ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republicans in the governor's race agree the state government is essentially a business and the top administrator is an executive.
During a formal debate Thursday evening at Johns Hopkins University, the Republicans' fifth since January, they repeatedly accused Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration of making Maryland unfriendly to investors.
Ronald George and Charles Lollar both touted their business experience as a credential for leading the state. David Craig compared his position as Harford County Executive to managing an enormous business.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is already moving toward a "two-tier" minimum wage system, where counties will set their own minimums. But Gov. Martin O'Malley says he wants $10.10 to be the statewide minimum and let counties raise it from there.
O'Malley was arguing for the wage increase Monday before the Senate Finance Committee.
He said $10.10 is "pretty modest," considering the effects of inflation since 1968. The minimum wage that year would be $10.70 in today's economy, according to one measurement of inflation. Another puts it at $9.50.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican David Craig has officially announced that Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio will be his running mate in his bid for governor.
Haddaway-Riccio said Tuesday at a news conference in Annapolis that she has spent almost a decade as an Eastern Shore lawmaker fighting for lower taxes and a better business climate. She says she has also worked for a greater balance between environmental interests and the interests of agriculture and commercial fishing.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokesman for Republican David Craig says the Harford County executive has chosen Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio as his running mate in his run for governor.
Jim Pettit, Craig's campaign spokesman, confirmed the selection in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Thursday.
Pettit says two news conferences have been scheduled for Tuesday to announce her selection. One will be in the morning in Annapolis. The other will be in the afternoon in St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore.