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The next meeting of the Washington County Republican Club will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m. at the Funkstown American Legion, ballroom entrance. We will pay tribute to long time Central Committee member Jim Warner as he leaves office and welcome new member Ray Foltz, Sr. with his swearing in ceremony. The guest speaker for the evening will be Brad Rohrs, candidate for Congress, 6th district. As we start out the new year we would like to remind members that yearly dues may be paid by mail to WCRC, P.O.Box 172, Funkstown, MD 21734 or directly to our treasurer at meetings. $25 single, $35 couple and $10 student. Please come, you do not need to be a member to attend.


 Maryland Republican Party

Today was the first statewide day of action in Maryland and we expect a lot of activity during this election year. We hope you get involved with your local party and clubs! 


Upcoming Events


Washington County Republican Club Monthly Meeting

American Legion Post 212 - Funkstown, MD

Wednesday January 24, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Maryland Black Republican Council's 2018 Legislative Reception

House of Delegates Building, Room 145 - Annapolis, MD

Thursday January 25, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Republican Women of Worcester County January Luncheon

Captains Table Restaurant - Ocean City, MD

Thursday January 25, 2017 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM


4th Annual Last Chance To Rock Your Ugly X-Mas Sweater Event

Dempsey's Brewpub at Camden Yards - Baltimore, MD

Saturday January 27, 2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Republican Women of Baltimore County Meeting

Dempsey's Brewpub at Camden Yards - Baltimore, MD

Wednesday January 31, 2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


2018 Montgomery County GOP Convention

Hilton Gaithersburg - Gaithersburg, MD

Saturday February 3, 2017 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Republican Club of Cecil County Chili Cook-Off

Elkton Town Hall - Elkton, MD

Saturday February 3, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tickets - $10


Baltimore County Republican Party Comedy Night

Magooby's Joke House - Timonium, MD

Saturday February 3, 2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Tickets - $20


Calvert Valentine's Day Cash Bash

Williams-Stallings American Legion - Chesapeake Beach, MD

Saturday February 3, 2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Tickets - $50


Harford County Republican Women Celebration Happy Hour Social

Liberatore's Bel Air - Bel Air, MD

Tuesday February 6, 2017 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Club Conservative Hosts Ivan Garcia-Hidalgo

The Charred Rib at the Barn - Parkville, MD

Wednesday February 7, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Frederick County Club Meeting

Red Horse Restaurant - Frederick, MD

Thursday February 8, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


MDGOP Black History Celebration Honoring Frederick Douglass

Reginald Lewis Museum - Baltimore, MD

Thursday February 15, 2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM


MDGOP Reception w/Governor Bob Ehrlich

The Villa - Beltsville, MD

Thursday February 22, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tickets - $75/General Reception, $250/VIP (VIP includes a signed copy of his new book "Bet You Didn't See That One Coming")


Volunteer Opportunities

Hogan Fellowship Program

The Hogan Campaign is offering fellowship opportunities to politically active students and graduates who would like the chance to take part in Maryland’s high energy 2018 election cycle.  Participants will learn and experience hands-on the essential tasks of a professional political campaign.  They will have the opportunity to network within the Maryland political community and receive a letter of recommendation upon successful completion of the program. 

Hours are flexible and schedules are adjustable to accommodate school, work, and family obligations.

If you know someone who may be a good fit, please reply to this email for more information or have them sign-up on this form: https://www.mdgop.org/hogan_fellowship_program


Week In Review

Boyd Rutherford's First Mundane but Meaningful - Regulatory Reform


Welcome to Lt. Governor Rutherford's very first installment of Mundane (But Meaningful). On today's episode, he explains Regulatory Reform...in just 60 seconds!


Hogan Has More Campaign Cash Than All Seven Dems Combined


"Campaign finance statements covering the period from mid-January 2017 through mid-January of this year showed Hogan and his lieutenant governor, Boyd K. Rutherford, with a robust $9,038,113 in their campaign accounts combined. Hogan’s alone had more than $8 million.

