Archive: September 2009

Can Montgomery become Cambridge or San Diego?

A county council member Wednesday afternoon joined a burgeoning local government effort to try to answer that question. Council member Michael Knapp, a former congressional aide and biotech executive, called for a broad-based program to expand research jobs in the...

By Michael Laris | September 30, 2009; 4:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

Pr. George's Council Weighs Taxi Rules

After Prince George's cabdrivers threatened to strike over what they say are unfair working conditions, the County Council introduced a bill Tuesday that would give drivers more oversight over the local industry as well as crack down on drivers and...

By Jonathan Mummolo | September 30, 2009; 2:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Budget Pain Coming in Montgomery: Raises, Reserves Being Examined

Montgomery County is facing a $364 million budget shortfall next year. That big number got some additional head-shaking context Tuesday: Even after a series of theoretical cuts (which would still need to be negotiated with public employees unions) the county...

By Michael Laris | September 30, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Wednesday, September 30, 2009: Have We Mentioned New Laws Are Coming?    Besides the texting-while-driving ban and new drunk-driving measures, a law that takes effect Thursday grants statewide authority for jurisdictions...

By John Wagner | September 30, 2009; 6:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

Clicking Away in Montgomery As Md. Opens Up To Speed Cameras

There's nothing like a speed camera to get drivers hot. Some residents like them - at least on their own quiet streets. But they also loathe them - at least when they get nabbed commuting. There's also the back and...

By Michael Laris | September 29, 2009; 6:01 PM ET | Comments (2)

O'Malley, Ravens Promote Physical Fitness

It's not every day that a TV reporter asks the governor, "You work out, don't you?" and it seems entirely appropriate. Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) fielded that question Tuesday while teaming up with some Baltimore Ravens players for a "Keep...

By John Wagner | September 29, 2009; 5:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

You Could Do Some Time for That Corona With Lime

A bill introduced by the Prince George's County Council on Tuesday could land those caught drinking alcohol in public behind bars. The bill, sponsored by council member William A. Campos (D-Hyattsville), gives the option of as much as 10 days...

By Jonathan Mummolo | September 29, 2009; 4:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Health Studies Proposed For Montgomery Roads

A majority on the Montgomery County council Tuesday launched an effort to require health impact studies before major roads are built or improved. Sponsor Duchy Trachtenberg (D-At Large) said a proposed road known as the Midcounty Corridor, which would run...

By Michael Laris | September 29, 2009; 3:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Prepares to March Some More

O'Malley's March, the governor's semi-retired Celtic rock band, won't be hanging it up for good anytime soon. The band has two concerts planned the night of Nov. 21 at the historic Avalon Theatre in Easton. And Tuesday morning, the Rams...

By John Wagner | September 29, 2009; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

For Gilchrest, It's No Political Wilderness

Post national political reporter Alec MacGillis takes a look today at what former Rep. Wayne Gilchrest has been up to since being ousted in the Republican primary last year. We'll let some readers introduce the piece: Losercuda notes the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | September 29, 2009; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Tuesday, September 29, 2009: There Ought To Be a Law... Continued    The countdown to Thursday's effective date for a slew of new laws continues today, with a joint appearance in...

By John Wagner | September 29, 2009; 6:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pr. George's County Executive and President of Ghana Do Lunch

A couple of chief executives got together this afternoon for lunch at National Harbor. One is the head of a diverse Maryland county of about 820,000 people. The other is president of a West African nation of nearly 24 million....

By Jonathan Mummolo | September 28, 2009; 5:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Financial Ratings Firm: Outlook 'Negative' in Pr. George's

Just days after Prince George's County announced plans to lay off up to 125 employees in response to funding cuts from the state, one of the major Wall Street ratings firms released a report saying the outlook in Prince George's...

By Jonathan Mummolo | September 28, 2009; 2:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

O'Malley Helps Deeds Raise Money

(Cross-posted from Race to Richmond) Virginia Democrat Creigh Deeds will make a brief stop in neighboring Maryland next week to raise money as he heads into the final month of the governor's race. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Democratic Party...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | September 28, 2009; 11:14 AM ET | Comments (1)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Monday, September 28, 2009: There Ought To Be a Law...    Come Thursday, we strongly recommend you put down your BlackBerry and wait until arriving at your destination before posting comments...

By John Wagner | September 27, 2009; 6:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Two Former AGs Joining Gansler at Fundrasier

More from the fundraising front: Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) has an event planned next month that underscores his strength among the political and legal establishment heading into an election year. Gansler's "special guests" at an Oct. 15 event...

