Martin O'Malley



“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.



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.


           There could be two special legislative sessions in Annapolis this year.

            One would deal with a revenue package that would avoid a half a billion in drastic spending cuts while another would focus the expansion of gambling in the state.

            Governor Martin O’Malley told reporters yesterday that both of these issues deserve a hearing and some resolution.

            O’Malley said that the $500 million in cuts that would be triggered by the failure to increase the income tax could have a dramatic impact in education.


      RIVA, Md. (AP) - Crabs in the Chesapeake Bay had an easier winter this year than last when cold killed off nearly a third of them.

     But while the winter was warmer, it followed two major fall storms that dumped tons of trash, mud and sediments into the bay.

     Answers to how the weather has treated the bay's biggest money maker are expected to be released Thursday at a crab house in Riva, where Gov. Martin O'Malley is to make an announcement about the crab fishery.


      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says he accepts part of the blame for the breakdown that led to $512 million in cuts instead of new tax revenues and alternative savings in state spending.

     O'Malley, who spoke on WTOP Thursday, said "we all hold blame," referring to himself and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch.


      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley and first lady Katie O'Malley will be attending the premiere screening of the film "Bully."

     The screening on Thursday night will be followed by a town hall discussion on the effects of bullying in Maryland's schools and communities.

     Acting Director of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students David Esquith is scheduled to attend, as well as bullying expert Rosalind Wiseman, students, parents and educators.


      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says he has no plans to call a special session until legislative leaders have a plan to avoid more than $500 million in cuts that are scheduled to take effect on July 1.

     The governor's press secretary tells The Baltimore Sun that there has to be some kind of consensus before O'Malley would consider bringing lawmakers back to Annapolis. Lawmakers this week failed to pass a budget package that included raising taxes on those making more than $100,000 a year.



            Around 500 Marylanders joined hands around the State House building in Annapolis last night calling it a circle of support for the offshore wind energy legislation now pending in the General Assembly.
            They were equipped with eco-friendly glow-in-the-dark miniature wind turbines handmade banners and signs and wearing electric blue t-shirts.

             The Salisbury Daily Times reports…that neither lawmakers nor activists could remember ever seeing the State House encircled like this.


       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate is moving toward a vote on its version of the state budget.

     Lawmakers are expected to vote Thursday on four measures that are being used in tandem to balance the state's books for the next fiscal year and cut the state's long-running structural deficit in half.

     The Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday night.


     ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley wants to sell lawmakers on his plan to create a 6 percent sales tax on gasoline.

     The governor is expected to testify on the bill Wednesday afternoon before the state Senate Budget and Taxation Committee as well as the House of Delegates Environmental Matters and Ways and Means Committees.

     His plan would apply the sales to gasoline in 2 percent increments for three years, generating about $613 million annually. Maryland's 23.5-cents per gallon gas tax has not been raised since 1992.


       A record 429-thousand acres of cover crops were planted this past fall and exceeds to goal set for 2013.

      Governor Martin O’Malley hailed the new figures, saying that this demonstrates Maryland farmers are taking the lead in protecting the Chesapeake Bay and the region’s quality.

     Cover crops are one of the key ways the state reduces nutrient runoff and soil erosion.




      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley says increasing fees on water use and limiting where developers can put new septic systems are essential to preserving the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

     The Democratic governor spoke to the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee Tuesday afternoon, advocating for change to the state's so-called "flush tax" that would charge residents and business based on how much water they use.

     The tax, created by former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, supports


       ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is elaborating on his

proposal to phase in the state's sales tax to apply to gasoline.

     The measure is expected to be introduced Tuesday. It would phase in a 2 percent increase each year for three years.

     Local governments would receive a significant portion of the new revenue for transportation.

During his state of the state address, Governor Martin O'Malley asked for more revenue to shore up transportation and education in Maryland. However, Republicans responded by sharply criticizing the Governor's tax proposals as well as his executive order, PlanMaryland, that would coordinate state and local actions to control development.