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Maryland Politics: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

Friends Try to Draft Md. GOP Candidate on Facebook

As Republicans continue to ponder possible gubernatorial nominees for next year, among the latest names to emerge is John White, an Annapolis-based marketing executive who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2006. A "Draft John White for Maryland Governor" page has...

By Anne Bartlett  |  May 22, 2009; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Ficker, Navarro Rematch in 2010?

Republican Robin Ficker narrowed the gap with his Democratic rival Nancy Navarro after a count of absentee ballots today in Montgomery County. But it was not enough to change the outcome of this week's special election for an open seat...

By Ann Marimow  |  May 21, 2009; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Porcari's Nomination for Deputy Transportation Sec. Advances

Maryland transportation secretary John D. Porcari's nomination to become deputy U.S. transportation secretary was approved today by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, a committee staffer said. A full Senate vote on his nomination has not been...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  May 20, 2009; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Duncan Featured in Different Kind of Campaign Ad

Former Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan is lending his voice and personal story to a public service announcement to promote mental health services in tough economic times. Duncan, who withdrew from the 2006 governor's race to battle depression, is...

By Ann Marimow  |  May 20, 2009; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Former Steele Finance Chairman Barred From State Business

The Maryland Board of Public Works today barred Alan B. Fabian, a once-wealthy Republican fundraiser, from contracting with the state for an indefinite period. Fabian, who served as finance chairman for Michael S. Steele's 2006 U.S. Senate run in Maryland,...

By John Wagner  |  May 20, 2009; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Navarro Declares Victory in MoCo Special Election

After winning yesterday's special election in Montgomery County for an open seat on the council, Democrat Nancy Navarro said in a written statement that she was prepared to reach "out to all members of the community" and to provide "the...

By Ann Marimow  |  May 20, 2009; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Beer Ban Doesn't Stop Derby Fans

The all-day infield party at the Preakness Stakes may have been a dud on Saturday because of a new ban on bring-your-own beer, but it turns out that Churchill Downs doesn't allow spectators to carry in booze either. And...

By Lisa Rein  |  May 19, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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O'Malley Signs SWAT, Speed Camera Bills

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) this morning is signing more than 260 bills into law, including measures to require additional reporting for police SWAT teams, force more domestic abusers to forfeit their firearms and authorize speed cameras statewide in school...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  May 19, 2009; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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MoCo Budget Plans In Flux After State Education Board's Decision

After three hours behind closed doors this morning, Montgomery County's response to a devastating decision by state education officials last week was still in flux. On Friday, the state Board of Education rejected the county's request to reduce its share...

By Ann Marimow  |  May 18, 2009; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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MoCo Council Candidates Debate on Election Eve

On the eve of Montgomery County's special election to fill an open seat on the council, the three candidates - Republican Robin Ficker, Green Party candidate George Gluck and Democrat Nancy Navarro - faced off this afternoon in a radio...

By Ann Marimow  |  May 18, 2009; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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O'Malley Announces Plan for Biotech Center

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) this morning announced the planned opening of the Maryland Biotechnology Center in Montgomery County, intended as a resource for the state's life sciences sector, as he prepared to head for a conference in Atlanta on...

By Phyllis Jordan  |  May 18, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Civic group honors Goldstein, Parent Coalition and others

The Montgomery County Civic Federation honored several community activists at its annual dinner Friday in Gaitherburg. The federation, which next year marks its 90th birthday, is made up of delegates from civic organizations across the county. The group honored honor...

By Miranda Spivack  |  May 18, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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