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Maryland Politics: January 16, 2011 - January 22, 2011

Md. Senate GOP revamps caucus leadership

Senate Republicans in Maryland overhauled their leadership team on Friday, installing a pair of more conservative senators to lead the caucus at the close of the session's second week.

By John Wagner  | January 21, 2011; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly, John Wagner, Republican Party  
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Md. majority leaders sponsoring same-sex marriage bills

The majority leaders in both the Maryland House and Senate are acting as lead sponsors of bills this session allowing same-sex marriage, a symbolic move meant to underscore the momentum behind the legislation.

By John Wagner  | January 21, 2011; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General Assembly, John Wagner  
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O'Malley budget hits hospitals, pensions, and calls for more borrowing

The state budget that Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) will propose Friday calls for closing the bulk of an estimated $1.6 billion shortfall by continuing to borrow heavily from an array of funds designed for environmental, transportation and other special projects,...

By Aaron C. Davis  | January 21, 2011; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis, Governor, Maryland State Budget  
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Hearing on Md. death penalty rules set next month

Maryland lawmakers have scheduled a hearing on proposed death penalty regulations, a long-delayed step along the way to the possible resumption of executions in the state.

By John Wagner  | January 20, 2011; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  General Assembly, Governor, John Wagner  
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Prince George's ethics panel to meet Jan. 29

A panel examining ways to strengthen ethics in Prince George's government will hold its first meeting Saturday, Jan. 29.

By Miranda Spivack  | January 20, 2011; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Tags:  Prince George's County; Prince George's ethics; Rushern L. Baker III; Kurt Schmoke; William D. Missouri; Patricia G. Adams; Linda Botts; Peter Shapiro;  
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Montel Williams lends support to Maryland's medical marijuana effort

Williams, who grew up in Baltimore, has become a national advocate for medical marijuana since he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in more than a decade ago. Maryland Senate passed legislation with bipartisan support, but the measure stalled in the House in part because of concerns about the political implications in an election year.

By Ann Marimow  | January 20, 2011; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Ann Marimow, General Assembly  
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O'Malley celebrates inaugural with Irish music, beer

About 2,500 people streamed to a cavernous military hall in Baltimore that was tranformed Wednesday night into the site of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's second inaugural celebration.

By John Wagner  | January 20, 2011; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Elections, Governor, John Wagner  
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UPDATED: Md. GOP chair urges Kittleman not to resign as Senate minority leader

Maryland Sen. Allan H. Kittleman (R-Howard) announced Tuesday that will step down as minority leader because it has become apparent his colleagues do not want a "social moderate" leading the caucus.

By John Wagner  | January 18, 2011; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  General Assembly, John Wagner  
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O'Malley, wife to greet public following swearing-in ceremony

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will host a receiving line for the public following his inauguration to a second term on Wednesday, his office announced.

By John Wagner  | January 18, 2011; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Elections, Governor, John Wagner  
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O'Malley postpones pre-inaugural event at U.-Md. because of icy roads

As part of the lead up to O'Malley's swearing in on Wednesday, the governor and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown had planned to join hundreds of students on campus to discuss the cost of college, job creation and the state's budget woes. O'Malley is scheduled to take the oath of office at noon Wednesday in the Senate chambers in Annapolis and then to make remarks on the steps of the State House at 12:30 p.m.

By Ann E. Marimow  | January 18, 2011; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ann Marimow, General Assembly  
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