Maryland Gov. Hogan seizes popular political causes, frustrating Democrats

When Gov. Larry Hogan held a news conference this week to announce a plan to protect some $4 billion in casino revenues for public education, Del. Eric Luedtke could no longer hold his tongue — or rather, his thumbs. “This is old hat by now,” the Montgomery County Democrat tweeted Thursday. “Hogan often 1. Holds press conference to announce a GREAT IDEA that happens to have already been introduced by a legislator. 2. Introduces a duplicative bill. 3. Does literally no work to get the bill passed. 4. Takes credit when the other bill passes.” (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland makes getting on statewide ballot easy

How do you get your name on hundreds of thousands ballots in Maryland, get listed in multiple voters guides, get invited to candidate forums across the state, and all with very little effort? Plunk down $290 to the State Board of Elections, fill out a few forms and wait for the candidate questionnaires and forum invitations to roll in. That’s how you do it if you’re a registered Democrat or Republican wanting to run for governor, U.S. senator, attorney general or comptroller. (Md. Reporter)

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Senate confirms gubernatorial appointees, accepts new batch of 'Green Bag' appointments

 

Three Frederick County residents will be able to keep their seats on state boards after the Senate confirmed several governor's appointments. The chamber approved 45 appointments Friday, including those that would allow Ira Click to serve the rest of his term on the Handgun Roster Board. His term would last through December 2020. (News-Post)

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After Air Force, Hoffman wants to serve community as elected Washington County official

When Casey Hoffman finished his active duty with the Air Force three years ago, he wanted to find a way to serve again. Working at Saint James School with Maryland Del. Bill Wivell, R-Washington, Hoffman said he's learned more about his community and local government and how he could make a difference. Hoffman filed his candidacy on Feb. 8 for one of the five Washington County Board of Commissioners seats up for election this year. (Herald-Mail)

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February 16 // Council candidate who is an aide to Baker was accused of harassment years ago

A Prince George’s County Council candidate who is a senior adviser to County Executive Rushern L. Baker III was accused of sexually harassing a colleague a decade ago while working in a different county government office. The allegations led to a nearly $150,000 civil judgment against Prince George’s, after a jury found the government knew or should have known about the harassment and a judge ruled that the county must pay attorney’s fees for the victim, Tonya Hairston. (Wash. Post)

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Election year politics fuels competing lockbox plans

When Gov. Larry Hogan strode to the podium Wednesday, and started talking about a lockbox for the Education Trust Fund from casino revenues, it had a familiar ring to it. Didn’t Democratic legislators propose a similar lockbox just two weeks ago? The two proposals have somewhat similar goals, but different approaches for increasing education spending. The Democrats want a constitutional amendment that they will send to the voters for approval in November. The governor wants to do his lockbox by statute without any additional voter approval. (Md. Reporter)

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Is Chelsea Manning's Senate campaign for real?

When Chelsea Manning leaked hundreds of thousands of military and diplomatic documents to the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks eight years ago, she said she hoped the decision would provoke a debate about U.S. foreign policy. Now the 30-year-old transgender woman, running for the Democratic nomination for Senate in Maryland, says there is another urgent discussion voters must face: How a burgeoning military apparatus is gradually creeping into domestic life in places like Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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MD AG Brian Frosh files for Re-election

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has filed to run for a second term. Frosh, a Democrat from Montgomery County, announced his re-election bid Thursday. Frosh has occasionally clashed with Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. Last year, after Donald Trump's election, the Democrat-controlled Maryland legislature gave Frosh expanded authority to sue the federal government without the governor's permission. In 2014, Frosh defeated Republican Jeffrey Pritzker with 56 percent of the vote. Before that, the 71-year-old Frosh served more than 25 years in the legislature, developing a reputation as an environmental advocate. (WMAR-AP)

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