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  • The NO Mark Levin Show Thread,Tom Marr,December 26,2014,WABC AM

    12/26/2014 2:21:54 PM PST · by Biggirl · 45 replies
    Mark Levin Show ^ | December 26, 2014 | Mark Levin,Tom Marr
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  • NYPD Commissioner: Cop Killer Had Cash; Where From?

    12/23/2014 11:33:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    New York City’s police commissioner says investigators are looking into how the gunman who killed two officers had money despite not appearing to have a job or a home. Commissioner William Bratton spoke Tuesday on “CBS This Morning.” He said killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley seems to have had cash — in $100 bills — though he lived on friends’ couches and doesn’t appear to have been employed...
  • HOORAY! The Redskins just received amazing news (Awesome!)

    12/23/2014 4:59:13 AM PST · by Din Maker · 51 replies
    Huge news just broke which is a major defeat for the political correctness crowd. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rejected a petition which was seeking to stop the Washington Redskins from using their team name or face major fines. The 1st Amendment won! Sen. Harry Reid and 50 Senate Democrats have worked on a major campaign to stop the Redskins, even though their fans love the name and a vast majority of Native Americans (90%) don’t find the name to be offensive. This is awesome: The FCC on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by a professor claiming the Washington Redskins...
  • Man’s Family Speaks After He Killed NYPD Officers & Shot Ex-Girlfriend In Md.

    12/22/2014 4:22:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    WJZ-TV ^ | December 22, 2014 | Mike Hellgren
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) –The deadly incident all started in Maryland when the suspect accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend at her apartment in Owings Mills before then taking a bus to New York City and shooting two police officers there. Investigator Mike Hellgren has some of the first public comments from the suspect’s family. The suspect, Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s began his fateful journey on the way to New York City at a bus stop on Maryland Avenue in Baltimore. New York authorities said Brinsley tried to kill himself in Maryland before making the trip. They also said there’s a 2-hour window where they...
  • Baltimore County Police Warned Nypd Shooting Suspect

    12/21/2014 5:59:48 AM PST · by Abby4116 · 17 replies
    Fox Baltimore ^ | 12/21/2014
    Updated: Sunday, December 21 2014, 08:31 AM EST According to Baltimore County Police, the man who shot an Owings Mills woman early Saturday morning is also the suspect in the murders of two New York Police Department officers. The suspect has been identified as Ismaaiyl Abdula Brinsley, 28. At 5:48 a.m., Baltimore County Police were dispatched to the 10000-block of Mill Run Circle for a shooting. The 29-year old woman was shot in the abdomen by Brinsley. Her name has not been released, she is expected to survive. The suspect fled the scene before police arrived. BCoPD detectives became aware...
  • AP sources: Cops’ killer angry over Garner death

    12/20/2014 8:14:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    NEW YORK – A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight Saturday before running to a subway station and killing himself, authorities said. The suspect, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, wrote on an Instagram account: “I’m putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let’s take 2 of theirs,” officials said. He used the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown...
  • Delaney favors toll lanes for Interstate 270

    12/18/2014 7:02:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Gazette ^ | December 18, 2014 | Ryan Marshall
    U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney said Thursday that toll lanes might be needed to ease traffic and congestion on Interstate 270, a corridor vital to the future of Montgomery and Frederick counties. Leaders in the region must make sure the highway operates as efficiently as possible, Delaney (D-Dist. 6) of Potomac told legislators and business leaders from the two counties Thursday in Frederick at a meeting on the I-270 corridor. Del. Michael Hough (D) of Brunswick, an incoming state senator from District 4, said Virginia has done a good job of combining ideas such as high-occupancy toll lanes and private...
  • Army surveillance over Maryland: Giant blimps to begin three-year test

    12/18/2014 10:07:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 17, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    One of the U.S. Army’s giant surveillance blimps will rise to 10,000 feet above Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland on Friday for a three-year test. A second aircraft will begin testing in January. The Army’s Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS), which is built by Raytheon, will be tested for its ability to identify incoming enemy aircraft. “This will enable senior defense officials to support a determination whether to transition JLENS capabilities to an enduring mission at the conclusion of the three-year operational exercise,” the North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a statement on...
  • FREEP A POLL: Who Should be Marylander of the Year (help Larry Hogan)

