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Maryland Politics: December 6, 2009 - December 12, 2009

O'Malley answers 'a certain radio talk show host'

With Wednesday night's technical difficulties, it's not likely that many people saw the final question of the night from Gov. Martin O'Malley's "virtual town hall." But it was one of the more entertaining of the Web cast -- and offered...

By John Wagner  | December 11, 2009; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Unspun: Douglas F. Gansler

'Relaxing is not my strength' Interview by John Wagner Unspun is an online feature of The Washington Post Magazine Name: Douglas F. Gansler Age: 47 Home: Bethesda Occupation: Maryland attorney general BlackBerry or iPhone? BlackBerry, and it's just died. I'm...

By John Wagner  | December 11, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Friday, December 11, 2009: Judge: Maryland has 45 days to comply with food stamp laws "A Maryland judge ruled Thursday that the state government is failing to provide food stamps...

By Aaron C. Davis  | December 11, 2009; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Baltimore casino developers miss a deadline

Doubts about the viability of Maryland's second-largest planned slots casino increased Thursday, as developers of the Baltimore facility missed a self-imposed deadline to provide the state with updated plans and an additional $19.5 million licensing fee. Donald C. Fry, chairman...

By John Wagner  | December 10, 2009; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Now It's Your Turn: Thoughts on the town hall?

We're wondering what you thought of Gov. Martin O'Malley's "virtual town hall" Wednesday night. For those who watched on the Web: Tell us what you thought of both the format and substance. Did you like what O'Malley had to say?...

By John Wagner  | December 10, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Thursday, December 10, 2009: Glitches in governor's first online campaign event "There were more audio and video streaming glitches than headlines coming out of Gov. Martin O'Malley's 'virtual town hall...

By Aaron C. Davis  | December 10, 2009; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley "virtually" addresss education, marriage

There were more audio and video streaming glitches than headlines coming out of Gov. Martin O'Malley's "virtual town hall meeting" broadcast on the Web Wednesday night from a Baltimore County community center. O'Malley (D) -- who fielded questions from a...

By John Wagner  | December 9, 2009; 11:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Elections, Aaron C. Davis, Governor, John Wagner  
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Now It's Your Turn: What's the perfect gift?

We're still shopping for some good responses from you. Same question as Tuesday: Name a Maryland politician and tell us what you think would be the perfect gift for the holidays. Perhaps there's something on your list for Gov. O'Malley,...

By John Wagner  | December 9, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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O'Malley campaign hosting "virtual" town hall

Maryland's 2010 gubernatorial race has yet to shift out of low gear, but Wednesday night should offer a preview of what's down the road. Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is holding a "virtual town hall meeting" that will be broadcast live...

By John Wagner  | December 9, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Wednesday, December 09, 2009: Maryland to buy clean energy; a battle brewing over Montgomery schools; budget cuts force service cutbacks at state rest stops; audit finds safeguards curtailed on Medicaid...

By Aaron C. Davis  | December 9, 2009; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ocean Downs behind schedule for slots debut

So much for Maryland's first slots parlor opening by Memorial Day. In a letter to a state panel, the owner of Ocean Downs racetrack wrote this week that several issues related to renovation of his facility -- including asbestos problems...

By John Wagner  | December 8, 2009; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Now It's Your Turn: What's the perfect gift?

The holiday shopping season is upon us. Name a Maryland politician and tell us what you think would be the perfect gift. And have some fun. Perhaps there's something on your list for Gov. O'Malley, the Anne Arundel Council, Donna...

By John Wagner  | December 8, 2009; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Tuesday, December 8, 2009: Another delay for vote on Maryland's largest proposed slots casino; Montgomery County council president pushes economic development authority, and ACORN prober finds nothing illegal in controversial...

By Aaron C. Davis  | December 8, 2009; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Another day, another delay for Anne Arundel council

At the end of the night, Anne Arundel County Council members pointed to their own numbers -- and not those on the clock -- to justify their latest delay in voting on slots zoning legislation. Under the county charter, the...

By John Wagner  | December 8, 2009; 12:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Ike Leggett on defense and offense

Here's the thrust of the Montgomery County executive's "state of the county" address Monday night: "And as all of you know, we will have to play better defense than ever to fend off new cuts at the State level, in...

By Michael Laris  | December 7, 2009; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Montgomery County may get more economic development cooks in the kitchen

New Montgomery County council president Nancy Floreen is pushing the idea of creating an economic development authority to try to spur job growth in the county. She said Monday she wants officials to look at the experiences in Fairfax and...

By Michael Laris  | December 7, 2009; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley hoping for Monday night slots vote

State officials, including the highest-ranking one, will be paying close attention Monday night as the Anne Arundel County Council deliberates on a zoning bill needed to build Maryland's largest planned slots casino. "Hopefully they'll make a decision," Gov. Martin O'Malley...

By John Wagner  | December 7, 2009; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley proposes job creation tax credit

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on Monday proposed a temporary $3,000 tax credit for every worker taken off the unemployment rolls in the coming year. The proposal was one of three legislative initiatives designed to aid small businesses that O'Malley...

By Anne Bartlett  | December 7, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Now It's Your Turn: Has Dixon hurt Baltimore's image?

In a story Monday morning, The Sun said that while Mayor Sheila Dixon (D) has been convicted, the jury on the city's national reputation is still out. What do you think? Will Dixon's misuse of gift cards intended for the...

By John Wagner  | December 7, 2009; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Monday, Dec. 6, 2009: Decision day (maybe) for slots The fate of a bid to put 4,750 slot machines at Arundel Mills mall could effectively be decided Monday night, when...

By Aaron C. Davis  | December 7, 2009; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Anne Arundel slots vote faces midnight deadline

When the Anne Arundel County Council turns its attention to slots Monday night, the most powerful player in the room might be the clock. The county charter does not permit the council to vote past midnight. And that could become...

By John Wagner  | December 6, 2009; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Two views of slots at Arundel Mills mall

In The Post's Local Opinions section on Sunday, Gregg Goodman, president of The Mills, and Rob Annicelli, president of Stop Slots at Arundel Mills, square off over the wisdom of putting slots at Arundel Mills mall. Goodman says building "a...

By John Wagner  | December 6, 2009; 7:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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