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Maryland Politics: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

Now It's Your Turn

Well, technically, it's still the jury's turn. But they were dismissed until Monday, so let's debate this for the weekend: Would you convict Mayor Sheila Dixon? Her attorneys have argued the Baltimore mayor mistakenly used gift cards for the needy,...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  November 20, 2009; 7:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Friday, Nov. 20, 2009: O'Malley to tout new jobs in port deal Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) this morning is expected to announce the award of a long-term partnership with Ports...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  November 20, 2009; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Another $85 million down in Montgomery

Montgomery County officials are trying to digest a new batch of ugly budget figures from the state, particularly this one: $85 million. That's how much less the county is getting in income tax revenues in November, and it comes on...

By Michael Laris  |  November 19, 2009; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. lobbyist with 7 drunk driving convictions not alone, report shows

Several readers expressed outrage today at the sentence imposed on Maryland lobbyist David A. Jacobs for his seventh drunk driving conviction. After 36 days in jail, Jacobs--who has represented the Prince George's County Council and sheriff in Annapolis--was sent to...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  November 19, 2009; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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O'Malley to announce major port partnership, tout jobs

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to announce Friday the award of a long-term partnership with Ports America to operate an expanded, state-owned Seagirt Marine Terminal in southeast Baltimore. The deal will be touted as creating 5,700 jobs, something O'Malley...

By John Wagner  |  November 19, 2009; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , Governor , John Wagner  
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Now It's Your Turn: Who should make the big cuts?

Maryland's governor can make budget cuts of up to 25 percent with the blessing of the three-member Board of Public Works. Should controversial decisions, such as Wednesday's closure of an Eastern Shore psychiatric hospital, be left to the legislature? What...

By John Wagner  |  November 19, 2009; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009: Dixon case heading to jury Closing arguments are expected today in the trial of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, who's accused of using gift cards intended for...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  November 19, 2009; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Delegate seeks to put Md. committee votes online

The Maryland General Assembly is pretty good about letting the public know how legislators vote on bills that reach the House or Senate floors. Citizens can go on the legislature's Web site and pull up a tally sheet, as long...

By John Wagner  |  November 18, 2009; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Pr. Geo's County Exec: No relation between Johnson & Johnson

In case anyone was wondering -- and people were -- Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) is NOT related to one of his appointees, James E. Johnson, the county executive said Tuesday. In one of several bizarre moments...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  November 18, 2009; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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An odd path to victory for County Exec Johnson's nominees

(Nominee Mary Lou McDonough) Three officials nominated by Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) to be permanent agency heads are going to get their posts. Nothing unusual there--nominees sent down from the exec's office pretty much always...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  November 18, 2009; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Now It's Your Turn: Are ICC tolls too high?

The Montgomery County Council thinks proposed tolls for the Intercounty Connector would be too expensive and leave the highway with too few users to justify its cost. The Maryland Transportation Authority is scheduled to vote on the toll plan next...

By John Wagner  |  November 18, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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First Click -- Maryland

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009: Budget cuts put college aid in crosshairs Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on Wednesday will ask the state's top two fiscal officers to approve about $105 million in new spending cuts that could reduce financial aid for...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  November 18, 2009; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , First Click , Governor , Maryland State Budget  
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Ehrlich sees difficult rematch vs. O'Malley, but wife is eager

His wife is "wildly enthusiastic" about him running for governor again. Some of his close friends are decidedly less so. Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s latest ruminations on 2010 were shared Tuesday during an appearance before a college class...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  November 17, 2009; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner , Republican Party  
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Now It's Your Turn: Who should be the next LG?

Here's something you haven't heard much about yet: running mates. Should Martin O'Malley keep his lieutenant governor, Anthony Brown, on the 2010 ticket? Who would you pick if you were Bob Ehrlich, Larry Hogan or Pat McDonough? Let's start the...

By John Wagner  |  November 17, 2009; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Pr. George's cab drivers protest outside final council session

A group of about 30 irate Prince George's County taxi drivers gathered outside the county administration building Tuesday to protest a lack of action by county lawmakers over what they say are unfair working conditions. About 30 protesters--one with a...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  November 17, 2009; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009: No hints on state budget cuts Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on Wednesday is expected to ask the state's Board of Public Works to approve nearly $300...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  November 17, 2009; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Mall owners court media as slots vote looms

With the fate of Maryland's largest proposed slots venue hanging in the balance, the owners of Arundel Mills mall conducted a media blitz Monday designed to counter opposition to putting a casino on the property. "We thought it was appropriate...

By John Wagner  |  November 16, 2009; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Now It's Your Turn: Can Ehrlich win in 2010?

Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) has said he will conduct polls and convene focus groups to help decide whether a rematch against Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is winnable. Democrats have mocked his efforts. What do you think? Can...

By John Wagner  |  November 16, 2009; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner , Your Turn  
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O'Malley: Federal funds could be 'challenge pay' for principals

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) floated the idea Monday morning of using federal education dollars for which Maryland is competing as "challenge pay" to lure principals to low-performing schools. O'Malley's comments regarding "Race to the Top" funding came during an appearance...

By John Wagner  |  November 16, 2009; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Monday, Nov. 16, 2009: State Republicans pick a new party leader; virtual blackjack and roulette likely coming to Maryland; House health-care bill includes billions more in stimulus money for Maryland,...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  November 16, 2009; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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