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Maryland Politics: March 21, 2010 - March 27, 2010

Child support overhaul progresses in Maryland

Maryland's House of Delegates on Saturday passed a bill to overhaul the state's child support guidelines for the first time in more than 20 years, setting up a compromise battle with the Senate, which has passed a different version of...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  March 27, 2010; 9:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Yeas and nays: Today in the Md. General Assembly

An afternoon roundup of noteworthy legislation moving toward passage or defeat Saturday, March 27, 2010: Foreclosure Prevention: The House of Delegates on Saturday passed legislation requiring mediation between eligible borrowers facing foreclosure and their mortgage lenders. The vote was 119-21...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  March 27, 2010; 8:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Maryland refuses to follow Virginia on health care

Maryland's Democratically controlled House of Delegates on Saturday rejected an attempt by Republicans to follow Virginia's lead and set up a showdown with the Obama administration over whether the federal government has the right to require individuals to buy health...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  March 27, 2010; 7:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Ehrlich: 'Decision's been made' on running again

"A decision's been made." That's the latest word from former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) on whether he is running again, as reported Friday night by WJZ, the CBS affiliate in Baltimore. The report is the most recent...

By John Wagner  |  March 26, 2010; 9:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Yeas and nays: Today in the Maryland General Assembly (Part II)

An afternoon roundup of noteworthy legislation moving toward passage or defeat Friday, March 26, 2010: Racing toward a Monday deadline to pass all of its bills and forward them to the Senate, Maryland's House of Delegates met Friday evening for...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  March 26, 2010; 8:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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House passes rules on stormwater runoff

The House of Delegates has passed legislation that defines when local governments can grant waivers or issue grandfather clauses for development projects that will be subject to new stormwater runoff regulations. State regulations regarding how much stormwater must be filtered...

By Terri Rupar  |  March 26, 2010; 8:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Md. Senate threatens funding cut to U-Md. law clinic over Big Chicken suit

In Maryland, messing with Big Chicken can bring big trouble. The latest case study is playing out now in Annapolis, where the state Senate wants to impose greater scrutiny on the University of Maryland's environmental law clinic. The reason? Apparently,...

By David A. Fahrenthold  |  March 26, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Yeas and nays: Today in the Md. General Assembly

An afternoon roundup of noteworthy legislation moving toward passage or defeat Friday, March 26, 2010: The Senate is in recess until 3 p.m. Monday, and the House, after a morning session, is returning at 5 p.m. Friday. Here are Friday's...

By John Wagner  |  March 26, 2010; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Senate considers sweeter deal for Western Maryland slots operator

The Maryland Senate advanced a measure Friday that would sweeten the deal for potential operators of a slots site at Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort in Western Maryland. The site, one of five authorized by Maryland voters in 2008,...

By John Wagner  |  March 26, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Unspun -- Del. Benjamin S. Barnes

"We can do it civilly" An offbeat interview with a Maryland politician Interview by John Wagner Name Ben Barnes Party Democrat Age 34 Home College Park Position Delegate representing District 21 in Prince George's County Which television show would you...

By John Wagner  |  March 26, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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First Click, Maryland -- O'Malley's March

Your morning download of Maryland political news Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Friday, March 26, 2010: The Agenda Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is fond of an analogy that the ship of state -- or "USS...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  March 26, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Ehrlich encourages supporters, still mum on announcement date

Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) stopped short Thursday of confirming a news report that his announcement day will be April 7 -- but did nothing to tamp down the talk. In a Facebook posting, Ehrlich wrote: "Lots of...

By Anne Bartlett  |  March 25, 2010; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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First Click, Maryland -- Ehrlich's day

Your morning download of Maryland political news Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Thursday, March 25, 2010: The Agenda Happy Maryland Day. Thursday commemorates the 1634 landing of settlers from two ships, the Ark and the...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  March 25, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Corporate candidate appeals Md. ruling that it can't vote

Murray Hill Inc., the corporation running for Congress in Maryland, on Wednesday appealed a ruling that has kept it from registering to vote as a Republican. The issue is key to the company's much-hyped 8th District bid. Under Maryland law,...

