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Trump Should Have Been Convicted, Hogan Says

One day after a majority of Senate Republicans voted to acquit former President Trump in his impeachment trial, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) said he would have joined the seven Republicans and 50 Democrats who voted to convict. Making the rounds on the Sunday TV talk shows, Hogan said Trump should have been held accountable by the Congress for his role in the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

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Taxes on digital ads, cigarettes among House veto overrides

A digital advertising tax that would pay for Maryland’s sweeping education reform was among Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetoes that the House of Delegates overrode Thursday. The state predicts revenue as high as $250 million in the first year after implementation of the digital advertising tax, which would be the first of its kind in the U.S., from national or international companies or state taxpayers expecting to report significant revenue from digital advertising, according to legislative analysis.

Maryland House Democrats push to expand eligibility for covid relief

An effort by Maryland House Democrats to expand eligibility for Gov. Larry Hogan’s covid-19 stimulus plan, including to noncitizens, is receiving pushback from the Republican chief executive, who said it could jeopardize passage of the legislation and the help it would provide to others. “Anything they attempt to do to change the bill that’s already been passed unanimously by the Senate . . . it threatens the bill,” Hogan said Thursday.

Maryland to require background checks of private sales of shotguns, rifles after overriding Hogan veto

Maryland will require background checks for all sales and transfers of rifles and shotguns, after lawmakers voted on Thursday to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the measure. Previously all sales of handguns, and sales of long guns by licensed firearms dealers, were subject to background checks. Private sales and transfers of long guns were exempt from the checks, which gun control advocates considered to be a loophole.

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Hough Tries New Approach in Bid to End Clean Energy Subsidies for Trash Incinerators

Senate Minority Whip Michael J. Hough (R-Frederick) tried a new approach Wednesday in his years-long effort to change the official state classification of a controversial renewable energy source. After failing last week to attach an amendment to a bill that would have stripped fuel generated by Maryland’s two waste-to-energy plants from qualifying for tax breaks under the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard (RPS), Hough on Wednesday used a different piece of legislation as a vehicle for an amendment to downgrade fuel produced from trash as a clean energy source.


City Hall lawyers researching whether State’s Attorney Mosby needed approval for her extensive travel

If a private group wants to fly a Baltimore politician around the world to speak at conferences, does the official need approval from the city? That’s the question before City Hall lawyers as they try to determine whether State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby should have sought permission before flying to destinations such as Kenya, Scotland and Portugal as a guest and speaker at criminal justice conferences.

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Biden hopes infrastructure can bridge partisan divide

President Joe Biden is hoping that launching an effort to build roads and bridges can help to unite Democrats and Republicans in a time of sharp partisan divisions. Biden met with lawmakers from both parties at the White House to discuss infrastructure on Thursday, even as the Senate is holding impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump where partisan divisions are on full display.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan laments shortage of COVID vaccine; mass vaccine site at M&T Bank Stadium to open Feb. 25

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan continued to lament a shortage of COVID-19 vaccine doses provided by the federal government as he announced plans Thursday to launch another mass clinic and defended the state’s approach for distribution. The Republican governor announced a number of measures in response to what he says is an improved landscape — lower numbers of cases, positivity rates, hospitalizations and deaths. But Hogan also warned the state is not out of the woods and emphasized the need to ensure vaccine distribution is equitable.

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Progressive Democrat Mckayla Wilkes to mount 2022 primary challenge against Rep. Steny Hoyer in Maryland’s 5th District

Mckayla Wilkes, the progressive Democrat who challenged U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer in the 2020 Democratic primary, has announced she will try again next year. Wilkes, a 30-year-old Black woman raised in Hoyer’s 5th Congressional District, declared her candidacy for the Democratic primary in 2022 in a news release Tuesday. The 5th District encompasses Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties and parts of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties.

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