Neighbors Challenge School Board

Neighbors Challenge the Frederick County School Board

The folks in Frederick County want better schooling for their community. A non-partisan group has banded together to fight the Woke, far-left Board and Teachers Unions who’ve taken over the public education system, and they’re being supported in their run for the School Board.

Called Education – NOT Indoctrination they’re gaining steam in their efforts to lead the charge and return public education to quality education. Check out their website HERE.

Neighbors help each other improve their communities, drop them a  line if you're interested in helping them.

Join our Republican Convention

Join us for our 

Montgomery County Republican Party

(MCGOP) Annual Convention

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Doors open at 8:00 AM

Event starts at 9:00

DoubleTree Hotel 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Meet our Candidates and fellow Republicans - Discuss Issues and the 2022 Election.

Join the conversation and be part of the process!

Volunteer for campaigns, MCGOP activities & outreach events, pick-up campaign literature & signage, mingle with national, state and local leaders

Register now for this amazing day of discussion, activism, fellowship and unity.  Come for the Event - Stay for the Luncheon

Our luncheon speaker, James Carafano with the Heritage Foundation, is a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges.


Sponsorship Opportunities Available as well as Display Tables for Businesses and Organizations

Rural Club Celebrates!

Rural Women’s Republican Club (RWRC)

Celebrates 60 Years and its Founding Mothers

By: Patsy Dillingham, President RWRC

On Monday, March 21, 2022, Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant in Frederick was the setting for The Rural Women’s Republican Club to celebrate its 60th Anniversary.  Also, celebrated was Jill Chadwick’s 99th birthday (her official birthday was Monday, March 21st), the last surviving Charter Member of the club, and the last two Founding Mothers of the club--Bonnie Anthony and Dorinne Armstrong.  The foundation that these ladies established for the club is still carried on today—strong political values, as well as the importance of Community Outreach.   Thank you to Margie Shultz for being the official photographer.

There were 26 members and guests attending.  Special Guests were:

Jill Chadwick’s Sons and their spouses—Dan and Wykie Seamans; Charles and Jane Ann Chadwick;

Bonnie Anthony’s Daughter— Carole Morgan;

Dorinne Armstrong’s son-- Richard Armstrong and Dorinne’s guest, George Mauser, son of Elaine Mauser, the Founder of the Rural Women’s Republican Club. 

The History of the Rural Women’s Republican Club

By Dorinne Armstrong

The Rural Women’s Republican Club’s was founded on June 5, 1962.  This small club is still appropriately named.  The Upper Montgomery County area is still very much a rural area.  We are surrounded by 95,000 acres of the Agricultural Preserve, with Sugarloaf Mountain towering over the rolling acres of beautiful farms.

Some trivia from that year:

  • President John F. Kennedy demands removal of the Soviet missile bases in Cuba;
  • Marilyn Monroe dies, apparently from an overdose of sleeping pills.
  • U.S. establishes semi-permanent military presence in Vietnam
  • Popular songs: Go Away Little Girl, The Loco-Motion, Sherry, Monster Mash, Big Girls Don't Cry;
  • The Beverly Hillbillies and The Twilight Zone were the top TV shows;
  • Lawrence of Arabia, starring Peter O’Toole, was voted top movie that year;
  • Lt. Col. John H. Glenn, Jr. becomes first American to achieve earth orbit;

There was so much happening in that year, it prompted Elaine Mauser (chartered member—now deceased) to get involved in Republican politics.  She took the initiative to call the Montgomery County Federation to see if there was a Republican club in the upper part of the county.  There was not.  So—it all began.  Elaine Mauser, Pat O’Hanlon, Jennie Fulton, Sylvia Herman and Mary Helburn from the Federation, got together for lunch at the Potomac Valley Country Club in upper Montgomery County to discuss plans for starting a new club.  It’s part of the tradition—Rural does its best work over food!  Together, they came up with a list of names and found enough Republican ladies to invite to an organizational coffee to be held at the home of General and Mrs. Wedemeyer in Boyds.

