Here’s a handy scorecard from MD Petitions.  It’s based on votes on these bills over the past four years by every delegate and senator in the Maryland legislature:

SB 167 (Dream Act 2011)

HB 226 (Windmill Bill 2013)

SB 1 (Congressional Redistricting 2011)

SB 276 (Death Penalty Repeal 2013)

HB 438 (Same-Sex Marriage 2012)

SB 422/HB 667 (Mandatory Union Fees 2013)

HB 987 (Rain Tax 2012)

SB 281 (Gun Bill 2013)

SB 1 (Gambling Expansion 2012) 

SB 212 (Bathroom Bill 2014)

HB 1515 (Gas Tax 2013)B 364 (Marijuana Decriminalization 2014)

Click on a delegate or senator and you’ll get not just the score, but his or her vote on each bill with links to the text of each bill.  Also contact information for each legislator.  This is an impressive piece of work and it should prove valuable in this year’s election campaigns.

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | March 11, 2014

Last chance to stop the “Bathroom Bill”

Today I received a followup email from Delegate Neil Parrott to his email from MD Petitions that I posted last week.  The bill passed the Maryland Senate and is now in the House of Delegates.

Can you take a few minutes right now to

stop the “Bathroom Bill”?

 SB 212/HB 1265, the “Bathroom Bill”, could receive a vote in the House Health and Government Operations (HGO) Committee any day nowYour voice right away could help make the difference and stop this dangerous bill from passing.

THE PROBLEM
This bill is dangerous because it creates a wide open opportunity for a man to pretend to be a woman, enter the women’s restroom, shower room, or locker room, and endanger women and girls.  Conversely, a woman could do the same to the men’s room, eliminating the privacy of men as well.

It is reasonable to be concerned.   In Texas, Paul Ray Witherspoon entered the ladies’ room at a Dallas hospital as “Paula Witherspoon” – with a prior record of sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child.  In fact, Witherspoon was still on parole.  Legally, Witherspoon was still male.

Just last month in Canada, Christopher Hambrook was jailed for sexually assaulting two women.  Hambrook found his victims at two Toronto shelters after checking himself in, claiming to be a transgender woman.  This was a man with a previous criminal record.  Claiming to be a transgender woman was his ticket to an easy supply of victims.  In Maryland, if this bill passes, men like Witherspoon and Hambrook would be allowed in women’s restrooms.

ACTION
If you object to that possibility, please take a moment to call your delegate(s) or use our new, easy email feature to send them a pre-filled email urging them to vote against SB 212/HB 1265.  Please also think about asking friends or family members to call/email right away too, this can easily be performed by using the share buttons at the bottom of this email

It is very important that you call and email your legislators TODAY since a committee vote in the House could be taken at any time.

Last week many people alerted us to the fact that our temporary link to contact the House committee was not always working.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  We have been working to make it easier for you to contact your legislators, and our new contact page is now up and ready to use.  Simply click HERE, fill in your information, edit the pre-filled email to make it fit your sentiments, and send it.

Together, we have to make sure our legislators in Annapolis know that we passionately oppose this threat to our safety and privacy, and that we will be watching how they vote.  We will also remember, and make sure that our friends and family remember, when we go to the polls later this year.

Thank you for caring about our state.  I look forward to working with you to try to bring common-sense back to Maryland.

Sincerely,
Neil
Delegate Neil Parrott, Chairman
MDPetitions.com

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | March 7, 2014

Washington County: meet the candidates for county commissioner

Lynda Evans, president of the Hagerstown Tea Party, emails:

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER

When: April 3, 2014, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

(Plan to come early and stay after to talk to the candidates.)

Where: Ramada Plaza Hotel, 1718 Underpass Way, Hagerstown, MD 21740, 301-797-2500

Cost: Free!!!

Q & A Moderated by Pieter Bickford, Editor-In-Chief, What’s NXT

SPONSORED BY THE HAGERSTOWN TEA PARTY

Contact Info:

Lynda, 301-992-6943 or lgivensevans at reagan.com

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | March 4, 2014

MD Petitions Legislative Alert on “bathroom bill”

I just received this in my inbox from Del. Neil Parrott at MD Petitions — a little too late to do anything about it, but I’m confident our Republican Washington County legislators will vote the right way.  It looks like it hasn’t come up in the House yet.  It’s part of the continuing attack by the left, politicizing every aspect of our lives down to what sex we are.  Email follows:

*****

The strange new world we live in.

