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10:44 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Md State Police Fire Back Over Gansler Driving Controversy

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland State Police are criticizing Attorney General Doug Gansler for calling the commander of the executive protection section a "henchman" of Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Gansler, who is running for governor, said Tuesday on WJLA-TV that reports saying he misused his security detail to get him to events are "100 percent completely untrue."  He accused his opponent, Brown, of "running a campaign about dirty politics," and "pulling out some memo that some henchman wrote two or three years ago."

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10:46 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Anthony Brown To Get Endorsement by Top Md Legislator

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for House Speaker Michael Busch says he will be endorsing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown's bid to be the next governor of Maryland.

Alexandra Hughes said the speaker will announce his endorsement on Thursday in Annapolis.

Brown, a Democrat, served in the House of Delegates before Gov. Martin O'Malley chose him to be his running mate in 2005. Brown served two terms representing Prince George's County, and he rose to the position of majority whip in the chamber.

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8:40 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Court Battle Looms Over Maryland Guns Laws

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HAGERSTOWN, Md (AP) – The state of Maryland is arguing its case for gun control.

The U.S. District court in Baltimore has given the attorney general’s office until noon Monday to file its response to a lawsuit filed law week by opponents of the state’s new gun control.

A court hearing is scheduled Tuesday, the same day the law is set to take effect.

The lawsuit says the law was passed in “flagrant disregard” of the gun rights guaranteed by the U.S. Construction’s Second Amendment.

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9:07 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Maryland's New Gun Laws

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Opponents of a new gun-control measure in Maryland have filed a lawsuit to block the legislation from taking effect.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland on Thursday and seeks to stop the law from taking effect on Oct. 1. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the new law in May. It gives the state some of the nation's tightest gun laws.

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8:42 am
Thu September 19, 2013

$5.5 Million Grant to Boost Digital Learning in Maryland Schools

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is announcing $5.5 million in grants to boost digital learning and to help high school students earn college credit.

The governor made the announcement on Wednesday in Annapolis with State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery.

Six Maryland school systems are receiving a total of $3.5 million the Digital Learning Innovation Fund to help pay for initiatives like moving from textbooks to iPads and to use technology to better present content in a more personalized way to benefit students.

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8:38 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Delegate Stephen Hershey To Fill Pipkin Senate Seat

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed Del. Stephen Hershey to a state Senate seat.

O'Malley announced the appointment Wednesday to replace former Sen. E.J. Pipkin, who resigned last month.

Hershey, a Republican, will represent legislative District 36, which includes Kent and Queen Anne's counties and parts of Cecil and Caroline counties.

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10:54 am
Fri September 13, 2013

O'Malley Boosting Campaigns of Democratic Candidates

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is planning trips to Florida, Ohio and Texas next month to boost Democratic candidates.

Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for O'Malley's political action committee, said Thursday O'Malley's primary focus will be on electing more Democratic governors. She says October will kick off an aggressive campaign schedule to do that.

O'Malley is scheduled to travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to campaign around the Florida governor's race on Oct. 8.

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9:38 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Texas Governor Launches Ad Campaign Against Maryland

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is launching ads against Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

WTOP said Wednesday the ads are set to begin airing in the D.C. region this week. Perry, a Republican, urges Maryland businesses to move to Texas, if they are tired of Maryland taxes.

Similar ads have been aired in California, Illinois, Missouri, New York and Connecticut.

O'Malley, a Democrat, on Wednesday dismissed the ads as a "tired old PR gimmick."

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9:30 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Vice President Touts Grant for Port of Baltimore

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden used a visit to Baltimore to talk about the need to invest in infrastructure.

The vice president highlighted a $10 million grant to the Port of Baltimore during a visit on Monday.

The grant is expected to help improve the port's productivity by widening the channel. It also will increase the port's cargo storage capacity.

Biden said the grant is just the latest example of federal investments to better enable the nation's manufacturers to get their products around the world, Vice President Joe Biden said Monday.

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10:42 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Easton Bridge Slated for Replacement

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials are set to announce that the Dover Bridge near Easton will be replaced.

Erin Henson, a spokeswoman with the Maryland Department of Transportation, said Thursday that about $50 million will go toward replacing the bridge, which carries Maryland Route 331.

Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to attend a news conference at the bridge on Friday to announce investments in transportation projects on the Eastern Shore to improve safety and relieve congestion.

