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

O'Malley Offers Kind Words To Pepco, PSC

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) applauded both Pepco and the state's Public Service Commission today after the utility announced it would grant $39 million in bill credits to its 500,000 Maryland customers as a result of an earlier legal settlement with...

By John Wagner  |  July 10, 2009; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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State GOP Told To Repay Steele

State elections officials have directed the Maryland Republican Party, which has been struggling to pay off debts, to reimburse $77,500 to a state campaign account maintained by Michael S. Steele, the state's former lieutenant governor and the current chairman of...

By John Wagner  |  July 10, 2009; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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More Maryland Budget Woes

Less than two weeks into its new fiscal year, Maryland is already facing a $700 million budget shortfall, according to the legislature's chief fiscal analyst. The gap amounts to about 5 percent of the roughly $14 billion general fund that...

By Matt Mosk  |  July 10, 2009; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Former GOP Chair's Company Accused of Labor Violations

A major moving company led by former Maryland Republican Party chairman John Kane for years paid its workers less than required by federal contracts while submitting "false and fraudulent documents" indicating the company was in compliance, federal prosecutors have alleged....

By Anne Bartlett  |  July 10, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Johnson Renews Push for Costly Lease

A proposal by Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson to lease out pricey private office space for public employees is back. The controversial leasing arrangement had been set aside earlier this year after an outcry from critics who called...

By Matt Mosk  |  July 9, 2009; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Top GOP Senators Ask Pelura To Resign

The top two Republicans in the Maryland Senate are calling for the resignation of James Pelura, the state GOP chairman, in the latest sign of party turmoil. "We do not feel that you have positioned the Party to take advantage...

By John Wagner  |  July 9, 2009; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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GOP Executive Director Fired, Creating Turmoil

The Maryland Republican Party, which has struggled for relevance in recent years, was in a state of upheaval today following the ouster of its executive director, Justin Ready. Ready, who was in charge of the party's day-to-day operations, was asked...

By John Wagner  |  July 7, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Baltimore County Exec Will Not Challenge Franchot

Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith (D) said today that he would not run for Maryland comptroller next year, forgoing what was expected to be a spirited Democratic primary against the incumbent, Peter Franchot (D). Franchot, a former Montgomery County delegate,...

By John Wagner  |  July 6, 2009; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Leopold Pulls Anne Arundel Slots Legislation For Now

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold (R) today temporarily withdrew zoning legislation needed for operation of the largest slots parlor envisioned by the state, but pledged to reintroduce it within the month. The decision effectively could extend debate well...

By John Wagner  |  July 6, 2009; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley Seems Open to Recognizing Out-of-State Gay Marriages

During a radio show this morning, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) suggested he was open to recognizing gay marriages performed in other states -- something he hasn't said publicly before -- with several caveats. "If a person has those rights...

By John Wagner  |  July 6, 2009; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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