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Tuesday, November 3, 2009:
But, what's it mean for Maryland?
It's Election Day (in a few Maryland cities, but mostly in a bunch of other places). So what will it mean for Maryland if Republican Bob McDonnell's lead in the polls translates into an expected election-night victory in Virginia? Or how about if Democrats lose control of the governor's office in New Jersey, too?
Well, it "may" offer some clues about how Americans are viewing President Obama and provide an "early measure of the landscape for next year's midterm elections," writes Adam Nagourney in the New York Times. No, it probably won't, says Thomas Schaller in The Baltimore Sun.
Depends on who you ask - and who wins, says The Post's Dana Milbank ... but mostly Republicans say yes (if they win), and Democrats, say no, (regardless), he finds.
As Schaller puts it, perhaps the best lesson to draw before we know the results: It's "very difficult to represent the incumbent party during tough economic times."
Still, what does it mean for Maryland ... other than T-minus 365 days until Gov. Martin O'Malley v ?????
Well, maybe it will all be clearer tomorrow. Examiner columnist Marta Mossburg, nonetheless, is ready to conclude Maryland should be scared of McDonnell. He'll make Virginia more business friendly and siphon off jobs, Mossburg writes.
How will power merger involving Maryland tools company effect state?
Towson-based tool giant Black & Decker Corp. will merge with Connecticut-based hardware and home improvement manufacturer Stanley Works, writes The Daily Record. The $4.5 billion-dollar deal will create Stanley Black & Decker. "The company's power tools headquarters will remain in Towson, but the corporate headquarters will be located in New Britain, Conn.," writes Danielle Ulman.
Maryland buys back more than 500 crab licenses
More than 530 Maryland commercial crabbers have sold their licenses back to the state, easing fishing pressure a bit on the Chesapeake Bay's signature crustacean, writes Timothy Wheeler in The Sun. "Now, the state plans to freeze or restrict the permits of nearly 2,000 other "inactive" crabbers who didn't report catching anything last year.
State officials ... say the offer stands until $3 million in federal funds earmarked for the buyback run out."
MoCo council head calls for salary freeze as labor talks begin
Montgomery Council President Phil Andrews is warning that the county's ballooning budget deficit (now at least $400 million) will require an across-the-board salary freeze next year.
It's the only way, Andrews says, to "avoid draconian cuts in services, layoffs and tax increases" in an already tough economy.
There's no accident to his timing," writes The Post's Michael Laris. "Labor talks are under way between the county administration and public employee unions."
One, maybe two, state delegates join crowded field for PG exec
Del. Gerron S. Levi (D-Prince George's), has decided to join the growing list of candidates for Prince George's County Executive, and another -- Aisha N. Braveboy (D-Prince George's) -- is rumored to be throwing her hat in the ring as well.
Either would be Prince George's first first female county executive, writes The Post's Jonathan Mummolo
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Aaron C. Davis
November 3, 2009; 8:06 AM ET
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