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Chairman's Message

It’s the start of election season … When politicians of all ilks promise to do the impossible, without an increase in taxes, while giving us free stuff…

Don’t believe it…

  • Look around… we see our legislators continuing to allow Montgomery County to be used as the ATM for the state, allowing the failing Baltimore schools to get $30,000 in state funding for each student while Montgomery County gets approximately $5,500 per student.
  • Look around … Maryland and Montgomery County's sanctuary policies are making us a dumping ground for illegal aliens.
  • Look around … The County Council is working to defund the police - as crime increases dramatically.
  • Look around … The Montgomery County Public School System is teaching principles of critical race theory (CRT) in our schools.
  • Look around … The County Government is instituting “Thrive 2050” which will shape our communities to eliminate single family homes without increasing infrastructure and promoting $600,000 “affordable housing”.

We are the local Republican Party, MCGOP, and we want to make a change in our county. There are over 100,000 registered Republicans in Montgomery County and scores of unaffiliated/independent voters who are fed up with the way our county is headed.

We have an unparalleled opportunity to make a difference in Montgomery County and counter the actions of the County Council and Legislators. Our goal is to make a difference by educating our citizens, digging deep, past the sugar-coated propaganda that the County Government is feeding us and getting a simple, common-sense message out to the voters.

Help us to make progress by volunteering:  I want to Volunteer 

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Thanks for being a great Republican. We need you. 

I’d love to hear from you. Send me a note at Chairman[email protected]  Your thoughts and notes mean a lot and I appreciate them.

 


Help Lead the Party

HELP LEAD THE PARTY

The Republican Party through its elected board, the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee (MCGOP) is currently recruiting qualified applicants to fill a Committee vacancy for Legislative District 20 (Silver Spring area). Eligible individuals must be registered Republican voters who reside in LD 20.  You may check to confirm your LD by Clicking Here .

If interested in applying, please submit your letter of interest and political/professional resume to the MCGOP’s Party Secretary Lori Jaffe NO LATER than 5 PM October 29, 2021.  Interviews will be scheduled at a later date.

Following interviews, if nominated to fill this vacancy the full MCGOP Central Committee will vote to consider the nomination at a date to be determined.  If elected to serve member volunteers are to be active participants in all MCGOP efforts: attend regular meetings, promote the election of Republican candidates, organize and operate effective political organizations in your Legislative District, engage in fund-raising activities and build grass-roots political support within Montgomery County. You would fill the remainder of this term until the Maryland General election in 2022.  It is fun, challenging, yet rewarding work.

This is your chance to help lead the Republican Party.

 


October Mondays MoCo

MONDAYS WITH MOCO SPEAKER’S SERIES

OCTOBER TOPIC: “BIDEN’S ILLEGAL ALIEN TSUNAMI AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER – IMPACT ON MARYLAND AND THE NATION” 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2021, 7:30PM, ZOOM SEMINAR

SPEAKERS: Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, Director Tom Homan, Dale Wilcox

FIRST SPEAKER - FREDERICK COUNTY SHERIFF CHARLES “CHUCK” JENKINS

Sheriff Chuck Jenkins is currently serving in his fourth term as Sheriff of Frederick County, Maryland. He was first elected to the Office of Sheriff in 2006. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency, the primary and largest of five agencies in Frederick County. As Sheriff, he also has responsibility to oversee the Frederick County Adult Detention Center including Central Booking and Work Release and security for the Frederick County Courthouse, which includes the service of all civil processes for the county. 

Sheriff Jenkins is a 2007 graduate of the National Sheriff’s Leadership Institute. He is actively involved with the Maryland Sheriff’s Association testifying many times before the Maryland Legislature on legislative issues that impact public safety, corrections, and law enforcement. Sheriff Jenkins actively serves on three standing committees of the National Sheriff’s Association - Homeland Security, Immigration and Border Security, and School Safety. 

Under his leadership as Sheriff, the agency has effectively partnered with DHS/ICE to participate in two major programs, the 287g Delegation of Authority Program and the Inter-Governmental Services Agreement ICE detainee housing program. He has previously testified before Congressional subcommittees on issues involving illegal immigration. In the summer of 2014, he visited the McAllen, Texas border sector to view first-hand the surge of illegal immigrants across the open border and the impact to local crime and public safety.  Sheriff Jenkins is currently participating in a long-term project sponsored by the U.S. Army War College’s Homeland Defense and Security.

https://www.frederickcosheriff.com/

Note: Sheriff Jenkins has recently announced his candidacy for re-election as Sheriff of Frederick County.  www.chuckjenkinsforsheriff.com


SECOND SPEAKER - THOMAS D. HOMAN, SENIOR FELLOW, IMMIGRATION REFORM LAW INSTITUTE

Thomas Homan served as Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) , the principal investigative agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), from January 30, 2017 until his retirement on June 30, 2018. In this role, Mr. Homan advanced ICE’s mission to promote homeland security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of approximately 400 federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration.

