Now that the State of the Union is over, our elected officials in DC are set to return to the work of taking what the president said, and putting it into action. Or, doing the exact opposite. Republicans aren’t staying in DC to plot their strategy, they are doing their planning a MARC ride away.

GOP Senators and Representatives are set to come to Baltimore for a retreat. The New York Times reports they’ll craft an “opposition” strategy to the president. In the past, they’ve also heard from leaders, including President Obama. This year, one invited guest turned them down. Politico reports King Abdullah of Jordan declined the offer because it would look bad if he met with only Republicans and not the president, too.

Democrats are having their own meeting in Baltimore later this month. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will address the Democrats, along with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Politico reports that the meeting will take place somewhere in the Inner Harbor. The real question: Where will he eat? It was about this time a year ago when he stopped into Charmington’s.

Read The New York Times story on what was discussed at the Republicans’ meeting, here.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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