Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Lest We Forget

As the Special Session rolls into the rear view mirror, last week's promises to take action against those who made this recent tax increase possible begin the test of time.

In the interest promoting the "never forget" mantra, here is how the Gazette saw things:

"Losers

Moderate Democrats — Some voted against the tax increases, but by and large, GOP challengers will flail all the Dems over what is likely the largest tax increase in Maryland history. Nay vote or not, anyone with a D after their name in a right-leaning district could face rough going in 2010.

House GOPFive Republicans defected on the slots referendum measure, which made all the difference. Had the caucus stuck together, Democrats would have needed four more votes, a gap that may have been too great to overcome."

Refresh your memory and let us gird ourselves to give all of these legislators a "rough going in 2010."

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Refuge Podcast #48 - Special Session Wrap-Up

The latest news, views and a little controversy await in the next installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

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In our opening segment, we have an interview with special guest Richard Falknor, Executive Vice President of the Maryland Taxpayers Association, discussing the recent special session. Mr. Falknor boldly discusses his disappointment with previously anti-tax legislators who failed to stop or even slow this tax juggernaut.

Our blogger roundtable convenes, with regular contributor Brian Griffiths and guest blogger Mark Newgent, to wrap up the special session and relate all the details about the largest tax increase in Maryland history. Who were the winners and losers from the session? How did the lack of Republican unity in the House of Delegates harm the cause of taxpayers and where do we go from here?

Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinions.

In our closing segment, I provide an update on the backlash to the proposed Ronald Reagan Dinner we discussed in the last installment including a post from Red Maryland colleague Brian Gill about the hostile reception received by event organizers at the recent Wednesday Morning Republican Breakfast Club meeting. You will want to hear the details of the growing push back to this group.

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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 410-305-4252 or via email at jdeluca@carpediemconsult.com

How You Know You Made It

If you ever saw the Howard Stern movie Private Parts, you remember the scene where the WNBC program director wants to fire Stern but cannot because of the ratings. He has a heated conversation with a ratings researcher who tells him that Stern haters actually listen longer and more intently than the fans.

"But if they hate him why do they listen?" he asks. "Most common answer, they want to see what he will say next" is the response.

That is how you know you made it. When people you have never met hate your guts but live and die on every syllable.

Well, I guess I made it. See, there is this blogger (I mentioned him before) who seem obsessed with everything I do and say. He blogged about me here and here and here and here, made a parody (actually multiple parodies) of little old me. Never met the guy (though I heard a rumor he is Ed Reilly's slow witted cousin) and for the life of me cannot see what his problem is.

So now Mr. Nudnik insists that my helpful suggestions regarding Delegate Milquetoast (you know that Infamous Fiver James King) are just "showing off" for the "hard right" and that the people in District 33A really know what a great guy King is.

I know he will be listening to our next podcast when a few others might disagree, that is others in addition to of these right thinking Americans who just don't see the "inner beauty" my biggest fan does for the good delegate.

After all, he will want to see what I say next.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Striking While the Iron is Hot

Many have expressed their consternation, nay anger, at the vote of Del. James King (R?-33A) to enable the largest tax increase in Maryland history. In case you missed it:

Red Maryland's Mark Newgent adds to our rich lexicon
O'Malley Watch (and commenters) set the record straight
Our friend Brian Griffiths documents King's continued weaseling

And many more. As the guy who lost to King in the recent primary, I would be lying if I did not admit feeling some vindication, but rather than engage in a puerile "I told you so" let me offer some concrete suggestions to the many taxpayers angry with the Del. Milquetoast.

1. We have documented that King has ambitions for higher office, namely the District 33 Senate Seat in 2010 (assuming Sen. Janet Greenip retires). His likely rival is his colleague in District 33 Tony McConkey. Tony is a solid conservative (read endorsements here) and a consistent vote against slots and taxes.

Send King a message that his plans are in jeopardy by sending a check to Del. McConkey

Friends of Tony McConkey
207 Cypress Creek Road
Severna Park, Md 21146

2. Many have suggested boycotting restaurants in which King has a small ownership interest. Take this one step further. Demand that Republican groups, like the West County Republican Club, not meet at these restaurants and vow to never support any group or candidate who has an event there.

King gets great mileage from making his places available to others. Boycotting his ability to collect political chits will do much more than trying to reduce overall business.

Start by emailing the West County Club President Eric Flamino eflamino@aol.com and Vice-President Chuck Gast chuckgast@yahoo.com

3. As reported on the podcast, King is part of a new PAC trying to influence Republican politics in Anne Arundel County. They are trying to organize a dinner for January in the name of Ronald Reagan. If it is successful, King's star will rise and he will have a lot of money to buy more influence (see #1).

Make sure you don't support this dinner and encourage others to do the same. (The group has already removed his picture from their website.)

4. Keep writing letters to the editor decrying his vote, especially in the local papers in his district.

Baltimore Sun letters@baltsun.com
Annapolis Capital capletts@capitalgazette.com,
Severna Park Voice LonnieL@SevernaParkVoice.Com

Every letter printed will be ammunition to use against him in 2010 and beyond.

5. Go visit him tomorrow morning at the Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club meeting at 7:30 am at the Eastport Yacht Club, 317 East Street in Annapolis.

King is counting that your memories are short, that your outrage won't last, that no one reads the blogs and that he will be able to rewrite history in 2010.

Don't let him get away with it.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Refuge Podcast # 47 - Taking Reagan's Name in Vain

The latest news, views and a little controversy 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 raise some concerns voiced by party leaders and activists about the upcoming Ronald Reagan dinner. I report the facts behind the group supporting this effort and how the money raised may lead to more harm than good for the GOP cause. You need to hear this segment that will have people talking!

Our blogger roundtable convenes, with regular contributor Brian Griffiths and guest blogger Mark Newgent, to discuss the second week of the special session. With both chambers supporting tax increases, what will the final tax package look like? Will any self-styled "conservative" democrats change their votes and imperil a final bill? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinions.

In our closing segment, I relate the very latest from the special session. We also open the "Fat Files" to share a report that being overweight may actually have health benefits which has not stopped British parents, frightened by obesity hysteria, to enroll their 4 month old babies in gym classes.

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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 410-305-4252 or via email at jdeluca@carpediemconsult.com

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Refuge Podcast # 46 - You Heard It Here First

Plenty of news that you will not hear elsewhere awaits in the latest installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

http://theconservativerefuge.libsyn.com/

In our opening segment, I relate the ongoing saga of who will replace Judge Wilner on the Maryland Court of Appeals. You will want to listen as I relate the latest information from sources close to the appointment process as to who will and who will not be the next member of Maryland's highest court. You are only going to hear this news by listening to this podcast!

Our blogger roundtable convenes, with regular contributor Brian Griffiths and guest blogger Mark Newgent, to discuss the first week of the special session. Will the Governor get all of his proposed new taxes passed? Can the Republicans find a way to derail some or all of these tax increases? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinions.

In our closing segment, I relate the very latest from the special session including a report that confirms what you first heard on this show regarding a proposed 40% increase in the sales tax. I also open the "Fat Files" to reveal how Santa Claus is being targeted by the nannystaters as a "bad example" for children.

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Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

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