CBS News Logo Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan: Losing hair, killing cancer cells

ANNAPOLIS, Md. --Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he's lost hair but is killing cancer cells "like crazy." Hogan's office released a photo Tuesday showing the bald governor wearing sunglasses with a wide smile outside the governor's reception room. In a Facebook posting, Hogan says: "Thanks to my treatments, I'm sporting a new aerodynamic look." Hogan also writes that he's saving time by not having to wash or comb his hair or shave. The 59-year-old Republican governor adds that first lady Yumi Hogan says he's "still sexy." Last week, Hogan finished his second five-day round of chemotherapy. On Tuesday he wrote: "I may be losing hair follicles, but I'm winning the battle as we kill cancer cells like crazy." He announced the diagnosis for B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma on June 22. Continue Reading

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan backs gun-control measures, money for school security

Gov. Larry Hogan urged state lawmakers Wednesday to pass two measures designed to take guns away from people identified as dangerous, and proposed spending $125 million to enhance security at schools in the wake of a mass shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school.“Classrooms should never be a place of fear for our children,” Hogan said. “Government at all levels is grappling with what more can be done to keep our kids safe.”The announcement by Maryland’s Republican governor comes amid renewed calls for greater gun restrictions in response to the shootings two weeks ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.“I’ve never seen this much focus and attention,” Hogan said. “I feel as if we maybe we have reached a point where people are finally ready to get something done.”Hogan, who holds an A-minus rating from the National Rifle Association, endorsed creating a “red flag” law that would allow judges to temporarily order gun owners to surrender firearms if they are deemed to be a danger to themselves or others.Five states currently allow such protection orders. More than a dozen others, including Maryland, are weighing legislation. The Maryland bill was introduced this year before the Florida shootings.Hogan said he also supports a measure that would ensure that gun owners who are convicted of domestic violence surrender their weapons. That legislation has been introduced for three years, but has drawn more attention since a Prince George’s County police officer was shot and killed last week trying to protect a neighbor from her estranged husband.The $125 million proposal for securing public schools in Maryland would include reinforced doors and panic buttons to prevent and react to shooters. Hogan proposed spending money generated by Maryland’s casinos, which he had already designed for school construction.He suggested two other ongoing spending Continue Reading

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has a common form of skin cancer

Gov. Larry Hogan, who in remission from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, will undergo a minor procedure this weekend to treat a common skin cancer. Hogan (R) said he will have an outpatient surgery in his dermatologist’s office to remove a basal cell carcinoma and a squamous cell carcinoma. The cancer was found on his face and near his breastbone. “I had a couple of things taken off my forehead, and they turned out to be a very nonserious skin cancer,” Hogan said during a Thursday afternoon news conference. “This is something that 5 million people a year get. It’s very easy to take care of.” Hogan, who recently wore a couple of small flesh-toned bandages on his forehead, joked he decided to announce the minor procedure because it will “look like [Senate President] Mike Miller and I got into a little fight” on Monday. Beth G. Diamond, the governor’s dermatologist, said in a statement Hogan’s skin cancers are “extremely common and are most often induced by a history of sun exposure.” Hogan said the skin cancers are likely the result of “one of the best jobs he had before being governor”: six years working as a lifeguard in Florida. “I wanted to look good with a dark tan so I never put sunscreen on,” he said. “And that’s probably the root of it. I spent a lot of time baking in the sun.” He advised everyone to use sunscreen. “I was not smart enough to pay attention to that advice. We’re going to certainly be doing that in the future,” he said. Hogan said the skin cancer is not related to his bout with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Hogan was diagnosed with the stage 3 cancer in 2015, just five months after taking office. He receives a full-body scan every 90 days and, he said, “there are no signs of that returning. I’m still 100 percent in remission — cancer free.” Hogan said his dermatologist recently removed a couple Continue Reading

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan withholds money to sue Trump administration