By John Wagner | September 25, 2009; 2:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Friday, September 25, 2009: PSC Likely To Delay Vote on Constellation Nuclear Deal    The state's Public Service Commission plans to meet today and discuss a request made Thursday by Attorney...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 25, 2009; 8:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

Big Three Engaged In Fall Fundraising

With memories of summer fading and the 2010 legislative session looming, the fall fundraising season in Maryland is getting into full gear. Some evidence of that: Each of "the big three" in Annapolis -- the governor and two presiding officers...

By John Wagner | September 24, 2009; 1:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009: ACORN Files Suit Over Maryland Taping    ACORN is suing the conservative activists who posed as pimp and prostitute and secretly videotaped its employees appearing to provide...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 24, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Biden Talks Up Health Reform With Montgomery Seniors

Vice President Joseph Biden arrived late to a meeting with more than t200 seniors in Silver Spring Wednesday and asked them to sign a note to his 92-year-old mother so she wouldn't scold him for his tardiness. Biden came to...

By Michael Laris | September 23, 2009; 6:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Slots Approved For Ocean Downs

Maryland awarded its first license for slot-machine gambling on Wednesday afternoon, giving Ocean Downs racetrack on the Eastern Shore permission to operate up to 800 machines as early as Memorial Day. Marking a milestone in Maryland's long-running battle over legalizing...

By John Wagner | September 23, 2009; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (10)

MarylandReporter.com Set To Debut Soon

There will soon be another set of eyes on Maryland government. Len Lazarick, the former State House bureau chief of the now-defunct Baltimore Examiner, is launching MarylandReporter.com, which promises both original reporting and links to stories by other media, starting...

By John Wagner | September 23, 2009; 1:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009: Gambling in MD by May? First Slot License Expected Today    The state's lottery commission is expected to award Ocean Downs racetrack with the state's first slot-machine...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 23, 2009; 7:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Gets Solid Marks Among Maryland Voters

Although his popularity has slipped nationally, President Obama received solid approval ratings in a new poll of Maryland voters. Fifty-eight percent of Free State voters said they approve of the job the Democratic president is doing, while 31 percent disapproved...

By John Wagner | September 23, 2009; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Montgomery Council Reverses Course On Land Purchase

We noted last week the dance between Ike Leggett and the county council over plans for a science city near Johns Hopkins' Montgomery campus. The particular point of contention was what to do about a stretch of land near Montgomery...

By Michael Laris | September 22, 2009; 5:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of the State's Top Political News and Analysis Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009: United Way Executive Joins O'Malley Cabinet Alex Sanchez has been chosen to succeed Thomas E. Perez, who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 22, 2009; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Poll: Marylanders United in Budget Worries, Divided on Solution

A large majority of Maryland voters -- 75 percent -- say that the state budget is a "very big problem," according to a new poll, which also examined a potential Ehrlich-O'Malley rematch. But a simple majority can't agree on a...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | September 22, 2009; 8:10 AM ET | Comments (4)

O'Malley vs. Ehrlich: 2009 Looks a Lot Like 2006

When it comes to gubernatorial politics in Maryland, not a whole lot has changed in the last three years. That, at least, is the conclusion of a new poll that shows Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) beating former governor Robert L....

By Gene Fynes | September 22, 2009; 12:01 AM ET | Comments (4)

O'Malley to Name United Way Executive to Cabinet

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on Tuesday will announce his selection of a United Way of America executive as the state's new secretary of Labor, Licensing & Regulation, according to aides. Alex Sanchez has been chosen to succeed Thomas E. Perez,...

By Anne Bartlett | September 21, 2009; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of the State's Top Political News and Analysis Monday, Sept. 21, 2009: Prince George's Layoff Announcement Expected Today Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) is expected to announce budget cuts today to close a $22...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 21, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Franchot Seeks Second Term as Comptroller

Montgomery County's Peter Franchot (D), who has often cast himself as a fiscal hawk and outsider in Annapolis, will seek a second term as state Comptroller. Franchot, 61, announced his re-election bid Friday in a shaky, 1-minute You Tube...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 19, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Chat With Rep. Donna Edwards

Maryland Politics sat down yesterday with Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) at her Capitol Hill office to talk health care, the partisan divide in Congress and life at National Harbor. In short, the public option remains a line in the sand...

By Jonathan Mummolo | September 18, 2009; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of the State's Top Political News and Analysis Friday, Sept. 18, 2009: Multibillion-Dollar Budget Gaps Seen Through 2014 Shrinking paychecks for some of Maryland's wealthiest residents, along with new data showing wages falling across the state, will...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 18, 2009; 7:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

Pelura Says Groundwork Laid for Md. GOP

In an e-mail to supporters Thursday, outgoing Maryland GOP Chairman James Pelura says his three-year tenure was "an uphill battle in our Democrat-dominated, one-party state." But Pelura, who is stepping down Nov. 14, also takes credit for "laying the groundwork...

