Comptroller Peter Franchot, keeping Maryland’s books in order (E-32)

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!

A special thanks to our sponsors this week including… Zachary’s Jewelers and Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Denim & Diamonds And a special thanks  to Rushern Baker for the pre-show plug!

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, IIIthe 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!

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CRABCAKE: Annapolis Film Festival, Blood Stripe (March 2017)

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!

 

ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL | BLOOD STRIPE

SHOWINGS:

  • Asbury United Methodist, Saturday, April 1, 9:00pm
  • Maryland Hall, Sunday, April 2, 12:30pm
  • Tickets and Passes: CLICK HERE

A Marine sergeant returns home after completing her third tour in Afghanistan. Unable to sleep, wracked by paranoia and anxiety, she carries unseen wounds. It is only a matter of time before she can no longer bottle up her trauma, and a boisterous welcome home party provokes her into an explosive outburst. Her husband is at a loss, and the VA seems to be an impossible option. When she has nowhere to turn, she runs deep into the woods.

In this Crabcake, we spoke with producer/director writer Remy Auberjonois and producer/writer/actor Kate Nowlin. We talk about why this story is different than all the others (spoiler because it is the first time involving women returning from combat), why the lead character is only referred to as “Our Sergeant,” and what it took to bring it to life along with how they both hope it resonates with the audiences!

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Alex Pline talks parking, transportation, and biking in Annapolis (E-31)

You have never been to Annapolis if you haven’t bitched about the parking. Maybe it was the lack of it. Maybe it was the $40 ticket you got for overstaying your welcome. Today, we speak with Alex Pline, a member of the City’s Transportation Board who peels back the onion a little bit for us.

The City’s new parking overlords highly respected parking partner, SP+, has come out with some new recommendations that have both irked and pleased the residents–and generally pissed off the businesses. There will be a formal meeting to discuss this and the public is invited— Tuesday, march 28th at 7pm at City Hall. But Alex tackles some of the issues here.

After a beer or two, we come back to discuss his other passion–bicycling. What does the City, County and State need to do to make bicycling safer? What do drivers need to do? What do bicyclists need to do? And what happened to the Annapolis Bicycle Plan anyway?  And for those wondering–yes, he did ride his bike to and from our session!

You can follow Alex on Twitter (and everyone really should) at @AlexPline (easy enough)

A special thanks to our sponsors this week including… Union Jacks, Zachary’s Jewelers, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Denim & Diamonds And a special thanks again to Gavin Buckley for the pre-show plug!

Nourishment for this episode provided by Flying Dog and Fordham breweries and the Ebb Tide Tavern for their awesome cheeseburgers–best in Annapolis!

Thank you to everyone who wrote with suggestions for upcoming episodes. We are on it.
Coming up — 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.And then, Maryland Comptroller, Peter Franchot who pulls no punches wth the legislature comes at them again on The Crabs. He also divulges a crazy loophole that the state lawmakers refuse to close. Looking ahead–Travis Pastrana, Congressmen Anthony Brown and John Sarbanes, St. John’s College President Chris Nelson, 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….

  • 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, IIIthe 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!
  • Working the Chesapeake Bay. We sat with Mary Ewenson who is the publisher of Prop Talk and Spin Sheet and sits on the Board of the Eastport Yacht Club Foundation to talk about working on the Bay. What jobs are there now and in the future. Also the Marine and Maritime Trades Career Fair that is happening on February 25th.

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.

 

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HELPFUL LINKS

Wanna touch base? Got a suggestion? Criticism? Want to be a guest? Have an idea for a guest? …send us an email at info@themarylandcrabs.com

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 or iTunes! 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?

If you want to find us, click on the links below:

Personally, on Twitter, find Tim at @timhamilton47 and John at @eyeonannapolis

CRABCAKE: Annapolis Film Festival, The Other Kids (March 2017)

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!

WARNING: Apparently there was a lot of noise on the line from Verizon that makes this Crabcake difficult to listen to at times. #Sorry

ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL | THE OTHER KIDS

SHOWINGS:

  • Maryland Hall, Friday, March 31, 10:00am (Private Screening For Students)
  • Maryland Hall, Saturday, April 1, 11:00am
  • Tickets and Passes: CLICK HERE

The Other Kids is a bold hybrid of fiction and non-fiction in which real teens collaborated with the filmmaker to tell their own gripping, personal stories. Real kids are telling their real stories and they are woven into a riveting 94 minutes.

In this Crabcake, we spoke with producer Chris Brown on a really crappy connection that I did not realize until after we were done–sorry. The story of this film’s concept is unique in that it is the story of real-life teens acted by the very same real-life teens. Angst, anger, resentment, stress, it all comes out in a story that will span all ages–despite being written by teens.

The Other Kids (website)

The Other Kids (Facebook)

@OtherKidsMovie (Twitter)

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CRABCAKE: Annapolis Film Festival, SuperGirl (March 2017)

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!

ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL | SUPERGIRL

SHOWINGS:

  • Asbury United Methodist Church, Friday, March 31, 5:30pm
  • Francis Scott Key Auditorium, Sunday, April 2, 2:45pm
  • Tickets and Passes: CLICK HERE

SUPERGIRL follows 11-year-old powerlifter Naomi Kutin’s unique coming-of-age story as she fights to hold on to her title while navigating the perils of adolescence — from strict religious obligations to cyber-bullying. With a passionate family supporting her each step of the way, Naomi must learn to accept herself and discover she is as strong inside as she is outside.

In this Crabcake, we hopped on the phone with Jessie Auritt who wrote, directed and produced the film. Jessie tells us about how she decided on creating this story along with how she embedded herself in the lives of the Kutins in New Jersey. She followed Naomi for several years and sheds some insight on what the teen is up to today and what the future holds!

SuperGirl (Facebook)

SuperGirl (Website)

@SuperGirlDoc (Twitter)

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