Four Baltimore mayors press black caucus to help keep Preakness in city, block bill benefiting Laurel Park

Baltimore continued its full-court press Thursday to preserve Pimlico Race Course and keep the Preakness Stakes in the city, as current and former mayors lobbied the state’s black lawmakers to join the cause. Mayor Catherine Pugh and three former mayors — Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Martin O’Malley and Kurt Schmoke — urged members of the Legislative Black Caucus to help block legislation that would enable the owner of Pimlico to accelerate its plans for a “super track” at Laurel Park. (Balt. Sun)

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UMMS Officials Urge Lawmakers to Move With Care on Ethics Reform Legislation

University of Maryland Medical System officials attend a House hearing Friday. From left are Kristin Jones Bryce, Donna L. Jacobs and Mark L. Wasserman. Photo by Bruce DePuyt Top officials of the University of Maryland Medical System came under sharp criticism from state lawmakers Friday, as members of a key committee began considering legislation that would prohibit financial arrangements between the institution and members of its board. (Md. Matters)

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Hogan: Trump challenge now 'doesn't make any sense at all'

While Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan isn’t completely ruling out a potential primary challenge to President Donald Trump, he said Thursday that currently “it doesn’t make any sense at all.” Hogan spoke to reporters Thursday with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Hogan friend who is in Maryland for a book promotion. Christie said he doesn’t see a political path at the moment for challenging the president in a primary, citing Trump’s approval ratings among Republicans. (AP)

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Elijah Cummings concerned about private emails and texts belonging to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a powerful White House aide, did not preserve all of her official emails as required by federal law, and her husband, Jared Kushner, used a messaging application to conduct U.S. business outside government channels, the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee said on Thursday. Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Democrat from Maryland, said in a letter to the White House that the use of private email accounts and the messaging application WhatsApp by senior administration officials raises "security and federal records concerns." (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan wants Maryland to take over Baltimore-Washington Parkway as road conditions reach 'breaking point'

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan continued his push for Maryland to take over the Baltimore-Washington Parkway from the National Park Service, arguing that the federal agency “has increasingly demonstrated it is simply not up to the task of maintaining” the highway. In a letter Wednesday, Hogan asked the state’s congressional delegation to support his proposal, noting the Park Service’s recent decision to lower the speed limit to 40 mph on a stretch of the highway due to safety concerns because of an extensive number of potholes. The road conditions have reached “a breaking point,” the governor wrote. (Balt. Sun)

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Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney urges Gov. Larry Hogan or another Republican to challenge Trump

Former U.S. Rep. and current Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney is urging Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan — or another Republican — to challenge President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election bid. “Voices like John Kasich and Governor Hogan, from my state, would do an enormous service to not just their party, but to their fellow Americans to stand up and challenge this president,” said Delaney, who stepped down from his Maryland 6th Congressional District seat at the end of last year to run for president. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is considering a trip to New Hampshire after the end of the General Assembly session in April to speak at an event that bills itself as a “must stop” for presidential hopefuls. (Balt. Sun)

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Chris Christie advises Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to be 'nimble' ahead of 2020 presidential election

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told reporters in Annapolis on Thursday that he advised Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to be "nimble" as the 2020 presidential election approaches. Christie appeared shoulder to shoulder with Hogan at the Government House, Hogan’s official residence, as Christie promotes his new book. Christie said Republicans around the country ask him how Hogan became what he called “America’s most popular governor,” and he said he points to the 2015 unrest in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray of injuries suffered while in police custody. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. Gov. Hogan calls for bipartisan climate-change solutions

Maryland’s governor touted his state’s efforts to combat climate change, and called on the issue to become a bipartisan challenge taken up by leaders around the world in a speech Thursday at the Climate Leadership Conference in Baltimore. Gov. Larry Hogan began his 10-minute speech by saying the debate about climate change is a “conversation that is needed, I believe, now more than ever.” He talked up laws passed during his time in office, including one in 2016 that he said is “stronger than 48 other states’ and nearly twice as strong as the Paris Accord recommendations.” (WTOP)

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