The Maryland Democratic Party slammed Republican Gov. Larry Hogan late Thursday for closing one of three Career Centers in Baltimore as of Friday. But they appear to have been pointing their fingers at the wrong people, since President Obama and Congress may be to blame.
How do you get Orioles manager Buck Showalter to quit sunny Sarasota, Fla., on the first week of spring training to come to Annapolis on a snowy Thursday and address an aging group of senators, ex-senators and their friends? You get longtime Orioles owner Peter Angelos to fly him up on a charter jet, put him in a suit and tie, and make it look like it was the most normal thing in the world for this Mississippi boy to schmooze and pose for pictures with a bunch of pols.
Republican Dels. Justin Ready of Carroll County and Andrew Serafini of Washington County got appointed by the governor and sworn in to their new Senate seats so fast on Monday that they didn’t have time to bid farewell to their former House colleagues till Tuesday.
The legislature has taken another small step for transparency in its proceedings this year. Senate committees are now video live streaming their hearings online, and saving them for later viewing. That includes the Executive Nominations Committee which streamed its very first hearing Monday night.
When Larry Hogan walked out of his office door at exactly 10 a.m. Wednesday into his reception room full of people awaiting his arrival, it was one of the many firsts for the new governor in his first week.
“This is the first time in 12 years that the Board of Public Works has started on time,” Hogan declared.
Gov. Larry Hogan told MarylandReporter.com Wednesday morning that he expected to have a meeting later in the day to discuss appointments, including the filling of three vacancies in the legislature he caused by naming two senators and a delegate to posts within his administration.
Gov. Larry Hogan donned a hair net for the final inaugural event where he and his wife Yumi, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and his wife Monica, other politicos and average citizens packed macaroni and cheese packs for the Maryland Food Bank.
Republicans of the House and Senate kicked off inaugural celebrations early Wednesday, by hoisting a large yellow banner marked “Changed!” outside the back gate to Government House, the governor’s mansion.
Wrapping up Tuesday’s session in good spirit, or in this case under a good spirit, members of the House of Delegates were invited to attend a Bible Study by Delegate Andrew Serafini of Washington County.
The storyline of “The Whale” is much more off-putting than the actual experience of this powerful production at Rep Stage, the professional theater company based at Howard Community College.
Twice a month for eight years, Gov. Martin O’Malley has presided over the Board of Public Works. Its three members all describe it as a unique institution in American state government where three independently elected state officials get to review every major government contract and purchase, from health insurance and prison food service to university dorms and wetland permits. Wednesday was O’Malley’s last session as governor, and at Comptroller Peter Franchot’s suggestion, the audience gave O’Malley a standing ovation.