On June 5, 1962, twenty-eight (28) women came for coffee and about fourteen (14) signed up to become the first charter members of the newly formed club.  One woman in attendance suggested that the club be called “The Rural Women’s Republican Club.”   The record shows that she never attended another meeting, but the name still remains.  It’s recorded for posterity that the first paid member was Bessie Reddick of Poolesville and Pat O’Hanlon was the first president of the club.  Jill Chadwick, a charter member, is still in the club today and remains very active.  Although she did not attend the first meeting, Dorinne Armstrong came to the second meeting and is still active today.  Bonnie Anthony is still active today and served as President 1991-1993. 

As with any start-up club, the most urgent need was money.  The one attempt at fundraising was a bake sale at Selby’s Market, where the club netted $18.07.  To earn more money, two members, Elaine Mauser and Dorinne Armstrong came up with the idea of having an old-fashioned box supper in the barn on the Wedemeyer farm, where the Armstrongs were renting at the time.  The Wedemeyer’s were kind enough to give the club permission to use the old barn (probably thought it was a great way to get it cleaned out.)  The club went to work!  Everyone pitched in we scraped the floor, ridding it of years of barn gunk, hung wire for Chinese lanterns, pushed hay around to provide appropriate seating, hired a Country Music group called “The Blue Grass Travelers,” and sent out invitations. A tradition was in the making.  On June 7, 1963, the first “Saturday Night in the Country” began and that tradition is still very much alive.  About 30 couples attended the first one, each with a beautifully wrapped box supper to be auctioned off by a real live auctioneer.  The first Saturday Night in the Country netted $558.35—not bad for a small club in its embryonic stages.  Though the format has changed some through the years, we still have an auction, good food, entertainment and best of all we have a great time with each other and our guests.

After all these years, the Rural Women’s Republican Club remains small but mighty!  We support our candidates very well, work hard for Republican causes and we always do very well in our volunteer hours. Our Community Outreach continues to be a top priority of the club. The friendships that have been established in this club have been long lasting, and the family atmosphere has been an incentive for others to join this political and caring club.


Come on Man, You Know the Thing

Come on Man, You know the thing...

One of our Montgomery County residents wrote that they could swear they heard this exchange during the recent confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson between her honor and Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Their version of a bit of the Jackson nomination hearing.  It’s only a bit more ridiculous than reality. 
  • Blackburn, R-Tenn: “Can you provide a definition for the word ‘woman’?” 
  • Jackson: "I’m not a biologist.” 
  • Blackburn: “Okay so you know how to define ‘biologist’ but not ‘woman’?
  • Jackson: “I’m not one of those things that decides what a biologist is.”
  • Blackburn: “What do you mean by ‘thing’?”
  • Jackson; “I don’t know that either. I suggest you ask President Biden. He says we pledge allegiance to the ‘Thing, you know, the Thing.’.”
  • Blackburn: “Okay to summarize, you can’t define what a woman is because you are not a biologist, and can’t know what a biologist is because you aren’t the Joe Biden thing that determines what a biologist is, so you can’t ever know what the definition is of a woman because you wouldn’t know a biologist if you saw one. Is my understanding correct?”
  • Jackson: “You are correct, Madam Senator.” 
  • Blackburn: “Did a biologist tell you to call me Madam Senator?”
  • Jackson: “Oops.”

Of course such absurdities would never happen in the United States Senate...right?

