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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Maryland's Republican governor says he believes a full investigation is needed into allegations of sexual assault against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Amelia Chasse, Gov. Larry Hogan's spokeswoman, said Thursday that "the governor believes there needs to be a full investigation before the process moves forward."

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Maryland's gubernatorial candidates clashed last night during their one and only debate. Republican Governor Larry Hogan and Democratic challenger Ben Jealous attacked each in a display of fiery rhetorical fireworks. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush monitored the broadcast by Maryland Public Television and files this report.

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democrat Ben Jealous are meeting in the only debate of the Maryland governor's race.

It is being held Monday at the studios of Maryland Public Television in Owings Mills, Maryland. The candidates will take questions from several panelists, including journalists from The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown and WMDT-TV. MPT news anchor Jeff Salkin will be the moderator.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The National Rifle Association has downgraded Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's ranking and is refusing to endorse him.

The move comes after the Republican governor signed several pieces of gun control legislation.

The Baltimore Sun reports that NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said Saturday that the organization now rates Hogan a "C" on protecting the rights of gun owners.

Four years ago, the NRA rated Hogan as an "A-." Baker said the NRA will not endorse Hogan this election as it did during his successful 2014 run for governor.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's leading teachers union is battling Gov. Larry Hogan over its apple trademark.

The Maryland State Education Association announced Thursday it's taking the Republican governor to court over it.

Adam Mendelson, a union spokesman, says MSEA believes Hogan's campaign materials "violate the Montgomery County Education Association's registered trademark of an apple in connection with phrases that imply the political endorsement of educators and teachers."

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Governor Larry Hogan has a 22 point lead over his Democratic challenger Ben Jealous in a new public opinion poll.

The Sarah T. Hughes Field Center at Goucher College  found the Republican leading Jealous 54 percent to 32 percent.

Nine percent of the voters were undecided.

The Baltimore Sun reports that around three-fourths of those surveyed said they were set on a particular candidate.

And Hogan led in every region of the state.

BALTIMORE (AP) - A gubernatorial candidate in Maryland who vetoed a reporter from being a panelist at his sole debate with Gov. Larry Hogan has reversed his stance, blaming Hogan's campaign.

News outlets report a Tuesday statement by Democratic nominee Ben Jealous' campaign says debate negotiations with Hogan's campaign led Tamela Baker of The Hagerstown Herald-Mail to be excluded. The statement by a Jealous senior adviser, Kevin Harris, says the panel selection process was limited by Hogan's campaign's refusal to attend additional debates.

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Independent candidate for Wicomico County Executive Jack Heath has endorsed Republican Governor Larry Hogan in his re-election bid this year.

In addition, Heath gave his blessing to Comptroller Peter Franchot a Democrat who is running for re-election.

He said the two have given a voice in Annapolis to the concerns of the Eastern Shore.

Heath is challenging Republican incumbent Bob Culver.

Heath is currently the president of the Salisbury City Council and has been endorsed by the local Democratic Club.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland officials are holding a hearing on proposed premium rates for next year's health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act that are sold directly to individuals.

Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer is holding the hearing Monday in Baltimore.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan wants to further expand a program that encourages students to study math, science and technology.

Hogan is meeting Thursday with senior executives from IBM and Maryland businesses leaders to advocate for further expansion of the Pathways in Technology Early College High School program. It's known as P-TECH for short.

The program enables students to graduate with a high school diploma and a no-cost, two-year associate degree in a STEM field in six years or less. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -Virginia's governor has ordered a mandatory evacuation for some residents of low-lying coastal areas as Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast.

Gov. Ralph Northam announced at a press conference Monday that the evacuation order set to begin Tuesday at 8 a.m. applies to parts of the Hampton Roads area and Eastern Shore. State officials say 245,000 people live in the affected area.

Northam says the evacuation zone includes the most flood-prone coastal areas.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democrat Ben Jealous have agreed on a televised debate.

The campaigns announced Thursday they have agreed to a single, hour-long debate on Sept. 24.

It will be hosted and broadcast statewide by Maryland Public Television. The campaigns say WBAL and WJLA also will broadcast the debate.

The candidates will be questioned by media outlets from all parts of the state, including The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, WMDT and the Herald-Mail of Hagerstown.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Democrat Ben Jealous says he would propose cutting the state's sales tax from 6 percent to 5.75 percent, if he is elected governor.

Jealous said Thursday it is part of his plan to make Maryland more competitive with neighboring states, while reducing the tax burden on working families. He says Gov. Larry Hogan has had no problem keeping tax break promises to big corporations, but has yet to deliver broad-based relief for working Marylanders.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has formed an Office of Education Accountability.

Hogan announced Tuesday on the first day of school that he was creating the new office by executive order. Hogan is describing it as an independent watchdog that will be part of the Governor's Office for Children.

He says it will be responsible for making recommendations after evaluating problems with procurement, child abuse, neglect, safety, grading, graduation requirements and other matters relating to education.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The former mayor of a Maryland resort town for more than a decade has died at 89.

News outlets report Roland E. "Fish" Powell died Wednesday after serving as Ocean City's mayor between 1985-1996. Powell was a town councilman and president of the Worcester County Board of Commissioners. He was also a member of the Ocean City Volunteer fire company for 65 years, with 27 of those years being active.

Gov. Larry Hogan says he was saddened to hear of Powell's passing and that Ocean City was transformed into a world-class destination under his leadership.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democrat Ben Jealous is far behind Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in fundraising with 70 days left until Election Day.

