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Friday, January 27, 2006

Politicians and Candidates

(Posted 27 Jan 2006)
  • Tardy, absent, unexcused in Annapolis.
    Which Annapolis lawmakers work hard for the voters and which are hardly working?

    This week, as legislators got back to work -- or rest, as the case may be -- a watchdog group called the Maryland Accountability Project handed out "Crabbie" awards to those it says had the worst attendance records last session. "Lighthouse" awards went to those with the best.
    [. . .]
    As you might imagine, folks in the Crabbie category weren't pleased. The group says Del. Joanne Benson, a Prince George's County Democrat, missed 146 votes, more than any other legislator.

    "I probably have missed votes," she said. "There are mornings -- I have an 87-year-old mother at home -- and there are mornings when I am late getting in here."

    But Benson says she couldn't have missed that many. "If I missed 146 votes, I should be ashamed of myself," she said. "I shouldn't even be down here."

    I wish I could tell you whether Benson and the other Crabbies (Dels. Jill Carter and John Arnick, former Del. John Hurson and Sen. Ulysses Currie) really deserve them. But neither the House nor the Senate compiles a list of unexcused absences. The Accountability Project says it plowed through records of more than 1,000 votes (some bills get voted on multiple times) and counted each time a legislator who didn't have an excused absence was listed as "not voting."
  • Delegation interaction sought in South County.
  • I am writing to express my unhappiness regarding constituent services that I believe are found wanting from Dels. Darryl A. Kelley (D-Dist 26) of Fort Washington, Obie Patterson (D-Dist. 26) of Fort Washington and Veronica Turner (D-Dist. 26) of Camp Springs. [Full letter].
  • Education, crime expected as deciding factors in county executive race.
    • Gazette, 26 Jan 2006 (by Tiesha Higgins, Staff Writer).
    • Reports on incumbent Jack B. Johnson and challenger Rushern Baker.
      . . . Johnson lost favor with some voters when he and the county police chief did not attend a anti-crime forum last weekend, which organizers said drew about 1,000 residents. . . .
  • Baker Files for County Executive Seat.
    • Sentinel, 27 Jan 2006 (by Melissa J. Brachfeld, Sentinel Staff Writer).
  • Baker Appears Undaunted By Fundraising Disparity.
    • Post, 26 Jan 2006 (by Ovetta Wiggins and Ruben Castaneda, Washington Post Staff Writers).
    . . . "We're just getting started," Baker said of the filings that show County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) holding a huge advantage over Baker. The two will face off in the Democratic primary in September.
    [. . .]
    State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey (D) on Monday hosted about 150 supporters at a reception to celebrate his three years as the county's top prosecutor.

    Among the guests were Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan , who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor, Montgomery County Council member Tom Perez (D-Silver Spring), former Prince George's County executive Wayne K. Curry (D), state Sen. Gwendolyn T. Britt (D-Landover Hills) and Lise Van Susteren , a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate. (Van Susteren is the sister of Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren ).
    [. . .]
    Speaking of the Iveys, Glenn's wife, Jolene , is planning to run for the House of Delegates.
    [. . .]
    Jolene Ivey had been pondering for weeks whether to become a candidate for delegate or take on Britt, who has been mentioned as a possible running mate for Duncan. The legislators for the 47th District -- Britt and Democratic delegates Victor R. Ramirez, Rosetta C. Parker and Doyle L. Niemann -- are all serving their first terms.
    [. . .]
    No surprises here: Sheriff Michael Jackson (D) is running for a second term.
    [. . .]
    Several elected officials attended to wish Jackson well. Included in the crowd were Johnson, council Chairman Thomas E. Dernoga (D-Laurel), state Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Forestville) and former Washington Redskin Brian Mitchell .
    [Photo caption: Prince George's Sheriff Michael Jackson, with County Council member Samuel H. Dean in October, announced his run for reelection last week.]
    "This is all about giving back to the community I was born and raised in," Jackson said.
  • Two-Candidate Marriage.
    • Maryland Moment (Post blog), 26 Jan 2006 (Ovetta Wiggins).
    Politics could become a family affair for Prince George's County prosecutor Glenn Ivey now that his wife, Jolene, is planning to run for the House of Delegates. . . .

  • Harrington likely next PG Planning Board chief; Johnson offers councilman job as latest power play .
    • Gazette, 26 Jan 2006 (by Tiesha Higgins, Staff Writer).
    • Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson has offered County Councilman David Harrington the job as chairman of the county’s Planning Board.
      [. . .]
      If Harrington accepts the offer, sources say Johnson wants to replace him with Adrion J. Howell, Johnson’s liaison to the county council.
      [. . .]
      Harrington is part of the gang, along with Council members Peters, Samuel H. Dean (D-Dist. 6) of Mitchellville, Camille A. Exum (D-Dist. 7) of Capitol Heights, Tony Knotts (D-Dist. 8) of Temple Hills and Thomas E. Dernoga (D-Dist. 1) of Laurel.
      [Full story].
    • Also mentions or quotes:
  • Will Curry run for Miller's Senate president seat? Defeat of veteran would be political shake-up.

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