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Friday, August 21, 2009:
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CONGRESSIONAL DEMS' EFFORTS ON HEALTH-CARE REFORM CONTINUE IN MD, SORT OF....
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) this morning will tout - over a conference call - health care reform benefits for small businesses. His office says he'll cite a Columbia auto shop owner who struggles to provide benefits for his 20 mechanics and other workers, calling the benefits to small businesses one of the "most overlooked facts" in the health-care debate.
U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) will meet in person with constituents tonight in Prince George's, albeit with a more sympathetic audience than other members of Congress have faced at recent town-hall meetings. Edwards is addressing the county's Young Democrats.
Progressive Maryland and health-care reform allies say they will protest outside the Silver Spring Whole Foods today at noon after CEO John Mackey recently wrote that health care is not an intrinsic right.
"Whole Foods has a crunchy reputation for political correctness. But not enough shoppers know that in fact Whole Foods is a notorious union buster that routinely fires workers when they try to organize," reads a flyer promoting the protest.
Gov. Martin O'Malley's office yesterday heavily touted an announcement from Swedish bioenergy firm Swebo that it will open an Annapolis office and hire three employees. O'Malley's office said the announcement was a "direct result" of the governor's trip to Sweden in June. The Baltimore Business Journal has the details, (including that Swebo's operation could grow to 20 employees if and when it lands U.S. manufacturing deals).
NO ACTION BY ETHICS PANEL ON CARDIN CONTROVERSY
Del. Jon S. Cardin's staged police-raid wedding proposal has been the talk in Annapolis - and far beyond - this week, but the General Assembly's joint committee on legislative ethics is taking a wait-and-see approach to investigating if Cardin's use of Baltimore City police resources violated state ethics laws, notes the Baltimore Sun's Laura Smitherman. Del. Brian K. McHale, one of Cardin's fellow Baltimore Democrats, chairs the House ethics panel.
The anti-O'Malley blog, O'Malley Watch, has begun imploring readers to write in complaints to McHale to spur an investigation.
Republicans at Red Maryland say the combination this week of Cardin's debacle and drinking photos from the Maryland Association of Counties conference posted on Facebook by an O'Malley staffer add up to a larger question of poor judgment by Maryland Democrats.
ENERGY ON CLEAN ENERGY
UMD for Clean Energy, a highly-motivated group of college students working to influence state and federal energy policy, says it delivered a letter to U.S. Sen Benjamin L. Cardin, with new ideas about clean energy investment. The Environmental Defense Fund also posts a new site mapping the state's "green economy."
Aaron C. Davis
August 21, 2009; 8:08 AM ET
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