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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2012
Del. Jolene Ivey was elected to chair the all-Democratic Prince George's County House delegation Wednesday, succeeding Del. Melony Griffith. Ivey, 51. was first elected in 2007 and had previously served as second vice-chair. The Prince George's delegation is the House's second-largest, with 23 members, and often plays a pivotal role in close votes. Griffith, 49, has served two two-year terms as delegation chief. The delegation has a tradition of limiting the chairmanship to two terms.
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By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
A Baltimore County candidate for the House of Delegates acknowledged this week he wrote checks from his campaign account, a violation of campaign finance law that resulted in a $2,500 fine. Jay Jalisi, a Democrat running to represent western Baltimore County, wrote 28 checks from his campaign account from February through April, according to the Office of the State Prosecutor. Jalisi said his treasurer had suffered two strokes and had heart surgery in the months leading up to June's primary election.
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By Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake took her case for cutting a deal that will bring table games to a planned downtown casino to the city's House delegation last night, telling lawmakers the legislation expected to be considered in a special session next week will put cash-strapped Baltimore on the path to increased revenue. Meeting with the all-Democratic delegation at the recreation department headquarters at Druid Hill Park, the mayor urged the lawmakers to put aside their desire to use what is expected to be a closely contested vote for maximum leverage.  But she asked them to also consider the $45-$50 million in additional revenue the city expects to gain each year if table games are approved.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
Del. Emmett Burns, a Baltimore minister, directed his Sunday sermon at the children of his congregation, warning them to be careful in their dealings with police, after a white officer killed an unarmed 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Mo., last week. Burns, 73, who marched in the civil rights movement with activist Medgar Evers, echoed the sentiments of protesters in the St. Louis suburb and around the nation decrying the shooting of Michael Brown, but he said blacks need to recognize that they still face inequality.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2012
A spokesman for the developer of the Maryland Live Casino received a warm reception from a hometown crowd Thursday morning when he appeared before the Anne Arundel County legislative delegation to warn of grave damage to the Arundel Mills facility if Gov.Martin O'Malley's propoed gambling expansion legislation goes through the General Assembly unchanged. Cordish Cos.executive Joe Weinberg told county senators and delegates that the developer made its original bid to build its giant slots-only casino based on the assumption that there would be no competition from a rival inPrince George's County.
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May 16, 2013
Del. Steve Schuh was elected Friday to chair the Anne Arundel County delegation to the General Assembly. Schuh, a Republican from Gibson Island who is also a candidate for county executive, takes over from Del. Nic Kipke, a Pasadena Republican. Kipke was named House minority leader.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2012
Baltimore members of the House of Delegates will vote unanimously against any expansion of gambling in Maryland unless at least three conditions are met, delegation chairman Curtis Anderson said Monday morning as the General Assembly rushed toward what could either be adjournment or overtime. Anderson said the 18 city delegates would not vote for the gambling expansion sought by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller unless: 1.  The budget conference restores $2.5 million the Senate stripped from the capital budget for expansion of the Baltimore Convention Center.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. -- Maryland's delegation to the Republican National Convention doesn't include any headline speakers, but there is a nationally recognized figure within its ranks: Anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist. Norquist, the founder of Americans for Tax Reform, is staying at the same Tampa hotel as the 37 delegates, 34 alternates and party guests this week. Norquist, who lives in Washington, reached out to Maryland Republican leaders months ago to request four rooms from their hotel block.
