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Maryland Politics: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

Md. Republican Party remains saddled with debt, report shows

The Maryland Republican Party is starting the election year still saddled with debt and at a major financial disadvantage compared to the state's Democrats. The GOP reported having less than $14,300 in cash sitting in two state accounts as of...

By John Wagner  |  January 22, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Rep. Edwards: Public option now optional in health reform vote

After pledging not to vote for any health care bill that did not contain a public option, Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) now says she "may" do just that. Edwards was one of about 60 Democrats to sign a letter...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  January 22, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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Edwards weighs in on loss of HUD dollars in Prince George's

Days after news broke that Prince George's County would be losing more than $2 million in federal housing funds for failing to spend it within five years, elected officials are still weighing in with reactions. In a statement recently posted...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  January 22, 2010; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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At birthday bash, Curry hints at challenge to O'Malley

Will he? Won't he? Might he? Could he? Former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry didn't give an answer Thursday night to the question on the minds of many Marylanders: Will he run for Governor? But with the subtlety of...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  January 22, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Click here to receive First Click as a morning e-mail. Friday, January 22, 2010: The Agenda As February draws near, not even the candidates are clear Set aside, for a...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  January 22, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Environmental group to endorse O'Malley

The Maryland League of Conservation Voters will endorse Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) for re-election on Friday morning, according to sources familiar with the environmental group's plans. The early nod is welcome news for O'Malley at a time when budget cuts...

By John Wagner  |  January 21, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Governor , John Wagner  
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Unspun -- Kumar P. Barve

"I like trying to fix stuff" An offbeat interview with a Maryland politician Interview by John Wagner Name Kumar P. Barve Party Democrat Age 51 Home Gaithersburg Position Maryland House Majority Leader Was there a television show you never missed...

By John Wagner  |  January 21, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis CLICK HERE to receive First Click as a morning e-mail. Thursday, January 21, 2010: The Agenda Legislature will likely have to find $400 million budget fix Gov. Martin O'Malley (D)...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  January 21, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. lobbying firm: Thank you... for making us rich

Maybe it was intended to come off a little nicer than it did. Maybe it elicited exactly the response that Maryland's top lobbying firm was looking for. Either way, an e-mail thank-you note from last year's top money earner in...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  January 20, 2010; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ehrlich would start race with little campaign cash

If he runs for governor again, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) will start the race with a relatively depleted bank account, a report filed Wednesday confirmed. The former governor reported having only $141,778.90 cash on hand, following a year in...

By John Wagner  |  January 20, 2010; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Factoring slates into the Prince George's campaign finance picture

Numbers are still trickling in from Wednesday's campaign finance reports, but at first glance, it appears Rushern L. Baker III's campaign committee has a good chance of putting up the biggest contribution total among candidates for Prince George's County Executive....

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  January 20, 2010; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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Miller seeks 'prudent' cuts to O'Malley's budget

Gov. Martin O'Malley's office was still distributing budget books Wednesday when Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) let reporters know that he has several "tweaks" in mind. As a general rule, the legislature in Maryland cannot add to...

By John Wagner  |  January 20, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , General Assembly , John Wagner , Maryland State Budget  
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Baker campaign: More than $500,000 raised in past year

Former Del. Rushern L. Baker III, a candidate for Prince George's County Executive, raised more than $550,000 for his campaign since last January -- enough to retire campaign debts and leave Baker with more than $300,000 cash on hand, according...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  January 20, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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Now It's Your Turn: What does Massachusetts mean for Maryland?

Republicans are celebrating a stunning upset in Massachusetts on the same day that a new poll shows Martin O'Malley (D) with a 9-point lead over Bob Ehrlich (R) in a hypothetical rematch in Maryland. What does Massachusetts tell us about...

By John Wagner  |  January 20, 2010; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  John Wagner , Your Turn  
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Wednesday, January 20, 2010: Editor's Note: We're excited to offer several new features to First Click. To help you navigate Maryland politics during the 90-day legislative session, we'll begin each...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  January 20, 2010; 6:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley keeps lead in latest Gonzales poll

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) continues to lead in a hypothetical rematch against former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) but has a job-approval rating "lower than an incumbent would prefer 10 months before an election," according to a new poll....

By John Wagner  |  January 20, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Republicans join open government push

Republican leaders of the General Assembly on Wednesday became the latest to call for more sunshine in Maryland government. During a morning floor session in the Senate, Minority Leader Allan H. Kittleman (R-Howard) proposed a rule change that would require...

By John Wagner  |  January 19, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley's budget includes 44 layoffs, furloughs

Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed budget for next year abolishes 202 state jobs, 44 of which are currently filled. State employees will be required to take up to another 10 furlough days. And O'Malley (D) is not tapping the state's "rainy...

By John Wagner  |  January 19, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General Assembly , Governor , John Wagner  
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Tuesday, January 19, 2010: Good morning and welcome to a new and improved version of First Click -- Maryland. To help you better navigate Maryland politics during the 90-day legislative...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  January 19, 2010; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Gov. Martin O'Malley will participate in the 10th Annual Baltimore City Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade today. The General Assembly's Legislative Black Caucus will host a wreath-laying and speech commemorating King tonight at the State House. First Click will...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  January 18, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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By John Wagner  |  January 17, 2010; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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