By Mark Uncapher
The Baltimore Schools Public School system was forced to close during the first days of this month because more than 60 of its buildings lacked heat. The knee-jerk response of some partisans was to blame the Baltimore system’s woes on a “lack of funding.”
For example, the Maryland Democratic Party was quick to blame Governor Hogan for what they called his “callous disregard for the safety of Baltimore students.” However, their shrill, over-the-top rhetoric withers under any form of scrutiny.
Democratic State Comptroller Peter Franchot noted that “Since I became Comptroller, I've voted to approve over $538 million for school capital funding for Baltimore City. It's infuriating that internal front office issues resulted in millions of HVAC project funds being reverted back to the state.”
By Dwight Patel
Now that 2017 is in the rear view mirror, let’s take a look back and examine some of the things you should have done by this time:
- Should have identified the office you are planning to run for, or at least narrowed it down to possible offices. If you haven’t done so, you really need to focus on this goal. Please refer to Dr. Politics Issue No. 1 for a list of offices and their requirements.
During the last weekend of 2017, Montgomery County experienced a record number of building fires. Two days later, the County Fire Chief announced nearly $3 million in cuts.
Why would the Chief reduce the support to county residents at a time when fire, rescue, and emergency medical services needs are at an all-time high? As the number of building fires continues at a record pace through early January, Montgomery County stands to lose two fire engines, a ladder truck, career staffing, and volunteer department funding. The impacts of these cuts are real and frightening – longer response times to those in life threatening situations.
By Deborah Lambert
As Montgomery County Republicans gather for their annual convention on February 2nd and 3rd, the anticipation of gearing up to reelect Maryland’s popular Governor Larry Hogan to a second term is sure to fill the halls of the Gaithersburg Hilton with positive energy.
After all, the 62nd governor of Maryland is only the 2nd Republican to fill the state’s gubernatorial slot in 50 years. After winning his battle with cancer (“I think cancer picked the wrong fight”), America’s 2nd most popular governor with a 70 percent approval rating went on to score major victories during his first term by creating a business-friendly administration that attracted 130,000 new jobs. He recently announced a $9 billion traffic relief plan for three major state highways that will reduce congestion for millions of drivers.
By Mark Uncapher, MCGOP Chairman
I want to thank my fellow central committee members for giving me the opportunity to again lead our party in Montgomery County. Next year, in addition to our primary focus on reelecting Governor Larry Hogan, we will be selecting most of our state and county officials. The results of this election will determine the direction of our state and county for years to come.
By Richard Jurgena
I want to take this opportunity to congratulate our new chairman Mark Uncapher and his team on winning the election at the annual meeting. While we have different approaches on how to accomplish our goals, I firmly believe that our goals are the same: re-electing Governor Larry Hogan and electing Republicans in Montgomery County.
By Dwight Patel, MCGOP First Vice Chairman
It is getting close to the candidates’ filing deadline date, which is Tuesday, February 27, 2018 by 9:00pm. So, please, if you haven’t done so already, go to the MD Board of Elections website and download the forms to file for the office you wish to run for. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about preparing for questions you will most likely get, and the right and wrong way of answering them.
By Patrick Spaulding, District 14 Chairman
As we prepare for the 2018 campaign season, the candidates in District 14 plan to kick off their “Fire Up 14” campaign initiative by looking for more direct interaction with the residents. Recently, they have created a new Facebook page titled “MoCo GOP – District 14” in order to reach out to more of the community on a social media platform. Through this page, candidate profiles, meetings, news and other related information is shared in order to help residents understand what’s going on in their community and give them an opportunity to voice their opinions. While the page is still in its early stages, its following has been steadily growing and more people have begun to take notice. Once the New Year rolls in, this tool is bound to become a key factor in keeping the residents informed about campaign progress! Click here to visit the page and remember to like & share with your friends and neighbors so we can continue to grow!
By Gail Weiss
This month, the MCGOP Red, White & Blue Free Speech Forum is featuring Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, as our guest speaker. The upcoming event will be held at The Barking Dog in Bethesda (4723 Elm St) on Wednesday, November 15th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to provide ample time to order food and drinks and the speaker will begin at 7:30 p.m.
By Ann Guthrie Hingston
Second Vice Chairman, MCGOP
Just a year ago, a handful of people living near the Potomac River in southwestern Montgomery County came together to discuss the increased number of planes flying overhead, causing incessant jet engine noise and air pollution. There had always been some noise from flights over the Potomac, but now the noise was louder and occurring every 3 minutes, beginning early in the morning and extending well into the night. Without notice, the Federal Aviation Administration had changed its flight paths for Ronald Reagan National Airport.