Archive: October 2009

Magazine gives O'Malley a timely nod

Here's something you're certain to hear about next year on the campaign trail: Governing magazine has chosen Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) as one of its "Public Officials of the Year." O'Malley, who graces the cover, is one of...

By John Wagner | October 31, 2009; 3:57 PM ET | Comments (1)

Maryland approves nuclear deal

Maryland regulators have offered conditional approval to let Constellation Energy Group join with French energy giant, EDF, in a $4.5 billion-dollar deal the two companies have argued is critical to building the nation's first new nuclear reactor in nearly 30...

By Aaron C. Davis | October 30, 2009; 2:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pr. George's housing chief: $5 million in fed money is secure

With one day to spare, Prince George's County officials said they managed to submit required data to the federal government Friday on how they plan to spend more than $5 million in affordable housing money. The funds at stake come...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 30, 2009; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (1)

First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Friday, October 30, 2009: Record funding for the Chesapeake, O'Malley at the White House, housing money threatened in Prince George's, mixed signals on the economy, jockeying for control of Pimlico,...

By Aaron C. Davis | October 30, 2009; 8:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Montgomery's Leggett proposes mid-year budget cuts

Schools, libraries, police and a host of Montgomery County departments would get a mid-year budget trim under a $30 million cost-cutting plan being proposed by county executive Ike Leggett. But that would just be a small down payment on the...

By Michael Laris | October 29, 2009; 3:37 PM ET | Comments (1)

First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Thursday, October 29, 2009: How many stimulus jobs have been created in Maryland? We'll learn the estimate prepared by Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration today. The governor is stepping out in...

By Aaron C. Davis | October 29, 2009; 7:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

New report details Md. slots campaign money

With the state straining to get its slots program aloft, a new report provides a timely reminder of how much money gaming interests spent trying to influence gambling-related ballot measures last year in Maryland and eight other states. The report,...

By John Wagner | October 28, 2009; 4:46 PM ET | Comments (2)

More details of Pr. George's County layoffs emerge

After 50 government employees were notified early this month that they would be laid off by Prince George's County in order to close a budget gap, the precise numbers of how many workers were let go from each county agency...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 28, 2009; 2:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Wednesday, October 28, 2009: Federal ruling on Medevac crash could spur more state action The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday concluded pilot error was the primary factor last September...

By Aaron C. Davis | October 28, 2009; 8:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cavey out of running for Md. GOP chairman

Chris Cavey, one of two leading contenders for chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, abruptly announced Tuesday that he was withdrawing from the race, citing a need for party unity heading into a challenging election year. The exit of Cavey,...

By John Wagner | October 27, 2009; 9:23 PM ET | Comments (2)

Md. losing lottery director

Buddy W. Roogow, who oversaw the growth of the Maryland Lottery for the past 13 years, will be moving to the District in December. Both Roogow and a District official have confirmed that Roogow has been chosen as the new...

By Gene Fynes | October 27, 2009; 7:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

Anne Arundel, Baltimore leaders still rosy on slots

With the fate of Maryland's two largest proposed slot-machine casinos up in the air, leaders of the host jurisdictions expressed confidence during a radio show Tuesday that plans will move forward. "I still remain cautiously optimistic that there will be...

By John Wagner | October 27, 2009; 2:39 PM ET | Comments (3)

O'Malley: Not looking out for the 'country club set'

Martin O'Malley the populist was back on stage Tuesday morning -- and how. The governor was asked after an unrelated news conference about conditions his administration has attached to its support for a deal between Constellation Energy Group and √Člectricit√©...

By John Wagner | October 27, 2009; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Tuesday, October 27, 2009: New nuclear reactor may hinge on ratepayer rebates The final arguments are in and it appears the fate of the nation's first new, multibillion-dollar nuclear reactor...

By Aaron C. Davis | October 27, 2009; 8:32 AM ET | Comments (2)

O'Malley to propose mandatory mediation

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) says mandatory mediation could help more unemployed Marylanders stay in their homes and he'll ask the General Assembly to pass a bill this winter to force banks to work out deals with distressed homeowners. Speaking...

By Aaron C. Davis | October 26, 2009; 3:47 PM ET | Comments (1)

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Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Monday, October 26, 2009: O'Malley begins state match for stimulus money Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) this morning is scheduled to travel to Laurel for "Capital for a Day." At a...

