State Roundup, July 14, 2017

As Hogan administration, top Dems in constitutional standoff, Hogan staff, acting secretary claim that Senate President Miller held the health secretary’s nomination hostage to stop an Arundel hospital from getting OK for heart procedure; plaintiffs in state gerrymandering suit ask court to move on Maryland case; Maryland’s congressional Democrats urge Trump administration to keep shore compound out of Russian hands, reverse plans to close bio-threat facilities; four Democratic hopefuls for governor address union local; Sen. Sanders touts Ben Jealous in gubernatorial push; Del. Aruna Miller rolls out coffers in race to take U.S. Rep. Delaney’s seat; Belair businessowner to run against U.S. Rep. Harris, unhappy with answers on women’s health care premiums; and Montgomery panel examines eliminating at-large council seats.

State Roundup, July 13, 2017

Maryland jumps five slots to No. 25 in CNBC annual list of best states to do business; meanwhile, Democrats charge that under Gov. Hogan, job growth in Maryland is stagnant; pay for two Hogan cabinet secretaries stopped as of June 30; Hogan to attend National Governors Association meeting; gubernatorial hopeful offers child-care loan idea to get new moms back into the workforce; Frederick County Councilman Delauter, Del. Afzali dispute hints at head-to-head in race for GOP nomination for Frederick County exec; and Mayor Pugh defends unrevealed plan for violence reduction.

State Roundup, July 12, 2017

FBI, GSA say federal budget killed new FBI HQ, but Maryland officials say they will continue to pursue project; Treasurer Kopp says she will withhold pay from Secretary Shrader and Peters; lawyers in Maryland gerrymander case seek to push case forward despite Wisconsin holdup; DNC start Khizr Khan to speak at Town unity rally; hate incidents rise in Montgomery schools; Speaker Busch recuperating after liver transplant; Vermont Sen. Sanders to endorse Ben Jealous for Maryland governor; and Montgomery Council head opposes 2nd Potomac bridge.

Hogan previews 2018 campaign

Gov. Larry Hogan was surely joshing on Monday when he told reporters that “maybe in a year or so we’ll think about re-election.” Hogan hasn’t officially launched his re-election bid, but next year’s campaign has clearly been on his mind for a long, long time. He’s explicitly talked about his second term and been aggressively raising money to achieve it.

State Roundup, July 11, 2017

Federal government kills plan to move FBI HQ, ending push by Maryland to bring complex to Prince George’s and drawing harsh local criticism; state GOP lawmakers ask Attorney General Frosh to cool suits against federal government; Baltimore Mayor Pugh, Gov. Hogan meet to talk solutions to city’s soaring homicide rate; Hogan in no hurry to declare for next campaign; Baltimore City gets state, private funding to attack opioid crisis; federal voter fraud panel tells states to hold off on sending data; crowded field for Howard County Council as term limits kick in, and same for Montgomery County, along with public campaign financing.

State Roundup, July 10, 2017

Attorney General Frosh says two cabinet appointees cannot continue to receive paychecks while Gov. Hogan fires back with opposing legal view; Hogan says he is against offshore gas drilling, asks Trump administration for more tests; state program helps farmers buy land; advocates ask Hogan to protect Obamacare; former U.S. Rep. Edwards, in pro-Obamacare op-ed, cites her battle with multiple sclerosis; future of Russian Eastern Shore compound remains up in air; and three years after purchase, Baltimore Sun to shutter City Paper.