Groundhog Day has been celebrated in Pennsylvania since 1887. Apparently, if Phil the Groundhog sees his shadow as he comes out of his hole on February 2nd, we will see at least six more weeks of winter.
Of course, there's a party to goes along with this holiday. After eating and drinking in town, thousands of fans go to Gobbler's Knob on buses at 3:00 am. There is singing and dancing until the fireworks go off at 6:30 AM, which will certainly wake up Punxsutawney Phil and his wife who live in the burrow waiting for the annual moment of fame.
Predicting weather with a rodent seems like a good idea. It's probably as accurate as other weather predictions we rely on and definitely as good as the polling that was done in the last presidential election!
State of the State - Leading By Action
Governor Hogan's State of the State address on Wednesday was terrific. As a leader in the House of Delegates, I am honored to have a front row seat for his remarks.
Governor Hogan called for cooperation in Annapolis as we promote the best ideas from either party, based on their merits. There was unanimous ovation for the actions we are taking to fight the heroin epidemic.
Hogan talked about the many accomplishments he has ushered through Annapolis. The economy is strong. Maryland has the fastest job growth in the Mid-Atlantic region and our state has moved up to 5th for our economic competitiveness. Families are getting a world-class education from record high funding and the Chesapeake Bay is cleaner today than it's been in decades.
"Republicans say Hogan's popularity after three years in office shows he's changed the state for the better. 'I think it's easy to see by his popularity numbers, approval ratings across our state, people of all parties, all ages, like what Gov. Hogan is doing,' said Del. Kathy Szeliga, the House minority whip whose district includes parts of Harford and Baltimore counties." The Star Democrat had a good article about the SOTS with a quote from me.
Governor Hogan is leading by Action and accomplishing so much. I'm proud to work with America's most popular governor. We need four more years of Governor Hogan's leadership to really set Maryland on a path to success for our kids and grandkids.
State of the Union
President Trump's State of the Union (SOTU) address this week was good as he touted his achievements and pointed to the positive effects his new policies are having on our economy.
The SOTU address started by President Trump saying, "Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve," he said. "A safe, strong and proud America." I agree. The nasty partisanship in DC is not productive.
One of the most talked about quotes from Tuesday night's speech was, "Americans are dreamers too." He is the first president in a long time to roll up his sleeves and work on real immigration reform. President Trump is offering more than Republicans are willing to give up and less than the Democrats want too. I guess we will see how "The Art of the Deal" works on this issue.
The closing remarks from his speech were some of my favorites. "As long as we are proud of who we are and what we are fighting for, there is nothing we cannot achieve. As long as we have confidence in our values, faith in our citizens, and trust in our God, we will not fail," Trump said. "Our families will thrive. Our people will prosper. And our nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free. Thank you, and God bless America."
God bless you and your family!