Author: Cynthia Prairie

State Roundup, April 26, 2011

William Donald Schaefer given final tour from Annapolis to Baltimore, many turn out to say goodbye. There’s also lots of video and photos; O’Malley, staff to attack Bay health; trade mission to Asia approaches; and Washington County Democrats, Republicans ready party dinners.

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State Roundup, April 25, 2011

As we continue to mine the life and times of William Donald Schaefer, a look at the ’60s that destroyed the city but set the stage for renewal in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s; how Schaefer treated citizens as partners in efforts to gets things done; more funny and poignant memories and editorial tributes; and, expect traffic tie-ups in Baltimore city today as the former mayor is given one last ride around his beloved hometown; In other news, a bill awaiting O’Malley’s signature would force disclosure of outside funding in elections and referendums; Senate Prez Mike Miller said he’d retire with O’Malley, but he’s mum on that; petitions out there to repeal MD Dream Act; O’Malley touts electric cars; Prince George’s ethics panel recommends tip hotline, more whistleblower protection; counties continue budgeting work; and Montgomery County government sees hike in take-home vehicles.

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State Roundup, April 21, 2011

Funeral plans for the late William Donald Schaefer are firming up; his lying in state at State House will delay bill signing; more remembrances and tributes from all over, including Michael Olesker’s recalling seeing Schaefer just three weeks before his death; state Comptroller’s employees recall their former boss; also links to Dan Rodricks’ famous Don Dinaldo operatic Ring Cycle and MPT’s documentary “Citizen Schaefer;” and Pam Kelly, for years a close aide to Schaefer, died just hours before him. In other news, freshman Del. Neil Parrott leads petition effort to send in-state tuition law to voters; O’Malley seeks to strengthen fiscal ties with Asian countries; Baker wants to scrap union contract; and rumors fly that Mfume may run for Baltimore mayor.

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State Roundup, April 20, 2011

Not unexpected or undeserved, more remembrances of William Donald Schaefer, including details of his last weeks and those with him as he died; County Exec Kamenetz recalls working for him, as do others; West Baltimore neighbors remember their friend; a reprint of the famous Esquire article; journalists give their takes — not always flattering, but still with admiration; funeral arrangements coming together; the never finished Konterra project nearer to settlement; crab numbers down but state says there is reason for optimism; Montgomery wrestles with federal deportation program; and Arundel and Wicomico county budgets aired.

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State Roundup, April 19, 2011

The top news is, of course, the death of former Baltimore Mayor and Maryland Governor and Comptroller William Donald Schaefer. Our compilation presents a veritable history lesson in the life of one of Maryland’s most important and colorful politicians. People, from public officials to private citizens, recall the transformation that Schaefer made to Baltimore city and his love for his hometown. Politicians also remember the tough time he had as governor. But he is likely to be remembered most for his larger-than-life personality that inevitably rubbed some people the wrong way while earning the admiration of others. There are videos, photographs and editorial cartoons as well; In other news, O’Malley restarts his septic reform push with a study; Sen. Currie’s treasurer sentenced for theft; and the search for a replacement for Superintendent Grasmick begins by hiring a search firm.

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