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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Republican governor has criticized President Donald J. Trump's comments blaming "both sides" for racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Hogan made the remarks Wednesday after a meeting of the Board of Public Works, of which he is a member. He says he thinks Trump "made a terrible mistake."

The Baltimore Sun reports that the governor says Maryland will continue to condemn hatred, bigotry and violence. On Tuesday, he called for the removal of a Confederate monument from the front lawn of the State House.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is asking for the removal of a statue of the Supreme Court justice who wrote a decision upholding slavery that sits on the front law of the state house.

Hogan said in a statement on Tuesday that he believes removing the Roger B. Taney (TAW-nee) statue from the State House grounds is the right thing to do.

The Republican governor's statement comes a day after Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch, a Democrat, said the Confederate monument doesn't belong at the state house in Annapolis.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Two top aides to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan have signed off on a state official's participation in President Donald Trump's panel investigating alleged voter fraud in the 2016 election against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The Baltimore Sun reports emails provided by government watchdog group Common Cause Maryland show both Maryland Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith and former Hogan chief of staff Sam Malhotra approved Maryland Deputy Secretary of State Luis E. Borunda's involvement in the Trump administration's presidential election probe.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Authorities in southern Maryland have charged eight people with murder in connection to eight drug overdose deaths.

Gov. Larry Hogan attended a news conference on Wednesday in Leonardtown, Maryland, where local authorities in St. Mary's County announced the indictments.

The Republican governor says investing in prevention and treatment can only work if the state eliminates the threat posed by drug traffickers across the state.

Hogan noted that more than 2,000 people died from overdoses last year.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to attend a news conference in St. Mary's County, where officials plan to announce separate indictments against drug dealers relating to about a half dozen overdose deaths.

County law enforcement has scheduled an announcement Wednesday morning in Leonardtown.

St. Mary's County Sheriff Timothy Cameron and State's Attorney Richard Fritz are scheduled to attend, as well as Col. William Palozzi, the Maryland State Police superintendent.

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DARLINGTON, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is planning to make an announcement after the second Conowingo Dam Summit.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday in Darlington.

The Hogan administration has been focusing on ways to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution that comes by way of the dam. The Republican governor highlighted the significance of addressing sediment overflows at the dam during his 2014 campaign.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is commemorating the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Hogan will deliver remarks at the Maryland Department of Disabilities on Friday in Annapolis. The governor will deliver a keynote address that gives a Maryland perspective on the ADA.

The department has been hosting a traveling tour throughout the state that runs through August in celebration of the anniversary.

Karen Goss, director of the mid-Atlantic ADA Center, is scheduled to speak at the reception.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's health secretary and the head of the Maryland Department of Planning are suing the state treasurer for their salaries.
 
Health Secretary Dennis Schrader and Wendi Peters, who heads the planning department, filed the lawsuit against Treasurer Nancy Kopp on Thursday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.
 
The lawsuit stems from a long-running dispute between Gov. Larry Hogan and a state Senate committee over the Senate's role in the appointment process.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan for blocking people who disagree with him on his official Facebook page and deleting their comments.

The ACLU sued Tuesday on behalf of four people, saying their First Amendment rights were violated.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - As proposals to change the nation's health insurance landscape continue to move swiftly, a Maryland commission created to monitor potential changes to the Affordable Care Act is scheduled to meet for the first time.

The panel is scheduled to meet Tuesday in Annapolis.

Democrats who control the legislature created the commission by legislation this year, out of concern that President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress would repeal the health care law. So far, they haven't, but the White House is insisting that the Senate resume efforts to repeal.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is announcing changes to Maryland's Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program that he says will save residents more than $2 million a year.

Hogan described the changes announced Thursday as common sense.

They include extending initial inspections for new vehicles by one year. The Hogan administration says numerous advancements in vehicle technology over the years have allowed for streamlined inspection regulations.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's administration has announced plans to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to take required action under the Clean Air Act.

Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles notified the agency of the state's plans in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday.

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It was hot and sunny as people crowded into the 41st annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake yesterday afternoon.

Daniel Thompson, president of the Crisfield Chamber of Commerce, told the Salisbury Daily Times that there were over 4-thousand pre-sold tickets with an expected 45-hundred more by the end of the day.

The Chamber had some 300 bushels of crabs on hand along with up to 334-thousand clams.

Of course, this is a semi-political event with Republican Governor Larry Hogan making his way through the crowd shaking hands with those gathered around the tables.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland first lady Yumi Hogan are holding a cookout to urge Maryland residents to buy locally produced food.

The 10th annual Buy Local Cookout is scheduled for Thursday at Government House, which is the name of the governor's residence in Annapolis.

The event will recognize Maryland's Buy Local Challenge Week, which encourages state residents to incorporate at least one locally grown, produced or harvested product into their meals each day.

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the wife of Rep. Elijah Cummings, says she is "strongly considering" running for governor of Maryland.

Rockeymoore Cummings, a Democrat, told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that the health care debate in Washington has shown that Republicans in the nation's capital are not considering the needs of women, children and minorities.

