County group's gift fits Ehrlich to a 'T'

February 07, 2005|by TAMELA BAKER

ANNAPOLIS - Washington Countians traveled en masse to Annapolis last week to see state government up close and personal.

Ten members of the Washington County Arts Council visited legislators Wednesday to thank them for their support of the arts and to lobby for funding for the arts in the state budget, according to Executive Director Kevin Moriarty.

This year's Leadership Hagerstown class visited Wednesday as well, meeting with the Washington County Delegation, watching General Assembly proceedings and getting a photo taken with Gov. Robert Ehrlich.

A lawsuit between The (Baltimore) Sun and Ehrlich's office over an edict prohibiting Ehrlich's staff to speak to two of the newspaper's writers lent an ironic tinge to a gift members of Leadership Hagerstown presented the governor: a Herald-Mail T-shirt, boldly emblazoned with the First Amendment - the one guaranteeing freedom of the press.

To run or not to run

ANNAPOLIS - Leadership Hagerstown recruited an experienced tour guide for its trip to Annapolis - former Del. Paul Muldowney, who served from 1978-86 as a Democrat from the district now served by Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington.

Muldowney has since moved out of the district and switched parties, a fact not lost on Gov. Robert Ehrlich, who fed speculation last week that Muldowney's political career might not be over.

"We kind of like this guy now," said Ehrlich, who frankly could use a few more Republicans in the General Assembly. "We may see a comeback."

Muldowney coyly declined to make any official indication of when or whether he would make another bid for office. Old acquaintances noted, however, that he seemed to be right at home in the House members' lounge.

No bull about bear

ANNAPOLIS - Annoyed by controversy over a recent bear hunt in Western Maryland, House Minority Leader George Edwards, R-Garrett, decided to let legislators in other counties know what it's like to have people from the outside try to dictate activities in their districts.

Edwards has sponsored House Bill 463, requiring the Department of Natural Resources to introduce a black bear population into every Maryland county by Oct. 1, 2012.

While the bill's survival is about as secure as a black bear in the path of a sharpshooter, Edwards hopes the more liberal element that protested last year's bear hunt will get the point.

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