By John Wagner | September 17, 2009; 3:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

Local Pols Weigh In on Obama U-Md Speech

Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, among a chorus of Maryland lawmakers who attended President Obama's speech today at the University of Maryland in College Park, said the occasion was a big shot in the arm for the county. "The...

By Anne Bartlett | September 17, 2009; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Next Year's State Budget Gap Grows to Nearly $2 Billion

Falling personal income tax revenue will leave Maryland with a budget gap near $2 billion to fill for the fiscal year that begins next summer, state finance officials say. And $700 million in cuts made in recent weeks won't go...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 17, 2009; 1:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ehrlich Knocks Obama, Gets Few Questions

Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) took a few swipes at President Obama before the latter's Thursday morning appearance in College Park, dismissing the event as "simply another day in the health-care road show." But Ehrlich's conference call,...

By John Wagner | September 17, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of the State's Top Political News and Analysis Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009: Obama's Coming    Maryland Democrats have run the gamut of emotions from giddy to stressed-out this week, working to make sure one of the nation's bluest...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 17, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Budget Deja Vu: Another Growing Gap, More Cuts Likely, O'Malley Says

Another revenue estimate, another write-down, more budget cuts. That's what Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) says Marylanders should brace for tomorrow when state leaders receive their latest tax revenue estimates. Last week, O'Malley predicted the new figures would show tax revenue...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 16, 2009; 3:05 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ehrlich to Offer 'Pre-buttal' to Obama

What to make of this? The Republican National Committee has tapped former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) to give a "pre-buttal" Thursday to President Obama's health-care rally in College Park. Ehrlich, who is contemplating a rematch next year...

By John Wagner | September 16, 2009; 2:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of the State's Top Political News and Analysis Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009: State Board Returns to Familiar Job: Spending Money    Maryland's all-Democrat Board of Public Works (Gov. Martin O'Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp) reconvenes...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 16, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

List of Potential Pelura Successors Grows

The list of names circulating as potential successors to James Pelura as chairman of the Maryland Republican Party continued to grow Tuesday. For those keeping score... The most intriguing: Mary Kane, the former secretary of state under former governor Robert...

By John Wagner | September 15, 2009; 8:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Maryland Gang Law Useless, Prosecutors Say

Prosecutors and police on Tuesday pressed Maryland lawmakers to make it easier to put gang members convicted of crimes behind bars for longer sentences, saying a 2-year-old state statute aimed at doing so had proven all but useless. Lawmakers, including...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 15, 2009; 6:27 PM ET | Comments (1)

Union Head: County Hopes to Save $4 Million Through Layoffs

Officials briefing union heads in Prince George's County on Tuesday morning provided few details about how they plan to reconcile a $22.7 million cut in state funding, a union chief who attended said, but officials did outline the broad strokes...

By Jonathan Mummolo | September 15, 2009; 3:49 PM ET | Comments (2)

Curry Coy About Plans but Hits O'Malley on Budget

The future of Maryland Republicans has dominated the state's political drama so far this week, with James Pelura resigning as GOP chairman and former cabinet secretary Larry Hogan launching an exploratory bid for governor. But some Democrats lurking off stage...

By John Wagner | September 15, 2009; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of the State's Top Political News and Analysis Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009: State Republicans Hope GOP Upheavel Sends Fundraising North    The resignation of embattled Maryland Republican Party Chairman James Pelura has party faithful hoping the end of...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 15, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

How Some Would Save $1 Million in Montgomery

Here's an idea for how to fix Montgomery County's troubled tuition assistance program for county employees: Get rid of it, at least for next year. That was the idea floated Monday by Montgomery County Council President Phil Andrews. The program...

By Michael Laris | September 14, 2009; 4:52 PM ET | Comments (2)

Hogan To Test Waters For Md. Governor

Larry Hogan, a Cabinet secretary under former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), on Tuesday plans to launch an exploratory bid for next year's Republican gubernatorial nomination. Hogan, 53, a real-estate broker who ran a competitive but unsuccessful race...

By John Wagner | September 14, 2009; 1:56 PM ET | Comments (4)

Hey, Isn't That Warren Miller?

Some careful readers of Sunday's Washington Post recognized the guy in the photo on A12, decked out in shorts and a T-shirt, carrying the "Liar Liar Pants on Fire!" sign at Saturday's "Taxpayer March on D.C." It's Warren E. Miller,...