The seven Democrats – Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, former NAACP president Ben Jealous, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno, tech entrepreneur Alec Ross, Baltimore attorney Jim Shea and former Obama administration official Krishanti Vignarajah – together had upwards of $5.7 million in the bank, according to their campaign reports, which were filed late Wednesday and early Thursday."


80% of Alec Ross Campaign Money is from Out of State


He may be the favored candidate of Silicon Valley, but clearly not Maryland.

93% of Governor Hogan's donors were from Maryland, the highest of any 2018 gubernatorial candidate.


Senate President Miller Throws Temper Tantrum; Skips Bipartisan Breakfast

Pulling political stunts like skipping a bipartisan breakfast and complaining on the Senate floor about it instead of focusing on common sense policies are all too common by Senate President Miller and the Annapolis establishment. This is just yet another example.


Rushern Baker, Prince George's County school leaders face tough questioning from Maryland lawmakers

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leaders face tough questioning from Maryland lawmakers

Rushern Baker has failed Prince George's County children and parents. Apparently even Democrats are starting to agree:

Democrat State Del. Jay Walker:

“Who do we hold accountable for fraudulent graduation rates? “Who do we hold accountable for nepotism in the school system?...”

In response, Baker said he is responsible. He didn't point to his choice for head of schools and said he still stands behind Dr. Maxwell.

“I asked [Baker] time and time again to show me something that has been better and there has been no indicators here,” Walker said. “It hasn't been test scores, it hasn't been attendance, it hasn't been college readiness. So we need to find accountability.”

When asked if he had faith in Dr. Maxwell as head of Prince George’s County Public Schools, Walker responded, “Absolutely not.”


How a defiant Chelsea Manning could upend the race for U.S. Senate in Maryland

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race for U.S. Senate in Maryland

"But that didn’t stop Maryland Republican Party Chairman Dirk Haire from challenging Kathleen Matthews, the state Democratic Party chair, to call on Manning to withdraw.

“I don’t think someone who is a convicted traitor possesses the judgment to be an effective senator,” Haire said.

Matthews did not respond to messages."


Governor Hogan Announces No Tax Increases In FY2019 Budget

Since taking office, Governor Hogan has pledged to bring fiscal restraint to Annapolis and hold the line on spending. He has done this and will continue to do so as evident by his proposed fiscal year 2019 budget.


Thank you,

Patrick O'Keefe

Political Director

Maryland Republican Party


Delegate Mike McKay 


I have great news to report!  This week, Governor Hogan unveiled his  FY2019 budget, and I couldn't be happier with what's in it!  For  the fourth year in a row, Governor Hogan has delivered a  fiscally-conservative, common-sense budget, and it's a budget that I am  proud to stand behind.

A few highlights...  

  • For the fourth year in a row, Governor Hogan is providing record funding for K-12 education -- an unprecedented $6.5 billion

  • Governor Hogan is expanding the More Jobs for Marylanders Act with two new tax credits and increasing incentives for small businesses across the state

  • The FY2019 budget dedicates an additional $13.7 million in combination with nearly $160 million to continue to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic

  • Governor Hogan's budget dedicates more than $230 million to local governments for infrastructure improvement


I was honored to have breakfast  with the Governor earlier this week to  discuss his budget, and as a member of the Appropriations Committee, I  will be fighting to keep Democrats from sneaking more taxes and spending  into it over the next several months.

Every year he's been in office, Governor Hogan has proposed budgets that  cut wasteful spending, provide extraordinary resources for public  education and law enforcement, and work to end the tax-and-spend era in Maryland.  Governor Hogan is truly "changing Maryland" for the better, and it shows through the number of jobs created during his administration and the improving business climate.

It's my hope that this budget will pass the House and Senate unchanged,  and that the Governor's other proposals to provide Marylanders with tax  relief will be successful as well.  I know that I will be supporting  them.

As always, if there is anything I can do for you or your family, please  don't hesitate to reach out.  You can reach my office by email at mike.mckay@house.state.md.us or by phone at (410) 841-3321.

