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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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9:22 am
Thu October 16, 2014

MD Continues to Pay for Slot Machine Upkeep in MD

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a contract renewal for the state to spend up to $200 million to lease and maintain slot machines over five years.

The board voted 2-1 Wednesday, with Gov. Martin O'Malley and Treasurer Nancy Kopp voting in favor of the renewal. Comptroller Peter Franchot voted against it.

Maryland law initially required the state to own slot machines at the state's five casinos. However, the law was changed in 2012.

Next March, three of the state's casinos will acquire their own slot machines.

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10:08 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Maryland and Virginia Candidates Clash in Debates

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The Democratic and Republican candidates for governor in Maryland verbally slugged it out yesterday in a televised debate sponsored by the Baltimore Sun and WJZ-TV.

Republican Larry Hogan slammed Democratic rival Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown charging that his administration led by Governor Martin O’Malley had raised numerous taxes burdening the state’s residents and businesses.

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8:03 am
Mon October 6, 2014

O'Malley Makes Another Out-Of-State Foray

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The Washington Post reports that Governor Martin O'Malley will appear at an event at Northeastern University in Boston alongside Steve Kerrigan, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in Massachusetts.

O'Malley is also planning to visit Rhode Island, though no details about that event were immediately available.

O'Malley, who is weighing the possibility of a 2016 presidential bid, last week appeared at events in New Hampshire and Nevada. O'Malley has been traveling the country campaigning for Democrats on the ballot in November.

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9:14 am
Wed September 24, 2014

O'Malley to Travel to Nevada to Campaign for Lucy Flores

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is traveling to Nevada this weekend to campaign for Lucy Flores, who is running for lieutenant governor.

The Nevada Democratic Party said Tuesday that O’Malley will be in Las Vegas for a barbecue at her campaign office on Saturday.

It will be O’Malley’s second trip to Nevada this year.

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8:01 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Former MD GOP Governor Makes Political Stops in New Hampshire

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Maryland governor Robert Ehrlich Jr. is scheduled to be at events in New Hampshire this month.

An online invitation shows Ehrlich is booked as the keynote speaker at an event Sept. 12 in Nashua, New Hampshire. The event is being hosted by the Nashua Area Republican City Committee. The Washington Post reports he is also expected to attend the New Hampshire Young Republicans Lobster Bake and Straw Poll in Laconia on Sept. 13.

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8:02 am
Fri September 5, 2014

O'Malley Makes Another Out-Of-State Political Trip

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has another keynote address scheduled at a Democratic dinner outside of his home state.

The North Carolina Democratic Party has announced O'Malley will speak at its 2014 Western Gala in Asheville, North Carolina, on Oct. 18.

The term-limited governor has said he's seriously considering running for president in 2016. O'Malley's second term ends in January.

North Carolina will be the 11th state where O'Malley will have delivered a keynote address at a Democratic dinner this year.

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10:39 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Wife of Rep. Andy Harris Dies Suddenly

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The wife of Congressman Andy Harris has died.

Sylvia Cookie Harris passed away yesterday after being taken to the hospital.

There were no immediate details but a spokesperson for Harris said that they were waiting for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

But one media outlet is reporting that she died from a sudden heart attack.

Maryland Republican Party Chairwoman Diana Waterman issued a statement last night expressing shock and deep sadness at her death.

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7:58 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Cover Crop Enrollment to be Announced Today in Maryland

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TIMONIUM, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials will be announcing the state's latest cover crop enrollment figures.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance will be attending the Maryland State Fair on Thursday.

The new cover crop numbers are scheduled to be announced at the fair.

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8:33 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Upgrading Regulations for Somerset County Wind Farm Project

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The Pioneer Green Energy wind farm project will take center stage over the next two weeks as the Somerset County Planning Commission reviews an ordinance drawn up two and half years ago for regulating wind energy.

Planning director Gary Pusey says the commissioners want to see if the ordinance is still appropriate for the project.

