Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Refuge Podcast # 45 - Ron Smith Belongs in the Nut Ball Box

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:

In our opening segment, we visit the "Nut Ball Box" and I explain why WBAL radio personality Ron Smith belongs in the Nut Ball Box. You need to hear the outrageous and offensive comments of this popular local radio personality claiming that our armed forces are engaged in a genocidal war to control middle east oil.

Our blogger roundtable convenes, with regular contributor Brian Griffiths and guest blogger Mark Newgent, to discuss the rumors that Governor O'Malley may leave the mess he has made in Maryland to become Hillary Clinton's Vice Presidential candidate. With rapidly falling poll numbers, does O'Malley see the VP spot as an escape hatch for his political career or will his proposed massive tax hikes ruin his chances for national office? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinions.

In our closing segment, I relate some listener feedback concerning the recent gay marriage decision and the O'Malley tax proposals. I also share an update on the tax proposals being considered in the upcoming special session.

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Greg Kline
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Monday, October 22, 2007

Thompson wins Maryland Republican Money Race

In the most recent fundraising quarter, former Senator Fred Thompson out raised his Republican opponents in Maryland. Here are the numbers:

Republicans Third quarter Election cycle to date
Rudolph W. Giuliani $118,100 $655,060
Mitt Romney $104,989 $602,023
John McCain $122,090 $455,745
Fred Thompson $160,050 $160,050

While his competitors have had a substantial headstart, and the efforts of Maryland's top Republican fundraisers, these numbers show that the Thompson campaign in Maryland has considerable momentum heading toward the February 12, 2008 primary.

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Refuge Will Return to Regular Progarmming Soon

The Conservative Refuge blog and Podcast will be taking a short hiatus as Kline family heads to Disneyworld. We will return to normal programming in the next couple of weeks and sprint toward out 50th show.

Due to technical difficulties and the constraints of time we were unable to produce a recent podcast featuring a great blogger roundtable with Brian Griffiths and Mark Newgent discussing the O'Malley VP controversy. I apologize to Brian and Mark and hope to share that segment, and many more like it, very soon.

In the meantime, make sure to catch up on what you have missed on the Refuge Podcast and let us know your favorite moments.

Also, please visit our sponsors who make the show possible.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Congrats Monoblogue

Just heard our friend Mike Swartz author of the Monoblogue on Rush Limbaugh's show.

Way to go Mike! Let us know if you were really "fried" a promised by Rush.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Let Me Put It To You, Gentle Listener

As some may have noticed, the Conservative Refuge is rapidly approaching its 50th podcast. Some regular listeners have asked if the event will be marked with any special celebration.

While that issue is very much up in the air, you can be assured there will be a special 50th installment highlighting the ground our show has covered over these many months.

In that vein, I would ask you, gentle listener, what would you want to hear on a 50th show?

What are your favorite moments from the show?

Which of our contributors or guests was the most entertaining, informative, etc.?

And since I know any successful show draws its detractors who listen intently (for Rush Limbaugh its Harry Reid for me its this guy), for the haters, what is your least favorite part of the show?

Feel free to post your comments here, or email me at

Thanks for listening.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Thompson Campaign organizing locally

Sources close to the Thompson campaign locally inform me that there will be an announcement very soon about the Maryland leadership for the Fred Thompson for President campaign.

While an official statement is expected next week, sources indicate that the Marylanders for Thompson effort will be led by House Minority Leader Tony O'Donnell and Senate Minority Leader David Brinkley.

There are no details yet on who will lead the effort in Anne Arundel county but the organization is coming together rapidly.

Needless to say, this is great news. O'Donnell and Brinkley are solid conservative Republican leaders and bring a great deal of gravitas to the campaign here in the Free State.

Of course, it never hurts that Tony O'Donnell is a friend of the Refuge.

Local campaign information can be accessed at