By Laurie Halverson
The Montgomery County Federation of Republican Women (MCFRW) will be hosting a Virtual Board of Education Forum for the MCPS Board of Education candidates. The original plan was to have a live forum at the Potomac Community Center on March 16, but the Coronavirus Pandemic got in the way.
The Stay-at-Home order has made it especially challenging for candidates to reach voters in this county-wide nonpartisan race. While the League of Women Voters has an excellent written voters’ guide available through vote411.org, voters have little chance to see the candidates express their views in person and and learn about their opinions on a variety of issues. Now that we are facing serious shortfalls in the budget, voters will want to hear out-of-the-box ideas on how all students can receive quality instruction with potentially less money.
MCGOP Chairman Alexander Bush on The Larry O'Connor Show WMAL-FM discussing the Montgomery County Council's Silent Tax Hikes:
The Pandemic of Political Correctness
By Deborah Lambert
These are not normal times in America. Instead of watching sports, going to restaurants and
buying new cars, we’re staying home, practicing social distancing and spending more time with our families.
However, if there is an unforeseen upside to the Coronavirus pandemic that has affected millions, it is the fact that the pandemic of political correctness – the kind that is on display 24/7 on CNN, MSNBC and thousands of colleges and universities – has been openly revealed as a major league fraud that has conned and bamboozled millions into believing lies and distortions of the truth that should make latter-day hippies swoon in their Birkenstocks.
The Republican Party is here for you
The Republican Party, like our country, is on a wartime setting. The virus has consumed our thoughts, our schedules and our way of life. Instead of being tired from shaking so many hands while campaigning, we’re focusing on social distancing and protecting our loved ones from an unseen menace.
Yet, this too shall pass. Our President and his team are showing great leadership. The political parties are forcing themselves to work together for the common good (very reluctantly I might add). Although the end is not in sight - talk of a successful ending is in the air.
The Maryland Primary
So if our world has been turned upside down by the COVID-19 virus why should our elections be any different? Governor Larry Hogan has re-scheduled the 2020 primary election for Tuesday, June 2.
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.