By John Wagner | September 14, 2009; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (27)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of the State's Top Political News and Analysis Monday, Sept. 14, 2009: A political and bureaucratic smorgasbord will begin the week: Maryland Republican Party leaders remain mum about the future of embattled Chairman James Pelura as they...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 14, 2009; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (6)

GEICO Dispute Crawls On, Draws In Navarro As Council Returns

The chanting procession by 16 purple-clad demonstrators during Thursday's evening rush on Wisconsin Avenue marked the latest beat in the running conflict between Chevy Chase-based insurer GEICO and the Service Employees International Union. Representatives from the SEIU local 32BJ, which...

By Michael Laris | September 14, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Pelura Mum As State GOP Officers Plan Monday Meeting

The top officers of the Maryland Republican Party are planning to convene Monday afternoon, prompting speculation among some GOP insiders that an announcement could follow about embattled Chairman James Pelura's future. Pelura, who did not return phone calls over the...

By John Wagner | September 14, 2009; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pr. George's Union 'Looking Into' Whether County Violated Open Meetings Act; 'Emergency' Meeting Slated for Next Week

UPDATED A day after Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) met with members of the County Council to discuss state budget cuts -- while giving virtually no advance notice of the meeting beforehand -- a union head says...

By Jonathan Mummolo | September 11, 2009; 3:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rep. Edwards: Censure Obama Heckler

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) may have reached out (perhaps reluctantly) to the White House to apologize for his headline-grabbing outburst during President Barack Obama's address to Congress Wednesday night, but that hasn't satisfied Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and others on...

By Jonathan Mummolo | September 11, 2009; 2:40 PM ET | Comments (13)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Friday, Sept. 11, 2009: Eight Years Later    State and local leaders will mark the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with acts of service, following a call...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 11, 2009; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley: Obama "Hit a Home Run"

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) sang the praises of President Obama this afternoon during a conference call with reporters that the White House organized as a follow-up to Obama's health-care speech last night. "I think he hit a home run," O'Malley...

By John Wagner | September 10, 2009; 3:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Former Post Editor Joins Public Affairs Firm

Phyllis Jordan, the former Maryland editor of The Washington Post, has joined The Hatcher Group, a public affairs firm that works with foundations and nonprofit organizations with the goal of advancing social change. The firm, located outside Washington, announced today...

By John Wagner | September 10, 2009; 1:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009: Maryland Pols React to Health-Care Speech Sen. Ben Cardin (D) predicts a bill on the Senate floor by October. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R), says his party...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 10, 2009; 9:26 AM ET | Comments (1)

One Sharp-Edged Speech, Two Views From Maryland

Sen. Ben Cardin (D) saw a clear-eyed president giving it straight. If it makes some people squirm, so be it. "I was proud the President called it like it was and I'm sure there were some people who were uncomfortable...

By Michael Laris | September 10, 2009; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley: DNA Samples Akin to Fingerprints

In Gov. Martin O'Malley's "ideal world," Maryland would take DNA samples as readily from suspected criminals as it now takes fingerprints. "I think we should," O'Malley (D) said following an appearance at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He...

By Anne Bartlett | September 9, 2009; 3:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pr. George's WSSC Nominee Confirmed

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson's nominee to replace a controversial member of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission was confirmed unanimously Wednesday by the County Council after Johnson expressed concerns this summer that the council might be delaying the...

By Gene Fynes | September 9, 2009; 2:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Says More Budget Cuts Possible

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) just won approval last month for another round of budget cuts designed to close a $700 million shortfall that emerged early in the state's fiscal year. But still more reductions could soon be on the way,...

By Gene Fynes | September 9, 2009; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

Laurel Referendum Results Are In

Despite claims from a vocal group of protesters that a single polling place for a Laurel referendum Tuesday was racially biased and could not accommodate the city's more than 13,000 registered voters, the city saw only 827 people turn out...

By Gene Fynes | September 9, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cigaratte Sales Remain Down in Maryland

A leading health-care advocacy group in Maryland is preparing to tout numbers showing a sustained drop-off in cigarette sales since the state doubled its tobacco tax in January 2008. In Maryland, 201.8 million packs of cigarettes were sold during 2008,...

By John Wagner | September 9, 2009; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (1)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of the State's Top Political News and Analysis Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009: Energy Re-Regulation Back on Front Burner    Gov. Martin O'Malley's (D) failed attempt to reverse energy deregulation returns to Annapolis today. The House's Economic Matters Committee,...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 9, 2009; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

State GOP Granted Installment Plan to Repay Steele

The cash-strapped Maryland Republican Party already had been given a 45-day extension on repaying $75,000 that the State Board of Elections said it owed Michael S. Steele. Today came another concession: The state board agreed to let the GOP pay...

