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Hogan for president and other State House shenanigans

Former Govs. Martin J. O’Malley and Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. are thinking about a presidential run so why, after two short months in office, shouldn’t Larry Hogan?

“I do want to take a moment for an announcement,” Hogan said during Wednesday’s Board of Public Works meeting. “I think that a BPW meeting is the perfect place for this announcement.

 

“Over the past few months, my administration has received a lot of recognition for its bipartisan cooperation to governance. It seems to me that this approach is something that is desperately lacking in Washington D.C. So, after much encouragement and reflection, I’ve come to the decision to announce my candidacy for president of the United States.”

The room burst into laughter.

“April Fools’ Day, everyone,” said Hogan.

And so began the silliness in Annapolis.

Not to be outdone, Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch had his usual fun by temporarily relinquishing his position as presiding officer to House Minority Leader Nicholaus R. Kipke.

 

Kipke, who was addressed as “Mr. Not the Speaker,” led the chamber in the Pledge of Allegiance and attendance taking.

Busch, from his seat on the floor, quickly buzzed in that his “button is not working.”

In the Senate, Sen. Joan Carter Conway had a little fun at Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller’s expense.

Carter Conway put on her game face to explain Senate Bill 539 to the Senate chamber as a preface to a preliminary vote.

But while she was reading the bill, Miller was scrambling.

Typically, the Senate president has possession of the actual bills as they are moving through the floor votes. This time, he had nothing.

Miller stalled for time.

“OK, there are no committee amendments, folks,” Miller said.

Then a long pause.

“Mr. President,” Carter Conway interrupted. “This is your bill.”

“I am looking for a bill on my desk,” Miller admitted. Senator, I’m sorry. I’ve got two people up here shuffling bills and uh…”

“You don’t actually see this bill?” Carter Conway asked sheepishly. “I have it on my calendar.”

Another long pause and then the Baltimore City Democrat let Miller off the hook.

“April Fools, Mr. President.” Carter Conway said.

Miller was a good sport about the joke at his expense.

“That’s a very appropriate joke,” Miller said as he laughed and rapped his hand on the desk. “That’s good.”

Back in the House, Del. Eric Luedtke, D-Montgomery County, was taking to social media.

In one post, he made reference to Rep. Donna Edwards’ announcement of her campaign for U.S. Senate, which contained an outline of the state of Maryland with one problem — it annexed a portion of Virginia just south of Ocean City, Maryland.

In another,  Luedtke expressed dismay over the taxes he pays on his home when the sun is shinning.

 

And finally, the Democrat announced he was introducing a bill to change the official state motto.

Not to be outdone, some state agencies used the occasion to have some fun and urge people to prepare for emergency situation.

 

Thursday, the legislators will go back to the usual shenanigans that take up their time during the other 89 days of the session.