    12/15/2014 1:16:33 PM PST · by tellw · 27 replies
    You can help Larry Hogan by clicking source link.
  • 1 dies in Prince George's ambulance crash

    12/14/2014 7:11:27 PM PST · by FoxInSocks · 7 replies
    WTOP ^ | Sunday, December 14, 2014 | WTOP
    WASHINGTON -- One person was killed in a crash involving a stolen ambulance in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Sunday. Mark Brady, a spokesman with the Prince George's County Fire Department, says that an ambulance from the Branchville Volunteer Fire Station was coming back after dropping a patient off at a hospital in Montgomery County when they saw a vehicle run off the Capital Beltway near Interstate 95 at about 5:30 p.m. When they stopped to help, Brady says, the driver of the vehicle attacked two of the ambulance crew, kicked them out and stole the ambulance. The thief drove the ambulance...
  • Real Life: Sharpton Rally Attendees Summon the “Black Jesus” It’s “Black Solidarity Sunday” today

    12/14/2014 12:28:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 14, 2014 | Amy Miller
    Yesterday, as they often do, thousands of protesters descended on Washington, DC to protest police brutality against black men. The rally, led by Al Sharpton and attended by high-profile activists in the black community, focused on promoting a “black agenda,” and railed against the typical enemies of the progressive community: the Koch brothers, establishment politicians, and the Republican party. To close the rally, Reverend Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple in Maryland offered one of the angriest, most divisive prayers ever uttered in public. Via the Daily Caller: Dispatch angels right now of protection around our sons from psychopathic, sociopathic police...
  • Senate pushes to Monday vote on $1.1 trillion spending bill

    12/12/2014 9:29:41 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 12-12-2014 | Ted Barrett and Faith Karimi
    After hours of debate on the massive government spending package, the Senate adjourned until Saturday, pushing a fight that dominated Congress for days into the weekend. The Senate is expected to vote Monday on the $1.1 trillion package, which has already passed the House, Sens. Mitch McConnell and Barbara Mikulski said late Friday. Members from both parties in the Senate are trying to make last-minute changes to the bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made a procedural move Friday that would set up a vote on final passage in the Senate no later than Monday. In a surprise development, the...
  • Where We Go from Here

    12/12/2014 4:19:38 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    conservativereview.com ^ | 12/12/14 | Daniel Horowitz
    In my home state of Maryland, there were rampant reports of fraud during early voting in November. A number of voters who cast ballots for Republican candidates witnessed the computer system automatically flipping their votes in favor of the Democrat candidate. Evidently, this turned out to be a national phenomenon. In other states, voters did indeed cast votes for Republicans, only to see the mandate overturned by the D.C. Oligarchy led by Barack Obama, John Boehner, and Mitch McConnell. It is hard to exaggerate what has just occurred in Congress. Democrats were completely repudiated and defeated in November. Then, Obama...
  • Ebola cases require rare dual air ambulance rescues

    12/11/2014 7:43:15 PM PST · by Nancy29 · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 11, 2014 | Jason Sickles
    There has been an apparent first in the fight against Ebola this week. According to flight records, the private jet company contracted by the State Department to transport Ebola patients flew two air ambulances to West Africa on the same day. Until Wednesday, Phoenix Air had flown only one Ebola-fighting mission at a time. A second Gulfstream jet featuring the ability to treat infectious patients in flight had been held back in case of an emergency with the first aircraft. But last month, the Georgia-based operation finished customizing a third jet to handle the specialized medical equipment.
  • The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind

    12/11/2014 3:45:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 11, 2014 | Binyamin Appelbaum
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Frank Walsh still pays dues to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, but more than four years have passed since his name was called at the union hall where the few available jobs are distributed. Mr. Walsh, his wife and two children live on her part-time income and a small inheritance from his mother, which is running out. Sitting in the food court at a mall near his Maryland home, he sees some of the restaurants are hiring. He says he can’t wait much longer to find a job. But he’s not ready yet. “I’d work for...
  • GOP Members Release New Anti-Amnesty Amendment