By Aaron C. Davis | October 26, 2009; 7:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Del. Griffith fights back against the 'haters'

In response to several occasions where public officials have been verbally flogged by some residents during public comment periods with insults and accusations of corruption, Prince George's House Delegation Chairwoman Melony G. Griffith (D) recently issued a call for those...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 23, 2009; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (6)

O'Malley collects close to $1 million in one night

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) collected about $1 million for his re-election bid at an event Thursday night at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, according to campaign aides. About 600 people attended the fundraiser, where tickets ranged from $500 to...

By John Wagner | October 23, 2009; 8:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

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Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Friday, October 23, 2009: Kratovil mounting early war chest Eastern Shore Rep. Frank M. Kratovil Jr. (D), who is expected to face a fierce re-election challenge net year in his...

By Aaron C. Davis | October 23, 2009; 8:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Brown's Iraq service acknowledged at White House

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), an Iraq War veteran, was among those present Thursday as President Obama signed a bill in the East Room of the White House designed to speed up money for veterans health care --...

By John Wagner | October 22, 2009; 9:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley: "Fine" either way on Arundel Mills zoning

When given a chance, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley hardly offered a ringing endorsement Wednesday night of a stalled plan to put slot machines at Arundel Mills mall. O'Malley (D), appearing on Maryland Public Television, said the state "will be fine"...

By John Wagner | October 22, 2009; 2:55 PM ET | Comments (4)

Rift among residents seen in Pr. George's senior housing issue

A group of Prince George's County seniors who have been lambasting county officials and the developer of their community, Cameron Grove, over alleged substandard construction and inspections apparently does not represent the views of the whole community--but that does not...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 22, 2009; 2:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Thursday, October 22, 2009: State aborts effort to save money through refinancing The bad news: The fiscal hits keep coming. Maryland Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp says a spike in interest...

By Aaron C. Davis | October 22, 2009; 8:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Free speech returns to Montgomery and Prince George's parks

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has indefinitely suspended a series of rules slammed as unconstitutional by the ACLU. They've also agreed to work together on permanent revisions to the regulations. Park police will no longer stop someone for...

By Michael Laris | October 22, 2009; 7:42 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama gives Jack Johnson a shout-out

In terms of local political currency, few things mean as much as a shout-out from a popular U.S. President on one's home turf. So Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) must have felt pretty good Wednesday to be...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 21, 2009; 3:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Wednesday, October 21, 2009: O'Malley gives up on settlement talks to lower electricity rates In June Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) sent out a video over YouTube, Twitter and Facebook drawing...

By Aaron C. Davis | October 21, 2009; 7:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

Pr. George's senior housing issue presents campaign risk

A group of Prince George's senior citizens who made headlines recently over alleged substandard living conditions in their development are holding an "informational session" Tuesday night to voice their concerns and call for accountability. The residents of the Cameron Grove...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 20, 2009; 5:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Leopold speaks out against bill to prevent Arundel Mills casino

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold (R) spoke out forcefully Tuesday afternoon against a proposed county zoning bill that would not permit slots at Arundel Mills mall, saying the legislation amounts to a costly "prohibition" on expanded gambling. The...

By John Wagner | October 20, 2009; 2:12 PM ET | Comments (4)

More details on $400 million in stimulus funds headed to Pr. George's

On Monday, Maryland Politics reported that about $400 million in federal stimulus money had been awarded to local governments and businesses in Prince George's County. Below is a list, supplied by U.S. House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer's office, giving...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 20, 2009; 1:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Miller: Ehrlich unlikely to run for governor again

Everyone in Annapolis, it seems, has an opinion about whether former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) will run again next year. Tuesday morning, Senate President Thomas V. Mike MIller Jr. (D-Calvert) offered his. "I don't think he's going to...

By John Wagner | October 20, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (3)

Superintendents told budget cuts will affect them

With Maryland facing a $2 billion shortfall next year, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) offered few budgetary assurances to a meeting of the state's public school superintendents Tuesday morning -- and the Senate president was far more blunt in a later...

By John Wagner | October 20, 2009; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (2)

First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Tuesday, October 20, 2009: Md dems, enviros gush over Kratovil The League of Conservation Voters' night belonged to Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (and Keith Campbell, who has donated a whopping...

By Aaron C. Davis | October 20, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

About $400 million in federal stimulus dollars will go to Pr. George's

Local governments and businesses in Prince George's County have been awarded about $400 million in federal stimulus money, officials said at a news conference Monday. The funds will allow county and municipal officials to hire 55 new police officers and...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 19, 2009; 4:41 PM ET | Comments (3)

Cordish: Still confident amid Md. slots chaos

David S. Cordish, chairman of the Cordish Cos., expressed renewed confidence Monday that his company will secure needed zoning legislation to proceed with its planned slots casino at Arundel Mills mall, despite fresh evidence of a divided Anne Arundel County...

