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Maryland Politics: October 26, 2008 - November 1, 2008

MoCo Mailer Still Ahead of the Facts

A postcard urging residents to vote "No on Question B!" started arriving in Montgomery County mailboxes today -- still claiming that The Washington Post had editorialized against the ballot measure, anti-tax activist Robin Ficker tells Maryland Moment. But as of...

By Anne Bartlett  |  November 1, 2008; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Leggett and O'Malley On The Line For Slots

Robocalls are being made to households in Montgomery County by County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), urging voters to support the slot-machine gambling referendum on election day. It's paid for by For Maryland For Our Future,...

By Miranda Spivack  |  October 31, 2008; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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A Word on Registering to Vote at the MVA

State elections officials continue to try to dispel misinformation before Tuesday's vote. One issue that may cause confusion: Some Maryland residents who think they registered to vote through the state's Motor Vehicle Administration did not complete the required two-step process...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 31, 2008; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Maryland Dems Push Early Voting, Rev Up Obama Vols

Top Maryland Democrats, including Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, U.S. Rep. Donna F. Edwards and Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson, joined at Sen. Barack Obama's Prince George's headquarters today to urge Maryland voters to approve a constitutional amendment that...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 30, 2008; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Steele Stumps for McCain in Va.

There's not much chance that Republican presidential nominee John McCain is going to win Maryland's 10 electoral votes. So some Maryland Republicans, including one of the state's political stars, are traveling to Virginia and other battleground states to try to...

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 30, 2008; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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MoCo Ballot Measure Opponents Get Ahead of the News

Opponents of a Montgomery County ballot measure that would make it more difficult to raise the limit on property tax revenue are poised to send out their first mailing to voters. But at least part of the message is premature....

By Ann Marimow  |  October 29, 2008; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2008 Elections , Ann Marimow , Montgomery County  
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Breast Cancer Survivors, Ringed By Bras, Thank O'Malley

As Annapolis rallies go, this one stood out. Organizers ringed Lawyer's Mall, a familiar site adjacent to the State House for such events, with what they said were 2,600 bras. A sign at this morning's event read: "Don't Leave Women...

By John Wagner  |  October 29, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. Gov Thanks Md. Dems for Help

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) roused Maryland Democrats at the party's annual gala in Baltimore last night, thanking Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and other party leaders for sending volunteers to the Old Dominion to help campaign for Sen. Barack Obama....

By Lisa Rein  |  October 28, 2008; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley Pitches Mid-Day Voting -- and Slots Measure

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), flanked by city leaders at a Baltimore elementary school this morning, urged voters to arrive at their polling place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. next Tuesday to avoid long lines. What he didn't do was...

By Lisa Rein  |  October 28, 2008; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Anti-Slots Leader Decries Franchot's Tactics

Charles E. Graham, the chairman of Marylanders United To Stop Slots, said today that he is considering stepping down out of frustration with the tactics of Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), the most visible member of the anti-slots group. Graham, the...

By John Wagner  |  October 28, 2008; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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IG's Role Should Remain Unchanged, Panel Says

Montgomery's charter review commission has given a preliminary thumbs down to a proposal that would bring the inspector general's office under the executive branch, foreshadowing a likely no vote next spring. At a recent meeting, the panel voted 8 to...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  October 28, 2008; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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First Pray, Then Vote

Perhaps, as the frenzied presidential campaign comes to a close, a moment of contemplation is in order. That's what County Council Chairman Samuel H. Dean (D-Mitchellville) and his wife Donna seem to believe. The two are organizing a prayer vigil...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 28, 2008; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Prince George's Johnson Says "No" to Slots

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) said this morning that he would vote against the Nov. 4 statewide ballot measure to legalize slot machines. Johnson, who has long opposed bringing gambling to his county, had not before taken...

By Ann Marimow  |  October 27, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Prince George's Already Has Lines to Vote Absentee

The wait in line to cast absentee ballots in-person at the Prince George's County Board of Elections office has now reached an hour and 25 minutes, the county's elections administrator said today. Alisha L. Alexander said voters were in good...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 27, 2008; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Busch: People Can Make Up Own Minds On Slots

During the previous administration, House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) was repeatedly demonized or canonized -- depending on one's perspective -- for keeping slot machines out of Maryland. Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich (R) was among his harshest critics....

By John Wagner  |  October 27, 2008; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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