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Anyone who gets good info about candidates for '06 state elections (good or bad) please post it here. We already know we don't like Garagiola and Quinter & other gun ban sponsors. Here is an email I got from MD alert list:
> My name is Pat Corcoran and I am a candidate for the Maryland House of
Delegates in District 31.
> I am a staunch supporter of gun owners’ rights as well as the right to
protect life and property. I firmly support the constitutional right to
keep and BEAR arms and support conceal-carry legislation.
> We need more legislators like Senator Alex Mooney and Delegate Don
Dwyer to pass the necessary legislation to bring Maryland in line with
states such as Florida which have made great strides in protecting the
Right to Keep and Bear Arms and the right to protect life and property.
I will be that kind of legislator.
> A little about me:
> I am running on a ticket with one of Maryland’s strongest advocates
for conceal-carry rights, Delegate Don Dwyer.
> I believe in limited government and personal rights.
> More information is available on my web page at www.patcorcoran.com
> Feel free to contact me with any questions. My E-mail and phone number
is listed below.
> Thanks for your support.
> Citizens for Pat Corcoran
> P.O. Box 2282
> Glen Burnie, MD 21060-2282
> firstname.lastname@example.org - E-mail
> www.patcorcoran.com - Website
> PAT CORCORAN
> for HOUSE of DELEGATES - DISTRICT 31
> Authority: Stephen Konsowski, Treasurer
Guys, give what you can, when you can. Let's keep our guns!!!!!!
Good guy in District 13 (quitner's district)
Citizens to Elect Rick Bowers
P.O. Box 6592
Columbia, MD 21045
Who is Pat running against in 31? We already have some good pro-gun people up that way.
Not sure if you meant me - my name is Jay.
Here's what the interweb thing shows as your current delegates for district 31:
Donald H. Dwyer, Jr.
John R. Leopold
MD RKBA website lists all 3 as "A" rated (not sure when the last time it was updated)
So you may be happy with who you have.
Sorry.....I thought that you were someone else who has a very similar screen name......my apologies.
Cadden and Dwyer are SOLID pro-2nd folks......not too sure about Leupold. Cadden is a Democrat and though I generally disagree with most MD Democrats, she has been good for us and carries a fair amount of influence in Annapolis.
Don Dwyer is hardcore on our side.
I think Pat has a pretty hard row to hoe in that district.
After living in that district for 30 + years, I can tell you that I will not rock the boat as far as gun issues - the three current res (1 senator and 2 reps) are SOLID pro 2A, and generally pretty good folk at that.
I wish Mr. Corcoran well though.
The Rick Bowers Campaign for Maryland House of Delegates in District 13 (Howard County) is kicking off on Monday evening, December 5th, at 7:00 P.M.
Come hear Delegate Don Dwyer introduce candidate Rick Bowers at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills in Columbia.
The address is 5851 Robert Oliver Place. Just off Stephen's Forest Road in the Oakland Mills Village Center.
From U.S. 29 and Broken Land Parkway (Exit 18), go east on Broken Land Parkway and merge into the leftmost lane. The first light is Stephen's Forest Road. Turn left onto Stephen's Forest and continue for less than a mile. The Oakland Mills Village Center will be on your right. Turn into the parking lot when you see the barn.
I live in Montgomery county. I miss Connie Morella. Van Hollen is on the .50cal banning team with that dude from Virginia. BTW this is my first post here on this board. -Chris
Who are the besrt pro-2A candidates in HoCo or MoCo ? I'm looking to find out more about the local political environment. I'm a Republican with strong Libertarian tendencies personally, but I will vote for anybody who isn't going to mess with our rights (not just 2A, but all other rights as well) and who is going to exercise fiscal responsibility.
Rick Bowers is running in District 13 against Neil (I luvs Mama Feinstein) Quinter. I went to his kickoff party and he's a strong pro-2nd candidate.
Askinazi to run for District 15 Senate
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006
by Melissa A. Chadwick
Republican William F. Askinazi, a former economic development official in Gov. Robert Ehrlich’s administration, is running for the District 15 state Senate seat currently held by Sen. Robert J. Garagiola, a Germantown democrat.
Askinazi, of Potomac, is a partner with the Rockville law firm Shulman, Rogers, Pordy and Ecker handling corporate law.
He ran for unsuccessfully for state delegate in 2002 and 1998.
Askinazi, who announced he was leaving his state post to run for office in September, said Thursday that if elected, his top priorities would be affordable housing, education, diversity and transportation.
‘‘A good community is the integration of affordable housing, getting a good job, being near a restaurant or shops and being near your place of worship,” he said.
As assistant secretary of business and economic development, he managed an agency budget of over $100 million and 300 employees that facilitated development, workforce training and trade grants and loans.
To improve economic development, Askinazi said education must be a priority, especially to prepare young people for competition with China and India. He urges the creation of stronger science and technology curriculums as well as the development of mentoring programs where companies can work with high schools.
‘‘If we don’t have those things then we aren’t competing,” he said.