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10:21 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Isabel FitzGerald: New Maryland IT Secretary

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has named a new secretary of the Maryland Department of Information Technology.

The governor announced Thursday that Isabel FitzGerald will lead the department.

FitzGerald has been the deputy secretary for operations at the Maryland Department of Human Resources since 2012.

The information technology department buys and manages all telecommunications devices and systems used by state agencies.

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8:48 am
Thu August 8, 2013

O'Malley: Out Stumping for Democratic Candidates

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to be in New Jersey for Newark Mayor Cory Booker's campaign for U.S. Senate.

O'Malley has several events set for Thursday.

He is scheduled to speak to a group of senior citizens in Trenton. He also will attend a barbecue in Paterson before heading to kick off a bus tour Thursday evening with the candidate after a debate.

The governor endorsed Booker's campaign in June.

O'Malley, who is considering a 2016 presidential run, is the finance chairman for the Democratic Governors Association.

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8:53 am
Mon August 5, 2013

O'Malley Outlines Presidential Hopes, Gansler Begins Gubernatorial Push

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Governor Martin O’Malley told supporters over the weekend that he is laying down the foundation for a 2016 bid for the White House.

While in Milwaukee for the National Governor’s Association O’Malley told political reporters that he will have mapped the campaign by the end of the year.

The Baltimore Sun was told in April by O’Malley that he would take the next year to consider a presidential bid.

While the Governor would not commit to a presidential campaign he said the he was working through the process.

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9:31 am
Thu August 1, 2013

O'Malley Fundraising for Potential 2016 Presidential Run (Update)

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Governor Martin O’Malley raised nearly a half a million dollars in federal campaign funds last year and is spreading some it around in early presidential primary states.

That’s from a pair of campaign finance reports released yesterday.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the vast majority was raised from Maryland donor.

But the paper reports there are signs of a national fundraising apparatus as the Maryland Democrat considers a bit for the White House.

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9:08 am
Wed July 31, 2013

O'Malley To Tout Biotechnology Industry in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is highlighting the role played by biotechnology in Maryland's economy.

The governor has scheduled a trip to the University of Maryland's BioPark in Baltimore on Wednesday.

The O'Malley administration says 600 people work in 30 companies at the University of Maryland BioPark. They work on finding cures for diseases like cancer, malaria and diabetes.

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10:02 am
Fri July 26, 2013

O'Malley Unveils Renewable Energy Plan

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Governor Martin O’Malley is calling on the state of Maryland to up its use of renewal energy sources.

The Governor said that with the severe weather increasing in its impact along with extended trends of poor air quality “the costs of inaction would grow exponentially.”

His plan calls for increasing the amount of energy from renewable sources to 25 percent by 2020.

That’s 7 percent higher than the previous goal.

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9:51 am
Thu July 25, 2013

O'Malley to Unveil Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to release a greenhouse gas reduction plan.

The governor is attending a summit on climate change in Linthicum Heights on Thursday.

O'Malley, a Democrat, hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent in the state by 2020.

The summit will include presentations and panel discussions that feature scientists, renewable energy business leaders and elected government officials, as well as environmental and community advocates.

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9:04 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Maryland Governor to Tout Aerospace Industry

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley will be emphasizing Maryland's aerospace industry as a big part of the state's innovation economy.

The governor is scheduled to visit ATK Space Systems Division on Monday.

The O'Malley administration notes that Maryland is home to 15 of the nation's top 20 aerospace companies and 70 of the country's top 100 defense contractors.

They support more than 140,000 direct jobs in Maryland.

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8:44 am
Tue July 2, 2013

New MD Transportation Secretary to be Sworn In Today

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is swearing in a new transportation secretary.

Jim Smith, the former Baltimore County executive, will be sworn in at a ceremony in Annapolis on Tuesday.

The position had been vacant since Beverley Swaim-Staley resigned a year ago.

The governor also will be swearing in Abby Hopper as the director of the Maryland Energy Administration. Hopper has been O'Malley's energy adviser since 2010. She

will continue in that role.

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9:06 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Md Attorney General Doug Gansler Prepares for Governor's Race

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Attorney General Doug Gansler is kicking off a series of informal gatherings around the state.

Gansler is holding the first event in Rockville on Thursday.

The attorney general will talk about policy ideas as he plans to officially announce his run for governor in September.

This event is being held at the Montgomery County Family Justice Center. Gansler plans to focus on domestic violence prevention initiatives.