    12/10/2014 6:13:04 PM PST · by Red Steel · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:08 PM 12/09/2014 | Neil Munro
    GOP members have released their draft amendment to defund President Barack Obama’s national amnesty. “None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available, including any funds or fees collected or otherwise made available for expenditure, by this division or any other Act, or otherwise available to the Secretary of Homeland Security, for any fiscal year may be used to implement, administer, carry out, or enforce the [amnesty] policies,” says the short amendment. The new anti-amnesty language is being pushed by Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon, South Carolina’s Rep. Mick Mulvaney and Virginia Rep. Dave Brat, who unseated the GOP’s pro-amnesty majority...
  • Congress Plans to Partially Defund DC Pot Initiative

    12/10/2014 12:43:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | December 9, 2014 | Sean Piccoli
    A congressional deal to avert another government shutdown contains a provision to stop the District of Columbia from allowing the sale of marijuana, angering supporters of a pro-pot initiative that D.C. voters approved overwhelmingly in November, The Washington Post reports. The anti-pot measure — a budget "rider" slipped into a $1.1 trillion catchall spending bill that would keep the government running past Thursday — could prevent the nation's capital from joining Colorado and Washington as legal weed havens. The measure does not overturn the results of Initiative 71, the legalization referendum that passed on Nov. 4 with more than 60...
  • Despite call for repeal, Hogan plans to keep Marlyand gun laws (New MD RINO Governor)

    12/10/2014 4:43:27 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    Lawmakers in this state and around the country are pressuring this state to repeal the sweeping gun control measures passed last year, but Governor-elect Larry Hogan promises he will keep the law in place. (snip) During this fall’s gubernatorial campaign, Democrats repeatedly attacked Hogan for his position on gun control, specifically regarding the National Rifle Association’s endorsement of Hogan. “This endorsement is based on Hogan’s support for and commitment to the Second Amendment. Larry Hogan respects the rule of law and the Second Amendment rights of Maryland’s law-abiding citizens,” an NRA news release said. Hogan repeatedly promised throughout the campaign...
  • Larry Hogan vows fight against Martin O’Malley anti-farm regulations

    12/09/2014 6:28:12 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    After weeks of promising bipartisanship and refusing to make policy announcements that might rile Democratic lawmakers, Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has picked his first political fight, coming out swinging against environmentalists and their powerful allies in the General Assembly. Mr. Hogan vowed Monday to roll back proposed new regulations that would limit phosphorus runoff from farms, siding with Eastern Shore farmers who rely on phosphorus-rich chicken manure for fertilizer and against environmentalists who blame it for choking the life out of the Chesapeake Bay. The regulation, known as the “phosphorus management tool,” or PMT, has been hotly debated in the...
  • Plane Crashes Into Maryland Home, Killing Family and 3 Aboard

    12/08/2014 3:56:43 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 50 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 08, 2014 | Rheana Murray
    A mom and her two children are dead after a private jet crashed into their Maryland home today, a disaster that also killed the three people aboard the plane, authorities said. The jet crashed in Gaithersburg, about a mile north of the Montgomery County Airpark. The plane exploded, setting fires and damaging three houses, fire officials said. The plane sliced through the roof of one home, and the main part of the fuselage and the tail landed against a second house. One of the wings "catapulted" into a third house, where the majority of the fire damage occurred, Robert Sumwalt...
  • ‘The sound of our dead bodies’? Baltimore protesters ‘stay militant’ at lighting ceremony

    12/05/2014 6:30:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 4, 2014 | Staff
    Protesters seem to be attracted to holiday lighting festivities like moths. As Twitchy reported, a mob of Ferguson protesters crashed the tree lighting in Seattle, surrounding and terrifying young children gathered on stage to perform holiday music. Demonstrators in Philadelphia booed a children’s choir as they tried to sing Christmas carols. And in New York City last night, protesters convened but missed out on their dream to burn down the tree at Rockefeller Center. Thursday night was the lighting of the Washington Monument in Baltimore, Md., and once again, the promise of families enjoying holiday festivities was too much for...
  • Former RNC chairman: 'Black man's life not worth a ham sandwich'

    12/03/2014 7:28:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 114 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 3, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Wednesday criticized grand jury decisions to not indict white police officers in the deaths of black men in New York and Ferguson, Mo. "They tell us, at least, a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich. Well clearly a black man's life is not worth a ham sandwich when you put these stories together. And that is the frustration," Steele said on MSNBC. Earlier in the day, a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict a New York police officer in the choking death of Eric Garner over the summer. Video captured by...
  • Obama presses Congress on Ebola funding