Since 2013, and until his retirement, Mr. Homan served as the executive associate director of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). In this capacity, he led ICE ‘s efforts to identify, arrest, detain, and remove illegal aliens, including those who present a danger to national security or are a risk to public safety, as well as those who enter the United States illegally or otherwise undermine the integrity of our immigration laws and our border control efforts.

Mr. Homan is a 33-year veteran of law enforcement and has nearly 30 years of immigration enforcement experience. He has served as a police officer in New York; a U.S. Border Patrol agent; a special agent with the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service; as well as supervisory special agent and deputy assistant director for investigations at ICE. In 1999, Mr. Homan became the assistant district director for investigations (ADDI) in San Antonio, Texas, and three years later transferred to the ADDI position in Dallas, Texas.

Upon the creation of ICE, Mr. Homan was named as the assistant agent in charge in Dallas. In March 2009, Mr. Homan accepted the position of assistant director for enforcement within ERO at ICE headquarters and was subsequently promoted to deputy executive associate director of ERO.

Mr. Homan holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and received the Presidential Rank Award in 2015 for his exemplary leadership and extensive accomplishments in immigration enforcement.  Tom is a well-known and respected contributor on Fox News. 

https://www.irli.org/


THIRD SPEAKER - DALE WILCOX, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & GENERAL COUNSEL, IRLI

Dale Wilcox joined IRLI (the Immigration and Reform Law Institute) in 2014 as its chief executive officer and is responsible for the overall management of the organization. He is a distinguished litigator who has dedicated his career to protecting civil rights and promoting accountability, transparency, and integrity in government and fidelity to the rule of law. Prior to joining IRLI, he served as State and Local Director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) where he developed and executed a successful legislative program to advance FAIR’s mission to stem unlawful immigration and promote legal immigration levels consistent with the national interest.

Prior to FAIR, Mr. Wilcox worked with Judicial Watch, Inc. (JW) for more than ten years where he served as counsel and Executive Director of Judicial Watch’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia. In this regard, he was involved in several seminal JW investigations that uncovered government corruption, waste, fraud, and abuse, including the Filegate, Chinagate, Commercegate, and Pardongate scandals, litigated numerous FOIA lawsuits that forced release of important government records, including the CCTV camera footage of American Airlines Flight 77 hitting the Pentagon on 9/11 and documents establishing government abuse and incompetence relating to the handling of the anthrax letters sent to members of Congress. 

He is a cum laude graduate of the Regent University School of Law and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a minor in philosophy from the University of Louisville. He is a member of the bars of the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and District of Columbia Circuits, United States District Courts for the District of Columbia and Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, Supreme Court of the State of Indiana, and District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

https://www.irli.org/


MODERATOR - DENNIS MELBY

Dennis Melby, who is a former Party Chairman, Town Councilmember and Association President, will serve as moderator.


TONIGHT’S TOPIC:

For the past nine months, the Biden Regime has systematically uprooted, turned off, and eliminated the plethora of effective policies, regulations, agreements, and executive actions by the Trump Administration regarding illegal immigration, the southern border and internal enforcement.  We have gone from near completion of the Border Wall, ever declining numbers of illegal entries through the “Remain in Mexico” policy and elimination of the foolhardy “Catch and Release” program, increasing internal arrests and removals of illegal alien criminals and gang members via 287g and other programs, to a Biden sponsored national disaster.  A virtual tsunami of illegal crossings by citizens of nearly every nation combined with dramatically less domestic enforcement and removals, with no end in sight!  If trends continue unabated, we will receive more than two million uninvited 'guests' to our country in 2021.  From the Biden Regime perspective, that means of course potentially 2 million new Democrat voters.  

With the aiding and abetting of the movement and sustainment of these illegal border jumpers by federal agencies and hired non-government organizations, illegal aliens are being bused, flown, feed and housed in all 50 states including Maryland without our knowledge or consent.  Given no more than a good luck pat on the back (vaya con dios) and a meaningless piece of paper that says to show up in federal Immigration Court 2-3 years from now, these unknown, uneducated, non-English speaking persons, not tested for COVID or other diseases, are in the wind nationwide. Headed of course for our Maryland (often sanctuary) communities, public school systems, social welfare programs, low wage jobs and voting facilities.  Makes life easier for cartel members, human and drug traffickers, terrorists, and gang members who are exploiting the reckless incompetence of the Biden White House.

Our speakers tonight, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, Tom Homan and Dale Wilcox are all too familiar and experienced with this ongoing national crisis and with provide our audience with insights, possible solutions and potential actions we can take as concerned citizens.  The future of America hangs in the balance until we solve this all-encompassing problem. 

