So there has been other news going on besides having the blog party. And Don Dwyer's very sad, messed-up life. Although, I do feel obligated to attach the article from explorehoward, complete with video of good ol' MM!
There are a couple new entries into the political realm. Democrat Dan Medinger has put his hat in the ring to run for the State Senate from District 9. He announced on Monday. I hope he has the ability and capacity to raise some funds, because if he can, with this background, he could prove to be a formidable candidate. And a strong competition for the State Senate in District 9 is a good thing.
Also, former Congressional candidate Frank Mirabile has filed to run for Delegate, on the Republican side, in District 9A. His candidacy's inception and raison d'etre are described in this curious article by Amanda Yeager. I may be wrong, but are our political parties in this country, the two major ones at least, the Republicans and the Democrats? Who then, exactly, are the conservatives and the progressives? Can's progressives ever also be conservative? And can conservatives ever also be progressive? I believe the answer to these two questions is yes. Not sure then, why the references in the article.
Statewide, huge political news has come in the race to replace resigning State Senator E. J. Pipkin. Looks as if former Maryland Republican Party chair Audrey Scott has taken the lead. This appointment is ultimately the Governor's to make, but since two of the four counties' Republican Central Committees in the District have decided to support Scott, and since at the age of 77 I don't exactly think she stands as any stark threat to Democratic hegemony, she seems like the choice.
I am very anti-hegemony today. Because this article describes something that is utterly ridiculous. Gotta say I don't think much of the State Board of Public Works' decision to fund renovations to The Greene Turtle location in Towson. I tend to agree with Comptroller Franchot on this one. The funding from this program wasn't intended to fund sports bars in college areas. This is the same sort of "mission creep" we've seen from State agencies like the Maryland Stadium Authority, which originally was tasked with building two stadiums and bringing and NFL franchise to Baltimore, and now which has been made responsible for other facilities like the Strathmore Performing Arts Center.
Other than these things-- the Maryland State Fair gets underway this week. As to public schools in Howard County and in many other jurisdictions in the state, they start on Monday. Some schools started this week. And I never even covered tax-free week.
Happy National Tooth Fairy Day! Let's be careful out there.