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O'Malley to promote agenda at 'tweet-up'

By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun

9:44 AM EST, January 23, 2012

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Gov. Martin O'Malley will hold a gathering of his Twitter followers -- the first "tweet-up' by a Maryland governor -- at the State House Monday morning to promote his 2012 legislative agenda.

The event is an example of the growing importance of social media is politics and government. O'Malley is expected to unveil parts of his agenda at the event and to have a conversation with citizens who follow his postings on Twitter.

"It's kind of an open discussion but focusing on the legislative agenda," said spokeswoman Takirra Winfield.

The governor's agenda this year is nothing if not ambitious -- involving tax increases, a shift of teacher pension costs to the counties, environmental initiatives and a measure legalizing same-sex marriage in Maryland.

One way or another, O'Malley is likely to give them something to tweet about.