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By Don Mohler I had just gotten home from dinner with good friends when I settled in to watch President Biden deliver his State of the Union Address. I should have stuck with the Terp game. It began in a very upbeat, positive, and bipartisan manner. The President congratulated Kevin McCarthy on being elected Speaker…Read More
Editor’s Note: Last week following the inauguration of Maryland Governor Westley Watende Omari Moore, Damian O’Doherty, founding partner of KO Public Affairs, stopped by the “Front Porch” to reflect on the moment. It was a heartwarming discussion. By Damian O’Doherty I took this photo when James Moore first saw his dad’s first campaign ad. Nearby,…Read More
By Don Mohler When crooning about love, The Everly Brothers (under 50, it’s Google time again) reminded us that, “She always breaks my heart in two. It happens every time.” With apologies to Phil and Don, when it comes to crisis management, we could write our own song about those in power, “They always screw…Read More
They Didn’t Learn a Thing By Don Mohler As a little boy, my family’s small apartment on Garden Ridge Road would be filled with excitement and wonder when Rhea and JP (WBAL’s weather gurus—yes, one was indeed a puppet) would predict that a large winter storm was bearing down on Maryland and likely to dump…Read More
By Don Mohler So, let’s start today’s episode of “What the hell just happened,” with Uncle Bobby. Who’s that you say? I promise that if you stick with it until the end, it just might make some sense. But first, a little background on my uncle: Robert P. Scruggs grew up on Route 175 in…Read More
By Don Mohler Democrats often make the mistake of failing to talk like real people talk. They embark upon wonky policy discussions that voters hear in the same way that Charlie Brown and his pals heard their teacher, “Wah wah woh wah wah.” So as we sprint to the finish line, I have a few…Read More
By Don Mohler As we sprint toward November 8, 2022, there will no shortage of analysis or visits to The Front Porch regarding what is about to transpire. That journey begins today. In his book, Why We’re Polarized, Ezra Klein wrote, “We are so locked into our political identities that there is virtually no candidate,…Read More
By Don Mohler At 10:00 A.M. on June 24, 2022 in a 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned 50 years of established law and obliterated a woman’s right to choose. Millions of Americans reacted with shock, outrage, and despair. They screamed, “What the hell just happened?” Unfortunately, we are what just…Read More
By Don Mohler Note: This blog is republished annually on Father’s Day weekend. It was originally published on June 15, 2019 and is meant to be a reminder that dads, and families, do indeed come in all shapes and sizes. “Thanks mom.” Yep, that’s right. Thanks mom. I know it’s Father’s Day, but sorry dads.…Read More
Occasionally, noted film and pop culture historian Clint Tsao visits the Front Porch with his latest observations. By Clint Tsao Nearly unprecedented for a direct film sequel after 36 years, Top Gun: Maverick is an excellent, rousing follow-up to Top Gun and features Tom Cruise in top form. Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Cruise) is now a test pilot when he…Read More
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