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Maryland Politics: August 8, 2010 - August 14, 2010

First ad set to air opposing slots at Arundel Mills

A coalition opposed to a slot machine casino at Arundel Mills mall plans to start airing its first television ads Friday night. Anne Arundel County voters will get a say in November on whether to allow zoning for the 4,750-machine...

By John Wagner  |  August 13, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Maryland investigating Pepco power outages

The Maryland commission that regulates utilities has launched an investigation into Pepco, the Washington area's largest electricity provider, following the third major storm-related power outage in as many weeks. The Maryland Public Service Commission said the loss of power to...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 13, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Rosecroft's future becomes issue in governor's race

The future of Rosecroft Raceway remains very much in doubt, but the recently shuttered harness track in Prince George's County certainly is getting some high-level attention during this election year. Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) met with some...

By John Wagner  |  August 13, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Ehrlich: $3.2M raised, about $2M in the bank

Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) has raised $3.2 million this year for his comeback campaign, just shy of the $3.3 million that Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) said he took in during the same period, according an e-mail Friday...

By John Wagner  |  August 13, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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O'Malley touts possible end to federal oversight of Md. juvenile facilities

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on Thursday sought to highlight what could be a rare bit of good news for the juvenile justice system in Maryland - and to draw attention to an achievement sure to make its way into his...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 12, 2010; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ehrlich 'pleased' with money report set for release Friday

Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) said he will release on fundraising total Friday that is "a little bit ahead" of a $3 million goal his campaign set for the period. Ehrlich's comments to reporters on Thursday came...

By John Wagner  |  August 12, 2010; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Ehrlich proposes two TV and three radio debates

The debate over debates ratcheted up Thursday in Maryland's gubernatorial race, with the campaign of former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) proposing two television and three radio encounters. "With 211,000 Marylanders currently unable to find work, Marylanders deserve a...

By John Wagner  |  August 12, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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First Click, Maryland -- This week, money talks

Your morning download of Maryland political news Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Thursday, August 12, 2010: The Agenda Six-point-seven million dollars. If you tuned into Maryland political news at all on Wednesday, the number...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 12, 2010; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  First Click  | Tags: bob ehrlich, martin o'malley, maryland governor's race, maryland slot machines, metro, purple line, race to the top  
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Ehrlich warns of tax hikes if not returned to office

Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) on Wednesday pitched his plan to roll back a 20 percent increase in the state sales tax and raised the specter of numerous other tax hikes if he is not elected in November,...

By John Wagner  |  August 12, 2010; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Montgomery inspector general to leave job

Montgomery County's inspector general, Thomas Dagley, is planning to step down by year's end. Dagley has sparred in recent months with officials from Isiah Leggett's administration. But in explaining his departure, Dagley emphasized the benefits of turnover for his office....

By Michael Laris  |  August 11, 2010; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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O'Malley's war chest up to $6.7 million, big fundraising lead likely remains over Ehrlich

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has $6.7 million dollars in the bank - a million more than he had eight months ago, and likely double that of his best-known opponent - because he raised $3.3 million during the last reporting period,...

By Aaron C. Davis and John Wagner  |  August 11, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 Elections  | Tags: annapolis, bob ehrlich, brian murphy, martin o'malley, maryland governor's race, maryland politics, sarah palin  
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Michelle Obama, Sasha visit Md. State House

A visit to Maryland's State House billed as a sort of First Family summer school for 9-year-old Sasha Obama and her cousins briefly halted work inside the state capital and produced a spectacle in Annapolis on Tuesday as police pushed...

By Aaron C. Davis  |  August 10, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Ehrlich identifies $3 million fundraising goal

Former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) has identified a $3 million goal for money raised during the fundraising period that closes Tuesday. Given the expectations games that candidates play, it seems likely that Ehrlich's take will exceed that amount,...

By John Wagner  |  August 9, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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First Click, Maryland -- Jobs, other stuff, other stuff

Your morning download of Maryland political news Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Monday, August 9, 2010: The Agenda For an election that was supposed to be about jobs, jobs, jobs, the two major candidates for...

By John Wagner  |  August 9, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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