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Annapolis notes for 1-20

January 20, 2003

ANNAPOLIS - Those who want to hear the pros and cons of legalizing slot machines may attend a forum this week being organized by Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington.

The forum is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium at Frederick (Md.)Community College.

There will be two speakers, one for slots and one opposed.

Mooney said he has reservations about expanding gambling in the state.

"I think it's important we hear the arguments and make an informed decision," he said.




Nelson among the inaugural revelers



BALTIMORE - One-time House of Delegates candidate Vikki Nelson was among those partying with 6,000 others at two inaugural balls last week in honor of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich.

But something was missing. Could it be that the woman of many hats did not have one to match the teal sequin-covered gown she donned for the occasion?

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"I'm streaking. It was that kind of a day," said Nelson, who received compliments on her new look.

The balls were held at the Baltimore Convention Center and the Camden Club at Camden Yards.




New governor shows he will be more open



BALTIMORE - With Parris Glendening, who was notoriously guarded about his personal life, Marylanders might have felt like they wanted to know more about the man who was governor for the last eight years.

But new Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich showed during his inaugural ball Wednesday that he will be more open. For some, he might even be willing to reveal too much information.

Ehrlich's first words to the crowd of about 4,000 at the Baltimore Convention Center were about the first night in the governor's mansion for he and his wife, Kendel Ehrlich.

"It was a good night, if you know what I mean," he said, to laughs and groans from the audience.




Myers escorts friends, family to inaugural ball



BALTIMORE - Del. LeRoy Myers didn't simply attend Gov. Robert A. Ehrlich's inaugural ball last week. He turned it into an event.

After listening to Ehrlich's inaugural speech in the afternoon, Myers drove back to Clear Spring to pick up his wife, LuAnn Myers, and 17 other friends and family members.

Two limos chauffeured the group to the black-tie event at the Baltimore Convention Center and home again.

Myers was up bright and early so he could leave for Annapolis by 6 a.m.




McKee agrees to chair county delegation



ANNAPOLIS - Del. Robert A. McKee, R-Washington, was formally re-elected last week as chairman of the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly for the 2003 session.

But McKee is vowing to turn over the reins after that.

At its first delegation meeting of the session Wednesday, Sen. Donald F. Munson, R-Washington, tried to nominate McKee for a four-year term.

"Hearing no second," McKee quickly said, Munson's motion died.




New bumper sticker for delegate's office door



ANNAPOLIS - Del. Robert A. McKee had a blue "Ehrlich for governor" bumper sticker taped to his office door during the last legislative session.

Now that the election is over, he has replaced it with a yellow-and-black "Happiness is a Republican governor" sticker he found two years ago.

"I didn't realize I'd get to use it so fast," said McKee, R-Washington.




Mooney, wife are expecting first child



ANNAPOLIS - Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, announced Wednesday night that he and his new wife are expecting their first baby in July.

Mooney revealed the news to reporters at the inaugural ball for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich at the Baltimore Convention Center.

"To me, it wasn't real until I saw this," he said, pulling out a copy of the baby's sonogram image.

The couple married in August.

When asked whether he would run for Congress, Mooney was noncommittal.

Having a family will be a new factor in his plans, he said.

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