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10:31 am
Tue March 3, 2015

O'Malley Will Not Seek Mikulski Senate Seat

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he will not seek the Senate seat of retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski. He is keeping open his option of running for president in a Democratic primary likely to include Hillary Rodham Clinton.
 
In a statement Tuesday, O'Malley praised Mikulski's service and says he expects that "very capable public servants with a desire to serve in the Senate will step up as candidates," and adds: "I will not be one of them."
 

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9:18 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Mikulski Retirement Brings Race for Successor

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She has become a legend on Capitol Hill as the longest serving woman in congress.

But yesterday Senator Barbara Mikulski announced that she would not seek a sixth term next year.

The Maryland Democrat told reporters that the decision was a hard one but noted that she would still have nearly two more years before giving up the long held post.

During that time she said she wanted to give her constituents 120 percent of her time.

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9:43 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Rival Phosphorus Regs Considered in Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are targeting phosphorous pollution of the Chesapeake Bay.

A Senate subcommittee heard testimony Tuesday for a bill sponsored by Sen. Paul Pinsky, D-Prince George's County, that addresses pollution caused by excess fertilizer on Eastern Shore poultry farms.

The bill contains recommendations similar to those proposed by former Gov. Martin O'Malley, which aim to address high levels of phosphorous by requiring farmers to test and monitor their soil nutrient levels and manage excess fertilizer.

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8:59 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Marylanders Not Saving Enough for Retirement

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland task force says 1 million Maryland residents have no work-based retirement savings plan.

The task force is releasing a report Tuesday. It says 1 million state residents have virtually no retirement savings at all.

The task force is chaired by former Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. It includes representatives of retirees, employers, financial firms, labor and government.

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8:47 am
Thu February 19, 2015

O'Malley Consults with Adivsors on Presidential Run

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has scheduled a gathering with advisers and supporters next month as he considers running for president.

The event is scheduled for March 23 in Baltimore.

Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for O'Malley's political action committee, says it's an opportunity for the governor to convene his top advisers and supporters to talk about national issues.

Smith says it's similar to get-togethers he has held in recent months in Annapolis, Baltimore and on the Eastern Shore.

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10:51 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Maryland & Delaware Opt Out of Offshore Drilling

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Maryland and Delaware will not be participating in oil exploration off the Atlantic Coast.

But the state of Virginia will.

The Obama Administration recently announced that it is opening up the Atlantic Coast for off shore drilling – something that former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley came out against in a New York Times Op-Ed.

He said that the lessons of oil spills like the BP incident in the Gulf have been forgotten.

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8:42 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Efforts to Block Fracking in Western Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker is hoping to block the start of a hotly debated natural gas drilling method in the western part of the state.

Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo, a Democrat from Montgomery County, is set to announce a proposed moratorium on fracking during a news conference in Annapolis on Thursday.

Fracking is a style of natural gas drilling in which water, sand and chemicals are blasted underground, shaking loose rocks and releasing gas.

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8:24 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Death Row Inmate Seeks Lesser Sentence Despite Commutation to Life

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A Maryland inmate whose death sentence was commuted to life in prison is hoping to argue for less time behind bars.

On Jan. 20, former Gov. Martin O'Malley commuted the death sentences of four inmates who had been sentenced before the state banned capital punishment in 2013. Among them was Jody Lee Miles, convicted in the 1997 robbery and murder of Edward Atkinson in Wicomico County.

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11:59 am
Mon February 2, 2015

O'Malley Opposes Offshore Drilling Along Atlantic Coast

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says a plan allowing offshore drilling along a wide area of the Atlantic Coast is "a big mistake" by President Barack Obama's administration.
 
O'Malley, a Democrat considering a presidential run in 2016, wrote about his opposition to last week's decision in an op-ed published in The New York Times on Monday.
 

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9:29 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Hogan Budget Cuts Questioned by Top MD Analyst

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Governor Larry Hogan’s proposal for a 2 percent across the board cut for state agencies without any mention as to what should be slashed is being criticized by a top Maryland budget analyst.

Warren Deschenaux, director of the Office of Policy Analysis for the Department of Legislative Services, told a panel of lawmakers that he believes the lawmakers should know details.

He called the new governor’s approach “very dangerous.”

