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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
Hogan's softer road
Hogan's softer road

Last week, Gov. Larry Hogan essentially wrapped up the 2015 legislative calendar by deciding the fate of some of the more controversial bills passed by the General Assembly earlier this year. While one can debate the merits of some of his individual choices — whether to veto, sign or embrace the tepid middle ground of allowing measures to become law without his signature — a pattern emerges, not only in his choices but in the language he used to describe them. This is a governor who is not interested in picking fights, in provoking opponents or for expending political energies on matters about which he has limited interest. When it comes to things he cares about, he's...