We Need more than A Gas Tax Holiday

Maryland Needs More Than A Gas Tax Holiday
Randolph May
March 27, 2022
In response to the rapid rise in prices at the pump, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and the leaders of the Maryland General Assembly quickly got together to adopt a thirty day "emergency" suspension of the state's 37 cents per gallon gas tax. Since the suspension became effective on March 18, prices at the pump have dropped by roughly the amount of the tax reduction.
All well and good. I'll cheer along with Maryland's other drivers at the tax holiday.
But don't mistake the temporary gas tax suspension for the broader, deeper permanent tax relief Marylanders deserve, especially now with the state projecting a huge near-term budget surplus.
By various measures, Maryland is widely acknowledged to be a high tax state. Indeed, according to a study released in March 2021 by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, Marylanders bear the sixth highest combined state and local tax burden among the fifty states. Another March 2021 study, this one produced by WalletHub, determined that Maryland has the 3rd highest personal income tax burden of all the states. And the Tax Foundation's 2021 Business Tax Climate Index ranks Maryland near the bottom – 44th among the 50 states.
With that in mind, I'm generally in favor of tax reductions whenever we can get them, including the gas tax suspension providing "temporary pain relief"! But what Marylanders, and Maryland's economy, really need is a broad-based significant income tax reduction. This should be the deliverable for the legislative leaders and Governor Hogan.
Hogan’s big package, Dems small offering
At the beginning of this year's legislative session, Governor Larry Hogan proposed a tax cut package estimated to provide about $4.6 billion in tax relief. His proposal targets the bulk of the tax cuts – about $4 billion phased in over time – to eliminating taxes on retirement income. The rest of the reductions would be used to increase Maryland's refundable earned income tax credit and to provide additional tax incentives for manufacturers to relocate to Maryland or expand existing employment opportunities in the state.
Governor Hogan touted the proposal as "the largest tax cut package in state history," and it is a commendable proposal that, if adopted, would move Maryland in the right direction.
Presumably in response to Hogan's proposal, House Speaker Adrienne Jones and other Democratic House of Delegates leaders proposed their own tax cut package consisting of two components: permanent sales tax exemptions for a fairly narrow class of consumer goods and a temporary state match to the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which would expire in 2028. The Democrats' proposal is much smaller, equating to approximately a $60 million annual revenue reduction according to the Democrats' own estimates.
Like the gas tax holiday, the House Democrats' proposal, in and of itself, has some merit simply on the basis that it constitutes tax relief. But Governor Hogan's proposal is superior because it is far deeper – that is, the overall tax relief package is much larger at an estimated $4.6 billion – and it also appears to be broader – more Marylanders will pocket a tax reduction directly.
State would benefit most from broad tax cuts
And that's important. Maryland would benefit most from broad-based reductions in its personal income tax, which ranks among the highest in the nation. A flatter structure than that currently in place, with lower overall rates and very few deductions other than a standard deduction, should be implemented. Even if such a pro-growth tax regime has to be implemented in stages, because of political or other imperatives, now is the time for Governor Hogan and the Democrats in the legislature to start the reform process.
Indeed, because of the state's budget surplus, it is an especially auspicious time. On March 10, Maryland's Bureau of Revenue Estimates, a body comprised of Comptroller Peter Franchot, Budget and Management Secretary David Brinkley, and Treasurer Dereck Davis, issued new state revenue estimates that increased Maryland’s historic budget surplus to a whopping $7.5 billion. This is an increase in the projected surplus estimate of more than $1.6 billion for fiscal years 2022 and 2023.
Because aid to the states during the pandemic vastly exceeded what, reasonably, they needed, state coffers across the country are flush. And, as the Washington Post reported on February 27, 2022, last year 29 states and D.C. – both red and blue – enacted "significant tax cuts." The Wall Street Journal pointed out on March 13 that "the state tax cuts keep coming amid record budget surpluses."
There are no good reasons for Maryland to continue to be a "high tax" outlier. To the contrary, there are good reasons for it not to be. A flatter tax income tax structure, with lower overall rates, would spur job growth, provide a much-needed jolt to kick-start Marylanders' entrepreneurial spirit, begin the process of restoring a favorable business climate, and deter further outmigration.
We can enjoy the temporary gas tax reduction and applaud Governor Hogan's January proposal for a meaningful tax reduction – but we also can, and should, ask Governor Hogan and the Democrat-controlled legislature to do more.
* Randolph May is President of the Free State Foundation, a free market-oriented think tank in Rockville, MD. The views expressed in this Perspectives do not necessarily reflect the views of others on the staff of the Free State Foundation or those affiliated with it. Maryland Needs More Than A Gas Tax Holiday was published on on March 27, 2022.

A Conservative at WOKE Left Landon

Fake it till You Make it

~ Join or die ~

The Hidden Opinions of Conservative Students - Stuck in the Liberal Dominated Educational System 

At a time of hyper politics and social media, the younger generation has never been so informed and a part of the political conversation, despite not being able to vote. Yet our world has never been so divided, making, and breaking relationships across the United States as political parties become more divided and super sensitive to every subject.

