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Many years ago, I was in the Alabama Court room when Judge Roy Moore was removed from the bench for refusing to remove a small concrete monument of the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building. I consider him to be a personal friend and I can tell you first hand that he is a wealth of knowledge. Likewise, Larry Pratt is another man who I am honored to call a friend. Like Moore, he too is well equipped to provide a treasure trove of useful information. Commissioner Rothschild is elected here in Maryland and is walking the walk and talking the talk regarding protecting the Constitution and defending Liberty.
The opportunity to hear from these three men in the same place on the same day and here in Maryland, is a priceless opportunity. I am personally recommending that you attend this one time event.
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I often get questions from people who want to be active and involved but are overwhelmed with the amount of work it takes to sift through the number of legislation introduced each year in the House and Senate. When juggling work and family, trying to be an informed citizen and voter is often a daunting task. Luckily, there are resources to use which will help cut the time and make it easy to stay involved. From time to time I will spotlight some of the activist resources that are available to Maryland Citizens.
Maryland Legislative Watch is an excellent resource for people wanting to take a look at what the Legislature is doing in Annapolis.
This a group of dedicated Citizens doing the work of many in order to facilitate transparency and access between State Government and Citizens. The site makes it easy to read a bill and with one click send an email to your representative to tell them what you think.
Yesterday, I presented HB733- A bill which would require mandatory minimum sentence for all elected officials. I introduced this bill because members of the legislature,from both sides of the aisle and including leadership have expressed support for holding public officials to a higher standard. I heard from the public who want elected officials willing to hold themselves to a higher standard. Though the bill has obvious Constitutional conflicts, as evidenced by this letter of opposition by the Maryland Judicial Conference, I was hopeful that it would pass based on the Legislators willingness to to be held to a higher standard of the law.
The Gazette also ran a story, but it seems that the only thing newsworthy was the fact that the Chairman invited me to sit among my colleagues.
Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 4:24 pm | Updated: 9:44 am, Thu Feb 27, 2014.
By ALEX JACKSON firstname.lastname@example.org
It was just like old times.
There was Del. Don Dwyer, R-Pasadena, sitting with his old pals on the House Judiciary Committee, listening to testimony behind his “D. Dwyer” nametag.
As Dwyer waited to testify on a bill he introduced, he looked like a member of the Judiciary Committee.
Read the rest of the Gazette Article
There is no mention of the legislation at all, just a very kindergarten like complaint asserting that I sat in the wrong place and looked like I was… well a Delegate. I would have thought that the Gazette would be interested in the bill and where the lawmakers stand on it, but the Gazette is well known for simply attacking me, rather than focus on anything of substance, like my voting record.
I was grateful and honored to be invited to sit among my colleagues. I regret the effect that my personal issues have had on them and I am truly thankful for their kind treatment of me. While I was seated, I did not participate in hearings by asking any questions or or casting any votes.
Finally, I’d like to mention that I was surprised to have one supporter come to testify in favor. Megan Simonaire, the daughter of Senator Simonaire, who according to her website is a 20 something “lifelong conservative” said in committee that she was in favor of the bill, and then in actuality testified that the bill was so bad it needed an unknown amount of amendments to “make it good”. Megan is running to unseat me.
All local bond bills are essentially the pet projects of your local Legislators. Regretfully, every bond bill starts with the opening line, “Authorizing the Creation of a State Debt, not to exceed $xxx.xxx”
In the 12 years that I have represented District 31, the State Budget has increased almost 1 billion dollars per year, yet we still operate in a deficit condition. I cannot with a clear conscience vote for any bill that starts with the admission that it is a creation of state debt.
Many of these projects are worthwhile, however at a time of deficit, unfettered government spending is an affront to all citizens who year after year pay their taxes and continue to make do with less for their own families and needs.
Below I will highlight just some of the many bills introduced this year for feel good projects all around the state. There will be many many more which the public will never really see unless they look for them,. Keep in mind this is an election year, so the pressure is on to “bring home the bacon”.
Below are just a bakers dozen of the total bond bills introduced this year. The total dollar amount for just these 13 come to-$3,230,000.00
HB1470-$150,000 for Bestgate Park in Anne Arundel County
HB 901- $200,000. for a monument to Sparrows Point Steel Mill in Baltimore County
HB750- $200,000 for an HVAC system for a Community Theater in Montgomery County
HB1095- $100,00 for an Indian Heritage Museum in Charles County
HB752- $300,00 for improvements of a YMCA in Wicomico County
HB1455-$130,00 for improvements to a Town Hall in Prince Georges County
HB1468 $250,000 for improvements to a Boys and Girls Club in Washington County
HB505 $100,000 for a playground in Prince Georges County
HB504 $500,00 for the Potomac Community Resource Home in Montgomery County
HB497 $150,000 for a skatepark in Baltimore City
HB470 $200,00 to build shaded structures for a playground in Howard County
HB267 $375,000 for a stormwater management project in Fredrick County
HB466 $575,000 for improvements to the Day Resource Center in Howard County
This bill would have exempted Anne Arundel County from the rain tax requirement, but was unfortunately defeated in Delegation this morning, essentially killing the bill.
