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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 13, 2011
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller in Martinsburg on Wednesday praised acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin as a "terrific leader," and West Virginia's senior senator said he hoped there would not be a special election for governor in 2011. "I don't say that politically. It just doesn't make sense, does it?," Rockefeller told a large group of Eastern Panhandle elected officials and business leaders gathered for a roundtable discussion on economic development. Seated next to Tomblin in Berkeley County Council Chambers, Rockefeller, D-W.Va.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 5, 2010
Maryland might lose about $19 million in an upcoming sales-tax-free week, but a retail spending surge could help jumpstart the economy, Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot said Thursday. The state sales tax was waived for five days in 2006 and a week in 2001. Franchot's office had no information on the 2006 impact, but said the state lost about $5.1 million in revenue during the 2001 week, less than a projection of $6.7 million. Retail sales rose about 10 percent, more than the prediction of 7.4 percent.
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By HEATHER LOWERY | July 30, 2010
People shopping in Maryland can enjoy a tax-free shopping week on clothes and footwear from Aug. 8 to 14. Joe Shapiro, director of communications for the Maryland comptroller's office, said items have to cost $100 or less to be exempt from the state's sales tax. Maryland's sales tax is 6 percent on all taxable goods, and Shapiro said Maryland will feel the lack of sales tax. "We won't be collecting on those items, and there will be...
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | July 18, 2010
After working for a state senator, then an organization that promotes conservative governance, Michael Hough is running for office for the first time. Hough -- one of three candidates for Maryland's Subdistrict 3B delegate seat -- said his two biggest concerns are taxes and jobs. He favors rolling back the package of tax increases passed during the 2007 Maryland General Assembly special session, most notably the increase in sales tax from 5 percent to 6 percent. Hough, a Republican, has signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge to "oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | July 9, 2010
Among state lawmakers representing Washington County, only George C. Edwards has no opposition in this year's election. Edwards, 62, of Grantsville, Md., is seeking a second term as state senator. State senators serve four-year terms and are paid $43,000 a year. Previously, he served six terms as a delegate, and he has held county and town elected offices. Edwards is the state senator for District 1, which covers Garrett and Allegany counties and part of Washington County.
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May 15, 2010
Munson updates residents on 2010 legislative session To the editor: I wanted to take the opportunity to share with the citizens of Washington County an update about the recent legislative session and important legislation I have supported in these challenging economic times. From protecting our Second Amendment rights to reducing the tax burden on working families and businesses, refuting state-funded public abortion, requiring only U.S. citizens work on State of Maryland contracts and toughening penalties on child sexual predators, I have diligently worked to promote a conservative agenda that will improve the lives of the people of Washington County and throughout the State of Maryland.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | May 8, 2010
FANNETTSBURG, PA. -- One of the few contested races for Franklin County, Pa., voters going to the polls for the May 18 primary election will be in the 86th District of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The 86th District serves Franklin and Perry counties, including parts or all of Fannett, Hamilton, Metal, St. Thomas and Peters townships. Republican Mark Keller has held the seat since he first was elected in 2004. Republican Michael J. Lapp of Newport, Pa., filed to run against Keller, as he did two years ago. Lapp said he took lessons from that failed bid and applied them to this campaign.
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April 7, 2010
ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- Former Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich wants his old job back, and he's challenging the Democrat who ousted him four years ago in a rematch testing whether a blend of GOP, tea party and independent voters can make a difference in heavily Democratic Maryland. Ehrlich launched his candidacy Wednesday in Montgomery County, the state's largest jurisdiction and a key battleground as the home of nearly a quarter of the state's registered independent voters. At a rally in Rockville with about 100 supporters, Ehrlich contrasted himself with Gov. Martin O'Malley by saying he wants to cut the state's sales tax, which was raised from 5 percent to 6 percent under the O'Malley administration.
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