    12/03/2014 7:11:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 2, 2014 | Brian Hughes
    President Obama on Tuesday urged the lame-duck Congress to approve roughly $6 billion in emergency funding to fight the deadly Ebola virus, saying “we cannot beat” the disease without a greater financial investment from lawmakers. “The urgency remains. If we are actually going to solve this problem for ourselves, we have to solve it in West Africa as well,” he said after a tour of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. “Let's get it done,” Obama added. “This can't get caught up in normal politics.” Obama's visit to the National Institutes of Health was meant to promote the...
  • Republican Gov.-elect Hogan promises hope and bipartisan change in Maryland

    12/02/2014 9:11:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan reassured an auditorium packed with political leaders Monday that his Republican administration will “put aside partisanship” to steer the state in a better direction. But seasoned political hands are raising doubts that the Democrat-dominated General Assembly will meet him halfway. “I stand before you today full of hope, hope for Anne Arundel County, hope for our state and hope for our future,” Mr. Hogan said in a speech at the inauguration of Anne Arundel County Executive Steven R. Schuh, a fellow Republican who took charge of the county that is home to Mr. Hogan...
  • Protesters snarl D.C. traffic Live

    12/01/2014 6:05:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    WTOP ^ | December 1, 2014 | Staff
    Protesters took to the streets Monday morning, causing traffic delays in Northwest D.C. Traffic is stopped in the area of 14th and D streets in Northwest D.C. because of a protest.
  • 2016 retirements could complicate Dems' comeback plans (RATS Boxer, Reid - OUT!)

    11/30/2014 8:30:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats hope to take back control of the Senate in 2016, but their plans could be complicated by potential retirements. The two Democratic senators most likely to retire are Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who represent both sides of the party’s ideological spectrum. Boxer, whose fourth term expires at the end of 2016, has a paltry $149,000 in her campaign account, less than almost every other senator facing election next year. As the nation’s most populous state, California is expensive to cover with advertising. If Boxer decides to run for reelection, she would face a major fundraising...
  • Democrats Apologize to IRS Commissioner at Hearing on Lost Emails

    06/20/2014 9:39:29 AM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 65 replies
    sharylattkisson.com/ ^ | 6/20/2014 | SHARYL ATTKISSON
    In his first Congressional appearance since news of the lost Lois Lerner emails, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was alternately attacked by Republicans and praised by Democrats who apologized to him for his treatment and called the investigation an “endless conspiracy theory” by Republicans. Under oath before the House Ways and Means Committee, Koskinen restated what Congress had been told privately: that emails of Lerner and six other relevant IRS officials have been irretrievably lost because of crashes of their hard drives and servers. Koskinen defended not telling Congress in numerous previous appearances about the email losses. In those appearances, he...
  • Cleta on the Cummings case

    04/10/2014 10:04:14 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 22 replies
    Powerline ^ | April 10, 2014 | Scott Johnson
    Washington superlawyer Cleta Mitchell represents True the Vote, one of the groups illegally targeted by the IRS in the scandals that have exposed the agency as a partisan operation. True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht has been harassed by federal law enforcement authorities representing three different federal agencies. They represent the price of politics in the Age of Obama. As John notes below, yesterday the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee released emails that show Democratic staffers communicating with the IRS about True the Vote. It appears that Elijah Cummings, the committee’s ranking Democrat and therefore the Congressman to whom these...
  • IRS Scandal Hearing. FULL EXPLOSIVE HEARING 7/18/2013

    07/18/2013 9:30:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/18/13 | C-SPAM
    Published on Jul 18, 2013 The House Oversight Cmte. hears from IRS officials about the targeting of tea party & other conservative organizations. Lawmakers take a closer look at IRS headquarters in Washington and the Cincinnati office that dealt with tax-exempt applications.
  • Farrakhan On Ferguson: ‘We’ll Tear This G**damn Country Up!’ [VIDEO]

    11/30/2014 6:55:05 AM PST · by Zakeet · 73 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 29, 2014 | Scott Greer
    Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan went on a fiery tirade about Ferguson on Saturday — threatening that if the demands of protesters aren’t met, “we’ll tear this goddamn country apart!” Farrakhan stated in his speech — given at Morgan State University, a black college located in Baltimore, Md. — that violence was justified in response to the decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson and peaceful protests are only in the interest of “white folks.” “We going to die anyway. Let’s die for something,” the radical figure told the crowd to roaring applause. He even said the parents of...
  • Walmart workers scarce at Black Friday anti-Walmart protest in D.C.

