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Maryland Politics: March 22, 2009 - March 28, 2009

Trying to Catch License Fraud in Maryland

Lisa Rein and N.C. Aizenman reported this morning on Maryland's problems with illegal immigrants from elsewhere on the Eastern Seaboard coming to the state to get driver's licenses. Aizenman recently witnessed this scene at a motor vehicles agency office in...

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 28, 2009; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Showdown Coming on Immigrant Driver's Licenses

One of the sleeper issues of the legislative session, whether Maryland should continue to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, is headed for a showdown in Annapolis in coming days. Judicial committees in the Senate and House have passed opposing...

By Lisa Rein  |  March 26, 2009; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Kansas Church Says It Will Protest at Whitman High in MoCo

A church based in Topeka, Kansas, is scheduled to demonstrate next month outside Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda because the school, which opened in 1962, is named for a man who may have been homosexual. Westboro Baptist Church has...

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 26, 2009; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Leggett Set to Endorse Kramer in MoCo's District 4 Race

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) is expected on Monday to endorse Del. Benjamin Kramer (D) in his bid to join the County Council, sources close to the Kramer campaign said today. Kramer's campaign is also anticipating the backing of...

By Ann Marimow  |  March 26, 2009; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Senate President Scolds Pastor

Some prayer controversy occurred today in the Maryland Senate. Senate president Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) chastised the pastor of a Bowie church this morning for including too much Jesus in a prayer that opened the day's proceedings. That...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  March 25, 2009; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  General Assembly , Rosalind Helderman  
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Lamari Leads in Fundraising in MoCo's District 4

Campaign finance reports filed this week show Montgomery County Council candidate Cary Lamari leading in fundraising in the District 4 special election contest to fill the open seat left by the death of Don Praisner in January. Lamari, a civic...

By Ann Marimow  |  March 25, 2009; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Key Senate Committee Approves Utility Re-Regulation

Legislation backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) to partially re-regulate the production of electricity in Maryland is headed to the Senate floor. The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill last night after several marathon work sessions. It would give the...

By Lisa Rein  |  March 25, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Schurick, Other Ehrlich Aides, Helping Slots Bid

Paul Schurick, a top aide to former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) who now works at Ehrlich's law firm, has surfaced as an adviser to the Cordish Cos., which is seeking to build a slots parlor at Arundel Mills...

By John Wagner  |  March 24, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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D.C. United Bill Details Unveiled

Del. Melony G. Griffith (D-Prince George's) has begun circulating an amended version of her D.C. United bill, hoping to persuade doubters that her proposal will not commit Prince George's County or the state to building a new soccer stadium in...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  March 24, 2009; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Prince George's County , Rosalind Helderman  
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Navarro Lines Up Council Support in MoCo's District 4

Montgomery County Board of Education member Nancy Navarro picked up endorsements from four of eight council members this afternoon in her bid to fill the vacancy left by the death of council member Don Praisner in January. Valerie Ervin (D-Silver...

By Ann Marimow  |  March 23, 2009; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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