Some things I think and varied errata, all duded up for Saturday night:
Lest anyone forget, Monday is the County Council legislative session that will consider the veto override of CB-9, aka the Sanctuary County bill. I recently learned that override votes are mandatory, which I thought was surprising. But yes, the Council always has to vote on an override of an Executive's veto. This sounds like a ridiculous thing; would make more sense if a veto override were moved and seconded with a majority in favor to proceed. Which would then move to the actual discussion of the override itself, which would then require the 4-1 supermajority vote for success. Ahhh, my inner parliamentarian is coming out of me. And I wonder why I'm sitting alone on a Saturday night writing a blog.
I bring bad news for anyone who thinks that there may be a chance of an override: don't count on it. That's what I'm hearing and although if you think the veto should be overridden or upheld, I certainly urge you to make your voice heard. But my sense is that things aren't changing.
New topic-- Josh Kurtz is a veteran journalist and political observer of all things Maryland government and politics. He has started a new blog, Maryland Matters, that promises to become the premier blog on those topics. If his first couple of posts are any indication, he doesn't have any compunction against writing anything controversial or that might get the establishment's back up. I like it!
As to one of the posts on the Maryland Matters site-- namely, the one critical of the appointment of Kathleen Matthews, former Congressional candidate, Marriott executive, and Washington, DC-area television personality-- I agree with what Josh sees, but I disagree with how he sees it. And my disagreement stems from something he cites in his post-- Matthews' friendship with State Comptroller Peter Franchot.
Moreso than any other Democratic elected official in the State of Maryland, Franchot has frequently traveled to all corners of the state to see first-hand what's going on that affects Maryland families and businesses. To hear their concerns and to craft his office into a form that responds to their needs and that provides innovative services. And Franchot is a champion of Democrats who provide people-oriented solutions on the local level. So I see a partnership between Matthews and Franchot as an opportunity for the Comptroller to mentor the new Maryland Democratic Party chair (technically interim but I believe this to be a formality) and to demonstrate to her the importance of a 24-jurisdiction approach as the Democratic Party gears up for the 2018 state and local election cycle. More on this to come in future posts.
Back to Howard County with this third bit of tid. Three Brothers in Columbia has closed? Did anyone know this? I heard they were closing by "the middle of March", but this is the beginning of March! Guess they decided to close up shop early. I'm saddened but not surprised, as I find their pizza and Grotto Pizza to essentially be the same creation, and with the coming of Pie Five and Home Slyce to locations within 5 minutes' drive of Three Brothers, I can understand their demise.
Word has it-- well-- hell no, word does not have it, it is HAPPENING-- that James Howard and I will present another fun-filled edition of Do It Live! on Sunday, March 5 at 7pm eastern, 4pm pacific. You don't want to miss the live broadcast, but if you do, then watch the recording on the YouTube! This episode's topics: the Democratic National Committee rebuild, This Fortnight in Fortyfiveistan, and The Littlest Bond Girl! We have big plans to make our little Ring Dang Doo bigger and bolder very soon, especially an awesome episode to be performed live and on location in April! More details to come, True Believers!
Let's be careful out there.
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