    11/30/2014 12:31:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 72 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 29, 2014 | Sean Higgins
    Organizers of a post-Thanksgiving protest on behalf of workers at a Walmart in downtown Washington, D.C. identified only one of the participants as actually working at that store. The admission underscores the fact that few Walmart workers have been involved in the protests. "Thirty striking workers from Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland took part in today’s protest, and Melinda Gaino, one of the striking workers, works at the H Street Store," said Julie Anderson, a spokeswoman for the 1.3 million member United Food and Commercial Workers union, which organized the event. Walmart spokesman Kory Lundberg claimed the number was far...
  • Low traffic on ICC prompts calls for lower tolls to ease congestion on local roads

    11/28/2014 6:07:01 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 27, 2014 | Katherine Shaver
    Welmoed Sisson’s drive between her northern Montgomery County home and her business clients across the Maryland suburbs often includes a trip on the Intercounty Connector, a toll highway with so little traffic that Sisson can’t recall ever tapping her brakes. Almost 19 miles of pavement with no one in her way. Ever. Not even at rush hour. “It’s not an empty wasteland,” said Sisson, 54, who owns a home inspection business with her husband. “But it’s certainly nowhere near the volume of the free roads in the area. . . . It’s nice, but then again, you’re paying for that...
  • Baltimore’s Mayor Stands With President On Immigration

    11/23/2014 2:26:37 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | November 21, 2014
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has issued a statement regarding her support for President Barack Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions he ordered on Thursday. “I stand with the President on executive action, because throughout our rich history, Baltimore City has welcomed hard-working individuals from across the world whose unique talents, energy, and perspectives have strengthened our growing economy and diversified the fabric of our neighborhoods,” Rawlings-Blake said. “For far too long, a dysfunctional system has held many new Americans back, undermining our deepest values as Americans and our greatest aspirations for prosperity.” She goes on to say, “I strongly...
  • Baltimore Police tweet about Ferguson draws criticism

    11/21/2014 9:06:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | November 21, 2014 | Justin George
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)As the tension rises in Missouri ahead of a grand jury decision in the shooting death of a teenager by a police officer, a Baltimore sergeant charged with investigating police here went on Twitter to express her opinion.. "After hearing the facts presented #NoIndictment #Ferguson," the tweet read. As a member of the seven-member Force Investigation Team, Tashawna Gaines investigates police shootings as well as complaints of brutality and excessive force. Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts created the team in January to rebuild public trust after community leaders alleged that the department had a history of unfair searches, illegal beatings...
  • CLOUT? 35 Anti-Keystone Pipeline Senators Mary Landrieu Helped Elect

    11/20/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 20, 2014 | Scott McKay
    When it came time for the US Senate to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) “clout” did not have much of an impact on fellow Democrat senators. In fact, 35 of the senators who voted against the project were given campaign cash by Landrieu since the 2008 election cycle. Take a look here at the list of senators who don’t seem to acknowledge Landrieu’s “clout.” Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $10,000 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-CT) $5,000 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) $10,000 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $7,000 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $10,000 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) $3,500 Sen....
  • Churches Won’t Be Charged “Rain Tax” if they Preach Against Global Warming

    11/20/2014 8:42:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 11/20/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    If the left can’t get around the First Amendment one way, it will find another way around it. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley made national news last year when he fought to pass and signed a tax bill that levied a tax on Marylanders, businesses and churches for the amount of “impervious surface” they have on their property.Though the O’Malley administration calls it a “fee,” it is commonly called the “rain tax” throughout the state. It is wildly unpopular and the promise to fight to repeal the tax was a large factor in Maryland electing Republican Larry Hogan governor this...
  • Maryland County To Churches: Preach Environmentalism And Get A Tax Break

