Christmas in January? Coming up with a grab-bag of wishes for state legislators

January 15, 1993

Given the numerous antics Wednesday as the General Assembly opened, one legislator likens this year's 90-day session to an extended Legislative Follies. (The annual Follies is one-night of skits in which lawmakers poke fun at themselves.)

The remark set the stage for a delightful few hours I spent with a couple of Annapolis insiders at the historic Middleton's Tavern in Annapolis making up a "wish list" for a few movers and shakers.

We would wish for:

* Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert C. Murphy: No-doze pills to be distributed to legislators before he delivers his State of the Judiciary today.

* Montgomery County Del. Nancy Kopp, who mounted an unsuccessful attempt to take the speaker's job from Eastern Shore Del. Clayton Mitchell: a counter to help her tally votes before making another move.

* Baltimore City Del. John Douglas, who was angered when he was switched from the appropriations committee to the ways and means committee: his own committee with one member.

* House Speaker Clay Mitchell: 72 sure votes needed to pass state business.

* Baltimore County Del. John Arnick, recently appointed District Court judge: a gavel of any size, a robe of any color and a seat belt for his chair, so he can sit still long enough to hear cases.

* Gov. William Donald Schaefer: a 90-day sleeping pill with a side order of tranquilizers in case he should wake up.

* Lt. Gov. Mickey Steinberg: a job.

* Speaker pro tem Gary "The Shadow" Alexander, aka House speaker Clay Mitchell's shadow: a concierge to help him with the new delegates lounge he's setting up in his suite of offices.

* Baltimore County Del. Nancy Murphy: a key to the backdoor of the governor's mansion, so she won't have to annoy state troopers when she wants to enter the mansion.

* Montgomery County Del. Dana Dembrow: child care for his new baby, so his wife Suzette can visit Annapolis more often. After all, she was a vital part of the Legislative Follies.


Oyster-slurping seafood lovers will gather at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium tomorrow for the 75th annual Oyster Roast sponsored by the Rotary Club of Baltimore. From noon to 4 p.m. in the Cow Palace, more than 3,000 people are expected to pay $30 to eat oysters to their hearts' content and help support the Rotary's charitable works. For more information, call Nancy McDade, (410) 727-3664.

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