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Immigration is key issue in primary, especially among GOP voters

Immigration has been the focus of much debate during this election season and has been one of the animating issues behind the rise of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. Democratic and Republican voters are deeply split over how they view the issue and which candidate they believe is best fit to address it. National polls show GOP voters generally consider illegal immigration to be a more important issue than Democratic voters do.

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Trump wows boisterous Hagerstown rally; thousands turned away

By 3:30 p.m., the hangar of Rider Jet Center at the Hagerstown airport was at capacity, and the Secret Service was turning away everybody -- press, VIPs and thousands who had driven far to see Donald Trump. Local Delegate Neil Parrott reported arriving at 10:30 a.m. after church and there were already 250 people in line for the show more than five hours off. Roads were clogged, industrial lots were full, "No Parking at Any Time" signs were ignored, and thousands walked a half mile in from the main road, only to stand around when the hangar entrances were blocked. Hundreds watched from a hillside for the candidate to arrive, as he finally did in his Trump-emblazoned helicopter.

Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen. Caricatures by DonkeyHotey with Flickr Creative Commons License.

Rascovar: For Democrats, will Senate choice be symbolism or substance?

Tuesday’s primary election in Maryland has more drama and national attention than any in recent memory. Democratic voters, in particular, have an eventful choice to make in the U.S. Senate primary: Will they favor symbolism or substance? If the election were based on achievements and legislative accomplishments, Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Montgomery County would be a landslide winner. His record is heads and shoulders above that of Rep. Donna Edwards of Prince George’s County, who has little to show for eight years in Congress.

Gov. Larry Hogan in his office. Photo by Rachel Bluth, Capital News Service

Hogan pleased with session, but says voters, not him are the losers on some issues; sees ‘very bad mistake’ on veto override

Five years ago, I sat in a small conference room with a local real estate entrepreneur discussing his new organization with the unlikely mission to "Change Maryland" from its tax-and-spend ways. Late Friday afternoon, I sat down with Larry Hogan again, this time in his more spacious digs in the 240-year-old State House discussing how far Maryland has come in that time. "I'm very pleased with where we are at this point," Gov. Hogan told me, summing his view of the legislative session.

Gov. Larry Hogan explains the Tim McGraw guitar hanging on the wall of his office. Photo by Rachel Bluth, Capital News Service

Tim McGraw guitar on wall recalls Hogan’s bout with cancer

As we got up to leave the interview with Gov. Larry Hogan Friday afternoon, we spied the guitar hanging on the wall of his State House office in a big shadow-box frame. The governor was happy to explain. Turns out the guitar is a signed gift to Hogan from country singer Tim McGraw. The poster-sized photo behind it in the frame is a picture of McGraw dedicating his encore song to Hogan at a benefit concert last October 24 for the University of Maryland's Children's Hospital.

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Board of Public Works approves $5.6 billion Purple Line agreement

The Maryland Board of Public Works voted 3-0 on Wednesday to approve a $5.6 billion public-private partnership agreement for the Purple Line, a 16.2-mile, east-west light rail transit system with 21 stations between Bethesda and New Carrollton, giving Gregory Sanders “the best present he could have asked for.”

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Hogan tours Frederick, again asks businesses to lobby legislators

Gov. Larry Hogan announced major transportation funding, visited businesses, strolled around downtown and toured local brewery in Republican stronghold Frederick County on Wednesday. Hogan, who took Frederick County with 63% of the vote, continued a call he made at a lunch for business leaders yesterday, asking them to contact their legislators in Annapolis to help move his agenda forward.

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Hogan asks business to tell legislators to stop partisanship and get with his agenda

Gov. Larry Hogan told 500 business leaders Tuesday to "contact your legislators and tell them to put aside the partisanship and to work together with us on our pro-business pro-jobs initiatives." "Tell them that we can't afford to turn back to the same failed policies that got us into this mess in the first place," Hogan told a packed ballroom at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City for a luncheon put on by Maryland Business for Responsive Government.

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Md. voters back income tax cut, cigarette tax hike; Hogan still flying high; Senate race close

Maryland voters of all parties favor cutting the state income tax rate by 10% and raising the cigarette tax by $1 a pack, a new Gonzales Research poll found. Gov. Larry Hogan continues to gain high job approval ratings of almost 70%, with even a majority of Democrats approving his performance. The Democratic race to succeed Barbara Mikulski in the U.S. Senate continues to be neck and neck between Reps. Donna Edwards at 41% and Chris Van Hollen at 42%.

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Dundalk Republican proposes deep toll cuts on Key Bridge

A proposal that would allow drivers travelling across the Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge to pay $20 per year as opposed to several hundred, was promoted on Thursday by Del. Ric Metzgar, R-Baltimore County, at the House Environment and Transportation Committee.