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9:05 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Gov. Martin O'Malley Crashes GOP Party

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Governor Martin O’Malley went party crashing in Tampa yesterday.


The Maryland Democrat showed up in a surprise visit as part of his party’s rapid-response center in the Florida enclave.


He slammed the GOP’s presidential standard bearer predicting that Mitt Romney’s economic plans would spell disaster for the middle class.


O’Malley took aim at Romney’s background as a corporate buyout specialist saying that the lessons the nominee learned should not be applied to a national economy.

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12:12 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Governor O'Malley to Speak at Democratic National Convention

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will be a speaker at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., next month.


The Democratic National Convention Committee announced additional speakers on Monday.


O'Malley has a high profile in the party, frequently appearing on national television shows. O'Malley also is the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.


O'Malley, who is in his second term, also had a speaking role in the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

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12:18 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Governor O'Malley Signs Gambling Expansion Bill

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a measure to allow table games like roulette at casinos and a gambling venue in Prince George's County.

The governor signed the bill Wednesday, hours after a special session ended after midnight.

The Democratic Governor says the second special session of the year has created a comprehensive solution to a number of issues that were affecting Maryland's gaming industry and its ability to compete with surrounding states.

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9:10 am
Tue August 14, 2012

MACo Meets Amidst Fiscal Worries

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When the Maryland Association of Counties gathers in Ocean City this week there will be some tough questions about the cuts that local government leaders are now facing.

Many have seen their budgets slashed with falling property tax revenues in the wake of the housing bust.

And they face footing the entire teacher pension bill.

Howard County executive and former president of the Association Ken Ullman told the Salisbury Daily Times that there is a real tension between county leaders and the state.

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11:35 am
Fri August 10, 2012

DE & MD Governors: Loosen Ethanol Requirements

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — The governors of Delaware and Maryland are joining an effort to persuade federal officials to ease renewable fuel standards because of a severe drought that has led to a drop in corn supplies and a corresponding increase in corn prices.

Govs. Jack Markell of Delaware and Martin O'Malley of Maryland sent a letter Thursday to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency asking the agency to relax rules requiring that a percentage of the corn crop go to making ethanol.

Similar pleas have been made by the two states' congressional delegations.

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9:45 am
Thu August 9, 2012

MD Special Session on Gambling Expansion Opens Today

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers and casino owners are reviewing Gov. Martin O'Malley's 55-page measure to expand gambling on the eve of a special session.

O'Malley, for his part, said Wednesday the bill will increase state revenue and jobs. He also says he's "so sick of this issue" and wants to settle it. The Senate wil convene the special session Thursday.

The gambling proposals would allow table games like blackjack and a new casino site in Prince George's County that could open in 2016.

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12:12 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Annapolis Takes Up Gambling Expansion in August

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has called for a special session to expand gambling in Maryland to begin in about two weeks.

O'Malley said at a news conference Friday in Annapolis with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller that the session will begin on Aug 9. O'Malley says expanded gambling will create more revenue and jobs for the state.

Efforts to expand gambling in the regular session collapsed in the final hours in April. A work group that was convened last month to address the issue failed to reach a consensus.

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12:12 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

O'Malley Sets Up PAC

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley has set up a political action committee with the Federal Elections Commission.

Documents for the "O'Say Can You See" PAC were filed Monday with the FEC.

PACs are used to raise money to campaign for or against political candidates, ballot initiatives or legislation. In the documents filed with the FEC, a box is checked indicating that the committee supports or opposes more than one federal candidate.

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9:04 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Special Session On Gambling Expansion Expected From MD Governor

ANNAPOLIS, Md  (AP) House Speaker Michael Busch says he believes Governor Martin O’Malley has decided to go ahead with a special legislative session to expand gambling in Maryland.

O’Malley held a meeting with House Democrats to get them up to speed for announcement.

Busch says that he believes the Governor thinks the votes are there for legislative approval.

The session would look at adding a 6th casino site in Prince George’s County and adding table games such as blackjack.

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8:46 am
Thu July 19, 2012

O'Malley Works To Allay Baltimore Fears About Gambling Expansion

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael Busch are trying to allay the concerns that Baltimore lawmakers have about how a casino in Prince George's County could hurt a planned casino in Baltimore.

