Comment Last Three
September 08, 2010
Maryland's political future is based on the voters of Montgomery County. Bob Ehrlich has correctly decided that if he wins or comes close to winning in Montgomery County, he will be Governor again. Maryland's future is based on three voting blocks---Baltimore City, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County. It is impossible for a Republican to win in Baltimore or Prince Georges due to the Democrat lock on the black vote. However, a Republican can win Montgomery County due to the diverse number of business owners and highly paid citizens of the county who can decide on issues and not just party.
The unions and the Democrat Party know that Ehrlich can win Montgomery County so they will focus their efforts in this battle ground county. Firefighters from Baltimore and Prince George's County have been pouring money into Montgomery County council races, adding last-minute support to local union brothers who lost out on large raises this year because of Montgomery's budget squeeze.
Council members Marc Elrich and George Leventhal, both at-large Democrats running for reelection, received the same contributions from firefighter political action committees from outside Montgomery: $2,500 from the Baltimore County firefighters, $2,500 from the Baltimore City firefighters, and $3,000 from Prince George's firefighters. O'Malley will have the unions spend large amounts of money in Montgomery County in October up to the election. Unions will be out in force across the county.
Organizers of the PACs said they wanted to support labor-friendly candidates, wherever they are based. Montgomery firefighters -- who made large contributions to those two candidates as well as others -- told their fellow unions whom to support, labor leaders said. This means that these candidates and the unions are NOT business friendly, but want to focus on government jobs and pro-union policies.
"It's part of the MO of firefighters. We support those who support us, period," said Michael Day, president of the Baltimore County Professional Firefighters Association PAC.
Many people in Montgomery say tapping the outside firefighter funds takes advantage of a loophole and undermines state contribution limits. "It's a way to evade the limit on PAC contributions of $6,000," said Council member Phil Andrews (D-Gaithersburg-Rockville), who called the contributions "troubling."
"It sounds like sour grapes to me," said John Sparks, president of Montgomery's local firefighters union. "We're not breaking any laws. We're reaching out to all fellow AFL-CIO unions and firefighter unions throughout the state to encourage them to contribute to firefighter-friendly candidates." Ross Goldstein, deputy administrator of the Maryland Board of Elections, said the contributions are permissible under state law.
The unions want protection and understand that they do not want a Republican governor. "There will be a big push from the public employee unions for pay raises, and tax increases, if necessary, to pay for them," Andrews said. "This is an effort to elect candidates that are most likely to support that if necessary."
Voters in Montgomery County must vote on the issues and must decide if they want more Obamacare, more Obamataxes, and more government. We must change the direction of the state.
August 05, 2008
It is time that the state of Maryland and Montgomery County stop funding CASA de Maryland (an open border support group for illegal immigrants). CASA is now receiving funds from Hugo Chavez,a true enemy of the US.
July 28, 2008
Montgomery County is tax-hungry again. This time they want to charge $800 for an individuals who has to use an ambulance. The Democrat elected County Executive will spend millions on illegal immigrants programs, yet wants to charge citizens for emergency services.
July 25, 2008
Montgomery County has a list of over 11,000 outstanding warrants as of July 2008. This list includes individuals who have been stopped by the county police for DUI, driving without a license or without insurance.
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