I’m pleased to announce that Maryland Business for Responsive Government has once again awarded me the John Shaw award in recognition for my votes on business related legislation.
This award is given out to legislators who have an excellent record in voting for legislation that would promote businesses as well as the free market system in the State of Maryland. I have a 100% rating for 2013 and an cumulative rating of 90% since my first Legislative session in 2003. I will continue to support legislation which would improve the business environment in Maryland and Anne Arundel County. To see the rating of every legislator check out ROLL CALL.What is Roll Call and past years scorecards.
Press Release from Maryland Business for Responsive Government
Maryland Business for Responsive Government Honors Delegate Donald H. Dwyer, Jr. for 2013 Pro-Business Voting Record
He received prestigious John Shaw Award in Annapolis on February 5
COLUMBIA, Md., Feb. 6, 2014 – Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG), a statewide nonpartisan organization, honored Delegate Donald H. Dwyer, Jr. for his exemplary track record of supporting pro-business legislation in 2013. He received the prestigious John Shaw Award at a ceremony in Annapolis on February 5.
Throughout the year, MBRG’s 20-member State Advisory Council selects recorded votes from the most recent General Assembly session that have practical or philosophical importance to the widest possible range of Maryland businesses, trade associations, and chambers of commerce.
MBRG identifies the selected bills in a publication, Roll Call, and analyzes the votes to produce a score for each legislator. For the 2013 analysis, Roll Call analyzed ten Senate votes and twelve House votes, including SB 683 (Labor and Employment – Maryland Wage and Hour Law – Payment of Wages) and HB 226 (Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013).
Delegate Dwyer was chosen based on the scorecard standards set by MBRG: he achieved a cumulative score of 90 percent along with a minimum four years of service.
“It’s truly an honor to recognize those elected officials – both Republican and Democrat – who are consistently working to improve the climate for business owners in Maryland, and therefore, our state economy,” said President MBRG, Duane Carey.
In recognition of his pro-business voting record, Delegate Dwyer received a certificate, a lapel pin, support materials for his campaign, and special recognition in Roll Call.
The award is named for John Shaw, an exemplary citizen and legislator who served his country more than 200 years ago when Annapolis was the nation’s capital. He is best known for creating a distinctive American flag with an eight-pointed star, which is the inspiration for the lapel pins awarded to the honorees.
About Maryland Business for Responsive Government (MBRG)
MBRG is a statewide, nonpartisan political research and education organization supported by corporations, trade associations, chambers of commerce, and individuals. Its purpose is to inform Maryland’s business community, elected officials, and the general public about the political and economic environment needed to foster economic development and job creation in Maryland. Annual evaluations of the voting records of Maryland’s state and federal legislators enable MBRG and its members to hold politicians accountable for the state’s economic well-being like no other organization.
About Roll Call
Roll Call is compiled by an independent advisory council of roughly 20 organizations (companies, chambers of commerce, and other business and trade organizations) involved in the 90-day session in Annapolis. The purpose of Roll Call is to educate, inform, and empower Maryland employers, business owners, and others to engage in a dialogue with elected officials on issues critical to a healthy economic development climate in Maryland. MBRG has been issuing its annual report card since 1987.
The 2014 Legislative session is underway. I will be using this site to post updates and track bills of special interest to the cause of liberty and constitutional governance in Maryland.
To kick things off I’d like to highlight a couple of bills that have already been introduced in the MD House of Delegates by Delegate Frank Conaway
This bill states that you have no right to respond to violence with anything other than retreat and that self defense can only be used as a defense if you can prove that you had no means of escape.
In other words, it does not matter that a violent criminal is in your home with a gun threatening you, your wife and your children, you may not defend them so long as you can crawl out the window, climb down a fire escape and run down the street for” help”.
This bill makes it illegal for you to not follow the orders of a 9-11 operator.
This bill establishes a task force to study the “feasibility, utility and costs” of using GPS technology to track every firearm sold and possessed in MD. You read that right, it lays the ground to potentially put gps devices on every legally owned firearm in MD. The bill also establishes that state money (your dollars) be spent conducting this “study”
If you have any questions about these bills you can contact Delegate Conaway by email email@example.com or phone 410-841-3189
Regretfully, Maryland refuses to recognize the legitimate Constitutional right to Keep and Bear Arms under the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. There is no Constitutional provision that supports Maryland’s position that all firearms must be registered with the State and that you must hold a State issued permit to lawfully carry a firearm. I have always held and voted that every Law-Abiding citizen has the right to own and carry a firearm without a permit. After all, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Vermont, Wyoming and Oklahoma, do not require a permit to carry a firearm in public. Click Here for additional information on Constitutional Carry states.
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First I want to say thank you to all who supported me by purchasing tickets, or selling tickets or spreading the word. However you helped, it is much appreciated from the bottom of my heart.
The drawing was held today at 1pm in front of a small but enthusiastic group of patriots. Special thanks to Fifers Seafood for letting us use their parking lot and for all their help. Please show them some love the next time you are in the mood for good seafood!
I am happy to congratulate Aaron McDonagh of Crownsville and Peter Clark of Arnold for winning the AK-47 and AR-15!
Again, sincerest appreciation to all!
There is a great cry from many well intentioned citizens to petition to referendum, SB281. Although well intentioned, this would be the wrong thing to do.
Maryland stands at a crossroads of an epic issue. Will we govern as a Constitutional Republic or simply a hyper-democracy? Unfortunately, the mere act of taking SB281 to referendun would send the wrong message. It would suggest Constitutional rights are subject to elimination at the whims of a simple majority… and it would fuel the ambitions of democratic majorities to continue their attacks on our freedoms.
