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End One-Party Rule for the Montgomery County Delegation

By S. Alexandra Tuttle

By the end of the 2018 Maryland General Assembly session, it became painfully obvious that the Montgomery County Delegation had tried its utmost to ensure that “End One Party Rule” never happens.

Testimony on Three Sanctuary Bills During General Assembly Hearing

By Brigitta Mullican

On March 13, the Maryland General Assembly House Judiciary Committee held hearings on three sanctuary bills:

Ranked Choice Voting

By Patricia Fenati, Candidate for House of Delegates, LD 14

“Ranked Choice Voting” is promoted as a way to assure that “winners” get a majority, not just a plurality in At-Large elections.

How to Create a Winning Campaign Website

By Dwight Patel

Despite what some tech-savvy web designers and Internet specialists might say, we still haven’t reached a point in our society where a website is a must-have for every local political campaign.

School Safety Through the Eyes of a Teacher and Emergency Management Professional

By David Wilson, Candidate for Maryland State Senate (LD 15)

The safety of so many students in our public schools is not an issue that can be resolved by soundbite solutions.  It requires an approach involving the attention of students, parents, teachers, administrators, law enforcement, mental health professionals, clergy, and legislators.

Think Tank Offers Proposal to Combat Maryland Health Care Rate Shock

By Mark Uncapher

While many Democrats still prefer to refer to Obamacare as the “Affordable Care Act” or ACA, “affordable” seems to be least appropriate way to describe what has occurred since it was signed into law eight years ago.

Many who would agree with that bleak assessment are among the more than 150,000 Marylanders who purchase health insurance on the state health exchange.  They currently face premium increases as high as 50% this coming October.

How to Strengthen Security in America’s Schools

By Jeffrey Brown, 2nd Vice Chair, MCGOP Central Committee

There is currently a lot of noise and concern over what our nation’s response should be to the continuing outbreak of school shootings. It has become a highly politicized debate, and so far, the loudest voices in the court of national public opinion are those who are in favor of more restrictive laws.

Testimony on HB 1461 -- SAFE Act aka Sanctuary State ???SAFE-Supporting All Families Everywhere???

By Pat Fenati

HB1461 - This bill, among other things, would grant state and local government officials immunity from harm caused to residents as a result of the refusal of those officials to communicate immigration status information to federal officials. Who is the state trying to protect? Who is being protected by this bill? Criminals? Why is the General Assembly not making every effort to keep my family safe? As a member of the community, protection from criminals is what I expect from the state.

Dr. Politics: Campaign Fundraising

By Dwight Patel

You can’t win a campaign just by knocking on doors, especially when you have a district of 1,000 homes or more.  You need money to pay printers, TV stations, radio stations, the webmaster, the post office and the phone company. 

The bottom line is that you need to raise money and you shouldn’t be ashamed to ask for it. If you are, you may have a fear of rejection, and if that’s the case, you may be thinking that your campaign is more about you than about the cause.  Remember that if you are running to advance a cause, everything you do is about the cause.  After all, keep in mind that you are not asking your friends, family and strangers for money for yourself -- you are asking for money so that you can go and fight for their cause, which will improve the quality of life for your constituents. If that’s not the case, then you might need to take a second look at why you are running for office.

Democrats Divided on Tax Reform Repeal

By Mark Uncapher

A growing divide has developed among Democrats over whether to campaign for the repeal of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December.

Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen, who leads the Senate Democrats’ 2018 campaign efforts, is telling his party’s candidates, including politically vulnerable senators, to showcase their continued opposition to the tax law.


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