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Governor Hogan Creates Commission To Ease Anti-Business Regulations

July 10th, 2015

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced yesterday the signing of an executive order which creates a new 10 member commission. The Regulatory Reform Commission is being tasked with reviewing every regulation on the books as it relates to doing business in Maryland. This is a continuation of his campaign promise to make Maryland open for business. The 3 year commission will report yearly, no later than December 1 of each year.

Some people, including House Speaker Michael Busch were critical of the plan. According to the Baltimore Sun, critics are concerned that the panel is made up mostly of CEOs and Presidents of companies. They are upset because there are no non-profit or environmental members. What I think the critics fail to realize is that the panel is just part of a process, and a much needed process. The governor was elected in part because Marylander’s are fed up with being 49th in job growth, they are fed up with over-burdensome regulations. The panel needs to be able to work unobstructed to review the regulations, and to be able to highlight those that need to be revised or eliminated. Once the recommendations are put forth, then we as the citizens of this great state have the ability to voice our opinion, and to speak out against proposals that are unsatisfactory. The Governor can always appoint additional members if he determines the need.

Speaker Busch is quoted as having said “He has the right to review every regulation.” He continued that any legislative proposals would be “highly scrutinized” by the house. Of course that is the right of the Speaker, and we can be sure that he will. The Sun article points out that O’Malley had a similar regulation review that revised or eliminate 130 regulations in 2012. Speaker Busch also is quoted as recalling that Governor Donald Schaefer did the same in the early 90′s. As the Chief Executive of the state, Gov. Hogan should be reviewing every regulation, there are no doubt tons of regulations that need to be lifted off of the backs of our businesses.

Commission Members
Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, Honorary Chair
James A. Soltesz, co-chair
Abba David Poliakoff, co-chair
Susan J. Ganz
Jay Steinmetz
Henry Gilford III
William B. Grant, Esq., CFP
Jennifer Rhodes
Joseph G. Baldwin
Howard Bowen
James T. Brady

Governor Hogan Press Release
Baltimore Sun

Why O’Malley Can’t Become President

September 3rd, 2014

We all know that Governor O’Malley has been a horrible Governor for the state of Maryland. But even ardent followers of Martin’s shortcomings might have forgotten a couple of items on Blair Lee’s list. Check out his article from today in the Gazette. And while you are at it, think about whether or not you think O’Malleys deputy Anthony Brown deserves a promotion to Governor.

Martin O’Malley is running for president. He’s handsome (never takes a bad photo), sings and plays the guitar, oozes Irish charm and sports a solid liberal record appealing to most Democrats: gun control, death penalty repeal, gay marriage, minimum wage increase, aid to illegals, decriminalized pot, environmental regulations, fracking moratorium. He even gerrymandered a Republican out of Congress and chaired the Democratic Governors Conference.

He’s already campaigned in two dozen states including…

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Larry Hogan to Face Anthony Brown: Hogan Comes Out Swinging

June 25th, 2014

Larry Hogan won the Maryland Republican Party’s nomination for Governor last night. Anthony Brown also secured his party’s nomination for Governor on the Democratic side. And as the digital ink is barely dry on the primary ballots, the Hogan Rutherford team has already come out swinging in a stinging new YouTube ad.

Governor O’Malley put his Lt. Governor in charge of Maryland’s rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately after spending anywhere from $125-175 Million on the website, they decided that it wasn’t fixable and the scrapped it. This new ad puts Brown on blast for his failure of leadership over this massive waste of Maryland taxpayer dollars.

Primary Election – June 24th, 2014

June 23rd, 2014

Well, Primary Election day is upon us. If you are like the 95% of Marylanders who didn’t early vote, June 24th is the official Primary Election day. Please make sure that you exercise your civic duty and let your voice be heard. The polls will be open from 7AM until 8PM.

If you are not sure where to vote, you can look up your info here:

You can also use the above link to determine what districts you live in. This will list your congressional district, legislative district, and council district.

The early voting totals are in. Of the 2 Million eligible Democrats in Maryland, 5.14% voted. Of the not quite 1 Million eligible Republicans in Marland, 3.59% voted. Interestingly enough the two counties and parties with the highest overall percentage of early votes were Talbot Republicans 12.5% and Queen Anne’s Republicans 9.2%.

