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Thursday, February 09, 2006

News Briefs (Thursday)

(Posted 9 Feb 2006)
  • A bloodied Duncan finds problems in Prince George’s.
    • Gazette, 9 Feb 2006 (by Thomas Dennison, Staff Writer).
    When Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan announced his campaign for governor in October, it seemed a foregone conclusion that key political leaders in Prince George’s County would be in his camp.
    [. . .]
    Today, Duncan has yet to corral a single endorsement from the influential Prince George’s Senate delegation, save for that of Sen. Gwendolyn T. Britt (D-Dist. 47) of Landover Hills, who is often mentioned as a potential Duncan running mate.
    [. . .]
    O’Malley’s decision to put House Majority Whip Anthony G. Brown, one of the county’s rising stars, on the ticket has neutralized several Prince George’s lawmakers.
    [. . .]
    The silence from the senators ‘‘is an indication of three issues — validity, fund-raising and competitiveness,” said Senate Budget and Taxation Committee Chairman Ulysses Currie (D-Dist. 25) of Forestville, one of Brown’s mentors. ‘‘Certainly, having Anthony on the ticket is also important for [O’Malley].”

    Sen. Gloria B. Lawlah echoed Currie’s comments.
    [. . .]
    Lawlah also cited a recent Washington Post report showing that Duncan trails both O’Malley and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) in raising money in Prince George’s.

    ‘‘If he doesn’t raise the money, it may all be for naught,” said Lawlah (D-Dist. 26) of Hillcrest Heights. ‘‘He has to prove he’s viable.”
    [. . .]
    Duncan’s problems with Currie, Lawlah and other senators pale in comparison to the recent run-in he had with Sen. Nathaniel Exum (D-Dist. 24) of Capitol Heights.

    At a Jan. 15 fund-raiser in Bowie for Prince George’s County Sheriff Michael Jackson, Exum confronted Duncan about giving Jackson a donation, said one eyewitness who asked not to be identified. The discussion grew testy, and Duncan left, furious at the way Exum treated him, the source said.
    [. . .]
    Asked about the incident this week, Exum said he would not talk about it.

    ‘‘You can have two people, three people or 2,000 people, my statement is my statement,” he told The Gazette and walked away.

    Del. Carolyn J.B. Howard (D-Dist. 24) of Landover, a Duncan supporter, said she has heard about the incident, but refused to comment on ‘‘rumors.”
    [. . .]
    Lawlah, who did not attend Jackson’s event, said Duncan may not be familiar with how things are done in Prince George’s.

    ‘‘You have to pay to play,” she said.
  • Resident contests ban on videotaping committee.
    • Annapolis Capital, 8 Feb 2006 (by David Abrams, Staff Writer).
    A St. Margarets woman filed a complaint yesterday with the state Attorney General's Office after a state trooper told her to stop videotaping a closely watched voting session of a legislative committee last week.
    [. . .]
    Sgt. Thompson said committee chairmen set the rules in their "own little fiefdom."

    Del. Joseph Vallario, D-Prince George's, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said last night that he doesn't mind people videotaping as long as they request permission in advance
  • ID Theft Bills Would Freeze Accounts; Attorney General Releases ID Theft Report
  • Campaign Finance Trouble.
  • [. . .]
    Four Prince George's County residents, including two connected to Johnson and one connected to the County Council, have been charged with failing to file timely campaign finance reports to the state Board of Elections.

    The Maryland state prosecutor filed the charges in Anne Arundel County District Court against Wilbert Wilson of Mitchellville, Shailender K. Gupta of Greenbelt and Marva Jo Camp and Ernestine A. Camp, both of Mitchellville.
    [. . .]
  • Burden of taxes up over 10 years.
    • Times, 9 Feb 2006 (by Tarron Lively, The Washington Times).
    Taxes were up in the past 10 years for Maryland and Virginia residents, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, disappointing both lawmakers and anti-tax advocates.
    [. . .]
    In Maryland, the tax burden increased by 46 percent, with an individual tax burden of $2,214 in 2004.
    [ . . .]
    Maryland's tax burden, which is $693 more per person than it was in 1994, ranked 15th in the nation.
    [. . .]
    Richard Falknor, executive vice president of the nonpartisan group Maryland Taxpayers Association Inc., said he was disappointed with the state's ranking.

    He pointed out that despite sniping between the two parties, Mr. Ehrlich and the General Assembly were jointly responsible for more than $2 billion in tax increases in 2004.
  • Brady Campaign: Maryland Sen. John Giannetti Says He Supports Tough Gun Laws, But Record Says Otherwise.
    • USNewswire, 9 Feb 2006 (Peter Hamm, Brady Campaign).
  • South County delegates work hard.
  • County offers financial data on hospital system; Bailout proposals for troubled Prince George’s Hospital Center due March 10.

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