The winners

2003 Legislative Session Closes

April 08, 2003

Michael E. Busch: House speaker flexes muscle, outmaneuvers governor, stops slots. Cas Taylor's shoes fit just fine.

Delaware and West Virginia: Maryland's gambling dollars continue to pay for their schools and roads, at least for one more year.

Brian E. Frosh: Nice-guy liberal senator makes Republicans miss ex-chairman Walter Baker. Blocks Ehrlich's environmental secretary, kills crime package.

James C. DiPaula Jr.: The man known as Chip makes fluid transition from campaign manager to budget chieftain, winning friends along the way.

Donald E. Murphy: The man behind medical marijuana proves more effective out of office than he was as a delegate.

Michael S. Steele: Still joined at hip with Ehrlich, lieutenant guv makes friends on both sides of the aisle. Plus, has enough sense to skip Polar Bear Plunge.

Alfred W. Redmer Jr.: House minority leader emerges as skillful defender of administration without getting caught up in its missteps.

Bill Rickman Jr.: Delaware Park owner keeps his track free of Maryland competition for at least another year.

Conservative Republicans: Inauguration euphoria doesn't fade. More and more, governor looks like one of their own.

"Wynn-Wynn": Rep. Albert R. Wynn helps clear the field for casino mogul Steve Wynn in future slots battles.

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