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Hogan skipping Maryland Republican party's big fundraiser

For the second year in a row, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is skipping his party's big annual fundraiser.

The Maryland GOP's Red, White & Blue dinner in Glen Burnie Friday night will feature Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as the keynote speaker, but Maryland's most popular political figure will not attend.

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Hogan spokesman Doug Mayer said the governor had a scheduling conflict. Hogan also missed last year's big annual fundraiser, which featured presidential candidate Donald Trump and coincided with news of Hogan's cancer diagnosis. The governor has been in remission since last fall.

This week, a new poll by Annapolis-based pollster OpinionWorks found Hogan had a 71-percent approval rating in Maryland, including a dramatic number of Democrats in a blue-leaning state.

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Walker's appearance at the fundraiser is expected to be protested by Maryland's biggest union of state workers, who have been critical of Hogan's budget and staffing choices for state agencies.

Hogan also will not appear alongside his party's presidential candidate when Trump makes a stop in Baltimore on Monday.

Trump will appear at the National Guard Association's conference, which Hogan will address on Saturday.

The governor has said he is "not a Trump fan" and will not vote for him in the November election. Hogan also skipped the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. He said at the time that, "I really don't have any obligation at all to be involved in national politics."

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