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Leadership in Trying Times

By Bill Richbourg

Should I keep back my opinions at such a time through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason toward my country…. Patrick Henry


Maryland’s $20 Billion Pension Shortfall & Peter Franchot

By Mark Uncapher

As badly as your 401(k) may be doing because of this year’s COVID stock market swoon, your personal retirement account is not short as many dollars as Maryland’s state pension system.


Marc Elrich's Secret Tax Hike

Montgomery County Republican Central Committee

Press Release


For Immediate Release
Date:  May 12, 2020
Email:  press@mcgop.com

STATEMENT BY MONTGOMERY COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY
CHAIRMAN, ALEXANDER A. BUSH

Hidden Property Tax Increase

Rockville, MD -- Since 2008, the "Ficker Amendment" to the County Charter has protected property owners in Montgomery County from all but unanimous property tax hikes by the County Council. But yesterday, County Executive Marc Elrich was caught by County Finance Department staff secretly – and illegally – attempting to circumvent this and raise property taxes county-wide by $5.2M. Using creative accounting, Mr. Elrich’s budget inflated prior tax revenue by including hypothetical taxes on properties while still under construction that were neither owed nor paid. Yesterday, the County Council admitted, when voting against this, that using this method to inflate the budget cap would likely be overturned if challenged in court by a taxpayer, and would force the County to repay the additional revenue.


Joe Biden, Brett Kavanaugh, and Double Standards

By Dennis Melby

The left-wing media had a field day with the nomination of Montgomery County resident Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in 2018. The Kavanaugh family has been a bedrock of Montgomery County for years. Many of us remember voting for his mother for District Court Judge, and his wife Ashley has been the town manager for their section of Chevy Chase since 2016. However, since Justice Kavanaugh was nominated by a Republican president, the left decided that whatever the cost, he had to be dismissed from consideration, much less confirmation.


Notes from the Bunker

By Bill Richbourg

I’m taking the opportunity to report to you some of the “post session” thoughts and notes from one of my favorite legislators, Delegate Trent Kittleman – District 9A.

Delegate Kittleman offers her suggestions as to which bills recently passed by the legislature, should be vetoed by the governor.  She presents brief but cogent justifications for her suggestions that I believe are ideas that we should consider and, if you agree, add our voices to the call for the governor to exercise his veto authority.

Here is what we can do:


Kirwan Report Part II; “Savage” Cuts and “Starvation Wages” for Teachers

By Bill Richbourg

For decades, misleading rhetoric from leading figures in America, like that in a recent article by Norman Augustine, a local corporate magnate RINO, would have us believe that the U.S. spends far less on education than is the case. Consider this statement by former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who said that “Over the past decade, states all over America have made savage cuts to education. Teachers are paid starvation wages…”  paint a very dark and dismal perspective of American education, and, of course, of America.  Mr. Augustine, through either ignorance or intention, mimics Mr. Sanders in tone and rhetoric.


Where was the Racism?

By Hessie Harris

The Left’s penchant for trying to discredit and shame anyone who does not spout their narrative, promote their goals, and fit their proscribed image has reached a new low.

At a recent presidential briefing, Surgeon General Jerome Adams responded to a question by a reporter asking about the devastating impact that the coronavirus has had on minority communities. He stated that the matter was being looked into. He also noted, as had Dr. Fauci previously, that some blacks and Hispanics often have underlying conditions that make them more vulnerable. He advised that the risk could be reduced if minorities would refrain from drinking alcohol, smoking and using drugs so as not to even more negatively affect underlying conditions and increase their vulnerability to the virus.


Virtual Board of Education Forum

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.


Silent Tax Hike - MCGOP Chairman Alexander Bush on The Larry O'Connor Show WMAL-FM

MCGOP Chairman Alexander Bush on The Larry O'Connor Show WMAL-FM discussing the Montgomery County Council's Silent Tax Hikes:

 


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