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Maryland Politics: September 27, 2009 - October 3, 2009

Almost 50 Pr. George's Employees Laid Off

Just under 50 Prince George's County employees were told by their managers and supervisors that they were being laid off when they came into work this morning -- a cost-cutting measure implemented by County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D)in response...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  October 2, 2009; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Maryland State Budget , Prince George's County  
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Number of Homes Near Arundel Slots Site Disputed

The leader of a group fighting slot machines at Arundel Mills Mall said the developer of a proposed casino has dramatically understated the number of homes nearby. In a presentation to a state commission last month, Cordish Cos. said only...

By John Wagner  |  October 2, 2009; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  John Wagner , Slots  
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O'Malley: Next Year's Opponent 'Beyond My Control'

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) said he is making no assumptions about who he will face in next year's election. With former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) continuing to weigh a rematch, O'Malley said in an interview that he is...

By John Wagner  |  October 2, 2009; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governor , John Wagner  
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First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Friday, October 2, 2009: Looming Election Year Renews Voting Issues    As Maryland heads into an election season, a number of voting-related issues are certain to spark new drama, including the...

By John Wagner  |  October 2, 2009; 6:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pr. George's Remains AAA-Okay

Here's a bit of positive news for financially beleaguered Prince George's County: It was given a AAA bond rating by a major Wall Street ratings firm for the second year in a row. The coveted rating, analogous to a personal...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  October 1, 2009; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Maryland State Budget , Prince George's County  
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Pr. George's Council Member Confirms Bid for County Executive

Prince George's County Council member Tony Knotts (D-Temple Hills) has confirmed plans to run for county executive, a seat Jack B. Johnson will leave next year under term limits. Knotts confirmed his bid in a recent interview with the Prince...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  October 1, 2009; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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Waiting for the Ax to Fall in Pr. George's

Friday is D-Day for as many as 125 government employees slated to be laid off in Prince George's County, but there is no word from County Executive Jack B. Johnson's office as to where the cuts will be made. Affected...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  October 1, 2009; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Maryland State Budget , Prince George's County  
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O'Malley Pitches Health Reform for DNC

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) sought to do his part Thursday morning in helping Democrats push health-care reform through Congress. In a conference call with reporters orchestrated by the Democratic National Committee, O'Malley argued that the cost of the current system...

By John Wagner  |  October 1, 2009; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governor , John Wagner  
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First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Thursday, October 1, 2009: Our Last Look (For Awhile, at Least) at New Laws    Come Friday, we promise to lead this space with something other than new laws. But after...

By John Wagner  |  October 1, 2009; 6:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Michael Laris , Montgomery County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Michael Laris , Montgomery County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Michael Laris , Montgomery County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Governor , John Wagner  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Michael Laris , Montgomery County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governor , John Wagner  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Maryland State Budget , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Governor  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  First Click , John Wagner  
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