O'Malley, Busch and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake met with about half of the city's 18-member House delegation at City Hall for about 90 minutes behind closed doors on Wednesday.

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12:16 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Gambling Expansion Talks Shift To Baltimore

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The push to round up votes to hold a special session for gambling expansion is shifting to Baltimore.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, House Speaker Michael Busch and Gov. Martin O'Malley are scheduled to meet with the city's House delegation in Baltimore on Wednesday.

Rawlings-Blake has expressed support for expanding gambling to allow table games at a planned Baltimore casino.

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9:03 am
Wed July 18, 2012

MD Governor Hopeful for Solving Impasse on Gambling Expansion

Governor Martin O’Malley says he more confident now about reaching a consensus for a special session this summer to expand gambling by adding table games and a new casino in Prince George’s County.

His remarks come after meeting yesterday with top legislative leaders Senate president Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch at the Governor’s residence.

The Maryland Governor told reporters that he expects the last issue will be resolve sooner rather than later.

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8:41 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Still A Chance to Expand Gambling in Maryalnd This Year

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley is set to meet with the presiding officers of the Legislature to discuss the prospects of holding a special session in the next few weeks to expand gambling.

O'Malley is scheduled to meet with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller on Tuesday morning at the governor's residence in Annapolis.

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12:21 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Last Ditch Effort In Maryland to Expand Gambling This Year

There are some last minute efforts to revive the prospects for expanded gambling in Maryland.

Gov. Martin O'Malley is set to meet with top Prince George's and Montgomery County officials as well as the Mayor of Baltimore today.

Tomorrow O'Malley is set to meet with House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Mike Miller.

Lawmakers have had trouble reaching an agreement on how to allow table games and a sixth casino in Prince George's County.

O'Malley has said he will call a special session, if lawmakers can work out an agreement.

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9:07 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Governor Martin O'Malley Attends National Governor Association Meeting

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Gov. Martin O'Malley will be joining his counterparts in neighboring Virginia for the National Governors Association summer meeting.

The meeting is being held on Thursday in Williamsburg.

The 104th Annual meeting of the NGA will run from Thursday until Sunday.

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8:57 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Animal Pollution Measure Comes Under Attack In Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A state senator from Harford County is taking aim at proposed regulations intended to keep manure and livestock out of Maryland streams.

The proposals are the subject of a legislative committee hearing Tuesday in Annapolis and a series of regional public meetings starting Tuesday in Bel Air.

Republican Sen. Barry Glassman said Monday that the proposed changes to Maryland's nutrient management rules could regulate farmers out of business.

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8:57 am
Mon July 9, 2012

No Special Session on Gambling in Annapolis Next Week

There will be no special legislative session next week on expanding gambling in the state of Maryland.

Governor Martin O’Malley has confirmed that he will not call a second special session to consider table games and a sixth casino.

State Senator Jim Mathias told the Salisbury Daily Times that there are only a couple of weeks left to get a measure on the November ballot.

The Eastern Shore Democrat says he believes the expansion could make Maryland more competitive with other states like Delaware and Pennsylvania that have continued to expand gambling.

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8:46 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Maryland Governor Praises High Court Ruling on Health Care Reform

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown say the Supreme Court's health care ruling gives considerable momentum to health care reform efforts in Maryland.

In a joint statement, O'Malley and Brown said Thursday they remain committed to moving forward.

Maryland has passed legislation to create a health care exchange, setting up standards and regulations to run the program and creating the framework for a marketplace where individuals and small businesses can buy coverage.

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8:56 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Maryland Will Push Ahead With Reforms Despite US Court Decision On Health Care

Whatever the US Supreme Court decides about the constitutionality of the Health Care Reform Act today the state of Maryland plans to push ahead with the reforms.

Those could include a state-run health insurance exchange even if that provision is struck down by the High Court.

Governor Martin O’Malley told reporters to expect Maryland to be in the forefront of health care reform if left with going on a state-by-state basis.

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9:40 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Special Session in Annapolis Not in the Cards for Gambling Expansion

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A workgroup has failed to reach a consensus on gambling expansion in Maryland, meaning there will be no special session on the issue, and a sixth casino will not be recommended for Prince George's County this year.

After a three-hour delay Wednesday afternoon on the start of the group's final public meeting, the group of lawmakers and advisers to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley admitted that a consensus of the 11 members could not be reached.

