Archive | October 2011

State Roundup, October 31, 2011

October 31, 2011

Conservatives rally in Annapolis with their anti-Muslim, liberal, environmentalist, illegal immigrant message; is Pat McDonough running for Senate? redistricting makes incumbent U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards the underdog while Rep. Andy Harris mum of changes and Garagiola reserved www.garagiolaforcongress in late September; Maryland politicos close ranks around Currie; UM merger debated; and Rosecroft gambling totals rise. [...more]

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State Roundup, October 28, 2011

October 28, 2011

Redistricting challenges begin forming, though expert calls them outrageous; Franchot says no new taxes; rural officials take aim at PlanMaryland; Maryland is home to the nation's largest percentage of millionaires; Judicial Watch helps with legal defense; Occupy Baltimore's impact on state politics; several 2012 campaigns kicking off shortly. [...more]

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State Roundup, October 27, 2011

October 27, 2011

Rural politicians to strategize against PlanMaryland; proposals for tax hikes and new fees to pay for roads and Bay cleanup continue to make news; massive new State Police facility near Hagerstown almost complete; Ehrlich takes the stand for Currie; and Charles County focuses on light rail line to D.C. [...more]

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State Roundup, October 26, 2011

October 26, 2011

Panels recommend hiking gas taxes and fees to fund roads projects, clean up the Bay; DNC chair campaigns for Dems in Maryland today; U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards now finds opposition from State's Atty. Glenn Ivey in her new 4th District; U.S. Rep. Cummings takes stand for Ulysses Currie, but Currie won't testify for himself; federal defense cuts could mean 36,000 Maryland jobs; City Hall seeks limits on Occupy Baltimore; and Mike Schaefer case against Don Schaefer estate is dismissed. [...more]

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State Roundup, October 25, 2011

October 25, 2011

Maryland State Education Association comes out for gay marriage; gay marriage and the gas tax among issues to be addressed in next 90-day session; redistricting gives Howard County three reps; Garagiola lines up Dem endorsements for 6th Congressional District run – but not Del. Kelly; Lt. Gov. Brown testifies for Currie; Ehrlich book to hit stores for Christmas; Baltimore County councilman to resign state job; and Prince George's speed cameras bring in more than $500,000 in first month. [...more]

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State Roundup, October 24, 2011

October 24, 2011

In the aftermath of redistricting, potential rivals line up to take a shot a U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett; Arundel councilman considers run against U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards and the DOJ to review requests to investigate remapping process; new traffic court law causing suspended licenses to soar; Sen. Mike Miller's UM Baltimore/College Park merger proposal met with harsh criticism from city pols; Carroll commissioners to hold environmental summit to challenge assumptions behind PlanMaryland; 5-year projection says slots revenue to be softer than expected; and auditors find spending irregularities in Prince George's owned arena. [...more]

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State Roundup, October 21, 2011

October 21, 2011

O'Malley's redistricting plan is now law, but minorities expected to challenge it; Jacobs leaving her leadership post, considers higher office; Garagiola, Trachtenberg and Coblentz all announce their intentions to challenge Bartlett; Van Hollen will take nothing for granted in his new district; $1 billion shortfall projected; alcohol tax money going to its backers' districts; racing restarts at Rosecroft tonight. [...more]

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State Roundup, October 20, 2011

October 20, 2011

House passes O'Malley map as U.S. Rep. Edwards embraces new district and U.S. Rep. Bartlett announces he'll seek another term; Franchot criticizes Baltimore County for lack of school air conditioning; another politician testifies for Currie; a Baltimore County councilman's state job looks like it has run afoul of county charter; Ehrlich to head Romney's Maryland campaign; and rockfish spawn success. [...more]

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State Roundup, October 19, 2011

October 19, 2011

Senate passes O'Malley's redistricting map and House poised to take up issue today; opponents of O'Malley's environmental agenda and Tea Party take advantage of special session to take action in Annapolis; hairline cracks found in three ICC overpasses; Hoyer testifies for Currie; Baltimore continues to be occupied; and Democrat wins Prince George's Council seat. [...more]

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State Roundup, October 18, 2011

October 18, 2011

Senate panel OKs redistricting map over objections of good government advocates and some minority lawmakers. It's expected to pass the full Senate today. Some minority lawmakers say map won't dilute their strength, others disagree. Meanwhile, O'Malley orders review of state business regs, talks job creation and gas tax hike; feds cough up $8.4 million to replace old buses with hybrids; Currie lawyers offer "dumb defense;" Prince George's voters head to polls to fill Johnson council seat; court strikes down Arundel arbitration system; and Ron "The Voice of Reason" Smith has pancreatic cancer but will remain on air. [...more]

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