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Maryland Politics: December 14, 2008 - December 20, 2008

Pr. Geo.'s Leaders Defend School Funding

Prince George's leaders are reacting angrily to a suggestion by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. that the county's request for state school construction funds this year was driven by political considerations instead of the needs of children. In...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  December 18, 2008; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Busch, Miller Urge Colleagues To Return $604.20

In a gesture of solidarity with soon-to-be-furloughed state employees, the presiding officers of the Maryland General Assembly have asked their members to give up a portion of their pay. Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) announced yesterday that most state employees would...

By John Wagner  |  December 17, 2008; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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MoCo Union Closes In On Pay Raise Deal

Gino Renne, president of Montgomery County's largest public employee union, said today that he is close to a compromise with County Executive Isiah Leggett on planned pay raises for workers, a far more upbeat assessment of negotiations than in recent...

By Ann Marimow  |  December 16, 2008; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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O'Malley Orders Furloughs for State Workers

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) today announced a furlough plan under which state employees will lose the equivalent of two to five days of pay by June, an attempt to generate savings in a worsening budget climate. The announcement came...

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 16, 2008; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Weaver Leaves Franchot Office for Van Hollen Post

Maryland political veteran David Weaver, currently top aide to Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), has been hired as Rep. Chris Van Hollen's chief of staff in his Capitol Hill office. Van Hollen (D) announced today that he's hiring Weaver to replace...

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 16, 2008; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Prince George's Wants Say in Fed Funds

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson, members of the County Council, and county delegates and senators met with Gov. Martin O'Malley behind closed doors this morning in Annapolis. Their message: We want a say in how to distribute federal...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  December 16, 2008; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Ficker's Law License Restored

Low-tax activist Robin Ficker reports that he is back in action in the courtroom and "on a roll." The Maryland Court of Appeals last week issued an order reinstating Ficker's law license. The court had suspended his license last year...

By Ann Marimow  |  December 16, 2008; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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It's Official: Maryland Goes For Obama

About 150 people looked on yesterday in Annapolis as Maryland's 10 presidential electors cast their votes for Barack Obama (D), with several of them reflecting upon the historic significance of their action. The ceremony was moved from its traditional location...

By John Wagner  |  December 16, 2008; 9:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Johnson Watch: He's Back!

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) has returned from Africa, according to his spokesman. James Keary said Johnson returned from his two-week trip overseas this weekend and was back to work today. Keary said aides are working on...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  December 15, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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O'Malley: Extended D.C. Bar Hours Might Strain Police Resources

Gov. Martin O'Malley came just short this morning of criticizing the DC Council's emergency law allowing bars and nightclubs in the District to stay open all night during inauguration week. "I would hope we would not distract from the main...

By Lisa Rein  |  December 15, 2008; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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