Many argue that the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election sparked “emotions and rage” throughout the world, and it continues to pick up a pace faster than the autobahn. One study claims that the world’s sea levels rose 2 feet due to the number of tears shed on that election night! 

This uncompromising, liberal dominated, media driven world we live in today makes it extremely challenging to voice your opinion, especially if they happen to go against “popular belief”. 

Being a Republican in a liberal dominated area is hard enough. Now add on attending a liberal dominated institution such as The Landon School for Boys, where Republican ideas and beliefs are deemed unacceptable and racist. Most teachers and students at the school lean left and shun anyone who has even a toe over to the Right. We are banished from their lives and characterized as an unintelligent cult with a propensity towards sparking violence.

In the Landon world students are very much afraid to express their conservative ideology and beliefs in fear of getting a bad grade from liberal teachers and concern for being singled out and berated publicly.  In the Landon Young Republicans Club a poll was taken that found 100% of students will skew their opinion when writing or speaking in class to follow the popular liberal line of thought in hopes of getting a better grade. These actions not only teach kids to lie, but also ignite fear of voicing their opinion on most topics. This also teaches them that being a Republican and going against the popular belief is unacceptable and they will be penalized for doing so. 

Being located in the DC area makes Bethesda a hotspot for politics and fills neighborhoods with politically oriented flags and signs. It is very difficult and stressful to hide in a community when your views challenge those dominant in the area. Republicans know full well that our signs
don’t last long in yards or on vehicles. Going directly against the Landon School Honor Code, as interpreted by liberal teachers and administrators, has similar repercussions for Republican students.

The idea of standing out is not one that ends well for many students. How sad that students must essentially lie about their beliefs to get the A, pass the class, or be favored by the teacher.

Earlier this year one student, a senior, was asked to cover up his tattoo to continue playing on the Landon water polo team. The tattoo which reads “Make America Great Again” is located on the upper leg thigh and not visible during games in the pool. No matter, it was found unacceptable
and triggering for opposing the political beliefs of the Landon School, team, and coaching staff.

The student refused and as an act of courage decided to stand true to his beliefs and sacrifice his position on the water polo team. This is a situation no student should be put in.

Shame on the Landon School for persecuting those with different political views.


The writer is a student at The Landon School for Boys in Bethesda, Maryland and chooses to remain anonymous.

Democrats and the Race Card

Chairman's Message

The only weapon the Democrats have left is the “Race Card”. 

I recently learned of a Democrat tactic to galvanize minority voters through a text message comparing voting rights efforts to “Jim Crow 2.0.”  With no support for such an outrageous assertion, Democrat leadership at both the national and local levels are turning to their last remaining hope to pull voters back to their charade, the race card. Is the Democrat Party such an abject failure that they are left with nothing but to fan the flames of hatred with baseless lies in the hopes of further dividing people?

As a Black man living in Montgomery County and the Chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party, I can confidently state that the Republican Party is not passing “Jim Crow 2.0.” and I am offended by their assertion on many levels. The Republican Party is actively reaching out to voters of all races, nationalities and religions and these voters are listening to our message of clear, common-sense solutions aimed at one goal – making their lives better.

The Democrat Party’s continued reliance on inflammatory rhetoric through social media to spread lies and intimidate the opposition is abhorrent and is wholly inconsistent with our shared American values. Those who do not agree with their extreme views are “canceled” or labeled “racist,” and ultimately silenced. I take great exception to tactics that put a premium on labels and name-calling over civil discourse and debate of the issues of the day. 

The Democrat Party is well-versed at creating a problem, taking no responsibility, and then patting themselves on the back when they discover the solution which the Republicans long ago arrived at. This tactic is stale and no longer resonates within Montgomery County or this Country. 

I am a Republican because I am tired of business as usual in Montgomery County. I am tired of these divisive tactics and lames excuses aimed at creating new problems instead of solving existing ones.

