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February 22, 2013
Sure, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. You are the only one smart enough to know what is wrong with the state finances and roads. Where is money that is supposed to be in the transportation fund? Why is it necessary to raise taxes to raise more money to divert to other purposes? Yes, there is Neanderthal thinking here but it is not on the Republican side. Finton Cordell
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By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
For more than 30 years, John Astle has walked from his downtown Annapolis home to the State House, representing his friends and neighbors in Maryland's General Assembly. He's so well-known in the capital that he's frequently stopped on the street, whether by someone just saying hello or someone offering political concerns to the longtime Democratic senator. Astle hopes to keep doing the people's work for at least four more years. Standing in his way is Republican Don Quinn, a political newcomer who is young enough to be Astle's son. As Astle works to remind voters of his experience and connections at the State House, Quinn is offering himself as a fresh new face.
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Dan Rodricks | January 9, 2014
Turns out, I am glad that Thomas V. Mike Miller gives no hint of retiring from his position as president-forever of the Maryland Senate. I know that sounds odd coming from me, but that's how I feel today. And I don't even smoke pot. Miller is 71, and he's been in the legislature since '71. He's been president of the Senate so long no one can even remember the man he replaced in that position. (I'll give you a hint: It was Mickey Steinberg.) Jaded in the jowls and white of hair, Miller is all been-there/done-that about the General Assembly, one of those guys who likes position and power, but doesn't offer much else.
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June 30, 2014
I was somewhat confused by Dan Rodricks ' column on the low turnout in last week's primary elections ( "Excuses aside, Maryland voter turnout an embarrassment," June 25). I mean, why is he shocked at the low voter turnout? Voter apathy is a direct result of one political party's stranglehold on power in Maryland. Republican voters are apathetic because they know they are outnumbered 2-to-1, and Democrats are the same because they know the coronation of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown was already a done deal by the party's power brokers.
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February 16, 1994
Is Maryland's Senate president playing a slick game of hide-and-seek with handgun control supporters? Is he forming a subtle alliance with an anti-gun control senator so that all handgun measures will die in committee this session?That's the way it looks, judging from the actions of President Thomas V. Mike Miller of Prince George's County. After mouthing favorable words about bringing a gun-control measure to a vote on the Senate floor, Mr. Miller has reversed course: He's lining up with Sen. Walter Baker, the powerful committee chairman who has vowed to kill every gun-restriction bill that comes before him.Mr.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,Sun reporter | October 11, 2006
A second-degree assault charge against Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, filed last month by a Prince George's County developer, was dropped yesterday by a Baltimore prosecutor who said the allegation did not rise "to a criminal matter." Developer Leo Bruso, a longtime Prince George's businessman and chief executive officer of Land & Commercial Inc., claimed in a charging document that Miller had placed an arm on his biceps and then punched him in the jaw at a Sept. 20 Prince George's County Council hearing.
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By C. Fraser Smith | March 25, 2007
It's legacy time for Thomas V. Mike Miller, possibly the longest-serving Senate president in all the 50 states. It's a testament to his skill at rounding up the votes - for himself. He's been able to stay ahead of the bristling egos arrayed before him in the grand Senate chamber since he was first elected president in 1987. He's famous in Annapolis for getting his way. One of those who admire his clout offered this tribute: "Mike Miller could get the votes to burn down the State House."
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July 28, 1996
THOMAS V. Mike Miller Jr. has served in the state Senate for 21 years. He's been its president for 10 years. He is proud of that chamber and especially of his long tenure as presiding officer.Yet now Mr. Miller has allowed the Senate to be embarrassed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening. He has put his colleagues in an unfair position. And he has gotten himself in a situation where he owes a big debt of gratitude to the governor. Mr. Glendening is sure to call in that IOU at crucial times.What Mr. Miller did was let it be known that he wouldn't be upset if the governor and his corrections secretary put his son, Thomas V. Miller III, in a $56,000 a year job as a parole commissioner.
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By William F. Zorzi Jr. and William F. Zorzi Jr.,SUN STAFF | July 22, 1996
When Gov. Parris N. Glendening blessed the appointment of Thomas V. Miller III to a $56,000-a-year seat on the Maryland Parole Commission last week, it amazed elected officials and political observers alike.It seemed nearly inconceivable to some that Glendening would award such a plum patronage job to the son of his one-time arch-enemy, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. -- a fellow Prince George's County Democrat who once said, "We need an honest governor, which rules out Parris."
