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The best good news of last week is that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has announced it will be phasing out its elephant attractions by the year 2018. In a Washington Post March 6 AP article in the Digest section, the circus’ parent company spokesman Alan Held said that people are no longer comfortable with the circus touring with elephants. Currently, Feld Entertainment tours with 13 elephants and by 2018 those 13 will join the 29 elephants that now live in Florida at the company’s Center for Elephant Conservation. One other elephant is presently on loan to a Texas zoo.

The worst bad news of last week is that the Maryland House Environment and Transportation Committee rejected Governor Hogan’s campaign-promise-bipartisan-legislation proposal to lift a requirement for local governments to charge a stormwater remediation fee to pay for removing pollutants from rainwater before it reaches the Chesapeake Bay.

For more information, and to participate in a survey, you may contact: www.repealtheraintax.com.

First Issue of the St. Mary’s County Republican Central Committee Newsletter
SMC RCC Chair Julie Burk-Greer announces the publication of the first issue of the Committee Newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to entertain and to share information with Republicans in St. Mary’s County. The first issue poses the question: what kind of Republican are you? Visit the SMC RCC website at www.smcrep.org for more information. You may also call Chair Greer at (301)475-8709.

The Waugh Weekly
Freshman Senator Steve Waugh (R-Calvert and St. Mary’s counties) dropped Senate Bill 899 last week and it is now in the Senate for first reading, whittling wind mill protection down to the approval source as part of the Senator’s promise to permanently protect PAX. To learn more you may contact: senatorwaughls@gmail.com, or www.facebook.com/Protect PAX. Senator Waugh’s Media Contact is Drema Ballengee-Grunst (240)434-6201. You may also follow the Senator on FaceBook@SenatorWaugh.

Delegate Matt Morgan’s Annapolis Review
For the week ending March 6, Delegate Morgan reports that the Rain Tax Repeal has died in committee. Matt fully supports the repeal of the Rain Tax. Other Bills of Interest include HB837 – Transportation. Matt reports that St. Mary’s County is being cheated out of its “gas tax” money. In 2010, 90 percent of money in the Maryland formula to return gas tax money to local government was re-directed to the state rather than to counties and municipalities, resulting in our roads going downhill fast. HB837 will return funding levels to follow a funding formula that was used for over 60 years until former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley stole the money. This bill – co-sponsored by Del. Matt Morgan – creates a constitutional amendment to protect the funding and to keep future governors from raiding the funds. You may contact Del. Matt Morgan at Matt@VoteForMattMorgan.com.

Delegate Deb Rey
Del. Deb Rey held a Town Hall Meeting at the Lexington Park Library on Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. Other Town Hall meetings with Del. Rey are scheduled for Saturdays March 21 and April 25 at the Lexington Park Library from 2 to 4 p.m. You may contact Del. Rey at Deborah.Rey@House.State.Md.us

Scholarships are available
Scholarships are available through each and every Senator and Delegate in Maryland (deadline: April 1, 2015). The General Assembly receives scholarship funds; you may apply if you are pursuing a degree:
To apply for a Senatorial scholarship from District 29 you may contact Senator Steve Waugh at www.senatorstevewaugh.com;
To apply for a Delegate scholarship from District 29A you may contact Del. Matt Morgan at www.voteformattmorgan.com;
To apply for a Delegate scholarship from District 29B you may contact Del. Deb Rey at www.debreyfordelegate.com; and
To apply for a Delegate scholarship from District 29C you may contact Delegate Anthony O’Donnell at Anthony.odonnell@house.state.md.us.

RED MD Poll
The RED MD March Poll is open through 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11 at redmaryland@gmail.com. You may also call (410)205-4875 at any time.

National Federation of Republican Women
The NFRW 2015 Spring Board Meeting and Legislative Day will be held March 19 – 21. You may contact www.nfrw.org, mail@nfrw.org, or you may call (703)548-9688 for more information.

Maryland Federation of Republican Women
The MFRW Spring Board of Directors and Members Meeting will be held Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Baltimore Hotel in Pikesville, Md. Registration is $80. You may register online at www.mfrw.org, or you may call (410)653-1100.

Events Around Town
Leonardtown’s First Friday celebration for March 6 had to be postponed due to inclement weather. It has been re-scheduled for Friday, March 13. Be sure to stop in to visit with yours truly and Joyce Judd, author and illustrator, respectively, of the newly-released children’s book, The Chesapeake Cats and the Easter Surprise, at Fenwick Street Used Books and Music. We will be autographing copies of the book from 5 to 7 p.m. Also be sure to check out Dick Myer’s review of the book at www.thebaynet.com.

Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance holds a Contra Dance Friday, March 13 with caller Ann Fallon at Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall located at 37497 Zach Fowler Road in Chaptico. Doors open for beginners’ instruction at 7 p.m.; dancing starts at 7:30 to be followed by an Ice Cream Social. The charge is $10 for SMTMD members; $6 for non-members. Band members are admitted free of charge.  For more information you may access www.smtmd.org.

American Legion Post 274 in Lusby will hold the 2015 Spring Bull and Oyster Roast on Saturday, March 21 from 2 to 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. Tickets are $30 for members; $35 for non-members.

2015 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
The 2015 PHS Philadelphia International Flower Show was held at the Convention Center from February 28 through March 8. This year’s theme, “Celebrate the Movies”, featured movie themes and décor with exhibits inspired by movies of Disney and Disney-Pixar. The Philadelphia Flower Show is considered to be the world’s longest-running and the largest indoor flower show. To learn more about PHS and the Annual Flower Show you may visit www.theflowershow.com. Enjoy photos taken from around and about in beautiful downtown Philadelphia last week.

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

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