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Maryland Politics: November 30, 2008 - December 6, 2008

MoCo Delegate Tapped for Obama Transition Team

Del. Brian J. Feldman (D-Montgomery) is among the latest Maryland politicians to land a role in the Obama transition. Feldman, who worked for 13 years as a tax division lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice before getting into politics,...

By John Wagner  |  December 5, 2008; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Fry Appointed to Lead Md. Slots Commission

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) today tapped Donald C. Fry, a former state legislator who heads the Baltimore area's largest business association, as chairman of a powerful new commission that will select the operators of Maryland's slot-machine sites. The appointment was...

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 4, 2008; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Divisions on Pr. Geo's School Board?

The Prince George's County Board of Education voted to keep Verjeana M. Jacobs and Ron Watson in the panel's top two posts for the coming year, but only after a process that highlighted divisions among the school system's leadership without...

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 4, 2008; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley Elected Vice Chair of Democratic Governors

Gov. Martin O'Malley has been elected vice chair of the Democratic Governors Association for 2009, the Associated Press is reporting. . Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana will serve as 2009 chair, succeeding Gov. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. According to...

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 3, 2008; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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In Prince George's, Top Aide Gets Top Billing

In her first official speech after being elected chairman of the Prince George's County Council yesterday, Marilynn M. Bland (D-Clinton) reserved her highest praise for a man who has become a familiar presence to anyone who has watched the council...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  December 3, 2008; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Gansler Advising Justice Team But Plans To Stay Put

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has landed a role as an adviser to the transition process for the Obama administration's Justice Department -- but doesn't expect to play a longer-term role for president-elect. Gansler (D), who co-chaired Barack Obama's...

By John Wagner  |  December 3, 2008; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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MoCo Talks With Unions Stall Over Pay Raises

Montgomery County's annual Arts and Humanities ball was not all dancing and celebration last night. Instead, several council members huddled with union representatives who reported that talks had stalled with County Executive Isiah Leggett over rolling back planned pay raises...

By Ann Marimow  |  December 2, 2008; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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MoCo Council Chooses Andrews As President

Without debate, the Montgomery County Council today unanimously elected Phil Andrews (D-Gaithersburg-Rockville) as its president and Roger Berliner (Potomac-Bethesda) as vice president as the panel confronts a budget shortfall that has doubled since September. Andrews, a former executive director of...

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 2, 2008; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Campaign Planned to Boost Alcohol Tax For Health Funding

Health advocates will launch a campaign Wednesday to increase the state's tax on alcohol by a dime a drink to fund a plan for universal health care. But the initiative is likely to be dead on arrival in Annapolis, at...

By Lisa Rein  |  December 1, 2008; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Md. Peace Activists Post Police Files

Three peace activists who were classified as terrorists in a Maryland State Police database have posted their police files on DC Indymedia, a Washington-area website. Pat Elder and Nadine Bloch of Montgomery County and Medea Benjamin of San Francisco tell...

By Lisa Rein  |  December 1, 2008; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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O'Malley to Attend Governors Summit With Obama

Gov. Martin O'Malley will be among the governors meeting with President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden in Philadelphia at a summit tomorrow to discuss the economic crisis. O'Malley was originally a supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton in the...

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 1, 2008; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Steele to Headline in Virginia

One of Maryland's political stars, former lieutenant governor Michael S. Steele, will deliver the headline speech at the Silver Anniversary Dinner Saturday as part of the Republican Party of Virginia's GOP Advance. The Advance, an annual gathering of Republican activists...

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 1, 2008; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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