From J Doug Gill, Maryland Statehouse Examiner Reporter – Assembly Session 2013: prepping for the creeping lunacy
Dread. Usually not a word one associates with the New Year… well,
provided one is not a glass half-empty sort. Hopeful, encouraged,
positive… that sort of rot is what travels the aural circuit in the week
or so following clean-slate day.
But ‘round these parts – and near
the nether regions of other state capitals – the newly-birthed year is
greeted with a level of enthusiasm rivaled only by the anticipatory
feeling derived from the possibility of a TSA cavity search.
point of comparison is frighteningly accurate; given said cavity is the
only place our local legislators have yet to go spelunking about in
search of extra revenue.
Hence the aforementioned trepidation… with
the New Year comes the beginning of the annual 90-day gathering of the
organized crime syndicate we call the Maryland General Assembly.
year, thanks to the second Wednesday of January landing in the single
digits, the elected Masters of Misdeeds will amass on the ninth day of
Yet, long before the holidays thrust their humbuggery upon
us the idling minds of the 188 members begin plotting the once a year
assault on our wallets, liberties and most importantly, our
While the non-ruling class max their credit cards,
carve their turkeys and fight over the yuletide buffet with drunken
Uncle Bob, the swells are already weaving a wily plot in preparation for
They call this process “pre-filing”,
and many of these early-turds are not really in search of the
legislation worm, but serve merely as trial balloons to gauge public
reaction…you know, government according to which way the wind blows.