By John Wagner | September 8, 2009; 3:18 PM ET | Comments (1)

Governor Claims Progress on Children's Dental Care

Gov. Martin O'Malley, Rep. Elijah Cummings and several other elected local and state Democratic leaders on Tuesday claimed significant progress in bringing dental care to the state's school children -- an effort launched in 2007 after the death of a...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 8, 2009; 3:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Announces New Deputy Transportation Secretary

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has appointed a former senior manager with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to serve as deputy secretary for the Department of Transportation. Harold M. Bartlett succeeds Beverley Swaim-Staley, whom O'Malley last week promoted to secretary...

By John Wagner | September 8, 2009; 2:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Holy Rabid Bats, Pr. George's!

Update: A county health department official said in an e-mail that "one person did come into contact with a rabid bat and received preemptive treatment for rabies." (Archive photo) -- The Prince George's County Health Department says reports of rabid...

By Jonathan Mummolo | September 8, 2009; 12:34 PM ET | Comments (7)

WSSC Nominee Set for Vote in Pr. George's

After concern by Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) that confirmation of his nominee for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission was being delayed, his office released a statement Tuesday characterizing approval of the nominee Wednesday as a forgone...

By Jonathan Mummolo | September 8, 2009; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Racetrack Continues Fight for Slots License

Maryland's highest court has shelved a legal appeal to allow the possibility of slot machine gambling at Laurel Park racetrack in Anne Arundel County. But the track's operators have not given up the fight. Late last week, lawyers for the...

By John Wagner | September 8, 2009; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009: Labor Day is over and First Click is champing at the bit to see what fall will bring. On the calendar, President Barack Obama's Chesapeake Bay...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 8, 2009; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Former Opponent Duncan Criticizes O'Malley Campaign

More than 300 endorsements 14 months from Election Day, without a glimpse of an opponent on the horizon. Many in Annapolis viewed the laundry list of Maryland Democrats released Thursday by Gov. Martin O'Malley's (D) fledgling re-election campaign as an...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 5, 2009; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (7)

A Final Fruit Fight Item: Turning The Other Cheek On Montgomery's Roadside Stands

Just in time for the Labor Day roadside rush, Maryland's State Highway Administration reached an agreement Thursday with Montgomery County activist Robin Ficker over his son's disputed fruit and vegetable stand. Ed Harris, counsel to the highway administration, said the...

By Michael Laris | September 4, 2009; 6:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Boden Leaves Brown, Joins Chow

Jerry Boden, the departing deputy chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), this week became the chief of staff to the newly sworn-in Veterans Secretary Edward Chow. Boden's move comes amid some other staff shuffling in Brown's...

By John Wagner | September 4, 2009; 3:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Friday, Sept. 4, 2009:    It's Maryland's first statewide furlough day for some 70,000 state workers. You'll be able to hear a pin drop in the State House, which wouldn't be...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 4, 2009; 7:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley Lists More Than 300 Early Endorsements

In an attempt at an extraordinarily early show of strength Thursday, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) released the names of more than 300 elected officials who are endorsing his reelection bid next year. The list reads like a who's who of...

By John Wagner | September 3, 2009; 2:41 PM ET | Comments (1)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009: Nuclear Deal Coming To a Head    Supporters and opponents last night packed a hearing on a proposed deal between Constellation Energy and Electricite de France that...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 3, 2009; 8:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Enright Steps Down as O'Malley's Chief of Staff

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Wednesday that Michael R. Enright, a boyhood friend and longtime aide, was stepping down as his chief of staff and would take on a new role as senior adviser to the governor. Matthew D. Gallagher,...

By John Wagner | September 2, 2009; 4:51 PM ET | Comments (2)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009: Day 2 of Swine Flu (News Conferences, That Is)    Part practice and part public awareness, part two of pandemic flu week continues today for Maryland politicians....

By Aaron C. Davis | September 2, 2009; 8:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Setback for an Ehrlich Patronage Employee

The ice dancer suffered a tough break this week. On Tuesday, Maryland's Court of Special Appeals reversed an administrative law judge's decision that Gregory Maddalone, a patronage employee of former Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), had been improperly fired shortly...

By John Wagner | September 1, 2009; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (3)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009: Health-Care Debate Returns    Congress returns next week to what's expected to be an intense new phase in efforts to reach consensus on health-care legislation. House Majority...

By Aaron C. Davis | September 1, 2009; 7:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

 

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