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A look back: Some of Maryland Matters’ most-read stories of 2023

The Maryland State House in Annapolis. Photo by Danielle E. Gaines.


In historic address, Gov. Wes Moore renews promise to ‘leave no one behind’

Emotional Hogan bids Maryland farewell

Moore vacuumed up $4.6 million for inaugural festivities

After more than a half-century in public office, Cardin won’t seek reelection in 2024

Sarbanes won’t seek reelection in 2024

Former Maryland governor confirmed by US Senate to lead Social Security

O’Malley’s portrait temporarily removed from State House after failing to measure up

CASA scrambles to save political, financial support

Maryland power couples, 2023 edition


Six months in: A Q&A with Maryland Gov. Wes Moore

Effort to reduce vacant state government positions falling short of Moore’s promise

Linda Lamone, Maryland’s long-serving elections director, announces retirement

Budget deficits loom in the wake of the 2023 session


The political education of Serena McIlwain

Meet the 572-megawatt gorilla of the Chesapeake Bay

A view of the Chesapeake Bay’s health from its headwaters


Moore launches Red Line revival

The Blue Line and the Burgundy and Gold

State set to announce deep cuts to transportation agencies

Health care

‘Worst audit I’ve ever seen:’ Md. health department spending plagued by ‘pervasive lack of documentation’

‘Worst audit I’ve ever seen:’ Md. health department spending plagued by ‘pervasive lack of documentation’

Heading into the 2023 cold and flu season, what’s the state of COVID-19 in Maryland?

How Maryland’s recent malaria case can inform future detection and prevention



After years of investigation and heartbreak, report detailing ‘horrendous’ allegations against clergy is released

As grand jury investigates, Harford County denies public records request for emails

Frederick County sheriff and shooting range owner indicted by federal grand jury for scheme to illegally buy machine guns

Maryland’s U.S. attorney charges out-of-state police chiefs, firearms dealers with machine gun conspiracy


Maryland public schools superintendent chooses not to return

Former Mississippi schools chief aims to repeat learning ‘miracle’ in Maryland

Breaking down the Blueprint: The challenges school districts face in meeting students’ behavioral health needs




Maryland confirmed as pick for new FBI headquarters

Hoyer on FBI HQ decision: ‘This is a done deal’



Lawmakers, regulators already contemplating changes to cannabis law

Federalsburg mayor says cannabis law is putting her family out of business


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A look back: Some of Maryland Matters’ most-read stories of 2023