The 5 Things You Need To Know For Early Voting In Maryland

June 12th, 2014

i-voted1. What and When?
Early voting starts today, June 12, and runs through June 19th from 10AM to 8PM.

2. Where?
There are 63 locations across the state, with at least 1 in each of Maryland’s 24 counties. Find yours here:

3. Who can vote?
Any registered voter who is registered Republican and Democrat can vote in the primaries.

4. Why?
Early voting was enabled by Constitutional Amendment as a statewide ballot question in 2008. The voters passed the amendment by a vote of 1,755,844 to 670,759.

5. Who to vote for?
Republicans and Democrats can vote for people in their own party only during the primary. You can find and print a sample ballot tailored for you by visiting the Board of Education site and putting in your information:

Since this is a gubernatorial primary election, you should be able to vote for:
Attorney General
Congressional Representative
State Senator
State Delegate
County Executive
County Council
Judge of the Orphans Court
Central Committee
and Board of Education

Maryland To Pay ‘House of Cards’ Show $11.5 Million This Year

April 28th, 2014

House of Cards #HoCoPolitics First let me start by saying that I love the Netflix political drama “House of Cards.” News broke on Friday that the O’Malley administration had reached an agreement with Media Rights Capital, the producers of the popular show.

The O’Malley administration said the following in a press release “Spoiler alert: we’re going to keep the 3700 jobs and more than 100 million dollars of economic activity and investment that House of Cards generates right here in Maryland.”

I can’t help but wonder is it worth it? I can’t imagine that there are perpetually 3700 jobs that are created by this show. That figure must count every single employee at every catering shop in town, even if they only delivered one meal to the set. There are certainly hundreds of workers, some of which are from other states, that work as actors, producers, technicians, and extras. But to claim that “HoC” is going to keep 3700 jobs seems like an O’Malley’s fantasy.

I will certainly agree that having a major film production here in Maryland has some benefit in terms of workers trained and hired locally. Not all of the workers come from out of town, and having those jobs available locally allows our residents a chance to enhance their production careers.

This agreement will send $11.5 Million dollars to the network in 2014. According to Yahoo, this is on top of the $11 Million that the series received for season 1, and up to $15 Million that was allocated for season 2. The show has definitely helped the network as House of Cards is reportedly part of the reason why Netflix gained 4.1 Million new subscribers in the first quarter of this year. The company passed $1 Billion quarterly income for the first time in Q1 as well.

Great Article On Common Core

April 22nd, 2014

Today released a great first article in a series on Common Core. The article gives a great overview of what it is, who developed it, as well as give a brief overview of some of the problems and criticisms. I urge you to take a look.

Lollar Invitation to Gaithersburg Parade in Fairfax, VA?

March 14th, 2014

I was just invited to a Gaithersburg St. Patricks Day parade in…Fairfax, VA? Obviously someone hit submit too soon, or before checking their work.

Also the link for more information: doesn’t work and takes you to a generic page of events that doesn’t include the parade.


Update: The correct link is

Maryland Legislators Working On So-Called “Bathroom Bill”

March 7th, 2014

Editor’s Note: this is a guest post by Anita Schatz. As you may have heard Maryland legislators are working on The Fairness for All Marylanders Act, which has been nicknamed the “Bathroom Bill”. The bill has already passed the Maryland Senate, and is now sitting in committee in the Maryland House. Progressive Democrats are hailing this as a non-discrimination bill. Republicans are right to point out that this bill, which removes the gender restrictions of bathrooms, could open the door to sexual predators to lurk in female bathrooms. Anita has included the names and numbers of the committee with a brief note on their voting status if known. There is a link to more info at the bottom.

Tell them to vote NO to Bill 1265 because it will open the door to sexual predators to enter private areas like locker rooms, showers, bathrooms, dorms and dressing rooms to do harm to children and women.
Tell them there is nothing in this bill to prevent the Transgender agenda from being added to public or private school curriculum either. The employment part of the bill will allow Transgenders to work in schools, as administrators, teachers, janitors, cafeteria works, etc. This is how they change the curriculum to indoctrinate the children.

