Thursday, September 27, 2007

Refuge Podcast #44 - Taxes, Taxes, Taxes

More news, views and insight into conservative Republican happenings await in the latest installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

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In our opening segment, a special guest interview with Tom Hood, Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. Tom breaks down the various tax increase proposals and what their impact will be on individual Marylanders and our state's economy.

Our blogger roundtable convenes, with regular contributor Brian Griffiths and guest blogger Mark Newgent, to discuss the political ramifications of these proposals and the possibility of a special session. Is a special session in the offing? Can the Republican caucus be decisive in blocking any of these proposals? Will these tax increases damage the democrats in 2010? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinions.

In our closing segment, I revisit the "Nut Ball Box" and discuss a disturbing trend of the liberal blogosphere to parrot the talking points of America's enemies. You will want hear the disturbing praise the Daily Kos gives to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Greg Kline
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Refuge Podcast # 43 - A Victory for Marriage

More news, views and insight into conservative Republican happenings await in the latest installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

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In our opening segment, I break down the Conaway v. Deane decision of the Maryland Court of Appeals and give you a primer on why the Court determined to upohold traditional marriage here in our state. I cut to the heart of the opinion and share with you, in the Court's own words, the well reasoned logic of our state's highest court.

A special edition of our blogger roundtable we are calling FredHeads United. Local bloggers and activists, Dan Bowen, Brian Griffiths, Mike Netherland, Jimmy Braswell and myself discuss why we support Fred Thompson for President. Our blogger contributors also break down the race as well as giving our listeners information on how they can become more involved.

In our closing segment, I share some listener feedback on our discussion of illegal immigration here in Maryland.

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Greg Kline
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This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by Carpe Diem Consulting, LLC, specializing in forensic accounting, litigation support, business valuations and expert testimony in the areas of white collar criminal defense, contract disputes and other litigation matters. Contact John DeLuca and his associates at 410-672-5624 or via email at jdeluca@carpediemconsult.com

Thursday, September 13, 2007

FredHeads Unite!

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Like my blogger colleagues Brian Griffiths, Mike Netherland, Jimmy Braswell and the rest, I am supporting Fmr. Senator and "Barbarians at the Gate" star Fred Thompson for the Republican nomination as President of the United States.
Thompson is the best and only viable Reagan Republican in the pack and while the fight will be tough and he is getting in later than I would prefer, his strength to this point is testament that he is the man of the hour.
Much more to come.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Refuge Podcast # 42 - The Last Word

The latest news and the views of Maryland's leading conservative opinion makers await in the next installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

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We have a very special edition of the Conservative Refuge Podcast in which our very special blogger roundtable discusses last night's meeting of the Anne Arundel County Republican State Central Committee in which the Chairman Michael Collins was removed. Joining us are bloggers Brian Griffiths, David Kyle and Brian Gill who all attended the meeting and provide their perspectives on what happen and offer their insights into what it all means.

You will want to hear our spirted discussion from a variety of perspectives about this dramatic event in Anne Arundel Republican politics.

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Greg Kline
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This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by the law firm of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC. Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC has been a leader in the Maryland legal community for over 80 years. Contact them to assist you with all your legal needs at www.AdelbergRudow.com or call 410-539-5195.

Our Nightmare is over

As one of those in attendance last night for the Anne Arundel Republican Central Committee meeting, I wanted to relate a few thoughts. I know many of my fellow bloggers were there and will have their own takes and I hope a number of us, with differing viewpoints, will also have a great discussion for the next podcast.

Then I will be content to never speak of this unpleasantness again.

To his credit, my friend (and I get no end of grief for that I can tell you) Brian Griffiths, has been among the first to give his account of last night's events. Reading his entry, however, I began to wonder if we were at the same meeting.

The factual events are fairly portrayed but I walked away with a very different feeling. Mike Collins did try to ignore members of the committee who wanted to move his removal to the top of the agenda. It was silly and unnecessary and a terrible way to start the meeting.

Ms. Belcher did try to limit debate. The committee spent nearly half an hour deciding to only slightly limit debate which Mike as chair would be tracking. This also seemed unnecessary as those who spoke did so only briefly and only a few people who did not contact the committee beforehand had any comment. Most, like me, came to listen.

There was a statement that everyone who spoke from the audience was against what the committee was doing but this was not the case. Mike had a number of supporters who did speak on his behalf and who came to support him but many of the speakers simply lamented that this issue had gotten out of hand because it was not conducted internally and because when it became public those who supported removal stayed silent. The statement "there is plenty of blame to go around" was oft repeated and for good reason.

Alan Rzepkowski and Erik Robey made particularly good explanations of why the committee was doing what they did. There were many legitimate reasons why the committee wanted someone else to lead them and all the wild speculation that this was ideological or some backdoor plotting by certain politicians, which I always doubted on this blog and in our podcast, was rightly put to bed. The committee just did not like the way Mike was running things. They did not like his public criticism of the state party, whether real or percieved. They did not feel the transistion to his leadership was as quick or as efficient as it should have been.

In fact, Collins began his remarks by stating that he originally intended to resign in September but changed his mind to stay on only until January. The committee members met to convince him to step aside and to work out their issues but Mike, for reasons which are disputed, did not attend the meeting.(This is the infamous Kaufmann's encouter).

In other words, this was much ado about nothing.

It was tragic that this had to play out in the public. It was a crying shame that the members of the committee, for sincere albeit mistaken reasons, chose not to address this when it did become public. This fueled the rank speculation and allowed Mike to get his view of the story out, that this was a right wing coup, without any question. The members acknowledged the whole thing got out of hand. It did and "there is plenty of blame to go around" that it happened.

What many people missed, because they left after the removal vote, is that the committee finished their agenda with surprising collegiality and aplomb. They got back to the work of the committee, namely organizing events for the upcoming county fair and voted to make a significant contribution to the state GOP. The little debate on these points was vigorous but polite.

So it seems that we will look back at this and wonder what all the fuss was about. Truly it was a comedy of errors.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Refuge Podcast #41 - The Invasion of Illegal Immigrants into Maryland

The latest news and the views of Maryland's leading conservative opinion makers await in the next installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

http://theconservativerefuge.libsyn.com/

In our opening segment, I share some news and comment on the invasion of illegal immigrants into our State. You will want to listen how liberal leaders, special interest groups and some in the business community have conspired to make Maryland a magnet for illegal aliens.

Our blogger roundtable convenes to discuss what our county Republican leaders are doing to combat illegal immigration. You will want to hear as we are joined by special guest Brian Gill, local blogger, activist and business owner and our regular contributor Brian Griffiths, recently named again as the most influential blogger in Maryland.

In our closing segment, we take another page from the Fat Files. I share an article discussing DC's ranking as #1 for obese children and how liberal activists claim that the Government must do more. Listen in as I share the words of liberal "fat fighters" who want to destroy the idea of personal responsibility and allow the Government to control our lives.

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Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by the law firm of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC. Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC has been a leader in the Maryland legal community for over 80 years. Contact them to assist you with all your legal needs at www.AdelbergRudow.com or call 410-539-5195.