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Maryland Politics: July 26, 2009 - August 1, 2009

O'Malley May Add Immigration Czar to Cabinet

Gov. Martin O'Malley says he's inclined to create a cabinet-level ombudsman position to deal with the needs of Maryland's growing immigrant population, after a council he commissioned to study the issue recommended that and other new programs on Thursday. "I...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  July 30, 2009; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , Governor  
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County Governments Rank High for Online Services

Several Maryland counties recently were ranked in the top 10 in a national survey that examines the digital services offered to citizens by local governments. The survey, conducted by The National Association of Counties and e.Republic's Center for Digital Government,...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  July 30, 2009; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel , Montgomery County , Prince George's County  
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Maryland Lauded For Stimulus Site

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) was crowing on Wednesday about a new report that ranks Maryland first in the nation for its Web site tracking spending of federal stimulus dollars. In a report titled "Show Us The Stimulus," the advocacy group...

By John Wagner  |  July 30, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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O'Malley Advises Frugality For MACo Conference

The Maryland Association of Counties summer conference in Ocean City next month could be a more sober affair than usual -- at least for Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration. With both the state and Maryland counties facing hundreds of millions in...

By John Wagner  |  July 29, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Kratovil Effigy Picture Burning up Blogs

Mix a partisan health care debate, a little misinformation -- and, oh, a picture of a Democratic Congressman hanging in effigy -- and apparently you can light up the blogosphere. A snapshot taken by Eastern Shore blogger Joe Albero on...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  July 29, 2009; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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For Lieutenant Governors, Big Leagues Have Come Calling

Deputy Chief of Staff Jerry Boden looks on as Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown practices his pitching Tuesday on the grounds of the Maryland State House. As political metaphors go, the lieutenant governor's warm-up toss on the lawn of the...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  July 29, 2009; 3:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , Governor  
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Pelura Seeks 'Massive Gains' in Legislature

Say what you will about embattled Maryland Republican Party Chairman James Pelura, but he certainly seems to be trying to raise money. A week ago, Pelura acknowledged in a fundraising solicitation that the party is "broke." In another letter that...

By John Wagner  |  July 28, 2009; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Mikulski Has Ankle Surgery -- and Calls for Health Care Reform

Sen. Barbara Milulski (D-Md.) underwent surgery on her fractured ankle at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore -- and used the occasion to score a point on the health care legislation debate. "I'm more committed than ever before to making sure...

By Anne Bartlett  |  July 27, 2009; 8:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Extra Zero Put Popham Among Top Lobbyists

Our most loyal readers might remember a post last week that noted that Bryson F. Popham had moved up significantly in the most recent list of top-earning Annapolis lobbyists. Well ... never mind. With reported earnings of $714,633, Popham made...

By John Wagner  |  July 27, 2009; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Brown's Colleagues Coming to Maryland

They're not the most recognizable elected officials in America, but they have some potential, and most every state has one. And they're coming to Maryland this week. The National Lieutenant Governors Association is convening Wednesday in Baltimore for its annual...

By John Wagner  |  July 27, 2009; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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