I have high hopes for this legislative session, and this week, we all  can be proud of our Governor for standing up for Maryland taxpayers.


Delegate Mike McKay

News from Delegate Neil Parrot  Good morning - I am writing to you from  Annapolis as we are now in our second week of Session. I was reminded  earlier this week by a former Delegate that I really admire that, "No  man's life, liberty, or property are safe while the Maryland General  Assembly is in session." I agree with that quote, but please know that I  am fighting for you. 
President Trump's tax cut is already proving helpful to Maryland  residents. Just this week I had a constituent reach out to me regarding  health insurance issues for her employees. She was concerned that they  would be fined by the IRS, because their health insurance didn't meet  certain regulations. I was glad to be able to tell her that she had  nothing to worry about. Under President Trump's new tax cuts, Americans are no longer mandated to purchase health insurance,  therefore, even if her health insurance did not meet certain Obamacare  requirements, she would not be penalized. I am so thankful that  President Trump and the Republicans in Congress worked together  to pass such helpful legislation.

Not only that, but just last night Apple indicated that it would  repatriatize $252 billion in cash that it held abroad. This type of  repatriation will help grow our economy and only became possible   because of the new federal tax code. To read more about this, how Apple  is planning to give their employees a huge bonus, and how they now plan  to open a US manufacturing facility all made possible by the tax plan  please go here. And this is only one large company. I'm sure others will follow.    

Despite the calls for bipartisanship that rang through the halls of  Annapolis on the first day of session, the second day of session was  marred with overrides of Governor Hogan's vetoes. Maryland Democrats  refused to listen to constituents and small businesses regarding the  Paid Sick Leave Act and overturned Governor Hogan's veto. This bill is  bad for business as it will force businesses to provide paid sick leave  to employees, even if the employees are part-time or seasonal.  Additionally, several business owners have commented that this could  potentially create a scheduling nightmare, especially during the holiday  season.

However, the fight is not over. Governor Hogan plans to use stand alone  legislation to lessen the effect of the Act. Governor Hogan's  spokeswoman, Amelia Chase stated, "Now that this political posturing is  over, it's time for the legislature to get down to the business of  fixing the serious flaws in this bill that Senator [Thomas M. “Mac”]  Middleton and numerous others openly acknowledged...Given their own  admission that [the bill] will hurt small businesses, we urge  legislators to fast-track the governor’s Small Business Relief Tax  Credit to ensure employers aren’t forced to close their doors and lay  off their employees.”

I am disappointed that we were not able to sustain the Governor's  veto and stop this harmful bill. Maryland is making it harder to do  business, which will send jobs to neighboring states, leaving many  Marylanders out of work. 

I am so grateful to be able to represent you in Annapolis and fight for  common-sense, conservative government. If you are able to come  to Annapolis during the legislative session, please let me know. April  and I would love to see you. 
 Sincerely, Neil

Delegate Neil C. Parrott
District 2A

Paid Sick Leave Sources:   1) https://us7.campaign-archive.com/?u=f7ca361f6d85d59c652a716e5&id=5501f0909d
2) http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-sick-leave-senate-20180112-story.html

General Assembly Session
Date: Goes Until April 9, 2018
Where: Delegate Neil Parrott's Office, 213 House Office Building, 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Additional: Please let me know if you will be like to come visit me in Annapolis. 
Washington County Republican Club Meeting
Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Time: 7:00pm
Where: Funkstown American Legion, 12 N. Westside Ave., Funkstown, MD 21734
Additional Info: All Republicans welcome; you do not have to be a member.

March for LIfe
Date: Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: 11:30am
Where: Washington, D.C.
Additional Info: St. Peter Catholic Church, in Hancock, is planning to  take a bus to the March for Life. Please contact the church at (301) 678-6339 to reserve your seat.  

Thank you for your continued support!
Delegate Neil C. Parrott 

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Meeting Info

The Washington County Republican Club generally meets the fourth Wednesday of each month, with exceptions possible due to special events and holidays. Meetings start at 7:00 p.m.


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