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March 17, 2009

Death penalty is O'Malley's top priority. Unless it's St. Pat's Day.

It's a big day in the House Judiciary Committee. Members are due to debate the death penalty restriction bill the Senate passed earlier this month, and Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to come testify in support of it.

But Julie Bykowicz reports that they're not going to get to the issue right away when the committee meets at 1 o'clock. Instead, they'll delay debate on the highest profile issue they'll hear this year until 3:00 because O'Malley has a conflict. According to his public schedule for the week he'll be in Washington at noon to attend Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon in honor of Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen.

O'Malley will have the honor of singing the Irish national anthem at the luncheon (something he's done twice before at such events). Julie reports that the governor's spokesman, Rick Abbruzzese, says the scheduling conflict was something that "couldn't be avoided." He said the governor wanted to testify about death penalty and that if the committee wanted to hear from him, “they had to make some sort of accommodation.”

Posted by Andy Green at 11:49 AM | | Comments (3)


We all know it is more important to get face time with the botox face herself.

This man has no shame does he.

O'Malley has a conflict. According to his public schedule for the week he'll be in Washington at noon to attend Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon in honor of Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen.

O'Malley spent the day with the other numb nuts.

A teleprompt blunder has led to Barack Obama thanking himself in a speech at the White House in a St Patrick's Day celebration.
Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen was just a few paragraphs into an address in Washington when he realised it all sounded a bit too familiar.

It was. He was repeating the speech President Barack Obama had just read from the same teleprompter.

Mr Cowen stopped, turned to the president and said: "That's your speech."

A laughing Mr Obama returned to the podium to take over but it seems the script had finally been switched and the US president ended up thanking himself for inviting everyone to the party.

Mr Obama is an accomplished orator but is becoming known in America as the "teleprompt president" over his reliance on the machine when he gives a speech.

nice, really nice!

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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