    11/19/2014 11:01:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 19, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley made national news last year when he fought to pass and signed a tax bill that levied a tax on Marylanders, businesses and churches for the amount of “impervious surface” they have on their property. Roofs, driveways, sidewalks, and parking lots qualify for the “rainwater remediation fee” to “protect the Chesapeake Bay.” Though the O’Malley administration calls it a “fee,” it is commonly called the “rain tax” throughout the state. It is wildly unpopular and the promise to fight to repeal the tax was a large factor in Maryland electing Republican Larry Hogan governor this month....
  • Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan includes Democrats on transition team

    11/18/2014 6:13:06 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 73 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    ANNAPOLIS — Preparing to launch a Republican administration in deep-blue Maryland, Gov.-elect Larry Hogan on Monday introduced a transition team that included some familiar Democratic faces as he moved to avoid some of the partisan confrontations that stymied the state’s last Republican governor. Mr. Hogan repeatedly promised to lead a bipartisan executive branch that would be staffed with experts, not partisans, to work with the heavily Democratic General Assembly to tackle the state’s severe budget and economic problems. “We have an enormous challenge ahead of us,” Mr. Hogan told reporters as he introduced six members of his transition team. “I’m...
  • Montgomery Co. ed board strips religious holiday references from new calendar Read more:

    11/12/2014 3:31:02 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 14 replies
    wtop.com ^ | NOVEMBER 12, 2014 | No Attribution
    ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Montgomery County Public Schools will remove religious labels from school holidays, but members of the Islamic community say the adjustments to the school calendar do nothing to gain parity and a day off for the Muslim holiday of Eid.
  • Holidays’ names stricken from next year’s Montgomery schools calendar (to appease Muslims)

    11/12/2014 7:38:38 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 11, 2014 | Donna St. George
    Christmas and Easter have been stricken from next year’s school calendar in Montgomery County. So have Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. Montgomery’s Board of Education voted 7 to 1 Tuesday to eliminate references to all religious holidays on the published calendar for 2015-2016, a decision that followed a request from Muslim community leaders to give equal billing to the Muslim holy day of Eid al-Adha.
  • Suburban DC school district takes Christmas off calendar after Muslims complain

    11/12/2014 6:30:18 AM PST · by Red Badger · 65 replies
    eagnews.org/ ^ | November 12, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    ROCKVILLE, Md. – Christmas is now just December 25th in the Montgomery County school district. The suburban DC district stripped Christmas and Jewish holy holidays from its official calendar after Muslim parents complained. But that’s not good enough as they say the move does “nothing to gain parity and a day off for the Muslim holiday of Eid,” according to WTOP. “Equality is really what we’re looking for,” Saqib Ali, co-chair of Equality for Eid, says. “Simply saying we’re not going to call this Christmas, and we’re not going to call this Yom Kippur, and still closing the schools, that’s...
  • Sen.-Elect Capito: Will Be 'Extremely Aggressive' in Trying to Rollback EPA Regulations [W.Va]

    11/10/2014 1:17:52 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 10, 2014 | Melanie Hunter
    Sen.-elect Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) pledged on “Fox News Sunday” to be “extremely aggressive” in trying to rollback some regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency. “Extremely aggressive,” she said when asked how aggressive she would be in the Senate in trying to rollback some of the EPA regulations. “That is my promise to West Virginia. We have lost over the last two years, 5,000 jobs. Those are just coal jobs. “We had several thousand other miners who are what are called a warn notice, meaning they're potentially going to be losing their jobs. That doesn't even count the transportation job,...
  • With new Congress, D.C. region is losing clout

    11/09/2014 8:46:30 AM PST · by W. · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8 November 2014 | Rachel Weiner
    When veteran Virginia congressmen James P. Moran, a Democrat, and Frank R. Wolf, a Republican, announced their plans to retire, then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) had a plan to mitigate the damage. He would make the case that the commonwealth should get one and possibly two new seats on the powerful Appropriations Committee. Then Cantor lost his primary. In January, Virginia will have gained three new members in Congress — but lost 71 years of seniority, including a valuable stronghold in Republican leadership.
  • “We Don’t Need No Thought Control” in Schools

