Commentaries by Mark Uncapher

Can an Anti-Kirwan Democrat Win the Gubernatorial Primary?

By Mark Uncapher | September 22, 2021

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

By Mark Uncapher | September 8, 2021

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

By Mark Uncapher | August 31, 2021

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

By Mark Uncapher | August 11, 2021

On the three-member Board, Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot – who, heading into the meeting, was seen as the swing vote – voted in support of the measures. Treasurer Nancy Kopp voted against them. Pitted against Hogan’s anti-gridlock proposal were Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and the County Council. “Here in Maryland, we continue to…

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

By Mark Uncapher | July 24, 2021

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

By Mark Uncapher | July 18, 2021

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

By Mark Uncapher | June 26, 2021

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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Gas Pump Sticker Shock? “Progressive” Policies Drive Energy Costs Higher

By Mark Uncapher | May 28, 2021

Gas pump prices over $3 per gallon This year’s annual Memorial Day Weekend ‘gasoline price outlook’ is decidedly grim. Who’s to blame for higher energy prices? To reach this conclusion, Politifact labored mightily to explain away the impact on prices of various policies that they acknowledge will make oil and gas more scarce and more…

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Is the Carjacking Epidemic a “Defund the Police” Movement Symptom? Will Armed, Defensive Motorists Reverse the Trend?

By Mark Uncapher | May 22, 2021

The region is not alone. Carjackings have been on the rise in Chicago for more than a year, with a 135% jump in 2020.[iii]  Minneapolis carjackings increased by over 500% and have continued to soar in 2021.[iv] Carjacking calls to 9-1-1 in New Orleans spiked up 126%. Oakland police saw a 38% increase. Some of…

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Travis Gayles with Marc Elrich

Governor Hogan Reacts as Emails Reveal Personal Animus, Not Science Drove MoCo COVID Policy

By Mark Uncapher | May 2, 2021

In an expose relying upon emails obtained through Freedom of Information requests, Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner uncovered a disturbing pattern of personal animus by Montgomery County’s health officer Travis Gayles against religious and nonpublic schools and their parents. [i] Wrote Gayles in August while his school closure orders were being challenged: “It has…

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