Md. Attorney General Candidate Takes on Ex-Gay Therapy Organization

Del. Jon Cardin
Del. Jon Cardin

In one corner we have Del. Jon Cardin, Democrat and candidate for Maryland Attorney General. In the other corner we have Christopher Doyle, director of the Bowie-based International Healing Foundation, a non-profit organization practicing “gay conversion therapy” since 1990. Cardin introduced a bill banning mental health professionals from engaging in “sexual orientation change efforts” with minors before withdrawing it in favor of using regulatory oversight to attack the practice. Cardin specifically maligned the efforts of the IHF to, in their words, help “minor clients who seek to resolve unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA).”

On March 25, Doyle accused Cardin of “defamation” and promised to launch “an investigation into Cardin’s activities with Equality Maryland and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.” Doyle said his attacks on the practice as lacking scientific basis and even amount to discrimination “against children and families who are simply trying to live out their sincerely held values and beliefs.”

Md. Lawmakers, Promise Us You’ll Pass at Least One of These Bills, Please!


Opening of the State of Maryland legislature Annapolis, Md

After some shamelessly partisan redistricting left us with a Congressional map so wonky that it was declared the nation’s greatest gerrymander a couple years back, it’s about time that we see some legislation that addresses the issue. And according to Marylander Reporter, three such bills have been introduced in the state Senate.

Each in its own way, the bills attempt wrest control of the process away from the governor and increase transparency and public involvement.

Price Drop on National Historic Landmark: Annapolis’ Peggy Stewart House


Hot House: ‘Peggy Stewart House’ 207 Hanover Street, Annapolis, MD 21401


National Historic Landmark brick (English bond) Georgian with slate roof, circa 1764. Three stories with 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 4,756 sq. ft.. Panoramic views of Maryland State House, harbor and old town Annapolis. Gourmet kitchen with Sub-zero and granite, master suite w/separate shower and bath, sunroom overlooking .4 manicured acres, 250-year old boxwood gardens, 8-car garage, unfinished basement and attic, widow’s walk: $2,800,000 (was $3.2 million)


What: Serious historic mansion in pleasant urban environs. Although the Declaration of Independence’s least famous signer, Thomas Stone, lived here in the 1780’s, it’s called the Peggy Stewart house after the ill-fated cargo ship (and daughter) of an earlier owner, wealthy Annapolis merchant Anthony Stewart. In 1774, Stewart made the mistake of paying the hated British tax on the Peggy Stewart’s cargo of tea as it sat in the Annapolis harbor. Angry citizens forced him to set fire to it, in an event called “the Annapolis Tea Party.” The house has been well preserved since that time, with a few additions and thoughtful renovations, and its historic and architectural authenticity is well intact. The rooms are generously proportioned, with 9’ ceilings and original details. The kitchen is not huge, but big enough, with an original wood burning fireplace, a butler’s pantry and views out to beautiful gardens. The glass enclosed sunroom works as a casual eating room, also with lovely views.  Current owner Paige Lescure is a lawyer, of counsel to Miles and Stockbridge, currently at the University of Maryland Law School. She raised four daughters here, as well as a large Great Dane.


Liberal Annapolis Has Gone Too Far for Western Md. Secessionists



It’s happening all over the country, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, in Northern California, in Northern Colorado: rural, conservative enclaves are talking secession. Not from the union, but from the urban, liberal jurisdictions that influence state politics. And it should really come as no surprise that bluer-than-blue Maryland has alienated our own conservative outposts — considering all the progressive legislation Annapolis has churned out on the most controversial political issues  — to warrant a secession movement of our very own.

The Western Maryland Initiative, led by Scott Strzelczyk of New Windsor, is a serious, if quixotic, call for Maryland’s five westernmost counties — Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, and Carroll — to form their own state. The last straw? Gay marriage. Or, the “rain tax.” I mean gun control. No, sorry, it was the Dream Act.

Another Tax Hike on Cigars and Cigarettes Gets Kicked Around



Tobacco lobbyists and anti-smoking advocates went head to head in a high-stakes hearing this week on the legislature’s latest proposal to raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes from $2 to $3. The tax rate on cigars would triple from 30% to 95%.

Most Expensive House in Maryland: Phillips Seafood Mansion-On-Severn


 HOT HOUSE: The Friary on the Severn, 1604 Winchester Road, Annapolis, MD. 21409


american land titleBrick Georgian Revival mansion, circa 1922, owned by Steve and Maxine Phillips, of Phillips Seafood Company, with 23 acres of land overlooking the Severn River and 2,000 feet of waterfront. Extensively renovated, 26,000 sq. ft. home, with 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 11 fireplaces, indoor spa with pool, gourmet kitchen, catering kitchen, and wine cellar. Also on property, an Asian tea house, a 60-foot outdoor infinity pool, 9-car garage, roof garden, staff quarters, tennis courts and guest house. Six boat slips on private dock with boat lift. $32 million

What We Can Learn from the Annapolis Thanksgiving Day Stabbing, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Pass the Stuffing


It’s not a climactic scene from a new John Waters’ flick, it’s not reality TV…it’s icky reality, Baltimore. On Thursday evening (Thanksgiving), somewhere between carving the turkey and passing the dinner rolls, Shenika Allsup (not pictured), 27, and her half-brother Deonte Antionio Wallace began to argue heatedly, or more likely they continued to argue. Could be they’d argued for years. The Baltimore Sun’s story doesn’t pinpoint. What reporter Ian Duncan reports from the family table: Allsup had had her fill when she stabbed Wallace in the neck with a serving fork (ouch) at a home in the 1100 block of Madison Street in Annapolis, the injury causing some serious bleeding but not much worse to Wallace (Allsup was immediately arrested, charged with first- and second-degree assault, and held on a $1 million bond, police said). If, like many, you’re part of a family circle that tends to turn vicious in tandem with giving thanks and unwrapping random gifts, this story doesn’t shock you even mildly. But maybe each of us who looks forward to (or downright dreads) a fast-approaching holiday visit with extended dysfunctional family can learn from this ridiculous incident. Inspired tips for improved family civility after the jump.

Hot Fun in the Summertime – Part I



All photos by Lee Kriel.

Our intrepid photographer points her lens at Annapolis on a beautiful summer evening this week to see what they’re wearing on the water.  Look for more pics next week!

A Farmer’s Market Every Day of the Week

Photo of Hidden Harvest Farm by Ami Dang

Potential disaster alert:  It’s Tuesday in Baltimore and you’ve run out of kale. Lucky for you, there’s no need to wait until the weekend to re-stock your kitchen with produce from local farms. Baltimore has an abundance of farmer’s markets in all parts of the city, on all days of the week. Our roundup of a week’s worth of fresh produce is below. Got a favorite we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments.

Captain’s House On Clements Creek


Hot House: 1695 Epping Farms Lane, Annapolis, Md. 21401

Overlooking Clements Creek, a large, brick, gated estate house on 5.69 private acres, built in 1979.  4,039 sq. ft., with five bedrooms, five and a half baths. Attached garage, two-story living room, new gourmet kitchen, temperature controlled wine room. Heated swimming pool, hot tub and gazebo — all with water views. 122’ pier with boatlift on deep water: $2,695,000