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Maryland Politics: October 3, 2010 - October 9, 2010

Ehrlich knocks O'Malley for Calvert Cliffs setback

Maryland's leading gubernatorial candidates exchanged blows on energy policy Saturday following news that Constellation Energy had shelved its proposal to build a new reactor at its Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant, citing "unworkable" loan guarantee terms from the Obama administration....

By John Wagner  | October 9, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Ehrlich continues push to build female support

For the second day in a row, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) sought to bolster his support among women, a group of voters that has sided with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) by a large margin in recent polls....

By John Wagner  | October 8, 2010; 8:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Jockey Club spends more than $3 million to derail casino

Update, 10 p.m.: A report filed by the pro-Cordish group, Jobs and Revenue for Anne Arundel County, shows $2.6 million in contributions. Of that, $600,000 is from the subsidiary set up by Cordish to run the casino. Another $2 million...

By John Wagner  | October 8, 2010; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Md. attorney general charges ex-candidate with illegal distribution of campaign material

Jerry J. Mathis, an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for Prince George's County Council, was charged Friday by Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler with distributing campaign material without proper markings.

By Miranda S. Spivack  | October 8, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama returns to Md. with message on jobs

obama-bladensburg.JPG President Obama traveled to Prince George's County on Friday, the second time in two days he has visited Maryland. This time he used a brick and mortar company as a backdrop to tout the initial success of the small business-lending act he signed last week, and to blunt a mixed jobs report that showed the nation's unemployment rate remaining at 9.6 percent.

By Aaron C. Davis  | October 8, 2010; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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First Click, Maryland:
O'Malley's Obama Factor?

Your daily download of political news and analysis: 25 days to go until the election Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Friday, Oct. 8, 2010: The Agenda Dozens of audience members interviewed by Post reporters Thursday...

By Aaron C. Davis  | October 8, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Ehrlich courts MoCo women during Obama visit

While Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) appeared on Thursday with President Obama at a rally in Prince George's County, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) held court with more than 100 women in Montgomery County, at a luncheon on the sun-splashed patio of the Old Angler's Inn in Potomac.

By John Wagner  | October 7, 2010; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Obama-O'Malley rally at Bowie State

UPDATE 5:14 p.m.: Marietta Smith,18, a sophomore from Bowie, was raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation on campus and did not get to hear the speeches. She said she is "leaning toward O'Malley." "I have heard a lot...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | October 7, 2010; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  2010 Elections, Barack Obama, Governor, Prince George's County  
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New survey shows Kratovil down 3 points

The latest independent survey in Maryland's 1st congressional district shows a tight contest, with freshman Rep. Frank Kratovil (D) trailing state Sen. Andrew Harris (R) by 3 points.

By Ben Pershing  | October 7, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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First Click, Maryland
Obama visits as Md. governor's race accelerates

Your daily download of political news and analysis: 26 days until the Maryland elections Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Thursday, October 7, 2010: The Agenda Bowie State University will become the center of Maryland's...

By John Wagner  | October 7, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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First lady O'Malley prefers Mini Cooper to RV

The RV, which the campaign has nicknamed "The Katie," isn't scoring the governor any points with the real Katie, first lady Catherine Curran O'Malley.

By Ann Marimow  | October 6, 2010; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley seeks public records on slots work by Ehrlich's law firm

The campaign suggested in a conference call with reporters that it had been stymied in its efforts to obtain public records that would show contact between Anne Arundel County's elected officials and employees of Ehrlich's law firm. But Ehrlich's campaign - and the Anne Arundel County government - said it had nothing to hide. David Abrams, a spokesman for County Executive John Leopold, said the county had provided Leopold's calendars and at least 100 pages of e-mails that mention the word "slots," and is working to retrieve additional e-mails for County Council members.

By Ann Marimow  | October 6, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Ehrlich ads going up on Washington TV Thursday

Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) will air his campaign's first television ads in the Washington region Thursday, arriving two weeks behind Gov. Martin O'Malley (D). Ehrlich said the ad is positive in nature and acknowledged in an...

By John Wagner  | October 6, 2010; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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First Click, Maryland:
Fact checking the cost of higher education

In the final stretch of the governor's race, the Post's First Click will take a closer look at the major advertisements and assertions from former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. and Gov. Martin O'Malley in a once-a-week fact-checking operation. Can O'Malley take credit for freezing tuition for four years? Not really. In the 2006 legislative session, before O'Malley took office, it was the General Assembly that passed a bill prohibiting the university system from raising tuition. Ehrlich did not sign the bill, but allowed it to become law without his signature. So, neither O'Malley nor Ehrlich can really take credit for starting the freeze in 2006.

By Aaron C. Davis  | October 6, 2010; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ann Marimow, Fact-Checker, First Click  
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Bill Clinton to headline fundraisers for O'Malley, Mikulski and Md. Dems

Former President Bill Clinton will headline private fundraisers for Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, the state's Democratic Party and Gov. Martin O'Malley this month, according to Democratic sources. Clinton may also star in a get-out-the vote rally for O'Malley and...

By Aaron C. Davis  | October 5, 2010; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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New Jersey's Christie to endorse Ehrlich on Saturday

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), whose election last year helped inspire former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) to run again, plans to endorse Ehrlich on Saturday. The Ehrlich campaign announced Friday that people who donated $50 to...

By John Wagner  | October 5, 2010; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Developer knocks O'Malley for siding with casino foes

Developer David Cordish on Tuesday knocked Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) for siding with opponents of Cordish's planned slots casino at Arundel Mills mall.

By John Wagner  | October 5, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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First Click, Maryland:
Final push looks different for O'Malley and Ehrlich

Your daily download of political news and analysis: 28 days to go until the election Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Tuesday, October 5, 2010: The Agenda With four weeks to go until Election Day...

By Aaron C. Davis  | October 5, 2010; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Montgomery group, headed by former Lockheed Martin exec, to scrutinize Pepco

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has tapped county resident Norman R. Augustine, a University of Maryland regent and former senior Pentagon official, to head the county's Pepco Work Group.

By Michael Laris  | October 4, 2010; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Michael Laris, Montgomery County  | Tags:  leggett, montgomery, norman augustine, pepco  
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Ehrlich courts Md. farmers, horse industry

Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. (R) faced raw autumn weather and falling hay bales in Frederick County on Monday to make the pitch that he would be a friend to farmers if he were elected again.

By Fredrick Kunkle  | October 4, 2010; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Elections, Frederick County, Governor, Maryland State Budget, Prince George's County, Republican Party, Slots  
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First Click, Maryland
Turnout matters, for both Ehrlich and O'Malley

Your daily download of political news and analysis: 29 days until the Maryland elections Click here to receive First Click in a morning e-mail. Monday, October 4, 2010: The Agenda On a phenomenal fall afternoon, supporters of former Maryland...

By John Wagner  | October 4, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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