Hogan opens Baltimore campaign office, looks to make political inroads in deep blue city

Four years ago, Republican Larry Hogan got 22 percent of the vote in deep-blue Baltimore — a jurisdiction he failed to gain traction in during his successful run for Maryland governor. This year, Hogan’s campaign team thinks he can do better in Charm City. The first-term governor opened a Baltimore campaign office Saturday on North Avenue in what was once a vacant bank over which a billboard read, “Whoever Died From a Rough Ride?” in reference to the death of Freddie Gray in police custody in 2015. Today, the billboard shows Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford with their wives and says, “Hogan Rutherford Stands With Baltimore.” (Balt. Sun)

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A makeover for Montgomery’s Department of Liquor Control?

Montgomery County officials are hoping to change the name of the county’s Department of Liquor Control to something, well, a little less controlling. The proposed name — Alcohol Beverage Services — reflects an effort to move the department’s image away from its regulatory focus and toward customer service, said director Robert Dorfman, a former Marriott executive appointed by County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) at the end of 2016. “The old name does not have the right connotation,” Dorfman said. “We’re not about controlling how people do business. Our job is to make sure our customers are well taken care of.” (Wash. Post)

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Floreen works to meet petition deadline for Montgomery Co. exec run

Monday at 5 p.m. — that’s the deadline Nancy Floreen’s campaign is racing to meet. Teams of canvassers are working through the weekend to get the 7,255 signatures Floreen needs to get on the ballot as an independent candidate in the race for Montgomery County Executive. Floreen, a term-limited county council member, switched parties from Democrat to “unaffiliated” in order to run in the race for County Executive. She is hoping to beat fellow council member Marc Elrich, who won the Democratic primary, and Republican Robin Ficker. (WTOP)

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Hogan On Proposed Abortion Rights Constitutional Amendment: 'Let The Voters Decide'

Gov. Larry Hogan said Friday isn't necessarily opposed to lawmakers putting forward a constitutional amendment securing Marylanders' right to seek abortion procedures. "Our laws in Maryland already guarantee a woman's right to choose," Hogan told C4. "We have some very strong laws and any change in the Supreme Court would not affect Maryland, so I don't think that a constitutional amendment is required, but if that's what they want to do, I'm all for that. Let the voters decide." (WBAL)

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Report gives rare glimpse into opposition research on Larry Hogan

Larry Hogan likes The Zac Brown Band and the Washington Redskins and took donations from the pharmaceutical industry after opposing legislation meant to stop price gouging. He also may be simultaneously too Republican and not Republican enough, according to an opposition research document used by Democrats that was obtained by The Daily Record. (Daily Record)

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August 3 // Maryland Democrats call for state constitutional amendment to guarantee abortion rights

Maryland Democrats on Thursday called for a state constitutional amendment to guarantee a woman’s right to abortion — and Gov. Larry Hogan said he would support an effort by House Speaker Michael E. Busch to let voters decide. The Republican governor, who has long expressed personal opposition to abortion, reacted to news of Busch’s plans to try to put the abortion issue on the 2020 ballot even before leading Democrats could stage a news conference to call on him to support Busch’s proposed constitutional amendment. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore, other cities sue Trump administration, alleging 'sabotage' of Obamacare

Baltimore and other cities sued President Donald Trump’s administration Thursday, accusing federal officials of “sabotage” in attempting to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. “Having failed to persuade Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Trump and his Administration are waging a relentless campaign to sabotage and, ultimately, to nullify the law,” wrote the plaintiffs, which include Baltimore, Chicago and two Ohio cities, Columbus and Cincinnati. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland's black caucus calls for giving investigation of Del. Anderson time to finish

Maryland's Legislative Black Caucus on Thursday rejected calls for Del. Curt Anderson to drop off the November ballot over accusations of sexual misconduct, insisting that the General Assembly’s ethics investigators be given time to complete their work. Anderson has faced pressure from some constituents in recent weeks to reject the nomination he won in the June 26 primary so that his party can name a replacement on the ballot before an Aug. 28 deadline. (Balt. Sun)

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