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Maryland Politics: May 16, 2010 - May 22, 2010

O'Malley: 'Can't imagine anybody' wants Va. offshore drilling

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on Friday offered his most direct criticism yet of Virginia's plan to pursue offshore drilling near the Chesapeake Bay, saying, "I can't imagine anybody actually wanting to go forward with that now, given the disaster we're...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  May 21, 2010; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , Governor  
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Suit against Johnson, Pr. George's Council members moves to state court

A lawsuit that pits a developer against Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson and several members of the County Council, over an alleged agreement for the county to lease space in his new building in New Carrollton, will be heard in state court, an attorney said.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 21, 2010; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Prince George's County  
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April job gains in Md. in line with most states'

Maryland's unemployment rate dipped along with those of most other states' in April, dropping from 7.7 percent to 7.5 percent after gaining about 6,200 jobs, according to new federal labor data released on Friday. It was the second straight month...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  May 21, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Former Pr. Geo's charity board member indicted

A grand jury in Prince George's County returned a five-count indictment Thursday against the former board member of a nonprofit who allegedly used the charity to draw thousands of dollars from the county meant for affordable housing projects, according to a law enforcement source close to the investigation.

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  May 20, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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Ehrlich to endorse Leopold's reelection in Arundel

Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) plans to endorse the reelection bid of Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold (R) during an appearance together Friday in Crownsville. "I think he's done a good job," Ehrlich said of Leopold,...

By John Wagner  |  May 20, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Anne Arundel , John Wagner , Slots  
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First Click, Maryland -- Bill signings wrap today

Your morning download of Maryland political news Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Thursday, May 20, 2010: The Agenda Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and state legislative leaders have scheduled a marathon final bill signing session...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  May 20, 2010; 7:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis , First Click  
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Md. state employees in same-sex marriages get same rights as heterosexuals

State employees in Maryland can now sign up same-sex spouses as dependents, making them eligible to receive the same health care and other benefits afforded to husbands and wives of heterosexual state employees, according to Gov. Martin O'Malley's (D) office....

By Aaron C. Davis  |  May 19, 2010; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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SEIU endorses Baker in Prince George's

Prince George's County executive candidate Rushern L. Baker III (D) got another clutch endorsement this week, this time from the regional chapter of the Service Employees International Union, a massive health care union whose members include employees of the troubled...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  May 19, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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Baker releases donors, voluntarily

Prince George's County Executive candidate Rushern L. Baker III (D) voluntarily released his list of campaign contributors this week -- though no state filing deadline is near -- showing that he has raised $153,168 since January 15.

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  May 19, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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Rival blasts Md. GOP for backing Ehrlich

Brian Murphy, a long-shot Republican candidate for governor of Maryland, is crying foul over a procedural move that effectively throws the support of the state and national GOP behind former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) months before the primary...

By John Wagner  |  May 19, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner , Republican Party  
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Ehrlich: Rapid bus more practical for Purple Line

Rapid bus service, rather than light rail, remains Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s preferred mode of transportation along Maryland's proposed Purple Line, he said Tuesday during a campaign swing through Montgomery County. Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) announced in August that he...

By John Wagner  |  May 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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Md. GOP accuses O'Malley of 'bullying' state employees for campaign contributions

Maryland Republican Party Chairwoman Audrey Scott on Monday accused Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) of "attempting to bully" state employees into contributing money to his reelection campaign.

By John Wagner  |  May 17, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2010 Elections , John Wagner  
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Updated: Baker proposes ethics reform package for Prince George's government

After his campaign kicked off amid questions from a rival and the news media over transparency issues, Prince George's County executive candidate Rushern L. Baker III announced a sweeping series of proposed ethics reforms Monday that he would seek to...

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  May 17, 2010; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Jonathan Mummolo , Prince George's County  
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First Click, Maryland -- Two telling Tuesdays?

Your morning download of Maryland political news Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Monday, May 17, 2010: The Agenda It would be wrong to read too much into how a candidate chooses to spend any...

By John Wagner  |  May 17, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  First Click , John Wagner  
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