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Democrats running for governor court teachers' endorsement with big promises

One by one over the course of two days, the eight Democrats running for governor climbed a convention center stage here, courting one of the most coveted endorsements in Maryland: the support of the sprawling and powerful teachers union.

The candidates offered big promises to increase funding for public schools — sometimes by more than $2 billion per year.

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Hogan calls Peace Cross ruling 'outrageous,' vows to fight

Gov. Larry Hogan called a federal appeals court ruling that a cross-shaped war memorial in Prince George’s County unconstitutional "outrageous" and an "overreach," and vowed that his administration would fight it.

In a social media post, the Republican governor wrote Friday that he has passed by the memorial in Bladensburg known as the Peace Cross thousands of times.

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Elijah Cummings presses GOP to continue questioning private email use in White House

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Friday that White House lawyers acknowledged that "several" Trump administration officials "confessed" to using private email accounts for government business.

But the Baltimore Democrat said the Trump administration has declined to identify which staff members came forward.

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Van Hollen leads unsuccessful first effort to preserve tax deduction popular in Maryland

Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Chris Van Hollen, failed Thursday to preserve a state and local tax deduction in the Republican plan to overhaul the tax code — the first effort to maintain a deduction that is heavily used by Marylanders.

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Elon Musk to start hyperloop project in Maryland, officials say

Maryland has given transportation pioneer Elon Musk permission to dig tunnels for the high-speed, underground transit system known as a hyperloop that Musk wants to build between New York and Washington.

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Hogan wants Congress to renew the Obamacare subsidies Trump cut

Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan supports reviving the Obamacare subsidies cut by President Trump that help low-income people buy health insurance, according the governor’s spokesman.

Hogan spokesman Doug Mayer said Thursday the governor supports federal legislation that would reinstate the subsidies.

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