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.


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.


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.


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.”


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?


Nothing to Fear but Loathing


statueoflibertyGive me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

- The Statue of Liberty

The inscription on the Statue of Liberty cannot be blunter. The actions of some of our country’s governors, including Maryland Governor Larry Hogan cannot be more obtuse.

Out of fear that some Syrian refugees could be terrorists there are governors of some of the United States who would defy federal law about the entry of these refugees to our soil.


About The Governor


HoganIt’s the type of news that, if you’re at all human, floors you.
Governor Larry Hogan found a lump in his throat while shaving. A quick trip to the doctor and dozens of lumps later, the governor is diagnosed with a “very aggressive” form of lymphoma.
I’m sure I’m not the only middle-aged man who went home and checked his body four or five times for lumps and then decided to see his doctor.
Down at my favorite caffeine watering hole, where during these Dog Days of June most people seem to be ordering anything but coffee, I overheard a disturbing conversation.
To be honest I often overhear disturbing conversations there, but this particular conversation didn’t have anything to do with comp and class studies, or lack of raises or nine people being killed in a South Carolina church. This conversation centered on who will be governor now that our governor is dead.
Not only isn’t Larry Hogan dead, but his upbeat news conference wherein he was told his odds of beating cancer were better than beating his democratic opponent in the recent gubernatorial election, gave me a bit of hope for the man sticking around for awhile.
Those involved in this Frappucino-waiting conversation could not name the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland nor were they sure who would take over for Hogan should he fall victim to his illness – a matter of which they were convinced was not only preordained but had actually already occurred.
I didn’t want to intrude and so I didn’t lean in and say “The Lieutenant Governor is Boyd K. Rutherford,” or mention his age, 58, or that he and I are both parents of three adult children.
I didn’t mention he was educated at Howard and had little experience running for public office, but had a deep background in law, was originally from Washington D.C. and served with distinction at various governmental posts.


Rep seeks Confederate flag ban

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HoganDozens of Maryland senators and delegates called for the removal of Confederate Battle Flag license plates this week in light of the recent shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The 42 legislators sent the letter to Pete Rahn, Maryland transportation secretary, and Milton Chaffee, administrator for the state’s Motor Vehicle Administration.

The Charleston shooting, which officials are investigating as a hate crime, sparked debate across the country about the use of the “rebel flag.”

A Supreme Court decision, which came just one day after the shooting, ruled that states have the ability to limit government speech on license plates, meaning Maryland could potentially stop issuing these specialty plates despite lower courts permitting their use.

“Every symbol has multiple connotations, and not everyone who displays the flag means the same thing by it,” the officials wrote in the letter. “But there is no doubt that for millions of Marylanders, the Confederate battle flag’s meaning is reasonably and uniquely identified with the history of slavery, white supremacy, and racial violence.”

Gov. Larry Hogan, who is against the use of the flag on license plates, is working with the MVA and Attorney General Brian Frosh to make changes on this issue, according to a statement by spokesman Doug Mayer.

Debate about the plates, which display the small flag on the left side, began in the 1990s when the MVA decided to recall all Maryland license plates that had Confederate flags on them, said Delegate David Moon (D-20). Sons of Confederate Veterans, a group of male descendants of Confederate soldiers that strives to “preserve the history and legacy” of Southern soldiers, according to its website, then filed a lawsuit against Maryland. Soon after, the recall was struck down by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals “on free speech grounds in a decision now effectively overruled by the Supreme Court,” the letter explains, urging the MVA to reinstate its former policy that banned the issuing of these specialty license plates.

“The people of Maryland agreed almost 20 years ago that the Confederate flag is not appropriate,” Moon said. He said he views the Supreme Court decision as validating what state residents wanted to happen decades ago.

Moon also sent a letter to the Maryland Attorney General’s office asking for an opinion on the matter, but had not received a response as of June 24.

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