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Md. Senate panel approves measures on death penalty repeal, tighter gun-control

February 22, 2013
Gov. Martin O’Malley’s bill to abolish Maryland’s death penalty cleared a tall hurdle Thursday evening as a key Senate committee approved the measure for the first time and sent it to the full chamber for a vote next week.

The same Senate panel, which voted 6 to 5 for the repeal bill, later signed off on sweeping gun-control legislation, another top O’Malley priority, in a voting session that stretched until nearly midnight. 

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Homicide in Oxon Run Park

February 7, 2013
HILLCREST HEIGHTS, Md. — Prince George’s County police are investigating a fatal shooting in Hillcrest Heights.

Officers found a wounded man on Monday morning in Oxon Run Park who was pronounced dead at the scene. 

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Gun rights advocates make voices heard at Md. Senate hearing

February 7, 2013

Gun rights advocates marshaled one of the biggest crowds to descend on Annapolis for a bill hearing in years Wednesday, packing the halls of the Maryland State House complex to oppose Gov. Martin O’Malley’s plan to institute some of the nation’s strictest gun-control laws.

As they staged a loud protest outside, O’Malley (D) kicked off a Senate hearing that would last more than eight hours, saying the state was compelled to act in the wake of the mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Conn., and urging lawmakers to pass his legislation.

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O'Malley gun proposal makes money for state

February 5, 2013

Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to require handgun licenses would make the state more than twice as much as it would cost to administer the program, according to a Department of Legislative Services analysis released Monday night.

The analysis is the first independent look the costs of licensing, which advocates call the most effective and the most controversial piece of O'Malley's sweeping gun proposal.

Requiring a license to buy a handgun in Maryland would generate $3.8 million for Maryland in its first year, after the Maryland State Police hires 22 people to help implement the program. By the second year, the state would generate $5 million, more than twice the cost to give out the licenses.

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Pr. George’s officer acquitted of assault, misconduct charges

January 25, 2013
A Prince George’s County police officer indicted last year on assault and misconduct in office charges after he was accused of attacking a 13-year-old boy during a foot chase was acquitted of all the charges against him Thursday, authorities said.
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Maryland lawmakers propose raising minimum wage

January 25, 2013
On Tuesday, Maryland lawmakers and activists launched “Raise Maryland,” an effort to raise the state’s minumum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10 per hour by 2015.

“We like to say we live in the wealthiest state in America,” said Del. Aisha Braveboy (D-Prince George’s County) “Well, how much do you think it costs to live in the wealthiest state in America?”

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Union membership falls sharply, led by decline among public sector workers

January 25, 2013
Among full-time wage and salary workers, union members in 2012 had median weekly earnings of $943, while those who were not union members earned $742.
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Officer Juan Carter convicted of stealing guns in Prince George’s County

January 16, 2013
A Prince George’s County police officer accused of selling and giving away guns he had seized from criminals was found guilty Tuesday of theft and misconduct in office.

Juan Carter, 38, was ordered directly to jail after a jury reached guilty verdicts on all counts against him in less than two hours of deliberation. As bailiffs brushed aside his suit jacket to handcuff him, Carter looked at his attorneys and scowled.

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O’Malley calls for end of executions, confirming plans for repeal bill

January 16, 2013
Capital punishment is “expensive and does not work,” and it is inconsistent with “the sort of people we want to be,” Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said Tuesday  
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5 things we know from opening week of the Maryland General Assembly

January 16, 2013
Lawmakers adjourned and scattered from Annapolis before noon Friday, ending a largely ceremonial first week for the Maryland General Assembly. But a handful of moments from the opening days offered a glimpse ... 
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At last, state gets good budget news

December 14, 2012
 

For the first time since a recession gripped the country in 2008, Maryland is approaching a General Assembly session with good fiscal news: Neither tax increases nor drastic budget cuts are likely to be needed to balance the budget.

The improved forecast is driven by higher-than-expected revenues, led by corporate and individual income tax payments. For the current budget year and the one that begins July 1, the state is expected to take in $161 million more than anticipated.

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Duncan's candidacy roils Montgomery Co. politics

December 6, 2012

Former Montgomery County executive Doug Duncan's decision to run for his old seat after a six-year hiatus has changed the political landscape of the state's largest county even as critics argue that new demographics could present a big hurdle to his comeback.

