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Maryland Politics: December 7, 2008 - December 13, 2008

Johnson Watch: Friday Edition

Still no word from Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson, whom we presume is still traveling on an trade mission in an unnamed African country that might be the Republic of Cameroon. Johnson (D) has been gone since Dec....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  December 12, 2008; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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MoCo Council Takes Aim at Commission Stipends

Before wrapping up for the holiday recess this week, some Montgomery County Council members took aim at a small, but significant line item in the budget. Council member George Leventhal is leading the charge to wipe out the county's Fire...

By Ann Marimow  |  December 11, 2008; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Marylanders Worried About Money But High On Obama

A new poll shows large majorities of Marylanders worried about their financial situations -- yet placing high bets on Barck Obama's presidency. In the poll, by OpinonWorks of Annapolis, 72 percent of Maryland adults said they worry about money as...

By John Wagner  |  December 11, 2008; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Is Steele a Real Contender for RNC Post?

Our colleague Chris Cillizza assesses former Lt. Gov. Michael Steele's chances of getting the top job at the Republican National Committee today in The Fix....

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 11, 2008; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Johnson Watch: Wednesday Edition

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson has still not returned from his trip to Africa. This is clear because his spokesman said again today that he had no information about the trip and that Johnson will answer all questions...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  December 10, 2008; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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O'Malley Sends Stimulus Priorities To Md. Delegation

Gov. Martin O'Malley today provided the Maryland congressional delegtation with a wish list for federal stimulus projects, including $100 million in highway resurfacing, $50 million in bridge redecking, $100 million in affordable housing and waste and wastewater investments with a...

By John Wagner  |  December 10, 2008; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Johnson Watch: Tuesday Edition

Eight days after Prince George's Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) and at least three other county workers left for Africa, his top aides have still been unable to produce basic details about the trip, including any kind of itinerary or...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  December 9, 2008; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Christmas Tree Sale Ban Gets a Hearing--In February

Looks like it'll take until 2009 to get to the bottom of why it's illegal to sell a Christmas tree in Montgomery County prior to Dec. 5. At the request of County Executive Ike Leggett (D) the council voted...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  December 9, 2008; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Griffith Delegation Chair in Pri. Geo.

Griffith works for the Prince George's County Health Department as director of the Center for Healthy Lifestyle Initiatives. She said she hopes to foster "greater communications among the delegation's members," including other delegates who serve in the leadership of the House. County delegations play an important role in Annapolis, in part because bills that affect only one county are traditionally heard first by delegation committees. The chairman controls which members consider which local bills and in what order -- a tremendously powerful tool in establishing a county's legislative agenda. Delegation chairmen also work closely with House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) and help distribute perks, like seating assignments on the House floor. Griffith replaces Del. Barbara A. Frush (D-Prince George's), who served one two-year term as chair. Frush said she declined to challenge Griffith when she realized a vote between them would likely be very close. "Rather than to divide the delegation, I felt it was in the best interest of the delegation not to bring it up for a vote and have people choose sides," Frush said. Griffith said she was pleased Frush decided to step aside rather than force an uncomfotable vote. "She spared people that tough decision," she said.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  December 9, 2008; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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David Ross Among Marylanders Aiding Transition

Another Marylander, this one with progeny who are up-and-comers in state government circles, is playing a role in the Obama transition. David Ross has been appointed to the Health and Human Services transition team of President-elect Barack Obama. Ross served...

By John Wagner  |  December 9, 2008; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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O'Malley, Lawmakers Choose Slots Commission

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and legislative leaders yesterday named the remaining members of powerful new commission that will determine who will operate Maryland's slot-machine parlors. The seven-member commission, which includes former legislators and several business leaders, will pick the winning...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  December 9, 2008; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Johnson Watch Enters Week Two

Have you seen this man? Though Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson has now been in Africa on county business for a full week, residents still have no clear picture of what he is doing there or how much...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  December 8, 2008; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Tough Talk Between Leggett and Miller

There were croissants, eggs and tough talk this morning from Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), who used a power breakfast with county leaders to "draw a line in the sand" on state funding for local schools. Leggett wasn't shy...

By Ann Marimow  |  December 8, 2008; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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