Legislative Alert – MD Senate to Vote Today

Over the past two weeks the Maryland Senate has quietly been pushing through a bill that will seriously affect all Marylanders – the “bathroom bill” – SB 212.  If passed, this radical bill will require all public facilities to be open to anyone – regardless of gender or gender expression.  Put simply, cross dressers in the wrong bathrooms.  How would you like a man, pretending to be a woman, using the bathroom or possibly even a communal shower with your daughter?Each person is born with a specific sex that, regardless of personal, emotional, or psychological feelings to the contrary, is maintained throughout their lives.  There is a reason that bathrooms are separated, and should continue to be.  Men and women are physically different in ways that are traditionally held as private.  Most humans neither want to reveal nor see intimate aspects of strangers of the opposite sex.Regrettably, the most recent actions taken on this bill are just now coming to our attention, and we need to take action right away.On February 20, 2014, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed SB 212 on an 8-3 vote.  Three Senators who voted against a similar bill last year – Sen. Brochin, Sen. Muse, and Sen. Stone – flipped their votes this year and let SB 212 out of the committee.  The bill passed another critical stage on the Senate floor last Friday, and today, March 4, it is scheduled to receive a final vote in the Senate during the 10AM session.  It is likely to pass.If you believe that every person is entitled to privacy, please call your senator and pray that a filibuster is conducted and that it will be successful in the voting session or that the vote is delayed through a “special order”.  Otherwise, we will have to try to stop this bill when it comes to the House of Delegates.

If this bill becomes law, it will radically change our society and put our families and children at risk.  We will keep you informed regarding the status of this bill, and how you can help stop it if it continues to move forward.

Sincerely,
Neil

Delegate Neil Parrott, Chairman
MDPetitions.com

It is called the Uninvited II and is co-hosted by Breitbart.  One of the speakers will be former 6th District Congressman Roscoe Bartlett a national expert on the threat posed by Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) as a potential weapons system.  (I don’t know if that is his topic for this summit.)

Because this is a subject we’ve discussed extensively on these pages for years—-CPAC’s exclusion of experts on national defense, Islamic terrorism and the threat from uncontrolled immigration—-it’s important that we mention the gathering this Thursday (March 6th) on the same day as CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), a national event put on by the American Conservative Union, opens in Washington.

Grover Norquist is most often fingered as the primary impediment to the discussion of these important issues at CPAC as we have chronicled in innumerable posts (click here for Norquist and CPAC) over the years.

***Update*** Sign the petition!  Grover must go!

I love the photo Breitbart used to illustrate its story today (Hat tip: Richard Falknor Blue Ridge Forum***):

Breitbart News Network will hosting its second annual national security forum during the Conservative Political Action Conference and expand the event from a single panel to a full day of events with top conservative leaders.

Speakers for the event include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, and Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Trent Franks (R-AZ), and Jim Bridenstine (R-OK).

Many of the speakers presenting at the Uninvited II were not invited to CPAC, which is organized by the American Conservative Union.

EMPAct America’s Henry Schwartz and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon will be leading the summit; Center for Security Policy President and former Reagan official Frank Gaffney will moderate.

There will be panel discussions on Benghazi, the Muslim Brotherhood and Amnesty—topics apparently too hot for the ACU board of directors! Indeed!  Pamela Geller once said CPAC was for “sissies!”

Go to Breitbart, here, for more details and a list of additional speakers.

***For a chuckle, visit Blue Ridge Forum’s post about Tea Partiers staying on ruling class Rep. Eric Cantor’s trail, here.

Editor’s note:  This is cross-posted from Refugee Resettlement Watch where I am still blogging every day.  In addition to RRW, and with the partnership of a fellow patriot in Kentucky, you can follow immigrant crime stories and other cultural clashes involving immigrants at a new facebook page—Diversity’s Dark Side.  I regret that I don’t have enough time in the day to keep up Potomac Tea Party Report as well as it should be maintained, but blog partner Judy has posted from time to time to keep us alive!—Ann.

The US Census Bureau is reporting that the US is on the cusp of the Second Great Wave of Immigration where the immigrant population of America is at or near the historically high level of 15%.    Most people, especially the youngsters in the Open Borders movement assume we have been pouring immigrants into America at high levels forever.  Not so!  We dramatically reduced immigration levels around 1920 because the nation needed to catch its breath and immigrants needed to assimilate.  The public demanded the slowdown.