By John Wagner | October 19, 2009; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley goes "overtime" with Maher and other panelists

For those who wanted more from Gov. Martin O'Malley's appearance Friday on "Real Time with Bill Maher," HBO has now posted an online-only "overtime" segment. Click here to watch. During the additional discussion, O'Malley (D) offers a spirited defense of...

By John Wagner | October 19, 2009; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Monday, October 19, 2009: Environmental Day in Annapolis This morning Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) will tout new federal grant funding for the Chesapeake Bay....

By Aaron C. Davis | October 19, 2009; 7:46 AM ET | Comments (1)

More Slots Rumblings From Anne Arundel

There's more evidence of movement (in some direction) on the Anne Arundel County slots front: The Maryland Gazette reported on Saturday that county council members are preparing to introduce two slots-related zoning bills as early as Monday. One would allow...

By John Wagner | October 17, 2009; 1:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Teachers Give Early Nod to O'Malley

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) won an early endorsement for re-election Friday from the Maryland State Education Association, the state's largest teachers lobby. Meeting in Ocean City for an annual conference, representatives of the 71,000-member organization voted overwhelmingly to support O'Malley...

By John Wagner | October 16, 2009; 3:17 PM ET | Comments (1)

Johnson: I was 'Never Intending' to Run For Governor

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) got the rumor mill churning this summer when he floated the idea of running for statewide office, even prompting speculation that he was considering challenging incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley (D). But Johnson...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 16, 2009; 2:44 PM ET | Comments (2)

From Corruption to Cannabis, Pr. George's Residents Vent Concerns to Elected Leaders

(Seated from left to right: State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey, Del. Marvin E. Holmes Jr. (D-Prince George's), Del. Michael L. Vaughn (D-Prince George's), Del. Melony G. Griffith (D-Prince George's), County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D), Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 16, 2009; 1:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

Panel Leaders Detail Death Penalty Concerns

The leaders of a legislative review panel detailed concerns in a letter Friday about death penalty regulations drafted by the O'Malley administration, posing questions about the drugs involved in lethal injections, among other issues. The Post reported this week that...

By John Wagner | October 16, 2009; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Friday, October 16, 2009: Should Maryland Schools and Police Share Intel When Students Are Suspected Gang Members? House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) sees a virtual wall Maryland lawmakers...

By Aaron C. Davis | October 16, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

MD Unions, Advocates: More Cuts Alone Can't Fix State Budget

Maryland's largest public employee union and advocates for the disabled, mentally ill and residents struggling with substance abuse rallied in Annapolis today, demanding Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and state lawmakers consider tax increases and dipping into the state's untouched rainy-day...

By Aaron C. Davis | October 15, 2009; 5:02 PM ET | Comments (2)

Pr. George's County Exec's Chief of Staff to Step Down

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson's chief of staff will be stepping down at the end of November, Johnson's office announced Thursday afternoon. Michael Herman, a close Johnson aide, will be leaving his post "to pursue private sector opportunities...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 15, 2009; 4:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pr. George's County Exec's Office Responds to Union Ads

After the Prince George's police union announced an ad campaign warning of the danger of cuts to the police budget, County Executive Jack B. Johnson's spokesman sought to highlight the upgrades the public safety agencies have seen on Johnson's watch....

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 15, 2009; 3:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Slots Commission Weighing Deadline for Arundel Mills

The fate of Maryland's largest planned slots casino may soon be settled, as a state commission is considering setting a deadline for resolution of a local zoning dispute that has stalled a developer's plans at Arundel Mills mall, according to...

By John Wagner | October 15, 2009; 1:07 PM ET | Comments (2)

Pr. George's Property Tax Cap to be Lower Next Year

Even if a homeowner's property assessment magically soars in Prince George's County amid a severe real estate downturn, the county won't be able to reap the benefits next year because of a complex system of tax laws. The County Council...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 15, 2009; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Pr. George's Police Union Takes on Budget Cuts in Ad Campaign

For anyone that needed reminders of how little love the Prince George's police union has for the county's current political leadership, they can be found plastered all over Metro buses, posters and billboards for the next month. Starting Thursday, a...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 15, 2009; 8:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

"Why You?": What We Want to Know From 2010 Candidates in Prince George's

With 2010 around the corner, candidates in Prince George's County at all levels of government are beginning to sculpt their campaign messages. In a semi-weekly series --"Why You?" -- we sit down with the county's political hopefuls to ask about...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 15, 2009; 8:03 AM ET | Comments (3)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Thursday, October 15, 2009: Advocates: New Poll Shows Marylanders Support Alcohol Tax For Disabilities, Substance-Abuse Treatment Get ready for a new fight in Annapolis over alcohol taxes. The Maryland Developmental...

