State Sen. Richard Madaleno (D) “is planning to launch his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor Monday — heralding a contest for the party’s progressive base.” (Baltimore Sun)
BAKED IN. “In a sign that Democrats might be willing to sacrifice Massachusetts to win back Maryland, some [said] that they could target” Gov. Larry Hogan (R) “by contrasting him with” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R). “In other words: Why can’t Larry Hogan be more like Charlie Baker and stand up to the president?
Hogan: “We decided to govern from the middle and do everything we can to reach across the aisle to come up with common sense, bipartisan solutions. … I think it’s what people really want. It’s what they feel is lacking in Washington and what they haven’t seen in our state or anywhere else for a long time. We’re just going to keep focused on what we have been doing. Of course it’s going to be a tough campaign, I’m sure, next year. But right now we couldn’t be in a better position. … Right now … I’m not really focused on being a Republican, or a Democrat, or an independent. I’m just focused on trying to be the best governor I can be.” (BuzzFeed)