Archive for April, 2010
America finds itself facing a National divide as we approach the 2010 elections. States across America will decide once again who will be elected to lead their respective states, and the nation as a whole, into the future.
The divide is one of a philosophical nature. The question facing every voting American is whether the nation will lean further left towards socialism (a nice word for communism) or will the pendulum swing back towards the Founders’ intent that American citizens remain free.
There are many who voted for President Obama who have now admittedly realized that the current President may in fact More >
This year, with the help of my chairman and committee, I was able to pass a VictimsRights bill that establishes the right of a victim’s representative to be notified of and have the opportunity to give an oral or written statement for consideration at the license suspension hearing in the case of a fatal vehicular accident. I consider this to be an important addition in law giving victim’s families the ability to be heard and have a sense of closure when a loved one is killed in an automobile accident.
Other legislation that I introduced: HB1036 – Property Tax Credit – Property Leased More >
The total state expendatures are scheduled for passage. Regretfully, there is no doubt that we have yet again mortgaged the future of our grandchildren while Democrats refuse to make real cuts to state spending. We will pay the price. You should be prepared for a huge tax increase next year. Its time to reform the Democrat party to the “Minority Party”.
The other day I happened to see Mr. Eric Hartley, Staff Columnist and Blogger whose articles appear in the Gazette frequently. Mr. Hartley has had a few field days with me in the recent months, and his commentaries are usually less than complementary. Mr. Hartley’s grasp on the facts of the Constitutional issue at hand is non- existent, and he tries his best to make me look like a “lunatic fringe” element bent on pushing my religion onto everyone in Maryland.
You can read one of his recent articles here.
I introduced myself to him and we were able More >
Responding to my inquiry further clarify their ruling regarding the legitimacy of a Parliamentarian who is also a member of the voting body as well as a member of the Majority Party, the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics sent this:
” The Joint Committee determined that the position of the House Parliamentarian is informal and strictly advisory. The actual decision on a procedural ruling is made by the Speaker, subject to challenge by the membership of the House. essentially, the Speaker himself is the de facto Parliamentarian.”
” The Joint Committee found no conflict of interest in the Speaker’s action is designating More >
I have been asked about the status of my inquiry into the ethics question regarding the House Parliamentarian being a voting member of the Legislative body, as well as being a member of the ruling majority Party. Below I have posted excerpts from the letter that I sent to the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics ( Co-Chaired by Senator Norman Stone and Delegate Brian McHale) as well as their reply.