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Maryland Politics: July 12, 2009 - July 18, 2009

Tazelaar Gets Maryland Dems Job

Travis Tazelaar, a Montgomery County resident who had been serving as acting director of the Maryland Democratic Party, had the "acting" removed from his title today. Party Chairwoman Susan Turnbull announced Tazelaar's permanent appointment this afternoon, saying in a news...

By John Wagner  |  July 17, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Franchot Chats About the Budget, California and His Web Site

Maintaining it is important to "speak candidly" to Marylanders about the state of the state budget, often-chatty Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) held an online chat yesterday. Franchot has posted a full transcript here. We present some highlights: • At least...

By John Wagner  |  July 17, 2009; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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What Did You Want to Ask Sotomayor?

Politicians taking queries from the electronic masses is no longer a reliable attention grabber. Just this past Monday, President Obama answered a couple of questions lobbed his way from Nigeria and Niger, and few around Washington noticed. Instead, in District...

By Michael Laris  |  July 16, 2009; 8:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Union Asks O'Malley to Avoid More Layoffs, Pay Cuts

Maryland state employees called on Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday to do all he can to steer a $700 million budget shortfall away from already battered state agencies, but the governor braced for tough decisions -- once again. Union workers...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  July 16, 2009; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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O'Malley Seeks Private Help With Disasters

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) today announced the creation of Maryland's "Civic Guard," an initiative to tap private and nonprofit organizations for assistance during a major emergency -- and one that should have minimal cost to the state during tight budget...

By John Wagner  |  July 16, 2009; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Franchot Documents Continued Fiscal Woes

Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) this morning offered the latest evidence that Maryland's fiscal challenges are continuing: Revenue collections for June -- the final month of the state's 2009 fiscal year -- were down 12 percent from last June. In a...

By John Wagner  |  July 16, 2009; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. Politicians Mull Future, Eat Crabs

Gov. O'Malley meets a fan of his band at the Crisfield crab and clam bake on Wednesday. (John Wagner/The Washington Post) Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D)was the biggest head-turner on the grounds of an annual crab and clam bake...

By Matt Mosk  |  July 15, 2009; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Montgomery Enviros Fault Leggett Over Mega-Church

Environmentalists who have fought successfully to limit mega-churches in Montgomery County say they are now being thwarted by County Executive Isiah Leggett. At issue is Wheaton-based Global Mission Church's proposal to build in a largely rural area of Frederick County,...

By Miranda Spivack  |  July 15, 2009; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Prince George's Furloughs On Hold

By Jonathan Mummolo Employees of Prince George's County facing the specter of a second straight year of furloughs got a stay today, when the county council voted to delay approval of the furloughs until later this month. The two-week furloughs...

By Matt Mosk  |  July 14, 2009; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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More Cracks in WSSC Relations

By Jonathan Mummolo Prince George's and Montgomery Counties have long had acrimonious relations over the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission -- the troubled Maryland utility whose underground water pipes have been breaking with a startling regularity. But the push by Prince...

By Matt Mosk  |  July 14, 2009; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Delegates Ask State To Probe Kane Company

Four Democratic delegates asked yesterday for an investigation into whether a major office moving company headed by the former chairman of the Maryland Republican Party had violated any state wage laws. The Post reported last week that federal prosecutors have...

By John Wagner  |  July 14, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Schlick Leaving Md for FCC

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) is losing one of the most visible lawyers in his office to the federal government: Austin Schlick, chief of litigation, has been named general counsel at the Federal Communications Commission. Schlick has argued...

By John Wagner  |  July 13, 2009; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley Invites Donors To Drink Pints With Him

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is heading into the District later this month to down some Guinness -- and raise money for his 2010 re-election campaign while he's at it. "Join us for pints with Gov. Martin O'Malley at the...

By John Wagner  |  July 13, 2009; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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