Duncan, 57, a Democrat who ended his 2006 campaign for governor abruptly after he was diagnosed with depression, told supporters last week that he will run for county executive in 2014 — setting the stage for a possible showdown with incumbent Isiah "Ike" Leggett that would have statewide political implications.

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Environmentalist Eric Olson loses bid to head Prince George’s County Council

December 6, 2012
Eric Olson, a progressive Democrat well known for environmental advocacy, was poised to become chairman of the Prince George’s County Council on Tuesday after two years of waiting in the wings. But the vote did not go as planned.

Olson, who served two terms as vice chairman, lost on a 5 to 4 vote to council member Andrea Harrison (D-Springdale). It is the first time in a decade and only the sixth time in council history that a chairman was selected for successive one-year terms.

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Duncan Moving Closer to Comeback Bid

November 14, 2012
 

Former Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan (D) is taking another step toward making a political comeback in 2014.

In an email obtained by Center Maryland, Duncan, who served as county executive from 1994 to 2006, is asking his “closest supporters” to attend a late November breakfast briefing at a Gaithersburg hotel to assess whether he should move forward. Duncan’s longtime pollster, Harrison Hickman, is scheduled be on hand to discuss results of a poll he conducted for Duncan earlier this year.

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Police lose bargaining vote in Montgomery County

November 8, 2012

Montgomery County voters on Tuesday approved the County Council's move to strip the Fraternal Order of Police of some of its bargaining rights.

 

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Amid high-profile races, police bargaining a hot issue in Montgomery

October 25, 2012
In the midst of a presidential election year when voters will also decide who controls Congress, one of the most heated campaigns in Montgomery County is an esoteric ballot measure about police officers’ bargaining rights.

The battle pits the county government against its police union. So far, the two sides have spent nearly half a million dollars trying to sway voters. And this week the issue, Question B on the Nov. 6 ballot, became so heated that the Maryland state prosecutor launched a criminal investigation into whether county officials improperly used county resources for politicking.

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For police, not wearing seat belts can be fatal mistake

October 16, 2012
 By the time his police cruiser tumbled to a halt in the underbrush beside the interstate in August, the young police officer had been flung clear of the car to his death, the same fate that had been suffered by 139 other officers nationwide who were ejected from their vehicles when not using a seat belt.

Although most state’s laws require police to use seat belts, federal data show that only about half of them do, and over the past three decades, 19 percent of the officers killed in accidents were ejected from their vehicles.

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Vote Against Question B Press Conference

October 16, 2012
You can check out Lodge 35's press conference at the below link.   
 
http://www.youtube.com/user/voteagainstquestionB?feature=watch
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Support Lodge 35 - Vote NO on Question "B"

October 16, 2012
Please read the attachments linked below.  If you live in Montgomery County, support our brothers and sisters with the Montgomery County Police Department's Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #35 and vote NO on Question "B" 
 
Effects_Member_Education1.pdf
 
AgainstBHandout.pdf

Local unions rally against Montgomery County police labor law

October 11, 2012
 

More than a dozen unions in the Washington region rallied on Wednesday against a Montgomery County law aimed at the collective bargaining rights of the local police union.

Passed unanimously by the County Council last year, the law curtails certain bargaining rights that the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35 has held for decades. The law permits the union to bargain on traditional rights, such as wages and vacation time, but not on other aspects of a police officer’s job, such as something as seemingly small as checking e-mail.

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In defeat, a victory for Baltimore pension reform

September 24, 2012
 

Baltimore's Fraternal Order of Police is celebrating what is, at most, a Pyrrhic victory in its effort to reverse the pension reforms Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the City Council enacted two years ago. Federal Judge Marvin J. Garbis' ruling that a key provision of the reform plan was unconstitutional appears to mean that the entire law has been struck down. But his ruling also made clear that the vast majority of the provisions in the law are permissible and that even in the part he objected to, a slight change in the plan's design could meet the city's fiscal objectives without violating the Constitution. How Judge Garbis and the two parties in the case will proceed is not clear — the consequences of the ruling may be costly to the city in the short term — but the basis for making changes to Baltimore's police and fire pension systems has now been affirmed.

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Judge strikes down city pension change

September 24, 2012
 

A key provision of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawling-Blake's overhaul of the fire and police pension system was struck down Thursday by a federal judge in a ruling that could force the city to pay tens of millions of dollars more to retirees each year.

U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis held that the city's decision to change the method for determining annual increases for retirees — resulting in less money for many — was "unconstitutional" and not "reasonable and necessary to serve an important public purpose."

