Wednesday, January 16, 2013
State Sen. Allan Kittleman wants voting sessions recorded, a Prince George's County senator suffers a basketball injury and two Baltimore County legislators team up to shorten the wait to get a divorce.
A proposal by Baltimore City to secure hundreds of millions in state money for school construction is missing a key ingredient, according to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. "The state needs to have a role in school construction," Miller said. Baltimore City wants the state to guarantee as much as $30 million a year for 20 years in the form of block grants for school construction and renovations. The city will then use that promise to leverage borrowing $1 billion for its plan. Miller rejects the plan saying it's a lot of money and that the state is needed to provide a check and balance to potential malfeasance and corruption. "I'm a historian, I study all history, OK," Miller said. "Whenever you have a one-sided government you …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
If Heather Mizeur decides to run and wins, she would be the first openly gay candidate elected to governor in American history.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
By David Gutman for Capital News Service TAKOMA PARK—She’s a progressive state delegate who has partnered on legislation with a Tea Party Republican. She used to work as a registered federal lobbyist. And she co-owns an organic medicinal herb farm. It seems fair to say that Maryland has never had a candidate for governor quite like Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Takoma Park). Oh, and if she decides to run and wins, she would be the first openly gay candidate elected to governor in American history. “I’m taking a very serious look at it,” Mizeur said when asked if she will run for governor in 2014. “I’m not really looking at plan B options right now, my focus is on the upcoming 2013 [legislative] session and weighing through whether or not I get…
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Both senators representing East Montgomery County vote against putting expanded gambling on the ballot, but delegates split.
State senators and delegates representing Burtonsville, Silver Spring and Takoma Park split Wednesday on whether to put expanded gaming up for a referendum. The measure, which passed the Senate Wednesday morning with a 32-14 vote, would leave it up to voters to approve the expansion of gaming to a sixth location in the area that includes both National Harbor and Rosecroft Raceway. A majority of Prince George's County voters are required to vote in favor of a site in their county—something they rejected in 2008. According to an unofficial roll call, Sens. Jamie Raskin (D-Dist 20, which includes Takoma Park and Silver Spring) and Karen Montgomery (D-Dist 14, which includes parts of Silver Spring and Burtonsville) both voted "nay" on the bill…
Friday, January 20, 2012
A local politics website says Mizeur might be eyeing a Maryland Comptroller run.
Delegate Heather Mizeur (D-Dist. 18, Takoma Park) raised almost $100,000 in 2011. As of January 2011, Mizeur had raised $166,424, but now the Delegate, who is the Vice Chair of Education and Economic Development for the Appropriations Committee, has $247,537 in her coffers, according to a news release by Mizeur. Maryland political website Maryland Juice thinks Mizeur is gearing up for a run at the Comptroller seat Peter Franchot (D, Takoma Park) will vacate in 2014. Mizeur has not commented on whether she'll run or not.