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Maryland Politics: October 4, 2009 - October 10, 2009

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Health Care , Michael Laris , Montgomery County  
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First Click -- Maryland

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly , John Wagner , Maryland State Budget  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  John Wagner , Republican Party  
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First Click -- Maryland

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  John Wagner , Slots  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Governor , John Wagner  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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First Click -- Maryland

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Governor , John Wagner  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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First Click -- Maryland

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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'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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  John Wagner , Slots  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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