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Subpoenas to Be Issued in Md. Firing Probe (MD4Bush)
Washington Post ^ | 1/21/06 | Ray Rivera

Posted on 01/21/2006 1:24:05 PM PST by conservative in nyc

Frustrated by the Ehrlich administration's refusal to turn over key personnel information, a legislative committee investigating the governor's hiring and firing practices authorized its special counsel yesterday to subpoena documents and to take the administration to court if it refuses to give them up.

The administration has handed over thousands of pages of documents, but missing are e-mails and other papers that might show the extent to which Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. considered politics in his personnel decisions, said House Speaker Pro Tem Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County), the special committee's co-chairman.

"We would be finished with this if they would give us the documents," Jones said yesterday after a four-hour hearing.(--Snip--)

The documents sought include lists of state employees and show their political affiliations, including whether they supported Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the Democrat whom Ehrlich defeated in the 2002 governor's race.

According to a source familiar with the subpoenas, the requests include 90 e-mails written by former Ehrlich aide Joseph Steffen. The administration also withheld those e-mails from public information requests by the media.

Steffen, who was fired last year for spreading rumors about one of Ehrlich's political rivals, has said he was dispatched to several agencies to identify employees who could be replaced by Ehrlich appointees. The 12-member legislative panel was formed in June to review whether these dismissals of at-will employees, who serve at the pleasure of the governor, were handled properly.--Snip--

The committee gave special counsel Ward B. Coe III authority to issue the subpoenas and authorized the state attorney general's office to enforce Coe's subpoenas with court action, if necessary. That would allow a judge to decide whether the administration has legal grounds to withhold the documents, Coe said.(--Snip--)

Coe was also given authority to subpoena six more witnesses for a hearing set for Jan.30.(--Snip--)

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: ehrlich; md4bush; ncpac; steffen
I guess this committee really does have subpoena power. Subpoenaing Free Republic's logs to find the identity of MD4Bush? Unlikely.

As always, more at the link. Due to space, I edited out the Ehrlich administration's response - they say they've been cooperative except for documents protected by executive privilege.

1 posted on 01/21/2006 1:24:08 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: NCPAC; MD4Bush; xcullen; Anti-Bubba182; Mo1; cyncooper; BillF; crushkerry; Howlin; backhoe; ...
MD4Bush Ping!

See also Former state workers testify about dismissals (Baltimore Sun).

Jennifer Skalka of The Sun reports that the special committee interested in talking to Phil Bisset, who "was rumored to play a role similar to that of Joseph F. Steffen Jr."
2 posted on 01/21/2006 1:27:31 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: William Creel

This is just politicians in the US House and Senate on a smaller scale with Ehrlich playing the part of George Bush.

Same old Democrat BS.


4 posted on 01/21/2006 1:46:26 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: conservative in nyc
Steffen, who was fired last year for spreading rumors about one of Ehrlich's political rivals

Is this true? If not, why are they allowed to continue repeating this lie?

5 posted on 01/21/2006 1:57:47 PM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: Sir Gawain

"Steffen, who was fired last year for spreading rumors about one of Ehrlich's political rivals...."

"Is this true? If not, why are they allowed to continue repeating this lie?"

No, it is not true. He resigned within a few days of his FreeRepublic private posts being published in the WaPo. Who IS going to make the Post stop spreading lies?


6 posted on 01/21/2006 2:30:11 PM PST by jimtorr
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To: jimtorr
Who IS going to make the Post stop spreading lies?

No one. The Wash Post will lie until the last dog dies if it suits them.

What we need to do is trumpet their lies, so their circulation continues to go south.

7 posted on 01/21/2006 2:32:26 PM PST by dirtboy (My new years resolution is to quit using taglines...)
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To: conservative in nyc

Thanks for the ping. Predictably they are not interested in the identity of MD4Bush.


8 posted on 01/21/2006 2:34:03 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: conservative in nyc

BTTT


9 posted on 01/21/2006 2:40:13 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Sir Gawain
Is this true?

