Ellynne en Pointe - Hogan becomes governor

“The pleasure of your company is requested at the Inauguration of Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. as Governor of Maryland and Boyd K. Rutherford as Lieutenant Governor of Maryland on Wednesday, the twenty-first of January, Two thousand and fifteen at twelve o’clock noon, Annapolis, MD.”

Today is the day! Today is the Inauguration of Larry Hogan as the 62nd Governor of Maryland and Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford, which I hope to attend, weather permitting, at noon today. This is a free public event held at the State House in Annapolis, to be followed by a Public Reception and Receiving Line at 1:30 p.m. in the Maryland State House Rotunda. The Inaugural Gala takes place at 8 p.m. tonight at the Baltimore Hilton located on Pratt Street (tickets required). For a full calendar of inaugural events you may contact

John Wagner wrote in the Jan. 11 Metro section of The Washington Post that Hogan’s key issues include: cutting spending, combatting heroin overdoses, addressing the budget shortfall, improving the business environment, looking at the future of hydraulic fracturing, expanding charter schools and decriminalizing drug paraphernalia. Hogan has also promised to make the state more business friendly. Wagner goes on to mention that Hogan served in the administration of Bob Ehrlich, Maryland’s last Republican governor, and notes that Hogan has promised to govern in a bipartisan fashion.

An article in the Jan. 2 Metro section of The Washington Post by Jenna Johnson reports that in the spirit of bipartisanship, Gov. Hogan has already posed the idea of “Bipartisan Soup,” a blend of Maryland crab soup and cream of crab. The article goes on to describe how Hogan, who has just had a sandwich named in his honor at the famous Chick and Ruth’s Delly in Annapolis—“Hogan’s Hero”—was introduced to this concoction by his daughter Jaymi Sterling, who is employed here in Leonardtown as a St. Mary’s County assistant state’s attorney. Hogan thought, at first, that the cream version was too rich, the Maryland too salty but admits that when mixed together, they are delicious. He is hopeful that Republicans and Democrats will be able to “blend” as well as they work together in the upcoming four years.
Jaymi elaborated on her “secret” recipe to me, graciously sharing the details of this delicacy. Here’s how she does it:

When dining out, Jaymi asks the chefs (via the wait staff) if they would be willing to serve her both of these soups together in one bowl. She says she’s been doing this for some time now, anytime and every-time she sees the soups on any menu. She recommends being served the soups in separate bowls and then letting the consumer mix/stir the soups together once the bowls arrive at the table. She adds that it usually looks prettier when the Maryland crab soup is in the bowl first, and then the cream of crab is added to it. Jaymi has invited me to join her sometime at Chick and Ruth’s Delly to indulge in a sample tasting. She says, “It truly is delicious!”  And I believe her. I can hardly wait to try it. Thank you so much, Jaymi, for sharing these culinary details.

The St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee (SMCRCC), Julie Burk-Greer, chair, congratulates our friends and newest members of the Maryland State Legislature who were sworn in Jan. 14 in Annapolis. Best wishes are extended to Senator Steve Waugh representing District 29, Delegate Matt Morgan representing District 29A, and Delegate Deb Rey representing District 29B. And continued success is wished for Delegate Anthony O’Donnell, District 29C. The SMCRCC also extends best wishes and support to Maryland’s 62nd governor, Larry Hogan. The current SMCRCC includes, in addition to Chair Julie Burk-Greer, Vice-Chair David Willenborg, Recording Secretary Jodi Stanalonis, and members Mary Burke Russell, Barbara Thompson, Kevin Cioppa, Bryan Barthelme, Joe DiMarco  and Matt Tippett. You may contact for more information about the SMC RCC.

Maryland House Republicans unanimously re-elected Del. Nic Kipke and Del. Kathy Szeliga to serve as house minority leader and house minority whip. They have served in these positions since 2013. The Maryland House Republican Caucus is comprised of the 50 Republican members of the House of Delegates, all of whom are dedicated to fighting the good fight for the issues of individual liberty and personal responsibility. It is committed to enacting real change in the state of Maryland through lower taxes, smaller government and the protection of family values. For more information you may contact

Former St. Mary’s County Commissioner Cindy Jones announces the forming of a new Republican Club in St. Mary’s County called “Mother County Republicans.” The first meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant on Route 2235 in Lexington Park. Guest speaker will be Don Howard, who has recently been named chair of the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition. Dinner beings at 6:15 p.m. The meeting is scheduled to conclude at 8 p.m.

The next Youth Political Roundtable Discussion group meets on Monday, Jan. 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Institute Office located at 22530 Washington Street by the Leonardtown Wharf. Join in on youth-selected current event topics to be discussed and debated. The meeting is sponsored by the St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee; all viewpoints are welcomed. You may contact SMC RCC Chair Julie Burk-Greer for more information at

To celebrate the end of eight years of futility and failure for the state of Maryland, you may order T-shirts that say, “I Survived Martin O’Malley And All I Got was Higher Taxes And This T-Shirt!” These are available from the Red Maryland Zazzle Store, and to order you may contact for more information.

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