I voted for this bill and have always held the belief that in Anne Arundel County, the bulk of pollution comes from pumping station overflows and wastewater treatment plant discharges. As I posted earlier, my claim is not being contradicted by Maryland BayStat.
You can see for yourself, using the interactive map and selecting Anne Arundel County, that BayStat reports wastewater treatment plants as the biggest source of pollution coming from our county- not stormwater runoff. In January of last year, a Federal Judge ruled that the EPA can not regulate stormwater as a pollutant.
The issue of stormwater runoff is an issue that needs to be addressed, however, to insist that it is the main cause of phosphorus and nitrogen pollution in the Bay is misleading to the public in order to place yet another onerous tax burden on the backs of the taxpayers. I find this to be unacceptable and will continue to support a repeal of this legislation.
To read my post on this tap here: The Real Pollution Problem in AA County
The Chairwoman of the Committee, Delegate Maggie McIntosh was supportive, stating that this is “an important issue that should be taken up this session”
Delegate Niemann (D)spoke in support of Hemp as a “formidable agricultural product” and recollected that Hemp was grown as a cash crop in Nebraska where he grew up before the second World War.
I came across this interesting and recent article regarding hemp as a means to remove toxins from the soil.
Hemp test proposed for Louisville industrial site cleanup
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – State agriculture officials announced plans to grow industrial hemp on an abandoned industrial site in Louisville to test its ability to remove toxins from the soil.
The initiative, announced Monday, is one of five pilot projects statewide, some of which would focus on growing hemp in Eastern Kentucky. Besides the environmental benefits, hemp supporters said the crop will create new jobs in the state because of its various industrial uses. Read Article
On February 6th the Editorial Board of the Capital Gazette ran the following opinion:
This is my response:
“Stripping Del. Don Dwyer of the right to sit on any standing committee was a message to the Pasadena Republican from the legislative leadership: Be quiet and don’t remind us you’re here.”
That’s right. The position of the Capital Gazette is that I should sit down and shut up.
The editorial board, which includes Maryland Gazette Editor Rick Hutzel wrote the above in the Feb 6 installment of “Our Say”. Their particular ire this time centers on the two bills I recently introduced, HB 734 and HB 733. I submitted these bills last week with no announcement and no press release. Because these bills are important to me personally, I sought no fanfare.
HB 734 would amend the Constitution to provide for the removal of an elected official if they are serving jail time- regardless of the offense. Because my offense did not violate my Oath of Office, or involve an abuse of power, there was no provision for my removal. Since this is a Constitutional Amendment, this bill would give voters the right to decide if they support the removal of an elected official who has been incarcerated for an offense that did not involve their elected office.
HB 733 would establish a mandatory minimum sentence on elected officials convicted of a DUI. I introduced this because two courts of law, the Speaker, Senate President, and many elected officials have said, “elected officials should be held to a higher standard”. I agree, who better than me to lead that charge? I began to use alcohol to help me cope with personal issues. I know that I am not alone when it comes to the struggle with alcohol. In a very short time, my use of alcohol nearly destroyed my life. Let me say unequivocally and without exception, I have benefitted from the sentence that I received. I want to be a testament to meeting the issue of alcoholism head on. This is an opportunity for us to set a high bar, by all means use me as an example to send a message that we are willing to be leaders regarding alcoholism and driving impaired. Let’s stop paying it lip service, calling in favors and looking the other way when one of us gets caught, as has been the case in the past.
Elected officials have already stated belief and support of holding ourselves to a higher standard, let’s lead by example! I believe that this bill should pass with flying colors.
On the contrary, the Capital Gazette believes this bill has less chance than a grocery list to pass into law.
Have they stopped to think for ten minutes what that says about the integrity of the Legislature? The Editorial Board of a major local newspaper believes that any bill with Delegate Dwyer as the sole sponsor has no chance of passing. Worse yet, they point out that the Legislature has and continues to block legislation on the basis that it has been proposed by Delegate Dwyer.
They go on to wonder what my fellow legislators will say should these bills come up for a hearing. First, every bill should come up for a hearing and a committee vote- it has long been a practice to squash unpopular bills by not calling for a committee vote. I have for years opposed this. Second, if my bills are afforded the proper legislative procedure, what my fellow legislators say or feel about these bills will be reflected in their vote, as it is with all bills proposed.
The Capital concludes its “Our Say” by stating, “…his constituents surely don’t deserve this”. I happen to disagree. Every citizen deserves elected officials willing to hold themselves to a higher standard. I would welcome your thoughts on this. I have been approached by many constituents who feel elected officials should hold a higher standard of personal conduct. I have been fortunate and grateful to continue to receive support and forgiveness for my own fall from grace by many people in my district and around the State.
