Archive: June 2009

MoCo Council Votes Down Ambulance Fee

The Montgomery County Council today voted down a proposed ambulance fee that County Executive Isiah Leggett said was needed to balance the budget during the economic downturn but was vehemently opposed by many residents and the influential volunteer firefighters' organization....

By Anne Bartlett | June 30, 2009; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (16)

"DeMarco Factor" to be Immortalized in a Book

Maryland health care advocate Vinnie DeMarco will be the subject of a book on successful grassroots organizing.

By Lisa Rein | June 26, 2009; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

MoCo Quietly Extends Planner's Term

Never mind that the County Council and its staff knew for four years that there would be a vacancy on the Planning Board on June 15, when Commissioner John Robinson's second four-year term expired. And never mind that sometimes in...

By Anne Bartlett | June 25, 2009; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Senate President's Gas Tax Remark Draws GOP Response

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (D-Calvert) has long said that Maryland will probably need to raise its gas tax in the next legislative term if the state has any hope of meeting its transportation priorities. But as election year...

By Lisa Rein | June 25, 2009; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (12)

Progressive Maryland Releases Lawmaker Scores

Democrats representing Montgomery and Prince George's counties in the legislature top the list of "Heroes of working Families" of the 2009 legislative session released this morning by Progressive Maryland, a liberal advocacy group. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr....

By Lisa Rein | June 23, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

O'Malley Releases Video on Constellation Energy Battle

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has taken his battle with Constellation Energy into cyberspace. The governor emailed a video called "Protecting Maryland Consumers" to thousands of constitutents and users of Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Linked In and MySpace. A year before his...

By Lisa Rein | June 19, 2009; 8:54 AM ET | Comments (2)

Md. Lottery, Ravens Team Up for Prizes

The Maryland state lottery and the Baltimore Ravens have signed a deal to offer Marylanders a new $5 scratch-off game, with $1 million as the top prize and other Ravens-related prizes, including season tickets, game-day suites, game-worn jerseys and autographed...

By Lisa Rein | June 17, 2009; 1:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley's March To Close Out Southern Maryland Swing

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is scheduled to travel to Southern Maryland on Friday for the latest in his "Capital for a Day" series. This day, however, will be fuller than most: It is scheduled to end with a performance by...

By John Wagner | June 17, 2009; 9:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Md. House Committee to Consider Re-regulating Utilities

A Maryland House of Delegates committee will consider whether to re-regulate the state's energy markets.

By Lisa Rein | June 17, 2009; 8:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Speed Humps Spark Debate in MoCo

The Washington Post's Ann E. Marimow reports today on the always vexing issue of speed humps in Montgomery County. Montgomery has has nearly 1,200 humps, compared with 200 in Fairfax County. But not all MoCo residents like them, and the...

By Anne Bartlett | June 16, 2009; 8:01 AM ET | Comments (3)

O'Malley Launches Campaign for Electricity Rate Relief

A day after the Public Service Commission concluded that it has a right to review the proposed sale of half of Constellation's nuclear plants, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) launched an offensive to force the Baltimore-based energy giant to come up...

By Lisa Rein | June 12, 2009; 1:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

Md. House GOP Leaders Question Governor's Goals

Republican leaders in the House of Delegates are taking aim at Gov. Martin O'Malley's propensity to set goals. A recent story in The Washington Post detailed the latest efforts by O'Malley (D) to push his administration to reduce childhood hunger,...

By John Wagner | June 12, 2009; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

Major Fundraiser On Deck For House Speaker

Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel), who is seeking re-election next year, has scheduled a major fundraiser tomorrow morning at Camden Yards in Baltimore. In keeping with the baseball theme, Busch is asking for $500 apiece from "All...

By John Wagner | June 11, 2009; 2:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Seeks Rate Relief as Part of Constellation Review

Aides to Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) released details yesterday of the administration's proposal to get hundreds of millions of dollars in rate relief for electricity customers of Baltimore Gas & Electric as a condition of the sale of some nuclear...

