Maryland’s uncharacteristic proposal: Ronald Reagan Day
February 6, 2011 marks what would have been Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday -- and while there's plenty of national chatter about celebrations of the Gipper's centennial, some legislators in Maryland apparently want to bring it closer to home. According to P.J. Orvetti, seven of the state's senators have proposed legislation which would make February 6 "Ronald Reagan Day" in the state, an occasion on which Maryland residents would be urged "to observe Ronald Reagan Day in a proper manner."
As Orvetti astutely notes, Maryland was one of the few states in the Union to actually vote against Reagan during the Presidential elections in 1980 and 1984; Jimmy Carter actually carried the state in 1980, while Reagan only won the state by five points during his beatdown of Walter Mondale in '84. Reagan also doesn't really have any personal connection to the state. Suffice it to say, Maryland is probably the last place we'd expect to have a Ronald Reagan Day, especially considering that Reagan's home state of California only instituted one this year.
[Continue reading Aaron Morrissey's piece here at DCist.com.]
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