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New Initiatives Making College More Affordable

Posted: January 18, 2017 at 6:13 pm   /   FreeState, Newsletter

By Mark Uncapher Last week Governor Larry Hogan announced his “Student Debt and Tuition Relief Initiative,” along with additional investments in higher education.  His goal has been to make Maryland higher education more attainable. Yet perhaps even more dramatic on a national scope in making college more affordable are private initiatives to expand the availability […]

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Ike Leggett’s County Liquor Monopoly Proposal: “Old Wine in a New Bottle”

Posted: January 2, 2017 at 12:59 pm   /   FreeState, Newsletter

By Mark Uncapher Lame Duck County Executive Ike Leggett responded to intense pressure in 2016 from Montgomery County consumers, businesses, state legislators and even County Council members, with an offer to compromise on the county liquor monopoly’s status.  Faced with legislation that would have given voters the right to decide the Department of Liquor Control’s […]

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An Election of Issues, Not a Census

Posted: December 7, 2016 at 4:40 pm   /   FreeState, Newsletter

By Mark Uncapher Reading the election analysis of left-leaning strategists and their media allies, one would be misled into thinking that election 2016 should have operated as a “national census day” in which the voters register their “identity” status. In this view, an algorithm using the variables of race, ethnicity, gender, ethnicity, education, income, religion […]

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The Age of Trump

Posted: November 17, 2016 at 6:01 pm   /   FreeState, Newsletter

By Mark Uncapher Picture a presidential election in which discontented voters unexpectedly demolish the old political order.  Voters, concentrated in the South and the heartland take on the rich, well-born and well-educated of the East that had been dominating their government and national institutions. These discounted voters’ agendas include dramatically reducing the Federal government’s role […]

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Brandon Rippeon for MCPS School Board

Posted: October 17, 2016 at 6:09 pm   /   FreeState, Newsletter

By Mark Uncapher This past week Montgomery County’s Board of Education unanimously voted to sue the state to challenge the state’s mandate to begin future school years after Labor Day. Despite overwhelming public support for the state’s calendar change, the Board’s action came as no surprise, given their lock-step adherence to teacher union demands. If […]

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