She says more decisions about important issues like health care will fall to state leaders, where governors will have a lot of say in who gets needed services.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - State Sen. Richard Madaleno Jr. is launching his candidacy for governor of Maryland.

Media outlets report that the Montgomery County Democrat plans to kick off his campaign Monday at the Universities of Shady Grove in Rockville. Madaleno is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who has said he'll seek a second term next year.

The leading Hogan critic has been a member of the Senate since 2007, after spending four years in the House of Delegates. He was the first openly gay lawmaker elected to the Senate.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Scientists say the Conowingo Dam is no longer holding back pollution in the Susquehanna River from entering the Chesapeake Bay.

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Gov. Larry Hogan will announce a plan to make progress at the dam, based on proposals the state has received from private industry.

Hogan told the newspaper he will seek a contractor next month to deal with the sediment and dissolved phosphorous and nitrogen pollution that erodes the health of the nation's largest estuary.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to head to Rhode Island for meetings with other governors on healthcare, cyber security and other issues.

McAuliffe is attending the National Governors Association summer meeting in Providence, which runs from Thursday to Saturday.

As chairman of the NGA, McAuliffe will introduce Vice President Mike Pence and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before they speak to the group.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's governor and the mayor of Baltimore met to discuss violent crime in the city.

Television station WJZ-TV reports Monday's meeting between Gov. Larry Hogan and Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh lasted less than an hour. Pugh said after the meeting that she asked the governor for help from various state agencies and as well as increased technology to help combat violent crime.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The artwork of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's wife is being featured in a show in Ocean City.

Yumi Hogan's artwork is being featured at the Ocean City Center for the Arts. The show opens Friday night and is called "Nature's Rhythmic Alliance." It includes 27 of Hogan's abstract landscape paintings. They'll be on view during July and August.

Hogan, who was born in South Korea, met her husband at an art show in Maryland. Her work is a mix of mediums and styles but incorporates East Asian painting techniques.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is repealing a policy on waste management that he says took authority away from local officials and caused problems.

The Republican governor announced the repeal in a speech to local officials Tuesday night.

The policy put in place by his predecessor, Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, limited new or expanded landfill capacity to encourage alternatives to storing waste in landfills.

But Hogan says the policy created unnecessary hardships and overflowing landfills. He says he's replacing it with a more balanced approach.

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DENTON, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is attending the grand opening of the Crouse Park Visitor and Heritage Center.

It's scheduled for Wednesday morning in Denton in Caroline County, which is the only county in Maryland that has been without a visitor's center.

The center will support the tourism industry and economy in Caroline County.

The project had been stalled for 14 years.

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Governor Larry Hogan was in Salisbury for a luncheon where he told Delmarva Public Radio that he was frustrated by the plans on Capitol Hill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

During a luncheon in Salisbury he told Delmarva Public Radio that he had urged the state’s Maryland congressional delegation to seek compromise on reforming the Affordable Care Act.

As for the Senate bill the Maryland Republican said he did not believe that it would serve the interests of the state residents.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is asking the state school board to investigate allegations of fraud in one of Maryland's biggest school systems.

Hogan sent a letter Sunday to Maryland State Board of Education President Andrew Smarick requesting the board begin looking at possible wrongdoing at Prince George's County schools.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore lawyer Jim Shea says he's running for governor.

Shea announced Thursday night he will seek the Democratic nomination in next year's June primary.

Shea worked as a Maryland assistant attorney general before joining the Venable law firm in Baltimore in 1983. He later became Venable's managing partner before becoming chairman. He also served on the University System of Maryland's Board of Regents and served as chairman.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says health care bills in Congress "do not work for Maryland."

Amelia Chasse, the Republican governor's spokeswoman, wrote in an email Thursday that the current health care system "needs to be fixed." But she says Congress "should go back to the drawing board in an open, transparent and bipartisan fashion to craft a bill that works for all Americans."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker is running for governor of Maryland.

In a campaign video released Wednesday, Baker said he's running "to build a future that works for all of us." In the video, Baker discusses his work as county executive in the state's second-largest jurisdiction, touting crime reductions and progress in education and economic development.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Leaders of states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have signed a resolution calling for continued federal support of the nation's largest estuary.

The Chesapeake Executive Council signed the resolution Thursday. The council also elected Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan as its new chairman.

Hogan, a Republican, says he will remain committed to protecting the bay.

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Former president of the NAACP Ben Jealous has launched his bid to become governor of Maryland.

He made the announcement yesterday and he is the second Democrat join the race to unseat incumbent Republican Larry Hogan.

The 44 year-old Jealous has been an outspoken progressive who backed Bernie Sanders last year in the Democratic presidential primary.

Taking aim at Hogan he charged that the governor has aligned himself the extreme members of the President Trump’s administration.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former NAACP chief Ben Jealous is scheduled to announce his run for governor of Maryland.

Jealous has scheduled a news conference Wednesday at Baltimore Blossoms, a flower store opened by his cousin Rachelle after the unrest in Baltimore following the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

The 44-year-old Jealous was the youngest person ever elected to lead the nation's largest civil rights group. He was president of the Baltimore-based NAACP from 2008 to 2013.

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