Mr. Hogan goes to Washington

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Governor Larry Hogan stands next to Sen. Ben Cardin on his visit to D.C. earlier this week. PHOTO BY NEAL EARLEYGovernor Larry Hogan stands next to Sen. Ben Cardin on his visit to D.C. earlier this week. PHOTO BY NEAL EARLEY  WASHINGTON -- When Gov. Larry Hogan (R) walked out of his meeting with Maryland’s Congressional Delegation last week it seemed it could not have gone better -- at least that's what he said.

Speaking at a brief press conference, Hogan and the delegation gave the impression after the meeting that their party affiliation did not matter.

Like political allies, each Maryland politician repeated and reiterated their shared priorities and objectives -- to save the state from a slew of federal cuts to the management of the Chesapeake Bay, healthcare, and transportation.

“I think it was a very productive meeting on really important shared priorities that are important to the people of Maryland,” Hogan said.


Democrats and politicians weigh in on Manning run for Senate

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Chelsea ManningChelsea Manning           FILE PHOTO  Chelsea Manning, a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst convicted of leaking a trove of classified information to WikiLeaks in 2010, has filed for candidacy as a Democrat in the U.S. Senate race in Maryland.

Manning filed paperwork on Jan. 11 at 3:02 p.m. under the committee name, “Chelsea Manning for U.S. Senate,” according to the Federal Election Commission. She will face two-term incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin in the June 26 primary election.

A controversial figure who leaked classified information to WikiLeaks, Manning was arrested in 2010 on numerous counts of violating the Espionage Act of 1917. She served seven years of a 35-year sentence in a military prison before being granted clemency by then-President Barack Obama as one of the final acts of his presidency before the end of his term in January 2017.


Van Hollen disses on Trump while on the stump

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Van Hollen with CardinSen. Ben Cardin, left, shows his support for Congressman Chris Van Hollen, right, during a rally in Silver Spring.   PHOTO BY MARK POETKER 

SILVER SPRING – Fresh from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Senate candidate Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-8) rallied with supporters at the Silver Spring Civic Center Sunday and criticized real estate mogul Donald Trump (R).

Much of Van Hollen’s speech focused on the presidential election rather than his own Senate campaign.

“As President Obama said, anything is possible unless we make it impossible,” Van Hollen said.

“And that is the possibility that Donald Trump could be President of the United States. It sounds like a crazy idea, we all know everything that Donald Trump has said, but here’s our message to you, all of you and the American people have to make sure that’s a crazy idea by going out and voting in historic numbers and defeating Donald Trump.”


State Democrats and Republicans clash over congressional gun violence sit-in

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After nine of Maryland’s 10 congressional members participated in the June 22 Democratic sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives, some Republicans decried the move as a “stunt.”

The three Republican candidates running for the House districts that include Montgomery County all said they opposed the sit-in, though they varied on what to do to prevent future mass shootings.

Democrats, led by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), protested Republican leaders not calling for a vote on any gun control bills after four of those bills died in the Senate.

Local Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-8), John Delaney (D-6) and John Sarbanes (D-3) all joined their Democratic colleagues on the House floor last week, along with Sens. Ben Cardin (D) and Barbara Mikulski (D).


Students and Politicians react to Pope's visit

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12022455 10153182961725878 1837072490435637263 oThe Pope greeting members of the Avalon School - including President Richard McPhersonWASHINGTON D.C. – In a historic address before Congress, Pope Francis Thursday called upon Americans to help people in need and to work together for the common good.

“The challenges facing us today call for a renewal of that spirit of cooperation, which has accomplished so much good throughout the history of the United States. The complexity, the gravity and the urgency of these challenges demand that we pool our resources and talents, and resolve to support one another, with respect for our differences and our convictions of conscience,” the Pope said.

The packed floor of the House chamber included both chambers of Congress, Vice President Joe Biden and Supreme Court justices.


The art of the Iran nuclear deal


Although not what one would consider a very religious individual, I am a Jew. I was born a Jew. I was raised as a Jew. I will die a Jew. Being a Jew is how society looks upon me, and, quite frankly, I am somewhat proud to be part of a group of people that comprises only about 1 percent of the world's population yet has contributed so greatly to society whether medicine (thank you Dr. Salk), music, business, entertainment, or even sports (thank you Sandy Koufax). As a Jew I also recognize the importance of a secure Israel. What I am not is a Jew who allows himself to be influenced by the illogical rhetoric regarding opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.