Among other issues is a provision that requires each turbine to be reviewed by the county’s Board of zoning Appeals.

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7:33 am
Tue August 26, 2014

O'Malley PAC Staffers Travel to New Hampshire and Iowa

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O'Malley's political action committee says about two dozen staffers are being sent to several states, including New Hampshire and Iowa.

Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for O'Malley's PAC, said Monday the move is part of the Democratic governor's push to elect more Democrats this year. She says they will be paid by the governor's PAC. She declined to mention other states where staffers are heading.

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11:48 am
Mon August 25, 2014

MD Awards Nearly $7 Million for School Breakfast

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland State Department of Education says it's awarding $6.9 million in state funds to 481 schools to supplement a federal school-breakfast program.

The state agency says the state funds will provide in-classroom breakfast to more than 240,000 students this school year.

The state supplement is $1.7 million more than last year. 

Gov. Martin O'Malley says he's committed to ending childhood hunger in Maryland by 2015.

He says better nutrition means better learning, and better learning means a better future.

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11:53 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Governor O'Malley Comments on Events in Fergeson

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, shows divisions in the country that will require more than just government policies to repair.

The Washington Post reports that O'Malley commented on Ferguson during an appearance Sunday at a Democratic picnic in New Hampshire. O'Malley, a Democrat, is considering a presidential run. His visit to New Hampshire was his third to the state that holds the nation's first presidential primary.

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7:52 am
Thu August 7, 2014

U.S Labor Secretary Joins MD Governor to Support Minimum Wage Hike

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez is scheduled to join Gov. Martin O'Malley for a minimum wage event.

Perez, who was O'Malley's labor secretary in Maryland from 2007 to 2009, is scheduled to talk about increasing the minimum wage at an event in Bethesda on Thursday.

Perez has been urging Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.

O'Malley pushed through a minimum wage hike in the Maryland Legislature this year. It will rise in steps over several years from $7.25 an hour to $10.10.

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9:37 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Martin O'Malley Backs Changing Redskins Team Name

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says he believes it is "probably time" for the Washington Redskins football team to change its name.

O'Malley made the statement on his Facebook page Tuesday.

The Democratic governor who is mulling running for president posted: "I was asked earlier today and answered that I do believe it is probably time for the Washington Redskins to change their team name."

The team plays in Landover, Maryland, at FedEx Field.

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1:45 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Mikulski Amendment Could Delay Somerset Wind Project

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A proposal to build a wind farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore within 56 miles of the U.S. Naval Air Station Patuxent River could still be delayed until a study is complete, despite Gov. Martin O'Malley's veto of a bill that would have created a similar delay.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski has included an amendment to a defense appropriations bill that would require the Navy-commissioned study to be completed to further evaluate how radar use at the base could be affected by the wind turbines.

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9:38 am
Mon July 28, 2014

O'Malley Meets Again with Clergy on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to meet with clergy leaders for the second time to talk about how to help some of the thousands of unaccompanied children who have come across the border from Central America

WBAL Radio reports the meeting will be on Monday in Annapolis.

Leaders of Catholic Charities, the Maryland Catholic Conference and the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland are among those due to meet with the governor.

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12:48 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Dramatic Rise in Heroin Related Deaths in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland had a 33 percent increase in drug overdose deaths in the first quarter of this year.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a new report on Thursday that shows the increase over the same period last year is being driven by fentanyl-laced heroin.

The report says there were 252 total drug overdose deaths from January to March, and 148 are related to heroin.

The state also has seen a big increase in heroin-related emergency department visits in recent years. There were 1,200 in Maryland last year, compared to 871 in 2012.

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8:47 am
Thu July 24, 2014

LNG Pier Approved by MD Panel for Cove Point

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a wetlands license for Dominion Resources to build a liquefied natural gas export facility in Calvert County.

