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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan: Mike Pence 'one of my closest friends' among governors

Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday he has a close relationship with Vice President-Elect Mike Pence and already spent nearly two hours discussing his hopes and concerns about the new administration.

The conversation took place at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Florida, Hogan said. It included Pence, the governor of Indiana, and Gov.

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Pugh pledges to restructure Baltimore housing, economic development agencies

Mayor Catherine E. Pugh announced plans Wednesday to reorganize Baltimore's housing and economic development agencies and reiterated her intention to fire the housing commissioner.

The new mayor said she wants to broaden the role of the Baltimore Development Corp. and split the housing agency into two departments. She said both actions are aimed at directing investment to all corners of the city.

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State officials delay vote on Baltimore County equestrian center

Sending a message to Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, the Maryland Board of Public Works deferred action Wednesday on a proposed $2.3 million state contribution to a new horse riding center in Cockeysville.

Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot voted to delay acting on the county's request for Program Open Space money, which would help pay for the 9,800-square-foot arena.

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Hogan backs mandatory paid sick leave at large companies

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday he will lobby the General Assembly to mandate paid sick leave at large companies, offering a proposal that puts his stamp on an issue long championed by Democrats.

Hogan said companies with at least 50 employees would be required to offer full-time workers five sick days per year.

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Del. Barbara Robinson picked to replace Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh in Maryland Senate

Del. Barbara Robinson took a step Wednesday toward filling the state Senate seat vacated by new Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh.

The Democratic central committee for the district voted, 5-2, to recommend Robinson over former City Councilman William "Pete" Welch.

Robinson said she felt "fantastic" after the vote.

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Emerge Maryland to train 23 women to run for office

Emerge Maryland, the organization that trains Democratic women to run for office, announced its 2017 class Wednesday.

The 23 candidates from eight Maryland jurisdictions including Baltimore represent the largest class of the training program, which is in its fifth year.

Past graduates include state Del. Brooke Lierman of Southeast Baltimore and Baltimore City Councilwoman Shannon Sneed of East Baltimore.

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