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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Rushern L. Baker Iii
Days after a Prince George's County lawmaker introduced a bill to exempt amusement parks from paying the county's increased minimum wage, developers announced plans to build a 175-foot Ferris wheel on the Potomac River's edge at National Harbor.
An effort is underway in Prince George's County to carve out an exemption to the much-ballyhooed "regional minimum wage" increase passed by lawmakers there, in Montgomery County and in Washington, D.C., last year.
The D.C. fire department has hired a polarizing former Prince George's County chief to its No. 2 spot in charge of the department's operations.
Prince George’s County averted a crisis when it was announced Wednesday that water would not be shut off for as many as 200,000 residents, leaving businesses, restaurants and hotels scrambling to reopen after preparing for multiday closures.
Tens of thousands of Prince George's County residents were preparing Tuesday to spend the hottest week so far this year without running water, thanks to a failing underground pipeline that urgently needs to be replaced.
Maryland lawmakers are considering a bill to require that speed cameras provide clear photographic evidence of infractions, after numerous occasions where camera systems have ticketed drivers who appeared in photos to be traveling within the speed limit.
Gov. Martin O'Malley on Friday underscored the need for new licensing requirements for handguns, while a leading Maryland lawmaker recommended the provision in a comprehensive gun-control measure be considered separately due to the potential for considerable opposition.
Crime is down across the board in Prince George’s County, officials announced with great fanfare Wednesday.
Table games and a sixth casino are coming to Maryland.
The Washington Redskins on Tuesday endorsed the ballot question on gambling expansion in Maryland, tossing the team's helmet into an already crowded ring surrounding the hot-button issue.
If you build it, jobs will come.
The fight to defeat this fall's referendum on table games and casino expansion could start in Prince George's County, where socially conservative groups and some lawmakers argue a county casino will hurt local residents and benefit only wealthy developers.
Maryland House lawmakers appear ready to make drastic changes to a gambling expansion bill that the Senate passed last week, but Democratic House leaders still don't know whether they will have enough votes.
Since funding a lavish half-million-dollar party to celebrate the election of Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III about 18 months ago, officials at the Bowie-based Path to Greatness have continued to raise thousands of dollars from donors while counting Mr. Baker's wife as a trustee, an arrangement that critics say opens up another avenue for special interests to curry favor with his administration.
Maryland legislators will be cutting their summer vacations short after Gov. Martin O'Malley announced a special session for Aug. 9 to address gambling questions left unanswered in the spring.
"I think the difference with Six Flags is they have been such a pioneer and stayed here during the hard times and employed a lot of our young people," Mr. Baker said. "I think that the council felt that we should look at them in a special light. I don't know that any other venue would be that way, including National Harbor."
"I think it's going to be a question as to whether National Harbor actually engages a conversation with the council about exempting them," said Mr. Baker, a Democrat.