First Read
Your first stop for politics in D.C., Maryland and Virginia

Afternoon Read: O'Malley Says Two Special Sessions Are Possible

Email
|
Print

    NEWSLETTERS

    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, center, receives applause from Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, left, and Speaker of the House of Delegates Michael Busch, right, after delivering his State of the State speech Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 in Annapolis, Md. O'Malley urged lawmakers to invest in the future to spur job growth. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley confirmed Tuesday that he is considering the possibility of holding two special legislative sessions this year.

    One session in May would work on passing a budget that includes an income tax revenue plan and another in August would consider an expansion of gambling in the state.

    O’Malley met in Annapolis this morning with Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch to discuss the possibility of a special session.

    According to The Baltimore Sun, the leaders reached no final agreement on when to meet and what would be on the agenda.

    Read more here.

    * D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray released his ambitious 20-year sustainability plan Tuesday that he says will bring the District to the cutting edge of environmental stewardship and protection, according to DCist.

    "A Vision for a Sustainable D.C." includes 11 areas where he wants to see significant progress by 2032. Those areas range from a five-fold increase in green jobs to a 50 percent cut in citywide obesity to calling on residents to make 75 percent of their trips by means other than cars.

    According to the DCist, the report stems from seven months of consultations and includes a range of short-, mid- and long-term proposals for each of the focus areas.

    Read the full article here.

    * Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell released his latest ad touting Virginia success. Some are saying that this series of ads is a campaign for the governor to be vice president.

    * The latest polls show the highly anticipated U.S. Senate race in Virginia is living up to expectations and is virtually tied.

    Republican George Allen is leading Democrat Tim Kaine 46 to 45 percent, according to a poll conducted by Rasmussen reports.

    The poll surveyed 500 likely voters in Virginia Monday and has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

    * Seven candidates for Ward 5 City Council filled out a Smokefree DC questionnaire that asked about their knowledge of tobacco issues and their commitment to supporting smoke-free areas in the city.

    According to Smokefree D.C., Kathy Henderson was the only candidate to receive an A. Shelly Gardner received an F.

    Check out the questionnaire here and learn more about the results.