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Hogan, Miller talk politics during courtside summit

COLLEGE PARK — After a week of talking about the importance of communication without doing much of it, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and Democratic Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller spent two hours Saturday chatting together courtside at the University of Maryland basketball game.

"We solved almost everything," Hogan said and laughed after the men's team blew out Ohio State 100-65. "We talked about everything, but mostly basketball. We're communicating great."

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Miller called for Thursday for better communication from Hogan, complaining that the governor pitches plans to the media before talking with him or trying to win support from the Democrats who dominate the legislature.

Hogan released proposals for tax cuts, to lure manufacturing to the state, and to speed demolition of vacant buildings in Baltimore without consulting the lawmakers who need to approve it. Miller said this week he was still waiting to hear from the governor's office on proposals from nearly a month ago to reduce the state's prison population.

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Saturday, Miller said Hogan filled him in "on everything he has in the hopper." Both men declined to offer further details on their conversation during their game.

"We're old friends. It went really well," said Miller, who first met the governor decades ago when he drove Hogan's father around during a campaign. The two have remained friendly, although Miller lately has increased his public criticism of Hogan. On Friday, he accused him of relying too much on the advice of political operatives who pander to the GOP base.

The Senate president attends many Maryland basketball games, and after the team trampled a conference foe, Hogan joked that he was considering going to all of them.

"I'm a good luck charm," he said.

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