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By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2011
Baltimore County's House and Senate delegations have voted to support County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's push to raise liquor and business license fees. Most of the fees have not been changed in more than 40 years. Kamenetz has described the increases as modest, affecting chain stores, parking garage operators, dry cleaners, restaurant owners and other businesses. State officials said they worked out a compromise with Kamenetz that lowered the increases and would not give the county authority to adjust the rates without further General Assembly approval.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2012
Maryland Republicans converge on Tampa this week to cast their ballots for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and get energized for the November election against President Barack Obama. "There's just a huge enthusiasm for the Romney-Ryan team, and we're glad to be a part of that," said state Del. Kathy Szeliga, a member of the Maryland delegation to the Republican National Convention. "Even though it's very tough for Romney to get elected here in Maryland, we feel like across the country his message is right: 'It's the economy, and we're the party that's going to turn it around.'" As Szeliga notes, the GOP ticket is likely to be a tough sell in Maryland.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Republican members of the House of Delegates are asking Gov. Martin O'Malley how Maryland will deal with the children coming to the state in the wave of unaccompanied minors from Central America entering the United States illegally. In a letter Tuesday to O'Malley, the House GOP caucus asked several questions, including how many immigrant children are expected, how they will be sheltered, what public services they will need and how much it will cost. Republicans urged the governor to brief General Assembly members on the state's response.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Five members of Maryland's congressional delegation said for the first time Friday they believe the punishment handed down to Ravens running back Ray Rice by the NFL is insufficient, adding to a growing chorus of elected officials who are raising questions about league commisioner Roger Goodell's decision. “Domestic violence carries a stigma, and the little to no punishment many abusers receive only strengthens that stigma and further endangers victims,” said Baltimore Rep. Elijah E. Cummings.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
James Rogers Miller Jr., a former state delegate from Montgomery County who spent 15 years as a federal district judge in Baltimore, died of congestive heart failure June 25 at HeartFields Assisted Living at Easton. He was 83. "Judge Miller was an outstanding and brilliant jurist," said U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander, who clerked for Judge Miller in the 1970s. "He tirelessly and skillfully pursued the just resolution of every case. He had an unwavering commitment to the rule of law and an uncompromising integrity.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
Now that Republicans have chosen their candidate in November's race for Anne Arundel County executive, Democrat George F. Johnson IV says he's eager to begin the campaign. "It's time to roll our sleeves up," said Johnson, who faces Republican Steve Schuh in the Nov. 4 election. Schuh defeated incumbent Laura Neuman in last week's primary. Johnson, 60, has outlined a platform of spending more on schools and teacher salaries, supporting public safety and completing pollution control projects.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
A Republican Party unity event Thursday did not bring unification to a pair of state delegates from Severna Park, who reportedly got into an argument that ended with a police report. Anne Arundel County Police officers took a statement from Del. Cathy Vitale, who said Del. Tony McConkey cursed at her and raised his hand at her at the Maryland Republican Party event at the Columbian Center on Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. No charges were filed in the case. Vitale told an officer she went to shake McConkey's hand and congratulate him on his victory in Tuesday's election.
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June 25, 2014
Twelve years ago, when the General Assembly was debating the enactment of the Thornton school funding formula that has done so much to support the advances of Baltimore's schools in recent years, the city's delegation in Annapolis included 10 senators and 29 delegates. Among them were the chairs of the budget committees in both the House and the Senate, plus a number of other committee chairs and top leaders in both chambers. During the next General Assembly term, the legislature is due to revisit the Thornton formula, but thanks to population losses and the sharp curtailment at court order of districts that cross the city-county line, Baltimore's delegation will have six senators (only five of whom will live in the city)
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Editorial from The Aegis | February 20, 2014
After years of lumbering to Annapolis like a brain-starved zombie in search of a fight, the Harford County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly has begun to show signs not only of life, but also of civilized behavior. The occasion came this month, early enough in the 90-day session that, if the pulse can be sustained, it may be possible for the generally dysfunctional group to accomplish something meaningful. The impetus for the unusual behavior among our local legislators - behavior generally considered normal for the small-to-medium-sized delegations representing Maryland's counties - was the recent failure of Harford County Public Schools to send a representative to a state board of public works meeting.
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November 30, 1994
Howard County's General Assembly delegation will hold a public hearing tonight on local bills being prepared for the 1995 session, including an ethics measure that was vetoed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer in May.The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.The delegation will consider reintroducing the ethics bill, which would require applicants for zoning changes to formally disclose political campaign contributions to County Council members, who also sit as the Zoning Board.
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June 18, 2014
Perhaps the most hotly contested - or at least the nastiest - local race in the state this year is the Republican primary for executive in Anne Arundel County. Incumbent Laura Neuman, a political novice who was appointed to the job last year after John Leopold resigned in disgrace, is fighting a challenge from Del. Steve Schuh, who had been planning for this race before most people in Arundel political circles had even heard of Ms. Neuman. They are spending unprecedented sums of money for a primary in Anne Arundel, and most of it appears dedicated to tearing each other down.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Sixth in a series of profiles of candidates for governor. Not long into her campaign for governor, Democrat Heather R. Mizeur coined a response to the question still dogging her today: Can she win? To the pundits and the radio hosts, to donors and supporters across the state, to everyone who says she's an intriguing choice but seems a long shot, Mizeur gives the same optimistic answer: "This campaign is about breaking the illusion of impossibility. " The improbable, if not impossible, would be an astronomical ascent in Maryland politics from the House of Delegates to the governor's mansion as the state's first female governor and the first openly gay person to be elected governor in the country.
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