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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says Governor Larry Hogan is popular for such a Blue state. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with the state official after last week's summer conference of the Maryland Association of Counties.

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It's back to school and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says it is time to begin the term after Labor Day throughout the state. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with the Comptroller during last week's summer conference of the Maryland Association of Counties to talk about the idea and down signs for fiscal health of the state.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is pledging at least $1 million in grants to help groups that serve victims of sexual assault in Baltimore after the Justice Department found the police department's responses to sexual assault "grossly inadequate."

The Republican governor said Thursday that the money represents immediate action to improve services to victims.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - When Baltimore's streets erupted in the worst rioting in 40 years, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan pledged to help heal the city. Instead, critics say, some of his administration's policy decisions over the last 16 months undercut local efforts to address the deep-seated poverty and violence that triggered the unrest in the first place.

The Hogan administration counters that the state allocates more direct local aid to Baltimore than any other jurisdiction and the highest K-12 funding per pupil.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - An annual conference of Maryland counties is taking place in Ocean City this week.

The Maryland Association of Counties summer conference begins Wednesday.

The conference is focusing on technology trends in county government. That includes protecting financial data, employee telecommuting, e-commerce and other economic development measures.

An estimated 2,000 local government officials, state legislators and business representatives are scheduled to attend.

The conference is set to end Saturday with an address from Gov. Larry Hogan.

The transmission line project for the Artificial Island Nuclear Power complex that promised to increase the utility bills of Delmarva customers has been suspended.

PJM has ordered a review of the project by February.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan along with Delaware Governor Jack Markell had opposed the project.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the $272 million project would run under the Delaware River and was aimed at stabilizing generation at the complex in New Jersey.

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$80 million will not spent by the state of Maryland.

That’s the decision by Governor Larry Hogan who decided against the outlay because of worries about softening state revenues.

The state legislature had provided the funding in an all-or-nothing deal with the governor having the final say on whether it would be spent.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that $19 million would have been spent on an additional one-time financial allocation for teacher pension contributions by state agencies.

Delaware lawmakers are moving to intervene in the proposed plan for the state’s utility users to pay for a transmission line to the Artificial Island nuclear power plant.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a legislative committee met late last week to act as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gets set to rehear the plan for construction of the controversial power line.

The plan would place 60 percent of the cost on Delaware residents while Maryland would pick up 35 percent.

The Delaware General Assembly voted to reject those percentages last month.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland has reached a settlement with the family of a Frostburg State University football player who died from a head injury he suffered in practice.

The agenda for the Board of Public Works' meeting set for Wednesday shows Maryland's attorney general is seeking approval for a payment of $50,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of fullback Derek Sheely.

Sheely's parents alleged negligence by three football staff members, the NCAA and others.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed three people to be judges in Prince George's County District Court, including the son of a prominent lobbyist.

Hogan announced the appointment of Bryon Bereano on Tuesday. He is the son of Bruce Bereano, one of the best-known lobbyists in the state capital.

Bryon Bereano is an associate county attorney at the Prince George's County Office of Law, where he focuses on zoning and property maintenance cases, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints and other administrative matters.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Former attorney general Doug Gansler says he's being asked to consider running against Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in 2018.

Gansler tells The Baltimore Sun  he's being asked to run "pretty much every day." Gansler says Democrats are "looking around for the most viable candidate to beat the governor."

Gansler says he isn't ruling out another run for public office. But he says he's not currently organizing a campaign.

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It was crabs and politics for visitors who flocked to the 40th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake festival in Crisfield yesterday.

High profile politicians including Maryland Governor Larry Hogan showed up for the event skipping the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week.

And, politics was on many minds as visitors braved the heat.

Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared this report.

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CRISFIELD, Md. (AP) - A well-known Maryland seafood festival with a strong political flavor is scheduled for Crisfield.

The 40th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake will take place Wednesday afternoon.

Gov. Larry Hogan is scheduled to attend. The Republican is opting for local politics over the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Del. Kathy Szeliga, the GOP's candidate for U.S. Senate, also is attending the all-you-can-eat event. Her Democratic opponent, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, also is scheduled to attend.

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Maryland veterans who are 100 percent disabled will be getting a break from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.

Governor Larry Hogan announced that they will be issued a permanent registration cards and license plate stickers.

And disabled veterans will automatically be receiving their new papers and plate stickers on August 1st.

It’s estimated that this will affect around 52-hundred veterans who are qualified under a determination by the Veteran Affairs Administration.

Prior to this these veterans had to register every two years though free of charge.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he doesn't see the point of moving forward with charges against three officers in the death of a black man who was fatally injured in the back of a police van, now that three other officers have been acquitted.

Matt Clark, a Hogan spokesman, said the governor responded to a question after the acquittal of Lt. Brian Rice on Monday. The Washington Post reported Hogan said: "It's a waste of time and money," adding "but that's up to the court system to decide."

National Republicans may be meeting in Cleveland to nominate presumptive nominee Donald Trump but at least one Republican will be here on the Eastern Shore.