Gansler plans to continue holding similar events to talk about a particular policy or issue and hear from Maryland residents.

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10:20 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Maryland Readies Health Insurance Exchanges

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The state of Maryland is getting ready to raise public awareness of the new health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act.

They are to be up and running by October 1st and is aimed at helping those who are uninsured to get access to health coverage and care.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.

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12:21 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Governor Martin O'Malley Blasts GOP Economic Policies

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says "trickle-down politics" of the Republican party are primarily to blame for the nation's economic troubles.

But O'Malley, a potential Democratic presidential contender in 2016, also says his party deserves some blame for going along with what he calls "falsehoods" and bad economic policies.

O'Malley gave an address Thursday at the Center for American Progress Fund in Washington. He was scheduled to participate in a panel discussion later in the day at the AFL-CIO headquarters.

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8:46 am
Thu May 30, 2013

O'Malley Names New Transportation Secretary

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has named former Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

O'Malley made the announcement Wednesday at the site of a widening project on Interstate 695.

Smith, a lawyer with the Towson firm of Smith, Gildea & Schmidt, served as Baltimore County executive from 2002 to 2008. He was also a Baltimore County Circuit judge for 16 years.

He will succeed Beverly Swaim-Staley, who resigned last year.

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12:00 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Peter Franchot Hands MD Governor Surprise

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - For once, Gov. Martin O'Malley got a pleasant surprise from Comptroller Peter Franchot at the start of a Board of Public Works meeting.

Franchot presented the governor with a check for $271 from the comptroller's unclaimed properties division Wednesday.

O'Malley told the comptroller: "This is the first thing you've ever given me." The remark prompted laughs from people attending the meeting.

The two have had frequent sparring bouts over the years about board decisions.

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8:26 am
Thu May 9, 2013

New Data Website for MD Info

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has launched an initiative releasing a wide variety of state data to the public online.

O'Malley announced the initiative at a panel discussion on Wednesday that included the Future of Information Alliance, a partnership between the University of Maryland, College Park and 10 other partners.

The O'Malley administration is describing it as the first statewide open data portal that will provide information to researchers, entrepreneurs, public servants and residents.

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9:19 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Anthony Brown to Announce for MD Governor

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Officials say that Brown will make the announcement Friday during a picnic at Prince George's Community College.

The lieutenant governor is also expected to make stops in Frederick, Montgomery County and Baltimore on Saturday.

Brown, a Democrat, has served as the lieutenant governor of the state since 2006 alongside of Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Prior to assuming the post of lieutenant governor, Brown represented Prince George's County for two terms in the Maryland House of Delegates, rising to the position of majority whip.

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9:28 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Maryland Governor to Sign Death Penalty Repeal Law

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to sign a measure repealing capital punishment in Maryland.

O'Malley, a Democrat, is set to sign the measure at a bill-signing ceremony on Thursday.

Maryland will become the 18th state to abolish the death penalty.

The state has five men on death row. The bill will not apply to them retroactively. However, the legislation makes it clear the governor can commute their sentences to life in prison without the possibility of parole. O'Malley has said he will consider them on a case-by-case basis.

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9:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Maryland Shark Fin Ban to be Signed into Law

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A shark fin bill passed by Maryland lawmakers is drawing support from fishing and conservation interests.

Environmental groups have long pushed for shark fin bans, noting shark populations are being decimated by the practice of finning in which live sharks are left to die after having their fins cut off for the lucrative trade in the Asian delicacy.

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9:36 am
Wed May 1, 2013

O'Malley Calls Baltimore Jail Indictments A Fight Against Gangs

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is casting the recently announced corruption case in a Baltimore jail in a positive light by saying it represents a strong step toward fighting gang crime.

O'Malley described it Tuesday as "a very positive achievement" in the state's fight to dismantle gangs.

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9:58 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Gov. Martin O'Malley Considers Presidential Run

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JERUSALEM (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a rising star in Democratic politics, said Wednesday that he is considering making a run for the White House in 2016 and will likely make a decision later this year.

O'Malley, in Jerusalem on a Mideast tour, said he was still undecided but intends to dedicate "reflection time" on whether to seek the Democratic nomination.

"I plan for the latter half of this year to dedicate some more thought time - reflection time - to the question of whether or not I would run in 2016," O'Malley, a former mayor of Baltimore, told reporters.

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