Gov.-elect Larry Hogan found time while assembling his cabinet and preparing for office to perform his first truly important act as incoming governor: working out the details of his namesake soup and sandwich.
‘Tis the season for serious shopping – and there’s no place more filled with the holiday spirit than the streets of downtown Annapolis during Midnight Madness.
This year’s annual Midnight Madness extravaganza – two nights filled with shopping and celebration – will take place on Thursday, December 4th and Thursday December 11th. Both nights, the shops in historic Annapolis will stay open until midnight and downtown will sparkle with festive music, entertainment and activities. With performances from local choruses and bands, a majestic tree and gorgeous decorations sponsored by Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, the mood downtown would put a holiday smile on even the Grinch’s face.
A historic preservation group bestowed “National Treasure” status on Annapolis today, but they didn’t have Nicolas Cage or tourism dollars in mind. Instead, they’re aiming to keep the jewel from disappearing underwater.
As we’ve mentioned before, Maryland has the best state flag in the country. This argument was given further weight this weekend, when the New York Times reported that the flag was all over the place– including on shorts, pants, socks, shoes, helmets, and even cornhole boards–at the school’s first Big Ten home game.
Baltimore could see a tenfold increase in flooding by 2045, a new report warns. With seas rising, Inner Harbor and other areas of the city are expected to see more flood events per year, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.
According to a reliable source, police in College Park are “cracking down on University of Maryland students acting like assholes.” Okay, so the “reliable source” is something called BroBible.com. But who better to report on the news from bro land? (You may also remember the site as the home of the foul-mouthed UM sorority girl’s dating advice column. Sigh.)
Maryland’s Republican candidate for governor Larry Hogan does not want to talk about Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The landmark Supreme Court decision granted closely held for-profit corporations religious exemptions from federal laws in certain cases. Specifically, it exempted closely held corporations from complying with the contraceptive mandate.
When pressed for his take on the ruling, Hogan has remained silent. His spokesman, Adam Dubitsky, said the Hobby Lobby case is not relevant to Maryland’s race for governor (even though the ruling could have an effect on Maryland women).
Hogan’s refusal to speak on Hobby Lobby is ironic considering his passionate opinion-spewing last month about another federal decision. When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office cancel the registration of several Washington Redskins trademarks, the candidate wasted no time denouncing the decision. “Today’s unprecedented action . . . should offend anyone concerned about constitutional limits on government power and free speech,” he said.
He was so fired up about this trademark business he couldn’t help spouting nonsense, saying, “This matter should be decided by the Redskins and their fans without the politically motivated interference of pandering state and federal politicians.” Um, so trademark registration decisions should be made by those seeking to register the tradmarks?
Perhaps preparing for a future where his presidential aspirations go unfulfilled, Gov. Martin O’Malley spent some time on Memorial Day playing his banjo on the street in Annapolis, with his instrument case open, as if inviting tips.
After Eye on Annapolis tweeted the above photo, Gov. O’Malley retweeted it with the message: “I love that as governor of MD I can still play street music in Annapolis.” I don’t totally get what he’s implying there. Is it that he loves, as governor, being able to play on the street without being hassled by police? Or does he find it remarkable that even considering what a celebrity he is, he is able to play his banjo without starstruck Annpolitans constantly interrupting him to ask for his autograph? Or is he just happy his work schedule gives him time to make a little scratch on the side?