State Roundup: Hogan raises $1.7 million at gala, “never been more concerned” about future of country

State Roundup: Hogan raises $1.7 million at gala, “never been more concerned” about future of country

Gov. Larry Hogan addresses a crowd of more than a thousand at Live! casino Wednesday night, raising money for his continuing political activities. photo by Len Lazarick. (All content is available for use under a Creative Commons license.)

HOGAN @ GALA: NOT MAKING ANNOUNCEMENT TONIGHT: Gov. Larry Hogan, stopping short of announcing an upcoming run for president or even an exploratory committee, told supporters Wednesday he’s “never been more concerned about the direction of our nation” and would make a decision about a potential campaign after he leaves office. Sam Janesch/Baltimore Sun

  • With just seven weeks to go before he leaves office, Gov. Larry Hogan  tantalized a throng of supporters on Wednesday evening, declaring — in one of two campaign-style videos — that his two terms as governor are “just the beginning” of his political journey. Bruce DePuyt and Josh Kurtz/Maryland Matters (Maryland Matters is a nonprofit news site, and unlike the Sun, the Post and others we post here, its content is not behind a paywall.)
  • The gala held at the Live! Casino was sold out and raised $1.2 million. “There’s an awful lot of people asking us to consider the possibility of a continuation in politics,” Hogan said. “And I would say tonight, 1,700 people gave us 1.2 million reasons why we should consider staying in politics.” Pamela Wood/Baltimore Banner (While the new Banner is nonprofit, it does have a paywall after a limited number of stories.)
  • Asked by CBS News about former President Donald Trump‘s dinner last week with white supremacist Nick Fuentes, Hogan called it “disgraceful and unconscionable” but said he wasn’t surprised. Aaron Navarro/CBS News

MOORE PREPARING FOR GOVERNOR’S MANSION MOVE, HAS PLANS FOR PUPPY: Gov.-elect Wes Moore is preparing to move to the governor’s mansion in Annapolis, and the move will come with a puppy that he promised for his two kids, 9 and 11, a year and a half ago. Jack Moore/WTOP (Most news content on broadcast stations like this is not behind a paywall.)

SCOTT VETOES PENSION BILL AFTER ETHICS CONCERNS FLAGGED: Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott has vetoed a bill that would make the city’s elected officials eligible for a pension after eight years instead of the current 12. Emily Opilo/Baltimore Sun

  • Scott noted that Question K, which sets term limits on council members and was the impetus for the change in pension years, won’t go into effect until December 2024. Scott told Mosby in a letter that “there is no true urgency to act at this time. Therefore, after careful consideration, I have chosen to veto City Council Bill 22-0292.” Baltimore Brew Editors (Baltimore Brew is also a nonprofit news site that is not behind a paywall.)

MOBILE SPORTS BETTING LAUNCHES: Check out a comprehensive Q&A that gives an overview of sports betting in Maryland, which began Wednesday. Erin Cox/Washington Post.

MOCO WILL REQUIRE NEW BUILDINGS TO BE ELECTRIC: The Montgomery County Council took a step toward an all-electric future Tuesday, unanimously passing a measure to require new buildings to be nearly all-electric by 2026. Joel McCord/WYPR (As a public nonprofit radio station, WYPR is not behind a paywall.)

STATE LAWMAKERS CONSIDER GIVING AG PROSECUTORIAL POWER IN POLICE-INVOLVED DEATHS: A year after state lawmakers gave the Maryland attorney general greater investigatory authority in police-involved deaths, local prosecutors have so far declined to charge any officers, prompting state lawmakers to consider giving that power to the state’s top prosecutor. Ben Conarck/Baltimore Banner

EZ-PASS DEADLINE EXTENDED: Maryland E-ZPass customers who owe back tolls have more time to settle their outstanding balance. The deadline to pay the tolls without penalties was Wednesday night, but the Maryland Transportation Authority called a special board meeting in the afternoon to address the customer assistance plan. The board voted to extend the deadline by two weeks until Dec. 14. Jenyne Donaldson/WBAL-TV

SALISBURY BANS SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS: In a vote largely expected to pass, the Salisbury City Council unanimously approved a ban on certain types of plastic bags Monday evening that takes effect July 1, 2023. Kristiane Jaime

OPINION: COX FAILED SPECTACULARLY: The results of the Maryland gubernatorial election have been certified. And we have an even better picture of just how badly Dan Cox performed in the general election. In 2022, Dan Cox received the lowest raw vote total for a Maryland Republican gubernatorial nominee since William Shephard in 1990. Brian Griffiths/The Duckpin 

CUMMINGS TO BE HONORED IN PRESTIGIOUS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP: A financial aid program offering scholarships to high-achieving Baltimore City and D.C. public school graduates accepted into Johns Hopkins University (JHU) will be renamed to honor the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings. Nicole Batey/The AFRO

About The Author

Meg Tully

Contributing Editor Meg Tully has been covering Maryland politics for more than five years. She has worked for The Frederick News-Post, where she reported during the General Assembly session in Annapolis. She has also worked for The (Hanover) Evening Sun and interned at Baltimore Magazine. Meg has won awards from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association for her state and county writing, and a Keystone Press Award for feature writing from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. She is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. If you have additional questions or comments contact Meg at:

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