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Maryland Politics: May 2, 2010 - May 8, 2010

Fire burns apartments owned by Rep. Bartlett

A fire burned more than a dozen apartments and a barn on a Frederick farm owned by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) Thursday, reportedly causing significant damage but no injuries. The blaze broke out Thursday afternoon at Bartlett's property, located at...

By Ben Pershing  |  May 7, 2010; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ben Pershing , Frederick County  | Tags: Frederick County Maryland, Frederick News-Post, Roscoe Bartlett  
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First negative ad brings new edge to Md. gov's race

If the metaphor of two boxers dancing around the ring has best summed up the first month of Maryland's much-ballyhooed rematch between Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., (R) then here's the first punch: "Fantasy...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  May 6, 2010; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 Elections  
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Md. Democrats highlight Ehrlich appearance in Abramoff movie

It's hardly a surprise that Democrats would trot out the ties between imprisoned super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R). But few expected to hear about it quite so early in this year's rematch with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).

By John Wagner  |  May 6, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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Montgomery council lawyers: Schools lawsuit based on 'a house of cards'

That lawsuit threatened by the Montgomery County school system now has a detailed rebuttal. The public schools essentially argued that the county council is toothless under current circumstances and can't trim the school budget proposed by County Executive Isiah Leggett...

By Michael Laris  |  May 6, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Michael Laris  | Tags: Montgomery County Maryland, Montgomery County Public Schools  
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First Click, Maryland -- Two months to tango

Your morning download of Maryland political news Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Thursday, May 6, 2010: The Agenda In Maryland, 2010 is finally starting to look like an election year. Both major contenders for...

By John Wagner  |  May 6, 2010; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  First Click , John Wagner  
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In Montgomery budget fallout, AFL-CIO cancels interviews

Initial budget votes in Montgomery County have divided public employee unions and shaken up the political calculus facing incumbents running for reelection this fall. Council members on Tuesday unanimously signaled their intent to break union contracts by freezing pay and...

By Michael Laris  |  May 5, 2010; 11:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Michael Laris  | Tags: AFL-CIO, Labor, Service Employees International Union, Trade union  
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Berwyn Heights mayor who is suing Pr. George's sheriff wins reelection

Cheye Calvo, the Berwyn Heights mayor who is suing Prince George's County Sheriff Michael A. Jackson and others over a botched raid in which Calvo's two dogs were killed, easily won reelection Tuesday.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 5, 2010; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Prince George's County  | Tags: Berwyn Heights Maryland, Cheye Calvo, Law Enforcement, Prince George's, SWAT, dogs shot, marijuana search, officers shoot dogs  
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Former Amtrak CFO running for Md. comptroller

William H. Campbell, a former chief financial officer of Amtrak, has joined the race for Maryland comptroller, becoming the second Republican seeking to unseat Peter Franchot (D). And a potential third GOP candidate is in the wings: state Sen. E.J....

By John Wagner  |  May 5, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  | Tags: Maryland, Peter Franchot, Republican  
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What's the new Pr. Geo's tax break worth?

Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a controversial tax measure into law Tuesday that could complicate the budget process in Prince George's County because, his spokesman said, he considered tax relief for residents to be more important at this time. But just...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  May 5, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: Douglas J.J. Peters  
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Twibbon campaigns launched in Maryland

Political campaigns across the country are continuing to make use of social media in new and creative ways. The latest in the Maryland governor's race: a Twibbon battle. Through use of an application called Twibbon, both Facebook and Twitter allow...

By John Wagner  |  May 5, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  | Tags: Facebook, Martin O'Malley, Maryland governor, Robert Ehrlich, Twibbon, Twitter  
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UPDATE: O'Malley to sign controversial Pr. Geo's tax measure into law

Gov. Martin O'Malley will sign into law Tuesday a tax measure passed by the Maryland General Assembly that has become a focal point of debate in this year's Prince George's County budget process, according to a list of bills to...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  May 4, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 Elections , General Assembly , Governor , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  | Tags: Martin O'Malley, Maryland General Assembly, Prince George's County Maryland, Robert Ehrlich  
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Ehrlich talks taxes, seeks change in creamery visit

As he sipped a blueberry banana smoothie Tuesday, former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) heard mostly what he expected -- as well as something he didn't -- from the owners of three Cold Stone Creamery franchises for whom...

By John Wagner  |  May 4, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  | Tags: Martin O'Malley, Robert Ehrlich  
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Dernoga: O'Malley approval of Park Commission tax bill a crying matter for Pr. Geo.'s

Gov. Martin O'Malley's decison to sign into law a tax measure that could throw a serious kink in the budget plans of Prince George's County was greeted with some dark humor from County Council Chairman Thomas E. Dernoga Tuesday. Before...

By Jonathan F. Mummolo  |  May 4, 2010; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governor , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  | Tags: Martin O'Malley, Prince George, Prince George's County Maryland  
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MoCo schools threaten lawsuit over budget

For a view into how ugly Montgomery County's budget fight may soon become, check out this draft lawsuit that was discussed in a closed session of the county council Monday.

By Michael Laris  |  May 4, 2010; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Michael Laris  | Tags: County council, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Montgomery County Maryland  
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Ehrlich lawyer calls for end of law firm probe

A lawyer for Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s campaign is urging the state elections board to terminate a probe of whether the former Republican governor's law firm has improperly aided his comeback bid, arguing that the matter is moot because Ehrlich...

By John Wagner  |  May 3, 2010; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  | Tags: Maryland Democratic Party, Robert Ehrlich, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice  
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First Click, Maryland -- McDonnell says he'll attend fundraiser for Ehrlich

Your morning download of Maryland political news Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Monday, May 3, 2010: The Agenda Following a week of heavy campaigning, the next few days may feel like a lull in...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  May 3, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , First Click  
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