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The big Republican wins in the November election have led lawmakers in Baltimore and Annapolis to look toward rolling back the stormwater remediation fees imposed after the 2012 General Assembly session. The fees have been derided by opponents as a “rain tax.”

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When the Maryland General Assembly starts its session in January, it will be dealing with a new governor from a different party and about a third of its members will be freshmen.  Between a Republican governor and a host of more left-leaning Democrats coming in, the next four years bear the signs of a more partisan landscape in Annapolis.

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Governor-elect Larry Hogan (R) has assembled a transition team and one prominent member is former State Sen. and Anne Arundel County Executive Bobby Neall.  WYPR's Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler talk about what this decision says about how Hogan might lead in Annapolis.

Was Larry Hogan the only upset?  Were there other Republican wins in Maryland this week? Andy Green, from Baltimore Sun's Editorial page, talks to Fraser about the other big winners in this week's general election. 

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Within days after last June’s primary, pollsters had written off Republican Larry Hogan in his race against Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. But somehow, Hogan pulled off a stunning upset, capturing more than 51 percent of the vote for governor in one of the bluest states in the nation.

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Republican Larry Hogan will be Maryland’s next governor. Now he has just a few short months to organize a smooth hand-off from outgoing Gov. Martin O’Malley.

At an Annapolis news conference Wednesday morning, Hogan said he’s turned his focus from the campaign to governing. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. Our state economy is in real trouble. We’ve focused on that for years and now we’ve got to roll up our sleeves and get to work trying to turn our state around,” Hogan said.

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Larry Hogan was elected yesterday to become the state’s second Republican governor in a half century. It was a startling political upset that raised questions about Maryland’s image as a comfort zone for Democrats.

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Republican Larry Hogan's upset over Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown stood out in a night of big victories by the GOP around the country. But Richard Cross of the blog Cross Purposes tells WYPR's Fraser Smith why he thinks Hogan's win is not part of the anti-Obama wave.

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WYPR’s news staff fanned out throughout the state on this election day. Political reporters Christopher Connelly and Karen Hosler start our coverage with reports on the two men who hope to be the next governor.


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Two years ago, Frederick County voted to move to a county executive system. The move reflected the county’s growing population and complexity. On Tuesday, voters will decide who will run that new county government. Exactly how Frederick will continue to grow has become a major issue in the campaign.

Driving down Route 75 in southeastern Frederick, you get a sense of the rural nature of many parts of this county. Farm fields and country homes dot the two-lane country road. But Steve McKay says it’s the epicenter for bad growth policies enacted by the Republican-dominated board of county commissioners.

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