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Maryland Politics: March 1, 2009 - March 7, 2009

Ten Candidates File to Run in MoCo District 4

Ten candidates have filed to run in the Montgomery County Council special election to fill the vacancy left by the death in January of Don Praisner (D-Eastern County). On the Democratic side, there are six candidates: funeral director Michael L....

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 6, 2009; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Two "Hard Heads" Put Forward Campaign Finance Bill

A campaign finance bill formally unveiled today required "two hard heads having a meeting of my the minds." That is the description of Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George's), who was referring to his noggin and that of Senate President...

By John Wagner  |  March 6, 2009; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MoCo Delegate's Emotional Appeal on Death Penalty

Del. Craig L. Rice (D-Montgomery), who this week shared the story of his murdered aunt and cousin with senators in an emailed plea for them to retain the death penalty in Maryland, said today that his story seems to be...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  March 6, 2009; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Miller To Sponsor Campaign Finance Bill

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (D-Calvert) will join forces with some progressive groups tomorrow to announce campaign finance reform legislation that includes both an increase in contribution limits and a pilot program for public financing of legislative campaigns. Miller...

By John Wagner  |  March 5, 2009; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Pri. Geo. Tax Bill: On its Way to Official Death

A subcommittee of the Prince George's House Delegation voted 4 to 0 this morning to recommend killing an unpopular bill that would result in higher property taxes. They took the vote even though County Executive Jack B. Johnson, with whom...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  March 5, 2009; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lawmakers Seek Answers on High Utility Bills

Lawmakers waded this morning into the thicket of why utility bills across Maryland are spiking this winter, but didn't appear to resolve much. Douglas Nazarian, the state's chief utility regulator, told members of two Senate committees that he's concerned about...

By Lisa Rein  |  March 5, 2009; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ehrlich Ups His Visibility on Web and in Mailing

For those trying to keep tabs on whether former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) plans a political comeback, here are two intriguing developments: a revamped Web site and a new fundraising letter that calls for bringing "common political sense...

By John Wagner  |  March 5, 2009; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Leggett Calls For Tougher Drunk Driving Laws

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) made a personal appeal today to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee to support legislation aimed at reducing drunk driving. In a letter to Del. Joseph Vallario (D-Prince George's), Leggett recounts how he...

By Ann Marimow  |  March 5, 2009; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Firefighters Rally in Annapolis

Dozens of uniformed firefigthers and paramedics descended on Annapolis yesterday to oppose legislation proposed by senator that could result in privatization of the state's Maryland State Police helicopter medevac problem. The bills were prompted by the September crash of Trooper...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  March 4, 2009; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Leggett Still Resting At Home After Car Crash

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) was still resting at home this morning, after the car he was riding in Sunday night was hit by an allegedly drunk driver. Leggett, 64, continues to feel some pain in his back, neck...

By Ann Marimow  |  March 4, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Death Penalty Debate: Evidence Limits Likely to Pass

The Maryland Senate this morning stopped considering amendments to a death penalty bill, with leaders indicating they plan to pass the legislation as it stood last night. The bill would prohibit death sentences based solely on eyewitness testimony and require...

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 4, 2009; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Death Penalty Debate: Repeal Stripped From Bill

The Maryland Senate has dramatically altered Gov. Martin O'Malley's bill to repeal the death penalty, allowing executions to continue as before except in cases where convictions were based solsely on eyewitness testimony.. The amendment, offered by Sen. James Brochin (D-Baltimore...

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 3, 2009; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Death Penalty Debate: Referendum Proposal Fails

As the Senate resumed debate late this afternoon, an attempt to let voters decide whether to repeal the death penalty was rejected. Sen. George Della (D-Baltimore) offered an amendment that would have turned Gov. Martin O'Malley's repeal bill into a...

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 3, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Blog Roundup: Maryland Death Penalty

Even before the bill to abolish Maryland's death penalty began to move through the legislative process, moving to debate this afternoon, the blogosphere began chattering about the legislation. Gov. Martin O'Malley, the driving force behind the legislation, made his case...

By Carolyn Phenicie  |  March 3, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Md. Senate Votes to Allow Debate on Death Penalty

The Maryland Senate has approved a pair of procedural votes to allow floor debate of Gov. Martin O'Malley's death penalty repeal bill to begin this afternoon. In a preliminary victory for O'Malley (D), the Senate voted 25-22 to debate the...

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 3, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Md. Death Penalty Debate Starts This Morning

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) raised the specter of a lengthy floor debate today on the death penalty in remarks to the chamber last night. Miller said that debate would begin at 10 a.m. on a motion...

By John Wagner  |  March 2, 2009; 10:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Leopold Submits Legislation for Slots Zoning in Anne Arundel

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold (R) submitted legislation to the County Council today that would allow conditional use zoning for a slot-machine gambling parlor at either Arundel Mills shopping mall or Laurel Park race track. Organizations have submitted...

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 2, 2009; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"Sister Buddies" Try to Help Each Other Through Tough Times

A new organization called the "Sister Buddy Group" met last weekend in New Carrollton and elsewhere to help support black women through life's challenges. A week earlier, a friend of some of the members was fatally shot outside her church...

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 2, 2009; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Currie Defense Fund On Hold

Organizers of a legal defense fund established to help Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George's) underwrite his attorney's fees have changed course, suspending fundraising until the mid-April end of the legislative session. Currie has hired two high-profile attorneys to assist him...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  March 2, 2009; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Leggett's Car Hit By Alleged Drunk Driver

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett's car was struck Sunday evening by an allegedly drunk driver. Leggett and his wife, Catherine, were taken to Laurel Regional Hospital for a series of tests and released a few hours later at around 1:30...

By Ann Marimow  |  March 2, 2009; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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O'Malley Asks For Help On Death Penalty Repeal

"I need your help on a matter of life and death." So begins an email sent yesterday by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), urging his supporters to help lobby members of the General Assembly on his bill to repeal Maryland's death...

By John Wagner  |  March 1, 2009; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Maryland! My Maryland!

Today, we presented in verse the story of an on-going controversy about the state song of Maryland. "Maryland, My Maryland," sung to the tune of "Oh Christmas Tree," has been the state's official ditty since 1939. Legislators periodically propose changing...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  March 1, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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