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November 6, 2004
DEAR MR. Etiquette: State Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr. has been holding tailgate parties at Terrapins home football games with beer and inviting us students to join in. My buds think this is great. Where else can you go and not worry about getting carded? But now I hear that a local city councilman has filed a complaint with the State Ethics Commission. He says our honorary frat brother has "debased his office." Apparently, it's against the law to drink in campus parking lots. Not to mention the fact that you have to be 21. But the senator shot back that college students would never drink in front of his august presence.
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By Anica Butler and Anica Butler,SUN REPORTER | November 8, 2006
State Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr. appeared lost for the second time this fall in one of the most hotly contested races in Anne Arundel County, with all precincts reporting last night. Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch fought off three Republican newcomers in District 30; Del. Terry R. Gilleland Jr. was trailing in District 32; and Dels. Donald H. Dwyer Jr. and Tony McConkey were locked in nail-biters to hold on to their seats, with at least 15,000 absentee ballots and an unknown number of provisional ballots countywide had yet to be tallied.
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By Phillip McGowan and Phillip McGowan,SUN REPORTER | September 28, 2006
State Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr. appeared poised yesterday to re-enter the District 21 Senate race, as the state Republican Party welcomed the former Democrat to the GOP and two Republican Party chairmen were moving to nominate him. "We are very happy about Senator Giannetti's decision to switch to the Republican Party and look forward to him as our candidate in the general election," said state Republican Party Chairman John M. Kane. Earlier in the day, the chairman of the Anne Arundel County Republican Central Committee, Chuck Gast, formally nominated Giannetti to fill the vacancy left by the District 21 primary winner, John Stafford, said state GOP spokeswoman Audra Miller.
NEWS
October 22, 2006
Anne Arundel Plane crash kills 2 at Tipton Arport A single-engine airplane crashed Thursday afternoon soon after taking off from Tipton Airport, killing two passengers, officials said. One of the victims was reported to be the chief executive of a Chicago plastics recycling company. The plane - a Piper PA 46 - crashed in a heavily wooded area and caught fire about a half-mile from the airport's runway, said officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 4, 1998
The 1-year-old calico cat that belonged to John A. Giannetti Jr., a Democrat who won his race for state delegate in a district that encompasses Laurel and North Laurel, died Monday -- four days after it was shot in front of Giannetti's Laurel townhouse."
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By JEAN MARBELLA | October 2, 2006
John A. Giannetti Jr. faced his first defining moment as a Republican at a Wawa in Prince George's County last week. The state senator had been through a whiplashing, whirlwind several days in which, having decisively lost in the Democratic primary, he decided to switch sides and run as a Republican against the guy who beat him. He applied to switch his party registration Tuesday, and went the next day to the P.G. County Board of Elections to make sure it was approved.
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By John Fritze and John Fritze,Sun reporter | August 27, 2006
State Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr., a College Park Democrat locked in a tough re-election battle, has overstated the size of political contributions made to his campaign since 2005, artificially boosting his fundraising total by at least $30,000, according to campaign finance reports. Contributions from at least nine interest groups and labor unions were inflated on reports the senator filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections, leading critics to suggest that Giannetti exaggerated political donations to create an illusion of high-rolling financial support for his candidacy.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,Sun reporter | September 14, 2006
Freshman state Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr. was never a conventional state lawmaker. He passed out free beer to University of Maryland students outside football games, once sent out a news release about his honeymoon -- describing his Speedo and his bride's bikini -- and broke into song on the Senate floor. But some of his Democratic colleagues didn't chuckle when he sided with the Republican governor on slot machines, an assault rifle ban and a takeover of Baltimore schools.
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By Gady A. Epstein and Gady A. Epstein,SUN STAFF | May 22, 1998
John Giannetti Jr. knew he wanted to be a state legislator before he entered the University of Maryland Law School a decade ago. He says he would look for mistakes in the laws he was studying so he could change them one day."I can probably show you notes from law classes that I've written down that say, 'must fix this when I'm in Annapolis,' " Giannetti said. "So it's something I've wanted to do for a very long time."And it may be a longer time yet before the 33-year-old Laurel Democrat will be able to represent District 13B, unless his opponent, incumbent Republican John S. Morgan, is tapped to be Ellen R. Sauerbrey's running mate.
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | October 23, 2003
State Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr. thought he had a winning combination for a fund-raiser: bring a few slot machines into Laurel Park, along with track owner Joseph A. De Francis and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, to demonstrate the fun of gambling. But Giannetti canceled the plan to import the machines just hours before last night's event, fearful of a public relations blunder. "We thought it was probably best not to be controversial," said Giannetti, a Prince George's County Democrat and slots supporter whose district includes the track.
