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7:48 am
Thu January 23, 2014

O'Malley Gives Last State of the State Speech

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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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8:18 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Balancing the MD State Budget

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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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8:25 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Governor Says Maryland Will Meet Health Insurance Exchange Goals

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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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11:31 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Green Home Company Praised by MD Governor In Financial Trouble

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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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11:14 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Governor Martin O'Malley Calls for Hike in Minimum Wage

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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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9:40 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Doug Gansler Admits He Should Have Done More at Teen Party

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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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11:46 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Unemployment Insurance Tax to Drop in Maryland

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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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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

MD House Speaker Michael Busch
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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

Del. Stephen Hershey Appointed to 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

New Transportation Secretary Jim Smith with Governor Martin O'Malley
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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

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler
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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

Governor Martin O'Malley at Health Exchange Ceremony
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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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