Register in advance for this webinar HERE or go to

For this important discussion of “BIDEN’S ILLEGAL ALIEN TSUNAMI AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER – IMPACT ON MARYLAND AND THE NATION” 

To support our speakers series and the Republican Party click HERE.

 


Anti-Racism

UNITED AGAINST RACISM IN EDUCATION

Contact Dee Reuben at [email protected] for more information and for information on our meetings. If you’re unable to attend but would like to donate to help cover our expenses (mass mailings, books and supplies), please make checks out to United Against Racism In Education (UARE.US) and Mail to 5921 Bowie Mill Court Rockville, Md 20855


Should We Teach Kids American History?

JULIE STRAUSS-LEVIN URGES TEACHING CHILDREN AMERICAN HISTORY EARLY

By Kathy Gugulis

The Potomac Women’s Republican Club warmly welcomed Julie Strauss Levin as its special guest speaker at its June 30th luncheon. 

Among her many other accomplishments, Julie Strauss Levin, a lawyer experienced in the non-profit and for profit arenas, was appointed by President Trump to the 1776 Commission, as well as the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. She is a proud mom and daughter, and the wife of conservative author, TV and radio host Mark Levin.

The room full of nearly 100 guests had a lively discussion with Mrs. Strauss Levin about how to raise conservative children in today’s world, voter integrity, and the tragic developments earlier this year in Israel which has led to a reprehensible rise in anti-Semitic attacks both in the U.S. and around the world, as well as anti-Semitic statements from some Democrat members of Congress.

Strauss-Levin encouraged parents and grandparents to start teaching American history, talking about the Declaration of Independence and Constitution at home as soon as kids can begin to comprehend these concepts.

“Your kids should not be learning about the Declaration of Independence at school. They should learn about it at home.  Kids need to understand that the Constitution is the roadmap for limited government, to make sure that that We, the People, are in charge and that our inalienable rights are protected,” she said. 

Asked if there is any hope left for public schools, especially regarding the teaching of history, Strauss-Levin said, “Kids are never too young to talk about that on the soccer field or day care.  Discussing American history and who we are as Americans should be done as soon as kids can comprehend.  I know that I talked to my kids when they were 3,4, and five years old. Go to the primary documents, show them the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. We live here right near the city, take them around.”    

Another guest asked what we in Montgomery County could do to counter Leftist, Marxist ideologies.  Strauss-Levin urged people to prepare and become informed so they could push back during every day conversations. She suggested that an organization called The Policy Circle prepares issue papers on different subjects and makes them available for community leaders who establish conversation circles to find local solutions.  

How can we get more Republicans to win in Moco?  “Do what you are doing every single day, talking to people about your values—freedom, liberty. It all goes back back to conversation.  Having people in the comfort of your home where you can talk about issues, I really think you can change minds.”

“Marxism is here in our country,” she said.   “It is frightening.  The Left is on the march.  Nancy Pelosi says jump, they ask how high.”

“I am asked, why can’t we [conservatives] do that?  We are wired to believe in individualism.  We are not government centric.  We believe in liberty. It is easy for the Left to follow in lock step, follow the line.” 

“You see Marxism everywhere.  You can’t even let your kids watch TV today without seeing Disney propaganda or Sesame Street.” 

“Why do they push CRT?  Why do they embrace climate change?  This is a way for the Left to tell us what to think, what to do, where we can go,” she said. 

“They’ve stolen our language and then they censor us.”  An audience member noted that “Critical race theory—cute words—sounds like a good idea.  But it is an evil ideology.  CRT says the Constitution and Declaration of Independence are White supremacist documents created to give power and influence to white people, and that is why we have to trash these documents.  It is just awful.”

“This is why we have to get to our kids first,” Strauss-Levin said. “The first time they should learn about Declaration of Independence shouldn’t be at school, it should be at home, so when they get to school, they know how to think critically.”

Strauss-Levin encouraged the audience to get to legislators first with your own message and not let the Leftists take the lead.

The 1776 Commission, to which Strauss-Levin was appointed by President Trump, did a study and submitted the report to the president, symbolically on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  

“The media attacked us as racists.  We were vilified,” she said. Not surprisingly, Biden signed an executive order abolishing the 1776 Commission on January 21, 2021, right after Inauguration Day.

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Kathy Gugulis is Treasurer of the Potomac Women's Republican Club, a member of the Montgomery County Charter Review Commission and resident of Legislative District 39.

 


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October 2nd Amendment Cartoon


Redistricting and Gerrymandering

By Dan Cuda

I recently made a  Zoom presentation to Governor Hogan’s Maryland redistricting commission.  The following builds on my thoughts from that night and what I’ve so far settled on how a fair redistricting might work.  I’m focused on Maryland but these tentative first principles seem applicable to any state.  

