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MD Senator E.J. Pipkin To Resign 8/12

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Maryland Senator E.J. Pipkin will officially resign on August 12th, 2013. He plans to move his family to Texas, where he will be pursuing a Masters Degree in Sport Management at Southern Methodist University. In a statement he wanted to resign now to offer time to his replacement to serve in office, and then run for reelection.

Here is a portion of his statement:

One’s responsibilities to family and oneself often change the direction of life. So, it is with regret that I am resigning as Senator from District 36. My last day will be Monday, August 12, 2013. I will carry with me both the bitter and the sweet memories of the past eleven years. My family will be moving to Texas, where I will pursue studies at Southern Methodist University for a Masters of Science in Sport Management.

I chose to resign now, rather than serve out my term, which ends in January 2015, in order to give the Republican who fills the 36th District Senate seat the advantage of serving the people until he or she runs for re-election.

Senator Pipkin frequently sparred with Senate President Mike Miller. The Washington Post reports that Senator Miller wishes him “nothing but success in the future. Senator Pipkin had a strong work ethic, was knowledgeable on the issues and served his constituents well.”

Now the question is, who will replace Senator Pipkin? The most obvious first speculation would be fellow District 36 representative Delegate Mike Smigiel. Delegate Smigiel, whom I had the pleasure to meet earlier this year, is a strong conservative candidate who has served Caroline, Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne’s counties well since 2002. Yes, District 36 is spread across 4 counties. If Delegate Smigiel replaces Senator Pipkin, who would replace Delegate Smigiel? Will anyone else vie for Senator Pipkin’s seat?

Senator E.J. Pipkin Press Release
Washington Post

Will You Help Me In ‘Turning Maryland’?

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Let me first start by introducing myself. My first political memories are of President Reagan in the 80′s. As a young boy I remember being upset that Reagan would interrupt my prime-time television shows. Of course back then, there were only a handful of stations available via roof-top antenna. So being captive to the President’s prime-time speeches, I couldn’t help but be taken by the President’s warm personal demeanor and his ability to explain complicated matters simply to the general public in a way that even if you didn’t agree with him, you couldn’t help but to understand his thinking and where we were headed as a country.

My parents told me to always question everything and everyone. They told me to not just take what information was given to you, but to probe further into the details and to draw my own conclusions. They never told me to be a Republican, but in the search for the truth I couldn’t help but be drawn to conservative principles. The more I learned about democrat/liberal thinking, the more I realized that most of them are well meaning, but good intentions end up hurting those they intend to help.

I have been fighting for conservative principles on the national level for over 5 years at a conservative non-profit. For a while, I ignored Maryland politics because it would be too hard to change the status quo. The last 5 years of Governor Martin O’Malley’s administration have signaled a disastrous liberal turn in policies. O’Malley is hell bent on raising taxes, increasing spending, and gun grabbing. Ultimately Marylanders will pay the price as he attempts a run for President of the United States. If the general public knew what the Maryland state leadership was doing, they would be outraged.

No longer can we sit on the sidelines and be spectators while O’Malley, Senator Mike Miller, and House Speaker Michael E. Busch tax and spend away our money. One of my skills has always been to take a complex issue and break it down into simple, easy to understand information that even my liberal friends can’t argue with. I intend to provide you, the reader, with the same.

Will you help me to turn Maryland?

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