Gov. Larry Hogan poses with couple in crab hats at Tawes crab feast.

Crisfield not Cleveland was the place to be, for Hogan at least

It took Gov. Larry Hogan about two and half hours to drive 126 miles from Annapolis to the Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield, and then it took him another two and half hours to go about 100 yards from where he arrived to the Bruce Bereano tent. "It was unbelievable," said the governor as he finally got to sit down and eat some fresh picked crab with crackers and cream cheese.

Howard Street Tunnel, right, with the Central Light Rail line on left. Photo by charmcity 123 with Flickr Creative Commons License.

Opinion: On Howard Street Tunnel, Hogan tries, congressional delegation fails

This year Gov. Larry Hogan tried to solve the tunnel problem by requesting funds to enlarge it from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Last week DOT refused. U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings acidly implied DOT retaliated against Hogan for opposing the Red Line light rail project. The Baltimore Sun suggested the governor attached insufficient priority to a problem which predates his administration by three decades. Richard Douglas says Maryland's congressional Democrats were really at fault.

Downtown Columbia on the shores of Lake Kittamaqundi at 11 a.m. July 2, 2016. Photo by Len Lazarick

How the ‘garden for growing people’ got planted and grew

This is the first of a series of 12 monthly essays over the next year leading up to Columbia's 50th birthday celebration next June. In this first installment, Len Lazarick looks at how a new town with ambitions to be a real city "not just a better suburb" came to be on 14,000 acres of Howard County farmland with lofty goals that faced some hard realities.

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Shows and no-shows in Cleveland and Philadelphia

Gov. Larry Hogan and I will not be going to Cleveland this month for the Republican National Convention -- but for different reasons. Ten thousand other politicos and journalists will flock to Cleveland and Philadelphia for the staged extravaganzas that are our political conventions.

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Getty in red earns bipartisan praise

Gov. Larry Hogan swore in his chief legislative officer, Joe Getty, to the Court of Appeals at the State House Monday, with a big heaping of bipartisan praise. Getty brings an unusual range of experience to Maryland's highest court, having served as a Republican delegate and senator from Carroll County and chief legislative officer to both Hogan and Gov. Bob Ehrlich, in addition to his private law practice. He offers "an invaluable and unique perspective," said Hogan.

Hayley Evans, Gov. Larry Hogan and Gerry Evans. From Evans Facebook page

$19M spent to lobby legislature; Evans stays on top for session; Perry and firm led 12-month figure

Gerry Evans was again the top grossing lobbyist during this year's General Assembly session, billing close to $2 million. He got a significant boost from his top client, the second highest spending lobbyist employer, the Law Offices of Peter Angelos, which spent $380,000 to lobby the legislature. "It was a great year," Evans said, but "I question the importance of the figure .... It's still better than being last."

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Opinion: Giving up our civil liberties and having a civil discourse

When we saw what happened in Orlando, some wept, some were outraged, some offered leadership. I expected to see our president pull this nation together against a common enemy, but he chose a different path. Let’s try to agree on some things before we throw away our civil liberties in the absence of leadership.