The Capital, and Mr. Hutzel specifically, have had a long history of publishing negative articles and opinions about me over the years. After years of excoriating me because of my political views, has the Capital simply resorted to knee jerk reactions to all of my legislation? I can’t help but wonder, had it been another legislator proposing these bills, would they be standing and applauding?
As many dog owners have been aware, the court ruling Tracey v Solesky resulted in many beloved family pets being separated from their grieving owners as landlords took action to protect themselves from liability. Only a few lucky ones were placed in new homes, many were euthanized in shelters all across Maryland. While I have tremendous sympathy and concern for victims of dog bites and attacks, these cases must lawfully be dealt with individually, rather than branding an entire breed of dog as inherently dangerous.
I hold the position that the owner of a dog is responsible for the dog, regardless of breed or heritage. I do not support any legislation that would ban certain dogs because of breed or heritage. Dog attacks or bites are very serious; however a family dog with no history of aggression should not be targeted because of his breed.
Though I did not get the opportunity to co-sponsor these bills before they were dropped, I do support and will vote for the bills below.
This bill says that in a legal action against the owner of a dog that has caused injury or death, evidence that the dog caused personal injury of death creates a rebuttable presumption that the owner knew or should have known of the dogs dangerous propensities. This means the owner would have the opportunity to prove otherwise.
It also says that in any action against any person other than the owner for damages regarding personal injury or death of a dog all common law of liability relating to attacks by dogs before April 1, 2012 is retained as to the person without regard to breed or heritage of the dog
This bill nullifies the court ruling that Pit Bulls are inherently dangerous.
This bill prohibits a dog from being determined to be potentially dangerous based solely on the breed, type, or heritage of the dog; prohibiting a county from enacting a local law and a municipality from adopting an ordinance prohibiting a person from owning, keeping, or harboring a dog of a specified breed, type, or heritage or take specified other actions based on the breed, type, or heritage of the dog; etc.
Today the joint committee of Judiciary and Health and Govt. Operations Voted to send SB281 to the Full House.
See how members of the two committees voted. Feel free to call them and let them know how you feel about them infringing on your Constitutionally protected right to “Keep and Bear Arms”
When this bill comes to the Floor, be assured I will vote against it. We still have a chance to beat it on the Floor. Be prepared to come to Annapolis next week until the bill comes to a vote and sit in the balcony and stand in the lobby as many of you have been doing.
Friends, I am considering spearheading “Operation DINO” state wide!!! DINO stands for Democrat in name only.
Here’s why: In Maryland, the Democrat primary controls for the most part, the elections in three major jurisdictions. Prince Georges, Montgomery County and Baltimore City. If the gun community alone follows me in this strategic plan, we can have a real effect on the next statewide election. What we have been doing for decades is NOT working. We are losing the war on our Inalienable Rights. It’s time we fight back strategically and quickly to save our State.
I am considering registering Democrat in order that I may lead a legitimate movement (www.freestatedinos.com) to VOTE OUT the hard left liberals who are hell bent on taking away our liberties and our Constitutionally protected rights. I will likely make this decision within a few days. If you would like to give me your opinion please visit me on Face Book and respond to my post.
We must do all we can to defend the State & United States Constitutions. I truly fear that we are about to lose yet again more of our constitutionally protected rights here in Maryland.
Maryland politicians have no fear of a few thousand angry and determined Republicans. However, A few thousand angry and determined Democrats can do significant damage to a primary.
For example: Karen Montgomery is a co-sponsor of SB281 that infringes on your right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Sen. Karen Montgomery barely won her primary in 2010 by 116 VOTES!! Can we enlist just 200 DINO’s in District 14 to take her out?
Will you follow me?
Operation DINO (Democrat in Name Only)
- In Maryland the Democrat primary controls for the most part the majority of our elections. If enough people who disagree with the ultra hard left position changes their party affiliation and votes in the primary- we can have a real impact on the next statewide election.
- Many far left politicians, protected from ever losing their seat in BLUE Maryland, act with impunity and disregard for the Constitution. Example: SB 281/ HB 294 ( for several days thousands of citizens converged on Annapolis to oppose, yet the bills are still being pushed through)
- Many of those legislators who sponsored and are committed to voting for SB 281 / HB 294 and directly ignoring the voice of their constituents, their oath of office and the US Constitution are in fact, clearly defeat-able in the primary.
- By using the primary to hold these and any future legislators of the Majority Party RESPONSIBLE, liberty minded citizens of Maryland can effectively bring about CHANGE.
More Examples- 2010 primary results:
Forehand is a SB281 co-sponsor.
Jennie M. Forehand 4129
Cheryl C. Kagan 3773
Margin: 356 votes.
Manno is a SB281 co-sponsor.
Roger P. Manno 5892
Mike Lenett 5020
Margin: 872 votes
Luedtke is a co-sponsor of HB 294
Eric Luedtke 3696
Jodi Finkelstein 3154 – closest challenger
Margin: 542 votes
Kelley is a co-sponsor of HB 294
Ariana Kelly 5129
Kyle Lierman 4773- closest challenger
Margin: 356 votes