Politics

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Republican Blaine Young (R) lost his run to be the first Frederick County Executive. But in a deft procedural move Monday, he secured a place on the county's Planning Commission. WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to Bethany Rodgers of the Frederick News-Post about how Young's maneuver means he'll still have a say in county planning decisions.

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Incoming governor Larry Hogan will have at least two vacancies to fill on the Maryland Court of Appeals. WYPR's Fraser Smith talks to Steve Lash of the Daily Record about how these judicial appointments are made and one particular Maryland case that's likely to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.


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In an "11th hour" move, Governor O'Malley put forth rules to tighten regulations on phosphorus that runs off into the Chesapeake Bay. WYPR's Fraser Smith and Tim Wheeler of the Baltimore Sun talk about what this means for farmers, the Bay, and why O'Malley made the decision when he did.

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The election’s behind us. Winter lurks. And depending on who or where you are on the political spectrum, it’s a season of change, challenge and melancholy.

Call it the Transition Blues. No one’s immune.

Take governor-elect Larry Hogan. He’s about to take charge of a $40 billion government with a deficit of about $1 billion. You probably can’t keep your tax-cutting promises. The ecstasy of victory slams into reality.

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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.

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