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Phelps’ alcohol level .14 during DUI stop, police say

(AP) Police documents indicate that Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps registered a blood-alcohol level of .14 percent on a Breathalyzer test after he was stopped on a speeding violation. The legal limit for intoxication in Maryland is .08. The statement of probable cause by the Maryland Transportation Authority police also says Phelps’ eyes were red and bloodshot and “his speech was mush mouth.” The 29-year-old Phelps was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95 in Baltimore, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. The statement says the officer administered field sobriety tests to Phelps. Asked to do a one-leg stand, the statement says, “The operator stated ‘that’s not happening.'” The statement says once Phelps was arrested, he appeared disoriented and argumentative.

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  1. The answer to the question, is the Maryland gubernatorial race tightening?, is, of course, yes. The Daily Record however has missed the point – it’s not that the polls were wrong –even though they probably were- it’s that Brown has lost ground as a result of a horribly run campaign.
    It would seem that in part the campaign has faltered because it’s not being run by Brown and it seems equally clear that the O’Malley administration is turning all of the dials on the Brown campaign. As such the campaign makes its first objective keeping the luster on Martin O’Malley. And that’s why Anthony Brown isn’t discussing how he would differ and improve upon the accomplishments of O’Malley administration. Instead, however, all Anthony has done is let his surrogates and allies run a typical “Republicans hate women” campaign that reflects poorly on Brown because, in the minds of the voters, it’s Brown who’s running a purely negative campaign.

    Yeah, yeah we all know that, as Brown’s apologists say, that the “voters have a right to know Larry Hogan’s ‘true’ beliefs”, but, really, to what end?

    The fact is almost no one cares about Hogan’s views on women. It’s not that his views are un-important, it’s that his views on abortion and other “women’s” issues are moot. No governor is going to roll back women’s rights in Maryland and not even the red-est, red-meat Republican believes that there’s a snow’s chance of Hogan converting Maryland into some sort of 19th century patriarchy. So why is the Brown camp harping on something that makes them sound out of touch instead of making Hogan sound like he’s out of touch?

    We may never know the answer to that, but for now, by making Hogan sound like the boogey man, the Brown camp is, in fact, making Hogan in the minds of voters into a victim of a shrill, unfit opponent.

    Brown can turn this around by taking back the issue he’s so far handed over to Hogan: the issue is that he Anthony Brown is a fit person to be Governor. And he can demonstrate that by speaking to issues that in fact Hogan cannot. In truth, Larry Hogan is a nice enough person. He is a fellow however whose experience in running things can be generously called minimal. In short since Hogan is so inexperienced, and Brown, in contrast, is so experienced, a vigorous discussion of the roll-up-your-sleeves reality of running the State will show Brown to be a pretty good choice. That will no doubt happen in the upcoming debates. But Brown also needs to drop the goofy campaign of painting Hogan a boogey man.

    In the absence of some straight talk and civility, Brown will lose.