Author: Cynthia Prairie

State Roundup, January 25, 2011

New poll numbers are upbeat for O’Malley, same-sex marriage; O’Malley outlines his legislative agenda, including gun crime, child welfare, jobs and greening Maryland; lots of coverage on medical marijuana — it gets an emotional boost from talk-show host Montel Williams who has MS; Frederick senator seeks statewide count of all illegal aliens in schools; legal table games through constitutional amendment or through legislation?; restaurant group against allowing BYO wine; and death penalty revival hits snag as maker of lethal drug halts production.

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State Roundup, January 24, 2011

More indepth budget coverage: DBED gets more funding, Medicaid cut, critics of budget include state workers who may have to pay more into pensions, and Baltimore County not too unhappy with its share; Jacobs elected minority leader; Laurel to hike purses; Baker opens up about corruption in Prince George’s; and Frederick commissioners pull out of pension system.

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State Roundup, January 20, 2011

No surprise that O’Malley’s 2nd inauguration gets lots of coverage: a closer look at his speech and its meanings; how the budget crisis impacted the celebration and will impact his second term; lots of photo galleries of the day and a slew of videos; two weeks before U.S. Rep. Andy Harris gets federal health care and he votes to repeal it for 32 million; does Kittleman’s resignation as minority leader foreshadow plans to run for governor?; PSC OKs merger of FirstEnergy and Allegheny Energy; and ambulance fee talk still alive in Montgomery County.

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State Roundup, January 19, 2011

O’Malley to be sworn for a second term, followed by scaled-down festivities; feds say 2.5 million Marylanders could lose health coverage if repeal goes through; Kittleman resigns as minority leader, many urge him to stay; number of millionaires in Maryland drops again; minimum wage hike bill to be introduced by a Montgomery Democrat; Sargent Shriver, who died yesterday at 95, is remembered around the state.

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State Roundup, January 18, 2011

Shoved between the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the weather and O’Malley’s inaugural, today is unusually quiet in state politics: A General Assembly committee could hold hearings on reviving the death penalty within a month; filling health care gaps among priorities for the Legislative Black Caucus; expect clashes in the State House over immigration issues; O’Malley at College Park; and long-time Montgomery politician William Hanna Jr. dies.

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