Rushern L. Baker III

In 2018, it's Hogan's race to lose

In 2018, it's Hogan's race to lose

Gov. Larry Hogan emerged from the 2017 General Assembly session upbeat about what he had just accomplished. And why not? He came into the year with the most ambitious legislative package of his term, touching on a wide variety of issues beyond the economic and taxation themes that animated his campaign, including proposals dealing with the environment, public health, education, ethics and even paid sick leave for workers. He notched wins on much of his agenda — particularly given his willingness to declare victory even when Democrats in the General Assembly substantially re-write his proposals.

More pertinently, Democrats barely laid a glove on him. Their clearest strategy to weaken...

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