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Maryland Politics: July 19, 2009 - July 25, 2009

O'Malley Talks Health Care With Labor Leaders

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) may have a challenging time keeping organized labor happy as he cuts the state budget in coming months. But things seemed pretty chummy today as the governor addressed a national conference on health care at the...

By John Wagner  |  July 24, 2009; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lollar May Turn Attention to Hoyer

Given the slow start of Maryland's race for governor, this development may qualify as drama: Charles Lollar, perhaps the Republican's most charismatic alternative to Bob Ehrlich, might not actually get into the race. The Gazette reported that Lollar is in...

By John Wagner  |  July 24, 2009; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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WSSC Nominee Advances

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson's nominee to replace a controversial member of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission got one step closer to approval Thursday, despite concerns raised by some council members that he lacked relevant experience for the...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  July 23, 2009; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Got Ideas for Trims? Md. Guv Says: Help Wanted.

By Aaron Davis Got an idea that could save Maryland a few pennies? E-mail the governor. That's what Gov. Martin O'Malley suggested today as he challenged his Cabinet to find new ways to cut another $400 million or more from...

By Matt Mosk  |  July 23, 2009; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Rozner Tops Md. Lobbyist Listings

This year's legislative session produced some reshuffling among the best-paid lobbyists in Annapolis and added some new names to the top of the list. Joel D. Rozner, a perennial top earner with Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan & Silver, claimed the top...

By John Wagner  |  July 23, 2009; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pelura Says Md. Republican Party is 'Broke'

"Our Party is broke, and we need your help." That rather frank admission is included in a new fundraising solicitation sent out this week by James Pelura, the embattled chairman of the Maryland Republican Party. Pelura, who has refused to...

By John Wagner  |  July 22, 2009; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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State GOP Gets Repayment Extension

The State Board of Elections has granted a 45-day extension to the cash-strapped Maryland Republican Party to pay $77,500 to a campaign account maintained by Michael S. Steele. The extension followed a letter in which Robert B. Ostrom, the state...

By John Wagner  |  July 21, 2009; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pr. George's Council Okays Furlough, Delays Lease

In its final session of the summer Tuesday, the Prince George's County Council approved a plan to furlough county workers for 10 days for the second straight year, but deferred a vote on a controversial measure to lease a pricey...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  July 21, 2009; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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Service With a Smile: Fruit plates and dueling personalities in Montgomery and Annapolis

My, that was an awkward meeting. Montgomery County council members invited some powerful members of Maryland's general assembly over for breakfast Tuesday morning, then proceeded to serve them a little finger wagging. The talk was focused on a controversy over...

By Michael Laris  |  July 21, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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O'Malley to Propose Nearly $300 Million in Cuts

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) told legislative leaders Monday night that he will propose close to $300 million in budget cuts on Wednesday, the bulk of them targeting state agencies. More furloughs of state workers could follow in future rounds...

By Anne Bartlett  |  July 20, 2009; 8:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Laurel Slots Case Dismissed For Now

Maryland's highest court has put the brakes on an effort by Laurel Racing Association to get back in the bidding for a slot-machine license in Anne Arundel County, ruling the legal challenge was premature. In an opinion issued today, the...

By John Wagner  |  July 20, 2009; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pelura Gets "No Confidence" Vote

Leaders of the Maryland Republican Party expressed "no confidence" yesterday in embattled Chairman James Pelura but stopped short of calling for a special convention that would be required to oust him. Pelura, an Anne Arundel County veterinarian, has faced growing...

By John Wagner  |  July 19, 2009; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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