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State Roundup, November 26, 2014

November 26th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

O’Malley says fracking in Western Maryland possible under strict conditions. Comments follow report of two state agencies; Hogan blasts O’Malley over 11th hour proposals, says he might try to reverse them; Hogan says Ferguson decision has no impact on Maryland; 25,000 enroll through state’s revamped health exchange; more named to Hogan’s transition team; Hogan to attend Harford County exec, council inauguration; and parsing Blaine Young’s latest political maneuver

State Roundup, November 25, 2014

November 25th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

The daughter of murder victims asks Gov. O’Malley to not commute death sentences of convicted killer; wind farm developer asks state for construction delay; Del. Kaiser talks about appointment as House majority leader; 25 Calvert community groups push legislative priorities with state lawmakers; House appointments may give Charles County more clout; as Ulman prepares to leave Howard County offices, he says he has no regrets about failed run for lieutenant governor; in last minute appointment, Frederick County commissioners give outgoing commission pres Blaine Young five-year planning post; while Gov. O’Malley trails in N.H. presidential poll, national magazines continue to give him national press; and citizen oversight board of police gains backers in Wicomico

State Roundup, November 24, 2014

November 24th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

West Virginia leading 21 state-initiative to overturn Maryland’s gun control law; state could require police to begin wearing body cameras; Maryland campuses grapple with hazing, sexual assault, while UMBC suspends one fraternity; rumors circulate that Sen. George Edwards to become Natural Resources secretary; Sen. Conway questions results of probe into group home death; judge dismisses ad agency case against Bongino camp; Prince George’s agency admits violating open meetings law; sharp limits on new spending expected in Montgomery; half of Schuh’s 38 appointees donated to campaign; Salisbury agency urges passage of rain tax; Rawlings-Blake wields veto power; and Towson University ivy gets its goats

State Roundup, November 21, 2014

November 21st, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Gov. O’Malley to meet with families of victims of death row inmates, could signal movement on fate of four not covered by death penalty repeal; MDE moves to deny water quality permit to Exelon to operate Conowingo Dam; gubernatorial candidates Hogan and Brown spent $24 million on race -- but it wasn’t a record; O’Malley adds staffers to PAC; with $25 million pledge from Under Armor CEO, iconic UM Cole Field House to undergo major changes; Schuh names police and fire chiefs; Annapolis political fixture Scott Bowling dies; Frederick County Commissioners kill waste-to-energy incinerator plan; and Charles commissioners kill proposal to prohibit them from revealing information from closed door sessions

State Roundup, November 20, 2014

November 20th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

A heavy volume of users to Maryland’s health exchange creates slight delays in service; columnist Rodricks calls food hub a good idea; SHA buys monster snow trucks; Anthony Brown isn’t alone: Larry Hogan also owes a $500,000 loan; Hogan promises tax cuts despite budget problems; Hogan will make major judge appointments; Busch names McIntosh to head Appropriations Committee; new head of Montgomery Dem Central Committee to step down; Arundel County exec-elect begins appointment process; and Harford exec-elect finishes his appointments

State Roundup, November 19, 2014

November 19th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

State’s revamped health exchange opens days early with tech staff ready to fix problems; Transit Admin delays proposals for Purple Line to give Gov.-elect Hogan time to go over project; state GOP raises $250,000 at Annapolis event to pay down debt, begin saving for the future; Hogan heads to Florida for RGA event; Lt. Gov. Brown fails to repay $500,000 loan as promised; new District 12 Dem delegates jump into work; outgoing Attorney General Gansler to join D.C. law firm as partner; Arundel Exec Schuh to make public safety announcement; and new Frederick Council, exec gearing up for major governance change

State Roundup, November 18, 2014

November 18th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Hogan says state’s bleak budget picture will make rolling back taxes tougher; Grasmick among latest names added to Hogan’s transition team; Mikulski leads top Dems in assessing losses, figuring out plans for the future; O’Malley urges U.S. Senate to reject XL Pipeline; O’Malley could institute phosphorus control plan before term in office ends; two brothers join State’s Attorney Joe Cassilly in power seats in Harford County; three Dems among seven members of new Frederick County Council; and with new Republican Wicomico County exec, some wonder what will happen to long-time department heads

State Roundup, November 17, 2014

November 17th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Legislative staff report calls for scrapping of film tax credits, says they cost taxpayers more than they get in return; national debate turns to hours on testing students; merits of stream restoration by local governments questioned; Prince George’s churches jump on the green bandwagon to curb stormwater fees; marijuana legislation expected to make a return visit to Annapolis; merchants along proposed Columbia Pike streetcar, Purple line worry about their future; U.S. Rep. Delaney to propose Western Maryland legislation for Annapolis; local jurisdictions mimic Hogan stance, consider tax, fee cuts; Maryland loses clout in Congress; Hogan has lots of personal business to take care of before taking office; saying he doesn’t want Hillary Clinton anointed, Nader wants O’Malley to run for president; and Kittleman says he’ll repeal ban on sugary drinks on Howard County property

State Roundup, November 14, 2014

November 14th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

State marijuana panel OKs draft rules governing medical pot businesses, fees; Gansler issues guidelines for state universities managing sexual misconduct complaints; study finds Maryland LGBT harassed at high rate in public schools; study says Conowingo not a major threat to the Chesapeake Bay; ex-state trooper blasts O’Malley administration over silencing on gun control; Gov.-elect Hogan meets with Speaker Busch; Hogan takes “thank you tour” to Dundalk diner; election group challenges establishment in Prince George’s; new Harford council will be all GOP, all male; and Frederick Commissioners prep for charter by crossing themselves out

State Roundup, November 13, 2014

November 13th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

The O’Malley administration backs away from no-bid, buck-a-year farm lease to Dem donor; Maryland before the Supreme Court defending tax on out-of-state income; Annapolis Capital editorial board urges Gov. -elect Hogan to keep to promise to reform redistricting process; reducing state spending now a must for Hogan, who will face a $600 million budget gap; Hogan taps former Republican Robert Neall as budget guru transition team; report on Conowingo Dam says it is only small part of problem; Howard Exec-elect Kittleman taps rest of transition team; and GOP voters out-voted Dems by huge margin in Washington County

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