That all changed in 1965 when Senator Ted Kennedy was among those pushing the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 (a bill signed by Lyndon Johnson).  Previously most immigrants to America were Europeans, this law opened our doors to Latin Americans, Africans and Asians and so the cultural leap they would have to make to assimilate became even greater.

Today assimilation is a dirty word and the motives of the immigration lobby are frankly to push America toward more socialism (Dems want the voters), more diversity (frankly less whiteness) and for others (some Republicans/big business) it’s all about a cheap labor force.

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) gave the Keynote address at the 5th anniversary celebration of the Tea Party in Washington DC.
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/27/Jeff-Sessions-The-Tea-Party-is-right-on-every-issue

So for those of us who think Senator Sessions makes enormous sense, I fear that common sense is not in vogue these days.

Before you read this, check out the Migration Policy Institute graph (to get to the graph click on ‘Number and share total US population 1850-2012′) which puts us much closer to the 15% mark than does this Census Bureau report.

From The Hill (hat tip: Robin):

If Congress passes immigration reform legislation this year, it will dramatically add to what the Census Bureau is calling the “Second Great Wave” of immigration in U.S. history.

Opponents of the legislation have seized on the Census Bureau’s analysis of migration patterns to warn of an explosion of foreign-born population over the next few decades.

“Once again, the country is approaching a percentage of foreign-born not seen since the late 1800s and early 1900s,” the Census Bureau wrote on its blog this week. “Will this proportion continue to increase, perhaps exceeding the high of nearly 15 percent achieved in both 1890 and 1910?”

The agency estimates that 40 million people living in the United States in 2010 were born elsewhere, approximately 12.9 percent of the population. That is the highest population of immigrants, percentage-wise, since the 1920s, according to the Census Bureau.

Opponents of granting citizenship to 11 million illegal immigrants and expanding legal immigration flows have pounced on the study.

“After 40 years of large-scale immigration, rising joblessness, failing schools and a growing welfare state, would not the sensible, conservative thing to do be to slow down for a bit, allow wages to rise, assimilation to occur, and to help those struggling here today?” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Thursday, when he delivered the keynote address to commemorate the Tea Party Patriots’ fifth anniversary.

An aide to Sessions estimated the number of foreign-born people living in the United States has now reached 45 million.

Sessions’s office estimates that number could swell by at least 30 million over the next decade if Congress passes the Senate immigration bill.

For readers reaching retirement age, look back to the early 1970′s and see that things have really changed in the last 40 years (you aren’t wrong to have suspected it).

The immigrant population reached a low in 1970 when 9.6 million people — 4.7 percent of the total population — residing in the United States were born in another country.

If you missed it, check out our post last week about MENA (Middle Eastern/North African) immigrant populations in the US, a group that will resist assimilation more than some others.  That post went off the charts for some reason with 1,000 readers in one day.

By the way, any Fox News fans here might be interested to see how recent remarks by Fox’s Tucker Carlson made the heathen rage!

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | February 27, 2014

The smoking guns in the IRS scandal

Archbishop Thomas Becket, killed by by four knights in 1170 after King Henry II raged, “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?”

Here is the clearest account yet of the origins and timeline of the IRS’s war on conservative, Tea Party, pro-Israel, and other organizations that do not please liberals.  In Connecting the Dots in the IRS Scandal, in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Bradley A. Smith begins:

 The mainstream press has justified its lack of coverage over the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups because there’s been no “smoking gun” tying President Obama to the scandal. This betrays a remarkable, if not willful, failure to understand abuse of power. The political pressure on the IRS to delay or deny tax-exempt status for conservative groups has been obvious to anyone who cares to open his eyes. It did not come from a direct order from the White House, but it didn’t have to.

Smith is the former chairman of the Federal Election Commission.  He is a distinguished legal scholar, an expert on election law, and happily for us, a remarkably clear writer for those of us who get lost among the twists and turns and arcane vocabulary of legal writing.   His account begins with this background:

On Jan. 21, 2010, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Citizens United v. FEC upholding the right of corporations and unions to make independent expenditures in political races. Then, on March 26, relying on Citizens United, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the rights of persons (including corporations) to pool resources for political purposes. This allowed the creation of “super PACs” as well as corporate contributions to groups organized under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that spend in political races.

