Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Refuge Podcast 9 - Comments about Schisler resignation/Blogger roundtable

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In this edition, I open the show with some comments on the resignation of PSC Chairman Kenneth Schisler. As some of you know, I represent Chairman Schisler and the PSC in their litigation over last summer's illegal attempt to fire them. You will not hear "the rest of the story" anywhere but on this podcast.

The blogger roundtable takes up the repeal of the death penalty. Why do so many local Republicans seem to be wavering on this issue? Tune in for a discussion that will have people talking.

In our closing segment, I relate yet more "nanny state nonsense" coming from the General Assembly and take some listener feedback.

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Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A few words about Ken Schisler

The news broke yesterday that Public Service Commission chairman Kenneth Schisler resigned effective Friday. This act ends a long running feud over the course and direction of the PSC which saw Chairman Schisler demonized by our new Governor.

I represented Chairman Schisler, his colleagues and the PSC in the successful case to overturn the unconstitutional act of the General Assembly to fire the PSC and have continued to work with the Chairman as the widely reported efforts to avoid more litigation by another misguided attempt by the Democrats to fire the members of the PSC.

There is a great deal I cannot say and which will never be reported anywhere. But I can give some insight which I believe with some confidence you will not read anywhere else.

Chairman Schisler is a decent and honorable man despite the demon Martin O'Malley and the Sun have tried to make of him. He is a family man who gave up more lucrative opportunities in the private sector to serve as PSC chairman when asked by Governor Ehrlich. Anyone close to the situation knows that there was little, despite the overheated rhetoric of the O'Malley camp, that the PSC could have done within the statutory framework which existed to alter the increases in utility rates or ease the burden on consumers. I will not here beat that dead horse but suffice it to say whoever held that position would have been able to do little to affect the ultimate outcome which was of the General Assembly's making. (Those facts are well laid out here.)

When the General Assembly sought to fire the PSC, Chairman Schisler became a reluctant but determined defender of his colleagues and the institution he has served so well. The case was entirely political yet the stakes were very real for the Chairman Schisler, the sole provider for a family of four. It was his livelihood, and those of his colleagues, which was being threatened in what the Court of Appeals referred to as a "Cromwellian" act designed to deflect legislature's blame for their own price cap debacle and to score political points in an election year.

Anyone who has gone through litigation knows the stresses it places. Imagine if that litigation was also to keep the only source of income for your family and was front page news and central to your bosses' campaign. (Oh yes, we heard from the Ehrlich camp that we had to win this case and that is was critical to the campaign. How is that for pressure?) The anxiety, uncertainty and stress were compounded many times over for the members of the PSC.

The legislation had also stacked the deck against any challenge. There were only a few weeks between the time the statute was passed and the commissioners would be replaced. The General Assembly limited where the case could be brought and forced the commissioners to assume the risk of paying their attorneys. Challenging these provisions would have cost precious time so the decision was made to run the gauntlet laid before us. Normal procedures were bypassed so that Judge Matricciani got the case. He quickly ruled against the commissioners, relying largely on technical issues. A light speed appeal to Maryland's highest court followed and in less than two weeks we went from circuit court complaint, to trial court hearing to appellate briefing to appellate argument to a preliminary decision putting a halt to the PSC's removal. It was the first and set the tone for other decisions which followed that summer voiding illegal and unconstitutional acts of the General Assembly.

Having beaten back this effort, the election played out and you know that part of the story. Chairman Schisler and his collegues found themselves with a new Governor who repeated his promise to fire them. While such a firing likely would result in more litigation and the outcome, in my less than objective opinion, would have been the same as the last attempt a different decision was made.

For those who may be disappointed by this turn of events, know this. Chairman Schisler went above and beyond, more than you will ever know, to prevent November's outcome and was vindicated in his stand for the rule of law. No victory is without cost and no defeat is without consequence.

We all owe a debt of gratitude to Chariman Schisler and his colleagues for always protecting the interests of the citizens they serve and for having the courage to fight the good fight and protect our system of government from those who believe they have power without limitations.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Refuge Podcast #8

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In this edition, I open the show with news how taxpayers are winning the school board budget battle. You will want to hear how the backlash against the radical tax and spend agenda of the educational establishment has put Dr. Maxwell and the school board on the defensive.

The blogger roundtable debunks the myth of the "centrist" O'Malley agenda. Why is the media so intent on misportraying these proposals and what suprises can we expect in next week's State of the State address? Tune in as our blogger roundtable contributors share their insight and predictions.

In our closing segment, I relate the latest "nanny state nonsense" coming from the General Assembly and answer some listener feedback about the clips we play on the show.

GOP calendar and more!

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Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Refuge Podcast - Special State of the Union Edition

Another installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast is available for your listening pleasure by visiting:

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In this edition, I open the show with the latest news on the brewing school board budget battle. You must hear about the school board's secret plan to raise your taxes!

In honor of the President's State of the Union Address, the blogger roundtable discusses the 2008 Presidential race and its impact on local politics. Will Maryland have a meaningful primary and how can the Maryland Republican Party use the race to enhance our chances for 2010? Tune in as our blogger roundtable contributors share their insight and predictions.

In a post-speech discussion, I relate some of the conservative frustrations with the President's proposals. I hope you will contribute your feedback on this topic.

GOP calendar and more!

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Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

What is a Podcast?

As the Conservative Refuge Podcast gains the attention of more and more in the community, I am reminded of how cutting edge the technology still is for many people.

A close friend and fellow church member came up to my wife last week and asked "I have heard about this show that Greg does and everyone says I should listen but What is a podcast?"

You can read a full definition by clicking here.

Basically, a podcast is a web based radio style show. It can be downloaded or streamed to your computer and can be done so regularly by connecting to a syndication feed. The files can also be downloaded or transferred to an iPod or other mp3 player.

