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Maryland Politics: January 23, 2011 - January 29, 2011

Maryland may need 56-percent property tax hike to cover state debt, report says

Maryland lawmakers will either have to raise property taxes by 56 percent over the next five years, or take away $1.1 billion from classrooms, police, and other core state services to cover record state borrowing, budget analysts said Friday. The...

By Aaron C. Davis  | January 28, 2011; 7:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Penn National buys Rosecroft Raceway

A Pennsylvania-based gaming company has beat out the owner of the Orioles and a Bethesda-based developer to take over the bankrupt harness racing track in southern Prince George's County. Penn National beat out Orioles owner Peter Angelos and developer and...

By Miranda S. Spivack  | January 28, 2011; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hearing set on Md. same-sex marriage bill

A Feb. 8 hearing has been set on one of the most high-profile issues before the Maryland General Assembly this year: legalizing marriage between same-sex couples.

By John Wagner  | January 28, 2011; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  General Assembly, John Wagner  
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Ground broken on Arundel slots location

Flanked by state and Anne Arundel County leaders, developers of a planned slots casino broke ground Thursday in a parking lot of an outlet mall that is expected to become Maryland's most lucrative gambling destination.

By John Wagner  | January 27, 2011; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Md. senator to miss much of session for Guard training

A Republican state senator in Maryland will miss a significant portion of the 90-day legislative session because he has been activated for an Air National Guard training mission in Georgia.

By John Wagner  | January 27, 2011; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  General Assembly, John Wagner  
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Area members get in on the bipartisan seating act for State of the Union

The bipartisanship bug has infected the Washington-area congressional delegation, as local lawmakers are scrambling to find seatmates from across the aisle for Tuesday night's State of the Union address.

By Ben Pershing  | January 25, 2011; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ruppersberger wins top Democratic slot on Intelligence panel

Rep. C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger has been given the top Democratic slot on the Select Intelligence Committee, a key plum for the Maryland lawmaker and his district.

By Ben Pershing  | January 25, 2011; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley numbers up in new poll; majority supports same-sex marriage

A new statewide poll finds Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's job approval higher than it's ever been and includes some encouraging news for advocates of same-sex marriage.

By John Wagner  | January 25, 2011; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Governor, John Wagner, Same-Sex Marriage  
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Halt in production of lethal drug to be issue in Md. death penalty deliberations

A new wrinkle has emerged in Maryland's deliberations over resuming use of the death penalty: Word that the U.S. company that makes a drug used in lethal injections is halting its production.

By John Wagner  | January 24, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Investment fund, wind energy top O'Malley session agenda

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) formally unveiled a legislative package Monday that contained few surprises, is fairly modest in scope and seeks to bolster the administration's job-creation efforts and "green energy" credentials.

By John Wagner  | January 24, 2011; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Prince George's exec to attend State of the Union

Prince George's County's new exec Rushern L. Baker III will be among the guests in the House visitors' gallery Tuesday night at President Obama's State of the Union Address.

By Miranda Spivack  | January 24, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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