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Maryland Politics: June 6, 2010 - June 12, 2010

Md. GOP is ready to win, Ehrlich says

Close to 700 upbeat Maryland Republicans filled a hotel ballroom Thursday night to celebrate the state party's return to solvency and tout their candidates' prospects in November. Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), who is running to get...

By Erica Johnston  |  June 10, 2010; 11:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Md. environmental group sides with Senate challengers

The Maryland League of Conservation Voters issued an early round of endorsements Thursday that included some challengers to incumbent state senators from Montgomery County. "We're looking for folks, particularly in the Senate, to show real leadership," said Cindy Schwartz, the...

By John Wagner  |  June 10, 2010; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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New book cheers Maryland lobbyist who fought guns, tobacco

Not many statehouse lobbyists get credit in a book, let alone get a book all about them. But Michael Pertschuk pays homage to public interest campaigner Vinny DeMarco in his new book, "The DeMarco Factor: Transforming Public Will into Political...

By Lisa Rein  |  June 10, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly , Health Care , Lisa Rein  
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Romney headlining Md. GOP fundraising dinner

Mitt Romney, a 2008 presidential contender who is eyeing another bid in 2012, will be the featured speaker Thursday night at an annual fundraising dinner for the Maryland Republican Party. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, is headlining the Red, White...

By John Wagner  |  June 10, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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First Click, Maryland -- Health care takes center stage in policy debates

Your morning download of Maryland political news Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Thursday, June 10, 2010: The Agenda Health care providers, academics, insurers, employers, labor unions and consumer protection groups are scheduled to testify in...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  June 10, 2010; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rob Fisher goes on the air in Md. 1st district GOP primary

Looking to establish a beachhead against his better-known opponent, Rob Fisher is on the air with the first television ad of his Republican primary campaign in the 1st congressional district. Fisher, the founder of a cybersecurity firm that does work...

By Ben Pershing  |  June 9, 2010; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Elections , Ben Pershing  
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Ehrlich highlights call for more Md. charter schools

Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) on Wednesday visited a Baltimore public charter school with an international emphasis, seeking to refocus attention on a policy priority highlighted during the announcement of his comeback campaign two months ago. "I love...

By John Wagner  |  June 9, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Maryland purchases first slots, despite protest

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp (D) on Wednesday approved contracts valued at almost $50 million over the objections of Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) to purchase and lease more than 1,000 video slot machines. The 2-1...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  June 9, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ehrlich: Md. legislature was a brick wall

Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) on Tuesday likened the Democrat-led Maryland General Assembly to a brick wall as he recounted his efforts to advance measures in Annapolis helpful to small businesses. Ehrlich's comments came as he continued to...

By John Wagner  |  June 9, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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MoCo council member Knapp won't seek re-election; seeking role in region's biotech future instead

Mike Knapp -- a county council member and former congressional aide with years of public and private biotech experience -- announced Tuesday what his campaign finance reports have been saying for a while now: he's not seeking re-election to represent...

By Michael Laris  |  June 8, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Murphy: No study needed, scrap the corporate tax

On Monday, as part of his small-business plan, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) proposed establishing "a bipartisan task force to recommend ways to make Maryland's corporate income tax more competitive with neighboring states."

By John Wagner  |  June 8, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Ehrlich pledges new attitude for small businesses

Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) pledged Monday that small businesses would once again come to see state regulators as "their partners, not their sheriffs" if he returns to office next year. Ehrlich promised the "fundamental shift in...

By John Wagner  |  June 7, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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First Click, Maryland -- Watching the Ehrlich rollout

Your morning download of Maryland political news Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Monday, June 7, 2010: The Agenda Two months into his comeback campaign, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) plans today to...

By John Wagner  |  June 7, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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