Commentaries by Mark Uncapher

Hogan Traffic Relief Plan Moving Forward

By Mark Uncapher | February 7, 2021

Marylanders tired of being stuck in Capital Beltway traffic recently received good news from the Hogan Administration. The state Department of Transportation is moving forward with the next steps toward adding two high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes along the Capital Beltway across the American Legion Bridge to I-270.  The Department has adopted a formal recommendation for…

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Maryland House Republican Caucus Announces School Reopening Legislation

By Mark Uncapher | January 30, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland House Republican  Caucus has announced a package of education legislation designed to address and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Our colleagues in the House Minority Caucus are committed to ensuring that ALL students in Maryland receive a quality education”, said House Minority Whip Delegate Kathy Szeliga. “We are hearing from parents…

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Maryland Democrats’ Digital Advertising Taxes Likely Illegal

By Mark Uncapher | January 24, 2021

Leave it to Maryland Democrats to spend their political capital on passing a tax bill whose revenues they are unlikely to be able to collect legally.   Maryland Democratic legislators are expected to try to resuscitate two tax bills passed in 2020 but vetoed by Governor Hogan last May. The vetoed tax measures were intended…

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An Electoral College Flashback: Biden Shuts Down Democratic Electoral College Objections

By Mark Uncapher | January 8, 2021

Four years ago, Joe Biden presided over a joint session of Congress at which 2016 presidential electoral votes were officially tallied. House Democrats repeatedly objected to the electoral votes Four years ago, on January 6, 2017, then-Vice President Joe Biden presided over a joint session of Congress at which 2016 presidential electoral votes were officially tallied. …

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Statement from Montgomery County Republican Club President Mark Uncapher

By Mark Uncapher | January 6, 2021

Statement from Montgomery County Republican Club President Mark Uncapher On behalf of the Montgomery County Republican Club, I would like to thank Vice President Pence for his strong commitment to the Constituion of the Unites States. I agree wholeheartedly with his view that “[his] oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains [him] from claiming…

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A New Year’s Wish for 2021 – Restoring the Economic Gains of the Trump Years

By Mark Uncapher | December 30, 2020

It seems like more than a year has passed since 2020 began.  COVID has presented an unexpected challenge to us all.  Businesses are struggling in unprecedented numbers and many employees’ jobs hang in the balance.  The COVID pandemic health crisis has unquestionably confronted the country with a dramatic emergency.  In the coming year, one of…

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Same COVID, Different Rules for Restaurants

By Mark Uncapher | December 23, 2020

Travel around Maryland and adjacent jurisdictions, and you will encounter vastly different COVID restrictions.  It is the same disease, subject to the same “science” and the same CDC recommendations.  And yet local authorities are responding with very different rules.[i] Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan reduced capacity at bars and restaurants to 50% in November and ordered…

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Can Baltimore's Latest Mayor Break with Past Failures?

Can Baltimore’s Latest Mayor Break with Past Failures?

By Mark Uncapher | December 8, 2020

Can Baltimore’s Latest Mayor Break with Past Failures? For his next four years, let his report card include bringing the city’s murder rate down to a level at least comparable to other major cities. Brandon Scott assumes office as Baltimore’s Mayor on December 8, the fifth through a revolving door during the past eleven years…

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MoCo’s Elrich Administration in COVID Pay Scandal

By Mark Uncapher | November 13, 2020

Yet another scandal has tarnished Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich’s administration.  A Montgomery County Inspector General investigation unearthed payroll padding by Permitting Services Department inspectors falsely claiming extra COVID-19 pay. Previously, Elrich’s $280,000 “Chief Administrative Officer” Andrew Kleine was found guilty of ethics violations. The County’s Ethics Commission concluded this after reviewing payments to Kleine…

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Supreme Court Packing at Stake in Georgia Senate Run-offs

Supreme Court Packing at Stake in Georgia Senate Run-offs

By Mark Uncapher | November 10, 2020

Control of the U.S. Senate now turns on the two run-off races being held in Georgia on January 5.   Democratic hopes about “packing” the U.S. Supreme Court with additional justices are at stake in these elections. Under Georgia’s election law, when no candidate receives an outright majority of over 50%, a second run-off election is…

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