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Maryland Politics: August 2, 2009 - August 8, 2009

Prince George's Continues to Battle Vacant Homes

Prince George's County has enacted a new law that requires vacant houses to be registered so that the county can better keep track of homes emptying because of the foreclosure crisis before they become eyesores or havens for crime and...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  August 7, 2009; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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O'Malley Chides Anne Arundel Council for Slots Delay

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) today prodded -- and not so gently -- the Anne Arundel County Council to act on zoning legislation required to allow the largest slot-machine gambling facililty envisioned by the state to operate. "I wish the Anne...

By John Wagner  |  August 6, 2009; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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O'Malley to Marylanders: Bring Us Your Budget-Cutting Ideas

Somewhere amidst the cranks, digressions, impractical riffs, redundancies, pet peeves and throwaway lines, there are veins of gold. At least that's one of the big ideas behind throwing open the mechanics of everyday government to the tinkering of the Internet...

By Michael Laris  |  August 6, 2009; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Governor , Maryland State Budget  
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Bigger Baltimore Slots Site On Track, Consultant Says

While the fate of some Maryland slots sites remains uncertain, a consultant for the group seeking to operate a parlor in downtown Baltimore says plans are on track for a larger facility than proposed -- and at a slightly different...

By John Wagner  |  August 6, 2009; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Solar Panels Coming to O'Malley's Home

Government House in Annapolis will soon be home not only to Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and his family -- but to a pair of solar panels as well. The state is planning to install the panels next week on...

By John Wagner  |  August 6, 2009; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mikulski to Brief Reporters on Ankle En Route to Hill

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who has been recovering from a severely broken ankle, is scheduled to address this reporters at a Baltimore medical center this morning before returning to Capitol Hill to vote on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor...

By John Wagner  |  August 6, 2009; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley Has 2010 Campaign Manager On Board

No big-name challengers to Martin O'Malley (D) have yet to emerge, but the governor seems to be taking little for granted as he heads toward a 2010 election year in which the sour economy is expected to play a defining...

By John Wagner  |  August 5, 2009; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Kendel Ehrlich for Anne Arundel Exec. -- Just the Latest Rumor?

Ever since Kendel Ehrlich's days as first lady, there has been no shortage of speculation about whether she has a future in politics apart from that of her husband, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R). The last rumor making...

By John Wagner  |  August 5, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Markets Drive State Pension Fund Down 20 Percent

The number is in for Maryland's public pension system, and it's not good: The pool to fund state employee retirement costs has shrunk by more than 20 percent in the past 12 months. From its high point, the value of...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 5, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pr. George's Exec Johnson 'Very Much' Considering Statewide Run

As the chairs were being stacked and the moon bounce was being deflated, Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) was still posing for pictures, shaking hands with constituents and grabbing the ears of political players last night after...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  August 5, 2009; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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State GOP Chairman Says He's Staying Put

Maryland GOP Chairman James Pelura, who largely avoided the media as fellow party leaders considered ousting him last month, surfaced today, sounding feisty and determined to stay the course. "I'm not resigning," Pelura said in an interview. "I'm not going...

By John Wagner  |  August 4, 2009; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Meet Your County Executive Tonight

Want some face time with Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D)? He'll be on hand for "National Night Out" this evening, a chance for community groups to mingle with local law enforcement and public officials. First stop will...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  August 4, 2009; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Legislative Adviser: Cuts Need to Be Deeper

Budget cuts proposed last month by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) will save the state about $280 million this year. But most of the savings won't help resolve a projected shortfall next year of more than $2 billion, according to a...

By John Wagner  |  August 3, 2009; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Maryland: More Blue than New York or California?

If the latest Gallup poll is right, the exhaustive history book. "Maryland: A Middle Temperament," might need to be renamed something more like: "Maryland: Deep Blue and Getting Bluer." Maryland is the nation's third-bluest state, behind Massachusetts and Hawaii, according...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 3, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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O'Malley Will Back Light Rail for Purple Line

Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to endorse a light rail line over bus rapid transit with his announcement Tuesday that Maryland will pursue federal transit money to build a Purple Line linking Prince George's and Montgomery counties. His administration will...

By Lisa Rein  |  August 3, 2009; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Governor  
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