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Ellynne en Pointe – Friends celebrate milestone birthdays


Congratulations to former St. Mary’s County Commissioner Danny Morris (R) and former St. Mary’s County School Board President Sal Raspa, who celebrated their birthdays on Sunday, February 1 with a joint party held at Kevin’s Corner Kafe in Leonardtown which included not only sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and desserts, but friends, family, and special guests as well. Danny turned 65 on Jan. 30; Sal turned 75 on Jan. 31. Former SMC Superintendent of Schools Mike Martirano travelled all the way from West Virginia just to “say a few words” in their honor. Also attending were Delegate Matt Morgan and his wife, Kathleen, and SMC Board Member Brooks Matthews and his family.

Benghazi update
Although it’s been almost 2-1/2 years since the tragic events in Benghazi (September 11, 2012) which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, it seems that not a day passes without seeing a newspaper article or hearing a news broadcast concerning the incident. A recent editorial which appeared in the Jan. 29 issue of The Washington Post Comment & Analysis section was titled “The Baggage of Benghazi…What Did Hillary Know, And When Did She Know It?” And of course, this is exactly the question that’s been asked for 2-1/2 years. Where was our secretary of State and where was our President on that night? Out on the town? Out to dinner? More likely, they were both just “out to lunch” and they remain reluctant (or unwilling) to admit it. Somehow, they were unavailable and unaccountable regarding an occurrence on their watch after a heated political campaign which questioned the capabilities of the person most qualified to answer a hypothetical 3 a.m. emergency phone call while “on duty” in the White House. When it comes time to choose our next President in 2016, Mrs. Clinton may then finally realize just what kind of difference that makes.

Maryland GOP activities 
The RED MD Poll is open now through Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. Participate to answer questions regarding the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary, the 2016 Republican Primary for US Senate, Governor Hogan’s Budget, and more. Contact redmaryland@gmail.com.
A tweet sent out by Larry Hogan (@changeMaryland#mdpolitics) lists five ways his budget supports environmental protection. They are:
1. $279 million for water quality improvement projects;
2. $120 million for waste-water treatment plant and septic systems upgrades to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus pollution;
3. $394 million for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays 2010 Trust Fund to support pollution control projects;
4. $22 million for the Cover Crop Program;
5. $29 million to ensure the safety of pesticides, commercial fertilizers, feeds, soil conditioners, and other projects.

Highlights from the Minority Report 2015 MD Session Update – Week 3…
Governor Hogan made good on a campaign promise to Maryland’s Eastern Shore and pulled the Phosphorous Management Tool from the Maryland Registrar just weeks after former Gov. O’Malley pushed to implement it. PMT would have cost

Eastern Shore farmers and poultry business industry 22.5 to 51 million dollars to implement, sending the biggest industry on the Eastern Shore into a downward spiral.

Watch Governor Hogan’s first State of the State Address Wednesday, Feb. 4 at noon, live, or set your DVR to MPT.

The Maryland House Republican Caucus is made up of the 50 Republican members of the House of Delegates led my Minority Leader Nick Kipke and House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga. You may contact houserepubliancaucus@gmail.com for more information.

Update on local GOP activities 
St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee (SMCRCC) Chair Julie Burk-Greer, announces that the next general meeting of the SMCRCC will be Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at the F.O.P. Lodge on Chancellor’s Run Road in Great Mills. This meeting is free and open to the public. All are welcomed to attend. For more information you may call 301-475-8709.

Events Around Town
The Patuxent Partnership invites the regional community to a “Call To Action – The Opiate Crisis Briefing” Thursday, Feb. 5 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in Building 2, Center Hall, located at 44219 Airport Road in California. Speakers include Dr. Kathleen O’Brien, CEO of Walden Behavioral Health, and St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron.  Check-in and Coffee begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by the briefing which will address the opiate and heroin crisis in the Southern Maryland region. This meeting is free, but advance registration is requested by contacting paxpartnership.org.

The 2015 Washington Auto Show came to town at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Jan. 23 through Feb. 1, commandeering 750,000 square feet spread out over two floors. According to Washington DC’s newly-elected Mayor Muriel Bowser, this show traditionally has been the largest annual event held at the Convention Center. It is one of the “big five” auto shows which includes the cities of Detroit, LA, Chicago and New York. The show featured exhibits of a variety of innovations such as automated technology to predict and avoid traffic and collisions, fuel cell vehicles powered by hydrogen, plus a wide range of updated perks and celebrity guests and mascots. There were several interactive exhibits plus lots of opportunities to “ride and drive”.
Here for your enjoyment are a few photos which spotlight the abundance of colors and styles that were on view at this year’s show, including the 2015 Toyota RAV4 decorated with the stuffed pink “Pegacorn”, and the SpongeBob-decorated Toyota Sienna minivan.

(Ellynne is a former member and Recording Secretary of the St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee, 2010 – 2014)

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