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September 24, 2010

O'Malley visits Montgomery County kitchen

Gov. Martin O'Malley conducted his first Montgomery County kitchen table talk of the 2010 election season with a group of not-so-talkative Montgomery County College students. 

The Democratic governor asked the students about AP courses, career technical education and the economy. He delivered a portion of his stump speech, reminding them that in a tough budget time he'd protected education funding.

They had few questions though -- and perhaps that's a good sign. The students, for the most part, reported that they were all either employed or on the path to fields with apparent labor shortages like nursing, engineering and green roofing.

Adults in attendance were more chatty, and repeatedly told the governor to try and hold the line on tuition increases.

Democratic Sen. Nancy King underscored the point saying prospective students have returned the legislative $1,000 legislative scholarships she's awarded because they can't make up the difference.

She's adopted a new tactic: Give fewer grants for more money.

Afterward, O'Malley said he feels comfortable in the D.C. suburb. "I grew up in Montgomery County," he said. "I know Montgomery county really well."
Posted by Annie Linskey at 5:30 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Candidate Watch 2010
        

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Why do you cover O'Malley's kitchen tables, but not Ehrlich's events?

Did anyone bring up the fact that:

1. Bob Ehrlich has been meeting with people like this since April, and actually listens to people's concerns instead of reciting the same talking points over and over and over again

2. that it is now more expensive to go to a public university in Maryland then it was four years ago, despite O'Malley's claim that he's keeping it affordable?

3. that martin o'malley has not increased financial aid, while student fees and room/board have gone up

4. because of these decisions, we now have less Marylanders going to public universities in Maryland

Oh please - lets go over the Martin O'Malley accomplishment list....
1. We got a 50% rise in electricity rates, which he swore to stop if we made him governor...
2. We got a sales tax increase that was supposed to raise $700 million, but only raises $400 million...
3. We got a idiotic slots bill that is supposed to fund education, but is so badly thought out that nobody opens a slots parlor and NO revenue comes in...
4. We get a 'millionaires tax' that runs people out of the state so that we actually take in LESS revenue.

Go ahead Marylanders - just keep mindlessly pulling the D lever in the voting booth while a few thousand more businesses move into Virginia, Delaware, and Pennsylvania as Uncle Martin and the boys down in Annapolis decide which businesses need to have their services taxed. As I remember their 'computer services' sales tax was such a big hit that they had to repeal it 6 months later.

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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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