The reaction to Citizens United was no secret. Various news outlets such as CNN noted that “Democrats fear the decision has given the traditionally pro-business GOP a powerful new advantage.”

Smith understates the reaction.  The left was hysterical about the Citizens United decision and remains so to this day.   What followed was a concerted effort to silence conservative groups.  Here are the the items of 15 Smith lists that directly involve President Obama.

• Jan. 27, 2010: President Obama criticizes Citizens United in his State of the Union address and asks Congress to “correct” the decision.

• …in March 2010, Mr. Obama publicly criticizes conservative 501(c)(4) organizations engaging in politics. In his Aug. 21 radio address, he warns Americans about “shadowy groups with harmless sounding names” and a “corporate takeover of our democracy.”

• Sept. 28, 2010: Mr. Obama publicly accuses conservative 501(c)(4) organizations of “posing as not-for-profit, social welfare and trade groups.”

• April 2011: White House officials confirm that Mr. Obama is considering an executive order that would require all government contractors to disclose their donations to politically active organizations as part of their bids for government work. The proposal is later dropped amid opposition across the political spectrum.

The other items are about actions by members of Congress and the IRS.  Sen. Chuck Schumer kicked off the campaign in February 2010, saying “he would introduce legislation known as the Disclose Act to place new restrictions on some political activity by corporations and force more public disclosure of contributions to 501(c)(4) organizations. Mr. Schumer says the bill is intended to ‘embarrass companies’ out of exercising the rights recognized in Citizens United.”

But it didn’t really heat up until 2012, when a gang of Democratic senators put pressure on the IRS time after time to target and pressure conservative groups.  The last item is this — you may have seen it in the news a couple of weeks ago:

• Feb. 13, 2014: The Hill newspaper reports that “Senate Democrats facing tough elections this year want the Internal Revenue Service to play a more aggressive role in regulating outside groups expected to spend millions of dollars on their races.”

Looks like a smoking gun to me.   As Smith concludes:

In 1170, King Henry II is said to have cried out, on hearing of the latest actions of the Archbishop of Canterbury, “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?” Four knights then murdered the archbishop. Many in the U.S. media still willfully refuse to see anything connecting the murder of the archbishop to any actions or abuse of power by the king.

Posted by: Ann Corcoran | February 7, 2014

Baltimore: Two citizens of Yemen rip-off US taxpayers for millions

From the editor: This is a food stamp fraud story cross-posted from Refugee Resettlement Watch.

Baltimore convenience store where Yemenis ripped off US taxpayers for millions. You can’t make this up!

And, it is an update of a story we reported here last September.

Big questions for me are:  What legal immigration program allowed them to enter the country and set up these stores, participate in SNAP?  Did they send the money out of the country?  And, will they be deported after serving their time?  This article says they can get 20 years, but in all the cases I’ve seen, crooks like these were back out running the store again within a couple of years.

Note to readers, we have been following food stamp fraud perpetrated by immigrant scammers for years as a side interest at RRW, but now we have one place to gather such stories and that is a facebook page—Diversity’s Dark Side (‘Like’ it).

From the Examiner (Hat tip: Robin):

Two foreign citizens residing in Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to committed fraud in connection with a scheme to illegally redeem food stamp benefit in exchange for cash over three years and obtained a significant amount of money in payments for food sales that never occurred.

Abdullah Aljaradi, (52), and Ahmed Ayedh Al-Jabrati, (58), both citizens of Yemen, operated in two convenience stores of Baltimore City –Second Obama Express and D&M Deli and Grocery–, located next door to each other at 901 Harlem Avenue where the illegal transactions were committed.

According to their plea agreements and court documents, the stores participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as the Food Stamp Program. Both Aljaradi and Al-Jabrati knew that it was a violation of SNAP regulations to trade cash for SNAP benefits. Nevertheless, from October 2010 to July 2013, Aljaradi and Al-Jabrati exchanged SNAP benefits for cash at less than face value of the EBT benefits, in violation of the food stamp program rules, and kept up to 50 percent of the benefits for themselves.

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The indictment alleges that as a result of these unlawful cash transactions, Aljaradi and Al-Jabrati obtained more than $2 million in payments for food sales that never occurred.

While the Court will determine the actual amount of the financial loss for the purpose of calculating the sentencing guidelines, restitution, and forfeiture, any money judgment ordered by the Court will not be less than $259,344.15, the funds seized from the stores and from two bank accounts associated with the stores.

For our complete archive on food stamp fraud, click here.

