Below is a gallery of 19 photos from Gov. Larry Hogan’s second inauguration, most of them posted on the governor’s Facebook page and taken by the photographers of the Governor’s Press Office. Click on the arrow at right to move ahead.
An exuberant, exultant, emotional Gov. Larry Hogan, with bear hugs for everyone in sight, effused one of the stellar quotes of the campaign in a 5-minute victory speech Tuesday night. “Tonight in this deep blue state, in this blue year, with a blue wave, it turns out I can surf and we had a purple surfboard.”
State Sen. Gail Bates is asking for answers about a breach of security at Howard County Courthouse involving Register of Wills Byron Macfarlane at the end of September. Howard County Sheriff’s Office deputies found a group of 15 to 20 in the courthouse with an access pass from Macfarlane, said Major Donald Knott, chief deputy. At the time the courthouse was closed and Macfarlane was not present.
An Oct. 17 article in the Maryland Reporter on Attorney General Brian Frosh asks: AG Frosh’s broad legal power: Partisanship or ‘long overdue’? The correct option, though unstated, is: “unconstitutional.”
The Maryland General Assembly gave Attorney General Brian Frosh broad authority to sue the federal government in 2017, and he has used it aggressively. Is it just partisan pursuit of President Trump or were the expansive powers just catching up with what AGs in most states are permitted to do?
Here are a variety of guides for voters to choose their candidates. Registration is over Tuesday, Oct. 16, but voters can also register and vote during early voting, which begins Thursday, Oct. 25. If readers find other useful guides for this year’s election, please forward the URL hyperlink to Len@MarylandReporter.com.
At a brief press conference Friday, a reporter asked Democratic nominee for governor Ben Jealous about polls showing him far behind Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the race for governor. Jealous shrugged it off, saying he was about in the same position as Hogan was four years ago before his upset victory. That’s not what a comparison of poll results from the two elections shows.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan overwhelms Democratic challenger Ben Jealous by wide double digit margins in two new independent polls released Tuesday by Gonzales Research and Media Services and by the Washington Post-University of Maryland. Gonzales has Hogan winning 54% to 36%; the Post has the governor ahead 58% to 38%. Both polls found few voters undecided four weeks out from Election Day, 8% undecided in Gonzales, 5% by the Post.
There were barely two dozen people in the 120 seats at the candidates forum by the African American Coalition of Howard County when the Libertarian candidate for governor briefly laid out his platform of lower taxes and school choice. There were almost more candidates than average citizens at the forum, including the candidates for attorney general and four members of the congressional delegation. But the biggest crowd came out for Gov. Larry Hogan at Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman’s annual picnic.
To the sound of shouts, loud applause and a few boos, the candidates for Howard County executive came out swinging at a debate Wednesday night sponsored by the YMCA and the NAACP, much as they had in a quieter but equally combative debate for the League of Women Voters last week.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan remains far ahead of Democratic challenger Ben Jealous 52% to 37% in the third independent poll taken in the past two months.