We are in uncharted waters, folks. Between cable news and social media, there is an avalanche of information, innuendo, and speculation coming in. It’s exhausting and scary. So John and Tim decided to practice some social distancing and call a bunch of people to talk about what’s going on over Facebook Live. It was a busy one. Go to All Annapolis on Facebook to watch Saturday’s broadcast.
We started with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot to see what the state has been doing up to this point and what is planned next. Steuart Pittman, Anne Arundel County Executive, was up next to talk about business assistance as well as public safety, followed by Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley who let us know what this this means to our tourism-based business community.
Katie Redmiles of Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts introduced “Pay It Forward to the Arts” to help both businesses affected, as well as our arts community. Monica Alvarado, owner of Bread and Butter Kitchen in Eastport, talked about what they are doing to help the community and their employees during this business shutdown. Heritage Baptist Church, on Forest Drive, has always been front and center when it comes to meeting the needs of the community, and this time is no exception. Pastor Scott Shelton talks about their food pantry and the best way people can contribute.
What does this mean for businesses? Jared Littman, owner of K&B True Value and former Ward 5 Alderman, talks about what they are doing to serve the community as an essential business and what he is doing to protect employees. Small business owners are being hit particularly hard. Denise Pearson, owner and proprietor of Paradise Float Spa in Eastport, has shut down completely until this crisis ends. What does this mean to people in her shoes? Jeff Jacobs, owner of the iconic family business, Carrol’s Creek, has also shut down restaurant for the duration. Some of his employees have been with him for decades, and wait until what you hear what is doing for them! And finally, we end on a positive note when we chat with Kimario Ballyntine, a server at 49 West, located in Inner West Street. Yes, he’s out of work amidst a global pandemic, but he is incredibly upbeat and positive, and his attitude is infectious! In a good way.
This is a Crabcake from The Maryland Crabs! What is a Crabcake? Well, it’s a very short snippet of something you need to know. It might be 5 minutes long..or it might be 20. In any event, enjoy your Maryland Crabcake!
Today, we sit down with Maryland’s Comptroller, Peter Franchot–who I might add is one of the most accessible elected officials– to talk about his roles, his failed Reform on Tap program, taxes, and his battle with the “Annapolis Machine” that is trying to strip him of some of his duties in a vendetta. And with Governor Hogan as a term-limited Governor, we find out if Peter Franchot might be next in line!
She filed to run for Maryland Comptroller on April 20th–on purpose. She believes in tax mistake amnesty. And if successful, she will live on a boat in the Annapolis harbor. The last time she ran for office, she only used her first initial so she could be listed on the ballot as Phukan, A.
Our guest this week is candidate for Comptroller of Maryland, Anjali Phukan.
Coming up….former County Executive John R. Leopold, a personal friend of John Gotti, a controversial politician, Maryland State Delegate Nic Kipke if he will ever return my email, and a few more surprises!
The Maryland Crabs Podcast is usually recorded at The Commons overlooking beautiful West Street in Annapolis. The Commons is the City’s first co-working space and it is an incredibly cool one…purely because we are there! Not really, but do check it out!
Hey, before you zone out—do us a favor. Head over to Apple Podcasts (formerly iTunes), Google Play or wherever you listen to us and leave us a rating and if you have time a comment. Not only does it elevate (or shatter) our egos, it really helps with getting the word out about this podcast. Thanks!
If you are just joining us…. every week, our full episodes drop at noon on Thursdays. We have smaller Crabcake episodes that will drop whenever we damn well please! Make sure you check out some (or all) of our previous episodes? You really should. They could change your life. Granted, your life would have to be pretty bad. But still, we have some gems you will want to check out!
Better yet, go to wherever you find your podcasts like iTunes or Google Play or iHeartRADIO or Stitcher or tunein or even your Amazon Echo and subscribe and rate! You’ll get new episodes automatically delivered to your device every time there is a new one!
