Have You Heard The News?

As if our third annual Patriot Day Reception, A Night at the USO, wasn’t already smokin’ hot, it just got hotter.  We have the honor of hosting our very own Lieutenant Governor candidate, Mary Kane.  Yep, you heard me.  She might be breaking it down on the dance floor with our other local candidates, but we promise, she’ll certainly rally up the troops.  Are you hooked yet?

If you know you’re coming, please let us know as soon as possible.  We have to let the wonderful chef’s at Rolling Road Golf Club know just how much Raspberry Brie en Croute to make, among other things.

You can mail your check to:

PVRC

P.O. Box 3181

Catonsville, MD 21228

But before you do, shoot Hillary an email or give her a quick call, 240-593-7283, and let her know you’re coming.  Oh and make sure you vote for our new logo in the previous post.

Add a little 40’s flare to your attire as you prepare for a Saturday night you won’t soon forget, including entertainment from your local candidates and their teams, food, drink, music, dancing and more. PLUS SPECIAL GUEST, MARY KANE.  Join
us as we rally the troops for victory in the upcoming elections and enjoy special guest appearances by some classic USO favorites.

Tickets: $60 for one, $100 for two Includes heavy o’rderves, beer, wine and soda, and an evening filled with fun and nostalgia.

Other ways to participate:

1. Honorariums: Purchase an honorarium for anyone you know who is serving or has served in our armed forces or someone who was directly involved with 9/11. They’re only $10 and will pay tribute to our nation’s heroes. Contact Hillary to reserve yours today, hillary@strategicvictoryconsulting.com
2. Corporate Sponsorships: Do you own a business? Become a sponsor of this event for the low cost of $75. This year our business partners will be sponsoring food tables. We might even name the food after you. You’ll also receive mention in our mini-program and at the registration table. This is an investment that is sure to pay off. Contact Betsy for more information at betsy@strategicvictoryconsulting.com.

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Time to Vote: PVRC Logo Contest’s Next Level

Submissions are in and the winner is up to you.  Spread the word and send people here to vote.  The future of the PVRC rests in your hands.  Okay, maybe not literally, but you get the point, right?  Of course, as a disclaimer, the PVRC Executive Committee has the right to veto all votes.  Just think of it like congress passing a law with the President’s right to sign or not sign.

For the sake of the contest and to weed out favoritism, nepotism, or any other form of tisms, we’re displaying the submissions without the author’s name.  Please vote in the poll to the right.  This will help us keep better track of vote tallies.

In no particular order, here are the submissions.

Eagle Eye

Grassy Knoll

Sealed Drawing

Forward Facing

Black, White and Red All Over

Just a little Quirky

So last night my husband, Paul, and I attended the candidate forum in Relay (same zip code as Halethorpe).  Candidates for county council, state delegate, county executive and senate were each given 4 minutes to introduce themselves, their platform and answer two pre-assigned questions.  It was a fast-paced night, and you could tell that the candidates were all struggling with the 4 minute time limit.  Paul and I already know who we’re voting for, so we were there mostly to support our candidates.

The really interesting part of the evening happened after the formal forum, during the meet-and-greet session when the candidates were available to field some one-on-one questions.  After saying goodbye to our fellow campaign team members, Paul and I headed for the exit.  However, the candidate standing by the door was none other than Tom Quirk (one of the 4 democratic candidates for county council).  It was an unavoidable situation, but he greeted us pleasantly enough (at first).

“Hi, I’m Tom Quirk.  I know you’re Whisler supporters, but one nice thing about county council is that we all basically want the same things.”

At this point, my husband had that look on his face that said, “I’m not so sure about that…”

“And I just want you to know that if I’m elected, I’ll be representing all people.  Democrats, Independents and Republicans.

And by now, my husband’s expression went from, “Not so sure about that” to “Now I know you’re lying.”

“Well, how do you feel about reforming the pension and benefit package for Baltimore County council members?” I asked.

“I would be open to that,” Quirk said (as he knew that’s what I wanted to hear).  But he attention on me was waning as potential voters were exiting the building to his right and left (imagine his dismay).

