Required State Budget Mandates
By Bill Richbourg
Did you know that . . . Maryland is unique among the 50 states in that the governor has the power to set the state budget’s spending limit every year? The legislature cannot increase the budget. If the legislature wants to add something to the budget, it must find somewhere else to cut that amount from the budget.
Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics
By Brad Botwin*
Well it’s not an election year for the Maryland State's Attorney for Montgomery County. So why are we suddenly hearing from John McCarthy? He was recently on NBC-4 TV bragging about the great work his task force was doing to stop MS-13 Hispanic Gang Murders. Terrific - but MS-13 murders are just one small piece in the illegal alien puzzle.
He’s Laser-Focused on Re-Electing President Trump
By Dennis Melby
The Barking Dog in Bethesda, Maryland came alive on the evening of March 10th when the Potomac Women’s Republican Club and the Montgomery County Young Republicans co-hosted an appearance by Scott Presler. Scott is a young, conservative activist with over 434,600 followers on Twitter. He spent 2 years of his life working to defeat Hillary Clinton and now he is laser-focused on re-electing President Trump.
Montgomery County Republican Central Committee
For Immediate Release
Date: April 5, 2020
STATEMENT BY MONTGOMERY COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY
CHAIRMAN, ALEXANDER A. BUSH
Property Tax Increase
Rockville, MD -- At a time when unemployment claims in Montgomery County have increased by 4,717% since the first week of March, our County Council has agreed with County Executive Elrich to give notice that they are “considering” an increase in the property tax rate “4.5% higher than the constant yield tax rate [which] will generate $62,978,926 in additional property tax revenues.”
Mr. Elrich admitted in his March 15th budget proposal that the current COVID-19 crisis will exacerbate the decline of income tax revenues in the County. But rather than tightening its belt, like families and private businesses must do, Mr. Elrich asked the County Council to drastically increase property taxes to make up the difference.
Our Montgomery County community -- like the nation and countries worldwide -- has been affected by the COVID-19 virus. Yesterday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued state-wide orders to deal with this crisis (click here to see the announcement). Among other actions, Governor Hogan called for the cancellation of large public meetings. The Montgomery County Executive, working with the County Council and School board issued Montgomery County-specific orders including the closure of all schools effective Monday, March 16 (click here for more about Montgomery County-specific measures).
Here are the steps the Montgomery County Republican Party — MCGOP — is taking:
The MCGOP Convention scheduled for March 28 has been cancelled. We hope to make other similar event arrangements later in the year depending on circumstances of course. If you have already made and paid for meal tickets, program ads, sponsorships or other Convention-related expenses you will be reimbursed. Our very kind speakers have been notified with our sincere thanks.
The Saturday "open house" hours at MCGOP headquarters as well as other meetings and activities at our Rockville offices will be cancelled through the end of March. The March MCGOP Executive Committee meeting will be via teleconference for MCGOP Central Committee members, this will not be a general public call-in.
Many Republican clubs and events have been affected – please contact the sponsors of your local event to see it there is any change that will affect you. Check our MCGOP Event page Click Here to identify who is the point person for each specific event and email or make other contact with them. As we learn of cancellations for events posted on the MCGOP's website; they will be marked CANCELLED but for true up to date information, please contact the event sponsor.
Our commitment is to keep the community safe and protected until this health emergency subsides. Together we will soon return to the vibrant, active community we love.
Alexander Bush, Esq.
THE RISING COST OF POLITICAL THEATRE
By Chairman Alexander Bush
“The safety of the people should be the highest law – it is a just and fundamental rule. Those who sincerely follows it cannot dangerously err.” – John Locke, Two Treatises of Government
The last year has been a bad one for Montgomery County. Whenever we are in the national news, it’s never for something good.
Great Lineup for the March 28 MCGOP Convention
Washingtonian Marriott Center
9751 Washingtonian Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD
Moderator for all sessions
Larry O’Connor, our favorite radio personality, commentator and political moderator is coming to the Washingtonian Marriott March 28 for the MCGOP 2020 Convention. O’Connor brings a great perspective, humor and insight to the table, and his wit and wisdom is appreciated by our speakers and guests alike. As host of the popular “The Larry O’Connor Show” on WMAL-FM he also makes frequent appearances on FOX News and is a contributor to The Washington Times newspaper.
Breakfast Speaker (ticket required)
Luke Rosiak our breakfast speaker is the author of the political thriller Obstruction
of Justice: How the Deep State Risked National Security to Protect the Democrats. An
investigative reporter with the Daily Caller News Foundation, he has documented how
national far-left groups are taking over suburban local governments, where they
implement social engineering through schools, prosecutors' offices and zoning.
Who will it be? With the 2020 election season in full swing it’s a tough call on who the other party will nominate as their standard-bearer. They may not even have it settled until their convention! But I’ll bet you know who you’d like to support. Right now, if you make a contribution to MCGOP you’ll get a free bumper sticker - while supplies last. Proceeds support the Montgomery County Republican Party's efforts to elect Republicans at the County, State, and Federal levels of government. In this critical year we’re pulling out all the stops. Donate Here and we’ll mail your bumper sticker today.
My Thoughts on Four Years as PWRC President
By Julie Krieger
It is an honor to share my thoughts on the past four years as president of a fantastic conservative women’s group in Montgomery County, the Potomac Women’s Republican Club (PWRC). I have been on the board of the PWRC for ten years during which there have been many changes.
Do you have expertise or connections? We are looking for YOU! Please consider donating your time, connections, and/or materials
to help with the Spring Cleaning activities at our GOP headquarters.
- PAINT - labor and materials
- CARPET CLEANING - labor and materials
- ELECTRICAL - labor to re-install powder room light fixture; labor and materials to upgrade 2 x 4 fluorescents to LED
- WINDOWS - labor and materials for new window shades or blinds