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Maryland Politics: January 3, 2010 - January 9, 2010

Ehrlich urges 'major' turnout for Annapolis march

Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) used his Saturday morning radio program to promote a defiant march on Annapolis on Wednesday, the opening day of the 2010 legislative session. "This is your night," Ehrlich, who is contemplating a...

By John Wagner  |  January 9, 2010; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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Enright leaving O'Malley for energy company

Michael R. Enright, a senior aide and friend since high school of Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), is leaving the administration for a job with a power and infrastructure company headquartered in Easton, Md. Enright, 46, stepped down as the governor's...

By John Wagner  |  January 8, 2010; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governor , John Wagner  
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Friday, January 8, 2010: O'Malley targets sex offenders; budget cuts and crime top the agenda in Montgomery and Prince George's; a new mayor is taking over in Baltimore; and...

By John Wagner  |  January 8, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jackson, off to rocky start, casts race as marathon, not sprint

Prince George's County Sheriff Michael A. Jackson had a rough day Wednesday. An established figure in the public safety community, Jackson, who is running for county executive, lost the support of the county's police and firefighter's unions to former Del....

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  January 7, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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Steele to GOP critics: 'Get a life' or 'fire me'

Cross-posted from 44: Politics and Policy in Obama's Washington. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele lashed out at critics Thursday after some prominent Republicans reportedly questioned his leadership of the party and accused Steele of focusing more on his...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 7, 2010; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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O'Malley ties Ehrlich to 'birthers' in fundraising pitch

As former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) continues to mull whether to get back in the ring, Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has started taking some swings. The latest came in a fundraising solicitation Thursday in which O'Malley seeks to...

By John Wagner  |  January 7, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Governor , John Wagner  
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Thursday, January 7, 2010: Dixon resigns Plea deal may allow her to collect $83,000 pension Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon (D) will resign next month, part of a plea deal reached...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  January 7, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Dixon: 'Best ... to bring this matter to closure'

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon (D) has issued the following statement on her plea deal related to her conviction on embezzling gift cards intended for the needy: "It is with deep regret and sadness that I will resign my position as...

By John Wagner  |  January 6, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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O'Malley on Dixon: 'A difficult day'

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), the former mayor of Baltimore, has issued a terse statement in response to news that the city's current mayor, Sheila Dixon (D), is resigning as part of a deal related to her conviction on embezzling...

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 6, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Report: Dixon agrees to resign as Baltimore mayor

WBAL-TV in Baltimore is reporting that Mayor Sheila Dixon (D) will resign as part of a deal reached on her recent conviction on charges of embezzling gift cards intended for the needy and a future case involving perjury charges. According...

By John Wagner  |  January 6, 2010; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Owings launches bid to topple O'Malley

George W. Owings III, a former Maryland veterans affairs secretary, on Wednesday launched his long-shot Democratic primary challenge to Gov. Martin O'Malley, whom Owings criticized for raising taxes, making "devastating" budget cuts and seeking to repeal the death penalty. "The...

By John Wagner  |  January 6, 2010; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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First Click -- Maryland

Editor's Note: Sitewide technological problems prevented First Click from posting this morning. We apologize for the delay. Wednesday, January 6, 2010: Legislators scramble for campaign cash but promise to reject a pay increase; Dixon looks back; Harris looks forward A...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  January 6, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. lawmakers vow to reject proposed pay raise

Members of Maryland's General Assembly will have to vote on whether to give themselves pay raises after a state commission on Tuesday put them in the politically awkward position of saying they should receive about $2,000 more annually. The General...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  January 5, 2010; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , Maryland State Budget  
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Curry tribute kindles more talk of governor's race

Chatter has certainly increased in recent weeks about the possibility of former Prince George's County Executive Wayne K. Curry entering the Democratic primary for governor. We have nothing definitive on that. But there is a gathering scheduled Jan. 21 that...

By John Wagner  |  January 5, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Governor , John Wagner  
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Tuesday, January 5, 2010: Leadership of Chesapeake council is transferring, Northrop Grumman is coming and Montgomery County's top lawyer is going EPA chief takes over Chesapeake program The government council...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  January 5, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Foes of slots site confirm use of paid petition help

The president of the Maryland Jockey Club confirmed Monday that a coalition plans to use paid signature-gatherers in its efforts to force a public vote on a new zoning law that allows construction of the state's largest slots casino at...

By John Wagner  |  January 4, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  John Wagner , Slots  
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Montgomery County Attorney Rodriguez headed to Justice Department

Montgomery County's top lawyer, Leon Rodriguez, is stepping down to become chief of staff in the Justice Department's civil rights division. Rodriguez, who has been Montgomery's county attorney since 2007, told his staff of the move Monday. He starts the...

By Michael Laris  |  January 4, 2010; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Barack Obama , Michael Laris , Montgomery County  
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Del. Gilchrist makes the front page

Followers of Maryland politics who picked up The Washington Post on Monday morning might have noticed a familiar face looking back at them from a front-page photo: that of Del. James W. Gilchrist (D-Montgomery). Gilchrist wasn't featured for legislation...

By John Wagner  |  January 4, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Furloughs issue front and center for Prince George's sheriff's deputies

Members of the union that represents Prince George's County Sheriff's Deputies met with candidates for county executive last week, and are expected to vote on whom to endorse in that race Wednesday. The question of the day from union members,...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  January 4, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Monday, January 4, 2010: Welcome to 2010, and Maryland's Year in Politics: It starts next week when lawmakers return to Annapolis to tackle another multibillion-dollar budget shortfall. From there, it...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  January 4, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , First Click , John Wagner  
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