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.
ANNAPOLIS UPDATE – Impeachment Proceedings Against Attorney General Doug Gansler
By Delegate Rick Impallaria
Today, Wednesday, March 31, 2010, Delegate Don Dwyer introduced impeachment charges against the Attorney General of the State of Maryland, Douglas F. Gansler. Delegate Dwyer, before the entire body of the House of Delegates, read out clearly and concisely the authority of the body to bring impeachment charges against a constitutionally elected Officer of the State and also clearly laid out the reasons why Mr. Gansler should be impeached by the House of Delegates. To be absolutely clear about what impeachment means, it is similar to a Grand More >
I brought the Articles of Impeachment to the House Floor today at approximately 10:15am. I was not ruled out of order as I had expected to be, but was not able to get a vote. The Articles have been moved to House Judiciary Committee for hearings to be held today at 3pm.
Please come to testify, or simply to show support. If you are unable to come, you can view the hearings by following the link http://www.ustream.tv/channel/house-judiciary-hearings-march-31-2010
While researching in preparation of my impeachment of Maryland’s Attorney General, I came across an interesting situation. One that has led me to file an ethics complaint against House Speaker Michael Busch, regarding the appointment of the House Parliamentarian.
At issue are concerns regarding the House Parliamentarian and the fact the she is a voting member of the majority Party who, when asked questions of procedure, has always ruled in favor of the Speaker and the Democrat Party.
In fact, Maryland is the only legislature in the Nation whose Parliamentarian is a voting member of the body.
In order for the parliamentarian to rule fairly More >
Yesterday, I requested an emergency bill entitled Maryland Health Freedom Act. I am extremely concerned about the massive, intrusive, and expensive and UNCONSTITUTIONAL health care bill that Democrats on the Federal level are still trying to jam down America’s throat. I have watched along with many of you, the town hall meetings packed with citizens shouting to be heard while arrogant elected officials talk on their cell phones and insult their intelligence. A few days ago, Nancy Pelosi said, “we need to pass this bill so we can find out whats in it.” Are you kidding me? This is unacceptable and the people More >