Will Remote Work Upend Montgomery County Land Use Plans?

Thrive Montgomery 2050 Ignores Telework Impact on the County Thrive Montgomery 2050 represents the county’s proposed update to its zoning master plan.[i]  It reflects land-use planners’ “smart growth” objectives. They desire a county with more population density, proportionally fewer single-family homes, and greater dependence on public transportation. The Thrive Montgomery 2050 debate has ignored the…

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Did Biden’s Inflation Kill Off the Dollar Stores?

Inflation has started roaring back since Biden became President If your eyes usually glaze over at economic statistical news, then the Dollar Tree retail chain’s recent announcement should drive home the reality of inflation’s comeback.  The last of the major “Dollar Store” chains, retailers selling all items for $1 or less, Dollar Tree, announced it…

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Can an Anti-Kirwan Democrat Win the Gubernatorial Primary?

Franchot bucks Maryland’s Teachers Union Peter Franchot, Maryland State Comptroller and Democratic candidate for Governor, has staked out an educational position dramatically at odds with his party’s other candidates and, most notably, the state’s powerful teacher’s union.  For several years, Maryland’s teachers’ union’s top priority has been ramping up state spending to fund the Kirwan…

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Kittleman Seeks to Retake Howard County Executive Seat

Former Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman announced earlier this week that he is running again for the position in 2022 after losing his bid for a second term in 2018. Kittleman, a Republican, launched his campaign in a five-minute video posted on YouTube.[i] Kittleman lost his previous bid for reelection to Calvin Ball, a Democrat, who…

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Michael Steele’s Biden Problem

Maryland Republican primary voters will be asking Michael Steele whether he now regrets his support of Joe Biden Maryland Republican primary voters will be asking Michael Steele whether he now regrets his support of Joe Biden Michael Steele road-tested his “exploratory” effort in recent weeks for Maryland Governor to the Maryland Association of Counties annual…

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The Hogan Traffic Relief Plan Moves Forward

Franchot sides with Governor Against Marc Elrich, MoCo Council The Maryland Board of Public Works, in a bipartisan vote of 2-1[i], advanced Governor Larry Hogan’s historic Traffic Relief Plan to ease congestion on the Capital Beltway, build a new American Legion Bridge, deliver more transit services for the region, create thousands of jobs, along with substantial…

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Has MoCo’s School System Committed $168 Million to Buy Edsel Electric Buses?

Red flags should have gone up at MCPS about Proterra’s role in the project, given their track record elsewhere. Montgomery County’s Public Schools signed a contract last February to buy over 300 electric school buses, converting their entire fleet by 2035. The total lifetime contract cost of $168 million is reportedly the largest local government electric…

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MoCo’s Thrive 2050 Plan Will Keep You Stuck in Traffic

The new plan neglects to reexamine existing transportation assumptions hampering the county and instead doubles down on failed strategies Albert Einstein famously said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If applied to Montgomery County’s planners and policymakers, room should be made at a state…

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The Free State Commentary by Mark Uncapher

Commentaries by Mark Uncapher Will Remote Work Upend Montgomery County Land Use Plans? By Mark Uncapher | October 14, 2021 Thrive Montgomery 2050 Ignores Telework Impact on the County Thrive Montgomery 2050 represents the county’s proposed update to its zoning master plan.[i]  It reflects land-use planners’ “smart growth” objectives. They desire a county with more…

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Judicial Watch Expose: MCPS Taught Students that ‘Make America Great Again’ was ‘Covert White Supremacy’

Montgomery County Schools spent half a million on Critical Race Theory “System Audit” Judicial Watch has obtained documents from the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) uncovering details about their critical race theory classes.  Judicial Watch is a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, which promotes transparency, accountability, and integrity in government, politics, and the law. The group…

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