News Corner

Planned Gridlock or Traffic Relief? Governor Hogan’s Traffic Relief Plan Offers Hope

By Mark Uncapher, MCGOP Chairman

Any Montgomery County voter looking for traffic relief will not get much hope from the transportation manifestos of Montgomery County’s “progressive” Democrats this primary season.  Collectively, they all try to outdo each other in their opposition to anything involving spending for roads.


U.S. Senate Candidate Christina Grigorian Offers Four-Step Program for Maryland

Christina Grigorian says that as a first generation American, wife, mother and practicing lawyer, she has already lived the American Dream. Now, she is running for the U.S. Senate to represent the people of Maryland. 


An Open Letter to Conservative Maryland Millennials: Hold the Line

By Nick Braughton

If you want to make a meaningful difference in your community or state, you don't have to wait until you’ve found a job and own a home. You don’t even need to be old enough to vote! There are a lot of ways to get involved right now, even if you're in college, high school, or middle school!


My Vision for Montgomery County, Maryland

By Dwight Patel, Candidate for State Senate, LD 20

Transportation Issues– We need more roads and should look at all possible transportation solutions. If I need to go into the city, I use Metro. However, mass transit isn’t a silver bullet that will fix our transportation woes.  I support the governor’s plans to widen the Beltway, I-270 and the Baltimore Washington Parkway.  I also believe we should extend Metro to BWI Airport, since all world class cities have light rail to airports.  Although the MARC train goes to BWI, it isn’t convenient. I strongly oppose BRT on Route 29, Rockville Pike and the Damascus area, because we don’t fix traffic issues by taking away a car lane and giving it to a BRT car.  Right now, we see Ride-On buses that go through our neighborhoods virtually empty.


The Price of Gas in Maryland

By Pat Fenati, Candidate for Maryland Delegate LD 14

Maryland began collecting fuel taxes in 1922 when the state created the Gasoline Tax Bureau to collect a tax on gasoline at the rate of 1 cent per gallon. Over the years that price rose many times until July 1 of 1993 when the Maryland tax on a gallon of gasoline was fixed at 23.50 cents.


Dr. Politics: The Primary is a Dress Rehearsal for November

By Dwight Patel

Amid the period of early voting and Primary Day in Maryland, I realize that most of you running in Montgomery County have no primaries, but you shouldn’t rest on your laurels and wait until November. Nor should you wait until after the primary to start knocking on doors.


Even More Money Back: Governor Hogan Cuts E-Z Pass Fees, Tolls

Governor Larry Hogan has announced that Maryland will permanently eliminate the $7.50 E-Z Pass Maryland transponder fee for all new customers, putting $46 million back into Marylanders’ wallets over the next five years. This is the second time that Governor Hogan has announced a toll rollback for Maryland in just three years. In 2015, the governor announced major toll rollbacks across the state, resulting in $270 million in savings. Prior to 2015, there had been no toll rollbacks for the past 50 years.


How Maryland’s School System became the Second Least Accountable in the Nation

By Laurie Halverson Candidate for Maryland House of Delegates, District 15

Maryland has the unfortunate distinction of being the second least accountable school system in the nation. This means that the federal plan (under the “Every Student Succeeds Act”) to determine school accountability is based on a weaker set of academic factors than most of the nation. Standardized test scores for high schools, for example, account for only 30% of a school’s overall score. Other factors that are used to determine accountability under the new plan are:


Montgomery County Republican Central Committee Endorses the “Sitting Judges”

By Mark Uncapher MCGOP Chairman

Voting as a committee at the Maryland State Republican Convention in May, the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee voted unanimously to endorse the “Sitting Judges” in the upcoming primary election.  Although these judges have all been appointed by Governor Hogan, the Maryland Constitution requires Circuit Court Judges to stand for election to a full term after being appointed by the governor.


The Montgomery County Board of Elections Needs YOU!

By Nancy Farrar

Our County Board of Elections needs Republicans to sign up, train and serve as election judges for the primary and the general elections. There is no specific deadline to sign up and serve on primary day, June 26, but the last training session at this time is scheduled for June 9th.  Please do not wait until the last minute. Sign up now to serve as a GOP election judge! https://www4.montgomerycountymd.gov/BoardOfElections/qA.seam


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