Baltimore County Council Stands Against the Dream Act (Well, Mostly)

On Wednesday, five of the seven Baltimore Council members not only pledged their support for the movement to bring the Dream Act (aka In-state Tuition for Illegal Immigrants) to referendum, but they also signed a letter urging county residents to sign the petition.  Republicans David Marks & Todd Huff, along with Democrats Bevins, Amman, and Olzewski committed their support in ink.

Sadly, missing from the mix was our very own Tom Quirk and our northern neighbor, Ken Oliver.  Does anyone want to garner a guess as to why Quirk would choose to remain in the minority and go against the rest of the council to stand by such an unlawful piece of legislation?

It’s curious to me that UMBC and CCBC just happen to reside in the 1st district.  We know from testimony in Annapolis that many colleges and universities from around the state were in favor of such legislation.  I’m not saying that UMBC and CCBC have in fact come out in support of the law, but I am saying that it’s a bit of a red herring.

Here’s my question though, and this isn’t just to Tom (because I wouldn’t want to pick on him).  No, this question goes to all the elected officials who have stood in support of this outrageous law.  Why would you spit in the face of federal law just to get votes from people who aren’t supposed to vote anyways?

It’s true that the hispanic population in Baltimore County is on the rise, but not all hispanics stand in support of illegal immigration.  Most of them fought hard to come here under legal pretenses.  Why support those who want a free ride?

I will say this, nearly 40% of the total support for the referendum movement has come from Baltimore County.  At this point, the petition signers almost outnumber the latino population.  And those numbers are only going to grow.  So even if Tom is choosing the road less traveled to garner votes, I’m thinking, in the end, it might backfire.

Now, supporters will come up with all kinds of sob stories in support of this legislation.  I know, I’ve heard them at the State House.  It’s a human rights issue and these poor innocent immigrants (who are here illegally) are suffering at the hand of Big Brother.

Yes, it’s sad.  But let’s just say we give them this subsidized education.  Then what?  What will they do with their citizen paid degree?  They can’t legally work here, so what kind of career can they possibly esteem too?

No worries, I’m sure the Maryland General Assembly will answer those questions sooner or later in the form of another piece of law breaking legislation.

Friends, if you don’t do another thing this year politically, sign the petition.  We need 56,000 signatures by June 30.  We’ve made it through the first hurdle at the end of May, but we need to keep up the pace.

It’s imperative that this bill go before the people because we’re confident that it will be overturned.  It’s up to us to send the message.

This is not a Republican issue.  Many Democrats across the state have joined in the efforts, including three of our County Council members.  I have to say that I’m proud of my council.  It takes guts to stand up against the mainstream of your own party.

To sign the petition, go to www.mdpetitions.com.

Get Involved: AFP December Meeting

Yes, the election is over, but that doesn’t mean you get to drop of the face of the earth for three years.  That goes for you too, Mr. Hooe.   We have to stay fresh, educated and involved.  If you’re free on December 2, or even if you have to reschedule dinner with your Aunt Gertrude, I’d highly reccommend the trek up to Towson for this AFP Meeting.  The topic of discussion will be redistricting.  This is a huge threat state and countywide for conservatives.  As if the state isn’t blue enough, right?  Greedy, power hungry douchebags.

And if you are going, let me know.  I’d love to have someone take some notes and pictures so we can report about it here on the blog.  Unfortunately I have plans that night, so yes, I’m trying to con one of your avid readers into doing my dirty work.  Sue me.  Hey, I’d give full credit to my source.  I’m not that kind of girl, peeps.

Regardless of whether you’re willing to be my eyes and ears, just go.  The AFP are a driving force for conservatives in Maryland.

 

December Meeting

Americans for Prosperity Baltimore County

DATE: December 2nd

TIME: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

LOCATION: Towson Library

320 York Road
Towson, Maryland 21204-5179

We will be discussing re-districting!!!!

~What Maryland Congressional Districts may look like after the Governor finishes carving~

The Picture of One Party Rule!

Also; the new look of the Baltimore County Council, and our strategy of how we will inform them that we have the flame and we will be holding it to their feet. It’s time to push for full reform of the pension system and term limits. Join Us !!!

County Executive Johnson and wife arrested

We are all familiar with, and are unfortunately becoming all too used to, the scandal that comes with the occasional indiscreet or corrupt politician, whether it be financial, sexual, or otherwise immoral. But for the most part, these scandals are mostly seen at the national level. For example, Bill Clinton and his extra-marital affair, Tim Geithner and his tax cheating, and Elliot Spitzer and his extra-curricular activities. So it may come as no surprise to hear about the arrest of two local elected officials in neighboring Prince George’s County.

