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Maryland Politics: November 28, 2010 - December 4, 2010

Steele, Ehrlich pay tribute to departing Md. GOP chair

About 450 Marylanders -- including Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele and former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) -- turned out Thursday night to pay tribute to departing state party chairwoman Audrey E. Scott, according to event organizers.

By John Wagner  | December 3, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  John Wagner, Republican Party  
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Two drop out of race for Md. GOP chairman

Two previously announced contenders for chairman of the Maryland Republican Party -- Eric Wargotz and Andrew Langer -- have dropped out of the crowded field with a week to go before the party makes its choice.

By John Wagner  | December 3, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  John Wagner, Republican Party  
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Montgomery faces $350 million shortfall, leaving officials scouring for cuts

Montgomery County is facing a two-year budget shortfall of $350 million, an unexpectedly wide gap just six months after its last tumultuous round of reductions.

By Michael Laris  | December 2, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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UPDATED: O'Malley expected to take DGA gavel Wednesday

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is widely expected to be chosen by his colleagues Wednesday as the next chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, a position that should boost his national profile.

By John Wagner  | December 1, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Elections, Governor, John Wagner  
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Johnson dedicates new 911 center in event others thought was canceled

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D), rarely been seen in public since his Nov. 12 arrest on witness-tampering and destruction of evidence charges, dedicated a new 911 call center Tuesday. His office put out a news release praising Johnson's efforts to get the center built, and included some remarks that Johnson was said to have delivered at the event.

By Miranda S. Spivack and Matt Zapotosky  | November 30, 2010; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Miller asks new lawmakers to help raise gas tax

Senate President Thomas V. Mike MIller Jr. (D-Calvert) on Tuesday used an orientation session for newly elected lawmakers to put in a plug for raising Maryland's gas tax.

By John Wagner  | November 30, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 Elections, John Wagner  
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New Pr. George's Council member willing to allow Leslie Johnson to be seated

Incoming Prince George's County Council member Karen Toles (D) has broken her silence over the arrests of County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) and his wife, Leslie Johnson (D), newly elected to the council, and apparently is willing to allow Leslie Johnson to be sworn in Monday, along with incoming County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) and eight other council members.

By Miranda S. Spivack  | November 30, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Prince George's Council member Marilynn Bland accused of assault

Prince George's County Council member Marilynn M. Bland is accused of having assaulted a council employee earlier this month.

By Washington Post Editors  | November 29, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Prince George's County  
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