By Aaron C. Davis | October 15, 2009; 8:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley To Appear On "Real Time" Friday

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) will spend much of his Friday in the air so that he can appear on the air live that night with Bill Maher. The governor is among the guests booked on the season finale of...

By John Wagner | October 14, 2009; 3:22 PM ET | Comments (1)

Is Your Lawmaker Giving Back State Pay?

Six weeks after leaders of Maryland's Senate and House of Delegates asked lawmakers to return a fraction of their pay and join in solidarity with 70,000 state workers who have been furloughed for up to 10 days to help close...

By Aaron C. Davis | October 14, 2009; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (17)

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Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Wednesday, October 14, 2009: Nearly 60 State Delegates Haven't Given Up Any Pay Warning: If you're one of Maryland's 70,000 employees forced to take furloughs to help close the state's...

By Aaron C. Davis | October 14, 2009; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pr. George's Lobbyist Convicted of DUI...Again

A lobbyist who has worked for the Prince George's County Council and the sheriff's office pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving under the influence, the latest in a string of similar charges against him dating back to the early 1990s. David...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 13, 2009; 4:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

O'Malley, Redskins Tackle Debut Radio Ad

The Washington Redskins haven't been too convincing on the football field lately. Perhaps the players will do better pitching health care. That hope is apparently behind a new radio ad featuring Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and Redskins offensive tackle...

By John Wagner | October 13, 2009; 2:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live In Prince George's

(See updates below) Good morning, Prince George's County. Once again, Maryland Politics will be following the County Council's actions at today's meeting. So far, there are a couple of items of interest scheduled for discussion. Prior to their weekly business...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 13, 2009; 11:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

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Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Tuesday, October 13, 2009:    Welcome back from a long Columbus Day weekend. Gov. Martin O'Malley has returned from Florida and a Miami Beach fundraiser. The General Assembly's House and Senate...

By Aaron C. Davis | October 13, 2009; 8:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

ACLU Goes After Speech Limits in Montgomery, Prince George's

The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday demanded that officials who govern parks in Montgomery and Prince George's counties junk rules restricting free speech. The rules require a permit to carry signs or solicit signatures, according to the ACLU. "In...

By Michael Laris | October 12, 2009; 1:44 PM ET | Comments (1)

Johnson Now On Board For O'Malley Re-Election

Back in early September, when Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) released a list of more than 300 early supporters of his re-election, there was a notable omission: Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D). That box has now been checked....

By John Wagner | October 12, 2009; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (4)

Swine Flu Close to Home for Rep. Van Hollen

The swine flu vaccine being injected in a succession of nostrils Friday in Silver Spring came too late for Rep. Chris Van Hollen's 13-year-old son. "He's flat on his back at home," said the Maryland Democrat as dozens of Montgomery...

By Michael Laris | October 9, 2009; 3:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

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Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Friday, October 9, 2009: Will GOP Winds Blow Across the Potomac?    We begin with some big news from across the river, where a new Washinton Post poll shows Republican Robert...

By John Wagner | October 9, 2009; 6:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Local Governments: We're Not "Fat and Happy"

County and municipal leaders pledged cooperation today as they appeared before a panel of state lawmakers but also tried to make the case that their budgets are in dire straits, too. "We're in this mess, I guess you would say,...

By John Wagner | October 8, 2009; 3:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Audrey Scott Vying for Md. GOP Chair

Audrey E. Scott, a member of former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s Cabinet, has emerged as a leading candidate for chairwoman of the Maryland Republican Party. "I love a challenge, and I always rise to the occasion," said Scott, who...

By John Wagner | October 8, 2009; 1:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

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Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Thursday, October 8, 2009: It Doesn't Get Any Easier From Here    Yesterday morning's Board of Public Works meeting served as Exhibit A for how politically perilous the coming months will...

By John Wagner | October 8, 2009; 6:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cecil Slots Site Up For Approval Oct. 21

A state commission is likely to decide in two weeks whether to grant a slots license to a proposed facility in Cecil County, Donald C. Fry, the panel's chairman said Wednesday. The commission formally accepted a revised plan from Penn...