Regardless of your party affiliation, I’m  asking YOU to join with us and to say “NO!” to the insanity that has been pushed upon us and taught to our children. 

Come join us and be part of the RED WAVE in Montgomery County - Be Silent No Longer - stand up, speak up and together we will make a difference!!

MoCo's Energy Emergency


With John Kotek of the Nuclear Energy Institute and Maryland Delegate Reid Novotny 

Monday, April 11, 7:30pm, Mondays with MoCo Zoom Seminar, Register HERE>

TONIGHT’S TOPIC: The Russian invasion of Ukraine has put a spotlight on the importance of reliable energy supplies. Germany and neighboring countries are awakening to the fact that being dependent on Russian natural gas, or frankly anything else, doesn’t seem to make economic or political sense after all. Especially for the Germans, who unilaterally decided to turn off their extensive nuclear electric power operations in late 2022 for “environmental reasons”. 

The Biden Administration’s “green lighting” of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany added to this foolish dependency folly.  Biden further added to Europe’s dependency woes by nixing support of the proposed Israel/Cyprus/ Greece natural gas pipeline into Southern Europe. Energy choices and competition are a blessing - not a sin.

Biden energy policies have failed on the home front as well. America has gone from energy independence and being a net exporter of energy, to energy dependent in less than one year. 

Stopping oil and natural gas pipeline construction, adding burdensome rules and regulations to inhibit the private sector from exploring and drilling for energy as well as refining has caused oil and gas prices to skyrocket, well before the Ukraine crisis.  

Shocking $5 and rising gasoline and even higher diesel fuel prices are the new Biden normal. As the inflation level rises to record heights the manufacturing, agricultural, transportation, and almost all other sectors, will see further increased energy and feedstock costs, which of course will be passed on to the consumer.   

Biden is not alone in his misguided energy policies.  When asked about the need for energy independence Maryland Congressman David Trone said the following:

“Thank you for contacting me regarding energy independence. I believe that investing in sustainable, renewable energy will make a huge difference in our reliance on oil from places like Russia, especially considering their recent unjustified violence in Ukraine. We must reduce our use of fossil fuels to make this a reality and we do so through actions like closing the Keystone XL pipeline.  I am committed to implementing and increasing green technology and renewable energy. As a business owner, I know that this isn't just good for the environment - it's good for business.  -David Trone-

Sounds like Congressman Trone has been raiding his Total Wine inventory for fuel needs and relying on electric power generated from his wind energy hat instead of developing real world energy policies for Maryland and the nation!

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and Space on the other hand stated, "Hate to say it, but we need to increase oil & gas output immediately. Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures. Obviously, this would negatively affect Tesla, but sustainable energy solutions simply cannot react instantaneously to make up for Russian oil & gas exports.”

Musk followed up with: “Hopefully, it is now extremely obvious that Europe should restart dormant nuclear power stations and increase power output of existing ones," Musk tweeted. "This is *critical* to national and international security." 

We can do the same in Maryland by expanding the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Facility in Lusby, MD as part of an industry/government partnership.  


John F. Kotek, Senior VP, Nuclear Energy Institute

John Kotek is the Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) senior vice president of policy development and public affairs.  He is responsible for providing policy and public affairs leadership on financial, economic, tax, electricity market and environmental issues related to the nuclear energy industry.

Previously, Kotek was appointed in January 2015 to the position of principal deputy assistant secretary for the Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE), was the managing partner of the Boise office of Gallatin Public Affairs and served as staff director to the Blue-Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, which recommended a new strategy for managing nuclear waste in the United States. He was also deputy manager of the DOE’s Idaho Operations Office.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois and a master of business administration from the University of Maryland.  

Reid Novotny, Maryland House of Delegates

Is a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing portions of Montgomery, Howard and Carroll counties. Appointed last year by Governor Larry Hogan he serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Subcommittee on Education and Economic Development and the Oversight Committee on Pensions. As a solid Republican he volunteers for many Party activities and is also a Member of the Howard County Central Committee. He holds degrees in Computer Security and Strategic Communications, is a Colonel in the Maryland National Guard and previously served in the US Air Force and as a staffer on Capitol Hill. He and his wife Lauren have one daughter and live in Howard County.

