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Maryland Politics: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 Elections , General Assembly , Governor , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , Maryland State Budget  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Maryland State Budget , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Maryland State Budget , Prince George's County  
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"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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Governor , John Wagner  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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First Click -- Maryland

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governor , Health Care , John Wagner , Prince George's County  
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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  |  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 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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Michael Laris , Montgomery County , Prince George's County  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Governor , John Wagner , Prince George's County  
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