The board voted 3-0 on Wednesday for the license to enable Dominion Resources to build a pier on the Patuxent River. The company needs the pier to bring in equipment to build the facility.

Richmond, Virginia-based Dominion wants to build the $3.8 billion project at its existing Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay.

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8:15 am
Thu July 24, 2014

MD Governor Pushes Locally Grown Food

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is urging Maryland residents to buy locally produced food.

The governor and the first lady will host a buy local cookout at the governor's residence in Annapolis on Thursday.

It is the seventh annual cookout that is being hosted at the residence.

The cookout highlights healthy recipes made with locally grown foods. It also aims to help farmers to calling attention to food produced in Maryland.

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8:56 am
Tue July 22, 2014

O'Malley Meets with Faith Leaders on Immigrant Children

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is meeting with Maryland faith leaders to discuss how to help unaccompanied immigrant children who have been coming across the border from Central America.

O'Malley held a meeting on Monday in Annapolis with dozens of representatives from religious groups.

Nina Smith, an O'Malley spokeswoman, says they are discussing possible partnerships the state could form with them to help the children.

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10:25 am
Thu July 17, 2014

O'Malley/White House Immigration Spat, Carper Immigration Plan Criticized

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration is working to find temporary shelter in Maryland to help immigrant children who have been crossing the border from Central America without due process.

The Maryland Department of Human Services issued a statement of need on Monday to locate licensed providers who could care for unaccompanied children. It will be published on July 25 in the Maryland Register. That's an official state government publication that is issued every two weeks to temporarily supplement the state's code of regulations.

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8:26 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Gov. Martin O'Malley Raises Big Money for his PAC

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is considering running for president in 2016, has reported raising about $796,000 in the second quarter of this year for his political action committee.

O'Malley, a Democrat, released his latest fundraising report from April through June on Tuesday.  The second quarter amount is significantly higher than the $104,200 he reported raising in the first three months of the year, when he did not solicit money during Maryland's 90-day legislative session, which ended April 7.

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7:55 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Maryland Panel Begins to Review Bail Reform

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A panel devoted to overseeing a program providing all criminal defendants in Maryland with an attorney during initial appearances met on Tuesday to discuss a game plan for developing reforms.

The 23-member Commission to Reform Maryland's Pretrial System met Tuesday afternoon to establish subcommittees to study specific areas of pretrial systems.

Those subcommittees will study efficiency and cost, how to preserve fundamental rights of defendants and maintain public safety.

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9:15 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Somerset Wind Project Encounters Local Delay

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There’s another hurdle for the Great Bay Wind Energy project in Somerset County.

The wind turbine effort still has to get approval from the County Commissioners before it gets underway.

In the last legislative session Governor Martin O’Malley vetoed a measure that would have delayed the project for over a year.

After meeting with the county commissioner last Tuesday Commissioner Charles Fisher told WBOC that the board needed more time to come up with an ordinance.

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9:24 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Auction for Commercial Wind Development Off Maryland Coast

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 80,000 acres off Maryland's coast will be offered for commercial wind energy development.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the auction Wednesday.

Officials say 16 companies have qualified to participate in the August 19 auction of the Maryland Wind Energy Area, or WEA.

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8:40 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Former PG County Executive Wayne Curry Dies

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry has died.

Curry died at his Upper Marlboro home. He was 63 and had lung cancer.

Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement Wednesday that Curry oversaw a "transformative" period for the county, with "explosive population and economic growth." He says Curry was "fearless" in advancing causes that helped Maryland's African-American community.

Curry, a Democrat, was elected in 1994 as the county's first African-American executive and served for eight years.

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8:25 am
Thu July 3, 2014

MD Board of Public Works Cuts Spending

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has voted to cut about $77 million from the state budget to address underperforming state revenues.

The board voted 3-0 on Wednesday for the cuts.

The board, which includes Gov. Martin O'Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, also approved about $7 million in fund transfers to make up for less-than-expected revenue.

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