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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
A broad group of House Democrats in leadership positions met late Thursday afternoon with Gov.Martin O'Malley to discuss possible special sessions of the General Assembly this spring and summer. Earlier in the day, a smaller core group of House leaders met with O'Malley over breakfast at Government House to talk about the same topic. The second meeting broke up about 6 p.m. House Majority Leader Kumar Barve, a Montgomery County Democrat who attended both, said there was continuing progress toward an agreement.
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Jules Witcover | July 28, 2014
Congressional midterm elections, the poor cousin to presidential voting in the American political system, will take on a critical role for President Barack Obama in November. The results may well determine whether he will become a premature lame duck two years before his second and last term expires. If the Democrats lose the U.S. Senate, where they hold a practical 55-45 voting control with the help of Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine, the Republicans will be able to intensify the obstructionism with which they have paralyzed the Obama legislative agenda in the House of Representatives over the last nearly six years.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2012
WASHINGTON — House Democrats, hoping to regain the majority in their chamber, are meeting on Maryland's Eastern Shore this week to hash out an agenda for an unpredictable election year that will hinge largely on President Barack Obama. The three-day meeting, which follows a similar retreat by House Republicans in Baltimore last week, is taking place mostly behind closed doors at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will offer separate pep talks to the caucus on Friday.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley will organize a fundraiser for three at-risk House Democrats later this month on the Eastern Shore in the run-up to this year's midterm election. The July 20 fundraiser -- which will feature House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi -- will take place during a meeting of supporters of O'Malley's federal political action committee. The Democratic governor, whose term ends in January, is considering a run for president in 2016. The fundraiser, first reported by The Washington Post, will benefit Reps.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
A former Maryland transportation secretary who went on to become the No. 2 official in the Obama administration's Transportation Department, will return to his home state Tuesday to meet with Democrats in the House of Delegates about the touchy issue of raising money for roads and mass transit. Deputy Secretary John D. Porcari will appear before the Democratic caucus in Annapolis at the invitation of House Speaker Michael E. Busch. A Busch aide said Porcari was expected to lay out the case for increased investment in transportation -- something that would require increases in taxes or fees.
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By Paul West | paul.west@baltsun.com | March 11, 2010
Maryland employers, particularly those in the defense and aerospace industries, could take a hit from an election-year decision Wednesday by House Democrats to ban corporate earmarks in 2010. In an attempt to contest Republicans for the "reform" mantle, Democratic leaders in the House said they won't approve funding requests for corporate projects this year. Such earmarks are among the most controversial because of the potential for scandal. House Republicans responded by calling for an end to all earmarks, not just those that go directly to corporations.
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By Paul West, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2010
Divided House Democrats re-elected their leaders to minority party positions in the next Congress, choosing Reps. Nancy Pelosi as leader and Steny H. Hoyer as whip. Perhaps appropriately, given Maryland's status as an island of Democratic blue in a widening sea of Republican red, the state can lay claim to fully half of the top six members of the incoming leadership team. Pelosi was born in Baltimore, and Hoyer represents the southern part of the state. A sixth member, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, represents Maryland's Washington suburbs.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
President Barack Obama told donors in Maryland on Monday that this November's midterm election will be "critical" if Democrats hope to increase the federal minimum wage or approve major changes to U.S. immigration laws during his final years in office. Speaking at a fundraiser held at the home of a Potomac physician, the president argued that Republicans in the House of Representatives have become caught in an "endless loop" over issues such as the health care law and the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.