Redistricting must support citizens not politicians.  Its first principle must be: the voters will select their representatives, not the other way around.  The past partisan process in Maryland  demonstrates how politicians chose their preferred groups and diluted others: crazy, stretched out shapes,  with fingers reaching out to find the desired pockets of voters.  Instead, non-partisan redistricting produces and sustains compact communities of voters, enabling neighborhood politics  and local relationships to flourish.  District shapes must not divide communities,  nor must it try to submerge or dilute the diversity of our voters. Instead, non-partisanship can create communities of interests. 

The question of voter diversity is at the heart of drawing the shapes of our districts.  Multi-member versus single member Maryland legislative districts stands out from among the other issues.  The greatest diversity will appear with the largest number of districts.  This principle connects a single representative with the smallest numbers of voters.   On this basis, undivided communities with their networks of family, friends,  youth sports and schools all come together to form the basis of its majority  vote.   Earning this majority is difficult for politicians, and they work hard within redistricting to make their political work easier.  Shaping the vote ahead of time is the hallmark of  partisan districting.  Instead, politicians must be required to work harder to bridge differences in their districts by devising and enabling compromise among their associated communities.  Partisan redistricting short circuits this desirable process.   

Multimember districts can be a compact shape that conforms to many of these ideals.  But they subtly dilute and offset the politics of one community by unnecessarily combining it with others. Multimember districts are undesirable because when purer choices are available. Single member legislative district preferable for this reason.  

How to draw the districts?   I propose centering at least some districts at points of the highest residential density. These shapes then need to expand on  lines of equal population density – necessarily irregular - until they have included the appropriate number of voters.  I believe density captures something of community.  Think of the social reality that density captures in city centers, suburbia, or even rural setting.  We recognize the social differences and similarities captured by each of these settings.  Shapes centered on this basis seem likely have the least risk of dividing community.

Dividing, uniting, or creating communities of political interest is the great opportunity or danger of the redistricting process.  It can be accomplished by independent commissions as easily as state legislatures.  Instead, a transparent process that announces its principles can help restore voter trust in democratic institutions.  The partisan alternative will continue its alarming erosion.  The process should  enable a voter majority in the smallest possible, most feasibly compact district, to coalesce around a single representative.  Redistricting on this basis enables a truer democratic process by allowing differences and interests to evolve in a district -  street by street,  block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood.  The complexities of redistricting  likely overwhelm this attempt at non-partisan first principles,  but in the end they must be articulated to help citizens recognize that redistricting is done in their interest and not careerist politicians.  

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Dan Cuda is a Member of the Republican Central Committee, the main Republican orientation director, and a boardmember of the LD-15 PAC.


October Voter Integrity

The Maryland Voter Integrity Group

We're looking to make sure the next election can be counted on as a contest we can have utmost confidence in. The Maryland Voter Integrity Group has found serious anomalies in the previous election, including 35% Democrat Vote Spikes in 4 Counties. We also found strong evidence that a Computer Algorithm ran for the entire 2020 Election. Learn more & sign our Petition for a Full Forensic Audit in Maryland at www.mdvoter.org .


What We Left Behind

By William Richbourg

“Never have I witnessed a greater, swifter, collapse of competence that what I have seen with the U.S. evacuation of Afghanistan. Events at the airport – desperation, death – indicate the extreme chaos that ensues when the commander in chief doesn’t actually understand the value of service.”  ……. Elliot Ackerman, NY Times

However, if we look at the “awe-inspiring” armory that was left behind we have to suspect something more was going on than simple incompetence. In fact, I suspect that this is a clear case of politicized and malevolent incompetence! 

Consider for a moment the scope of this particular part of the disaster.  Left to the Taliban according to the following inventory published in the London Times:

  • 22,174 armored Humvees
  • 42 pickup trucks and SUVs
  • 64,363 machine guns
  • 162,043 radios
  • 16,035 night-vision goggles
  • 358,530 assault rifles (real ones not the ones Joe Biden warns about in the US)
  • 126,295 pistols
  • 176 artillery pieces
  • 100 helicopters (including 33 Black Hawks)
  • 4 C-130 transport planes
  • 60 other fixed wing aircraft

Why did we do that? No one has offered an explanation. What’s worse is that, not only did we leave behind this horrifying arsenal, but the Administration lied about their intent to save all Americans. They left many of them behind as well and that is unforgivable.

The only explanation is that Biden refused to follow President Trump’s plan because it was President Trump’s plan! He came up with his own timetable so that he could claim credit for ending “America’s longest war” in a way that would clearly deny President Trump any credit and it blew up in his face.

Worse, it is likely not over. Counting on the kinder, gentler Taliban is a dangerous and foolhardy strategy and one that is likely to cause the American people additional and on-going heartache.

What else did we leave behind? Our credibility, our honor! Americans must wake up and end this Administration before it can do further irreversible damage to our country.

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William Richbourg is a Member of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee.


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