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Hogan riding high with 74% approval; Trump in the dumps

Gov. Larry Hogan is still riding high among Maryland voters, with the latest poll showing his job approval rating at 74%; even two-thirds of Democrats say the Republican governor is doing a good job. The Gonzales Research poll released Thursday is the fifth public opinion survey in the last four months that has found seven out of 10 voters or more approving the job Hogan is doing as governor.

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Opinion: Some ideas for legislative relief to help Maryland thrive

Government should always be about fostering conditions — laws, regulations, and taxes — to better enable the citizens to thrive. Over decades this mission seems to have been lost in Maryland’s one-party system. In losing focus, the state forgot the people who really support the poor, the taxpayers. Demands became greater on workers during the O’Malley years even as the state has wallowed in an economy that treads water. Dee Hodges of the Maryland Taxpayers Association offers a few ideas for enough relief to make Maryland a better place.

Gov. Larry Hogan gives State of the State address as Senate President Mike Miller, left, and House Speaker Michael Busch listen.

Collins: Legislature may step up partisan warfare at State House

The legislature has a fairly comfortable pattern. Year one focuses on getting the budget done and acclimating new members. Year two is tax increases. Year three is a mixture of taxes and spending, and year four is a spending blowout in order to get re-elected. Gov. Larry Hogan threw a wrench in that well-oiled machine and Democrats are miffed. They will go to extreme lengths to portray Hogan’s election as an aberration and make him a one-term governor

Gov. Larry Hogan presented charts of all the road projects he said would be killed by the transportation scoring law. Governor's Office photo.

Rascovar: Hogan’s holiday hoax — the ‘road kill bill’

You’ve got to hand it to Gov. Larry Hogan, Jr. What a prankster he is!

He’s pulled off one of the great holiday hoaxes of recent times in Maryland. He’s got everyone convinced he is willing to kill 66 major highway projects in Maryland in order to get the legislature to repeal a law requiring a transparent advisory evaluation and ranking of big road, bridge and transit proposals.

Redistricting Reform Commission meets Nov. 4. From left,  commission co-chairs Wlter Olson,, Alexander Williams; governor's staff Ali Keane, legislative officer Matthew Palmer; Christopher Summers; Michael Goff (hidden); Ashley Oleson. MarylandReporter.com photo.

Hogan plans new push for redistricting reform

Gov. Larry Hogan plans another push for creating an independent commission to draw congressional and legislative district lines and stop the partisan gerrymandering that has marked the process in recent decades. “I know the governor is still committed to moving forward,” Hogan legislative officer Matthew Palmer told what was supposed to be the final meeting of the governor’s Redistricting Reform Commission on Friday.

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Paid sick leave bill will pass, key senator tells business group

Maryland business groups are uniformly opposed to mandatory paid sick leave legislation that already passed the House of Delegates in April before dying in a Senate committee. But a key Senate leader told a Howard County Chamber of Commerce breakfast Wednesday that the bill was bound to pass this term, and business leaders should try to make it as palatable as possible.

Advocates seek immunity for young victims of sex trafficking, but police object

A state workgroup is recommending that juvenile victims of human trafficking will not be prosecuted for sex crimes in Maryland, despite objections from law enforcement. From 2012 to October of this year, 82 girls in Maryland were confirmed as victims of human trafficking. Police say youth victims of human trafficking are usually recovered in areas near airports with higher population density, and often come from low-income families with a history of neglect and substance abuse.