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Sep 17, 2012

O’Malley makes early stop as 2016 prospect

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a 2016 presidential prospect, began forging an early — and therefore tricky — path into presidential proving ground Iowa on Sunday. Appearing at Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry, O’Malley dismissed the awkwardness that comes with trying to make a good first impression on Democratic activists in […]

Sep 10, 2012

Democratic congressional candidate Rosen withdraws from 1st District race

ANNAPOLIS — A Democratic congressional candidate from Maryland dropped out Monday after that state’s Democratic party said she had voted in both Maryland and Florida in the 2006 general election and in the 2008 presidential primaries. Wendy Rosen confirmed by phone to the Associated Press that she was withdrawing from the 1st District congressional race […]

Jul 24, 2012

Md. Democratic Party files complaint

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Democratic Party has filed a complaint against the Maryland State Board of Elections relating to the validation process of signatures in a petition drive against the state’s congressional redistricting map. David Sloan, the party’s executive director, said in a statement Tuesday the board failed to apply standards for reviewing and validating […]

Jun 22, 2012

Anti-tax pledge author meets with House GOP

WASHINGTON — All but 13 of the 289 Republicans in the House and Senate have signed a pledge vowing to oppose tax increases. On Thursday, the author of that pledge met with some of them to help them understand exactly what it is they signed. In the process, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist sparked a fresh […]

May 17, 2012

Prosecutors give closing argument in Edwards trial

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Prosecutors are saying in closing arguments in the John Edwards campaign corruption trial that he was part of a politically ambitious scheme to take money from wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress. Prosecutors took 90 minutes to present their arguments. The defense will get two hours, and prosecutors will get another […]

May 16, 2012

Assembly approves tax increase, teacher pension cost shifts

ANNAPOLIS — The General Assembly gave final approval early Wednesday afternoon to a budget package that will raise taxes on the wealthiest Maryland residents and shift the cost of teacher pensions to local jurisdictions. The tax package, which did not pass in the waning hours of the legislature’s regular session which ended last month, is […]

May 15, 2012

Obama’s shift on gay marriage energizes immigration activists

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — President Barack Obama’s shift to support gay marriage is energizing young Hispanic voters who have been working side-by-side with gay activists in their push for immigration reform. The alliance has been growing nationwide and helping dispel what many say is an outdated notion that Hispanics are less tolerant of gays than the […]

May 11, 2012

Republican, Democrat co-sponsor pit bull bill for special session

A court’s apparent sense of “breedism” has led to an extraordinarily rare legislative pairing. As the fallout continues over a Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that calls pit bulls inherently dangerous, two state delegates on polar opposite sides of the political spectrum are co-sponsoring legislation that would overturn the court’s ruling. Del. Michael D. Smigiel, [&hellip[...]

May 10, 2012

Hoyer announces support for gay marriage

WASHINGTON — The second-ranking Democrat in the House has announced his support for gay marriage. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland issued a statement Thursday in response to President Barack Obama’s announcement a day earlier that he favors same-sex marriage. Hoyer says that, like Obama, he has long felt that civil unions were appropriate for gay […]

May 8, 2012

GOP blocks Senate debate on Democrats’ student loan bill

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic bill Tuesday to preserve low interest rates for millions of college students’ loans, as the two parties engaged in election-year choreography aimed at showing each is the better protector of families in today’s rugged economy. The 52-45 vote to begin debating the legislation fell eight votes short of […]

May 7, 2012

Henson tells jury calls meant to drive voters

Testifying for a second day in his election fraud trial in Baltimore City Circuit Court, political consultant Julius Henson told the jury Monday that automated phone calls that spurred the charges were not meant to keep voters home but to drive apathetic ones to go to the polls. The case was spurred by a series […]

Apr 13, 2012

LaFerla concedes to Rosen in 1st District Democratic primary

Maryland congressional candidate Wendy Rosen is focusing on the general election after her opponent conceded the race for the Democratic nomination in the 1st District. The Cockeysville businesswoman led Chestertown physician John LaFerla Thursday by 82 votes out of more than 25,000 cast after state election officials counted most of the absentee and provisional ballots. […]

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