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March 18, 2021 | Daily News Brief | County Exec Race Heating Up. New School Name. Hogan Budget Boost. Restaurant Week Giveaway!

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Today…Three line up potentially put County Executive Pittman out of a job. School Board votes to change the name of a Pasadena school. Governor Hogan bumps his budget by a billion with a supplemental budget. Annapolis Restaurant Week is coming so we have a gift card to give away.

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Good morning, it’s Thursday, March 18th 2021  and THIS is your Eye On Annapolis Daily News Brief.

OK now that we got all that Irish out of our system–at least until September 12th…we can now focus on the pastels of the Easter Season! Whatever.. ok I hope you had a safe St. Paddy’s Day I probably saw some of you yesterday at Galway Bay! OK, back to the grind so let’s get into it!

The cat is out of the bag—well, I guess it is the CATS are out of the bag–plural. County Councilwoman Jessica Haire has announced that she will be exploring a run for County Executive in 2022. She will join Chris Jahn who has already registered to run, and former Delegate Herb McMillan who has been posturing to run as well. We spoke with Herb and he will let us know for sure by the end of the month so stay tuned. And if that Republican primary was not full enough, we do hear that another female is considering a run as well. So far, no Democratic challengers have emerged (rumored or real) to go against County Executive Pittman. Keep in mind, this is for the 2022 election. We still have a 2021 City of Annapolis election to deal with–the entire council and Mayor seats are all up for grabs–or for retention! So stay tuned for two years of politrickery! Just made that up I think.

Last night, the Anne Arundel County Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to rename the George Fox Middle School in Pasadena. Fox was the system’s first superintendent and served from 1916 to 1946. The school was named for him when it first opened in 1949. This stems from a lawsuit brought against the school district from a Black principal, Walter Mills about unfair pay between whites and Blacks. During the trial in 1937, Fox reportedly said “The worst white teacher is better than the best Black teacher.” The committee put together to make the recommendation said that to have a building named after someone that supported Jim Crow and segregationist policies no longer aligns with the core values of Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Now, there is a process to re-name a school that will begin shortly, and in the end, the Board has the final say over a new name.
Yesterday, before headed to the Guinness Open Gate Brewery for some Irish fun, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan submitted a 1 billion dollar supplemental budget to the legislature. This represents 2% of his original budget. The major items the governor proposed — $258 million to rental assistance, $250 million to higher education, $233 million to transportation, and almost $27 million for community college funding.

And finally, it starts on Sunday. I am talking about Annapolis Restaurant Week. 40 restaurants all putting out their best for you to dine in, dine outside, or dine at home with curbside delivery, carry-out, for all and delivery for some. Notably, Carroll’s Creek has re-opened from their hibernation and I can’t wait to get my paws on some french onion soup. But, check out for all the details and participating restaurants. And be sure to check out the podcast we did with Erik Evans the executive director of the Downtown Annapolis Partnership for some great info. And a bit of that info was that he was going to give me some gift cards to give away. So, let’s start now—and this one will require speed–so the early bird will get the worm. This is for a gift card to Always Ice Cream. It is a two parter. Be the first to DM or email me the original name of the company, and the amount of the gift card! Here’s your clue– you can spend $10 in each of their present and coming soon locations. First one to respond will get it! Again, looking for the original name of the company and the value of the gift card! Good luck!

OK that’s it for the news today.  As always, thank you  for listening and if you are somewhere where you can leave a rating or a review, please do. And make sure you let your friends, family and colleagues know to FOLLOW us.  It really does help!

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It is Thursday so of course we have Trevor from Annapolis Makerspace  here with your Maker Minutes.   And of course George Young from DCMDVA Weather is here with your locally forecast weather report.  All of that in just about 60 seconds!

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