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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


State Roundup, November 12, 2014

November 12th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Friend to politicians, Judge Edgar Silver, dies at 91; O’Malley administration $1 deal with Dem donor raising eyebrows; Maryland tax case that could affect county pocketbooks to go before the Supreme Court today; Gov.-elect Hogan says he’s mum on major policy issues until after inauguration; Hogan likely will have to distance himself from his real estate business; Montgomery, Prince George’s Republicans celebrate but sing the blues over future; Dem Sen. Brochin calls for repeal of stormwater tax, irritating environmental supporters; and Schuh to replace fire, police chiefs from within


State Roundup, November 11, 2014

November 11th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Ehrlich’s former economic development chief Aris Melissaratos offers Gov.-elect Hogan advice of the future, bemoans loss of Mikulski’s Appropriations chairmanship; Center Maryland’s Josh Kurtz goes nosing around to try to figure out who might be in the new Hogan administration; Hogan’s ‘thank you tour’ starts today; Montgomery County not only saw a low voter turnout, it was slow in getting its count done; audit of MVA voter registration is sought; with Brown’s loss, some speculate that O’Malley’s odds to make it as president are even longer than before; and in Hollywood news: actress Kathy Bates used Sen. Mikulski’s accent for TV character


State Roundup, November 10, 2014

November 10th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Hogan team begins transition process, and groups, individuals begin lobbying for governor-elect’s attention, jobs; Republicans breathe a sigh of relief over regaining some semblance of relevance in Maryland; a big question now hangs over the state: What will happen to the health exchange?; Hogan to kick off “thank you” tour at Veterans’ Day parade; Dems, pundits continue analyzing election day losses; while Baltimore County Exec Kamenetz was a big winner, he’ll now be dealing with a more Republican delegation; Montgomery County voting his 24-year low; Bongino concedes in race for U.S. Congress; gerrymandering forum to be held tonight; revamped health exchange to be rolled out; O’Malley paid for 32 staffers to aid tough races in other states; and Prince George’s Exec Baker puts county in a positive light


State Roundup, November 7, 2014

November 7th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Hogan’s campaign promises to cut taxes and make the state more business friendly have been met with enthusiasm. But there have been few specifics. And soon he will have to face a Democrat-controlled General Assembly. Who’s going to have the biggest headache?; pundits continue their post-mortem on Brown’s stunning loss; Nate Silver’s firm offers lame excuses on how its forecast of the Brown race was so very wrong; while many go GOP, the Arundel State House delegation now is majority Dems; as absentee ballots are counted, Delaney still leads Bongino; Cecil elects only Republicans; Arundel exec-elect Schuh names transition team; state prosecutor to probe robocall complaint in Peroutka-Armstrong race; Frederick County exec Gardner asks commissioners to delay major development decisions; and Attorney General Gansler says Maryland can’t move forward with death row executions


State Roundup, November 6, 2014

November 6th, 2014 | by Cynthia Prairie

Hogan says his administration will be bi-partisan, begins appointing transition team; Purple Line supporters now worried about project’s future; Baltimore City mayor hopeful that Hogan will back Red Line; Center Maryland’s Laslo Boyd says don’t cry for Anthony Brown, he took others down with him; turnout was a key to the governor’s race, but winning and losing maps look pretty much the same; Anderton wraps his head around his victory over Appropriations Committee chair Del. Norm Conway; Del. Conaway wins re-election despite write-in push, resigns city post; and U.S. Rep. Delaney claims victory, but challenger Bongino says not so fast



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