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Maryland Politics: November 14, 2010 - November 20, 2010

Ehrlich declines to comment on robocalls episode

Former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) declined to comment Saturday about an anonymous election-night robocall orchestrated by an operative working for his campaign, according to a report by Baltimore's WBAL radio.

By John Wagner  | November 20, 2010; 8:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Gansler asks health officials to remove alcoholic energy drinks from Maryland's store shelves

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) said Friday afternoon that he is working with state health officials to quickly remove the inventory of caffeinated alcohol beverages from store shelves in the state. Gansler sent a letter to Maryland Health...

By John Wagner  | November 19, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Two more confirm interest in Md. GOP chairmanship

Two more potential candidates for chairman of the Maryland Republican Party confirmed their interest in interviews with The Post on Friday: Andrew Langer and William Campbell. Langer, president of the Washington-based Institute for Liberty and a long-time activist in Maryland...

By John Wagner  | November 19, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pr. George's officials say Johnsons should quit

Three Prince George's County officials are calling for County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) to step aside before his term expires Dec. 6. They also said his wife, Leslie Johnson, newly elected to the council, should decline to be sworn in.

By Miranda S. Spivack  | November 19, 2010; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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O'Malley's juvenile services secretary stepping down

Thumbnail image for Devore.jpgMaryland Juvenile Services Secretary Donald W. DeVore announced Thursday that he is "pursuing an opportunity in a different state" and will not be returning for Gov. Martin O'Malley's second term.

By John Wagner  | November 18, 2010; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Governor, John Wagner  
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Carmen Amedori looking at Md. GOP chairmanship

Another day, another potential candidate for chairman of the Maryland Republican Party: Carmen M. Amedori, a former state delegate from Carroll County and a former member of the State Parole Commission.

By John Wagner  | November 18, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Pr. George's council members want Leslie Johnson to step aside

At least three members of the Prince George's County Council want to ask Leslie Johnson to forgo the District 6 seat she won earlier this month, several sources close to the council have told The Washington Post. The members have...

By Miranda S. Spivack, Ovetta Wiggins and Hamil R. Harris  | November 18, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Elections, Hamil R. Harris, Miranda Spivack, Prince George's County  
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Rep. Edwards gets important symbolic role during Democratic leadership elections

On a day when two fellow Maryland lawmakers got important titles and another Maryland native remained the House's top Democrat, Rep. Donna Edwards got to play a small but symbolically important role in the process.

By Ben Pershing  | November 17, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. GOP leader contest: Mooney says maybe; Murphy and Rutledge say no

Here's yet another possible contender for chairman of the Maryland Republican Party: Sen. Alex X. Mooney (R-Frederick). Mooney, a three-term state senator, lost a close race for reelection Nov. 2 to his Democratic challenger, former Frederick mayor Ron Young.

By John Wagner  | November 17, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly, John Wagner, Republican Party  
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Wargotz considering bid for Md. GOP chairman

Add Eric Wargotz to the list of those considering a bid for chairman of the Maryland Republican Party. Wargotz, this year's unsuccessful GOP Senate nominee (depicted here in a memorable TV ad), confirmed in an interview that he is "certainly...

By John Wagner  | November 17, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Franchot calls for halt to caffeinated alcohol in Md.

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: Franchot's office has released a joint letter from the Maryland Beer Wholesalers Association and the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association saying the two trade organizations have asked its members to voluntarily halt distribution of caffeinated alcoholic beverages....

By John Wagner  | November 17, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Hogan won't seek Md. GOP chairmanship

Larry Hogan, a Cabinet secretary under former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), has taken himself out of the running to lead the Maryland Republican Party. Hogan, who conducted an exploratory bid for governor last year, said in a...

By John Wagner  | November 16, 2010; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mary Kane in running for Md. GOP chairmanship

A well-known Maryland Republican has emerged as a leading candidate to take over the reigns of the state party: Mary Kane. Kane, who was the running mate this year of former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), confirmed in an interview Monday afternoon that she is interested in the party chairmanship, which will be filled next month.

By John Wagner  | November 15, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Johnson back at work in Pr. Geoge's County Executive office

Three days after Jack B. Johnson was arrested on charges of evidence tampering and destroying evidence, the Prince George's County executive was back at his office in Upper Marlboro. He was in his office Monday morning "to do the work...

By Miranda S. Spivack  | November 15, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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