Jealous reported having about $386,000 cash on hand Tuesday, compared to $9.4 million reported by Hogan.

Fundraising reports for the period from June 11 to Aug. 21 are due at midnight. Jealous reports raising about $1.1 million in the period. Hogan reports raising more than twice that, or about $2.5 million.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's re-election campaign has raised about $2.5 million in the latest filing period.

Hogan's campaign updated his fundraising for the period Monday afternoon. The filing deadline for June 11 to Aug. 21 is midnight Tuesday.

Hogan's campaign is reporting the governor has $9.4 million cash on hand. That's after the Republican's campaign spent more than $1 million on recent television ads statewide, including in the Baltimore and Washington media markets.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered flags lowered to half-staff to honor U.S. Sen. John McCain, who has died after battling brain cancer for more than a year.

A statement Sunday from the Maryland Secretary of State's office said the flags will be lowered until McCain is buried.

Hogan said in a statement that McCain "will forever remain one of most valiant heroes our country has ever known."

Hogan’s Democratic Challenger Ben Jealous said that McCain embodied true patriotism and would be missed.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Twitter account of Ben Jealous' campaign liked a six-month-old tweet that described corrupt police and the #BlueLivesMatter movement in vulgar language, but a campaign spokesman says the Democratic candidate for Maryland governor didn't like the tweet and it doesn't represent his views.

Kevin Harris, Jealous' campaign spokesman, said Thursday that the tweet from February was unliked this week, when the campaign learned of it.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is highlighting the importance of a strong partnership between the state and local governments.

Hogan spoke Saturday at the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference in Ocean City.

The Republican governor underscored efforts over the last four years to boost state funding for local transportation projects. State transportation aid to local governments took a big hit in the aftermath of the recession before Hogan was elected governor in 2014.


Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says he is urging Pennsylvania to do something about the pollution problem that is coming from the Conowingo Dam.

And with the recent rains he told WBOC that there was concern about the debris that has been piling up on the northern side of the dam.

One solution, he said, was a pilot project to dredge the dam which has not been cleared out in the last 80 years.

But he told the station that dredging is “a million dollar question.”

Earlier this month Maryland asked Exelon which owns the dam to help with bay restoration.

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he supports the University of Maryland's decision to put the football coach on administrative leave after troubling reports about the program following a player's death.

Hogan, a Republican, said Saturday he expects an investigation will be "wide-ranging and thorough." He says if reports are confirmed, "strong and permanent corrective actions should be taken immediately."


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Ben Jealous, who is running for governor of Maryland, has apologized for using an expletive when responding to a reporter's question.

Jealous used the word Wednesday after he was asked whether he identified with the word "socialist." His opponent, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, has used the word "socialist" to describe Jealous.

When asked at a news conference whether he identified with the word, the Democrat asked, "Are you (expletive) kidding me?"

The exchange was recorded on camera.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland is asking the company that runs the Conowingo Dam for help clearing flood debris.

The letter sent late last week to Exelon CEO Christopher Crane says amid recent heavy rainfall, more than 20 floodgates were opened at the dam on the Susquehanna River.  Officials say debris that flowed through is now having a detrimental and dangerous impact downstream.

The letter was sent by the heads of the Department of the Environment and the Department of Natural Resources. The dam is licensed and operated by Exelon Generation Company.

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It may be only 2018 but presidential politics are in the area.  

Maryland’s Republican governor Larry Hogan made a visit to Montgomery County where he kept open possibilities for himself as a candidate.

The Washington Post reports he said, “You never say never,” noting that he is one of the most popular governors in the nation.

His approval rating in the polls hovers around 70 percent despite being governor in an overwhelmingly Blue state.

He adds that he has not given a presidential bid much thought focusing more on issues that face the state.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and other state officials have accused upstream states of failing to take responsibility for pollution that is pouring into the Chesapeake Bay, after last week's record rainfall.

The Republican governor noted the trees, tires and other garbage now floating in the nation's largest estuary. He called the situation "an economic and ecological crisis."

Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Democrat, says, "We're literally drowning in Pennsylvania's trash."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan's administration is making up to $78 million in federal funding available for victims of crime.

The funding from the Victims of Crime Assistance Grant is available to Maryland counties and programs serving victims of crime.

The money will be allocated over a two-year period. The deadline to apply is Aug. 16.

The grant can support a variety of services and activities to help crime victims.

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Governor Larry Hogan says no to any endorsement from the National Rifle Association.

The Washington Post reports that the pledge was made during a gathering of students at Great Mills High School last week.

The school saw a teen shoot and kill his ex-girlfriend.

The Republican who is up for reelection this year said that he would reject such an endorsement if it was offered.

The NRA endorsed Hogan in 2014 when he made his first bid for the governorship.

But since then he has signed a number of gun control measures.

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The FBI says that Maryland elections officials should be concerned about a company called Bytegrid LLC.

The company manages part of the state’s voting system.

WBOC reports that federal officials say a Russian investor with ties to Moscow is a part owner of the company.

Governor Larry Hogan has asked Homeland Security for help in looking into the system’s security to make sure election returns and voter information have not been compromised.

A statement from the company said that their investors play no role in its operations.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's health care exchange has announced hearings for public comment on regulations to create a reinsurance program for the individual health insurance market.

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange has scheduled four hearings. One of them is scheduled for July 26.  The other three are set for next month.

The state's reinsurance program will aim to keep consumer costs down and bring greater certainty to Maryland's individual insurance market.