In fact, as he answered my question (without any real explanation on what kind of reform he would be open to, I might add), he turned his head and entire body around to ensnare the next victim… I mean constituent, in some sort of “make sure you vote for me” prattle.

Paul and I stood there, dumbfounded by his blatant rudeness, for a few seconds.  When we were certain he would not be turning around to bid us au du, we left… laughing to ourselves.  So much for “representing all people” huh, Quirk?

Moral of the story?  Vote for Steve Whisler.

You Decide! Is Disney Discriminating?

My question is this, if you don’t like the dress code, then why not work somewhere else?

PVRC Logo Contest

In a world where branding is everything, the PVRC has decided to dive in.  In the coming weeks, you’ll notice several changes, a new website, a better Facebook presence, and an even more up to date blog.  But all of that starts with a new logo.  A logo helps determine the color scheme of a website and the layout of printed materials.  It’s the foundation of the brand.

With this in mind, we thought we’d throw it out to the friends of the PVRC.  We know that talent and creativity surrounds us, so why not have a contest?  Winner gets an amazing prize pack including one ticket to our 3rd annual Patriot Day Reception, A Night at the USO.

Here are the details, submit all ideas and artwork to Hillary by August 20th.  At that point, we’ll pick the top three and post them to the blog.  Then you guys get to decide which one you like best.  Winner will be announced by August 24th.  Due to the fact that we really want to get moving on this branding process without stifling the creativity, we may close the contest early if we 1) have no entries by mid next week or 2) have three we already like, so don’t procrastinate.  Get your entries in as soon as possible.

Please direct all questions to Hillary Pennington or Betsy Merena. Good luck!

Introducing: A Night at the USO, Third Annual Patriot Day Reception

The Patapsco Valley GOP Presents:

A Night at the USO

Third Annual Patriot Day Reception

Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 7 pm

Rolling Road Golf Club

Add a little 40’s flare to your attire as you prepare for a Saturday night you won’t soon forget, including entertainment from your local candidates and their teams, food, drink, music, dancing and more. Join us as we rally the troops for victory in the upcoming elections and enjoy special guest appearances by some classic USO favorites.

Tickets: $60 for one, $100 for two
Includes heavy o’rderves, beer, wine and soda, and an evening filled with fun and nostalgia.

Other ways to participate:

1. Honorariums: Purchase an honorarium for anyone you know who is serving or has served in our armed forces or someone who was directly involved with 9/11. They’re only $10 and will pay tribute to our nation’s heroes. Contact Hillary to reserve yours today, hillary@strategicvictoryconsulting.com
2. Corporate Sponsorships: Do you own a business? Become a sponsor of this event for the low cost of $75. This year our business partners will be sponsoring food tables. We might even name the food after you. You’ll also receive mention in our mini-program and at the registration table. This is an investment that is sure to pay off. Contact Betsy for more information at betsy@strategicvictoryconsulting.com. See More

Click here to see the official flyer! Feel free to make copies and pass them around.  We’re looking for a large turn out this year.  This is a great opportunity to invite your friends and neighbors to join the grassroots movement in SW Baltimore County.

Aren’t Our Servicemen Entitled to a Vote?

This morning I received the email below from the Maryland GOP Senate Slate.  Let me say that I am appalled that the military vote is being stifled.  The Board of Elections has known about this law for sometime yet has decided to wait until the literal last moment to deal with it.  And the only solution they’ve come up with is a “waiver.”  Is this government that inept that they can’t figure out a way to ensure that every vote is in fact counted?  Don’t answer that.  I already know the answer.

You can read the details below, but my hope is that this enrages you as much as it enrages me.  How can they sit back and claim a fair election when they’ve yet to do everything in their power to make sure everyone gets a vote?  They jump through hoops to make sure that everyone who wants to vote can vote, right?  Early voting, absentee ballots, provisional ballots.  Heck, anyone can walk into a polling place, not have to show ID, and vote.  Even if they’re not registered or if the polling book says they’ve already voted, we are still required to give them a provisional ballot.  I was an election judge for the last three election cycles, and to their credit, I can say that from a polling place standpoint, with few exceptions, it seems that the elections are administered with fairness and integrity.  However, absentee and provisional ballots are always been a bit of a misnomer to me.  Just how do they decide which votes are counted and which ones aren’t?

