Mileah Kromer: Jealous didn't so much lose Md. gubernatorial race as Hogan won it

Now that Republican Larry Hogan has bested Democratic challenger Ben Jealous to win a second term as governor of Maryland — a wholly expected outcome, by the way — the blame game and airing of electoral grievances on the losing side can officially begin. Critics will argue that Mr. Jealous was a flawed candidate with poor campaign messaging, lackluster fundraising and an inability to unify the party or reach voters outside of a narrow progressive base. His supporters will blame the halfhearted endorsements, little to no support from key elected officials and more moderate Democratic voters, who turned their backs on their nominee. (Balt. Sun)

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Two-party Washington: Prepare for the worst

There is something deeply embedded in the DNA of most politicians to pivot post-election from attacks on their opponents to talk about cooperation and bipartisanship. Call it sportsmanship or pragmatism, it’s instinctive to reach out and seek common ground after a hard-fought race. In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan credited his victory to his willingness to work with Democrats and claims to want more of the same. Even President Donald Trump mustered a kind word or two about Rep. Nancy Pelosi, tweeting Wednesday morning that she deserved to be elected House speaker again having “earned this great honor” and telling reporters later in the day that “hopefully, we can all work together.” (Balt. Sun)

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Katie Brown, Sarah Eshera: UMD's Loh must go

Jordan McNair, the University of Maryland student who died of heatstroke this spring following football practice, and his family deserve justice and accountability from UMD leadership. So do Lt. Richard Collins III, who was killed on campus a year earlier, and his family. So do all UMD students, staff and alumni. President Wallace Loh and his administrators have consistently provided neither. He and his senior administrators have routinely failed to address student concerns about racism. Students floundered amid crisis, trauma and violence when Lt. Collins, a black Bowie State student, was killed on campus and a UMD student, reportedly a white supremacist, was charged with murder and a hate crime in Collins’ death. (Balt. Sun)

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November 7 // Maryland Gov. Hogan wins re-election; now what?

Gov. Larry Hogan is now the first Republican to win a second term as Maryland’s governor in six decades. He proved that a moderate who doesn’t mind straying from the party line can win in this deep blue state even in a bad year for the GOP. But his defeat of Democrat Ben Jealous — not much of a surprise given consistent polls showing him with a big lead, his massive fund-raising advantage and his dominance in paid media on television and online — leaves plenty of questions unanswered about Mr. Hogan’s future, the prospects for Maryland’s Democratic Party and the direction of the state in the years ahead. Here’s our analysis of what just happened and what comes next. (Balt. Sun)

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The sane center can hold. Just look at Virginia and Maryland.

In a season of polarization exploited by a president who used fear as an electoral cudgel, voters in the states bracketing the nation’s capital handed victories to relative moderates of both parties, repudiating the most partisan and extreme candidates. The results in Virginia and Maryland were a rebuff to both the Trumpian right and the Sandersonian left, and a pointed reminder to Republicans and Democrats that, in those two states at least, the sane center can and does hold. (Wash. Post)

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Congratulations to Pittman, Colt Leitess, Elfreth and the Democrats

In life, there aren’t always clear winners and losers. The same can’t be said for elections. With ballots cast and mostly counted, we learned a majority of citizens who voted wanted change in Anne Arundel County but preferred to keep the course in Maryland. Voters decided a new direction is needed at the Arundel Center, electing Democrat Steuart Pittman over incumbent Steve Schuh and a Democratic-controlled County Council. Pittman campaigned on a plan to bring development under control and provide more accountability in government. Voters agreed. (Capital)

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Bevin Buchheister: Annapolis mayor piloted the wrong program on Main Street. He still has time to get it right.

Mayor Gavin Buckley pursued the wrong pilot project on Main Street. Instead of a bike lane where none is needed, he should be piloting the use of impervious brick paver system to turn our main street into the largest stormwater pollution capture practice in the city. If he had asked for public input this and other ideas could have been seriously considered. (Capital)

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Amy McDougal: Proposed cuts to BSO season threaten its world-class status

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is and has been the very heart of the Baltimore arts scene for decades, but it is now in peril as BSO musicians passionately negotiate to preserve its artistic integrity and world-class status. How can it be that the same BSO management that took the orchestra on an international tour to the United Kingdom just two months ago can return and claim it cannot sustain a 52-week season — proposing to cut its season to 40 weeks and musician salaries to match? (Balt. Sun)

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