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Maryland Politics: April 4, 2010 - April 10, 2010

Md. Senate doubles down on measure to put cards at Rosecroft

With time running out on the 2010 session of the Maryland General Assembly, the Senate sought Saturday to improve the odds of legalizing card games at Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County. The Senate has already passed a bill that...

By John Wagner  |  April 10, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly , John Wagner , Slots  
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Medical marijuana bill finds new high in Maryland

The Maryland Senate on Saturday approved a bill that would legalize medical marijuana, require the state to produce the drug, and allow patients to fill marijuana prescriptions at pharmacies if their doctors agree other treatments had first proved ineffective. The...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  April 10, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , General Assembly  | Tags: California, Drugs, Health, Illegal, Martin O'Malley, Maryland Senate, Medical cannabis, Pro-Legalization  
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Ehrlich hosts O'Malley's Democratic rival on radio

A radio confrontation between Maryland's leading candidates for governor did not materialize Saturday morning. But former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) did welcome one of Gov. Martin O'Malley's Democratic primary rivals to his weekly show. George W. Owings III,...

By John Wagner  |  April 10, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 Elections  
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First Click, Maryland -- Saturday special

Your morning download of Maryland political news Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Saturday, April 10, 2010: The Agenda With both chambers of the General Assembly set to convene in rare Saturday sessions -- in advance...

By John Wagner  |  April 10, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , First Click , John Wagner  
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Ehrlich's talk of tax increase is 'scare-monger politics,' O'Malley says

Gov. Martin O'Malley accused former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. of "scare-monger politics" Friday for continuing to claim that Democrats are plotting a major tax increase after the 2010 elections to help balance future budgets.

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 9, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Governor , John Wagner , Maryland State Budget , Republican Party  
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First Click, Maryland -- Enviro lobby finds its groove

Your morning download of Maryland political news Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Friday, April 9, 2010: The Agenda A week ago, Maryland environmentalists had a lot to complain about -- so they did. Gov. Martin...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  April 9, 2010; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , First Click , John Wagner  
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Bethesda delegate Bronrott headed to Obama administration

Maryland state Del. Bill Bronrott (D-Bethesda) announced Thursday that he will leave his Annapolis post later this month to join the Obama administration. Bronrott will take the number two job at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which enforces rules...

By Michael Laris  |  April 8, 2010; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ehrlich sets out on Md. campaign trail

Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) ventured back onto the campaign trail Thursday, making stops in three of the counties where he ran the strongest in his 2006 loss. "Good to see you, Bob," said one of about...

By John Wagner  |  April 8, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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First Click, Maryland -- Budget is down to wire

Your morning download of Maryland political news Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Thursday, April 8, 2010: The Agenda Meanwhile, back at the ranch. ... While the world of Maryland politics focused on Republican Robert L....

By Aaron C. Davis  |  April 8, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Besting McCain, tapping anger, and a rattlesnake: Some voices from the Ehrlich kickoff

Republicans at Bob Ehrlich's Rockville rally said they plan to win the state by losing Montgomery well. "That's our target for Montgomery, to bring him in at 40 percent," said Mark Uncapher, Montgomery's GOP chair. Sen. John McCain took 27...

By Michael Laris  |  April 7, 2010; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Ehrlich says wife nudged him to run again in Md.

Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) on Wednesday credited his wife, Kendel, with providing much of the inspiration for his attempted comeback.

By John Wagner  |  April 7, 2010; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 Elections  
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Ehrlich kicks off bid for governor with small business pledge

Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. kicked off his campaign "to recapture the State House" on Wednesday morning with promises to cut the sales tax, expand the number of charter schools and make the state more friendly to small...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 7, 2010; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Governor , John Wagner , Republican Party  
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First Click, Maryland -- Ehrlich enters the gate

Your morning download of Maryland political news Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Wednesday, April 7, 2010: The Agenda On Wednesday morning, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s long walk to the starting gate will end, and we'll...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  April 7, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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O'Malley challenges Ehrlich to Saturday radio debate; Ehrlich offers to host O'Malley on his show

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) issued a surprise debate challenge to Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) late Tuesday afternoon, just as the former governor was preparing to formally announce his plans for a rematch Wednesday morning.

By John Wagner  |  April 6, 2010; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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Montgomery councilman seeks to end special pension contributions to aid credit rating

Montgomery County council member Phil Andrews proposed legislation Tuesday that would end controversial retirement benefits known as "phantom" cost of living increases. Under an agreement last year, the county makes contributions to the pensions of general government workers, fire fighters...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  April 6, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Michael Laris , Montgomery County  
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Montgomery County on Moody's bond rating watch list

Bond-rating agency Moody's has placed Montgomery County on a "watch list" because of a drop-off in revenues and the county's use of reserve funds, county officials said Monday. Top ratings are key to borrowing more cheaply for county projects and...

By Michael Laris  |  April 6, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Michael Laris , Montgomery County  
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Former GOP chairman backs long-shot Ehrlich rival

On the eve of Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s announcement that he is running again for governor, long-shot Republican primary rival Brian Murphy trotted out a former party official who is backing him: James Pelura, the previous chairman of the Maryland...

By John Wagner  |  April 6, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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First Click, Maryland -- D.C. suburbs key to 11/2/10

Your morning download of Maryland political news Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Tuesday, April 6, 2010: The Agenda At first blush, it might seem as improbable as Butler winning the national championship. But as we...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  April 6, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , First Click , John Wagner  
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Ehrlich campaign names former television reporter as press secretary

The gubernatorial campaign of Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) announced Monday that it has hired long-time Baltimore television reporter Andy Barth as its press secretary. Barth, a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008 in Maryland's 3rd District. He was...

By John Wagner  |  April 5, 2010; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Governor , John Wagner  
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First Click, Maryland -- Steele cuts both ways

Your morning download of Maryland political news Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Monday, April 5, 2010: The Agenda In theory, at least, having Maryland's former lieutenant governor leading the Republican National Committee should be a...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  April 5, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kendel Ehrlich knocks RNC spending under Steele

Former Maryland first lady Kendel Ehrlich is among those criticizing the spending practices of the Republican National Committee under the leadership of Michael S. Steele. "Hopefully they're going to rein this is in and get on track," Kendel Ehrlich said...

By John Wagner  |  April 4, 2010; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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