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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.

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Analysis: Hogan facing tough decisions on spending, taxes

Gov.-elect Larry Hogan and his top fiscal advisor, Bobby Neall, are scheduled to meet with reporters Thursday afternoon, "outlining the status of the state’s current fiscal crisis," says a press release from the transition.

What are some of the ways Hogan could begin implementing some of his promises without sending Democrats in the legislature to the barricades?

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Hogans tour Government House with O’Malleys

Saturday was another big day for Gov.-elect Larry Hogan after his 7-hour visit to the White House Friday. He and his wife Yumi got a tour of Government House from Gov. Martin O'Malley and his wife, Judge Catherine Curran (Katie) O'Malley, and before that he spoke to the Maryland Republican Party's convention meeting at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City.

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Rascovar: Hogan faces fiscal Maryland’s new normal

The outlook for the Maryland state government Larry Hogan Jr. starts running in January is grim: A sea of red ink far into the future.

Forget about major tax cuts or other campaign promises. That was a hope more than a firm commitment, and Hogan said as much to voters. His first priority then and now: getting Maryland’s financial house in order.

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New governor is pro-business, new Democratic legislators ‘more anti-business,’ lobbyist says

While the new governor-elect is a pro-business Republican, the newly elected "Democrats coming in are more progressive and more anti-business" than those they are replacing, Comcast lobbyist Sean Looney told a Baltimore-Washington Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

That will present a challenge to Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Mike Busch on "how to control their own constituency," Looney said. "It's frankly Mike Busch's and Mike Miller's headache."

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Rascovar: Election Eve conclusions in the Brown-Hogan race

On the eve of Maryland’s unexpectedly close gubernatorial election, some tentative conclusions can be drawn:
Anthony Brown did quite well in attracting Democrats to the polls during last week’s early voting. Republican Larry Hogan can take comfort in the hefty early voting on the Eastern Shore. That Congressional District cast more votes last week than anywhere else.

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New film shows what happens when an environmental group targets a family farm

In 2010, the Waterkeeper Alliance sued Al and Kristin Hudson for keeping a pile of chicken manure outside one of its chicken houses. The suit alleged that bacteria and other pollutants were running off the chicken litter into a ditch that ran into the Franklin Branch of the Pocomoke River and ultimately into the Chesapeake Bay. A new 15-minute documentary tells how the lawsuit affected the Hudsons, who struggle to make a living.

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‘There you go again’: How Brown and Hogan did in the last debate

"There you go again," Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said at least twice to Republican candidate Larry Hogan Jr. in their third and final debate for the governor's office.

It was true for both men, as they replayed comments from the previous two debates, their TV ads and stump speeches. They repeated facts, figures and fictions, true-life examples and exaggerations.

And here they go again, our commentators assess the debate: This posting contains nine separate commentaries from Len Lazarick, Todd Eberly, Barry Rascovar, Tom Schaller, Blair Lee, Rick Vatz, Brian Griffiths, Blaine Taylor, Melissa Bolling and Charlie Hayward.