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O'Malley bleeds (and glows) purple

O'Malley bleeds (and glows) purple

Before Martin O'Malley left the governor's office in January, he had an urgent matter to attend to: lighting the State House dome purple before the Baltimore Ravens' playoff game Jan. 10 against the New England Patriots.

O'Malley made the dome-lighting a priority in his final weeks, according to emails obtained by The Baltimore Sun through a Public Information Act request. He even enlisted his chief of staff, John Griffin, to seek the support of House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller.

"They both reluctantly acquiesce to lighting the [State House] Dome purple for Saturday's Ravens game," Griffin wrote on Jan. 6. "The Speaker...