Tag: Maryland Senate

Ferguson: ‘This session will not be easy’

Senate President Bill Ferguson kicked off the start of the 442nd session of Maryland General Assembly on Wednesday afternoon with a sobering observation that came as his 46 fellow lawmakers listened on from their respective glass booths that were installed to help maintain social distancing in the chamber and to protect members from COVID-19.

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Analysis: Republicans fight to hold Senate seat on the Lower Shore

In an election where the Republican Party hopes to claim enough seats in the Maryland Senate to sustain a filibuster and force negotiations on bills requiring a two-thirds majority, not losing traditionally held seats is as important as gaining them.

That makes the District 38 race on the lower Eastern Shore between Republican hotel executive Michael James and Democratic Del. Jim Mathias such a critical one to both parties.

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Republican leaders ask attorney general to investigate changes in jobs report

The Republican leaders of the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates have asked Democratic Attorney General Doug Gansler to investigate the upbeat changes made to the analysis of an July jobs report posted on the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s website in August.

The changes in the online posting switched from a downbeat assessment of the July jobs numbers — showing an increase of 500 jobs, but 1,300 new unemployment claims — to a more optimistic one in line with Gov. Martin O’Malley’s emphasis on how many jobs have been created.

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Kramer, Montgomery emphasize differences in District 14 Senate primary

While opponents in other contested Montgomery County legislative races struggle to differentiate themselves on issues, in district 14, the Senate candidates and their supporters agree that there’s a lot that separates incumbent Sen. Rona Kramer and her Democratic primary Del. Karen Montgomery.

“I don’t need to use a campaign message to differentiate myself,” said Kramer. “We are extremely different.”

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