Maryland lawmakers promised Attorney General Brian Frosh $1 million and five new lawyers to file lawsuits against the Trump administration next year, but Republican Gov. Larry Hogan left that money out of his budget. Instead, the Hogan administration suggested Frosh divert money from his office’s Consumer Protection Division to finance litigation against the federal government. Frosh, a Democrat, said that diverting those funds puts him in a tough position. “I hate to have to choose between defending Marylanders against the Trump administration and defending them against people who are trying to rip them off in other contexts, but that’s the choice that’s been put before us this year,” Frosh said. Since the General Assembly last year granted Frosh unilateral authority to sue the federal government, Frosh has joined 18 lawsuits against the Trump administration and led litigation on two others. The highest profile suit he’s leading, filed jointly with the District of Columbia, alleges President Donald J. Trump’s income from his real estate empire and overseas investments violates the Constitution’s prohibition on the president having international conflicts of interest. The Trump administration has called the suit a political stunt. Hogan last year objected to the legislature’s resolution cutting him out of Maryland’s process to initiate lawsuits, and refused to sign companion legislation that guaranteed the money and lawyers to pursue them. The bill guaranteeing those resources became law without Hogan’s signature, but the administration used its budgeting power to withhold the additional $1 million and five state jobs from the attorney general’s budget. “The administration takes its responsibility to find efficiency and savings in the state budget extremely seriously, and this is a perfect example of that,” Hogan spokesman Doug Mayer said. Mayer noted that the Consumer Protection Continue Reading

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan makes Amazon pitch with $3B in tax credits, $2B in road projects

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday released some details of his $5 billion pitch to lure Amazon to Montgomery County, proposing a "PRIME" Act that would give Fortune 100 companies that invest $5 billion in the state a series of tax breaks worth $3 billion. Combined with $2 billion in proposed road and infrastructure projects, it would be the largest economic development package in state history. Maryland’s plan is the second biggest public bid in the country to attract the internet retailer’s new headquarters and its promised 50,000 jobs and $5 billion investment. New Jersey has offered a $7 billion package to entice Amazon to open the HQ2 project in Newark. “HQ2 is the single greatest economic development opportunity in a generation, and we’re committing all of the resources we have to bring it home to Maryland,” Hogan said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to work closely with Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and all county leadership as we do everything possible to secure this incredible opportunity.” Hogan unveiled legislation to create the new tax credit Monday morning, after the details were first reported by The Washington Post. The Republican governor used inventive grammar on his legislation to achieve an Amazon-centric acronym: the “Promoting ext-Raordinary Innovation in Maryland’s Economy Act of 2018” will be known as the PRIME Act. It promises $10 million a year for 15 years out of the state's Sunny Day fund to a Fortune 100 company that creates at least 40,000 jobs that pay an average of $100,000 a year. It also promises state and local property tax credits, a state sales tax exemption for construction materials, and a 10-year, annual tax credit equivalent 5.75 percent of the salaries of each job created. Together, the administration said, the cash and tax credits amount to more than $3 billion. The benefits could technically apply to any company that qualified, though the Continue Reading

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) takes on redistricting — again

Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Thursday that he has signed on to an amicus brief in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that will decide whether partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional. The court announced last month that it would hear the case, Benisek v. Lamone, a challenge from a group of Maryland Republicans who argue that the Democrats violated their rights when they drew the lines for the 6th Congressional District in Western Maryland after the 2010 census. “I fully and proudly stand with the people of Maryland in supporting this case and supporting redistricting reforms at every level all across the country,” Hogan said in announcing that he would join the amicus brief filed by former governor Gray Davis, a Democrat. Hogan encouraged other current and former governors from both parties to join him to “protect our citizens’ most basic right, the right to free and fair elections.” The governor also plans to resubmit legislation this year to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission to draw congressional and legislative boundaries. The legislation has failed to move out of the General Assembly the past two years. Continue Reading

Here’s our first look at confirmed fundraising in the Maryland governor’s race

Candidates in Maryland’s crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary on Wednesday began filing their first campaign finance reports of 2018, an early window into their viability to unseat popular and well-financed Republican Gov. Larry Hogan. The first gubernatorial hopeful to file a report, which includes names of donors and individual contribution amounts, was technology entrepreneur Alec Ross. The first-time candidate has lagged in early polls, but raised $1 million last year with the help of fellow techies. Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford (R) raised $5.4 million in the last year and have accumulated a $9 million war chest, according to an internal campaign memo obtained by news organizations Tuesday. James Shea, an attorney and longtime Democratic fundraiser and behind-the-scenes player making his first run for office, appears to be leading the Democratic pack so far. His campaign said he raised $2 million in the last year and had $1.34 million as of last week. It’s unclear how much of the haul was loans to himself. Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, who has led in early polls, also announced he raised $1 million in his first year, but has yet to disclose his cash balance. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan addresses members of the Maryland House of Delegates in Annapolis, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, the first day of the state's 2018 legislative session. Standing behind Hogan is Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) The primary is June 26. [Why today is the Day of Reckoning for gubernatorial candidates in Md.] Former NAACP president Ben Jealous, a favorite of national progressive groups, and his running mate Susan Turnbull, say they raised $1.5 million with $643,000 cash on hand. State Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (Montgomery) announced Wednesday that he raised $545,000. Madaleno, who as a state lawmaker cannot raise money during the current legislative session, plans to seek public financing for his Continue Reading