The Conservative Refuge Podcast is a radio talk show with an emphasis on conservative politics here in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Our show lasts about 30 minutes and new shows are posted twice a week.

Podcasts have several advantages to other media. First, they are available anytime and do not require the listener to "tune in" when the show is on (it is one of the reasons most major radio programs offer podcasts of their show). Second, it is accesible anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection and the cost to broadcast is the same whether dozens or millions of people listen.

As the technology catches on, I expect more and more people will continue to listen to our show as they surf the internet or on their portable players when they walk the dog, work out or drive to and from work.

If you have any questions about accessing the Conservative Refuge Podcast please drop me an email at gregorykline@aol.com.

Happy listening and Spread the Word!

Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

They cannot even applaud the concept of victory

The one image from the State of the Union address tonight that will stay with me is the democrats sitting on their hands after the President gave an impassioned plea to seek victory in Iraq.

The democrats are so politically invested in our nation's military defeat in Iraq that they cannot even applaud the Commander in Chief stating that victory is our goal.

Can you imagine the majority party not applauding Wilson, Roosevelt or Truman stating a goal of victory while the nation is at war?

It was a disgusting display that can only embolden our enemies and demoralize our brave troops standing in harm's way and dedicated to victory despite the consequences for Nancy Pelosi and her ilk.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Refuge Podcast #6 - Special Guest Del. Don Dwyer

The latest installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast is available for your listening pleasure here.

In this edition, we are joined by our special guest Del. Don Dwyer who has taken time out of the legislative session to talk about the marriage issue. Del. Dwyer gives us the latest developments and tells us what we can expect on this hot button issue in the coming months.

On the heels of the news that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court ruling throwing out the "Wal-Mart Bill", the blogger roundtable takes up the question of whether the courts may be the last obstacle to the Democrats' liberal agenda. Will Governor O'Malley's ability to pick three new Maryland Court of Appeals judges in the next eighteen months end the Court's willingness to stand in the way of the General Assembly? Listen in as our blogger roundtable contributors provide their insight and predictions.

Another show packed with all the conservative goodness you can expect from the Conservative Refuge.

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Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Refuge Podcast #5 - Heated Discussion of taxes and other local issues

Another edition of the Conservative Refuge Podcast is available for your listening pleasure.

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In this edition, I have some news and comments on the efforts by our new Anne Arundel County school superintendent to raise your taxes! This is a must listen discussion.

The blogger roundtable discusses the proposed county and state smoking ban and weigh in on the school board budget debate. What is motivating the parties on these issues and how will things play out? Take a listen as our roundtable contributors offer insight and new information on these hot button issues.

More news and comment, listener feedback, GOP calendar and more!

You do not want to miss it!

Greg Kline
Host, The Conservative Refuge Podcast

Friday, January 12, 2007

Why such bad blood?

To my surprise, nothing we have discussed on the podcast has generated more buzz and discussion than my reading of a listener feedback email singing the praises of Senator Bryan Simonaire. The intense vitriol and bad blood has led me to wonder,

Why the hate?

It cannot just be the result of a tough election. I was in one of those myself and have not seen, since September 12, anything like the comments to our podcast. It just cannot be that some disliked Bryan's tactics. We had that in spades in our race for the winner.

Maybe as Jimmy Braswell describes me I am too much of a "company man" but I have to know,

What happened in that race that has generated some hardened bitterness?

Conservative Refuge Podcast- Special Guest interviews

The latest installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast is up and you can listen by visiting here.

I discuss the proposed smoking bans both statewide and in Anne Arundel county and analyze some of the bizarre statements coming from our elected officials. I also try to place these efforts in the larger context of other "nanny state nonsense" of which local government seems so enamored.

Special Guest Mike Dye gives us a primer on the special election in Annapolis on January 30 and how Republicans have a great chance of upending the apple cart for Annapolis Mayor Ellen Moyer.

Delegate Nic Kipke joins us to discuss the recent election, his transistion to a freshman delegate, the future direction of the Republican caucus and his person legislative agenda. Insightful and information packed this is a must listen interview.

So, check it out and let the feedback flow.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Conservative Refuge Podcast - General Assembly Preview

The third edition of the Conservative Refuge Podcast is available for your listening pleasure by clicking here.

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I share some listener feedback in the first break. Our blogger roundtable contributors given an extended view of the upcoming General Assembly session including their picks for issues and members to watch over the next ninety days.

On Thursday's show we will have two special guests. Mike Dye, former chairman of the Annapolis Republican Central Committee will get listeners up to speed on the special elections in Annapolis later this month. Then, Del. Nic Kipke will join me to give his thoughts on the recent campaign, his plans for the upcoming session and some insights into what it is like to be a freshman Delegate.

Be sure to tune in and give me your feedback.

We will get there.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Conservative Refuge Podcast #2 on the air

Our second edition of the Conservative Refuge podcast is in the can and it is jam packed.

In the first break, I announced the show's "Open Door" policy in which all our Republican elected officials, central committee members, party leaders and club leaders are welcome on the show anytime to plug any event or discuss any issue they wish.

I also delve into the mammoth budget request from our new school Superintendent.

In the second break, the blogger roundtable discusses the new leadership in the Republican party on the local, state and national level and the new caucus leadership in the General Assembly.

In the closing segment, I review portions of a post from our friends at Delmarva Dealings and read listener comments.

I hope you take a listen here and subscribe for future episodes.

Greg Kline
Host, The Conservative Refuge Podcast

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

The Conservative Refuge Podcast on the Air!

You may have notice that it has been a while since there has been a post. Part of that is the holiday and part is the efforts to bring the Conservative Refuge podcast to the internet.

The first show is up and running and you can listen by visiting

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