Thursday, March 29, 2007

Refuge Podcast #23 - Crime and Punishment

All the conservative goodness you have come to expect awaits in the latest edition of the Conservative Refuge Podcast which you can listen to by visiting here:

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In our opening segment, an update on two critical bills passed by the General Assembly that will make it easier for criminals to wreak havoc on our communities. You will want to hear about these measures, some of which have received little media attention.

The blogger roundtable, with special guest Victor Henderson, discusses crime in Maryland and in particular a Money magazine article which found Maryland to be the fourth most dangerous state in the nation. Is there any hope to overcome the pro-criminal environment in Annapolis and make our state a safer place? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinions.

In our closing segment, I share some conservative opinion, pro and con, regarding the recent Jessica's Law that was passed by the General Assembly. Listen in and decide for yourself whether this measure is a victory for Maryland's children or too watered down to have any real impact. Let us know what you think by sharing your feedback.

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Refuge Podcast # 22 - Listener Feedback

All the conservative goodness you have come to expect awaits in the latest edition of the Conservative Refuge Podcast which you can listen to by visiting here:

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In our opening segment, I share a piece by noted liberal columnist Barry Rascovar outlining the "unintended consequences" of the General Assembly's liberal agenda. You will want to hear how at least one person on the left "gets it" that early voting, "clean cars", "health care for all" and repealing the death penalty may actually do more harm than good.

The blogger roundtable discusses the endorsement by former Governor Ehrlich of Rudy Giuliani's Presidential campaign. Will this announcement lead the state's Republican "establishment" to rally behind Giuliani? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinions.

Our closing segment is dedicated to your feedback. I share the good, the bad and the ugly on what our listeners think about the show and some of the issues we have discussed recently.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Refuge Podcast #21 - Late to the Party?

Jam-Packed with conservative goodness, it is the latest edition of the Conservative Refuge Podcast which you can hear by visiting here:

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In our opening segment, I share an update on the state budget that has passed the Maryland House of Delegates. You will want to hear how some of our local delegates voted and how it might affect future races.

The blogger roundtable discusses the efforts to move up Maryland's Presidential primary to February 12, 2007. Will this move make the race in Maryland more important or will we still be "late to the party" after the "national primary" on February 5? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinions.

In our closing segment, some follow up to the blogger roundtable discussion. I share an opinion piece from a noted conservative columnist about Newt Gringich. Is Newt Gringich the candidate many conservatives are waiting for or is he damaged political goods? Listen in and share your feedback.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Refuge Podcast #20 - A Day for Fiscal Responsiblity?

News and talk about common sense in Annapolis awaits in the latest edition of the Conservative Refuge Podcast which you can hear by visiting here:

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In our opening segment, I share some good news that the efforts to expand Maryland's sales taxes to a number of services you use every day appears to be going down to defeat. You will want to hear more about this positive development for taxpayers and small business.

The blogger roundtable discusses the alternative budget proposals of General Assembly Republicans to address the state's budget deficit by controlling spending without raising taxes. Will these plans gain traction and will Republicans rally around theses fiscally responsible alternatives? Our blogger contributors offer more information and analysis.

In our closing segment, some follow up to the blogger roundtable discussion. We outline the House budget cutting program in more detail and applaud their efforts at fiscal responsibility. You will want to hear the details of this plan that allows for responsible spending without raising taxes, an idea alien to Annapolis.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Refuge Podcast # 19 - Good News

Jam-packed with good news for local conservatives, it is the latest edition of the Conservative Refuge Podcast which you can hear by visiting here:

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In our opening segment, I share a column by Republican Councilwoman Cathy Vitale criticizing the county school budget proposal and the doubting the need to raise taxes. You will want to hear how this key county leader is echoing the position many conservatives have been taking on this critical issue.

The blogger roundtable relates news that the effort in the General Assembly to allow localities to avoid tax caps has apparently failed. Is this development a victory for taxpayers that may translate into future restrictions on state tax increases? Our blogger contributors offer more information and analysis.

In our closing segment, more good news! The House Republican caucus has taken a position against the death penalty repeal. Also, the United States Circuit Court for the DC Circuit has issued an opinion vindicating the rights of gun owners. You will want to hear the details of these positive developments for both our party and our nation.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Refuge Podcast #18 - "Mary-chusetts"

All the conservative goodness you have come to expect awaits in the latest edition of the Conservative Refuge Podcast which you can hear by visiting here:

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In our opening segment, I share a column by Blair Lee outlining the many ways Maryland will become much more like Massachusetts by 2010. Will our GOP leaders stand united against this radical agenda?

The blogger roundtable, with special guest David Kyle, discusses the efforts to include the homeless within the protections of Maryland's hate crimes laws. Is their merit to making the homeless a protected class and granting greater protection from crime than average citizens and why are conservative Republicans pushing the idea? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinions.

In our closing segment, some follow up discussion about the GOP "brand" with news of a local conservative champion who may support partial drug legalization and a poll outlining the top reasons why conservatives abandoned the GOP in 2006. You will want to hear the latest in this though provoking discussion which has already generated so much feedback.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Refuge Podcast #17 -Taxes in Maryland, More Certain than Death?

All the conservative goodness you have come to expect awaits in the latest edition of the Conservative Refuge Podcast which you can hear by visiting here:

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In our opening segment, I follow up on our discussion with Del. Don Dwyer on the gay marriage issue. With this issue still in the hands of the state's highest court, why is so little attention being paid in Annapolis?

The blogger roundtable analyzes the proposal of Sen. Mike Miller to raise taxes on gasoline and legalize slots to fund the democrats' liberal spending agenda. Will this effort to "jump the gun" and raise taxes earlier in this session undo Governor O'Malley's plans to pass more "palatable" tax proposals later in his term? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and analysis.

In our closing segment, another disturbing story about efforts by Republicans to raise taxes on the county level. I offer some news and comment on how county efforts to raise taxes will affect local Republican politics in 2010.

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