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Hogan Hands Gavel To Bohanan

Sen. P.J. Hogan (D-Montgomery) acknowledged having "a little bit of a heavy heart" this morning as he called to order a meeting of a panel that may soon be known as "the commission formerly known as the Hogan Commission."

The panel is formally called the Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education. But in Annapolis it is so closely associated with Hogan, who pushed for years to establish it, that it has simply been referred to as "the Hogan Commission."

But this morning, Hogan, who has accepted a job with the University System of Maryland and is resigning from the Senate effective Aug. 10, turned over the gavel to Del. John L. Bohanan Jr. (D-St. Mary's).

"Higher ed has become my passion," Hogan told fellow commission members, including his new boss, William E. Kirwan, the chancellor of the University System of Maryland.

Kirwan offered his apologies for poaching Hogan, who will be the university system's top lobbyist in Annapolis and Washington, earning $175,000 a year.

"I owe an apology to members of the commission and the higher education community for what I have done," Kirwan said. "Who, among you, if you had a chance to hire P.J. Hogan wouldn't hire him to play this role?"

Jockeying is intensifying in Montgomery County to replace Hogan in the Senate. It is up to the county's Democratic central committee to pick a successor.

It will be up to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) to name a replacement for Hogan on the Budget & Taxation Committee, where Hogan is now vice chairman.

Bohanan is now acting chairman of the Hogan Commission. It will be up to Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) to jointly appoint a permanent successor there. Whether the panel one day becomes known as "the Bohanan Commission" remains to be seen.

By John Wagner  |  July 23, 2007; 11:08 AM ET
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Senator Levitan is no longer on Budget and Tax as Chairman. Senator Ruben in no longer on Budget and Tax as Vice Chairman. Senator Hogan is no longer on Budget and Tax as Vice Chairman. Montgomery County taxpayers need a replacement as Vice Chairman of Budget and Tax who is going to fight the massive tax increases that the Washington Post has been championing. Local aid should be cut for all counties; however the payment for these statewide local aid cuts should not be totally made by Montgomery County property taxpayers We can't have a scenario where state local aid to Montgomery County is cut and Mr. Leggett tries to make up the diference by overriding the charter property tax revenue limit. It's important for Mike Miller to appoint a Montgomery Countian to the vice-chairmanship of Budget and Tax. But he probably won't do it because politicians usually take the easy way out---Montgomery County taxpayers look like fat turkeys right before Thanksgiving to a hunter who is trying to find more money for inefficient state programs. Miller won't appreciate any Montgomery County senator who is sure to protect the folks who pay the state's bills in Montgomery County.

Posted by: Robin Ficker of Robin Realty | July 23, 2007 8:47 PM | Report abuse

"Jockeying is intensifying in Montgomery County to replace Hogan in the Senate. It is up to the county's Democratic central committee to pick a successor."

Please tell more!

Who is running? Who is the favorite? What do the candidates stand for? Is this an important replacement?

Posted by: Baltimoran | July 24, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse


I here Joan Stern may be preparing to make a comeback. Watch out Robin Ficker.

Posted by: Joan Stern Fan | July 24, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Joan Stern would make a good choice for
State Senate.

Posted by: Robin Ficker of Robin Realty | July 24, 2007 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Those who have applied to the Central Committee to fill the upcoming State Senate vacancy include Delegates Charlie Barkley and Saqib Ali. Those who are considering it include former Delegate Gene Counihan and Delegate Nancy King.

Posted by: Oliver | July 24, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Delegate Nancy King has indicated that she is not interested in running for Senate.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2007 1:57 AM | Report abuse

Barkely puts the teachers before Motgomery County

Posted by: Not Barkely | July 25, 2007 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Barkely puts the teachers before Montgomery County

Posted by: Not Barkely | July 25, 2007 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Barkley has a very well known "hands problem". That is why Delegate Brian Feldman is now the chair of the Senate Committee.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2007 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Ali would be a breath of fresh air!

Posted by: Gene McCarthy fan | July 25, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Ali, a novice for State Senate! Already using race card and fomenting anti jewish centiments.

Posted by: Jane | July 26, 2007 10:35 PM | Report abuse

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