Our next public meeting is:
Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 06:30 PM
in Baltimore, MD
Richard J. Douglas Running for the U.S. Senate in Maryland
On August 24, 2015, Richard J. Douglas made the following announcement:
"Today, millions of American workers -- hourly, salaried, union, non-union, or jobless -- face an unprecedented crisis: Congress has become their adversary rather than their defender. A Congress too compromised or indifferent to restore the American workforce to a place of honor on our nation's priority list undermines the liberty, livelihood, and security of us all."
"In Congress, sheltered Maryland incumbents have thrown American workers to the wolves. Some of these Maryland career politicians even applauded in April when U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez said that Marylanders who are worried about uninvited foreign workers are 'enemies of the community.' Americans deserve better. They deserve unswerving loyalty from Congress. I am announcing for the Senate because too many Maryland incumbents are disloyal to voters."
"Larry Hogan's 2014 victory set the stage for improvements in Maryland to American worker conditions. To move ahead, Maryland requires a new team on Capitol Hill. I am convinced that Maryland has the wherewithal to overtake Texas in job creation, unless the political machine which brought Maryland rats, riots, and the rain tax smothers urgently-needed reform."
"In 2016, voters have the power to challenge that machine. Maryland can send a seasoned, common-sense Republican veteran to the Senate who is eager to challenge career politicians making American workers outcasts in their own country."
Navy veteran, lawyer, and businessman Richard J. Douglas spent five years in the U.S. Senate as a senior lawyer. He knows the Senate well, and how to make it work for American workers rather than against them. In July, 2015, Ambassador John Bolton endorsed Douglas's U.S. Senate candidacy. Douglas was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Counter-narcotics) for President George W. Bush. He served in the Justice Department and Foreign Service. He has lived in Mexico and speaks Spanish fluently. Douglas worked as a licensed Maryland stationary engineer seven years before he obtained a Maryland law license. A Navy reserve officer, in 2006 Douglas was recalled to active duty and served in Iraq. During the 1970s, he was a machinist's mate on a Navy attack submarine. The Douglas family resides in Prince George's County.
Contact: Jim Reeder (301) 633-0658
Web: www.douglasmaryland.com email: douglasformaryland (at) gmail.com
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Why the US government is on track
to 'normalizing' ISIS
By Alex VanNess
August 23, 2015 | 8:00pm
How long will it take the United States to recognize the Islamic State as a legitimate actor?
That may sound ridiculous. After all, ISIS is a barbaric and sociopathic band of terrorists who proudly highlight their brutality over the Internet. Unfortunately, recent history suggests this doesn’t disqualify them, as horrific as it sounds, from eventual recognition.
Since before 9/11, the Taliban laid claim to numerous terror attacks on civilian populations throughout Afghanistan. They harbored Osama bin Laden, and since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom, they’ve been directly responsible for the deaths of more than 2,000 American troops.
Yet in January, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest cryptically explained that the Taliban was not a terrorist group but instead falls under a “different classification.”
Earnest’s verbal gymnastics were deployed in the service of explaining away the president’s decision to trade five members of the Taliban for the release of American soldier-captive Bowe Bergdahl.
Hamas is an openly anti-Semitic terrorist organization that has claimed responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians, including several Americans. Since its creation, the Gaza-based Hamas has been dedicated to the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews. Hamas is brutally repressive toward women and gays; they have a tendency to savagely drag dead bodies through the streets. Read More at the New York Post:
Cruzin' To The Top
On Thursday, August 6th, the Baltimore City Central Committee joined forces with Log Cabin Republicans, and Millennial Maryland, to host a casual debate watch party at Rope Walk Tavern of Federal Hill. The event was well attended and quite lively. With a field of 17 candidates, GOP voters have an incredibly deep and diverse bench from which to pick their candidate. The straw poll that the BCRCC held that night had Ted Cruz winning the 1st round with 32% of the vote. John Kasich came in second with 18%. Donald Trump and Ben Carson tied for 3rd with 14%.
Baltimore street photographer (and Baltimore City Republican Central Committee member) Carol Ott featured in The Baltimore Sun:
Matthew McDaniel announces his candidacy in Baltimore's 1st District:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Baltimore Business Attorney Enters Race for First District Republican Promises a New Way Forward for First District, City at Large
Canton, Baltimore—August 5, 2015
Baltimore business attorney Matthew McDaniel has entered the race for the first district City Council seat. A graduate of Loyola University and the University of Baltimore School of Law, Mr. McDaniel worked in the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City and for a judge on the Circuit Court of Baltimore City before serving as an attorney for local companies. At the time of his announcement, Mr. McDaniel, a Republican, encouraged by the success of Governor Larry Hogan, intends to pursue a message of economic opportunity, fiscal responsibility, and growth for Southeast Baltimore residents.
The first Republican to declare in the First District, which was carried by Governor Larry Hogan in his 2014 election, Mr. McDaniel is encouraged by the strong bipartisan voting in the District in favor of building a strong local business presence. Mr. McDaniel’s first key initiative is an ordinance granting a 50% property tax reduction for first-time City homebuyers for their first two years of ownership. “We need to encourage people to buy in our City,” Mr. McDaniel said “ownership of property is the first step to ownership of a community. Especially for young professionals who are still paying student loans, we need to find ways to get them to set down roots in our City.”
But Mr. McDaniel’s property tax plan is not merely aimed at new residents. Rather, Mr. McDaniel proposes a 5% reduction in property taxes for citizens who have owned the same home in the City for 10 years or more and an 8% reduction for citizens who have owned the same home for 15 years or more. “We need to encourage residents to remain in the City,” Mr. McDaniel said, “Baltimore shouldn’t just be ‘good enough until I find somewhere better.’ We want Baltimore to be a lasting home.”
New ownership and development would offset temporary tax income losses and the City would see increases in recordation and transfer income. Moreover, Mr. McDaniel will propose auditing and reevaluating certain City spending. “In the 1970s, we had a population and tax base of over 900,000 residents,” Mr. McDaniel explained, “today that number is just over 600,000. As good as our intentions are, we need to spend smarter as a City until population numbers start coming back. The fair thing isn’t picking favorites, it’s picking the future.”
The First District comprises many of Baltimore’s fastest growing areas as well as biggest business and construction ventures. Mr. McDaniel is a homeowner in Canton.