By John Wagner | October 7, 2009; 3:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

Controversial Office Lease Dies (Again) in Pr. George's

The path of a proposal in Prince George's County to lease pricey new office space during an economic crisis has read like a bad horror film: Every time critics and union chiefs thought the proposal was dead, it kept rising...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 7, 2009; 3:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

More Budget Cuts Next Month, O'Malley Says

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is planning to present his latest round of budget cuts -- totaling as much as $290 million -- to the Board of Public Works on Nov. 17, he told reporters this morning. O'Malley provided no details,...

By John Wagner | October 7, 2009; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bill on Check-Cashing Stores Advances in Pr. George's

A proposed bill in Prince George's County that would impose restrictions on check-cashing businesses advanced out of committee today -- over the strong objection of industry lobbyists -- meaning the full County Council could vote on the measure by the...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 7, 2009; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

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Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Wednesday, October 7, 2009: Happy Birthday, Mr. Perez    All 55 Democrats present in the U.S. Senate voted yesterday to support the nomination of Thomas E. Perez of Montgomery County as...

By John Wagner | October 7, 2009; 6:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bill Clinton Helping O'Malley's 2010 Campaign

Former President Bill Clinton, who came to the aid of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) late in the 2006 governor's race, is helping him get an early start on 2010. Clinton is scheduled to appear at an O'Malley fundraiser Wednesday...

By John Wagner | October 6, 2009; 7:21 PM ET | Comments (1)

Live in Pr. George's: 'Buy Low, Sell High,' Council Member Says

Why would the county sell or transfer 88 parcels of land valued at millions of dollars now, when the real estate market is in a ditch? That's what Council Member Ingrid Turner (D-Bowie) wanted to know from County Executive Jack...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 6, 2009; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (1)

Baltimore Slots on Track, Group Consultant Says

A self-imposed September deadline has come and gone, but a leader of a group seeking to put a slots casino in Baltimore says the effort remains on track. In February, the Baltimore City Entertainment Group bid to 500 slot machines...

By John Wagner | October 6, 2009; 2:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live in Pr. George's: Taxi Task Force Introduced

Though it fell with a thud among some cab drivers last week when she first brought it up, Pr. George's County Council Chairwoman Marilynn M. Bland just introduced a resolution to form a "task force," designed to take a look...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 6, 2009; 2:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live in Pr. George's: A Prayer for the (Mischievous) Children

At the opening of the Prince George's County Council session this afternoon, council member Tony Knotts (D-Temple Hills) asked, prior to the weekly invocation, that everyone pray for the children of Crossland High School, where a fire alarm was pulled...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 6, 2009; 2:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Perez Confirmed by U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate has approved the nomination of Thomas E. Perez to head the civil rights division of the Department of Justice, ending a long wait for the Montgomery County resident and O'Malley administration Cabinet member. The vote this afternoon...

By John Wagner | October 6, 2009; 2:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live in Pr. George's

Maryland Politics will be trying something different at today's Prince George's County Council session: updating you throughout the day on actions at the meeting. So far, things are off to a slow start. The council was scheduled to begin its...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 6, 2009; 1:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live in Prince George's: County Land Up for Grabs

The real estate market remains in the gutter, but that hasn't stopped County Executive Jack B. Johnson from seeking to either sell or transfer more than 80 parcels of county land. At the request of Johnson (D), the County Council...

By Jonathan Mummolo | October 6, 2009; 1:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

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Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Tuesday, October 6, 2009: Coming Soon to Baltimore: Twin Trials of the Mayor    The latest developments in the legal saga of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon are big news in Maryland's...

By John Wagner | October 6, 2009; 6:27 AM ET | Comments (1)

'Stay Tuned,' Ehrlich Tells Supporters

Keeping the drama alive over a possible comeback, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) posted this message on his Facebook page Monday, thanking supporters who turned out in Reisterstown on Saturday for a "family corn roast" that doubled as...

By John Wagner | October 5, 2009; 4:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Penn National Expands Its Slots Proposal

Penn National Gaming has formally expanded its proposal for a slots parlor in Cecil County to include 1,500 machines, up from the 500 the company initially proposed. Eric Schippers, a Penn National vice president, said the company submitted its revised...

By John Wagner | October 5, 2009; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Click -- Maryland

Your Daily Download of Maryland's Top Political News and Analysis Monday, October 5, 2009: What About Bob?    "I think he's running. He just doesn't know it yet."    That was the measure of former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s chief fundraiser,...

By John Wagner | October 5, 2009; 5:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (1)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

 

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