By Ed Amatetti
Since 1975, the non-partisan Montgomery County Taxpayers League has functioned as an information resource for countless citizens and advocated for efficient and effective county government. MCTL meets on a monthly basis. Become involved and help us keep our county accountable.
On March 20th, the Montgomery County Taxpayers League’s monthly meeting welcomed two of the newest County Council members, Gabe Albornoz (HHS and Public Safety Committees) and Will Jawando (Education and Planning/Housing/Econ Dvlp Committees) and listened to their thoughts about how they plan to govern. This event followed MCTL’s February meeting with Andrew Friedson and Evan Glass, our other new council members.
By Kirby Hartley
In the aftermath of the 2016 election, pundits offered countless theories on why Michigan and Wisconsin had flipped from Democrat to Republican, effectively clinching victory for Donald Trump.
But most ignored a critical distinction the two states had in common: In the four years since the previous presidential election, both had adopted right-to-work legislation.
By Dwight Patel
While the much-ballyhooed Mueller Report appears to have vindicated President Trump of the non-stop accusations that he colluded with Russia, it has also shed light once again on how the mainstream media favor fiction and conspiracy theories over facts.
On the other hand, this isn’t the first time that media coverage has been vilified by those in the political arena. From former Vice President Spiro Agnew’s colorful reference to some in the press as “nattering nabobs of negativism” to Hillary Clinton’s charge during the Clinton scandals that they were being unfairly attacked by a “right wing conspiracy,” the media have taken their share of the blame for the way they have reported and mis-reported some of America’s most serious political stories.
By Jim Shalleck, Board President
I recently had the pleasure of speaking to the Chevy Chase Women’s Republican Club at their monthly luncheon. It was a great time with over 40 attendees. Led by CCWRC president Laurie Halverson and former CCWRC president Nancy Griffin, we had a meaningful discussion about the state of politics in our county, along with suggested ways for the GOP to participate more fully in the electoral process. The CCWRC always takes a leadership role in the GOP’s efforts to elect Republicans, which includes fundraising and other volunteer efforts on behalf of GOP candidates.
A Great 2019 MCGOP Convention and Lunar New Year
We had a wonderful 2019 MCGOP Convention in late February and fun Lunar New Year celebration. Here are several pictures from both events.
On Tuesday February 19, 2019, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard Testimony on Senate Bill 311 - Physician Assisted Suicide.
A testimony for the bill was given by a pharmacist who outlined how “easy” it was to implement this decision, even if the person who is committing suicide is incapacitated.
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 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.
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.