By Mark Uncapher
Earlier this month, Brian Griffith broke the story in Red Maryland of “Democrats and Heroin Houses.” At issue is the favorable action of a Maryland State Senate Committee on legislation to allow so-called “Supervised Drug Consumption” facilities to “provide a place for the consumption of pre-obtained drugs, provide sterile needles, administer first aid as needed, and provide certain other services.” 
The proposed law’s protections for “pre-obtained drugs” is worth further explanation. It protects the possession of illegal drugs from prosecution.
Over the last three years,we've made incredible progress, but we're just getting started. Check out this powerful and moving video highlighting Governor Larry Hogan's first three years in office.
Some of the pictures from the 2018 MCGOP Convention held 2-3-2018.
Meet the Candidates video. If you are a candidate who is or planning to run for office in 2018. If you'd like to get a video record, please contact Dwight Patel (AKA Dr. Politics) to make an appointment to get a video made or if you have any questions about running for office. Read Dr. Politcs Columns
Candidates, if you haven’t filed yet, the filing deadline in Maryland is February 27, 2018 at 9 p.m. if you’re planning to run for office in November 2018. You can get started by going to the MD Board of Elections to begin your paperwork.
8:00 am Registration Opens
8:30 am Breakfast with Allan Kittleman, County Executive, Howard County Maryland
9:45 am District Caucuses & District Photos
10:10 am Convention Gaveled Open
10:15 am Pledge/Prayer
* Prayer – Pastor Shannon Wright
* Pledge Anne Koutsoutis
For the fourth year in a row Governor Hogan’s budget plan includes no tax increases and record funding for K-12 education. The Governor’s FY2019 budget would spend an unprecedented $6.5 billion total on schools, more than called for in state formulas. Every single school system in the state of Maryland will see increased investment by the state.
Governor Hogan's focus on reining in state spending and rolling back tax increases has put the state in far better shape than it would have been otherwise, but his work is not done.
84% of state tax revenue is mandated and prevents far more dollars from being returned to Marylanders’ pockets. To combat this problem, Governor Hogan has introduced the "Common Sense Spending Act of 2018."
U.S. Labor Market Added 1.8 Million Jobs since President Trump Took Office;
Consumer Comfort Index Reached 10-year High in 2017
- Since President Trump took office, the unemployment rate has decreased from 4.8 percent to 4.1 percent, a 17-year low.
- The U.S. economy has also added 1.8 million jobs since President Trump took office.
- The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index averaged 50 in 2017, the highest yearly average since 2001.
- The December, 2017 jobs report has been praised and includes a number of strong indicators of economic health.
- Over 100 companies and counting have pledged to offer bonuses, pay raises, and benefits increases after Republicans passed historic tax reform, a trend that is having a positive impact for many Americans and charities across the country.
- The Christmas shopping season was the best in a decade, far exceeding expectations.
- The Dow has topped 25,000, up 36 percent since President Trump was elected, "an incredible move in such a short period."
The U.S. Senate confirmed Alex Azar II to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on January 24. Secretary Azar attended Parkside High School in Salisbury, Maryland from 1981 to 1985. His father, also named Alex Azar, is a retired doctor of ophthalmology and teacher at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He practiced ophthalmology in Salisbury, Maryland for more than 30 years. His grandfather emigrated from Lebanon in the early 20th century.