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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Ed Kasemeyer moving up in MD Senate

When Senate president pro tem Ida Ruben lost in the primary, a vacancy was created that led to two recent actions by Senate president Mike Miller. He moved the Democratic Majority Leader into the pro tem slot (which amounts to presiding over Senate proceedings in his absence) and selected Howard County's Ed Kasemeyer as the new Majority Leader (or spokesman for the party on the floor). Such is the power of Mike Miller that he can do this on his own. Senator Kasemeyer will surely continue to serve on the powerful Budget and Taxation Committee.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm not sure what you mean by writing, "Such is the power of Mike Miller that he can do this on his own." It is as if you imply that Senator Kasemeyer is unqualified to be Majority Leader. Kasemeyer has been Deputy Majority Leader for the last few years and has been the Capital Budget subcommittee chairman for a while and as you note, he does serve on the powerful B&T committee, all of these things mean is a loyal foot soldier to the party, the Senate, and to Howard County.

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Blogger Evan said...

I think what Ken means is that in Maryland the State Senate President is a very powerful person and rather than have the Majority Leader being elected by the Democratic caucus the State Senate President can just select his choice. Notice the difference between this and how at the federal level Steny Hoyer was elected over the new Speaker's supported candidate Jack Murtha. I personally feel democratizing the leadership selection in the Maryland legislature and reducing the power of party leaders would be good for the state.

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