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Maryland Politics: February 6, 2011 - February 12, 2011

Currie's campaign treasurer pleads guilty to theft of campaign funds

The former campaign treasurer of Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie has entered a guilty plea to stealing $157,350 from the campaign account of the Prince George's Democrat, according to the Office of the State Prosecutor.

By John Wagner  | February 11, 2011; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Assembly, John Wagner  
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Environmental groups back O'Malley's offshore wind plan

The proposal, one of O'Malley's most ambitious, is being pitched by supporters as a way to create an environmental-friendly source of energy and to spur the creation of thousands of high-paying jobs.

By Ann Marimow  | February 11, 2011; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ann Marimow, General Assembly, Governor  
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Prince George's ethics bills to be discussed at Saturday public hearing

Several bills that attempt to clamp down on developer influence in Prince George's County politics will be aired at 10 a.m. Saturday at a hearing by the county's delegation to the Maryland House. Among the measures are two proposals by...

By Miranda S. Spivack  | February 11, 2011; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Miranda Spivack, Prince George's County  
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Prince George's cab drivers: New medallion process is too slow

Dozens of Prince George's County cab drivers who had hoped to obtain one of 390 new medallions the county plans to issue this year say the process is taking too long, threatening their livelihoods. A new law that took effect...

By Miranda S. Spivack  | February 11, 2011; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Prince George's County  
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O'Malley administration withdraws lethal injection rules, effectively extending moratorium

Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration announced Thursday that is withdrawing regulations that are needed for executions to resume in Maryland, effectively extending a four-year moratorium on the death penalty.

By John Wagner  | February 10, 2011; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Brochin confirms plan to vote for Md. same-sex marriage bill

Maryland Sen. James Brochin (D-Baltimore) confirmed his intention to vote for a same-sex marriage bill Thursday morning, putting supporters of the legislation within striking distance of Senate passage.

By John Wagner  | February 10, 2011; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  John Wagner, Same-Sex Marriage  
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Brochin reconsiders same-sex marriage opposition

Supporters of Maryland's same-sex marriage bill appear close to picking up a vote from an unexpected source: Sen. James Brochin (D-Baltimore County).

By John Wagner  | February 9, 2011; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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2010 Census: Montgomery, Prince George's populations soar, Baltimore shrinks

The population of Washington's Maryland suburbs soared over the last decade while Baltimore city shrank dramatically, new census data shows.

By Aaron C. Davis  | February 9, 2011; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Montgomery pushing Verizon to explain 911 problems during storm

Montgomery County officials said Tuesday that they still have no clear answers from Verizon about what caused widespread technical problems that prevented many cell phone users from reaching 911 during the Jan. 26 storm. Officials were inundated with 911 calls,...

By Michael Laris  | February 8, 2011; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Michael Laris, Montgomery County  
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Miller says odds favor Senate passage of same-sex marriage bill in Maryland

Hours before a high-profile hearing on legalizing same-sex marriage Tuesday, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller predicted a close vote in his chamber next week, with the odds favoring passage.

By John Wagner  | February 8, 2011; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Pepco faces criticism from Montgomery County Council

Pepco executives were sharply criticized by the Montgomery County Council on Monday during a far-reaching post-thundersnow scolding that at times took on the demeanor of a prosecution. Council members accused Pepco of lavishing its shareholders with dividends while spending too...

By Michael Laris  | February 7, 2011; 8:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Alcohol-tax advocates roll out supporters, including wine store owner

More than 70 lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors to legislation that would raise an estimated $215 million to help pay for health programs. The measure faces opposition from the powerful alcohol industry and in the Senate.

By Ann Marimow  | February 7, 2011; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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O'Malley taps Va. official to lead Juvenile Services

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) has tapped a Virginia corrections official to lead the state's embattled Department of Juvenile Services. Sam Abed has served as the No. 2 at Virginia's department of juvenile services for nearly five years. He takes...

By Aaron C. Davis  | February 7, 2011; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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