We must not and cannot give any semblance of authority to an “unconstitutional act” or “pretended legislation” disguised as “law”. Taking SB281 to referendum would do exactly that.
Consider the implication if voters were to support SB281. A constitutionally protected right would be forever lost, and by “buying in” to a referendum process, we would be implicitly endorsing and condoning the misconception that our unalienable rights are subject to majority vote. This is unacceptable, because in a Constitutional Republic, THE MAJORITY HAS NO AUTHORITY TO TAKE AWAY GOD GIVEN CONSTITUIONAL RIGHTS FROM THE MINORITY .
We must never send the message that our God-given constitutional rights are subject to popular vote.
Some may ask, “If not referendum than what?”
We will be holding a series of meetings with distinguished leaders, officials, industry experts, scholars, activists, and constitutional attorneys to propose details of alternate actions designed to (a) restore our Second Amendment Protections; and (b) motivate and organize the sovereigns in Maryland (the people) to reaffirm our government’s commitment to the Constitution.
Thomas Jefferson said. “What county can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance.”
Therefore, we the undersigned will not encourage, promote, or participate in any referendum of SB281.
Delegate Don Dwyer, Jr.
Comissioner Richard Rothschild
More to come…..
AR-15 and AK-47 RAFFLE
AR-15 is a Palmetto Arms, 16″ barrel with collapsable stock
AK-47 is from Arsenal Inc., 16″ barrel with a side folding stock
Both guns are currently at Pasadena Gun and Pawn if you would like to view them and see what other goodies they have!
If you would like to purchase raffle tickets, Please mail a check for the total number of tickets to: Supporters of Don Dwyer , P.O. Box 667 Glen Burnie MD 21061. Your stubs will be mailed to you.
If you would like to sell tickets for me, Simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how many you are willing to sell. I will mail you the ticket and the stub. After all are sold mail the checks ( Payable to Supporters of Don Dwyer) and the stubs to the P.O. Box above.
Or click here: GUN RAFFLE to purchase or to get tickets to sell.
The winning tickets will be drawn Saturday July 6th. Independence weekend. Location TBD
Raffle Rules: You must be able to lawfully purchase and own a firearm- you must be willing to assume the transfer fees.
Out of State winners must have an FFL from their state to handle the transfer and must be willing to assume shipping costs.
Taxes and associated costs other than transfer fees will be covered by Supporters of Don Dwyer.
Proceeds will benefit Supporters of Don Dwyer and will also used in an effort to unseat the Legislators who worked to support, vote for and pass SB 281.
Thanks so much for your support
Delegate Don Dwyer
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
In January of this year I sent a letter to the Maryland Sheriffs Association urging them to take a stand, as the duly elected law enforcement officers of the people of Maryland to defend and protect the citizens rights to kep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. I am so pleased and honored to know that Maryland Sheriffs Association has come out in strong oposition to the Governors gun ban initiatives. A big thank you goes out to Wicomico Sheriff Mike Lewis, and all the Sheriffs who stand with him and with the citizens of Maryland. ( I will identify each of the Sheriffs in a later post)
It was my great pleasure to present the Maryland Sheriffs’ Association with a Citation for standing up to defend the Constitution.
Press Release: Citizen Delivers over 20,000 Pages of Testimony in Opposition to O’Mallys Gun Grabbing Agenda
Today, Delegate Don Dwyer received and delivered to the House Judiciary Committee, about 20 thousand sheets of written testimony submitted by Mr. Mike Endzel of Easton on behalf of citizens opposing the many gun ban bills being heard on Friday March 1st, including HB 294 the Governor’s so called “Firearms Safety Act”
Mr. Endzel and Chris Dingler created a website www.nationalbands.com to provide a venue for people who are not able to come to Annapolis in person, to submit written testimony for what has become a galvanizing issue for many Marylanders.
Mr. Endzel had not previously participated in the Legislative process, but was moved to do so because of this issue and had come to Annapolis on February 6 along with close to 4,000 other citizens. He said that his inspiration for the idea came after he stood in line to sign up to testify for over 5 hours but in the end was not afforded the opportunity to speak. Mr. Endzel said that he received emails from disabled veterans who stated that they would not be physically capable of coming to Annapolis to testify in person, thanking him for providing a means to have their voice heard. Mr. Endzel committed to printing the required 70 copies at his own cost and delivering the testimonies to Delegate Dwyer.
“I think it is a wonderful thing he has done. The Legislature has never before seen the amount of emails, phone calls and people out in opposition to these “gun control” bills. I commend Mike for what he has done to help give people a voice in the process.” Said Delegate Dwyer
You numbered so many that they had to close the building for safety reasons at the request of DGS Police and State Police because of the fire code capacity.
This has never happened in Annapolis! And you all did it!
I want to assure each of you that came and signed in but was not able to speak- your name is recorded and entered in the record as opposing this legislation. Please do not go away with the thought that because you couldn’t testify, your voice was not heard, or that your time was wasted. More than individual testimony, it was critically important that you show up in solid numbers, you did and your voice was heard!
I will call on you again- this is not a one day fight, but an ongoing battle. These bills and many others will be heard in the House of Delegates and I will contact you when the date of the hearing is announced. We need each of you to come back and bring more people. We can show them that we won’t back down defending our civil rights.
Don H. Dwyer, Jr.