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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Political News Briefs (Tuesday)

(Posted 21 Feb 2006)
  • O'Malley picks up support in P.G. County; Two Democratic delegates back Baltimore mayor in gubernatorial race.
  • . . . Among those who offered their endorsement for the O'Malley ticket were Del. Joanne C. Benson and Del. James W. Hubbard, both Prince George's County Democrats. . . .
  • O'Malley, Duncan Pick Up Support In Prince George's; Political Giving Hints At Close Race For Md. Governor.
    • nbc4.com, 20 Feb 2006 (AP).
    . . . Among those endorsing O'Malley are Delegates Jo Ann Benson and James Hubbard . . .
  • Prince George's: Do the Math.
    • Maryland Moment (Post blog), 20 Feb 2006 (by Phyllis Jordan).
    • Lists state, county, and municipal officials who have endorsed Duncan and O'Malley.
  • Duncan, O'Malley Seek PG County Endorsements.
  • O'Malley Picks Running Mate; Picks Up Big Endorsements.
  • Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley continued his push to become the state's Democratic candidate for mayor on Monday, picking up the endorsements of 11 leaders in Prince George's County.
    [. . .]
    Saturday, Duncan picked up 24 endorsements from several Democratic county leaders, including Delegates Carolyn J.B. Howard and Marvin Holmes Jr.; State Sen. Gwendolyn T. Britt, as well as several [story ends here]
  • [Comment: Seems strange that the AP leads with a report that o'Malley picked up 11 endorsements, but waits until the last paragraph to mention that Duncan picked up more than twice as many.]
  • Democratic candidates seek endorsements.
    • Times, 21 Feb 2006 (by Jon Ward, The Washington Times).
    . . . Democratic Prince George's Delegates James W. Hubbard and Joanne C. Benson, Doyle L. Niemann, Veronica Turner and Rosetta Parker, as well as Edmonston Mayor Adam Ortiz, all endorsed Mr. O'Malley, who held a press conference at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park yesterday.
    [. . .]
    On Saturday, his main challenger for the Sept. 12 Democratic primary -- Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan -- announced that he has backing from six delegates, a County Council member and 12 other local officials from Prince George's County
    [. . .]
    Mr. Duncan has received the backing of two prominent Democratic Maryland congressman, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, and Rep. Albert R. Wynn, one of the state's top black leaders.
  • O'Malley Lists Prince George's Backers.
  • . . . "Martin O'Malley understands the challenges of Prince George's County because he has faced similar challenges in Baltimore," said Edmonston Mayor Adam Ortiz (D) at a news conference with O'Malley and his running mate, Prince George's Del. Anthony G. Brown (D). Ortiz and other speakers praised O'Malley's work bringing down his city's crime rate, among other accomplishments.
    [. . .]
    Those coming out for O'Malley included five Democratic state delegates: Joanne C. Benson, James W. Hubbard, Doyle L. Niemann, Rosetta C. Parker and Veronica L. Turner. He also won the backing of District Heights Vice Mayor James L. Walls Jr. and District Heights Commissioner Eddie L. Martin, as well as four former elected officials.
    [. . .].

  • Rancor over rodents, e-mail and ogling define week in the capital.
    • Frederick News-Post, 20 Feb 2006 (by Sarah Breitenbach, News-Post Staff ).
    . . . Under one part of Maryland law, government can meet absolutely secretly.

    You won't know when the meetings go on, and, if by some chance you do find out, no one has to tell you what happened or even concede the meeting ever took place.

    It's called "executive function," and in a recent report by a state board that presides over Maryland's "sunshine" laws, was called the "most bedeviling" aspect of the Open Meetings Act — laws that govern when public bodies must meet in public.

    When lawmakers and staff meet under executive function, they don't have to advertise when the meeting is being held, or where, or take minutes of what was discussed.

    Two versions of legislation that would refine the laws about executive function went to a hearing of the House Health and Government Operations Committee Thursday.

    One, by Prince George's Democrat Delegate James Hubbard is the result of a yearlong investigation into the executive function by the Open Meetings Act Compliance Board.
    [. . .].
  • Giannetti to hold town hall meetings on Medicare Part D.
  • . . . The meeting, held at the Maryland City Fire Station from 7 to 9 p.m., is the first of three town hall meetings State Sen. John Giannetti (D-Dist. 21) of Laurel will hold to address questions and concerns about Medicare Part D. The next two will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 22 and 23 at Beltsville Elementary School and College Park City Hall, respectively. . . .
  • Mote to state legislators: Tuition freeze a bad idea; University president says the system needs every penny of extra funding proposed by Ehrlich.
  • . . . Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George’s) asked if zeroing tuition increases would mean the possibility of larger hikes in coming years, and Mote gave a blunt reply.

    “I’m afraid that’s a reality,” Mote said. “We’ll continue to scramble. We need resources to build a great university.”
    [. . .].
  • Power Company Lobbying to Keep Md. Lawmakers Out of Merger.
  • . . . "This company is launching a lobbying blitz in the halls of the legislature to speed this merger through," said Sen. Leo E. Green (D-Prince George's). "We need to step on the brakes."
    [. . .]
    Green said he is introducing two bills this week to add layers of review to the process that Constellation will navigate to gain approval for the merger. A third proposal, in the House, is expected to drop early next week, said Del. Dereck E. Davis (D-Prince George's), who chairs the committee that oversees energy policy.
    [. . .]
    Board of Regents Chairman David H. Nevins said he came into town to introduce the legislative leaders to the chief executive of FPL Group. Those present said the meetings included discussions of the merger.

    "It appears they brought him in to be another insider to push their agenda," said Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George's). "They're concerned about the merger, and they're pulling out every trick and card they can use."
    [. . .]
    Green was one of several lawmakers who said he considered the meetings a possible ethics violation. He said he found them disturbing, although not as disconcerting as what Nevins's actions revealed about Constellation's interest in keeping the legislature from questioning the merger.
    [. . .].

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