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7:18 am
Thu January 8, 2015

MD Board of Public Works Okays Budget Cuts

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland board has approved a plan to address about $410 million of a budget shortfall for the current fiscal year to better position the state to tackle a deficit in the next fiscal year.

The Board of Public Works voted 3-0 Wednesday for the plan.

It includes about $206 million in cuts. Another $108 million will come from spending transfers. There also are some savings from early retirement offerings and cutting vacant positions.

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8:24 am
Wed January 7, 2015

O'Malley Offers Budget Cuts to Close Deficit

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is bringing a proposal to the Board of Public Works to address more than $400 million of a budget shortfall.

The outgoing Democratic governor is planning to bring about $211 million in spending reductions to the board Wednesday morning. The plan also includes about $199 million in fund transfers and revenues to help fill the gap.

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9:14 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Harriet Tubman Sculpture Now in MD Governor's Mansion

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A sculpture of Harriet Tubman is now a part of the art collection at the Maryland governor's mansion.

Gov. Martin O'Malley unveiled a bust of the Maryland native on Monday evening in Annapolis.

Tubman was born in Dorchester County and spent nearly 30 years as a slave on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She escaped in 1849 and returned to Maryland's Dorchester and Caroline counties to help slaves escape through the Underground Railroad.

In 2013, President Barack Obama designated a Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland.

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12:58 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Larry Hogan Blasts Out-Going Maryland Governor

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Larry Hogan says Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is rushing to implement policies under the wire before he leaves office next month.

The Republican governor-elect said Tuesday he believes it would be better for many of the decisions to be made by newly elected officials. He says that's because Maryland voters decided to go in a different direction on Election Day. O'Malley's a Democrat.

Hogan takes office Jan. 21. He spoke to reporters after meeting with the state's five Republican county executives.

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12:43 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Dredging Conowingo Dam: Ineffective

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BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - State and federal agencies are holding a public meeting to discuss their conclusion that dredging the reservoir behind the Conowingo Dam wouldn't effectively reduce pollution of the lower Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay.

The meeting Tuesday night in Bel Air offers an opportunity for people to sound off on an issue that Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has highlighted.

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9:32 am
Mon December 8, 2014

MD Death Row Inmate Seeks to Overturn Law

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Attorneys for a man on Maryland's death row will argue before an appeals court that his sentence is illegal because the state no longer has a death penalty.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that lawyers for Jody Lee Miles, who has been on death row since 1998, will argue before the Court of Special Appeals on Monday that the state lacks the authority to execute Miles and will ask for a new sentence that includes the possibility of parole.

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9:32 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Nearly $1 Million in O'Malley Political Action Committee

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has about $938,000 in cash on hand for his political action committee as he weighs running for president.

O'Malley filed his latest fundraising report Thursday for his PAC.

The governor reported raising a total of $581,550 in a federal account and a non-federal account for the period, from Oct. 1 to Nov. 24.

He raised about $458,722 for his non-federal account and spent about $350,447 during the period. O'Malley raised about $122,825 in his federal account and spent about $48,051.

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9:12 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Interim MD Health Secretary Announced

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has named Dr. Laura Herrera to serve as Maryland's acting health secretary effective Jan. 1.

Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Maryland's current health secretary, is leaving at the end of the month. He announced in an email on Wednesday that Herrera will take his place until O'Malley's term ends Jan. 21.

Herrera is the deputy secretary for public health at the department.

Sharfstein will be joining the full-time faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in January.

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8:40 am
Thu December 4, 2014

O'Malley Appointment for Presidential PAC

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has named a senior adviser to his political action committee as he considers running for president in 2016.

Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for O'Malley's PAC, said Wednesday that Bill Hyers has been informally advising the committee for the last few months. She says he's stepping up his role as a senior adviser, now that the midterm elections are over.

Hyers managed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign last year.

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11:10 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Fee for Salisbury Property Owners

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Salisbury property owners are going to see a new fee.

This one that is set to take effect next year would pay for efforts to curb flooding and reduce pollution spilling into the waterways that flow into the Chesapeake Bay.

The City Council unanimously approved the storm water fee whose dollars will be dedicated to upgrading the city’s failing drainage system.

The measure survived a last ditch effort by the CEO of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Ernie Colburn.

