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Maryland Politics: September 6, 2009 - September 12, 2009

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Maryland State Budget , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Health Care , Jonathan Mummolo , Montgomery County , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , First Click  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  John Wagner  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  John Wagner  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , First Click  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governor , John Wagner  
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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 Washington Post Editors  |  September 9, 2009; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  | Tags: Antonio L. Jones, Jack B. Johnson, Juanita D. Miller, WSSC  
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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 Washington Post Editors  |  September 9, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Governor , John Wagner , Maryland State Budget  | Tags: O'Malley, budget, budget cuts, shortfall  
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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 Washington Post Editors  |  September 9, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Montgomery County  | Tags: Kimberley A. Rau, Laurel referendum, city council, city elections, mayor  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , First Click  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  John Wagner , Republican Party  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , Governor  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governor , John Wagner  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner , Slots  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , First Click  
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