New Maryland Governor Opens an Assault on Environmental and LGBT Protections

When Larry Hogan was elected governor of Maryland last fall, it easily ranked as the biggest surprise of the midterm elections. Even in a bad year for Democrats, a Republican who never previously held elected office was not supposed to triumph over a promising young Democrat in a state Obama won twice by twenty-six points. The son of a former Congressman and owner of a large real-estate business, Hogan projected himself as fiscal conservative during his race against Lt. Governor Anthony Brown—but also a moderate. His preamble to running for governor was forming Change Maryland, a proudly “non-partisan grassroots organization.” Hogan has a friendly everyman persona that has earned him some pretty favorable coverage in local papers. (Some recent headlines from the neighboring Washington Post: “Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s appeal to ‘middle ground’ could revive state GOP” and “Md. Gov. Larry Hogan, the happiest, sweatiest guy at the inaugural ball.”) But Hogan’s first days in office are proving to be anything but moderate. Rather, a familiar storyline is playing out: the friendly Republican gubernatorial candidate suddenly becomes a hardline conservative governor. After being introduced by New Jersey Chris Christie at his inauguration Wednesday as someone “who knows how to bring people together,” and after the VIP guests dined on shrimp scampi, crab cakes and grilled chicken, Hogan got to work: he immediately rescinded blockbuster environmental regulations on state coal plants and pollution of the Chesapeake Bay. He also called back regulations designed to protect LGBT Marylanders from healthcare and employment discrimination. Hogan signaled more regulatory rollbacks are to come, and starting floating budget cuts that have troubled education and healthcare advocates along with state employees. The full budget isn’t out yet, but a Republican ally of Hogan in the state legislature told Continue Reading

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he’s ‘100% cancer free’ after treatment

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that he is “100 percent cancer free” and in complete remission after receiving cancer treatment. Hogan will continue to get scans on a regular basis and undergo preventive health maintenance, he said at the news conference. He was diagnosed with B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma in June, five months into his first term as governor. He called it a “very aggressive” and “very advanced” form of cancer in his lymph nodes. GIRL HAS ROBOT ATTEND CLASS WHILE SHE GETS CANCER TREATED The Republican, who won an upset victory last November in the heavily Democratic state, said he had noticed a painless lump along his jaw before he was diagnosed. He also felt some back pain, which he said was caused by a tumor pressing on his spinal column. Last month, he completed 30 days of chemotherapy. The treatment spanned four months. He told reporters he was “feeling pretty strong” about a week later. He has continued working during treatment. He posted a video Sunday on his Facebook page, saying he will be an advocate to bring more attention to the disease. “Hopefully I’m going to be able to beat this disease and come out of it stronger than ever,” he said in the video. Continue Reading

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan reveals ‘very advanced’ cancer of lymph nodes, vows to remain on the job

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Monday he has "very advanced" and "very aggressive" cancer of the lymph nodes, but he said he will fight for a full recovery and continue to work as the state's chief elected official. Hogan spoke candidly, choking up at times while also managing to keep a sense of humor, as family, friends and his staff filled the governor's reception room for the announcement. The governor, who has been in office for five months, said the cancer is B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. "Over the coming months, I'll be receiving multiple very aggressive chemotherapy treatments," Hogan said. "Most likely, I'm going to lose my hair. You won't have these beautiful gray locks. I may trim down a little bit, but I won't stop working to change Maryland for the better." The Republican, who won an upset victory in November in a heavily Democratic state, said he had noticed a painless lump along his jaw earlier this month. He also felt some back pain, which he said was caused by a tumor pressing on his spinal column. Hogan said his doctors have told him he has a good chance of beating the disease. Dr. Richard Fisher, a lymphoma specialist and president of Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, said Hogan's cancer is the most common form of lymphoma, and that most cases are diagnosed in later stages, as Hogan's was. Treatment involves intravenous combination chemotherapy plus the immune therapy drug Rituxan, usually six cycles, every three weeks, as an outpatient. The main side effects are hair loss, possibly fever and low white blood cell counts, which often can be prevented with other medicines. "Patients usually miss only a day or two of work every time they're treated and they're usually able to continue their fulltime jobs," he said. "The aim is cure." Dr. Catherine Broome at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, agreed. "Therapy has come a long way in the last 15 Continue Reading