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

Baker gets lots of advice on how to improve Prince George's government

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) picked up plenty of advice late Friday about improving the way the county government does its work.Chief among the recommendations from his 250-member transition team: reward schools and educators that excel,...

By Miranda Spivack  | March 12, 2011; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Reaction to Md.'s same-sex marriage decision

The decision Friday by the Maryland House of Delegates to shelve the same-sex marriage bill for the year prompted an outpouring of statements from interested groups and individuals. Here is a sampling:

By John Wagner  | March 12, 2011; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Maryland House kills same-sex marriage bill for this year

The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to effectively kill for this year a bill that would have allowed same-sex marriage in Maryland.

By John Wagner  | March 11, 2011; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (178)
 
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Prince George's legislative delegation approves ethics package

he Prince George's House delegation Friday took a key vote in support of an ethics package that would limit the County Council's review of development deals.

By Miranda S. Spivack  | March 11, 2011; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Debate begins ahead of Maryland same-sex marriage vote

High drama is anticipated on the floor of the Maryland House of Delegates on Friday, as lawmakers decide the fate of a bill that would allow same-sex marriages.

By John Wagner  | March 11, 2011; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Same-Sex Marriage  
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Return of the Maryland millionaire's tax?

Add the millionaire's tax back into the mix of Maryland's budget battle. A bill that would permanently return the state's top-tier tax bracket to 6.25 percent received a hearing Thursday in front of the House Ways and Means Committee....

By Aaron Davis  | March 10, 2011; 7:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Md.'s first lady speaks out for same-sex marriage

With a crucial vote looming on same-sex marriage, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) isn't the only member of his household encouraging lawmakers to pass the bill. First Lady Catherine Curran O'Malley said in an interview Thursday night that she has...

By John Wagner  | March 10, 2011; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Md. House considering amendment that would send same-sex marriage bill back to Senate

In a sign of how close the vote count on same-sex marriage remains in the House of Delegates, leaders of the chamber are considering allowing a "friendly" amendment Friday in hopes of courting one more supporter.

By John Wagner  | March 10, 2011; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General Assembly, John Wagner, Same-Sex Marriage  
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Budget dueling is back over Montgomery schools funding

It's budget season in Montgomery, and that means it's time for the yearly bout of brinksmanship between leaders of the Montgomery County public schools and county officials who decide how much money will go to education -- at a time when many government departments are shrinking.

By Washington Post Editors  | March 10, 2011; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Michael Laris, Montgomery County  
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With same-sex marriage vote looming, the count of openly gay lawmakers in Md. grows by one

The number of delegates planning to vote for Maryland's same-sex marriage bill Friday remains in flux. But the debate already has had one clear outcome: an increase in the number of openly gay lawmakers in the chamber.

By John Wagner  | March 10, 2011; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Second battle looms if Md. lawmakers pass same-sex marriage

If Maryland lawmakers pass a same-sex marriage bill Friday, a second battle over the issue is expected to begin almost immediately -- among the public.The state Constitution allows citizens to petition just-passed laws to the ballot if they collect enough...

By John Wagner  | March 10, 2011; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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O'Malley wades in polluted lake to 'make a point' on septic bill

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley waded into a remote Eastern Shore lake contaminated with fecal matter Wednesday to draw attention to his lagging legislation that would prohibit construction of most new septic systems across the state.

By Aaron C. Davis  | March 9, 2011; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Aaron C. Davis, General Assembly, Governor  
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Baker ready to unveil economic plan for Pr. George's

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) hopes to wrap up debate over ethics reform by Friday and shift public attention to an economic development plan that he says is critical to the county's fiscal health.

By Miranda S. Spivack  | March 9, 2011; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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O'Malley pushes tax break for family farms

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) took the unusual step Wednesday of testifying on legislation sponsored by a pair of freshman lawmakers -- one of them a Republican -- that would cost the state money at a time when it is battling budget shortfalls.

By John Wagner  | March 9, 2011; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Md. House ends debate for the day on same-sex marriage

Debate over a same-sex marriage bill is expected to begin Wednesday morning in the Maryland House of Delegates, with supporters seeking to fend off a slew of amendments that could make passage of the law more difficult.

By John Wagner  | March 9, 2011; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  General Assembly, John Wagner, Same-Sex Marriage  
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Wargotz may draft himself to run against Cardin in 2012

The 2012 elections are 20 months away, but it's never too early for "draft" movements to pop up online encouraging various candidates to run for office. That's what appears to be happening in Maryland, where Eric Wargotz, the Republican physician who lost to Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) in 2010, is being urged on Facebook to challenge Sen. Ben Cardin (D).

By Ben Pershing  | March 9, 2011; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Md. lawmakers set to debate in-state tuition bill

Hundreds of students gathered outside the State House in Annapolis this week to try to build support for one of the most high-profile immigration bills of the legislative session. Lawmakers on Wednesday morning are set to debate a measure that would give illegal immigrants a path to paying in-state tuition at Maryland's four-year colleges and universities.

By Ann E. Marimow  | March 8, 2011; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Ann Marimow, General Assembly  
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House passes bill altering parole rules

The Maryland House of Delegates narrowly passed a bill Tuesday morning designed to force the governor's hand on languishing parole recommendations for eligible inmates serving life sentences.

By John Wagner  | March 8, 2011; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Prince George's cabbies oppose bill to cut new medallion number

Prince George's independent cab drivers are opposing a bill that would cut in half the number of medallions the council agreed to issue.

By Miranda S. Spivack  | March 8, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Update: Same-sex bill debate postponed

With debate on Maryland's same-sex marriage bill set to begin as early as Tuesday on the House floor, six openly gay delegates are appealing to their colleagues in a new letter to pass the high-profile legislation.

By John Wagner  | March 8, 2011; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  !Issues, John Wagner, Same-Sex Marriage  
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No objections raised as Judge O'Malley appears before Md. Senate panel

Members of the Executive Nominations Committee had nothing but kind words for Catherine Curran O'Malley as she appeared for consideration to a second 10-year term as a district court judge in Baltimore.

By John Wagner  | March 7, 2011; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Governor, John Wagner  
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Leggett proposes 5-cent bag tax for Montgomery County

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett proposed a 5-cent bag tax Monday that would apply to nearly all retail establishments, not just stores that sell food, as is the case in the District.

By Michael Laris  | March 7, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Michael Laris, Montgomery County  
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