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There’s not much Republican gubernatorial hopeful Larry Hogan has in common with Del. Heather Mizeur, a Montgomery County progressive who lost a bid for the Democratic gubernatorial ticket this year. But the two were the first candidates in 20 years to use Maryland’s public campaign financing program and, unless the legislature moves to re-fund it, they may be the state’s last gubernatorial candidates to rely on public money.

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The big, non-descript glass and brown-brick building at 2560 Lord Baltimore Drive in Woodlawn is home to St. John Properties, one of the biggest commercial real estate firms in the region. It’s also home to a huge chunk of money that’s been spread across dozens of campaigns in Maryland. The address shows up in campaign finance reports for hundreds of donations totaling more than $785,000 since 2011.

Maryland’s Comptroller, Peter Franchot, is on a mission to make summer longer, and he gained a high-profile supporter at Wednesday’s Board of Public Works meeting. Franchot’s been pushing a petition to move the start of the school year to after Labor Day, and Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the petition at the meeting.

Franchot says the move would generate tens of millions of dollars for small businesses by extending the summer tourist season, and give families more time to spend together.

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Maryland will elect a new governor in November. Republican Larry Hogan and Democratic Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown pitched county officials at the annual Maryland Association of Counties summer conference in Ocean City on Saturday. The message from both sides: Elect me because four years of the other guy will be bad for the state. 

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Last September, Williams Guevara left behind his family’s cramped two-bedroom home near San Salvador to travel hundreds of miles by foot, by car, and in packed mini-busses to get to the US. He was 17. He was scared, he says, but making friends along the way made it a little better.

“That was the good part. I think it was the only good part,” Guevara said.

He was apprehended by border patrol just as he crossed into Texas. He spent 24 days in federal custody before being sent to Baltimore County to be reunited with his older brother.

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Supporters and opponents of a proposed natural gas export facility in Calvert County turned out by the dozens to a Board of Public Works meeting in Annapolis on Wednesday. What was supposed to be a hearing about a relatively small permitting matter turned into nothing less than a referendum on the entire project.

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A coalition of civic groups launched today a long-term campaign to reform the way Maryland draws its congressional election districts. 

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Hundreds turned out in Crisfield on Wednesday to pick crabs, eat clams, drink beer and to rub elbows at the 38th annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake. 

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Maryland Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin toured Baltimore’s 99-year-old Montebello water filtration plant this morning. The lawmakers were there to build their case for federal help in modernizing aging facilities across the nation.

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As widely expected, Maryland primary voters yesterday selected Democratic Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan to carry their party’s banner into the November election for governor. Maryland's lieutenant governor will now spar for the governor's mansion with the founder of Change Maryland, a rallying point for opposition to the tax and economic policies of the O'Malley administration.