    11/07/2014 9:15:23 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 6, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    A panel discussion at Center for American Progress called for brain research in the classroom and shared their remarks on mandating scientific research in the classroom. Giving a final exam-type test on the first day of class, Benedict Carey, science reporter for The New York Times and author of How We Learn, said, “[It] prepares the brain to receive the information subsequently” because “you see the topics that are coming” later in the semester. He admitted, “Pre-testing is very counterintuitive,” but claimed these pre-tests, which a majority of students fail, “help” students get higher grades on final exams. Glenn Whitman,...
  • Delaney declared winner after absentee ballot count in tight Md. US House race( versus Bongino)

    11/07/2014 2:41:05 AM PST · by SMGFan · 40 replies
    The Republic ^ | 11/7/2014
    GAITHERSBURG, Maryland — The Associated Press declared Democratic Rep. John Delaney the winner in Maryland's 6th Congressional District on Thursday night after election officials announced absentee ballot counts in four of the district's five counties.
  • Road Rage Incidents Surge Out Of Control In Md.

    11/06/2014 9:20:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 123 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | November 5, 2014 | Vic Carter
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Road rage rages out of control as drivers right here in Maryland find themselves caught up in dangerous and even deadly situations. Vic Carter has more. When a stranger behind the wheel begins to attack, the terror is real. One man tells WJZ about his terrifying story driving through Anne Arundel County. In January, a man was murdered after he was run off Interstate 81 just over the Maryland line. That killer was never found. Last year in Anne Arundel County, a terrified New Jersey man—driving with his wife and three young children, used deadly force to...
  • Absentee Ballot Count Begins In Md. House Race (MD6 Delaney Bongino)

    11/06/2014 4:43:19 PM PST · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | November 6, 2014
    GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — Election officials in five counties began counting absentee ballots Thursday that will likely resolve the race for U.S. representative in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. First-term Democratic U.S. Rep. John Delaney led Republican Dan Bongino by 2,103 votes out of more than 181,000 cast after Garrett and Frederick counties reported their canvass results Thursday. Officials were also counting absentee ballots in part of Montgomery and all of Allegany and Washington counties
  • West Virginia, the nation's least Hispanic state, elects its first Latino congressman

    11/06/2014 6:45:41 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 17 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | Nov 4, 2014
    The state with the smallest share of Latinos in the nation has elected its first Latino congressional representative, Alex Mooney. Mooney, a conservative Republican, ran against Nick Casey, a former chairman of the West Virginia Democratic Party. Mooney beat Casey with 46.7 to 44.2 percent of the vote, with 96 percent of precincts reporting. After his victory, Mooney tweeted: "I cannot thank you enough for this humbling opportunity to serve the people of West Virginia." Latinos make up just 1.2 percent – or slightly more than 22,268 – of the Eastern Panhandle state's population. Mooney, 43, ruffled feathers with his...
  • Anti-Catholic protesters with bullhorns appear at several D.C.-area parishes

    11/06/2014 10:40:10 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11-5-14 | Michelle Boorstein
    Roman Catholic leaders have sent e-mails of warning to dozens of Washington and Maryland priests after protesters with bullhorns yelling anti-Catholic slogans appeared at several parishes and in a couple of cases “stormed the inside of the church just before Mass,” a bishop-administrator wrote in the e-mail. A spokeswoman with the Archdiocese of Washington, which oversees 139 parishes in the District and suburban Maryland, said Wednesday that “really small” groups of protesters have appeared on the property of three or four parishes in the past couple of weeks near Mass time. They were shouting at parishioners going in and out...
  • Leftovers: A roundup of uncalled races

    11/06/2014 1:09:52 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 11-6-2014 | Kevin Robillard
    Leftovers: A roundup of uncalled races By: Kevin Robillard November 6, 2014 02:28 PM EST More than 36 hours after the last polls closed, two statewide races in Alaska, the Virginia Senate race and a slew of West Coast House races have yet to be called.Here’s how things stand:THE HOUSEAZ-2: Highly touted Republican recruit Martha McSally leads Democratic Rep. Ron Barber by just under 1,300 votes. The Arizona Republic reports that only a few thousand votes remain uncounted in Cochise County, while 47,000 votes still need to be counted in Democrat-friendly Pima County.CA-7: Former GOP Rep. Doug Ose has...