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Maryland Politics: April 5, 2009 - April 11, 2009

Obama Taps Porcari for Transportation Post

Transportation Secretary John Porcari, one of the most respected members of Gov. Martin O'Malley's cabinet, has been nominated by President Obama as second-in-command at the federal Department of Transportation, the White House announced today. Porcari's departure will be a big...

By Anne Bartlett  |  April 10, 2009; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Prospects Bleak for More Pri. Geo.'s Funding Authority

Top Prince George's officials may be running out of options to expand the county's taxing authority before the completion of the General Assembly's legislative session Monday. Montgomery County delegates this morning rejected a bill proposed weeks ago by Prince George's...

By Anne Bartlett  |  April 10, 2009; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Prince George's County , Rosalind Helderman  
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Phelps Wows the Maryland Legislature

The Maryland General Assembly is in full-on fanboy mode today, as Olympic swimming champion and Towson native Michael Phelps visited lawmakers and picked up a proclamation in his honor. Delegates gave Phelps a sustained standing ovation, as the visitor's gallery...

By Anne Bartlett  |  April 9, 2009; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly , Rosalind Helderman  
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O'Malley Discusses Death Penalty on Maddow Show

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) appeared last night on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" to talk about Maryland's soon-to-be law that places some of the nation's tightest evidence standards on death penalty cases. O'Malley, who sought a full repeal of the...

By Anne Bartlett  |  April 9, 2009; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  John Wagner  
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A Trip Back to the Schaefer Years With Refund Checks

About 28,000 Maryland taxpayers will receive their state refund on checks signed by Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, who is no longer the state's tax collector. The checks should carry the signature of the current comptroller, Peter Franchot, whose information technology...

By Lisa Rein  |  April 8, 2009; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Miller: Leaders May Have to Break Driver's License Stalemate

Senate President Mike Miller said today that he doesn't see a compromise position emerging between the House of Delegates and the Senate on the thorny issue of whether Maryland should continue issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. "Either myself, or...

By Lisa Rein  |  April 8, 2009; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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O'Malley, Legislative Leaders Tout Preakness Purchase Bill

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and both presiding officers of the General Assembly expressed support today for late-session legislation designed to help keep the Preakness Stakes in Maryland. The bill would authorize the state to purchase or exercise eminent domain over...

By John Wagner  |  April 8, 2009; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Md. Senate Defeats U-Md Funding-Porn Movie Link

An attempt by Sen. Andrew P. Harris (R-Baltimore County) to make capital funding to universities contingent on the development of policies on screening pornography was thwarted this morning. During debate on the state's capital budget, Harris introduced an amendment that...

By Anne Bartlett  |  April 8, 2009; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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O'Malley to Discuss Death Penalty on MSNBC

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) didn't succeed in his high profile attempt this year to repeal the death penalty. But both chambers of the General Assembly have passed some of the nation's tightest restrictions on death penalty cases -- and O'Malley...

By Anne Bartlett  |  April 8, 2009; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Md. Lawmakers Vote to Require Reports on University Porn Policies

Budget negotiators from the Maryland General Assembly agreed this afternoon to require reports from public universities about their policies on displaying or screening pornographic films. But the provision adopted by lawmakers does not make university funding contingent on the report....

By Anne Bartlett  |  April 7, 2009; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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O'Malley to Submit Preakness Legislation

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is preparing to introduce late-session legislation that would give the state additional legal tools to keep the Preakness Stakes in Maryland, his office confirmed today. The issue has emerged following Magna Entertainment's decision to seek bankruptcy...

By Anne Bartlett  |  April 7, 2009; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Raw Fisher Radio Debates U-Md. Porn Movie

Our colleague, Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher, today discussed the controversy over the screening of a pornographic movie at the University of Maryland on Raw Fisher Radio with Maryland Senate Minority Whip Nancy Jacobs (R-Harford) and one of the screening...

By Anne Bartlett  |  April 7, 2009; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Leggett Taps Former Rival Silverman for MoCo Econ Job

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has tapped a one-time rival, former council member Steven Silverman, to lead the local economic development department. Silverman, who ran unsuccessfully against Leggett in the 2006 Democratic primary, takes over the department from Pradeep Ganguly,...

By Anne Bartlett  |  April 7, 2009; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ann Marimow , Montgomery County  
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Discussion Excerpts: Pornography, Academia and Free Speech

The University of Maryland and some legislators in the Maryland General Assembly appear to be on a collision course regarding the on-campus screening of a pornographic film. American University associate professor John Watson, who opposes the censorship, and Aaron Titus,...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  April 6, 2009; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Pri. Geo. Senators Take Another Swipe at School Board HQ

Prince George's senators are pushing their attempts to force the county's Board of Education to give up office space leased last June as a new school system headquarters. The group agreed Friday to amend a bill that would extend health...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  April 6, 2009; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Assembly , Prince George's County , Rosalind Helderman  
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Franchot's Video Promotes Tax E-Filing -- with Bathroom Humor

Late tax filers who owe money to Maryland can get a two-week extension on their state returns to April 30, Comptroller Peter Franchot's office has announced -- but only if they file electronically. Franchot has been pushing e-filing all tax...

By Lisa Rein  |  April 6, 2009; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Join A Chat on U-Md. Porn Movie Screening

University of Maryland students -- protesting what they see as an intrusion by Big Brother -- are planning to defy authority and screen a hard-core porn movie (Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge") tonight in the name of free speech and academic...

By Anne Bartlett  |  April 6, 2009; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Weakened Insurance Legislation Likely to Pass

Legislation that would force more accountability from health plans is moving through the General Assembly, although in a weaker form than state regulators wanted. The bill, approved last week by the state Senate, aims at increasing protections for those who...

By Lisa Rein  |  April 6, 2009; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Assembly , Lisa Rein  
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