Archive for November, 2010

House leadership elected

Elections for the House leadership occurred with no real surprises.  The good news is that Maryland’s Steny Hoyer will remain in a leadership position.  The results are:

Republicans

  • Speaker of the House: John A Boehner (OH)
  • Majority leader: Eric Canor (VA)
  • Majority whip: Kevin McCarthy (CA)

 Democrats

  • Minority leader: Nancy Pelosi (CA)
  • Minority whip: Steny Hoyer (MD)
  • Assistant leader: James Clyburn (SC)
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Webinar video available online – “How One Advocacy Action Per Month Can Change the World!”

The video and slide deck of the November 9th webinar “How One Advocacy Action Per Month Can Change the World” are now available online.  See the earlier blog posting for a description of the webinar.

Maryland’s budget gap grows to $1.6 billion

Analysts now estimate a $1.6 billion gap between revenues and spending.  The increase is very likely due to the growing Medicaid costs and the end of stimulus dollars.  Among the General Assembly, there is talk of balancing the budget with no new taxes, but some are skeptical.  For more information, see a recent Gazette article.

E-rate pilot program announced

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a public notice for a pilot program called E-rate Deployed Ubiquitously 2011 (EDU2011).  As stated in the public notice, EDU 2011 will serve “…to investigate the merits and challenges of wireless off-premises connectivity services for mobile learning devices, and to help the Commission determine whether and how those services should ultimately be eligible for E-rate support.”  The FCC authorized up to $10 million for funding year 2011.  For more information, including a link to the public notice, please see the District Dispatch posting.

MD Congressmen going for leadership positions

Two representatives from Maryland are aiming for leadership positions in the House.  Congressman Steny Hoyer, who is currently the Majority Leader, is going against Congressman James Cyburn (SC), who is currently Majority Whip, for the position of Minority Whip.   Congressman Chris Van Hollen has announced his interest in the top Democratic spot on the House Budget Committee.  Congressman Van Hollen is currently the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, but is no longer interested in holding this position.  Congressman Nancy Pelosi has announced that she will run for Minority Leader and nobody, including Congressman Hoyer, is challenging her.

 Voting for these positions will occur next week.  See the links to articles below for more information.  (You may be asked set up a free account to log in and view the article).

ALA seeks e-rate clarification & guidance

The American Library Association (ALA) is seeking clarification and guidance on the changes to e-rate.  For details, see the District Dispatch posting.

General Election Results

Find out who won in Maryland’s General Elections on November 2nd.  Maryland’s election results are posted on the Maryland Board of Elections’ web site for state and local offices and ballot questions, as well as Maryland’s representatives in Congress.



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