Del. Weldon's newborn grandson a 'perfect' distraction

Annapolis Notes

Annapolis Notes

January 14, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

Oh, baby!

It's a good bet that Del. Richard B. Weldon Jr.'s new grandson will be one of a kind in school.

Classrooms will have their share of Michaels and Johns and Jimmys.

But can you expect more than one Dallin?

Dallin K. Bennett was born Jan. 5 at 5:56 a.m. He weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Dallin, a variation of Dale, means "dweller in the valley," according to

His parents, Perry and Morgan Bennett, formerly of Hagerstown, live in Knoxville, Tenn. Morgan Bennett is Weldon's daughter.

"... [I]f you'll excuse my totally biased commentary, he is perfect!," Weldon, R-Frederick/Washington, wrote in an e-mail to some of his colleagues in the Washington County delegation.

Although the delegation held its pre-session public meeting at South Hagerstown High School that day, Weldon, 49, said that if he got the call that his grandson was on his way, he and his wife would drive to Tennessee, which they did.


Only a day away

Was Del. Robert A. McKee planning to play hooky for a quarter of this year's General Assembly session?

"I'm not going for the first 21 days," he said when contacted for a story previewing this year's session.


He said he was making up for the three unscheduled weeks the General Assembly devoted to the special session in October and November.

Well, no, not really. It was just McKee's dry sense of humor.

But, then, on opening day, McKee's seat in the House chamber was empty.

Back in his seat on the second day, he explained that he had a doctor's appointment. He figured the ceremonial first day was easier to miss than later sessions when actual, honest-to-goodness legislating was on the agenda.

McKee, R-Washington, was in Atlanta for a few days right before the session started at the request of House Speaker Michael E. Busch, D-Anne Arundel.

McKee said he went to a National Conference of State Legislatures program on state and federal taxes. Del. Justin D. Ross, D-Prince George's, also attended.

"I always try to operate the House in a bipartisan fashion," Busch said when asked about his choices.

McKee and Ross serve on the House Ways and Means Committee, which considers tax issues. McKee has been on Ways and Means since 1995.

House talk in the Senate

After the Senate adjourned on Thursday, Williamsport Councilman Jeff Cline and other members of the Maryland Association of Realtors' 2008 leadership class filed in, ready for greetings and pictures with lawmakers.

Cline, who is part of the Roger Fairbourn Real Estate office, said his main interest in meeting legislators was to talk about affordable housing.

Not your average bill, part I

Annapolis Notes is reviving a tradition from last year: a glimpse at bills that some, shall we say, might not think to file.

This week: a bipartisan call for some proper kudos for President Dutch.

Two Democrats and two Republicans, including Sen. Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, have proposed a Senate joint resolution calling for an annual "Ronald Reagan Day" on Feb. 6, the late president's birthday.

The resolution includes several "whereas" sections celebrating Reagan, "a man of humble background" who "inherited a disillusioned nation shackled by rampant inflation and high unemployment."

We can imagine the reaction of residents who think lawmakers have better things to worry about: "Well, there you go again."

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