'State of the state' speech again rescheduled

Baltimore Sun

Mark your calendars. In pencil.

Gov. Martin O'Malley has rescheduled his annual state of the state address. Again. It is now on for noon Tuesday.

The speech is given with a full complement of Annapolis pomp and ceremony. Invitations go to all 188 lawmakers, who listen as the governor outlines his agenda.

This year, the speech was initially set for noon today. But when President Barack Obama announced he'd give his annual State of the Union speech that day, the governor bowed out.

"The governor expressed a desire to be sure the people of Maryland see the State of the Union," O'Malley spokesman Shaun Adamec said. "We rescheduled ours to the nearest available date at the time."

That next date happened to be an extremely busy one: Feb. 4.

A Circuit Court judge had already picked that date for Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon to be sentenced for perjury and theft. That triggers a historic transition of power in the state's largest city.

"That, at the time, was the closest available date," Adamec said. "It wasn't the most ideal."

Tuesday morning another e-mail went out with another new date. The governor's office figured a way around the Thursday conflicts, forcing everyone else to change their schedules a second time."It wasn't the most graceful of arrangements," Adamec said. "But we made it work."

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