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Maryland Politics: January 30, 2011 - February 5, 2011

677 Md. employees take early retirement, a tally smaller than expected

Maryland's health and transportation departments will be among those hit hardest by losses of hundreds of state workers to early retirement under a plan approved by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D). But O'Malley's voluntary buyout program will fall nearly 30 percent...

By Aaron C. Davis  | February 4, 2011; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A day later, O'Malley hits back against N.J.'s Christie

Another day, another shot fired in the war of words between Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

By John Wagner and Aaron C. Davis  | February 4, 2011; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Where they stand: The Maryland Senate on same-sex marriage

From all indications, the vote will be very close when a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage comes to the floor of the Maryland Senate in coming weeks.

By John Wagner  | February 4, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  General Assembly, John Wagner, Same-Sex Marriage  
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Brown steps out on same-sex marriage in Maryland

Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G Brown (D) speaks out forcefully for same-sex marriage in an interview that posted Thursday on the Web site of the Washington Blade.

By John Wagner  | February 4, 2011; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Leggett seeking law to help curb money raising along Montgomery roads

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett is asking state legislators for permission to tighten rules on raising money along roadways.

By Michael Laris  | February 3, 2011; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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O'Malley's favorite phrase of 2011? The winner is...

In the minutes before Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) took the podium Thursday to deliver his fifth State of the State address, more than a few friendly wagers were placed among assembled lawmakers in Annapolis about what word would be repeated...

By Aaron C. Davis  | February 3, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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O'Malley gives shout out to Prince George's job-seeker

O'Malley has emphasized the importance of job creation and he used Logan's story to illustrate the state's investment in helping residents find employment.

By Ann Marimow  | February 3, 2011; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New Jersey's Christie strikes back at O'Malley

During a recent radio interview in which he described his efforts to reform state employee pensions, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) took a swing at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) -- another pol whose name is already showing up on lists of potential 2016 presidential candidates.

By John Wagner  | February 3, 2011; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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O'Malley to nominate brother as Maryland Democratic Party chairman

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is planning to nominate his younger brother and long-time political confidant, Peter O'Malley, as the next chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party, according to party sources.

By John Wagner  | February 3, 2011; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Baker seeks public's view on county spending plan

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III is holding the first of three budget hearings at 7 p.m. Thursday to get the public's ideas about the county's $2.7 billion spending plan

By Miranda Spivack  | February 2, 2011; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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O'Malley takes his message to Washington for third time in three days

Speaking to House Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill Wednesday, O'Malley pressed the importance of investing in public schools, job creation and infrastructure. O'Malley's appearance on Capitol Hill capped off three days of visits to Washington.

By Ann Marimow  | February 2, 2011; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Md. lawmakers to hold hearing on storm outages

Maryland lawmakers are planning to grill utility company representatives next week about why so many customers were left in the dark following last week's snowstorm.

By John Wagner  | February 2, 2011; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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GOP senator announces support for Md. same-sex marriage bill

Sen. Allan H. Kittleman (R-Howard) formally announced his support Wednesday morning for legislation that would allow same-sex marriages in Maryland, saying he would vote for the bill "because of my firm belief in equal rights."

By John Wagner  | February 2, 2011; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Kittleman breaks with Senate GOP caucus on Maryland same-sex marriage bill

Sen. Allan H. Kittleman (R-Howard) parted ways with fellow Senate Republicans on Tuesday as they voted as a caucus to oppose a same-sex marriage bill pending in the Maryland General Assembly this year.

By John Wagner  | February 1, 2011; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Prince George's Council delays action on Baker appointees

In a sign of growing tensions over a proposed ethics bill from Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III that will be aired in Annapolis on Feb. 12, the Prince George's County Council suddenly found a way to inflict some collateral damage on something Baker wants---extensions for several of his top appointees, who are serving temporarily. .

By Miranda Spivack  | February 1, 2011; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Wine shipment bill has support from majority of Maryland lawmakers

Maryland would join 37 other states and the District in allowing direct wine shipment from vineyards.

By Ann E. Marimow  | January 31, 2011; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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O'Malley to back 'reliability standards' for Pepco, other utilities

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) will back legislation imposing reliability standards on Pepco and other utilities that would require companies to pay fines for poor performance that would be directed to affected ratepayers. O'Malley outlined his position in a letter...

By John Wagner  | January 31, 2011; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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