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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley plans Friday to unveil a new cellphone security system at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

The technology automatically blocks calls from all cellphones inside the building, except a small number of phones assigned to employees. It also allows any phone to call 911.

It's a misdemeanor to smuggle a cellphone into a Maryland correctional facility. In 2007, an inmate used a cellphone to arrange the killing of a Baltimore County witness.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says he is preparing for a possible run for president.

The Maryland Democrat tells The Washington Post that he can't waste time waiting for Hillary Rodham Clinton to decide whether she will run in 2016. He says he needs to get started on the groundwork for a national campaign.

On Friday, O'Malley reported raising nearly $1.7 million last year with his political action committee, O' Say Can You See.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Supporters of a higher minimum wage plan to rally in Annapolis, but business owner Mark Pringle says higher wages would mean higher prices at his ice cream shops.

Pringle owns four Cold Stone Creamery shops. He tells The Capital that most of his 15 to 20 employees are either in high school or starting community college. Most make the state's current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

Gov. Martin O'Malley has proposed raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to help people get health insurance retroactive to Jan. 1, if problems with a state website kept them from doing so will be taking effect.

Gov. Martin O'Malley signed emergency legislation on Thursday in Annapolis to put it into effect immediately.

The measure will enable people who couldn't get through to enroll in Maryland health exchange insurance to be insured by the Maryland Health Insurance Plan. The program is a separate safety net plan that has served as a high-risk pool for state residents without insurance.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has given final approval to a bill to help people who could not enroll in a private health plan on Maryland's health exchange website due to computer problems last year.

The Senate voted 34-7 on Wednesday to agree with changes made by the House.

The change requires the Maryland Health Insurance Plan to report to legislative panels about how enrollment is going for people who sought coverage for Jan. 1 but couldn't get through the website in time.

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ANNAPOLIS (AP) - Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley highlighted his administration's successes while noting problems the state has had with its health care exchange.

The Democrat reflected on his time in office as he gave his eithth and last State of the State address.

He talked about a sweeping a gun-control measure the General Assembly approved last year and the state's  repeal of the death penalty as notable successes. he also underscored Maryland's passage of same-sex marriage rights and a version of the Dream Act.

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The term-limited governor will give his eighth State of the State speech to the Maryland General Assembly early Thursday afternoon.

O'Malley typically outlines his priorities for the legislative session in the speech. This year, the Democratic governor is placing an emphasis on raising the state's minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour by 2016. O'Malley also wants to index the minimum wage in 2017 to keep up with inflation.

The Democratic governor is proposing to increase the cash wage rate for tipped workers from 50 percent to 70 percent of the minimum wage.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A top Maryland budget analyst is encouraging lawmakers to create a greater budget cushion than one included in Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget plan.

Warren Deschenaux said Monday lawmakers should aim to create a fund balance of about $100 million for the next fiscal year. He says the budget submitted by O'Malley last week has about a $30-million cushion.

That's above the state's Rainy Day Fund of about $800 million, but lawmakers and analysts always aim to have that money safely set aside without needing to be tapped.

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Governor Martin O’Malley says he believes that Maryland’s troubled health insurance exchange will meet its enrollment goal by the end of March.

During an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” O’Malley admitted there were problems with the complex technology but said that the state is more than half way towards meeting its goal.

While exceeding expectation on the Medicaid front the state has only enrolled just over 20-thosuand people in private plans.

The goal is 150-thousand.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A Maryland homebuilder praised by Gov. Martin O'Malley for its environmental innovation says it's struggling financially because it grew too fast.

The Frederick News-Post reported Monday that Stevensville-based Nexus EnergyHomes faces lawsuits from seven contractors and complaints from homeowners in its North Pointe development in Frederick.

The company has two other projects in Frederick County, one in Upper Marlboro and one in North Charleston, S.C.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is urging supporters of raising the minimum wage in Maryland to sign a petition.

The Democratic governor in an email from his political action committee on Thursday says he believes the state must make the choice to raise the minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 an hour.

O'Malley says is expecting a long and difficult effort. A measure to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10 by 2015 stalled in a Senate committee in the last legislative session.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says he should have done more to see if there was underage drinking at teen beach party he visited.

Gansler, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, spoke to reporters Thursday about stopping by the June party in Delaware. He said he needed to meet his 19-year-old son to talk to about travel plans.

A photo obtained by The Baltimore Sun and published Thursday shows Gansler amid a group of partying teens. Some of the young people are dancing and there are several red plastic cups visible.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has announced that unemployment insurance tax rates will be going down for Maryland employers.

O'Malley said Wednesday that the rates have dropped again due to progress with the state's economic recovery.

In 2012, the highest rates were in effect, with a range of 2.2 percent to 13.5 percent of the first $8,500 in annual wages.

Last year, the tax rates went down to a range of rates of 1 percent to 10.5 percent. Next year, the lowest range of rates will be in effect. That range includes rates of .3 percent to 7.5 percent.

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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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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.

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.

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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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.

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.


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.


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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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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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.


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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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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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.


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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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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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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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.