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By Phillip McGowan and Phillip McGowan,SUN REPORTER | October 19, 2006
The Maryland Democratic Party filed a complaint yesterday with the state Board of Elections against state Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr., alleging that the recently declared Republican is deliberately misleading voters by continuing to use campaign signs that label him as a Democrat. In a letter sent to state elections administrator Linda H. Lamone, the state Democratic Party's executive director, Derek Walker, asked for an investigation into what he calls a violation of election law. Walker identified at least a half-dozen 8-foot-by-4-foot Giannetti signs that feature his photo and list the senator's old party affiliation in District 21, which includes portions of northern Prince George's County and western Anne Arundel County.
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By Nia-Malika Henderson and Nia-Malika Henderson,SUN REPORTER | October 18, 2006
After a bruising and expensive primary match-up in September, state Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr. and James C. Rosapepe are back at it in a race for the District 21 seat. Their positions are the same, but this time, their parties are different. Giannetti, who was defeated resoundingly in the Democratic primary last month, is now seeking the seat as a Republican, following the withdrawal of the GOP nominee. The freshman senator lost the support of two Democratic delegates from District 21 after siding on several high-profile issues with Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. But Giannetti blames his Democratic primary loss on low voter turnout, the predominance of "partisan and activist members of the party" at the polls, and what he called Rosapepe's "swift boat" style of campaigning.
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By JEAN MARBELLA | October 2, 2006
John A. Giannetti Jr. faced his first defining moment as a Republican at a Wawa in Prince George's County last week. The state senator had been through a whiplashing, whirlwind several days in which, having decisively lost in the Democratic primary, he decided to switch sides and run as a Republican against the guy who beat him. He applied to switch his party registration Tuesday, and went the next day to the P.G. County Board of Elections to make sure it was approved.
NEWS
September 28, 2006
A proposed merger between Florida's FPL Group and Constellation Energy Group would provide potential rate relief of up to $600 million spread over 10 years for customers of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. if the deal is approved. According to the General Assembly, a law passed in June requires the companies to provide the bulk of the amount - $386 million - in savings regardless of the deal's outcome. In a regulatory filing, however, Constellation questioned the legality of that requirement.
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By Phillip McGowan and Phillip McGowan,SUN REPORTER | September 28, 2006
State Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr. appeared poised yesterday to re-enter the District 21 Senate race, as the state Republican Party welcomed the former Democrat to the GOP and two Republican Party chairmen were moving to nominate him. "We are very happy about Senator Giannetti's decision to switch to the Republican Party and look forward to him as our candidate in the general election," said state Republican Party Chairman John M. Kane. Earlier in the day, the chairman of the Anne Arundel County Republican Central Committee, Chuck Gast, formally nominated Giannetti to fill the vacancy left by the District 21 primary winner, John Stafford, said state GOP spokeswoman Audra Miller.
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By Phillip McGowan and Andrew A. Green and Phillip McGowan and Andrew A. Green,SUN REPORTERS | September 27, 2006
In an article in yesterday's Maryland section, Republican John Stafford, a former candidate for state Senate, mischaracterized some of the views of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and state Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr. Ehrlich supports abortion rights; Giannetti does not. Ehrlich supports a constitutional ban on gay marriage; Giannetti has been opposed.
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By Stephen Kiehl and Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF | September 12, 2002
With a 252-vote lead after Tuesday's Democratic primary and about 200 absentee ballots still to be counted, Del. John A. Giannetti Jr. appeared triumphant yesterday in his bid to unseat veteran Sen. Arthur Dorman for the District 21 state Senate seat. "I'm feeling pretty high," Giannetti said yesterday afternoon. He said he would wait until the absentee ballots are counted today to claim victory, but he was confident he would prevail. The winner of the primary wins the election; no Republican filed to run. Dorman, however, said he hopes to do well on the absentee ballots - and leaves open the possibility of requesting a recount, if needed, after votes are certified by the state this month.
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By Jamal E. Watson and Jamal E. Watson,SUN STAFF | October 30, 1998
Laurel police have heightened security in the area around the home of John A. Giannetti Jr., a Democratic candidate for state delegate, after someone shot his cat early yesterday outside his townhouse."
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,Sun reporter | September 14, 2006
Freshman state Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr. was never a conventional state lawmaker. He passed out free beer to University of Maryland students outside football games, once sent out a news release about his honeymoon -- describing his Speedo and his bride's bikini -- and broke into song on the Senate floor. But some of his Democratic colleagues didn't chuckle when he sided with the Republican governor on slot machines, an assault rifle ban and a takeover of Baltimore schools.
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By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,Sun reporter | September 13, 2006
Maverick state Sen. John A. Giannetti Jr. was trailing a well-financed former delegate in District 21, in one of the most closely watched primary races in Anne Arundel County. With about two-thirds of the precincts reporting, voters were on track to return most other legislative incumbents, including Democratic House Speaker Michael E. Busch. In the race for the one open Senate seat, being vacated by Democrat Philip C. Jimeno, voters in District 31 were favoring former Democratic Del. Walter J. Shandrowsky and well-financed Bryan W. Simonaire, a Republican, to face off in the Nov. 7 general election.
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