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Maryland Politics: September 13, 2009 - September 19, 2009

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Aaron C. Davis  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Health Care , Jonathan Mummolo , Montgomery County , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  John Wagner , Republican Party  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hamil R. Harris , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , Maryland State Budget  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Health Care , John Wagner  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , Governor , Maryland State Budget  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  John Wagner , Republican Party  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , General Assembly , Montgomery County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Maryland State Budget , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Maryland State Budget , Michael Laris  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Governor , John Wagner  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Michael Laris , Montgomery County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  John Wagner , Republican Party  
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