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How Much Would O’Malley Pay To Get 1,000 New Jobs?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Officials from the State of Maryland and Baltimore City have been in talks with Amazon to locate a new distribution center for over a year. According to the Baltimore Sun, the plant would be at the site of the old General Motors site. That site has been determined to be an impoverished area.

The deal, will bring Amazon and the landlord of the former GM plant site over $43 Million in tax credits, loans, and incentives. The Sun article says that the incentive package will be worth $35.3 million in Enterprise Zone tax credits, $5.5 million in One Maryland tax credits, and $1.7 million in brownfield (previously contaminated) tax credits. The state will also loan Amazon $1.25 million, most of which will be forgiven if Amazon employs 1,000 people for 10 years. Also once the site opens, Marylanders will have to start paying the 6% sales tax on Amazon purchases, since it will have a physical presence in the state.

As you may remember Texas Governor Rick Perry put egg on Governor O’Malley’s face highlighting how unfriendly Maryland is to business. Governor Perry released an ad campaign touting Texas’s #1 Business rating.

So how much would Governor O’Malley pay for 1,000 new jobs? $43 million. Guess who foots the bill for these jobs? We do.

Source: Baltimore Sun

Joe Cluster in as New MD GOP Executive Director

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Maryland GOP Chairman Diana Waterman announced on Monday that Joe Cluster has been hired as the new Executive Director. Cluster is the replacement for David Ferguson, who left suddenly in late August. Chairman Waterman said in a statement:

“Joe has extensive experience in Maryland politics, he knows the people and the places very well. He came with great recommendations and I believe he will be a great asset to our team. I look forward to working with him and have full confidence he will help me build a better and stronger Maryland Republican Party.”

According to the release, Cluster has worked for former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele as his Director of External Affairs from 2004-2007, and prior to that in former Governor Ehrlich’s Appointments Office. Cluster has also worked for GOPAC, the Republican National Committee, and twice for the Maryland state party. In 2002 he ran the MDGOP’s Field Operation which helped elect Governor Ehrlich, and in 2004 he was the Politcal Director.

Joe Cluster said the following in a statement:

“As a Marylander, I am truly grateful for this opportunity to serve as the Executive Director of the Maryland Republican Party. I look forward to working with Chairman Waterman as we fight for Marylanders against the ever-encroaching government in Annapolis. I love this state and will work tirelessly to make Maryland a competitive place for Republicans to run and win.”

Cluster told the Washington Post in an interview that he plans to make fundraising his priority. He specifically hopes to target corporations who currently only donate to the Maryland Democratic Party. He indicated that he hopes to steer resources toward picking up Republican seats in the General Assembly.

If you want to learn more you can tune into Jackie Wellfonder’s radio show “Raging Against the Rhetoric” tonight as she interviews Joe Cluster at 8PM.

Source: MD GOP Press Release
Washington Post

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