Broke out my purple office shirt to show my team spirit today. Last night's game was fun to watch, but it wasn't pretty. The real deal starts Sunday with the real real deal on Monday night. Can't wait.
Speaking of the "real deal" early voting ended yesterday and the primary is locked and loaded for September 14th (in case you forgot, my birthday). Between the over-abundance of qualified Board of Ed candidates, the GOP Delegate 13 race, and the main event, District 4 County Council, Howard County politicos have a lot to look forward to next week...that is, if you aren't going to be one of the people who is on the outside looking in on September 15th.
On that point, does anyone know the rules as far as the spurned primary candidate running as an Independent? I could certainly see that happening in District 4.
OH, and don't forget the GOP unveiling of Reginald T. Avery on September 15th. I hope there is cake. I imagine it going something like this. Calvin: If he dies, he dies.
Approximately 77,000 people took advantage of early voting, although some say it may have boosted the turnout for the primary election.
If Ken really loved his blogging community, he would give us stuff like this to work with.
I'm so glad that Jessamy has left race out of this election...what's that? She said Greg Bernstein would take Baltimore back to the 1950's? Aw shoot.
Vehicle deaths in Maryland fell 7% last year. In other news, the Beams platform for County Council just lost one of its remaining planks. (You ever notice that most comments about Dr. Beams in this race end with a question mark? Ex: Was Dr. Beams in Olney? Does she know what the Council does? Why are her signs everywhere but in her district? What is her position on Columbia Redevelopment?)
Larry Carson has some additional coverage of the tabled Winery Bill. My favorite quote: "Nobody is opposed to wineries. The problem is, these places have become big entertainment venues. It's not appropriate." Sooooooo...you're opposed to wineries. Also note that at the end of this piece there is mention of the Harper House expansion approval. You have to wonder if Council candidates that are running on a platform of "additional subsidized housing" took note of this measure, testified, or even cared. (Note to Council Members: This may have been another opportunity to create drop-in housing, something this County still is without).
Wordbones notes blue ribbon awards for two HoCo schools: Ellicott Mills and St. Louis. The latter is private. I think it poses an interesting question for those Board of Ed candidates that are against private school busing: Are you willing to discourage students from attending a Blue Ribbon school? I believe Sarah and I fully briefed this issue a while back (wish I could find the link), but these are the peripheral issues that get beyond "Well if that is their choice, then we will take government services away from them."
Sarah waded through the Columbia muck of getting a deck approved...and said it's not that bad.
Columbia 2.0 is becoming the all Klobo, all the time network. Be careful. Word on the street is that a certain candidate has a name recognition problem. Nonetheless, the posts are always interesting and I am very happy that you have kept them coming.
HowChow notes that Touchet Touchet in the Atholton Shopping Center will be having Cookiepalooza on October 8th and 9th. I keep meaning to go to this place after hearing that they have the "Best Pies (not pizza) in Howard County." I am a huge pie fan (and actually am hoping for a birthday pie over cake) and am tired of settling for the tried and true Giant brand Apple Pie.
Have a great Friday and a great weekend. I will be riding in the Civil War (metric) Century tomorrow and probably won't get a chance to post in the morning. Seeing as I will most likely be immobile by the afternoon, I will probably get a post or two in once I return. However, if the day goes as planned, I will be celebrating my feat with a few brews at Victoria's and a big old Lobster Grilled Cheese. So expect some interesting topics...