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Maryland Politics: August 9, 2009 - August 15, 2009

You're Up: Marylanders Take a Swing at Shrinking Government

Gov. Martin O'Malley asked for ideas on how to cut hundreds of millions from Maryland's budget. What will be done with them? Officials released 351 pages worth of the suggestions this afternoon. Among them: "purchase a bankrupt hotel or motel...

By Michael Laris  |  August 14, 2009; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Governor , Maryland State Budget , Michael Laris  
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First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of the State's Top Political News and Analysis Friday, August 14, 2009: Ocean City or Bust: It's Friday and all of the hundreds of state and local officials going to the Maryland Association of Counties conference have...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 14, 2009; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Budget Suggestions Shelved Until Friday

Marylanders will have to wait until tomorrow morning to see what suggestions their fellow citizens have for cutting the state budget. Gov. Martin O'Malley's office was scheduled to release some 2,500 suggestions -- filling about 600 pages when printed out...

By John Wagner  |  August 13, 2009; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McDonough Expects Ehrlich's Decision in January

Beside talking about his own intentions regarding a gubernatorial run, Del. Patrick L. McDonough (R-Baltimore County) was quite chatty last night regarding those of former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R). McDonough said his understanding is that Ehrlich will...

By John Wagner  |  August 13, 2009; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of the State's Top Political News and Analysis Welcome to First Click - Maryland, your essential new daily guide to politics in the Old Line State. Each weekday morning we'll provide you with a look at the...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 13, 2009; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McDonough Latest to Look at Md. Governor's Race

Add Del. Patrick L. McDonough (R-Baltimore County) to the list of Republicans looking at the 2010 governor's race with seemingly long odds. "I'm testing the water, so to speak," McDonough said in an interview, explaining that he will spend coming...

By John Wagner  |  August 12, 2009; 8:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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GOP Legislators Reject Pelura's Push for 'Contract With Maryland'

James Pelura may be staying put as chairman of the Maryland GOP, but the infighting has hardly subsided among the state's Republican leaders. The latest spat centers on Pelura's plans to develop a "Contract with Maryland" heading into the 2010...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  August 12, 2009; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  John Wagner , Republican Party  
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Lt. Gov. Brown Shares 'Cybersecurity' Vision for State at MACo

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown shared his vision this morning for fostering "jobs that could create the 21st century's Silicon Valley of cybersecurity" in Maryland. Brown (D) spoke at the Maryland Association of Counties convention in Ocean City on a...

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 12, 2009; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of the State's Top Political News and Analysis Welcome to First Click - Maryland, your essential new daily guide to politics in the Old Line State. Each weekday morning we'll provide you with a look at the...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 12, 2009; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Budget Briefing: O'Malley Plans Another $470 Million in Cuts

A panel from Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration provided some of the more interesting morsels to emerge from this afternoon's legislative budget briefing, which just ended. Among them: * O'Malley (D) is preparing to propose about $470 million in additional cuts...

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 11, 2009; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  John Wagner , Maryland State Budget  
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Property Tax Revenue Up for Counties, but State Aid May Be Cut

Maryland lawmakers, who are eyeing aid to counties as a big target for cutting the state budget, will get an extensive look this afternoon at how county coffers are faring. According to state legislative analysts, collection of property taxes in...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  August 11, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  John Wagner , Maryland State Budget  
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First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of the State's Top Political News and Analysis Welcome to First Click -- Maryland, your essential new daily guide to politics in the Old Line State. Each weekday morning we'll provide you with a look at the...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 11, 2009; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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An Early, Crowded Field for Pr. George's County Exec Race

With 2010 fast-approaching, it seems like as good a time as any to take a look at the probable field for the upcoming race for Prince George's County Executive. With term-limited County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) on his way...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  August 10, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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O'Malley: Seacrets is Out for This Year's MACo

Consider it the latest casualty of Maryland's budget cuts: Gov. Martin O'Malley's office is announcing today that it is canceling a late-night reception at Seacrets, a sprawling, open-air bar on the main drag in Ocean City, during this week's MACo...

By John Wagner  |  August 10, 2009; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of the State's Top Political News and Analysis Welcome to First Click -- Maryland, your essential new daily guide to politics in the Old Line State. Each weekday morning we'll provide you with a look at the...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 10, 2009; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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