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Hogan, Franchot see their bipartisan friendship as a model

What's been dubbed the "Maryland bromance" between Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic Comptroller Peter Franchot is on public display twice a month at meetings of the Board of Public Works, but they usually don't discuss it directly.

"I can promise you we talk about gardening," Franchot said Friday, describing the pair's occasional dinners. "We talk about our kids. We talk about art.

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W. Dale Hess, Harford County businessman and politician, dies

W. Dale Hess, a Harford County businessman who rose to majority floor leader in the Maryland House of Delegates and was later convicted — then cleared — of charges in a federal political probe during the Gov. Marvin Mandel administration, died of complications from cancer Saturday at his Fallston home. He was 86.

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Rawlings-Blake defers potential cuts to Charm City Circulator

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will let the next mayor decide what to do with the underfunded Charm City Circulator, which had been slated for cuts.

In July, Rawlings-Blake's administration proposed scaling back the free bus service, after the City Council declined to pay for it by increasing the parking tax at Baltimore's public garages.

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Hogan: Objections to post-Labor Day school start are 'silly, trivial, stupid'

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan defended his executive order mandating Maryland schools start after Labor Day, characterizing objections as "silly, trivial, stupid" concerns that had already been addressed by a state task force.

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Baltimore City Council to consider changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day

The Baltimore City Council is considering a bill that would change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day within the city limits.

City Councilman Brandon Scott introduced the legislation Thursday after students at City Neighbors High School suggested it.

"We shouldn't celebrate terrorists," Scott said of the bill's purpose. "That's what celebrating Christopher Columbus does.

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Former mayor Sheila Dixon sees herself as Baltimore's future, not its past

Unlike most former Baltimore mayors, a portrait of Sheila Dixon does not hang in City Hall.

That's because Dixon — who would need to commission such a work — isn't ready to think of herself as belonging to the past. She believes she's very much a part of Baltimore's future. As she travels the city, her supporters loudly agree.

"We know you got robbed!"

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