Archive | July 2011

State Roundup, July 15, 2011

July 15, 2011

State retains AAA bond rating; O'Malley chides GOP governors for silence on debt ceiling talks; Edwards breaking through as voice of Democrats; Parrott spends under $14,000 on DREAM Act petition campaign; Pipkin wants independent investigation of toll hikes; Blue Dogs coming to Annapolis; former delegate, employees and customers charged with illegal gambling at Minnick's Restaurant; some lawmakers want a "Caylee's law" in Maryland, while others question the need. [...more]

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State Roundup, July 14, 2011

July 14, 2011

Dates set for redistricting hearings as congressional delegation hashes out which of its seats to target – Bartlett or Harris; DREAM Act foes get more than 100,000 valid signatures; Baltimore city mayor comes out for same-sex marriage; State Center suit gets go-ahead; Pipkin attacks O'Malley on rural stance; and Montgomery County bans smoking at playgrounds. [...more]

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State Roundup, July 13, 2011

July 13, 2011

Advocates of gay marriage form new coalition, hoping to bring issue back next session as O'Malley weighs bill sponsorship; state says DREAM Act foes garnered nearly twice the needed number of valid signatures; restaurants must register to allow alfresco doggie dining; Ready again named as state GOP executive director; Pepco scores worst in customer satisfaction; Howard Exec Ken Ulman bans smoking in parks; and news director Mark Miller to leave WBAL-AM after 32 years. [...more]

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State Roundup, July 12, 2011

July 12, 2011

Lawmakers to look at what to tax next; in the controversy over the State Center redevelopment, where are its major backers putting their campaign donations?; some GOP lawmakers who are fighting to overturn Maryland's DREAM Act voted for it in 2003; Maryland's official state insect is becoming harder to find; U.S. Rep. Edwards takes a lead in redistricting battle. [...more]

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State Roundup, July 11, 2011

July 11, 2011

State Center revamp supporters pledge that project will aid surrounding communities as foes vow to stop the plan; state expands three business enterprise zones; AFSCME's non-member dues $1 less than member fee; a little fireworks fly at the Dundalk 4th of July Parade; Del. Boschert laid to rest; Minnick's raid expected to yield charges, arrest; Hoyer hopes to continue federal Webb telescope funding; Harris, who criticized Kratovil for using House postal privileges, does the same; CEO salaries rise; and Leslie Johnson turns over equipment. [...more]

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State Roundup, July 8, 2011

July 8, 2011

DREAM Act petitioners meet signature goal and the measure will be on 2012 ballot; Sen. Jacobs crafts legislation inspired by Casey Anthony case; pension commission finishes work; civil and criminal cases on robocalls go forward; engineering firms in scathing audit say nothing was wrong; most redistricting work to take place behind closed doors. [...more]

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State Roundup, July 7, 2011

July 7, 2011

Hoyer will lose constituents under redistricting, and governor's panel considers cutting the number of public hearings on the issue while a special session on redistricting could be held week of Oct. 17; Eastern Shore businesses increasingly worried about the toll that Bay Bridge toll hikes will take; O'Malley “disappointed” with two SHA employees following scathing report on ethics but contracting company sees no problem with SHA process; Carroll County begins planning for 2012 General Assembly session; Rosecroft can return to harness racing on condition; Boschert funeral Saturday; and Leslie Johnson bill promoting financial literacy gets pulled. [...more]

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State Roundup, July 6, 2011

July 6, 2011

PG Councilwoman Leslie Johnson resigns, but refuses to leave immediately as urged, is stripped of her powers, staff, car and cell phone while keeping salary till July 31; overall slots revenues fall again, though Ocean Downs numbers are up; Canadian slots developer claims racial bias; O'Malley hopes to spur local agriculture with statewide Buy Local Challenge; U.S. Rep. Harris's primary home drawn out in new GOP districting plan, but still has Cambridge home to fall back on; and Rep. Bartlett announces run for 11th Congressional term. [...more]

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State Roundup, July 5, 2011

July 5, 2011

Audit of SHA turns up potential ethics violations, findings turned over to the Attorney General; state employee union to collect dues from non-payers; O'Malley names five to state redistricting panel, which meets tomorrow; 30 wineries now signed up for direct shipments; Cardin greens up over EPA's regulation of pesticides; Wargotz mulls run against Cardin; more join chorus asking Leslie Johnson to resign; some consider running for her seat; and former Del. David Boschert dies at 63. [...more]

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State Roundup, July 1, 2011

July 1, 2011

Sen. Kittleman says Maryland Republicans can learn from New York to help pass gay marriage law; Anti-DREAM Act petitioners hit 100,000 signatures, state Board of Elections to update signature certification online; businesses continue to express concern over implementation of new booze tax hike while health advocates praise the tax; Leslie Johnson pleads guilty in FBI corruption probe, plans to stay on Prince George's Council till her sentencing in the fall, and long-time reporter Sun reporter and columnist Larry Carson says farewell with a story on Howard County Democrats organizing for Obama. [...more]

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