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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Rep. Andy Harris, Maryland's sole Republican in Congress, said Friday he is seeking the chairmanship of an influential conservative caucus of lawmakers in the House of Representatives. The Cockeysville lawmaker wants to lead the Republican Study Committee, a group that has grown with the wave of conservatives — including Harris — who swept the party to power in the chamber in 2010. The caucus represents more than two-thirds of all House Republicans, giving its leader a powerful bloc with which to influence legislation.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Rep. Andy Harris, Maryland's sole Republican in Congress, said Friday he is seeking the chairmanship of an influential conservative caucus of lawmakers in the House of Representatives. The Cockeysville lawmaker wants to lead the Republican Study Committee, a group that has grown with the wave of conservatives — including Harris — who swept the party to power in the chamber in 2010. The caucus represents more than two-thirds of all House Republicans, giving its leader a powerful bloc with which to influence legislation.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | November 18, 2001
EASTON -- They sure didn't look like rabble-rousers as they sat in the yellow and white tent, sampling wild game and soaking up some late fall sunshine. But the members of the newly formed Maryland Sportsmen's Legislative Caucus might be the rebel elite of the next session in Annapolis. The 60-member group came together toward the end of this year's legislative session, when sportsmen were feeling besieged by the Glendening administration on issues ranging from trapping to youth hunting programs.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2013
The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland is pushing legislation to close what it describes as loopholes in state law that allow police to keep DNA samples from people never convicted of crimes. Del. Jill P. Carter, a Baltimore Democrat, said Friday she is preparing — with caucus backing — to introduce a bill that would subject all DNA collected by Maryland police to the restrictive standards used for genetic information taken from people charged with violent crimes and burglaries.
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April 26, 1991
Maryland's William Donald Schaefer was cited by the Nationa Women's Political Caucus yesterday as the governor naming the highest percentage of women to his Cabinet.The group's annual survey found that Governor Schaefer had named seven women to his 17-member Cabinet, or 41.2 percent. Washington Gov. Booth Gardner came in second with 33.3 percent and Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson was third with 31.9 percent, according to the survey.Caucus officials said they were aware when compiling the lists that two women appointed by Mr. Schaefer -- Linda D'Amario Rossi and Adele A. Wilzack -- were resigning but were unaware that a man had since replaced Ms. Wilzack.
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By Karin Remesch and Sherrie Ruhl and Karin Remesch and Sherrie Ruhl,Staff Writers | May 23, 1993
Amid claims that national religious groups circumvented the rules to get their candidate nominated to the Harford school board, the 33-year-old nominating process is about to be revamped.Leaders of the Permanent Nominating Caucus plan to meet tomorrow to begin their review, said Dee Schuette, the chairwoman.The caucus drew criticism when the Harford teachers union demanded a new vote, citing "a deliberate effort by religious groups to stack the deck" to secure the nomination of the candidate they backed, H. Everett Smith.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 26, 1996
The Maryland Legislative Black Caucus is planning a big rally in Annapolis on Feb. 3 to press the case for an increase in state school aid to Baltimore and the state's other poorer jurisdictions.Caucus members, supported by clergy and community leaders, said yesterday that they hope to attract at least 10,000 registered voters to the event, which they have dubbed "Education First Mobilization Day.""It will be the biggest mobilization since the civil rights days," said state Sen. Larry Young, a West Baltimore Democrat and chairman of the caucus.
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By Laura Smitherman and Laura Smitherman,laura.smitherman@baltsun.com | September 17, 2008
The Maryland Senate Republican Caucus voted unanimously yesterday to elect Sen. Allan H. Kittleman as minority leader and Sen. Nancy Jacobs as the minority whip, elevating a moderate and a social conservative to the leadership posts. Kittleman, who represents Howard County, has quickly risen through the party's ranks and had served as minority whip with fellow moderate Sen. David R. Brinkley of Frederick County. He and Jacobs ran uncontested after Brinkley decided not to run again for minority leader, citing personal reasons.
BUSINESS
By Kate McKenna and Kate McKenna,States News Service | July 17, 1991
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tom McMillen of Maryland and three other members of Congress have formed the Congressional Biotechnology Caucus -- designed to ensure that the United States retains its competitive advantage."
