Annapolis notes 2/15

February 18, 2001

Annapolis notes 2/15

Mooney addresses Senate on President Lincoln

ANNAPOLIS - Sen. Alex X. Mooney got a rare opportunity last week to address the Maryland Senate.

Every year, a Republican is chosen to deliver a speech honoring President Lincoln. This year it was Mooney's turn.

Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, focused on Lincoln's courage to stand on principle, even if he sometimes stood alone.

His moment of glory didn't last long.

Later in the week, Mooney rose on the Senate floor to make a point about a pending law on lobbyist ethics but Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. cut him short.

"As a question, senator," said Miller, D-Prince George's.

City reverend offers prayer on Valentine's Day

ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Senate's sweet Feb. 14 prayer was delivered by none other than Hagerstown's own Rev. Ken Valentine.


Valentine, the pastor at John Wesley United Methodist Church on North Potomac Street, now has a standing invitation for the holiday.

Afterward, Valentine joked that he considered getting political with his prayer.

"I was going to get up and pray for a new stadium, but I decided against it," he said.

Prime Outlets publicized at committee hearing

ANNAPOLIS - Prime Outlets at Hagerstown got a little free publicity during a Maryland General Assembly committee hearing last week.

Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, handed out brochures of the shopping center to members of his committee, House Commerce and Government Matters.

Shank was testifying for a Washington County bill to allow the shopping center to conduct outdoor exhibits and sales. Current law only allows them at Valley Mall.

The committee has not yet voted on the issue.

Tension increases over local taxation issue

ANNAPOLIS - Tensions increased last month among members of the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly who disagree about giving local government additional taxing authority.

Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, was critical of Del. Joseph R. Bartlett, R-Frederick/Washington, for his unwillingness to consider any type of tax to help ease the financial woes of the Washington County Commissioners.

"I think the County Commissioners are doing a wonderful job. They ask us for tools and I want to help them. I don't want to be an obstructionist," Donoghue said during a meeting with the commissioners last week.

Bartlett said he simply believes that the commissioners can find ways to live within their current means by making budget cuts.

Donoghue brought up the debate again later, telling Bartlett he should read John F. Kennedy's "Profiles in Courage" and accusing Bartlett of being disingenuous.

"Profiles in dishonesty. All in the name of re-election," Donoghue said.

- Laura Ernde

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