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Maryland Politics: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Md. Jockey Club spends $377,000 to derail mall casino

The Maryland Jockey Club, which operates Laurel Park racetrack, has spent more than $377,000 on efforts to force a public vote on whether a slots casino should be allowed at a competing location in Anne Arundel County. The Jockey Club...

By John Wagner  |  February 19, 2010; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  John Wagner , Slots  
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County exec candidate Baker fires back on slate donors issue

After taking heat from a rival over not disclosing the source of more than $200,000 in campaign funds, the campaign of Prince George's County Executive candidate Rushern L. Baker III blasted back today with a lengthy e-mail to supporters, casting...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  February 19, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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Md. Senate delays vote on transportation secretary at Muse's request

The Maryland Senate on Friday delayed a vote to confirm Beverley K. Swaim-Staley as Gov. Martin O'Malley's transportation secretary at the request of a Prince George's senator.

By John Wagner  |  February 19, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  General Assembly , John Wagner  
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Friday, February 19, 2010: The Agenda This might sound familiar... It's rare that completely new ideas rise to the top...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  February 19, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Arundel slots opponents meet first signature collection target

A coalition fighting a planned slots casino at Arundel Mills mall has cleared the first hurdle in its effort to put the issue on the ballot in November. As of Thursday afternoon, the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections had...

By John Wagner  |  February 18, 2010; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Baker spokesman: Campaign will release donor names 'in due time'

What a difference a month makes. After initially saying that the campaign had no problem releasing the names of donors to a slate that gave the campaign more than $200,000 last month, James Adams, spokesman for Prince George's County executive...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  February 18, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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Unspun: Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown

"I do believe it's a noble calling" An offbeat interview with a Maryland politician Interview by John Wagner Name Anthony G. Brown Party Democrat Age 48 Home Mitchellville Position Lieutenant governor of Maryland What is the best meal you've ever...

By John Wagner  |  February 18, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Thursday, February 18, 2010: The Agenda Prince George's vs. Montgomery vs. Baltimore Thursday is the revised, extended, post-Snowmageddon deadline for...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  February 18, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ehrlich seeks Facebook fans in advance of rematch

Here's the latest sign that former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) is gearing up to run again: He's asking past supporters to become fans of his Facebook page. "It's the best way to hear directly from Governor Ehrlich...

By John Wagner  |  February 18, 2010; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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Opposition research against former candidate Larry Hogan?

Apparently someone was taking Larry Hogan seriously. Hogan ended an exploratory bid for governor this month, saying he is convinced former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) will run again. But before Hogan stood down, a sweeping Public Information Act...

By John Wagner  |  February 17, 2010; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Md. Senate turns back pay cut proposed by Harris

The Democrat-led Maryland Senate on Wednesday soundly rejected a proposal by a Republican member running for Congress that would have reduced state lawmakers' pay by 2 percent in coming years. During a testy partisan debate, Democrats argued that the measure...

By John Wagner  |  February 17, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Wednesday, February 17, 2010: The Agenda O'Malley puts a spotlight on home foreclosures There's nothing quite like well-publicized testimony by...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  February 17, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley pitches foreclosures bill to lawmakers

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) made a rare appearance before legislative committees on Tuesday to pitch a bill he said would put financially strapped homeowners on a more even footing with "faceless, giant mortgage servicers who don't even have the decency...

By John Wagner  |  February 16, 2010; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General Assembly , Governor , John Wagner  
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First newspaper endorsement goes to O'Malley

It's only February, and officially, at least, we still don't even know who the candidates are. But Gov. Martin O'Malley has landed his first newspaper endorsement for re-election: St. Mary's Today says the Democratic incumbent deserves another term. In its...

By John Wagner  |  February 16, 2010; 11:40 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 in a morning e-mail. Tuesday, February 16, 2010: The Agenda Microscope likely to bring out education blemishes Pre-snowpocalypse, education was but a blip on...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  February 16, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , First Click , John Wagner  
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First Click -- Maryland

Your daily download of Maryland's top political news and analysis Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Monday, February 15, 2010: The Agenda The election year arrives at the legislature Most of the media attention paid to...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  February 15, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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