Tue March 31, 2015
O'Malley-New Hampshire

O'Malley headed back to New Hampshire

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is returning to New Hampshire as he continues to visit early primary states.

O'Malley, a Democrat who is considering running for president in 2016, is scheduled to attend the "Politics and Eggs" forum in Beford, New Hampshire, on Tuesday.

The forum gives local business leaders a chance to hear from potential presidential candidates.

O'Malley also is scheduled to attend the New Hampshire Young Democrats Social Hour in Nashua, New Hampshire.

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Tue March 31, 2015
McAuliffe Privacy

Group blasts governor over proposed privacy amendments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A civil liberties group is blasting Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for trying to amend legislation aimed at protecting personal privacy.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia sent McAuliffe a letter Monday accusing him of trying to gut bills that would restrict the use of drones by police and limit data collection by automatic license plate readers.

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Thu March 26, 2015
McAuliffe Vetoes

Va. governor vetoes 6 redistricting bills

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed six redistricting bills he says may be unconstitutional and are overly partisan.

The Democratic governor says he doesn't support the legislation because he believes the General Assembly should only make substantive changes to legislative boundaries once a decade.

All six bills were sponsored by GOP lawmakers. Republicans said the bills were minor technical adjustments to current boundaries.

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Wed March 25, 2015
Death Penalty

Senate panel eyes bill to abolish Delaware death penalty

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A bill reviving attempts to abolish capital punishment in Delaware after an earlier failed effort is teed up for its legislative hearing.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to meet Wednesday to consider the legislation, which mirrors a bill that passed the Senate in 2013 by only one vote before dying in a House committee.

The legislation would remove execution as a possible punishment for first-degree murder, leaving life in prison without the possibility of parole as the only sentence.

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Wed March 25, 2015

Maryland Senate to take up $40.4 billion budget

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate is scheduled to consider changes to the state's $40.4 billion budget plan.

Two budget bills that are working in tandem to balance the state's books for the next fiscal year will be before the Senate on Wednesday.

The House of Delegates approved the measures last week.

The House restored money for education that Gov. Larry Hogan had scaled back to help balance the state's books in the long term. The House also restored money for a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for state employees.

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