2008; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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