He wanted the council to wait until the incoming Republican Governor Larry Hogan takes office.

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9:01 am
Wed November 19, 2014

O'Malley Moves Forward with Phosphorus Regulations

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Governor Martin O’Malley is going to move forward with the new phosphorus regulations.

An economic study has just been completed showing that the new rules could cost anywhere from $22 million to $50 million depending on the length of time take to implement them.

But the governor said that it’s time to move forward with the solutions endorsed by scientists and experts across the state to improve the health of the bay.

It could take as long as 6 years to implement.

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11:36 am
Tue November 18, 2014

O'Malley Urges No Vote in Senate on Keystone Pipeline

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley took to Facebook to voice his disapproval of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.

The Democratic governor says in Monday's post that he hopes the Senate rejects a bill that would approve the pipeline. The Senate's vote on the legislation, set for Tuesday, is expected to be close.

O'Malley says the pipeline would produce too much carbon dioxide and wouldn't create nearly enough jobs to justify.

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7:46 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Phosphorus Regs Could Be In Place Before Hogan Takes Office

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The Maryland's proposed regulations to crackdown on phosphorus could be in place before Governor Martin O’Malley hands over the office to Republican Governor-elect Larry Hogan.

The regulations known as the phosphorus management tool were submitted for inclusion in the December 1st Maryland Register and for legislative review.

The General Assembly will have 45 days to review and comment before the Agriculture Department can implement them.

Hogan takes office on January 21st.

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9:33 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Gov-Elect Larry Hogan Attends Veterans Day Parade

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LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan thanked voters and veterans alike yesterday at a Veterans Day parade in Leonardtown.

Many of those who attended the parade Tuesday say they hope the Republican follows through on his campaign promise to lower taxes. Many also say they want their new governor to do more to make Maryland more attractive to businesses.

Southern Maryland residents say they want a governor who takes an interest in the entire state, not just the most populated areas.

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8:11 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Political Celebrities Hit Campaign Trail in Maryland

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BALTIMORE (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama is planning to campaign for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in the Maryland governor's race.

Obama is scheduled to attend a rally in Baltimore on Monday at the War Memorial Building.

Rep. Elijah Cummings also is scheduled to attend the rally, which comes a day before Election Day.

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7:57 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Hogan Comes to Salisbury, Mathias Wins Money Race

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With the election less than two weeks away Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan made an appearance at the Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corporation in Salisbury yesterday.

His message reflected much of his campaign with criticisms of the O’Malley administration’s tax and regulation policies.

Hogan declared yesterday that Maryland was an anti-business state noting that the state had lost 200-thousand jobs.

The Republican is, of course, running against O’Malley’s Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

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8:47 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Brown: No Endorsement Yet on O'Malley in 2016

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown has declined to say whether he would endorse Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley for president – the man he is trying to replace.

Brown told the Salisbury Daily Times that he is not trying to be evasive but instead was focused on November’s election.

Meanwhile, the campaign of his Republican rival Larry Hogan says that it is sure Brown would be the first person to support an O’Malley presidential bid.

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7:33 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Obama Stumps for Anthony Brown in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - President Barack Obama campaigned this weekend for Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's bid to become Maryland's next governor.

The president hosted a rally Sunday in Prince George's County in the Washington suburbs, the nation's wealthiest majority African-American county. Prince George's has a black population of about 65 percent.

If elected, Brown would be Maryland's first black governor.

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9:24 am
Fri October 17, 2014

$2.3 Million Grant to Maryland to Fight Domestic Violence

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Governor Martin O’Malley has announced that the state will get $2.3 million in grants from the federal Violence Against Women Act.

The Services Training Officers Prosecutors program will provide money for 73 projects across the state.

O’Malley said that one of the strategic goals of his administration is to bring down violence against children and women.

The announcement comes at the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County which is one of the organizations receiving funding to offer services for victims of domestic violence.

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11:34 am
Thu October 16, 2014

$710,000 Raised by O'Malley Political Action Committee

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has reported raising about $710,300 for his political action committee in the latest reporting period.

The Democratic governor, who is considering a run for president in 2016, reported Wednesday that he has about $882,500 cash on hand at the beginning of October.

The latest reporting period covered July 1 through Sept. 30.

O'Malley also reported contributions he has made to candidates in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

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