NEWS
By Sherrie Ruhl and Sherrie Ruhl,Staff Writer | May 24, 1992
Thomas D. Hess of Abingdon and Anne Ober of Jarrettsville have been endorsed by the county's Permanent Nominating Caucus as the top candidates to fill vacancies on the Harford Board of Education.Hess, 45, who works at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, will be nominated by the caucus to the governor to fill the Abingdon/Edgewood region seat. Ober, 39, director of Health Services for Villa Maria, will be nominated to fill the North Harford region seat.The governor is not bound to appoint either and can choose from the field of 12 candidates -- one of whom filed as an at-large candidate for either seat -- that have applied for the vacancies.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, locked out of pursuing a higher leadership role in this Congress, formally requested another term as the top-ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee in a letter to his colleagues Tuesday. Van Hollen, among his party's top spokesmen on fiscal issues, had been discussed as a possible candidate for a more formal leadership role. But that talk ended when longtime ally and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi decided to remain in the party's No. 1 spot.
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By Annie Linskey, The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2012
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley was in this first-in-the-nation caucus state Sunday to give the keynote address to hundreds at a Democratic barbecue - a role frequently reserved for likely presidential candidates. The invitation, and decision to speak, is a step on O'Malley's march toward national prominence and fuels speculation about a possible run for the White House in 2016. Previous headliners at Sen. Tom Harkin's annual "Steak Fry" include Barack Obama, Richard Gephardt, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2012
Democratic members of the Maryland Senate  caucused Wednesday morning  in Annapolis, apparently summoned by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller to discuss the prospects for special sessions of the General Assembly this year. More than half the members of the Senate's majority party got together at 8 a.m. in the James Senate Office Building. Senators said they expect Miller to take soundings on how much support he could count on for plans to raise income taxes to avert hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts.
NEWS
by Annie Linskey | March 26, 2012
Wearing hoodies, members of Maryland Legislative Black Caucus this afternoon called upon the U.S. Department of Justice to examine a Florida law that has become controversial in the wake of the death of Trayvon Martin. "We believe justice has not been served," said Sen. Catherine Pugh, a Baltimore Democrat who leads the Black Caucus. "We want people in the city, state and country to realize we have to be more culturally sensitive. " "You should not make assumptions because of what someone is wearing ... or the color of their skin," Pugh said.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2012
Republicans in the House of Representatives, still reeling from last month's fight over extending a popular payroll tax cut, will converge on Baltimore Thursday for a retreat intended to map out a new political strategy that can bind their unwieldy caucus together. The three-day event, which will take place largely behind closed doors at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel, will bring to the Inner Harbor hundreds of federal lawmakers from across the country, their staffs and other Republican luminaries.
NEWS
by Annie Linskey | January 10, 2012
Del. Anthony J. O'Donnell was re-elected to a sixth term as the House GOP leader Tuesday, putting to rest any questions about an insurrection in his caucus. O'Donnell, of Calvert and St. Mary's counties, said his caucus would play defense this session, trying to "stop damage to our economy" that he believes Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Democratic led legislature will unleash.  He called the idea of increasing the gas tax "offensive" and "so out of sync with where we find oursevles.
NEWS
By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF | January 21, 2004
With Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. set to submit his budget, the Legislative Black Caucus and other lawmakers made pleas yesterday for the governor to fully fund the Thornton plan to ensure all Maryland children receive a quality education. The black caucus, in an uncommon sign of solidarity, said during a news conference that its members stood united in a call for Ehrlich to make education funding the state's No. 1 priority. Caucus members said they do not intend to negotiate deals with the administration.
NEWS
By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | February 7, 1998
The Legislative Black Caucus decided yesterday not to take a position on the Senate's decision to expel Sen. Larry Young last month.Del. Clarence M. Mitchell IV said his motion to draft a resolution to look into whether the Senate denied Young due process failed on a tie vote, 8-8. Fewer than half of the 35 members of the House-Senate caucus voted. Most black senators stayed away.The vote was taken behind closed doors after members decided to go into executive session to discuss what they called "personnel matters."
NEWS
January 4, 2012
As political theater, the Republican Party's Iowa caucuses came through: A photo finish with a mere 8 votes separating winner Mitt Romney from the runner-up, former Sen. Rick Santorum. Throw in a third-place for Rep. Ron Paul as well as a decent showing by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The rest of the field were poor also-rans with their viability at an end, Michele Bachmann being simply the first to recognize that reality. But as for the predictive value of the nation's first presidential voting?
NEWS
By Annie Linskey and John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2011
Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley released his congressional redistricting plan Saturday evening, hours after a handful of African-American lawmakers walked out of a Legislative Black Caucus meeting and prevented the group from taking an official position on an earlier draft. O'Malley's map makes only a handful of changes to the boundaries drawn by an advisory committee, adding some neighborhoods in Montgomery County to the 8th Congressional District that Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen had requested.
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