By Dwight Patel
We had our primaries in Maryland this past Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Although most of the candidates didn’t have a primary in Montgomery County, we did have a few and there were even more across the state. It sucks to lose, but we need to be a unified force and stand together with our nominees. Remember, the most important thing in 2018 is that we RE-ELECT GOVERNOR LARRY HOGAN to an historic second term as a Republican governor of the Great State of Maryland and help ensure the success of the Drive for Five initiative by the MDGOP. This isn’t about YOU. You need to reach out – this goes for the winners too – all of you need to make an effort to reach out to your opponents’ supporters and make them feel welcome in your camp.
By Mark Uncapher, MCGOP Chairman
Any Montgomery County voter looking for traffic relief will not get much hope from the transportation manifestos of Montgomery County’s “progressive” Democrats this primary season. Collectively, they all try to outdo each other in their opposition to anything involving spending for roads.
Christina Grigorian says that as a first generation American, wife, mother and practicing lawyer, she has already lived the American Dream. Now, she is running for the U.S. Senate to represent the people of Maryland.
By Nick Braughton
If you want to make a meaningful difference in your community or state, you don't have to wait until you’ve found a job and own a home. You don’t even need to be old enough to vote! There are a lot of ways to get involved right now, even if you're in college, high school, or middle school!
By Dwight Patel, Candidate for State Senate, LD 20
Transportation Issues– We need more roads and should look at all possible transportation solutions. If I need to go into the city, I use Metro. However, mass transit isn’t a silver bullet that will fix our transportation woes. I support the governor’s plans to widen the Beltway, I-270 and the Baltimore Washington Parkway. I also believe we should extend Metro to BWI Airport, since all world class cities have light rail to airports. Although the MARC train goes to BWI, it isn’t convenient. I strongly oppose BRT on Route 29, Rockville Pike and the Damascus area, because we don’t fix traffic issues by taking away a car lane and giving it to a BRT car. Right now, we see Ride-On buses that go through our neighborhoods virtually empty.
By Pat Fenati, Candidate for Maryland Delegate LD 14
Maryland began collecting fuel taxes in 1922 when the state created the Gasoline Tax Bureau to collect a tax on gasoline at the rate of 1 cent per gallon. Over the years that price rose many times until July 1 of 1993 when the Maryland tax on a gallon of gasoline was fixed at 23.50 cents.
By Dwight Patel
Amid the period of early voting and Primary Day in Maryland, I realize that most of you running in Montgomery County have no primaries, but you shouldn’t rest on your laurels and wait until November. Nor should you wait until after the primary to start knocking on doors.
Governor Larry Hogan has announced that Maryland will permanently eliminate the $7.50 E-Z Pass Maryland transponder fee for all new customers, putting $46 million back into Marylanders’ wallets over the next five years. This is the second time that Governor Hogan has announced a toll rollback for Maryland in just three years. In 2015, the governor announced major toll rollbacks across the state, resulting in $270 million in savings. Prior to 2015, there had been no toll rollbacks for the past 50 years.
By Laurie Halverson Candidate for Maryland House of Delegates, District 15
Maryland has the unfortunate distinction of being the second least accountable school system in the nation. This means that the federal plan (under the “Every Student Succeeds Act”) to determine school accountability is based on a weaker set of academic factors than most of the nation. Standardized test scores for high schools, for example, account for only 30% of a school’s overall score. Other factors that are used to determine accountability under the new plan are:
By Mark Uncapher MCGOP Chairman
Voting as a committee at the Maryland State Republican Convention in May, the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee voted unanimously to endorse the “Sitting Judges” in the upcoming primary election. Although these judges have all been appointed by Governor Hogan, the Maryland Constitution requires Circuit Court Judges to stand for election to a full term after being appointed by the governor.