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January 28, 2011
Good for Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller saying he believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman because that arrangement is blessed by God ( "Wait just a blessed moment, Mike Miller," Jan. 27). The majority of us still believe that! God has plenty to say against homosexual liaisons in the Bible, and nowhere does it say that He blesses such unions. All I can say to Dan Rodricks is that in the very end (of time), we will see who has this right. Diane Anderson
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
State officials approved the sale of a 346,000-square-foot pier in Canton to Rukert Terminals Corp., a private terminal operator with an established footprint in Baltimore shipping. The Clinton Street Marine Terminal, as "Pier 1" and its surrounding half-acre of property are known, was deemed surplus to the needs of the Maryland Port Administration earlier this year. The pier hasn't actively handled cargo since the 1980s, but remains in use to berth ships. The $2 million sale frees the port administration from maintenance costs at the rundown facility while keeping the valuable waterfront property tied to maritime industry, even as commercial "gentrification" in nearby Canton neighborhoods creeps ever closer, said Mike Miller, director of maritime commercial management for the port administration.
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By Baltimore Sun staff | April 5, 2014
Here are some of the things expected to happen as the General Assembly goes into one of the body's busiest days of the session. TOP NEWS: • Marijuana : The House will debate marijuana decriminalization, and it's likely that lawmakers could have a deal by the end of the day. This morning, the House Judiciary Committee approved amendments to the marijuana bill that restored decriminalization.  PRELIMINARY APPROVALS IN THE HOUSE: ...
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Dan Rodricks | April 3, 2014
Check out this statement from the president of the Maryland Senate, Thomas V. Mike Miller, on the state's gawd-awful-and-now-abandoned health insurance website: "You can blame it on the contractor, blame it on the subcontractor, but the buck stops with state government. And it hasn't been done properly. " Excuse me? Is this guy supporting Anthony Brown for governor in the June primary? Indeed, he is. I checked. The Brown campaign lists Miller as one of a zillion Democrats who have lined up like good muldoons to support the lieutenant governor.
NEWS
March 28, 2014
The "pro-business" agenda outlined by our legislative leaders brings to mind what psychologists call the "Eddie Haskell syndrome" ( "A plan for building Maryland's economy," March 24). Named after the "Leave it to Beaver" character, this syndrome refers to the two different facets of our personalities - the person we are behind closed doors and the person we wish the public to think we are. The analogy fits Maryland's legislative leaders, who govern one way in Annapolis but pretend to have governed another way when they seek re-election.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
The standoff in Annapolis over raising the minimum wage intensified Tuesday, as Gov. Martin O'Malley met with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller to press for action on the proposal — one of his top legislative priorities. Meanwhile, a key senator threatened to amend the measure to require state-funded pay increases for workers caring for developmentally disabled adults and children. With a week and a half left in the General Assembly session, Miller said the governor "wants his minimum-wage bill moved expeditiously.
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The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2014
An Anne Arundel County man was arrested Friday after police said he threatened violence against a county councilman and the presiding officers of the General Assembly - an incident allegedly touched off by his outrage over the construction of a drainage pond. Paul David Grimm, 58, of 100 block of Tarks Lane in Severna Park, was charged with three counts of threatening a public official. Police said the threats came after Councilman Dick Ladd visited Grimm's neighborhood to discuss his concerns about the project in his community.
NEWS
November 22, 1995
An article Nov. 19 stated incorrectly that lobbyist Alan M. Rifkin formerly worked for Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. In fact, Mr. Rifkin was an aide to former Senate President Melvin A. Steinberg.The Sun regrets the error.
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May 18, 2012
Now that the tax catastrophe is over, many photos will be snapped of Gov.Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House SpeakerMichael E. Buschgloating over their "accomplishments. " Frankly. I don't know how these three can sleep at night. F. Cordell, Lutherville
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Tim Wheeler | March 12, 2014
With a little over three weeks left in the General Assembly session this year, legislative leaders are scrambling to come up with a response to a potentially costly Court of Appeals ruling requiring legal representation for all criminal defendants during bail hearings. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said Wednesday that he and House Speaker Michael E. Busch had agreed to work together to try to avoid a legislative impasse on the issue. The state now provides attorneys only at hearings before judges.
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By Luke Broadwater and Erin Cox and By Luke Broadwater and Erin Cox | February 23, 2014
Maryland State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. this week denied claims from veteran political consultant Julius Henson that Miller was influencing a violation of probation case against Henson.  "It's not true," Miller said after learning of Henson's statements to reporters at a news conference. "I don't know Julius Henson. I don't think he and I have ever talked. Absolutely not. We've never talked. I wouldn't know a thing about his district, or him. I don't know who is probation agent is -- I don't even know who his judge is. I'm not involved in the case at all. " Henson, an East Baltimore Democrat, on Thursday formally filed to run for a Maryland Senate seat even though the state says that may violate the terms of his probation. Henson, 64, has vowed to “retire” longtime Sen. Nathaniel J. McFadden, whom he plans to challenge in the June 24 Democratic primary.
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