Officials statewide offer Hogan support in cancer fight

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HoganSince hearing Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement that he has cancer, officials throughout the state have expressed their sadness, but said they know Hogan is a “fighter.” 


Hogan said on Monday that he has advanced non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and will be undergoing multiple rounds of chemotherapy over the next few months while retaining his position as governor.


Below are statements of support from officials throughout the state:


Sen. Ben Cardin: “Those of us who have worked with Governor Larry Hogan know he is a fighter. I know the governor also enjoys the love of an amazing family. The Hogan family will be in my thoughts and prayers as they navigate this difficult time together. Governor Hogan should know that he has an entire state supporting him in his battle against this terrible disease.”


Sen. Barbara Mikulski: “I was stunned and saddened to learn about Governor Hogan’s illness. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved ones. I join the people of Maryland in wishing him a complete and speedy recovery.


When Lt. Governor Rutherford called to give me the news, we discussed our shared commitment to our state. On behalf of myself and the delegation, I pledged to work with him and Governor Hogan to maintain the continuity of government and continue working together for the good of all Marylanders.” 


Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-8): “I stand with all Marylanders to wish him a full & speedy recovery.”

Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-5): “I was saddened to learn of Governor Hogan’s cancer diagnosis today. My thoughts and prayers are with the Governor and his family as he begins this battle against cancer and moves through a period of treatment and recovery. I join the entire state of Maryland in standing with him and offering our support.”


Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-4): “My thoughts and prayers are with Gov. Hogan and his family as he begins the process of beating this disease. Through his focus and determination, Gov. Hogan has proven to be a disciplined and determined fighter, and I have no doubt he will use those qualities to overcome this challenge. I wish Gov. Hogan every ounce of strength for a successful recovery. All of Maryland will be with him.” 


Former Governor Martin O’Malley: “Katie and I are sending our thoughts & prayers to you and your family, and wishing you the best in overcoming this challenge.”


Comptroller Peter Franchot: “Along with every Marylander, I am deeply saddened by today’s news about my dear friend, Governor Hogan, and I am praying this afternoon for him; his wonderful wife, Yumi; their daughters, Julie, Jaymi and Kim, and his entire family.

However, I'm comforted by the knowledge that the Governor is one of the toughest fighters I’ve ever met, as well as a man of deep and abiding faith. With Yumi and his entire family at his side, I know that he will approach this latest challenge with the same sense of determination and resolve that has made him so successful in business, politics and government.


In the meantime, I stand ready to assist Governor Hogan and our exceptional Lieutenant Governor, Boyd Rutherford, in any way possible in the days, weeks and months to come.”


Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal (at the council meeting June 23): “As we begin our morning with words of prayer, we will keep in mind the governor of Maryland Larry Hogan who very courageously yesterday disclosed that he’s battling with cancer, and I know that all of us send the governor our very, very best wishes at this difficult time for him and his family.” 


Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III: “The thoughts and prayers of all Prince Georgians are with Governor Hogan and his family as he begins his battle with cancer. I applaud how Governor Hogan candidly and courageously made the announcement today concerning his health challenge. Clearly he is a fighter and I am confident he will battle this disease with courage and tenacity. ?I wish him the best and join all our fellow citizens who are praying for his full recovery. 


I want him to know that the people of Prince George’s County are here to support him as he works to overcome this obstacle and we will cheer for him all the way until he is cancer free.”


Maryland Senate President Mike Miller: “Governor Hogan and his family are longtime friends, and I was saddened to hear of his personal news today. As he begins his path to treatment and recovery, I know the thoughts and prayers of myself, the Maryland Senate, and all Marylanders are with him and his family.”


Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch: “We are fortunate in Maryland to have access to the finest medical system in the country, so I am confident that Governor Hogan will get the best quality medical treatment possible. I know that he will bring the same tenacity and strength to this new personal challenge as he has to all of his professional accomplishments.”


Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett: My prayers and hope are for a very quick and full recovery. All of us including myself are pulling for him and anticipate that he will be back and maintain the (demands) of his schedule as he goes through his treatment and we look forward to seeing him back in Montgomery County working on some of the important issues for the state.



O'Malley and Cardin endorse Leggett

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IkeLeggettAfter receiving endorsements from Governor Martin O’Malley, Senator Ben Cardin, Congressman Chris Van Hollen and multiple organizations, County Executive Ike Leggett said he’s happy to have the approval of so many officials.

“I think they’re some of the finer public officials out there,” Leggett said. “They obviously had the opportunity to work with me and to get their stamp of approval is truly an honor.”

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