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Maryland Politics: February 28, 2010 - March 6, 2010

Report: O'Malley is no longer a 'safe' reelection bet

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's reelection prospects have been downgraded from "safe" to "narrow advantage" by one veteran national prognosticator. Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), who is gearing up for a rematch with O'Malley (D), should be...

By John Wagner  |  March 6, 2010; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Group opposed to Md. slots casino says it has enough signatures to force public vote

A coalition opposed to a planned slots casino at Arundel Mills mall said Friday that it had gathered far more signatures than required to force a public vote that could sink the project. The group said it submitted an additional...

By John Wagner  |  March 5, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  John Wagner , Slots  
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Dernoga says Johnson's planning nominee will get up or down vote

Prince George's County Council Chairman Thomas E. Dernoga (D-Laurel) said unequivocally Thursday that David Byrd, the recent controversial nominee by County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) to head the county planning board, will get an up or down vote by...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  March 5, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley's own poll puts him up 10 points over Ehrlich

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) holds a 10-point lead over former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) in a hypothetical matchup, according to a survey by O'Malley's pollster that was released by his campaign Friday. The lead of 51 percent...

By John Wagner  |  March 5, 2010; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Unspun -- Del. C. William Frick

'Trying to influence outcomes quietly' An offbeat interview with a Maryland politician Interview by John Wagner Name Bill Frick Party Democrat Age 35 Home Bethesda Position Delegate representing District 16 in Montgomery County Growing up, who was the sitcom character...

By John Wagner  |  March 5, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rushern Baker's slate definitely has two other members

Here's one for the super campaign finance wonks out there. In case there was still any doubt, we just wanted to point out once again that a slate of candidates in Prince George's County called "County 1 Now" has three...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  March 5, 2010; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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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, March 5, 2010: The Agenda Comparing the past four years to the previous four years "The history of juvenile...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  March 5, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. Democrats trumpet omission from Republican target list

Maryland Democrats are crowing about the state's omission from a list of 2010 targeted races in a Republican National Committee fundraising document that surfaced in recent days. Neither Maryland's race for governor or a U.S. Senate seat made the cut...

By John Wagner  |  March 4, 2010; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner , Republican Party  
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Baltimore mayor admitted to hospital with chest pains

UPDATE, 11:30 a.m.: The Baltimore mayor's office has released a statement saying: "The Mayor was transported to University of Maryland Medical Center for testing and observation by her personal physician. Mayor Rawlings-Blake is resting comfortably and expects to be released...

By John Wagner  |  March 4, 2010; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Another fiery response by Baker campaign on fundraising questions

Faced with continued questions about the source of its finances, the campaign of Prince George's County Executive candidate Rushern L. Baker III has employed two seemingly contradictory strategies on how to respond: Decline to comment altogether, or fire back with...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  March 4, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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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, March 4, 2010: The Agenda "With all due respect to Justice O'Connor ..." Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  March 4, 2010; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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O'Malley backs tax credit to help private schools

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) threw his support Wednesday behind a tax credit designed to help Catholic and other private schools that are experiencing enrollment declines and recent closures. "I believe the bill is crucial if we are to stem...

By John Wagner  |  March 3, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Iowa governor joins O'Malley in facing criticism for Iraq trip

Maryland's Martin O'Malley is not the only Democratic governor taking flak for his recent trip to Iraq. Republicans in Iowa have questioned in recent days whether the trip of Gov. Chet Culver, who accompanied O'Malley, was "more about politics than...

By John Wagner  |  March 3, 2010; 11:35 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. Wednesday, March 3, 2010: The Agenda Alcohol tax campaign showing increasing sophistication This election year, Democratic leaders in the General...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  March 3, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Md. Senate confirms transportation secretary, ending delays

The Maryland Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved Beverley Swaim-Staley as Gov. Martin O'Malley's transportation secretary, after having twice delayed votes on her confirmation.

By John Wagner  |  March 2, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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, March 2, 2010: The Agenda A message emerges from Iraq "Do you think it was appropriate for Martin O'Malley...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  March 2, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley dismisses 'negativity' of Ehrlich's Iraq criticism

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on Monday brushed off criticism of his just-completed trip to Iraq by his Republican predecessor, saying, "I can't be bothered by that sort of negativity."

By John Wagner  |  March 1, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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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, March 1, 2010: The Agenda Gay marriage decision politics not-as-usual Topics other than same-sex marriage will return to the...

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