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Maryland Politics: August 23, 2009 - August 29, 2009

Fruit Detente In Montgomery?

Ah, the Montgomery County fruit and veggie wars may be coming to an end. Robin Ficker, whose son Rob's fruit stand has been at the center of a dispute over equal treatment, said today that a judge has instructed him...

By Michael Laris  |  August 28, 2009; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Michael Laris , Montgomery County  
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First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of the State's Top Political News and Analysis Friday, August 28, 2009: CANDIDATE: PUBLIC HAD TO WAIT TOO LONG TO LEARN GUARDS WOULDN'T BE PROSECUTED IN JAIL DEATH. "Why You?" - A regular feature that introduces candidates...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 28, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , First Click  
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"Why You?": What We Want to Know From 2010 Candidates in Prince George's

With 2010 around the corner, candidates in Prince George's County at all levels of government are beginning to sculpt their campaign messages. In a semi-weekly series --"Why You?" -- we sit down with the county's political hopefuls to ask about...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  August 28, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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Maryland Lawmakers Asked to Give Up Some Pay

A day after a board forced 70,000 state employees to take as many as 10 unpaid furlough days, Maryland's Democratic legislative leaders said they would volunteer to do the same and urged every member of the General Assembly to follow...

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 27, 2009; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , General Assembly , Maryland State Budget  
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The Back Story on the Governor's Horseback Ride

NORTH EAST, Maryland - It's a Blue State, to be sure; and a Democratic administration, through and through. But it's not every day that a donkey's invited to Gov. Martin O'Malley's monthly cabinet meeting. Just 73 miles from Annapolis,...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 27, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , Governor , John Wagner  
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First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of the State's Top Political News and Analysis Thursday, August 27, 2009: A SLOT CITY FOR BALTIMORE? A group seeking to bring slot-machine gambling to Baltimore has revealed its vision for a mega-casino complete with "neighborhoods" of...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 27, 2009; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Plans For Baltimore's Celebration Casino Shared With State

A group seeking to bring slot-machine gambling to Baltimore today outlined its vision for Celebration Casino, a major entertainment venue to be built on the site of a demolished chemical distribution plant just south of the football stadium where the...

By John Wagner  |  August 26, 2009; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Complete List of Maryland Budget Cuts Now Available

The complete list of budget cuts being presented by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) to the Board of Public Works this morning is available here. The meeting should be getting started shortly....

By John Wagner  |  August 26, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of the State's Top Political News and Analysis Wednesday, August 26, 2009: BUDGET CUTS, BUDGET CUTS, BUDGET CUTS Welcome to Judgment Day - at least the latest one for Maryland. Gov. Martin O'Malley and the state's Board...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 26, 2009; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A Few More Details Available on O'Malley Cuts

Gov. Martin O'Malley's office released some additional details Tuesday afternoon about the budget cuts, including the impact by jurisdiction from proposed local aid reductions. Baltimore City is the biggest loser, facing a cut of $35.2 million. Montgomery and Prince George's...

By John Wagner  |  August 25, 2009; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pr. George's Seeks to Avoid Repaying Furlough Dollars -- For Now

Citing a pending appeal, Prince George's County is seeking to avoid repaying $17 million in lost wages that a federal judge recently ordered be repaid after ruling the county's furlough plan was unconstitutional. The county's lawyers recently filed a motion...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  August 25, 2009; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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A Five-Year Government Shutdown?

Gov. Martin O'Malley's news conference today outlining a new round of budget cuts was a pretty dour affair. But it did feature one light-hearted moment. In recent weeks, O'Malley (D) has solicited suggested from citizens on how to close the...

By John Wagner  |  August 25, 2009; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley Outlines Next Round of Budget Cuts

A somber Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has just wrapped up briefings to legislative leaders and the media on budget cuts that will be presented tomorrow to the Board of Public Works. Here are the highlights: * The total reductions are...

By John Wagner  |  August 25, 2009; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of the State's Top Political News and Analysis Tuesday, August 25, 2009: FURLOUGH PLAN LEAKED Details of Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan to help close a budget shortfall through cuts to employees' pay emerged Monday. Tens of thousands...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 25, 2009; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Maryland Records Seventh Swine Flu Death

Gov. Martin O'Malley on Monday announced an elderly person from the Washington suburbs had become Maryland's seventh fatal H1N1, or Swine Flu, victim. He also said the state had become the first in the nation with 100 percent voluntary participation...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 24, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. Employees Face Up to 10 Days Unpaid Leave

Maryland state employees will be forced to take as many as 10 days of unpaid leave as part of a new round of budget cuts that Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to propose this week, aides said. The $470 million in...

By John Wagner  |  August 24, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of the State's Top Political News and Analysis Monday, August 24, 2009: GOVERNOR IN PRINCE GEORGE'S TO TALK SWINE FLU Gov. Martin O'Malley this afternoon is expected to announce an enhanced "bio-surveillance" effort by the state to...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 24, 2009; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , First Click  
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