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December 27, 1990
Democrats in the Houses of Representatives took the unusual step of ousting two committee chairmen this month. Seniority almost always automatically determines chairmanships. But this year, for the first time in 16 years, more than one chairman was deposed -- and it was because of their seniority; they were regarded as too old to be effective.They were also regarded as unresponsive to younger members and/or as poor advertisements to the public. Democrats want the public to think of the House as a vigorous, equal partner in running not only Congress (with the Senate)
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By Cox News Service | April 9, 2008
WASHINGTON -- House Democrats, opposed to the Senate's focus on helping homebuilders, moved yesterday to reshape housing legislation to help more homeowners. "We need to provide relief to the buyers and families themselves, not just the banks and builders," Rep. Charles B. Rangel, a New York Democrat, said in a statement. House Democrats intend to put "families first," he said. Today, Rangel's Ways and Means Committee will vote on his legislation to provide tax breaks to homeowners, first-time homebuyers and developers of low-income housing.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
President Barack Obama told donors in Maryland on Monday that this November's midterm election will be "critical" if Democrats hope to increase the federal minimum wage or approve major changes to U.S. immigration laws during his final years in office. Speaking at a fundraiser held at the home of a Potomac physician, the president argued that Republicans in the House of Representatives have become caught in an "endless loop" over issues such as the health care law and the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
President Barack Obama will travel to Prince George's County on Tuesday to deliver remarks on the economy, a White House official said Friday. The trip will mark the fourth time Obama has visited Maryland in as many weeks. The president has spoken twice in Prince George's County since his State of the Union address on Jan. 28 and traveled to the Eastern Shore on Friday to speak with House Democrats attending their annual retreat. The White House provided no additional details about the nature of the president's speech.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2014
President Barack Obama told House Democratic lawmakers assembled Friday on Maryland's Eastern Shore that Congress must focus on increasing the federal minimum wage and changing immigration laws ahead of a midterm election that he acknowledged could be difficult for his party. In a 20-minute pep talk that echoed themes he sounded during his recent State of the Union address, Obama told lawmakers in Cambridge attending an annual retreat that he needs their help on those twin goals, despite his recent emphasis on working around Capitol Hill on other issues.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
The U.S. Coast Guard will be enforcing a security perimeter around a waterfront Cambridge hotel this week to protect a gathering of House Democrats. House Democrats are scheduled to begin a retreat at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, which sits on the Choptank River, on Wednesday. The Coast Guard's 500-yard "security zone" around the hotel will begin 3 a.m. Wednesday and last through Friday. The Coast Guard did not say when on Friday the perimeter would be lifted, but a spokesman said it would be "most likely sometime in the afternoon or evening.
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By Greg Kline | January 22, 2014
I wrote a couple of weeks ago questioning whether the Republicans in the Maryland State Senate would provide spirited opposition to Senate President Mike Miller's agenda . The first test, the vote for Senate president, showed little organized opposition to the status quo in the state Senate. Now, another key vote shows that the diagnosis of "Stockholm Syndrome" among Senate Republicans was right on the nose.  Emergency legislation to save the O'Malley/Brown administration from their disastrous roll-out of the Maryland Health Exchange was passed by the state Senate on a 38-8 vote .  The Republicans who opposed the bill pointed out that the state exchange should be short-circuited completely rather than doubling down on a bureaucratic failure.
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By Bruce W. Hamilton | October 9, 2013
House Speaker Boehner, so the thinking goes, is held hostage by the tea party members of his caucus. They, plus the more moderate House Republicans who fear tea-party primary challenges, form an effective majority of the Republican Caucus (the "majority of the majority," which, when you do the math, is a minority of the House). But it is important to remember that Rep. Boehner's official title is Speaker of the House of Representatives, not Speaker of the Republican Caucus. And therein — possibly — lies a way out of our current mess.
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By Noam N. Levey and Janet Hook and Noam N. Levey and Janet Hook,Tribune Newspapers | October 29, 2009
WASHINGTON - -Clearing the way for a critical vote on health care legislation in the next two weeks, House Democratic leaders plan to unveil a bill today that would create a new government insurance plan available in all 50 states but step back from the most robust version of the "public option." According to senior lawmakers and aides familiar with the legislation, it will not dictate what the plan can pay hospitals, doctors and other providers, a goal that many liberal Democrats had hoped for as a means to control costs.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | October 6, 2013
The Obamacare/government funding debacle has again focused the country's attention on the considerable differences between the Obama Democrats and Boehner Republicans. But one of the primary misunderstandings regarding this latest titanic struggle concerns the popular but misplaced notion that Congress is dysfunctional because of politics. I refer to the popular caricature of Republicans and Democrats sitting around all day with nothing to do other than plot evil deeds against each other.
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By Jules Witcover | July 1, 2013
The Senate provided the country with a rare and modest glimpse of bipartisanship in its 68-32 passage of the comprehensive immigration reform bill laboriously accomplished by the Gang of Eight - four Democrats and four Republicans. But overcoming the rigid and obstructionist partisanship of the House Republicans will be another matter. House Speaker John Boehner, like a chief lemming leading his followers over a cliff, warned in advance of that Senate vote, in which 14 Republicans broke party ranks, that his flock would continue its obdurate ways on the politically explosive immigration issue.
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