Sunday, July 1, 2012

JuiceBlender: Del. Kaiser to Replace Feldman as MoCo Chair, Ruppersberger Exits House Committee, Glenn Ivey News & More

Here's a random blend of political tidbits from recent news, mostly involving Maryland politicos entering or leaving various positions of interest.

JUICE #1: DEL. ANNE KAISER TO SUCCEED BRIAN FELDMAN AS MOCO HOUSE DELEGATION CHAIR - In the last week or so, a few Maryland politicos mentioned that Delegate Brian Feldman (District 15) had stepped down as the Chair of the Montgomery County delegation. Most sources indicated that Delegate Anne Kaiser (District 14) would be ascending as the MoCo House delegation Chair. The Washington Post's Victor Zapana confirmed these rumors in coverage of Feldman's departure (excerpt below):
WASHINGTON POST: Del. Brian J. Feldman (D-Montgomery) will step down as chair of the Montgomery County delegation of the House of Delegates, a key county leadership post in the state legislature, he said in an interview Wednesday.

Feldman, who has served as chair for five years, said he will relinquish the position after a successor is elected July 17. Del. Anne R. Kaiser (D-Montgomery), a top leader in the House of Delegates, is the likely candidate to win, according to two state officials and a county official who were granted anonymity to speak freely about the election....
Notably, Delegate Feldman had been toying with running for Comptroller or State Senate in 2014. Both plans seem to be contingent upon the 2014 plans of those currently holding those positions (ie: Comptroller Peter Franchot and State Senator Rob Garagiola, respectively).

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JUICE #2: REP. DUTCH RUPPERSBERGER STEPS DOWN FROM ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE - Meanwhile, on the Congressional level, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger has apparently stepped down from his position on the House of Representative's Armed Services Committee. Its probably just as well, because it seemed that Maryland's Democrat saw his post as more of a cheerleading role than an oversight role, as often happens with members of Congress who have military bases in their districts. The Baltimore Sun's John Fritze reported on the development (excerpt below):
BALTIMORE SUN: Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the Baltimore County Democrat who represents two of Maryland's largest military installations, is stepping down from the House Armed Services Committee effective immediately, his office confirmed Tuesday.

Ruppersberger, who was named to the committee last year, is making way for Rep. Ron Barber, an Arizona Democrat sworn in last week to replace Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords resigned in January to focus on her recovery from a gunshot wound last year....

JUICE #3: O'MALLEY APPOINTS GLENN IVEY CHAIR OF MD LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION - Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed Glenn Ivey the new Chair of Maryland's Legal Services Corporation (MLSC). Notably, Mr. Ivey was the former Prince George's County State's Attorney and mounted an exploratory effort for the 4th Congressional District race earlier this year. See the brief announcement from Glenn Ivey's lawfirm, Venable:
VENABLE: Venable partner, and former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney, Glenn Ivey was appointed Chairman of the Maryland Legal Services Corporation’s (MLSC) Board of Directors. Retired Venable Partner and Past Chair Ben Civiletti was the founding Chairman of the MLSC.

Established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1982, the Maryland Legal Services Corporation raises funds and makes grants to nonprofit organizations for the provision of civil legal assistance to low-income persons in Maryland. The MLSC is governed by a nine-person Board of Directors appointed by the Governor of Maryland and confirmed by the Maryland Senate.

JUICE #4: O'MALLEY ELEVATES INTERIM APPOINTEE AS SECRETARY OF HIGHER EDUCATION - Governor O'Malley recently named Dr. Danette Howard Maryland’s Secretary of Higher Education. The Anne Arundel County resident has been serving in the role as an interim stand-in for almost a year now, so this simply makes permanent the status quo. The Governor's blog provided some details (excerpt below):
GOVERNOR O'MALLEY: ...“We are pleased that Danette has chosen to continue her outstanding work in our Administration,” said Governor O’Malley. “Her dedication to creating innovative programs and years of expertise in higher education are essential to helping more Marylanders attend and complete college. We believe that under her leadership, we can build on the progress we’ve made to eliminate barriers to completion and help students obtain the skills and education they need to compete and win in the New Economy.”

“I am grateful to be given the opportunity to continue to serve the people of Maryland as Secretary of Higher Education,” said Dr. Howard. “I am looking forward to helping the Administration move toward its higher education attainment goal.”

The O’Malley-Brown Administration has set an aggressive goal that at least 55 percent of adult Marylanders will hold at least one post-secondary degree or credential by 2025....

Notably, the high profile roles of Transportation Secretary and Labor Secretary are currently unfilled with permanent appointees. Maryland Juice is awaiting news of who the potential replacements might be!

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