By Lisa Rein | June 11, 2009; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

Weast's Letter to Grasmick Irks MoCo Council

Montgomery School Superintendent Jerry Weast seeks state guidance about the Montgomery County Council's budget.

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | June 11, 2009; 9:14 AM ET | Comments (1)

Md. Business Group: State Support at New Low

A Maryland business group says support from state legislators has reached a low point.

By John Wagner | June 10, 2009; 1:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

Feldman, Lee Re-elected to MoCo Posts

Del. Brian J. Feldman (D-Montgomery) was elected unanimously by his colleagues last night to serve a third year as chairman of the Montgomery County delegation in the Maryland House of Delegates. The delegates, at their annual organization meeting, also elected...

By John Wagner | June 10, 2009; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

From the Campaign Trail to the Council in MoCo

New Montgomery County Council member Nancy Navarro appoints her staff.

By Ann Marimow | June 9, 2009; 3:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Laurel Racing Appeals to Maryland's High Court on Slots

Laurel Racing Association appealed to Maryland's highest court this morning to allow it back into the competition for a slot-machine gambling license despite the company's failure to pay a $28.5 million licensing fee in February. Michael Berman, a lawyer for...

By John Wagner | June 9, 2009; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gingrich Rallies Maryland Republicans

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich energized a crowd of more than 700 Maryland Republicans at the BWI Airport Marriott Friday night with a call not to concede a single vote as the party rebuilds. The Maryland party's executive director,...

By Lisa Rein | June 8, 2009; 2:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

Update: Franchot's Tweets Focus on State Contracts

Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) is trying to raise the profile of the Board of Public Works on Twitter, the quick-missive networking system he announced he would use to post news and musings on last Wednesday's three-hour meeting. His tweets told...

By Lisa Rein | June 8, 2009; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Headed To Europe for D-Day Anniversary

Gov. Martin O'Malley travels to Europe for D-Day anniversary, state partnership program

By John Wagner | June 4, 2009; 2:07 PM ET | Comments (2)

And Then There Were Nine in MoCo

The Montgomery County Council officially returned to full strength this afternoon with the swearing in of Nancy Navarro (D) to fill the vacancy left in January by the death of Don Praisner. It was a far more festive atmosphere than...

By Ann Marimow | June 3, 2009; 4:42 PM ET | Comments (6)

O'Malley Promises Renewed Effort to Re-Regulate Utilities

Gov. Martin O'Malley pledges to try again to re-regulate the utility industry in Maryland.

By Lisa Rein | June 3, 2009; 2:31 PM ET | Comments (6)

O'Malley to Tout Anti-Hunger Plans at Dinner Tonight

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley touts his efforts to wipe out childhood hunger.

By John Wagner | June 3, 2009; 9:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Council Chairman Reilly Chosen for Arundel Senate Seat

The Anne Arundel County Republican Central Committee has chosen County Council Chairman Edward Reilly to replace retiring Sen. Janet Greenip (R), the Associated Press reports. According to AP, the committee voted 8-5 tonight for Reilly, who owns the Reilly Insurance...

By Anne Bartlett | June 2, 2009; 10:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Franchot to Tweet From Public Works Meeting

Maryland comptroller Peter Franchot will twitter Board of Public Works

By Lisa Rein | June 2, 2009; 4:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Seeking Early Money For 2010 Re-election

Gov. Martin O'Malley raises money for 2010 re-election campaign

By John Wagner | June 2, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Maryland Wants to Switch from 'South' to 'East'

A profile of Maryland in the Almanac of American Politics begins with this observation: "Just south of the Mason-Dixon line and just north of the line between the Union and the Confederacy, the midpoint of the 13 colonies, Maryland has...

By Anne Bartlett | June 1, 2009; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (7)

Bid To Put Speed Cameras To Vote Fails

Organizers of a petition drive to halt Maryland's new speed camera law before it takes effect this fall said last night that they had failed to gather enough signatures to continue their effort. The group, Maryland for Responsible Enforcement, was...

By John Wagner | June 1, 2009; 6:04 AM ET | Comments (10)


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