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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 front of a series of national jobs reports scheduled to be released by the White House on Friday.

If the numbers stand up to scrutiny, the governor's move could highlight what O'Malley has touted as Maryland's early success in getting stimulus money into the economy more quickly than other states.

But the attention could also raise question about Maryland's job count as the accuracy of all federal stimulus job numbers have come into question.

An Associated Press investigation published this morning says at least one in six stimulus jobs reported so far have been overstated "...some counts were more than 10 times as high as the actual number of jobs; some jobs were credited to stimulus spending when, in fact, none were produced."

Two more in Maryland dead from swine flu
Maryland officials confirmed two more swine flu-related deaths Wednesday, bringing the state's total to 12. The death toll in Virginia has reached 11.
The Maryland cases involved two adults from the Baltimore area who apparently had no underlying medical conditions, according to state health officials, reports The Post's Michael Laris.

Swine flu changing routine for police, public employees
"County police have eliminated daily roll calls to avoid grouping officers in close quarters to prevent the spread of viruses through coughs, sneezes and handshakes. And instead of gathering at the district stations prior to their shift, officers now report directly to their assigned areas," writes Heather Rawlyk in the Maryland Gazette, taking a look at swine flu precautions by public employees in Anne Arundel and beyond.

Montgomery County may buck trend on council vote
"Based on more than 40 years of Montgomery County Council history, Roger Berliner should be the next president of the nine-member elected body," but that may not happen, writes Erin Cunningham in the Gazette.

Lottery director will finish Baltimore slots review before going to DC
"Before heading to the nation's capital, Maryland Lottery Director Buddy Roogow will oversee most of the remaining work vetting slot machine parlor applicants in the state," writes Scott Dance in the Baltimore Business Journal. Roogow's last day is Nov. 30.

Wright's NAACP invite roils Republicans
A scheduled appereance by Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. at the annual awards dinner for the Anne Arundel County NAACP has prompted Del. Don Dwyer, County Executive John R. Leopold, and many other prominent Republicans in the state to RSVP that they won't attend the event, notes Julie Bykowicz in The Baltimore Sun.

And, briefly:

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon's defense attorneys have filed motions seeking to keep two sets of charges against her separate. "Specifically, her attorneys have asked the judge to exclude evidence that will be used in the perjury case against her -- essentially, her failure to list lavish gifts from city developer Ronald H. Lipscomb on her annual ethics disclosure forms," writes Brendan Kearney in The Daily Record.

O'Malley Watch goes after the governor over the Constellation deal and his record on energy.

Maryland Politics Watch looks at an executive order O'Malley has issued to encourage residential development along transit routes.

Montgomery's long-awaited Corridor Cities Transitway could likely win more federal funding if it is shifted more than a mile through the county's largest hub of biotech, state transportation officials say.

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By Aaron C. Davis  |  October 29, 2009; 7:41 AM ET
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , First Click  
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