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Hogan and Jealous kick off governor’s campaign

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Days after Ben Jealous won the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) made one of his latest reelection campaign stops in Gaithersburg for Summerfest.

Hogan has been reluctant to make statements attacking any of his potential Democratic opponents for the November 2018 election until now.

Jealous, who was the former president and CEO of the NAACP, won the Democratic nomination as a progressive, promising to bring a single-payer-style healthcare system to Maryland, to reform the criminal justice system and to make all four-year universities “debt free.”

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Green Party candidates make County pitch

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Ian SchlakmanIan Schlakman speaks at Kaldi's Coffee Bar in Silver Spring.                           PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV  SILVER SPRING — Montgomery County voters will have another option to choose from when they cast their votes in the gubernatorial election in November. 

“This is a very important election for us Greens … because it keeps us on the ballot,” said Green Party gubernatorial candidate Ian Schlakman to a small crowd of voters at Kaldi’s Coffee Bar during a meet-and-greet in downtown Silver Spring. “We have to get one percent this election or else we risk losing ballot access.”

“When I’m asked why I’m running … I’m running because we have to make a change in this state, in this country, in this system,” added Schlakman’s running mate, Rev. Annie Chambers. “We live in the second richest state in this country, yet we have people freezing to death in the street, we have children freezing to death in the school system … we have people being kicked out of the hospital because they can’t pay their bills.”

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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.

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SHA holds open house on Hogan’s I-270 plan

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BETHESDA -- In September Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced his ambitious plan to fix traffic congestion on two of the County’s most important roadways by adding additional lanes.

In his proposal, Hogan promised to add toll lanes to I-270 and I-495 as way to clear traffic congestion with little cost to the taxpayer. Although Hogan promised his plan to widen I-270 and I-495 would be “transformative” for commuters around the state, some said they were skeptical of his plan.

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"Go Big or Go Home!"

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Hogan and Leggett pull out the stops to help Metro and entice Amazon to the county

On a stage normally reserved for large orchestras, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed two bills that could have a major impact on Montgomery County.

One bill Hogan signed gave Metro a dedicated source of funding for the first time. The other bill Hogan signed was a tax incentive package to help bring Amazon’s second headquarters to the White Flint area.

Instead of musicians filling the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, local and state officials from Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., were on hand to witness the bills get signed into law.

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Candidates make their case against Hogan

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NORTH BETHESDA – The eight Democratic candidates vying to replace Gov. Larry Hogan (R) got a chance on Thursday to “schmooze” with local politicians and in a limited rapid-fire format, make the case to voters that each of them should be the choice to replace a Republican governor in an election that pundits will surely see as a referendum on President Donald Trump.

The already-crowded Democratic field includes Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, former president and CEO of the NAACP Ben Jealous, State Senator Richard Madaleno, former State Department advisor and entrepreneur Alec Ross, former Michelle Obama policy director Krishanti Vignarajah, consultant Maya Rockeymoore Cummings and attorney James Shea, took to the stage in a gubernatorial forum hosted by Maryland Matters. The forum served as an opportunity for candidates to take turns teeing off on the current governor, as each tried to demonstrate why County resident should opt for someone else in 2018. 

Moderator Josh Kurtz from Maryland Matters said Hogan was invited, but decline the invitation to join.

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Gov. Hogan appears at JCRC event

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Approximately 150 people gathered Sunday evening to thank Gov. Larry Hogan for his support of the Jewish community in an event sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington.

Following his remarks at Beth Sholom Congregation in Potomac, dozens of people lined up to thank him for allocating money to area Jewish agencies, strengthening economic ties between Maryland and Israel, opposing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and supporting funds for scholarships to private schools.

But when a few people told Hogan they were disappointed he had moved up the starting date for public schools until after Labor Day, thereby causing County school officials to rework their calendar and possibly eliminate days off for Jewish holidays, Hogan’s demeanor changed.

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County Council tackles Purple Line issues

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Montgomery Council President Roger Berliner (D-1) said the hardest part of building the Purple Line is yet to come.

“The hardest part is now before us,” Berliner said. “And it will be more important than ever that we have open communication with respect to this project.”

The Montgomery County Council Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee met with state transit officials Sept. 28 to discuss the expected disruption and impact from the construction of the Purple Line, a 16- mile light-rail train that will connect Bethesda to the New Carrollton Metro Station. The committee meeting served as an opportunity for state transit officials to answer questions the community has on the Purple Line construction.

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Hogan offers expansion plans and toll roads to ease traffic congestion in Capital corridor

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GAITHERSBURG – Gov. Larry Hogan announced three separate projects totaling $9 billion to widen Interstate Highway 270, Interstate Highway 495 and State Route 295 Sept. 21.

Hogan, along with Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn, announced officials in his administration began the process of soliciting potential companies with which to form a public-private partnership (P3) to add four toll lanes each to Interstate Highway 270, to Interstate Highway 495 and to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

“The daily backups on the Capital Beltway, I-270 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway have made the Baltimore-Washington corridor one of the most congested regions in the nation,” Hogan said. “This problem has been marring the quality of life of Maryland citizens for decades. Today we are finally going to do something about it.”

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Looking for a Cosmic Goal

AAM-936-MC FWhen my father was my age he had about six months to live.

Consequently I can’t get over my own mortality. Granted, I don’t think I’m about to expire soon. I haven’t been diagnosed with lung cancer like my dad, or with bone cancer like my stepfather who is now currently suffering.

I don’t have lymphoma like Larry Hogan. I haven’t been diagnosed with a lymph cancer like a friend of mine in county government. I didn’t recently wake up dead like a former football player I coached who died at 27-years-old of an undiagnosed heart condition. I didn’t die of heart disease at 43 like my younger brother.

I have a physical every year. I’ve had that wonderful colonoscopy thing done against my will. I try to watch my weight and exercise.

Still, the number of days we all have on this planet are finite – unless there are real Vampires and immortals hiding among us.

If that’s the case, look me up and let us palaver a bit.

Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?

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