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The Democratic Debate: How’d O’Malley do? Credible performance but no breakthrough

The five major Democratic candidates for president debated for two hours on CNN Tuesday night, the first time former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley got to share the national limelight with front-runner Hillary Clinton and her major challenger, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. How did O'Malley do? Here are reactions by Len Lazarick, Len Foxwell, Barry Rascovar, Rick Vatz and Blaine Taylor

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Rascovar: Hogan’s placeholder budget

Gov. Larry Hogan Jr. must be doing something right in his first few days in office because he's got nearly everyone upset about his $40 billion budget.

Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, lobbying groups of all shapes and sizes are griping about parts of the new governor's spending plan. That's a good thing.


Larry Hogan’s improbable path

What got Larry Hogan to the place where he raises his right hand for the oath as governor is what one Hogan insider concedes was a perfect storm. The right political environment, a message to match it hatched by the candidate himself, a campaigner disciplined enough to communicate it relentlessly, and a campaign that made few mistakes and profited from the lackluster campaigns and mistakes of his competitors.

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The O’Malley years: Tough choices, but good choices or bad?

Will Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley be remembered as author of the biggest tax increases in Maryland history or the biggest spending cuts?

Did he preside over the most businesses shuttered in the Great Recession or add the most people to the health insurance rolls and provide the biggest increase in school funding?

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Rascovar: Assessing O’Malley’s years as Maryland’s governor

One of the ironies of Martin O'Malley's eight years as Maryland governor is that a progressive, liberal Democrat spent most of his time cutting budgets and raising taxes just to keep the ship of state afloat.

Another irony is that O'Malley started his tenure in 2007 by acting too slowly to stem a predicted tide of red ink in Annapolis. Now he is ending his second term by again responding too late to a huge, looming budget deficit.

However, when the history of the O'Malley years is assessed by scholars decades from now, what will stand out is the ease with which Maryland navigated the Great Recession -- the nation's worst economic decline since the 1930s.

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Maryland schools slip to No. 3 in Education Week report card

For the umpteenth time in his two terms as governor, on Wednesday Martin O'Malley again touted that Maryland's public schools had been No. 1 in America for five years running from Education Week magazine. But Maryland's schools slipped a notch in the Education Week report card released Thursday, tripping to third place behind Massachusetts and New Jersey.

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O’Malley’s final BPW meeting — smiles, applause and budget cuts

Twice a month for eight years, Gov. Martin O'Malley has presided over the Board of Public Works. Its three members all describe it as a unique institution in American state government where three independently elected state officials get to review every major government contract and purchase, from health insurance and prison food service to university dorms and wetland permits. Wednesday was O'Malley's last session as governor, and at Comptroller Peter Franchot's suggestion, the audience gave O'Malley a standing ovation.