By John Wagner  |  March 24, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pr. Geo's officials praise potential $18 million state aid addition

As the Maryland state budget makes its way toward passage, new language that was inserted by the Senate has Prince George's officials hopeful that the county will see $18 million more in aid this year than originally proposed by the...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  March 24, 2010; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Yeas and Nays: Today in the Md. General Assembly

An afternoon roundup of noteworthy legislation moving toward passage or defeat Wednesday, March 24, 2010: BUDGET: Maryland's Senate on Wednesday passed a $31.9 billion plan that would shrink overall spending for the fiscal year beginning in July, once reductions in...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  March 24, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. Senate passes budget, trouble looms in House

Maryland's budget is halfway to the finish line - or maybe not. The state Senate on Wednesday passed a $31.9-billion plan that would shrink overall spending for the fiscal year beginning in July, once reductions in federal stimulus funding are...

By Aaron C. Davis and Jonathan Mummolo  |  March 24, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. Senate passes bill to put card games at Prince George's track

Voters statewide would decide whether to legalize gambling on card games at an ailing Prince George's County racetrack, under a bill passed by the Maryland Senate on Wednesday. The Senate voted 34 to 13 to seek voters' blessing in November...

By John Wagner  |  March 24, 2010; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Report: Ehrlich eyes April 7 announcement

In recent weeks, former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s camp has been telegraphing an early April announcement of his rematch against Gov. Martin O'Malley (D). A news report Wednesday -- which Ehrlich (R) is not confirming -- is the...

By John Wagner  |  March 24, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Md. environmentalists split over stormwater pollution rules

More than 30 Maryland environmentalists--including a former governor, a former U.S. senator and a former congressman--held a press conference today in Annapolis to denounce efforts to revise rules on pollution flowing to the Chesapeake Bay through storm sewers. The event,...

By David A. Fahrenthold  |  March 24, 2010; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Md. Senate passes ban on handheld cell phone use while driving

Drivers in Maryland would be required to use hands-free devices to talk on cell phones under legislation that narrowly passed the state Senate Wednesday morning. The Senate voted 24 to 23 for a bill making it an offense for a...

By John Wagner  |  March 24, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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First Click, Maryland: Emotions run deep in Senate budget debate

Your morning download of Maryland political news Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Wednesday, March 24, 2010: The Agenda Senate staffers and state budget officials in Annapolis will begin Wednesday deep in the weeds of a...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  March 24, 2010; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Yeas and nays: Today in the Md. General Assembly

An afternoon roundup of noteworthy legislation moving toward passage or defeat Tuesday, March 23, 2010: Medical fraud: The Associated Press reports that the Senate voted 37 to 8 to create civil penalties for making false health claims, such as an...

By John Wagner  |  March 23, 2010; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Death penalty bill sought by Md. Senate president seems derailed

Death penalty opponents appear to have derailed a bill sought by the Maryland Senate president that would have loosened rules passed last year on prosecuting capital cases. Under the year-old law, prosecutors can now seek the death penalty only when...

By John Wagner  |  March 23, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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First Click, Maryland -- Pensions key to budget fight

Your morning download of Maryland political news Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Tuesday, March 23, 2010: The Agenda On Tuesday, the Maryland Senate will begin its first floor debate on a $31.9 billion budget bill...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  March 23, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley: Federal health care overhaul could save Maryland $1 billion over decade

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) praised "the courageous and important" votes taken Sunday by Congress on health care reform, a measure he said could save Maryland $1 billion in the coming decade. Speaking to reporters late Monday afternoon, O'Malley predicted a...

By John Wagner  |  March 22, 2010; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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First Click, Maryland -- The final three weeks

Your morning download of Maryland political news Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Monday, March 22, 2010: The Agenda Drivers who talk on cell phones without hands-free devices might soon be committing an offense in Maryland....

By Aaron C. Davis  |  March 22, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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