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OK, fine. But surely she had a game plan for the ward race, right?

“I just picked a name,” she said. “Whoever’s name I see the most, that’s the one I picked.”

Deadline pressure

With just one day left in the Maryland General Assembly, lawmakers are short on time — and perhaps just as short on patience.

The pace has picked up in recent days, but it wasn’t fast enough Wednesday for Sen. Paul Pinsky, who complained when Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. chose to postpone a vote on a bill banning arsenic in chicken feed.

Mr. Pinsky, Prince George’s Democrat, argued that Mr. Miller had postponed debate on the bill days earlier and “promised” the chamber that the vote would take place Wednesday.

Chambers often postpone debate for a day or two on especially controversial issues to allow more time for other bills on that day’s agenda and as a courtesy to opponents who want to propose amendments.

Mr. Miller, Prince George Democrat, tried to assure Mr. Pinsky that the chicken feed bill would be decided on the next legislative day.

Mr. Pinsky, who was lead sponsor of the Senate version of the bill, wasn’t buying it.

“I heard another promise on Friday so I’m just trying to figure out which promise we’re dealing with today,” he said.

Uh oh.

Mr. Miller is the longest-serving Senate president in state history and a man known to occasionally flex his temper. For those reasons, he also is known as maybe the last man in Maryland that any politician wants to cross. He wasn’t happy.

“You want to apologize right now, or what?” he asked, later banging his gavel when Mr. Pinsky tried to offer a rebuttal. Mr. Miller added that “We’ve got a thousand other bills we’d like to move forward, especially Senate bills.”

Mr. Pinsky apologized and the bill passed the next day. As of last update, he still has a seat in the Senate chamber.

• David Sherfinski, David Hill and Tom Howell Jr. contributed to this report.

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