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Postcard from MACo: Donald Trump, Uninvited Guest

By Josh Kurtz Gov. Larry Hogan (R) will walk the Ocean City boardwalk on Friday, and he’s sure to receive a hero’s welcome: Hogan, after all, expended significant political capital last year to delay the beginning of the Maryland school year in the name of boosting the state’s tourist economy. Hogan was also warmly received Thursday as he meandered through

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Running for Public Office in Maryland Is Expensive

By Ana Faguy Common Cause/Maryland released data recently that revealed how expensive it can be to run for public office in Maryland. According to the report, state senators raised an average of $290,070 for their winning 2014 campaigns between 2011-2014, while delegates received an average of $79,878 in contributions. Common Cause/Maryland works to make sure that the government is operating

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Follow Maryland Matters’ Coverage of MACo This Week

Maryland Matters will be reporting from the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference in Ocean City — and all the subsidiary events — beginning Wednesday evening. Come find Maryland Matters editor Josh Kurtz at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center or other venues and say hello. Contact him at or 202-419-9119. And check out our coverage on as

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Legislature’s Top Staffer and Longtime Fiscal Guru to Retire

By Josh Kurtz Warren Deschenaux, the executive director of the Department of Legislative Services, who has been an integral part of the budget-making and policy-writing process in Annapolis for decades, announced Tuesday that he plans to retire on Dec. 1. Deschenaux’s departure means the top two leaders of the legislature’s central staff will have moved on in a period of

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Hoyer: GOP Leaders Know the FBI Must Have a New Headquarters

By Bruce DePuyt Despite the General Service Administration’s recent decision to pull the plug on the search for a new FBI headquarters site, Republican leaders in Congress know that the Bureau must have a new home, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said this week. And he thinks the government should treat the sale of the FBI’s current headquarters site, on Pennsylvania

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