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Monday, Nov. 30, 2009:
Most state government workers today return from a forced five-day Thanksgiving vacation, thanks to furloughs; the jury in the Sheila Dixon theft trial resumes debate over a conviction that could force the Baltimore mayor from office, and several 2010 campaigns continue to take shape.
Dixon back in court
The jury weighing charges that Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon used gift cards intended for charities for personal shopping sprees returns Monday for a sixth day of deliberations. Today, the length of time the jury has spent behind closed doors deliberating could surpass the entire length of Dixon's trial. Tricia Bishop in The Baltimore Sun says the spectacle has become a learning experience for Maryland lawyers and students alike.
O'Malley administration looking abroad for investment
"Representatives from the public and private sector met in Annapolis last week with the Governor's Subcabinet on International Affairs to discuss creating a strategy for boosting Maryland's appeal around the world," writes Liam Farrell in The Capital.
Possible Hogan campaign taking shape
"It seems to be a tradition in Maryland for Republicans to say they are planning to run for governor - but would happily bow out if Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. gets in the race," writes The Sun's Laura Smitherman, summing up the suspended animation in recent months in the state's republican party. "The quasi-candidacy of Lawrence J. Hogan Jr., a 53-year-old real estate brokerage executive who served in Ehrlich's Cabinet, has taken shape in recent weeks even as he insists he's still exploring the idea. He gave his first stump speech this month to a Republican club in Howard County, which he called a swing county. He has recruited two staffers, printed stacks of campaign literature and done some fundraising."
Red Maryland on Thanksgiving posted new video of Hogan.
Harris still faces primary threat
Before Baltimore County Republican Andy Harris can launch a coveted rematch against Democrat Frank Kratovil, the freshman congressman from Maryland's Eastern Shore district, state Sen. E. J. Pipkin, a centrist Republican with considerable financial resources, continues to stalk the more conservative Harris and may become a dangerous primary opponent," reminds Paul West. "Prominent Maryland Republicans are convinced that Pipkin will enter the race. Former Gov. Bob Ehrlich, a Harris backer, hinted in a recent interview that he had failed in an effort to talk Pipkin out of running and prevent a primary fight.
Developer testing Md market for energy efficiency
A developer's vision for revitalizing St. Charles, a planned community of 12,000 homes and 5 million square feet of offices, stores and industrial parks in Waldorf will give Southern Maryland "a green city, where residents will live in energy-saving homes, shop in energy-saving stores and walk under energy-saving streetlights as a new plant next door generates carbon-friendly solar power," writes The Post's Lisa Rein. "American Community Properties Trust, a developer, will announce plans Monday to double the community's size while reducing its carbon footprint through green design and, officials hope, technology that could create thousands of green jobs."
Homeless advocates speak up amid budget gloom.
Wine lovers are preparing to take on legislature.
Marylanders are healthier, on average, but obesity in the state is rising, report says
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Aaron C. Davis
November 30, 2009; 6:45 AM ET
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