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Maryland Politics: January 4, 2009 - January 10, 2009

Edwards: Present on Gaza Resolution

U.S. Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) voted "present" last week on a House resolution expressing support for Israel's right to defend itself against Hamas rocket attacks, calling the vote in a statement "the wrong resolution at the wrong time." She...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 9, 2009; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kratovil Gets Armed Services Membership

Freshman Maryland congressman Frank Kratovil has achieved one of his early goals. The First District Democrat has been named to the House Armed Services Committee. In a recent interview with the Washington Post's William Wan, Kratovil said his committee choices...

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 9, 2009; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Cryor Stepping Down At End of Month

Mike Cryor, a confidant of Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) who has led the Maryland Democratic Party since 2007, announced today that he is stepping down at the end of the month. Cryor's departure is hardly unexpected. He took the job...

By John Wagner  |  January 8, 2009; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. GOP Forms "Tax Relief" Commission

Maryland Republicans are fighting back at what they call the free-spending, tax-raising ways of Annapolis Democrats, with a new commission tasked with recommending how to balance the budget in the economic downturn "with fair cuts across the board." That's the...

By Lisa Rein  |  January 8, 2009; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Currie Investigation Rolls On

On the eve of a legislative session likely to be dominated by budget issues considered by his committee, word comes that the feds haven't exactly backed off their investigation of Senate Budget and Tax Chairman Ulysses Currie. Some of Currie's...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 8, 2009; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Marylanders to Celebrate Inauguration at Two Parties

Maryland Democrats will get at least two chances to celebrate President-elect Obama's inauguration: A gala for the state party on Jan. 18 at the swank, historic Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington and an unusually-situated gathering at the Corcoran Gallery of...

By Lisa Rein  |  January 8, 2009; 7:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. Governments, Nonprofits Can Compete for Energy Grants

Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration today announced an $8 million program to help local governments and nonprofit groups lower their energy bills with low-interest loans and grants for efficiency projects. The state is encouraging governments and community groups to compete for...

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 7, 2009; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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O'Malley and Franchot Break Bread

Could relations between Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) be starting to thaw? The pair, who have sparred over slots and several other issues, shared lunch today at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis -- a restaurant...

By John Wagner  |  January 7, 2009; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Miller: Slots Changes May Be Needed, But Later

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) acknowledged in an interview today that the state might need to overhaul its slot-machine gambling law to entice more bidders into Maryland -- but that it probably doesn't make sense to do...

By John Wagner  |  January 7, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Busch, Others Rush To Raise Money Before Session

In what aides say is a clear indication that he is seeking re-election, House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) is holding a major fundraiser this morning with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) as his special guest. The event at Oriole...

By John Wagner  |  January 6, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Top Brown Staffers Flip Positions

The top two aides to Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D) have swapped jobs. Earl Adams Jr., who was Brown's deputy chief of staff, is now his chief of staff. Gerard Boden, who was chief of staff, is now deputy...

By John Wagner  |  January 5, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MoCo Looks To Stimulus Package For Job Training Funds

As president-elect Barack Obama and Congressional leaders were talking economic stimulus on Capitol Hill today, Montgomery County's elected leaders were trying to get into the game from Rockville. County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and Council member Michael Knapp (D-Upcounty) urged...

By Ann Marimow  |  January 5, 2009; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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