By Dwight Patel
Let’s say you want to be the next Karl Rove, Lee Atwater, Grover Norquist or Morton Blackwell. Since this is the off-season, I’d like to share with you some highlights about my path and the paths of some of my friends who worked in politics or policy and how they got there. The important thing to remember is that most people don’t stay in the political arena forever. The average time spent is five to eight years campaigning, and a few stick with it for ten years. Yours truly left in 1998 for good and made the transition to policy.
The Montgomery County GOP organizes members and volunteers by state legislative district and polling place precinct.
There are 47 legislative districts in the state of Maryland. As of the last census in 2010, each one contained approximately 120,000 individuals. Some of these districts cross county lines, but Montgomery County is comprised of exactly 8 districts, which only include areas inside the county. (This is not true of congressional districts but that is a story for another day!)
By Bret Hrbek, Former Councilman for the City of Front Royal, Virginia
As many political science majors imagined, I figured I’d be a member of Congress by the time I was in my 40s. Although that did not happen, I did start my career in politics and then found out about life outside of Washington, DC.
By Alexander Bush
This is not a typical Chairman’s article, which is usually the literary equivalent of a warm glass of milk. Instead, I want to share with you my thoughts on a story that upset me deeply, and to discuss what we might be able to learn from it. Oh, and it’s a long one, so grab a snack. Of course, I am talking about the Covington Catholic high-school kids at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18th.
By Jimmy Kemp
Maryland is “open for business.” How is that possible in our age of political division? Let’s start with some general statements. Republicans stand for free enterprise that enables upward mobility. Democrats stand for class warfare to implement more democratic socialist policies. Conservatives believe that the creative and dynamic nature of humanity is what drives a strong economy. Liberals believe in penalizing the success of that very creativity and dynamism. You would think we are not talking about the same economy and that we couldn’t possibly come together on any economic policy.
By Tony Celin LD 17 Chairman
Where does the next generation of leaders come from? How can they get involved and make a difference?
I believe leadership can be fostered through experience by putting yourself in difficult positions to grow and gain an understanding of issues that previously may not have been of much concern. Therefore, I feel it is very important for the next generation of leaders to get involved now with their local communities and learn to care about the future of those communities. One of the best ways to do that is to be active in your local government and political party. Seeing the effects of a mismanaged county budget and extremely high property taxes is what inspired me to get more involved. While I would often bemoan these, and many other issues, I never did anything about it until some wise people told me to “stop using your words that accomplish little and get involved.”
Every year at Convention, the MCGOP honors three volunteers with awards, recognizing them for their selflessness and hard work in advancing the cause of liberty and limited government in Montgomery County. Submissions Due February 13 !
By Mark Uncapher
Members of the Maryland House Republican Caucus have announced a four-point list of their legislative priorities for the 2019 General Assembly. This initiative reflects the caucus’s determination to not just react to the proposals of others but advance its own agenda.
House Minority Leader Nik Kipke (R-Anne Arundel) explained that his caucus wants to ensure that the issues of concern to the nearly 2 million Maryland residents it represents are heard in the Democratic-controlled legislature.
Josephine Wang and I went to the Governor’s Lunar New Year party last week and we were able to give our congratulations to him and his lovely wife Yumi on being chosen by the voters to spend four more years in Annapolis. I’m quite proud of him. I hope you have a chance to send him your congratulations on our attached ‘Congratulate the Governor’ page Click Here. He loves getting notes and encouragement.