No.

If not, why are they allowed to continue repeating this lie?

Because at least one of the MD4Bush users works for the WaPo.

10 posted on 01/21/2006 3:47:08 PM PST by PAR35
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To: conservative in nyc

Have Ehrlich offer to turn over the emails IF the dems turn over all communications between O'Malley/Dougherty/WaPo.


11 posted on 01/21/2006 4:26:14 PM PST by DrewsDad
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To: conservative in nyc

Their going after the GOP side? This is nuts!


12 posted on 01/21/2006 5:03:56 PM PST by nopardons
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To: conservative in nyc
The reporter's name Ray Rivera on this story seems familar. Is he the one that logged in on MD4Bush's Free Republic account?
13 posted on 01/21/2006 11:08:46 PM PST by Chesterbelloc
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To: Chesterbelloc
The reporter's name Ray Rivera on this story seems familar. Is he the one that logged in on MD4Bush's Free Republic account?

No. That was Matthew Mosk. Ray Rivera wrote a few of the follow-up articles during the brief period when the story became about Matthew Mosk and the Washington Post - even in the Washington Post.
14 posted on 01/21/2006 11:13:14 PM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: conservative in nyc

this is about having a show trial in time for Ehrlich's 2006 reelection campaign.

Early polls by rassmussen show ehrlich with an early lead over both o'malley and duncan.


15 posted on 01/22/2006 1:02:24 AM PST by staytrue (MOONBAT CONSERVATIVES are those who would rather lose to a liberal than support a moderate)
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To: staytrue
Well, this show trial is a rousing failure. And some say the truth about the MD4Bush affair hasn't quite come out yet.
16 posted on 01/22/2006 1:13:31 AM PST by conservative in nyc
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To: sgtbono2002

This is just politicians in the US House and Senate on a smaller scale with Ehrlich playing the part of George Bush.

^^^^

Slight correction. This would be the US House and Senate if we did not have a Republican majority there.

What is happening in Annapolis is brutal and thuggish. The Legislature is overriding every Ehrlich veto from the past legislative session. I think that their willingness to be so blatant in their political motives will further turn Md voters toward the Republican candidates next fall. The whole legislative session so far is one continuing Wellstone Memorial.


17 posted on 01/22/2006 5:27:47 AM PST by maica (We are fighting the War for the Free World. Democrats and the media are not on our side.)
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To: Sir Gawain

"Steffen, who was fired last year for spreading rumors about one of Ehrlich's political rivals...."

******

The above line is produced on WaPo and BaltoSun word processers whenever an article is being written about Ehrlich and hiring/firing. It does not have to be typed in independently. The letters Ste will bring up the phrase.


18 posted on 01/22/2006 5:32:29 AM PST by maica (We are fighting the War for the Free World. Democrats and the media are not on our side.)
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To: maica

I am with you. I sure hope that Marylands voters can see whats happening. Ehrlich is holding firm while the Dems are running wild with their majority.


19 posted on 01/22/2006 5:49:32 AM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: conservative in nyc
"The 12-member legislative panel was formed in June to review whether these dismissals of at-will employees, who serve at the pleasure of the governor, were handled properly."

Did Erlich not say, 'Please' get the f' outta here? or just, 'Get the f' outta here?'

This is how the democrats now get into office; trumped up investigations precluded by the planted stories of a willing accomplice in the media.

20 posted on 01/22/2006 6:07:27 AM PST by rvoitier ("Democrats are the only reason to vote for Republicans." -- Dr. Thomas Sowell)
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To: Sir Gawain
I'd like to see Steffen demand a retraction from them as he resigned after being told rumors by MD4Bush. Saying he spread rumors is slanderous and I'd like to see him push back upon the liberals who write up these stories.
21 posted on 01/22/2006 10:52:13 AM PST by Bogey78O (<thinking of new tagline>)
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