Michael Phelps, a stripper and that British rag (again)

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Just to keep us all guessing, Ehrlich intends to open another campaign office in Baltimore County.

"There are several spaces under consideration right now, and we hope to decide on the right one in the next few weeks," Fawell said.

On Mother's Day, Mayor Sheila Dixon's office issued a news release titled "Mayor Sheila Dixon Hosts 'Mother's Day on Wheels.' " The Associated Press wrote a short story about her biking to nursing homes and shelters to visit moms there. Several TV and radio stations picked it up.

All nice, except Dixon actually traveled by a Recreation and Parks Department bus. Dixon is an avid cyclist, but there was no mention of bicycling in the release.

"Any time I write wheels in a press release, I must specify now two wheels or four," said Dixon spokesman Scott Peterson, who was by no means miffed by the reporting blooper. "If the mayor has that sort of image in this town as such a hard-core biker, that's a problem I don't mind having."

George Owings, the former Democratic delegate from Calvert County who's mulling a run against Gov. Martin O'Malley in next year's primary, already has a slogan if he wants it.

"Big Dogs, Guns and Motorcycles. Vote Owings."

State House Speaker Mike Busch came up with that years ago, when they were both delegates, Owings said. To deconstruct in reverse order: Owings rides a Harley. He calls himself "a strong supporter of the Second Amendment." And the big dog thing?

"I believe I voted against an attempt to curtail certain kinds of dog ownership," Owings said. The bill, sponsored by Rosa Lee Blumenthal, the now-deceased Prince George's Dem, would have outlawed big dogs, such as Rottweilers, Owings recalled, though he was a little fuzzy on the details.

Owings said he never actually used the slogan on bumper stickers or anything else. And he's not about to trot it out now, even as he makes an appeal to "average working Democrats."

Nobody's debating dogs or motorcycles these days, he said, and he'd rather not stir up gun politics.

"The gun issue is a very, very sensitive issue," he said. "It's not even an issue right now. The laws are on the books regarding the commission of a crime. The assault ban is in place. We're fairly well stable on that."


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