County Executive Jack Johnson, Democrat, and his wife, Leslie Johnson, who was recently elected to the County Council, were arrested at their home on November 12 and are being charged with tampering with and destroying evidence pertaining to a federal investigation. This investigation, which has been going on for 5 years, is looking into real estate investors who allegedly have given elected officials monetary rewards for political and personal favors.

According to an article in USA Today, FBI agents heard a recorded phone conversation between Jack Johnson and wife Leslie which took place immediately after the agents had knocked on the Johnson family’s door. Mr. Johnson was recorded ordering his wife to flush what is believed to be a check down the toilet and to hide almost $80,000 in her underwear, according to the affidavit.

Currently, the Johnson’s both claim to be innocent of all charges. Though they were both released that day, Jack Johnson is currently on electronic home detention. Both could face a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

One cannot help but notice the irony in the timing of all this scandal. Even though Maryland bucked the trends of the nation-wide Democratic-ousting, this recent scandal involving two Democratic public officials – he on his way out of his second term and she having just been elected – is alarming and troubling to say the least. Is this what is to be expected from Maryland’s majority party? This story is still unfolding but it will be interesting to see how these two politicians fair in the coming weeks.

The Un-Truth Truth Squad Strikes Again

At a debate on Saturday afternoon, in a beautiful backyard on Forest Drive, in Catonsville, two candidates came to the table to debate the issues most vital to the first district.  Unfortunately I didn’t get the stay the entire time.  Surely something must have changed from the time I left until the end, because according to Quirk’s Facebook page, he won the debate.  Interesting how he went from flat out lying to winning.  I’m pretty sure this win was all in his head though.

Since I can’t recount the entire debate, allow me divulge just a few hard facts.

The candidates started out talking about why they entered the race.  Quirk’s answer surprised me a bit.  It seems he just up and decided to run one day when the going got tough for the rest of us.  I’m sure it had nothing to do with any political aspirations he’s had since he moved into the area 8 years ago.  You know that four years ago he ran for the Democratic Central Committee and lost, right?  Funny how most of his “resume” was built in the years since his last loss.  But that must just be a coincidence.

My second and last point lies within a, well, lie.  He said that 84% of his contributions came from individuals.  “I encourage everyone to go the Maryland Campaign Finance website and look it up for yourself.”  Okay, Tom, that’s just what we did.   You know what we found?  Seems Tom needs to retake some math classes, because it turns out 48% of his donors are businesses, 75% of them donated on one evening back in late ’09 at a $1,000 a plate fundraiser hosted by Quirk’s “fundraising chairperson,” David Gildea, a development lawyer from Towson.

When asked the question about his top 5 contributors and how they would affect his candidacy, Tom skirted the question, immediately on the defensive.  Why?  What does he really have to hide?

Here are his top 5 donors?

1. Elizabeth Parham, $4,000, individual, donated on 11/19/09 (the same night at the Smith/Gildea fundraiser.  Can’t really find out much about her from Google, but it begs the question: Why was she at a fundraiser to which developers and their allies were invited?

2. Thomas Morris, $2,000, individual, also donated on 11/19/09.  Thomas Morris owns Thomas D Morris Inc, a company out of Reistertown (note: not in our district) that supplies “large domestic animals-cattle, sheep, swine, and goats (other species by request)-that have been bred specifically for research needs.”

3. Macro Holdings Property Development, $2,000, business entity, also donated on 11/19/09.  Macro Holdings is a  company based out of Ellicotty City (again out of district), who happens to develop and finance Sonic Restaurants through out Maryland.

4. Sibel Enterprises, $2000, business entity, also donated on 11/19/09.  Can’t find much information about this company as well, but I do know that they are also based out of district in Owings Mills, and they’ve given money to Kamenetz and O’Malley as well.  Gee, no strings attached there, right?

5. Gwynn Mill Joint Venture llc, $2000, business entity, also donated on 11/19/09.  Again it’s a bit of an allusive company, and I thought Google was so thorough.  Regardless, I’m seeing a pattern here in that they’re also not in our district.

Funny how Tom didn’t mention a single one of these donors at the debate the other day, not a single one.  All 5 gave on the same night, at the same place.  All 5 have contributed to other Democrat’s campaigns around the state.  All 5 are outside of our district.

In case you think I’m picking an choosing to make it look worse than it is.  There were 5 contributors at the $2,000 level, all of which were given on 11/19/09.  The next lowest from from The Friends of Jim Smith at $1,500.

Maybe Tom has access to a different site than the rest of us, one where 84% of his contributions comes from individuals from his community.  He mentioned Dimitris and One Mile West as some of his top contributors.  I can’t find Dimitris on his report anywhere and One Mile West contributed $500…not exactly at the top.

I challenge each of you to do exactly what Mr. Quirk told you to do…go look it up for yourself.