Increased funding for teacher’s salaries and their pensions is also a concern, he said, noting that Maryland teachers who retire after 30 years get just 38 percent of their salary as pensions.
On transportation, he supports the Intercounty Connector. However, he does not support a second bridge crossing of the Potomac and cites the negative impact it would have on the Agricultural Reserve.
He also supports the Corridor Cities Transitway and an outer Purple Metro line, a mostly underground Metro track that would run north of the Beltway.
Askinazi is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and the Georgetown University Law Center. He earned a master’s of business administration at University of Connecticut at Stamford.
He is married and has three children, ages 21, 19 and 12.
State Senate District 15
*Experience: Served as Maryland’s assistant secretary for business and economic development for two years and is a member of Leadership Montgomery and the Maryland-India Business Council.
*Top issues: Affordable housing, education, diversity and transportation
*For more: www.askinazi4senate.com
my note - the dumbass that wrote the press release got the web site wrong. Just went to register.com and found askinazi4senate.com is available.
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: Maryland State Senator Gianetti Outstayed Welcome in a Single Term, Should be Sent Home
1/19/2006 3:24:00 PM
To: State Desk
Contact: Peter Hamm of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, 202-898-0792
WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 /U.S. Newswire/ -- His constituents may not have noticed, but readers of Gun Week, a specialty trade rag catering to firearm enthusiasts, know all about Sen. John Giannetti's role in killing legislation to ban assault weapons in Maryland.
"Giannetti's vote in the General Assembly's committee hearing the (assault weapons) ban proposal was pivotal," the paper reported approvingly. "Because he voted against the ban proposal, it never came up for a vote."
Sen. Giannetti, who represents District 21 in Prince George's and Anne Arundel Counties, has spent four years in the Maryland Senate serving special interests ranging from cell phone companies to bail bondsmen, but he has an especially soft spot for the gun lobby.
And because of Giannetti, semiautomatic assault weapons remain freely available in Maryland, even as gun violence escalates in Prince George's, Baltimore, and in the state's other cities.
"We've decided to make it clear, and to make it clear early, that we think the voters of District 21 should send this guy home," said Jim Brady, chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "He was elected to represent the people of Prince George's and Anne Arundel, but he spends most of time sucking up to special interests. He's just an awful, awful elected official."
"NRA John" said he voted against the assault weapons ban because he did not want to make his colleagues from rural parts of the state uncomfortable by asking them to vote on the issue, so he saved them the trouble by voting against sending the assault weapons ban to the full Senate, where its chances would have been excellent.
You're a profile in courage, John.
Giannetti still hasn't explained why he voted against requiring gun owners to report the theft or loss of a firearm promptly, despite testimony that these reports help police track down guns that have fallen into the hands of criminals.
Who would be against that?
"John Giannetti has been thumbing his nose at his constituents for too long," Brady said. "When they hear what he's been up to in Annapolis, they're not going to be happy."
here's a good guy that needs our help - he is a big reason you can still buy your ARs in MD. I wrote him a check last year, I don't think you can do this during the session but if you don't dig deep and help him some this year, you might as well take your ARs to the furnace yourself.
Askinazi is no friend of MD gun owners according to http://www.mcrkba.org/DelContest.html
In fact it appears that he is less than neutral with regards to our interests. He's in District 15 so you'll have to scroll down a bit.
I'd love nothing more in the world to send that snivelling brat Garagiola packing, but won't reward a Republican anti with election just to see it happen.
Yep - I was forwarding info, but that appears to be the case. Hopefully someone good will show up in 15.
District 30 - somebody to hope and vote for:
Thank you for your inquiry. There are many issues. I believe strongly in the private sector and what it can accomplish. I believe in individual freedom; that each is capable to be self governing. I believe I am called to honesty and I will answer your questions knowing you may disagree.
Immigration Issues: We must enforce existing laws and stop the flow of illegal immigration, and we must not frustrate good people who wish to come in legally (the wait is often 2 years, even when an potential employer has a job waiting for them).
Slots: a tough issue for me. Like Ellen Sauerbrey, I would have allowed it to help the horse industry, at a few tracks. I am not for multiple casinos. As it is presented now, I probably would not support it.
Guns and Crime. Stats show that states that allow the carrying of a concealed weapon saw significant drops in crime. I was once threatened as a jeweler and wished to apply to carry and was appalled that I would be treated and tracked as if I were a violent sex offender. We have also seen that the government can confiscate a weapon from a home without a just reason; and they may destroy the weapon without a just reason. This has to stop.
We should cut taxes:
I believe that the 47% increase in MD taxes over 10 years is appalling. Add to this the increase of taxes paid each year due to yearly higher assessments of property
(even though your income has not increased) and we are increasingly giving government more ownership over us and our property.
I have also worked on a private sector health plan that stops the exodus of good doctors and the diminishing of the quality of health care, as has occurred in Canada (as is found in all Government mandated health care programs and socialized programs).
Feel free to shoot me down. I enjoy dialogue and unlike Michael Busch, I encourage debate.
Let me know your thoughts.
I may switch registration to Dem to vote for Gianetti in the primary.