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Jan 26, 2012

O’Malley to meet with Bloomberg in New York

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley is scheduled to meet with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to discuss same-sex marriage and immigration issues. O’Malley is going to New York City on Thursday for a Democratic Governors Association meeting. Raquel Guillory, an O’Malley spokeswoman, says the governor wanted to pay a courtesy visit to the mayor. […]

Jan 25, 2012

Gay marriage returns to the political spotlight

With a flurry of coast-to-coast developments this week, same-sex marriage is back in the political spotlight and likely to remain there through Election Day as a half-dozen states face potentially wrenching votes on the issue. In Maryland, New Jersey and Washington, bills to legalize same-sex marriage have high-powered support and good chances of passage in […]

Jan 10, 2012

State politicians are thinking bigger in 2012

ANNAPOLIS — A mixture of political circumstances in Maryland is prompting about a half-dozen state legislators to make congressional bids this year. For one thing, state legislators get to keep their seats in the General Assembly if they lose. That’s because state lawmakers aren’t up for re-election until 2014, giving them two years before they […]

Jan 5, 2012

Mooney names coordinators for congressional bid

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Republican Party Chairman Alex Mooney has named local coordinators for his exploratory campaign for the state’s 6th Congressional District seat. Mooney announced coordinators for Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick and Montgomery counties. Delegate Neil Parrott, R-Washington, will lead that county’s campaign for the former state senator. Delegate Michael Hou[...]

Jan 5, 2012

At 75, Marion Barry gears up for another campaign

WASHINGTON — As HBO considers making a movie about Marion Barry with Eddie Murphy in the title role, the real Barry is doing something that comes naturally: running for re-election in the nation’s capital. Barry, the former four-term District of Columbia mayor whose legacy will always be tainted by his 1990 arrest after being caught […]

Dec 29, 2011

O’Malley plans to address donations from Stewart

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley says he plans to address donations given to him by Richard Stewart, who pleaded guilty this month to failing to pay $4 million in employment taxes. But the governor, a Democrat, told reporters on Thursday he’s not sure how he will address the contributions. He also noted the money has […]

Dec 7, 2011

O’Malley re-elected head of Democratic governors

WASHINGTON — The country’s 20 Democratic governors have re-elected Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley as head of their national political organization. The Washington Post reported the step was taken by the Democratic Governors Association on Tuesday at their winter meeting in Los Angeles. It is rare for a governor to serve two terms. The report says the […]

Nov 6, 2011

Steven I. Platt: Interest-group politics run amok in America

What happens when interest group politics gets out of control? Well, we’re witnessing it, are we not, faithful readers? Ironically, the most interesting analysis of what we’re observing is arguably provided by a contemporaneous reading of and reflection on the messages of two books that I have written about previously. Those books are “The Process […]

Oct 17, 2011

Edwards submits alternative redistricting map

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards has submitted an alternative congressional redistricting map that she says addresses concerns about diluting minority voting strength. Edwards made her proposal public on Monday, as lawmakers were gathering for a special session to redraw Maryland’s eight congressional districts for the next 10 years. Edwards says her proposal allows for […]

Oct 11, 2011

Rep. Edwards doesn’t support redistricting plan

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards said Tuesday she doesn’t support a redistricting plan in its current form because it doesn’t adequately represent minorities. The proposal would reduce the number of African-Americans who are eligible to vote in her 4th Congressional district by nearly 2 percent, the congresswoman said in a statement. It reduces that […]

Oct 7, 2011

Bartlett, Van Hollen, O’Malley meet about redistricting

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley met Thursday night with the two congressmen whose districts are seeing the biggest changes under a proposed congressional redistricting plan: Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in western Maryland and Democratic Rep. Christopher Van Hollen, whose district is in the suburbs of the nation’s capital. O’Malley said both men discussed alternative plans.[...]

Oct 4, 2011

Maryland business PAC starts to refill its coffers

Maryland Business for Responsive Government kicked off the revival of its dormant political action committee Tuesday with the hope of raising $250,000 to spend on state elections in 2014. With that much money behind it, the MBRG effort to refuel the Business Leadership PAC would more than fill a void left earlier this year when […]

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