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Maryland Politics: February 15, 2009 - February 21, 2009

Senators Seek Answers from DHS on Spying

Sen Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) and Russ Feingold (D-Wi.) yesterday called on the federal Department of Homeland Security to reexamine claims that they did not share information about nonviolent protest groups with the Maryland State Police. Their letter to DHS...

By Lisa Rein  |  February 20, 2009; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Perez In the Mix for Immigration Job

Tom Perez, Maryland's labor secretary and a former Montgomery County council member, could soon join the Obama administration, sounces tell The Post. Immigrant advocates say the White House and the Department of Homeland Security have nearly finalized their choices to...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  February 19, 2009; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Johnson: Considering Statewide Run

There's a lot of chatter in Annapolis about an article that appeared on the website of the Prince George's Gazette newspaper, based on an interview the newspaper's editorial board did with Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson yesterday. In...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 19, 2009; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Police Disability Retirements "Spike" As MoCo Seeks Changes

The number of Montgomery County police officers applying for disability retirement has risen dramatically in the last three months compared to the same period last year, according to statistics provided this afternoon to the County Council. The jump from 5...

By Ann Marimow  |  February 19, 2009; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Md. House Debates Abortion, Er, Tattoos

The Maryland House of Delegates spent more than a half an hour this morning engaged in a procedural debate that was, essentially, about abortion--yet the delegates managed to do so without once mentioning the word. At issue was a bill...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 19, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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O'Malley: Stimulus Could Erase Layoffs, Restore College Funds

With federal stimulus money on the way, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is reconsidering plans for 700 layoffs next year and may restore funding for community colleges that was not included in the budget proposal he presented to lawmakers last month....

By John Wagner  |  February 19, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Federal Stimulus Money Earmarked for Md. Transportation

Gov. Martin O'Malley announced today that his state would use its first wave of federal stimulus money to jumpstart $365 million in transportation, from road resurfacing to bridge maintenance. Work on some projects will start within 30 days, he said....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  February 18, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Miller Makes Procedural Appeal On Death Penalty

Less than two hours before the start of a hearing today on repealing the death penalty, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) made an usual procedural appeal from the rostrum that could affect the course of debate. The...

By John Wagner  |  February 18, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Duncan Faults Leaders For "Uninspired" Fiscal Response

Former county executive Douglas M. Duncan takes local and state leaders to task in a column that appeared in Sunday's Post. Duncan faults elected officials for relying too much on the federal stimulus package to cope with budget problems instead...

By Ann Marimow  |  February 17, 2009; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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