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Friday, December 04, 2009:

O'Malley proposes big changes for oyster industry, Mikulski's breast cancer amendment passes, Dixon says she's considering her options, and a Jewish angle to a Democratic primary in Prince George's?

O'Malley proposes expanded oyster sanctuary
"Maryland plans to dramatically increase the area of the Chesapeake Bay that is closed to oyster harvests, Gov. Martin O'Malley said Thursday, offering an expanded foothold to an iconic species that has dropped to 1 percent of its peak population," write The Post's David Fahrenthold and John Wagner.
O'Malley oyster announcement.jpg"O'Malley (D), speaking at an Annapolis oyster factory-turned-museum, said the state would ban harvesting on 24 percent of its most bountiful oyster grounds, up from 9 percent now. The off-limits area would total 8,640 acres. Natural Resources Secretary John R. Griffin said the long-term plan is to expand the sanctuary to 40 percent of the state's high-quality grounds."
The Baltimore Sun's take is here. The Gazette story is here.

Mikulski's breast cancer measure passes Senate
"The Senate on Thursday voted to ensure that women younger than 50 could obtain mammograms, despite a recent controversial recommendation by a government task force, and to prevent insurance companies from charging co-payments for that and other preventive tests for women," reports The Post's Lori Montgomery. "The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), passed on a vote of 61 to 39. 'We are saying goodbye to an era when simply being a woman is treated as a preexisting condition,' Mikulski said.

Prince George's grant oversight flawed, audit says
"A Prince George's County government audit found significant procedural failings in how millions in federal housing grants given to area nonprofit groups were spent and overseen," writes The Post's Jonathan Mummolo. The audit revealed that reports on over $4 million in HUDD money for housing projects were not submitted by the nonprofits in 67 percent of reviewed cases, and in many cases it was unclear whether the housing project sites were ever visited by county staff.

A pro-Israel proxy war if Ivey challenges Rep. Edwards?

"The most significant Jewish political story of the day [on Thursday was] the news that an African American politician might be challenging a first-term African American incumbent in a majority African American congressional district near Washington, D.C.," writes Eric Fingerhut at the Capital J blog. That's because a Democratic primary challenge to Rep. Donna Edwards by Prince George's State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey "has the potential to become a proxy war between J Street and more traditional pro-Israel leaders.... As a first-term incumbent, Edwards doesn't have much of a voting record on Israel issues .... But she raised the ire of some Jewish leaders with just one vote -- her decision to vote "present" on a resolution last January during the Gaza war which backed Israel's right to defend itself and reaffirmed U.S. support for the Jewish state." Fingerhut writes that Ivey "would likely be able to raise money in both the pro-Israel and wider community."

Around the state:

  • "In a brief statement on Thursday regarding her recent guilty verdict on embezzlement charges, Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon said she's reviewing her options and will continue to work hard at city business," reports WBAL. The Sun has video of Dixon's statement here and offers its take here.

  • Annapolis Alderman and former mayoral candidate Sam Shropshire was convicted Thursday of second degree assault and a sex offense for fondling a Naval Academy midshipman in May, reports The Capital.

  • There is a "lack of political clarity" about 2010, the Gazette says.

  • Barry Rascovar weighs the emotional vs. the practical of another run by former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R).

  • Inside Charm City posts a new breakdown by Jeff Quinton of office expenses by Maryland's congressional delegation.

  • Comptroller Peter Franchot is drawing attention to a new federal law that can help military families. The law exempts the spouse of a service member from Maryland income tax in some cases.

  • The Sun and The Capital offer reports on the fallout of an Anne Arundel Council member's decision to recuse himself from an upcoming slots vote.

  • The state is mulling options for its unemployment fund.

  • O'Malley doubtful energy re-regulation will pass General Assembly.

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    Something tells me that "Cat's paw of the international Zionist conspiracy" is not going to be a winning stance for Mr. Ivey in PG County.

    Posted by: member8 | December 4, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

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