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | February 5, 2014

The left’s war on us is total. Will the GOP ever fight back?

Every week it seems we come across new attacks by the Obama administration, Chuck Schumer, and other leftist politicans on businesses, Republicans, Tea Party groups, and others they consider their enemies.  Here’s a piece in Forbes that collects a lot of them — Obama’s Weaponization of Government, by Thomas Basile.  I can’t say it’s complete, because new outrages are sure to be discovered.  Here’s the nub, describing the State of the Union address:

The Bureaucrats of Modern Medicine, by Jose Perez

Everyone in the House Chamber knew something that the American people have yet to fully grasp and Republicans have yet to demonstrate an ability to combat – that their government has grown so large, so complex, so involved in virtually every aspect of their lives, that it is now being used as a weapon to by a small segment of the ruling political class.

The weaponization of government is happening and it’s time Americans took notice.  For all the folks – primarily on the left – who screamed and yelled that the Patriot Act was shredding the Constitution, far more intrusive tactics that have nothing to do with the NSA or Homeland Security are being deployed right under our noses during this Administration.  Those tactics reduce every Americans’ personal and economic freedom.

The usual roll call is here — the IRS intimidation of conservative groups, Schumer’s stated intention to destroy groups that disagree with the Democrat agenda; Obama’s unconstitutional changes to immigration law, ObamaCare, and other acts of Congress; his attempt to raise the minimum wage, also unconstitutional…you know about these. But there’s a lot I didn’t know about — and it’s extraordinarily important!

Documents inadvertently leaked by the Department of the Treasury from a briefing on Operation Choke Point clearly show that the Administration is looking to significantly impact legal businesses because it believes the public needs to be protected from industries and customers deemed more likely to engage in criminal activity.  According to the Administration, those industries interestingly include ammunition sales, gun sales, home-based charities, gambling, pharmaceutical sales, short-term loans, raffles, Amway and Mary Kay-style sales businesses, and credit repair services.

The Administration is refusing to answer any Congressional inquiries about Operation Choke Point.

On and on goes the infuriating litany.  And the last paragraph sums it up (as last paragraphs are supposed to do).

Our system of government is based on checks and balances.  Ever since the beginning of the 20th Century, the Executive has, to one degree or another, been the dominant branch of government in large part due to the explosion of the Federal bureaucracy.  Hundreds of agencies, departments, programs, task forces, and commissions are an arsenal that in the wrong hands can be used against the very freedom the government is supposed to uphold, protect and defend.  Rest assured, it’s in the wrong hands.  It’s time the toothless tiger called the GOP crafted a full-throat-ed strategy to investigate, expose and counter Barack Obama’s weaponization of government.

My cry, and that of millions of other Americans, is: Who represents us?  Who will stand up for the interests of the American people against this toxic ruling class?

Posted by: Judy K. Warner | January 22, 2014

From the Hagerstown Tea Party: notice of meeting and bus to gun rally

GENERAL MEMBERS MEETING OF THE HAGERSTOWN TEA PARTY

DATE: January 23, 2014

TIME: 7:00 pm

LOCATION:

Ramada Plaza Hotel, 1718 Underpass Way, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Robert Bowman from Maryland Shall Issue (MSI) will be speaking at our meeting. He is on their Board of Directors. MSI is the primary sponsor and organizer of 2A Tuesday. He is very excited that we are planning to send a bus to the rally, and we will be working together to make sure that we can take as many as possible to Annapolis.

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FEBRUARY 4, 2014

Last winter, law abiding Maryland residents watched their Second Amendment Civil Rights get trampled by a legislature that showed no regard for the people who came out to oppose the bill. When told to be careful not to ignore the people there, one noteable sponsor of SB281 responded: “I’ll take my chances.”
On Tuesday February 4th 2014, we will return to Annapolis to remind everyone who voted for SB281 that we have not forgotten what they did in 2013, and we will be there to oppose the “feel good do nothing laws” they will propose in 2014.
The First Annual 2A Tuesday will be an all day event, offering Maryland residents a chance to rally, meet with Senators and Delegates, and learn about the civic process and be advocates for 2nd Amendment Civil Rights.
Our goal in 2014 is to deluge Annapolis with supporters of the 2nd Amendment.
If you are on Twitter or Facebook, start spreading the word using the hashtag #2ATuesdayTo register for the bus trip from Hagerstown and Frederick, go to:

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