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9th Circuit Rules Police Must Honor Ambiguous Requests for a Lawyer

September 10, 2012
On Thursday, a divided 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco found that homicide detectives should have stopped questioning a criminal suspect who said his father had advised him to ask for a lawyer. The court found that Tio Dinero Sessoms had sufficiently asserted his right to an attorney when he informed the detectives of his father’s advice. The ruling now requires police to honor even ambiguous requests for counsel made by a suspect before informing the suspect of his/her right to an attorney. 
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National Police Union Turns Down Romney and Obama

September 10, 2012
The 330,000-member Fraternal Order of Police, the country’s largest police union, announced that it would back no candidate for president this year, the first time the group had passed on an endorsement in its 98-year history.  
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Police arrest ‘occupant’ of car that led officer on fatal I-95 chase

August 22, 2012

Police on Tuesday arrested a man who they said was an “occupant” of the Acura that a Prince George’s County officer had been pursuing when he crashed and was killed on Interstate 95, authorities said.
The man, who is 24 and lives in the District, was taken into custody in
Southeast Washington early Tuesday after officers spotted him getting into the
Acura, according to law enforcement officials with knowledge of the case. He
told detectives that he had been a passenger in the car during the chase that
killed Officer Adrian Morris, 23, the officials said.
 
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Court: Montgomery police bargaining law will appear on the ballot

August 20, 2012

Members of the Montgomery County police union have long been able to negotiate their salaries, benefits and working conditions. But there are other aspects of a police officer’s job — even something as seemingly small as checking e-mail — that they think should be part of collective bargaining.

Now, after a long, contentious battle, the state’s highest court ruled Friday
that the voters should decide in November whether the union could expand those bargaining rights.

 
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Judge rejects signatures in police union ballot drive

July 24, 2012
 

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge rejected the county police union's attempt to restore its full collective bargaining rights through a measure on the November ballot.

The Fraternal Order of Police has appealed.

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Ending retirement abuses in Montgomery County - an editorial

July 9, 2012
 AT LAST, Montgomery County has ended a long-running scandal that bilked taxpayers by encouraging police officers and other county employees with relatively minor service-connected disabilities to retire at what amounted to nearly full pay. A cleaned-up and eminently more sensible system took effect July 1, after years of political paralysis. While the new regimen’s full impact will not be felt immediately, eventually it will save the county several million dollars a year.
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Stealth app allows citizens to secretly record police officers

July 6, 2012

A civil rights group has released a new
smartphone 'stealth' app which allows users to record video of police encounters
without the officer's knowledge.


 

Called the 'Police Tape', the app makes the
phone act as if it is off when recording video displaying a blank screen and
when audio is being recorded, the app automatically minimises and
disappears.



 

A civil rights group has released a new smartphone 'stealth' app which allows users to record video of police encounters
without the officer's knowledge.

Called the 'Police Tape', the app makes the phone act as if it is off when recording video displaying a blank screen and
when audio is being recorded, the app automatically minimises and disappears.



 


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National FOP's Questionnaire to Presidential Candidates

June 22, 2012





The below link provides to you, the questionnaire sent from the National Fraternal Order of Police to both presidential candidates.  In question 4, Mr. Romney quotes former President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  The following link provides the original source for this quote:  http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=15445#axzz1yXM2htPg

I hope you take the time to read the questions and responses. 

 
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Judge to rule whether county police bargaining law will go to referendum

June 19, 2012

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge will decide on Wednesday whether to strike a county petition to put a local police collective bargaining law to referendum.

In an unusual lawsuit, the county has sued its own board of elections to block the petition, which was spearheaded by the police union Fraternal Order of Police and takes aim at a controversial bill approved by the Montgomery County Council last summer.

 
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Public-employee pensions face a rollback in Calif.

June 15, 2012
Check out this article concerning the continuing assault and eroding of public pension systems.     
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Mitt Romney: We don’t need more cops, firefighters or teachers

June 12, 2012
This time, however, Romney deserves points for honesty: He has forthrightly declared that the class of government workers holding back other Americans does include cops, firefighters and teachers. And in so doing, he has singlehandedly reframed the debate from one over despised government bureaucrats to one over whether we should hire more cops, firefighters and teachers to get the economy going. 
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Rush Limbaugh Attacks Police and Firefighters for Contributing Nothing to the Economy

June 12, 2012

On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh said that police and firefighters are nice
to have, but they take away from private sector jobs and contribute nothing to
the economy.