D PETER A. HAMMEN, CHAIRMAN (410) 841-3772, (301) 858-3772 District 46 Baltimore City
D SHANE E. PENDERGRASS, VICE CHAIR (410) 841-3139, (301) 858-3139 District 13 Howard County
D ERIC M. BROMWELL (410) 841-3766, (301) 858-3766 District 8 Baltimore County
R ROBERT A. COSTA (410) 841-3551, (301) 858-3551 District 33b Anne Arundel County
D BONNIE L. CULLISON (410) 841-3883, (301) 858-3883 District 1 Montgomery County
D JOHN P. DONOGHUE (410) 841-3125, (301) 858-3125 District 2c Washington County
R DONALD B. ELLIOTT (410) 841-3118, (301) 858-3118 District 4b Carroll and Frederick Counties
R WILIAM FRANK (410) 841-3793, (301) 858-3793 District 42 Baltimore County N/A out sick
D JAMES W. HUBBARD (410) 841-3103, (301) 858-3103 District 23a Prince Georges’ County
R A WADE KACH (410) 841-3359, (301) 858-3359 District 5b Baltimore County voting NO
D ARIANA B. KELLY (410) 841-3642, (301) 858-3642 District 16 Montgomery County
R NICHOLAUS R. KIPKE (410) 841-3421, (301) 858-3421 District 31 AA County voting NO
R SUSAN W. KREBS (410) 841-3200, (301) 858-3200 District 9b Carroll County voting NO
R PATRICK L. McDONOUGH (410) 841-3334, (301) 858-3334 District 7 Baltimore & Harford Counties voting NO
D DAN K. MORHAIM (410) 841-3054, (301) 858-3054 District 11 Baltimore County
D PETER F. MURPHY (410) 841-3247, (301) 858-3247 District 28 Charles County
D SHIRLEY NATHAN-PULLIAM (410) 841-3358, (301) 858-3358 District 10 Baltimore County
D NATHANIEL T. OAKS (410) 841-3283, (301) 858-3283 District 11 Baltimore City
D JOSELINE A. PENA-MELNYK (410) 841-3502, (301) 858-3502 District 21 AA and P G Counties
R JUSTIN D. READY (410) 841-3070, (301) 858-3070 District 5a Carroll County
D KIRILL REZNIK (410) 841-3039, (301) 858-3039 District 39 Montgomery County
D SHAWN Z. TARRANT (410) 841-3545, (301) 858-3545 District 40 Baltimore City
D VERONICA L. TURNER (410) 841-3212, (301) 858-3212 District 26 Prince George’s County

Link to the text on the HB 1265
House site for all the information on the bill

Thoughts From CPAC Day 1

March 6th, 2014

Let me start by saying that I look forward to CPAC every year. This is my sixth year of going, and I always have a great time. There are great people in the conservative movement, there are great speeches, and other great events. But the great thing about CPAC is not the politician’s speeches, but the ability to meet and network with so many great people from across the country. I love being able to meet and talk with folks from all over about what is important to them.

After CPAC ends for the evening, the fun continues at the great parties. I was able to finally meet some of my blogger friends; it is always great to put a face to a name or twitter handle. Tonight I was fortunate to attend the IJ Review party and then Blog Bash. I got some great tips from fellow bloggers that I will be sure to incorporate.

Well that’s all for tonight, Day 2 of CPAC starts awfully early. Keep on fighting the good fight!

2016 Elections

Primary - 4/5/2016
General - 11/8/2016

Races to Watch

U.S. Senate

Barbara Mikulski (D) is retiring.

Top (D) Candidates
Donna Edwards
Chris Van Hollen

All 8 House Seats are up for election.

Current Representatives
1st - Andy Harris (R)

2nd - Dutch Reppersberger (D)

3rd - John Sarbanes (D)
Top candidates Dr. Mark Plaster (R).

4th - Donna Edwards (D) - running for Senate
Top candidates Anthony Brown (D), Glenn Ivey (D), George McDermott (?)

5th - Steny Hoyer (D)

6th - John Delaney (D) - may run for Senate
Top (R) candidates David Vogt (R), Kathy Afzali (R), Neil Parrott (R), Mike McKay (R).

7th - Elijah Cummings (D) - may run for Senate
Top candidates Calvin Ball (D), Corrogan Vaughn (R).

8th - Chris Van Hollen (D) - running for Senate
Top (D) candidates Kumar Barve, Valerie Ervin, Kathleen Mattews, Jamie Raskin
Top (R) candidates Frank Howard - potential