I guess I’ve always taken for granted the idea that our servicemen get a vote, although it’s kind of hard to vote if you don’t have a ballot.  So I have a few questions for the Board of Elections:

1. If Obama signed the MOVE act into effect in October 2009, why haven’t you been able to figure out a way to send ballots to every Maryland serviceman stationed overseas?

2. Why did you wait until the absolute last minute to determine the impossibility of such a measure?

3.  Why are you asking for a waiver when you’re already passed the deadline? Why didn’t you go before the legislature earlier, like in November 2009?

4.  What exactly are your reasons for not being able to follow through with the MOVE act?

If someone can answer these questions for me in a reasonable manner, I might have to rethink my position on this matter.  For now, though, my confidence in the system is wavering.

Maryland Fails to Provide Timely Ballots to our Troops

The Senate Republican Caucus has joined with the House Republican Caucus in opposition to the waiver requested by the Maryland State Board of Elections so that ballots do not have to be sent to military and civilian personnel serving overseas in compliance with federal election laws.  The full statement follows:
(Annapolis, MD) Today, The Joint Republican Caucus of the Maryland General Assembly released the following statement in response to the Maryland Board of Elections’ request for a waiver of the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act.
“This federal law exists to ensure that those who are fighting to defend our democracy, have the opportunity to participate in it” said House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell. “This waiver request is just one more slap in the face to the Maryland men and women who are serving our country, and a reminder that the O’Malley administration and Democrat leaders in the legislature consistently disregard the importance of, and sacrifices made, by those honorable citizens.”
“I am dismayed that the Maryland government can’t provide better support for our troops. We teach our children the importance of democracy and participating in elections. However, through their inaction, the liberal Democrat monopoly in Annapolis has ignored the very people who risk their lives so that we can continue to have these freedoms.” said Senate Minority Leader Allan Kittleman.
The MOVE Act was signed into law by President Obama last October, and requires that states ensure that ballots are sent to military voters serving overseas at least 45 days before the election, due to the unavoidable delays associated with delivery into sometimes dangerous areas.
“If compliance is impossible, according to the Board of Elections, why wasn’t the legislature approached about a solution” continued Delegate O’Donnell. “Why wasn’t this brought up as an issue until now? Our Maryland citizens serving overseas deserve more consideration than appears to have been given to this issue. The Democratic leaders previously gutted legislation intended to give a well-deserved benefit to military retirees, and attract and retain these highly skilled personnel who are essential to economic growth and prosperity. They then enacted legislation hindering the ability of our armed services to recruit a new generation of well-trained, admirable citizens giving back to their communities through military service. It is disgraceful, but not surprising that this waiver request is but one more example of a lack of consideration and respect for active duty military and veterans by the O’Malley administration and Democrat leaders in the legislature in Maryland.”
In 2005, the Ehrlich administration introduced legislation that would exempt 100% of military retirement income from state income taxes if the retiree had served 20 years of active duty. The legislation was first amended in committee to cut the exemption in half and eliminate the exemption for retired officers, and was then killed. Retired military personnel households spent over $2.5 billion on goods and services in Maryland when this legislation was introduced, and are an integral part of Maryland’s economy as they transition their extensive training and skill sets into the private sector.
“Unfortunately, the Democrat leadership has not learned what our neighboring states have known for quite some time, exempting 100% of military retirement income from state income taxes is a tremendous economic stimulus tool. Therefore, in addition to being the right thing to do for those who have sacrificed for all of us, giving a greater tax break to veterans would help to energize our economy and create new jobs in Maryland” continued Senator Kittleman.
In the 2010 legislative session, legislation was introduced by the chairman of the Ways and Means committee that prohibits schools from releasing information regarding student scores on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test to military recruiters. This test is developed and maintained by the Department of Defense to measure vocational aptitude of potential enlistees.
“These three issues show a continuing pattern in Maryland where the liberal Democrat leadership displays anti-military philosophy in state policy” concluded Senator Kittleman.