 
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Man stabbed in Montgomery County park

June 7, 2012

A man suffered serious stab wounds in a fight with an acquaintance in a park in the Colesville area of Montgomery County on Wednesday evening, police officials said.

Montgomery County and Maryland National Capital Park Police officers responded to a stabbing in the 15700 block of Good Hope Road about 6 p.m., said Lt. Lauryn McNeill, a park police spokeswoman.

 
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NRA-Backed Law Spells Out When Indianans May Open Fire on Police

June 7, 2012
Indiana is the first U.S. state to specifically allow force against officers, according to the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in Washington, which represents and supports prosecutors. The National Rifle Association pushed for the law, saying an unfavorable court decision made the need clear and that it would allow homeowners to defend themselves during a violent, unjustified attack. Police lobbied against it.  
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O’Malley signs hundreds of bills that will tint Maryland a deeper shade of blue

May 23, 2012
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed into law a package of tax increases Tuesday targeting six-figure earners, tobacco users and companies engaged in real estate transactions to cover record spending on education.

In a two-hour ceremony, it was easily the most recognizable measure O’Malley (D) signed but hardly the most popular. Rather, union members, minorities and interest groups crowded the State House to celebrate more than 200 lesser-known and often narrowly tailored bills. They passed the General Assembly with little fanfare but, taken together, will color the state’s social and political identity a slightly deeper shade of blue.

 
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At Pr. George’s Show Place Arena, taxpayers foot the bill for football tickets, other questionable expenses

May 21, 2012
Season tickets to Navy football games. A $500 payment to the Democratic Party in Calvert County. Tickets to Bowie Baysox games. Food charged to the office account to feed the family of the top arena executive at a high school graduation.

In each instance, the taxpayers picked up the tab — as much as $40,000 in questionable spending on hospitality alone over five years, according to a report about the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro.

 
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Obama honors fallen police officers

May 17, 2012

WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) -- U.S. President Obama  spoke of the sacrifices made by police officers Tuesday in a ceremony honoring  those who have fallen in the line of duty.

The 31st annual National Police Officers memorial service was held Tuesday  morning on the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

"Blessed are the peacemakers because they shall be called the sons of God,"  he said in his speech.



Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/05/15/Obama-honors-fallen-police-officers/UPI-75021337106616/#ixzz1v8pNotwf 
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Maryland planning agency makes car audit public

May 16, 2012
An influential regional planning authority in Maryland had an unusually high number of vehicles, and the reasons some employees were allowed to take them home are unclear, according to an audit released Thursday.

The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission failed to secure its gas stations, leaving open the possibility that unauthorized personnel could fill up for free, the audit found.

 
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Maryland lawmakers may return to Annapolis May 14

May 3, 2012
Maryland leaders are firming up plans for a special session of the legislature, devoted to a revenue package, early in the week of May 14 ... 
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Park police chief Darien Manley says budget talks stand out in memories of 24-year career

April 26, 2012

As Maryland-National Capital Park Police Chief Darien Manley prepared to leave the force Tuesday after 24 years, an unlikely memory stood out in his mind as he recalled rewarding moments in his career.

 
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Md. General Assembly may hold two special sessions: One on taxes, the other on gambling

April 25, 2012

Maryland leaders are considering convening two special legislative sessions in the coming months: one on taxes, the other on the expansion of gambling.

That prospect emerged Tuesday during a closed-door meeting among Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and the two Democratic leaders of the General Assembly, gathering over breakfast to discuss cleaning up the messy end to this year’s 90-day legislative session.

 
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State's high court to hear Arundel binding arbitration dispute

April 24, 2012
A key labor battle in Anne Arundel County will go before the state's highest court next month, when the Court of Appeals tackles the dispute over binding arbitration for the county's public safety unions.

Angering the nine unions, the county moved last year to give the County Council final word in collective bargaining disputes, a role formerly held by an arbitrator.

 
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Montgomery, Prince George’s officials question auditor’s demotion

April 16, 2012
Officials in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties are raising questions about the demotion of the chief auditor of the two counties’ park and planning commission ...
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In Prince George’s, Baker works on a ‘doomsday’ budget

April 16, 2012
Maryland's General Assembly's "doomsday" budget will affect Prince George's County ... 
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