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April 11, 2014

Annapolis Sine Die

Roy Meachum

The big buzz out of the recent legislative session has to do with marijuana; it’s legal now in small quantities. The real news has to do with the minimal wage.


In case you missed it, by July 2018, Maryland raises the minimum wage to $10.10. It’s currently $7.25, rising to $8.00 in January. That’s a boost of 39 percent!


No wonder statewide businesses fought it – especially in the hilly part. As the president fought for it, so did Gov. Martin O’Malley; looking out for the underdog. The Democrats are going to steal the next election – as they did the previous. Mitt Romney was the right GOP candidate, but Barack Obama stole it in 2012. In Frederick, although presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton fails to garner the local majority, she will win the state.


For an example, regard the minimal wage: I wouldn’t be surprised if Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown went home the conqueror on Election Day; Doug Gansler is the wrong color, let’s face it. As far as Larry Hogan, his Change approach was no less than brilliant, but he’ll tuck himself to bed as the loser. His half-brother, district 3-A Delegate Patrick, chose not to run again. In the end, Maryland will wake up itself as a Democratic state. I can’t see any change.


As for local races, they remain predictable as Republican outside the city: Kathy Afzali will be sent home, deservingly. State Sen. David Brinkley and Del. Kelly Schulz will triumph; shuffling aside Michael Hough, the last remnant of state Sen. Alex Mooney. (He’s taken his right-wing radical philosophy to West Virginia.)


Carol Krimm will succeed her mentor, Galen Clagett, who ran for Frederick mayor. He was defeated by both Karen Young and Jennifer Dougherty, not together; Republican Randy McClement continues occupy the top office in City Hall.


Everywhere else is dominated by the raised wage, especially when it comes into full effect. GOP leaders can claim it’s “demeaning to women,” but they’ll take it. Meanwhile, as far as business, they’ll learn to accept it; the economy is rebounding. They can accomplish it with a book-keeping trick.


After all, what is another trick? They’ve pulled so many.


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