Governor Larry Hogan who has he will not be voting for Trump will be on hand for the 40th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake this Wednesday.

It’s an all-you-can eat affair held in the Somers Cove Marina where politicians often come to schmooze with the local residents.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed a new secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services.

The governor named Ellington Churchill to the post on Tuesday.

The department manages and maintains state facilities. It also procures supplies and equipment for state agencies.

Churchill has been deputy secretary of Housing and Community Development since September of last year.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland panel has been formed to study ways to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution that comes by way of the Conowingo Dam.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced the multi-agency work group Thursday.

The Hogan administration announced it will be looking to determine whether dredging the dam and re-use of dredged materials can be done efficiently.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and a minor league baseball team are raising cancer awareness with the help of two bobbleheads: one depicting the chief executive bald and the other with hair.

The Bowie Baysox baseball team announced the promotion Wednesday.

The first 1,000 fans 18 or older will choose between the bobbleheads, and the one that runs out first will be declared winner of the "Bobblection."

Baysox players will wear lime green jerseys to spread awareness for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The jerseys will be auctioned to raise money for charity.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)- Crabs and clams, not confetti and balloons, are on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's agenda for the week of the national GOP convention in Cleveland.
Matt Clark, a Hogan spokesman, confirmed Tuesday that the Republican is planning to attend the annual all-you-can eat seafood feast in Crisfield, Maryland, on July 20.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democrats who control Maryland's legislature are hoping Republican Gov. Larry Hogan approves spending $80 million that lawmakers have fenced off for education, health care and public safety. But a Hogan spokesman says the governor hasn't decided yet due to economic uncertainties.

The money could be released at the start of the new fiscal year Friday.

Del. Maggie McIntosh says lawmakers steered the money into areas they believed Hogan would be inclined to support to avoid last year's dispute over $68 million for education that Hogan declined.

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Governor Larry Hogan has appointed two members to the Wicomico County Board of Education.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they are Nelson Malone and Maria Waller from the business community.

They have been appointed just as a Donna Hanlin takes over as superintendent replacing John Fredericksen who is retiring after 44 years in public education.

Fredericksen served two terms and was praised during a tribute by former education officials.

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Delaware Governor Jack Markell and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan blasted the cost-sharing plan to improve the Artificial Island nuclear power plant.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that they appeared together insisting that they would do whatever it takes to reverse the April decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Hogan said that residents of both states would bear an unfair burden paying for electricity they will be using.

The estimated total cost of the improvements by PJM Company will now total $272 million.


Governor Larry Hogan says he will probably not appoint Cecil County State’s attorney Edward Rollins III to the state bench.

He made his remarks during an interview with WBOC – the first time he has commented on the case.

Rollins was arrest for indecent exposure in Ocean City last week.

Hogan told the television station that he does not know any more than what he has seen the newspaper but added “It sounds pretty terrible.”

Rollins has been the state’s attorney in Cecil County since 2011.

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Governor Larry Hogan made another stop on the Eastern Shore.

He kicked off his tour with a visit to the ground breaking for the Crouse Park Visitor and Heritage Center in Caroline County.

It’s the only county in Maryland that did not have a visitor’s center.

The Maryland Governor said after he was elected governor he worked to make the center a reality.

Hogan finished up the day      touring a number of businesses on Main Street in Denton.

The Maryland Republican said he was keeping his election promise to the Eastern Shore. 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A panel reviewing Maryland's process for awarding state contracts is scheduled to meet.

The Commission to Modernize State Procurement is set to meet Wednesday in Annapolis. The commission is chaired by Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford.

The bipartisan panel was created by Gov. Larry Hogan in February.

It is reviewing all aspects of the state's procurement process.

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Governor Larry Hogan stopped by Pocomoke City’s Hardwire Armor Systems yesterday along with State Senator Jim Mathias.

And he got a tour of the facility which makes armor technology.

George Tunis founded the company in the year 2000 but moved into the production of military and private armor after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 911.

Hogan got a video presentation of how his products are used by the U.S. military in its operations abroad.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has named Chris Shank to be his new chief legislative officer.

The governor made the announcement Monday. Shank is a former state senator from western Maryland who has been serving as deputy chief of staff in Hogan's administration. He played a leading role representing the governor's office in a bipartisan push to make reforms to Maryland's criminal justice system.

Shank will be filling a vacancy resulting from the departure of Joseph Getty, who was appointed by the Republican governor to the state's highest court.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The official who oversees Maryland public school construction is proposing drastically cutting back on school building inspections, citing staffing problems.

The Baltimore Sun reports that David Lever, the head of the state's Interagency Committee on School Construction, proposed reducing the target for inspections during Wednesday's meeting of the five-member committee.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, who has grown weary of being asked whether he would vote for Donald Trump, says he doesn't plan to vote for his party's presumptive presidential nominee.

Hogan visited Prince George's County on Wednesday to meeting with elected officials, tour businesses and talk with constituents. The Washington Post reports that during the visit, he was asked if he would vote for Trump.

Hogan said, "No, I don't plan to." adding he's not sure whom he will vote for.