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Maryland Politics: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

White-knuckle adventures for Mikulski, Cardin

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who is still recovering from an accident in which her ankle was broken in multiple places, got to the Capitol at 7:30 a.m. Saturday after a treacherous two-hour drive down I-95 from Baltimore. Using a walker...

By John Wagner  |  December 19, 2009; 10:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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O'Malley says state won't skimp on snowstorm

Maryland's response to the snowstorm is not being hindered by state budget cuts, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) said Saturday afternoon. "The primary responsibility of all government is to safeguard citizens' lives," O'Malley said at a news conference held at the...

By John Wagner  |  December 19, 2009; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Miller says alcohol tax hike "not going to happen"

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. on Friday backed away from comments made on a television show this week suggesting there was a chance his chamber could approve an increase in alcohol taxes. "It's certainly not going to...

By John Wagner  |  December 18, 2009; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Assembly , John Wagner  
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Busch, Miller agree with Baltimore slots rejection

Both presiding officers of the Maryland General Assembly expressed approval Friday of a state panel's decision to throw out a slots bid in Baltimore. And House Speaker Michael E. Busch predicted the Anne Arundel County Council would finally reach a...

By John Wagner  |  December 18, 2009; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Friday, December 18, 2009: Lawmakers recommend zero percent increase in spending, a Baltimore slots bid fails, ICC tolls are set, O'Malley proposes unemployment insurance tax relief. And a Baltimore County...

By John Wagner  |  December 18, 2009; 6:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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State rejects bid for Baltimore slots site

A bid to build Maryland's second largest slots casino was abruptly killed Thursday by a state panel whose members said they were deeply frustrated by the developer's repeated delays in securing financing and providing other plans for the facility envisioned...

By John Wagner  |  December 17, 2009; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pr. Geo's County Exec field crowded in public, empty on paper

Take a look at the list of people officially filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections to run for Prince George's County Executive and one detail stands out: It's empty. Despite at least five people who have said they...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  December 17, 2009; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jockey Club makes late case for slots at Laurel

The Maryland Jockey Club made a late-hour plea Thursday to derail zoning legislation needed for a planned slots casino at Arundel Mills mall, saying the machines instead belong at Laurel Park racetrack, which the club operates. The Anne Arundel County...

By John Wagner  |  December 17, 2009; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Will Jackson get the support of his troops?

If Prince George's County Sheriff Michael A. Jackson wants a strong start to his campaign for county executive, one key component will be grabbing an endorsement that's close to home: that of the deputy sheriff's union. But the nod...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  December 17, 2009; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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First Click -- Maryland

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says more federal aid needed to balance state's budget; Senate president opens door to increase on alcohol tax; state approves lease of Port of Baltimore, but delays contract for slots; insurance commissioner stepping down and same-sex marriage on Maryland's doorstep.

By Aaron C. Davis  |  December 17, 2009; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Taxes on alcohol, millionaires get airing on MPT

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) opened the door -- but only slightly -- to the possibility of an increase in alcohol taxes next year during an appearance Wednesday night on Maryland Public Television. "It's a possibility...

By John Wagner  |  December 16, 2009; 8:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Tyler stepping down as insurance commissioner

Maryland Insurance Commissioner Ralph S. Tyler, a former top aide to Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), is stepping down early next year to become general counsel at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. "I am excited to have this new opportunity...

By John Wagner  |  December 16, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Franchot insists on slots vote delay

The Maryland Board of Public Works today reluctantly delayed until next year a decision on whether to award an Italian-owned company a $21.5 million contract to manage the state's slot machine operations after Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) raised concerns the...

By John Wagner  |  December 16, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Now It's Your Turn: Should votes be online?

Legislation that would require committee votes in Annapolis to be posted on the Web -- as of now, that is not the practice -- got a boost from the editorial page of The Post on Wednesday. What do you think...

By John Wagner  |  December 16, 2009; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Wednesday, December 16, 2009: Port of Baltimore lease up for final vote Gov. Martin O'Malley today will ask the Board of Public Works for final approval to give the nation's...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  December 16, 2009; 6:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Edwards votes to sanction Iran

Rep. Donna Edwards voted Tuesday to impose sanctions on Iran aimed at derailing the nation's reported efforts to acquire nuclear weapons. The vote was being closely watched by some in the local Jewish community, given the flap Edwards has found...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  December 15, 2009; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Will Edwards vote for Iran sanctions?

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and her colleagues in the House are expected to vote Tuesday on whether to place new sanctions on Iran, and one source said she will likely vote for the sanctions. Why does Maryland Politics care? Edwards,...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  December 15, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Montgomery County , Prince George's County  
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Angelos not pursuing Laurel, Pimlico, sources say

Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos was not among the half-dozen bidders Friday for Laurel racetrack, Pimilico Race Course and other Magna Entertainment properties, according to two racing industry sources with knowledge of the process. Angelos confirmed to The Post ten...

By John Wagner  |  December 15, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Tuesday, December 15, 2009: Lawmakers begin final briefings before session Dozens of lawmakers will travel to Annapolis today for a final marathon of briefing sessions on the budget and other...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  December 15, 2009; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Baltimore slots group courting York Capital

York Capital Management is the mystery investor whom the developers of Maryland's second-largest proposed slots casino has told the state it is courting, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. Last week, the Baltimore City Entertaiment Group, which is...

By John Wagner  |  December 14, 2009; 7:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley teams up with Sid the Science Kid

In perhaps his most memorable public service ad, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) teamed up with a cantankerous elder -- then-Comptroller William Donald Schaefer (D) -- to promote off-peak travel to the beach. Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has...

By John Wagner  |  December 14, 2009; 7:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cordish confirms bid for Laurel racetrack

A representative of the Cordish Cos. confirmed Monday that the developer is among a half-dozen suitors for Laurel Park racetrack but said it has "no intention" of trying to move its planned slots casino from Arundel Mills mall to the...

By John Wagner  |  December 14, 2009; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Monday, December 14, 2009: Montgomery officials kick off legislative season Some 600 elected officials, business leaders and community leaders are expected to be on hand this morning for the Committee...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  December 14, 2009; 6:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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