Peter Franchot is Maryland’s Comptroller and tasked with pretty much all things financial. Primarily he collects taxes and sits on the powerful three member Board of Public Works that doles out the dollars!
This week, we sat down with Franchot to talk about his aggressive stance on fraudulent tax preparers who are getting Marylanders in trouble. We also talk about computer fraud and why the legislature will not give his office the power to go after criminals who file thousands of fraudulent returns–it’s the “good ole boy network.”
Aside from that, Franchot was a force to be reckoned with to have schools start after Labor Day and getting much needed air conditioning in aging Baltimore City and County schools.
After representing Montgomery County in the House of Delegates, Franchot has been Comptroller for nearly a decade. He reaches across party lines and finds a way to get things done. Is this man playing the long game for a Gubernatorial run in 2018 or 2022? Tune in and find out….or not!
Nourishment for this episode provided by absolutely no one! We left starving and in search of a hot dog from Pip’s Dogs!
Thank you to everyone who wrote with suggestions for upcoming episodes. We are on it.
Next week we talk pot! We will be talking to the organizers of the National Cannabis Festival which will be held on April 22nd in DC. We will hit on all you need to know as the weed becomes legal in Maryland. Looking ahead–Travis Pastrana, Congressmen Anthony Brown and John Sarbanes, St. John’s College President Chris Nelson, the new developers of Crystal Spring …now knows as Providence Point, and much more!
BIG NEWS: We are now on the app tunein. So if you use tunein…well… tune in. As an added bonus, if you have an Amazon Echo—you can say “Alexa, play The Maryland Crabs Podcast” and she will fetch the latest episode from tunein. How cool is that?
We are now on iHeartRADIO! So if you listen to iHeartRADIO, you can listen, rate, share, subscribe, favorite right there. Here’s the direct link!
If you are just joining us…. make sure you check out some (or all) of our previous episodes? You really should. They could change your life. Granted, your life would have to be pretty bad. But still, we have some gems you will want to check out! Most recently….
Alex Pline. OK, so you may not know the name unless you are an avid biker; but he is an Annapolitan that sits on the City’s Transportation Board and sheds some insight into what many perceive as madness with the City’s new parking contractor–SP+. We also talk about biking in Maryland and where it needs to go!
Mayoral Candidate Mike Pantelides talks about his upcoming re-election campaign. He takes off his Mayor’s hat, loosens his tie and talks about why and how he will win another 4 years in November of 2017.
Rushern Baker, III, the Prince George’s County Executive sat down with us to talk about how well the County is doing after being pretty much at the bottom of the barrel. His predecessor was indicted, arrested, and served time in prison for corruption, the murder rate was out of control, and because the FBI was still investigating people, he had to fire the entire management of the county and start fresh! Now we talk MGM Grand, Harborplace, Westphalia, and the time his mom called him to make sure he wasn’t the one in jail.
Gavin Buckley comes back to the Crabs now that his campaign is in full swing and lays out his vision for Annapolis as he looks to unseat the incumbent Mayor, Mike Pantelides in this year’s election! Can an Aussie handle an American colonial town? Put a shrimp on the barbie, grab some vegamite and have a listen!
Chase Cook. He’s the eyes and ears of The Capital for the City of Annapolis and he sat down and talked about the firing of the Annapolis Police Chief, the issue with public housing, undocumented residents, and the Mayor’s chance to win re-election!
Oh hell…just go back and listen to the ones you haven’t heard! And PLEASE be sure to tell your friends about us!
Better yet, go to iTunes or Google Play or iHeartRADIO and subscribe to our podcast and have them automatically delivered to your phone every time there is a new episode.
Wanna touch base? Got a suggestion? Criticism? Want to be a guest? Have an idea for a guest? …send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also hit us up on Twitter at@MDCrabsPodcast. We have no lives, so hearing from listeners really makes our day.
PLEASE Click to rate us and leave a comment on Google Play oriTunes!That would go a long way to getting our podcast out there! While you are there—why not subscribe and have it delivered right to your device?