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Maryland Politics: December 20, 2009 - December 26, 2009

Cardin, Mikulski: aye on health care

Maryland U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski cast their lots with fellow Democrats early today by voting for final passage of the Senate health reform bill. Cardin quickly released a statement: "This bill is good for Marylanders....

By Amy Gardner  |  December 24, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Health Care  
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Wednesday, December 23, 2009: Unlikely alliance vows to upend Arundel slots "An unlikely coalition of anti-slots activists and Maryland horsemen vowed Tuesday to collect enough signatures to force a public...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  December 23, 2009; 4:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Snow clean up piles onto Maryland budget mess

Maryland's budget for highway snow removal is in the red after a round-the-clock effort to clean up following last weekend's blizzard, state officials said Tuesday. The State Highway Administration has spent $27 million since last month for snow removal. It...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  December 22, 2009; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Leopold signs slots bill for Arundel Mills mall

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold (R) on Tuesday morning signed zoning legislation allowing a slots casino at Arundel Mills mall, saying it would help him keep a promise not to raise property or income taxes. Leopold also vetoed...

By John Wagner  |  December 22, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Arundel , John Wagner , Slots  
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Tuesday, December 22, 2009: Anne Arundel casino lurches ahead, unemployment insurance woes exist elsewhere and the prosecutor argues Dixon's conviction should stand Proposed Arundel slots casino clears big hurdle "Plans...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  December 22, 2009; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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How the Anne Arundel Council voted on slots

The Anne Arundel County Council passed two zoning bills Monday night, the first of which County Executive John R. Leopold (R) is expected to veto. Here's how the votes broke down: Vote #1: A bill to allow zoning for slots...

By John Wagner  |  December 21, 2009; 11:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  John Wagner , Slots  
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Maryland Jockey Club vows to 'continue this fight'

The president of the Maryland Jockey Club said Monday night's passage of a local zoning bill allowing slots at Arundel Mills mall was "a sad night for Maryland racing." The Jockey Club, which operates Laurel racetrack, had urged the council...

By John Wagner  |  December 21, 2009; 10:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Anti-slots group planning petition on Arundel site

If a local zoning bill passes Monday night allowing slots at Arundel Mills mall, an anti-slots group says it will launch a petition drive with the hope of delaying -- and later derailing -- the bill's implementation. Like other Maryland...

By John Wagner  |  December 21, 2009; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Best press release of the day: Dixon honors Zappa

"Best press release of the day" is an occasional feature of Maryland Politics in which we present verbatim a press release that grabbed our attention. The following came out of the office of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon (D) on Monday...

By John Wagner  |  December 21, 2009; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis -- special post-snowstorm edition Monday, December 21, 2009: Anne Arundel Council tries to clean up slots mess Barring a snow-related delay (or a delay of some other kind, for that...

By John Wagner  |  December 21, 2009; 6:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Despite snow, O'Malley marches on

What Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on Saturday described as "one of the largest snowfalls we've ever had" was not enough to keep his Celtic rock band from playing two shows Sunday to near-capacity crowds at the Rams Head Tavern...

By John Wagner  |  December 20, 2009; 9:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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