Partisan Hogan and Bipartisan Hogan in Close Proximity

    Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) was first elected four years and 11 months ago.

    But he’s still campaigning against his predecessor, Martin J. O’Malley (D).

    O’Malley’s image figures prominently in a Hogan Facebook post from Wednesday, his latest diatribe against the work of the Kirwan Commission, which is devising a formula to fund its proposed reforms to bolster public education.

    “They’re at it again,” Hogan writes on his non-governmental Facebook page. “The same politicians that raised your taxes 43 consecutive times during the O’Malley years have been meeting in secret to raise your taxes.

    “The so-called Kirwan Commission is the legislature’s vehicle to push for MASSIVE state and local tax hikes – the largest in Maryland history – that will do little to increase student achievement.”

    Hogan goes on to talk about the possible tax increases that could come from the commission’s recommendations, and vows: “We will continue to push for more accountability and continue to fight to root out corruption and mismanagement in our school systems.”

    While the Facebook post represented Hogan’s partisan side, he’ll be back in more bipartisan territory Thursday in New York, when he speaks at an economic and innovation conference in New York.

    Hogan will be at the Yahoo! Finance “All Markets Summit,” a daylong look at generational change in key industries. In his capacity as chairman of the National Governors Association, Hogan will be speaking on “the next generation of communities,” outlining the NGA’s “new mission”: “It’s not just about supporting the 21st century workforce, but to trigger a new era of state-driven innovation,” the conference agenda says.

    A plethora of corporate chieftains – from Facebook, Verizon, Merck, Prudential, Siemens, Citigroup and more – will also be on hand and speaking at the conference. So will Eric Trump, Trump Organization executive vice president.

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    Josh Kurtz
    Co-founder and Editor Josh Kurtz is the leading chronicler of Maryland politics and government. He began covering the State House in 1995 for The Gazette newspapers, and has been writing about state and local politics ever since. He later became an editor at Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, and spent eight years at E&E News, an online subscription-only publisher of news websites covering energy and environmental issues. For seven of those years, he led a staff of 20 reporters at E&E Daily, which covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill and in national politics. For 6 1/2 years he wrote a weekly column on state politics for Center Maryland and has written for several other Maryland publications as well. Kurtz has given speeches and appeared on TV and radio shows about Maryland politics through the years.