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9:18 am
Fri June 15, 2012

O'Malley Meets with MGM Officials on Casino Option

 ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Officials with Las Vegas casino operator MGM are scheduled to meet with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley about plans for a potential casino near the nation's capital.

The governor has a Friday morning meeting scheduled in Annapolis with MGM representatives about the possibility of opening a casino at National Harbor.

A work group O'Malley convened is studying the possibility of allowing table games like blackjack and poker in the state.

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8:25 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Experts to Testify In Annapolis About Gambling Expansion

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A work group of lawmakers and aides to Gov. Martin O'Malley that is studying a potential expansion of gambling in Maryland is scheduled to hear from analysts who have been looking at the proposals.

The meeting is set for Tuesday in Annapolis.

Lawmakers will hear from analysts from PricewaterhouseCoopers. They'll talk about their findings on a potential gambling expansion.

O'Malley has said he will call a special session next month to take up the expansion, if lawmakers can reach a consensus on how to do that.

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8:25 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Special Session in Annpolis on Gambling Set for Week of July 9

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's legislative leadership has announced a possible date for a special session to consider the expansion of gambling.

Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch said Monday evening that if a work group reaches a consensus, a special session will be held the week of July 9.

The Work Group to Consider Gaming Expansion will study the issue and may propose legislation that the General Assembly could consider at the special session.

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8:53 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Arsenic Chicken Additive To Be Banned in Maryland

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to sign a bill this week that would make Maryland the first state to ban an arsenic additive in chicken feed.

Last month, state lawmakers passed a bill banning the use of Roxarsone, a chemical used to help the birds grow and fight parasites.

Pfizer Inc., which distributes Roxarsone, stopped selling the chemical in July after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration study found higher levels of inorganic arsenic in chicken treated with

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8:24 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Annapolis Could See Final Passage of Budget Bill

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates is set to vote on a package of budget measures in a special session.

The House vote on Wednesday could wrap the session, if no changes are made to the bills that already have passed the state Senate.

One measure would increase state income taxes on individuals who make more than $100,000 a year in taxable income and couples who earn more than $150,000.

A companion bill would start shifting some teacher pension costs to local governments over four years.

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8:54 am
Tue May 15, 2012

New Spectic Regulations Come Under Fire in Annapolis

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland senators are criticizing regulations proposed by the Maryland Department of the Environment that would require the use of best available technology for nitrogen removal septic systems in new construction near the Chesapeake Bay or Atlantic Coastal Bays watershed.

The matter came up during debate Monday during a special session that has been called to address budget matters.

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8:45 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Dooms Day Budget Could be Avoided With Maryland Senate Vote

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is poised to vote on a package of budget measures in a special session.

The Senate is set to take a vote needed to send the legislation to the House of Delegates on Tuesday.

The special session, which began Monday, has been called by Gov. Martin O'Malley to avert about $500 million in cuts triggered by a "doomsday budget" that was triggered when lawmakers failed to pass a package of legislation during the regular 90-day session last month.

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8:45 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Special Session in Annapolis Considers Revenue Measures

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Lawmakers are heading back to Annapolis

for a three-day special session to approve a budget deal hashed out by Gov. Martin O'Malley and House and Senate leaders.

The deal includes income tax increases for individuals making $100,000 or more and households making $150,000 or more. The Democratic governor says the tax hikes are necessary to avoid cuts to education and other critical services.

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10:35 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Wicomico County Executive: O'Malley Should Have A Relationship With Perdue

Governor O'Malley at April 18 Delmarva Poultry Industry Dinner
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“And your problem is what?”

That’s the to-the-point response offered by Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt on criticism lodged at Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s alleged -“cozy relationship” with an attorney for Perdue Farms Incorporated.

 

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8:53 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Environmental Group Charges Close Ties Between O'Malley and Perdue Farms

 

The national consumer group Food & Water Watch criticized Governor Martin O’Malley’s close relationship with Perdue Farms calling it – in the organization’s words – unnervingly close and direct.

The criticism comes after a Freedom of Information Act revealed 70 pages of emails between O’Malley and Herb Frerichs, the general counsel for Perdue business services.

The subjects range from chicken waste incineration to wind energy.

Food & Water Watch noted that there were several exchanges going back to August of 2010.

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