Delegate Novotny recently announced his candidacy for the Maryland Senate.


Dennis Melby is former Party Chairman, Town Councilmember and Association President.

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2022 MCGOP Convention

Join us for our 

Montgomery County Republican Party(MCGOP)

Annual Convention

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Doors open at 7:30 AM /Event starts at 9:00

DoubleTree Hotel 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Meet our Candidates and fellow Republicans -   

Discuss Issues and the 2022 Election.

Join the conversation and be part of the process!

Volunteer for campaigns, MCGOP activities & outreach events, pick-up campaign literature & signage, mingle with national, state and local leaders
Register now for this amazing day of discussion, activism, fellowship and unity.  Come for the Event - Stay for the Luncheon.

Our VIP luncheon speaker, James Carafano with the Heritage Foundation, is a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges.


Sponsorship Opportunities Available as well as Display Tables for Businesses and Organizations

R.I.P. Bipartisan Democrats

R. I. P. Bipartisan Maryland Women’s Legislative Caucus, 1972 – 2022

The Montgomery County Federation of Republican Women applauds the actions Republican lawmakers took last week in response to the shameful and disreputable actions of the group formerly known as the Women Legislators of Maryland (the Caucus).  

Formed in 1972 for bipartisan advocacy of “agendas that represent the interests of women and children,” the Caucus, consisting of women members of the Maryland House and Senate, has Democrats vastly outnumbering Republicans. In fact, during the 50 years of its existence, Republicans have been president of this organization only five times. Recognizing this disparity, members of the Caucus had agreed that every third president of the organization would be a Republican.  This year, 2022, was the year for a Republican.  Defaulting on that agreement, the Caucus last week installed a Democrat as its new president, rather than the Republican who, under the terms of the agreement, should have been installed.    

The original mission and bipartisan nature of the Women’s Caucus was to improve public policy that affects women's lives and to increase the number of women elected and appointed to public service in Maryland.  The Caucus’s installation of another Democrat president, in violation of the bipartisan agreement that had been reached, demonstrates that the majority of the Caucus has abandoned its original mission and bipartisan nature.  

Republican members of the Caucus then had a choice to make. They could ignore the violation of the agreement, the abandonment of the bipartisan mission, and the disrespect shown to Maryland Republicans, thus lending undeserved credibility to the organization.  Or they could acknowledge all of this and refuse to be a part of it or to play along.  

They chose the latter course of action: the Caucus’s eleven Republican members resigned from it, and demanded the Caucus change its name to reflect the mission it has clearly adopted: the Maryland Democrat Women’s Caucus.   

We applaud this necessary action, and hope Maryland’s Republican Women Legislators remain united in their determination to advocate for the best interests of Maryland’s women and children.  

For our government to work properly as designed, it must represent the citizens of our state.  That requires cooperation across the aisle. The Democrat members of the Women’s Caucus showed their short-sighted partisanship when they chose to violate their agreement and bypass Republican Delegate Lauren Arikan (R-Harford), and instead install a “progressive” Democrat to fill the spot.  Its Democrat members have demonstrated that a Republican cannot be the President of the Caucus unless she shares their political views.  For a Democrat President, apparently, no views are too far left.   

As women in Montgomery County, we expect to be represented in the Maryland House and Senate, and in the Caucus consisting of the women members of those legislative bodies.  While Montgomery County’s female legislators are all members of the Democrat party, they should nonetheless represent all people in their constituency. Like big tech and social media, however, they suppressed the views of conservatives, independents, and even moderate Democrats when they chose to take such aggressive action against Delegate Lauren Arikan, a woman who is respected in the Republican party.

It is sad that, as the Caucus celebrates its 50 years of Democrat and Republican members serving collaboratively in the interests of Maryland’s women and children, the Democrat members chose to strike a death blow to the organization.  

We look forward to a new Maryland Republican Women’s Legislative Caucus working together with the solid support it has in Maryland Republican voters, to advance laws that truly reflect the interests of Maryland’s women and families.

Laurie Halverson
President, Montgomery County Federation of Republican Women 

Montgomery County Republican Party