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Governor to address lawmakers in annual State of the State

At noon, Gov. Martin O'Malley will deliver the annual "State of the State," a speech expected to include lots of talk about protecting and creating jobs amid another year of a national down economy. The Democratic governor, like all 188 state lawmakers who will be in the House of Delegates chamber listening to him, is up for reelection this fall.

While the governor's office puts the finishing touches on this year's remarks, let's remind ourselves where we were last year. Here are the opening paragraphs of The Baltimore's Sun's coverage of the 2009 address:

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This year, O'Malley has agreed to end his signature tuition freeze, instead backing a 3 percent increase now that he has achieved his goal of making college more affordable, he says. He may address this in today's speech.

And with the president's popularity declining and growing discontent with incumbent elected officials from both parties, it will be interesting to listen for how frequently O'Malley drops Obama's name -- and just how enthusiasticly lawmakers respond this time.

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Sen. Allan Kittleman, a Howard County Republican and the Senate minority leader, will give his party's response immediately after O'Malley's address. Republicans have already put out a sort of preview of Kittleman's talking points, pointing out what they say is the "irony" of State of the State being delivered on Groundhog Day. (The speech was moved twice, first to accomodate the State of the Union and then to account for Baltimore's change in leadership, coming Thursday.)

Check back shortly after noon for an update covering O'Malley's address.

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