Commentaries by Mark Uncapher

Missed the News? Household Income Jumps Nearly 7% as Poverty Rate hits a Sixty Year Low

By Mark Uncapher | September 30, 2020

The U.S. Census Bureau announced in September that median household income in 2019 had increased 6.8% from 2018. Median household income was $68,703. Adjusted for inflation, this reflects one of the most robust annual increases to date. The poverty rate in 2019 had decreased 1.3 percentage points to 10.5%. Since 2014, the rate has fallen…

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The Swamp’s Very Own Congressman: David Trone

By Mark Uncapher | September 23, 2020

Usually repeated legal scrapes with both regulators and law enforcement effectively disqualifies a candidate from public office.  Not so with David Trone, Maryland’s Congressional district six representative.  Twenty-eight years ago, David Trone faced 23 criminal counts, including nine counts of tampering with public records, four counts of criminal solicitation, four counts of operating a corrupt…

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Is it COVID or Teachers Unions Keeping Schools Closed from In-Person Instruction?

By Mark Uncapher | September 4, 2020

Picture the look of a deer caught in headlights. That captures the response of many Maryland educators and local officials to Governor Hogan’s announcement authorizing Maryland public schools for in-person instruction. The president of the association representing Maryland’s superintendents, Talbot County Superintendent Kelly Griffith, claimed that schools had “no advance warning” of the Governor’s announcement.…

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Is it Safe to Go Outside Yet? The Science & Politics of COVID

By Mark Uncapher | August 30, 2020

Discussion about COVID-19 policy rarely seems to go very far before the word “Science” is invoked reverentially.  By implication, further discussion is no longer warranted. Yet, science is in a constant state of flux. Today’s “settled science” can be reversed tomorrow once new data becomes available.  New data tests old theories and previously “settled” conclusions…

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Exelon Subsidiary Acknowledges Political Corruption, Agrees to Pay $200 Million Penalty

By Mark Uncapher | August 18, 2020

EXELON SUBSIDIARY ACKNOWLEDGES POLITICAL CORRUPTION, AGREES TO PAY $200 MILLION PENALTY BG&E, CONSTELLATION, DELMARVA POWER & PEPCO OWNER SNARED BY FEDERAL BRIBERY INVESTIGATION The U.S. Justice Department recently filed a one-count criminal information for bribery in U.S. District Court in Chicago charging Exelon’s Illinois subsidiary, Commonwealth Edison, “ComEd.”[i]  CommEd is owned by Exelon, which in…

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Has COVID-19 Killed Off the Kirwan Commission’s $32 billion Spending Plan?

By Mark Uncapher | August 10, 2020

Before COVID 19, the top agenda item of Maryland’s teachers’ union and their Democratic allies has been ramping up state spending to fund the Kirwan Commission’s K-12 education recommendations. The price tag totals a staggering $32 billion over the next decade. Their eventual spending target hits $3.8 billion more per year.  The charge exceeds $5,000…

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Maryland’s Teachers Union COVID-19 Demands Will Increase Educational Inequality

By Mark Uncapher | July 27, 2020

Maryland’s teachers’ unions presented their demands earlier in July for using distance learning exclusively during at least the first half of the 2020-21 school year.[i] Within a matter of days afterward, districts, such as Montgomery County’s school system, responded and reversed their tentative reopening plans. They opted instead for an all virtual, online fall semester. This…

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Teachers Union Demands “Homeschooling Lite” for Maryland’s New School Year

By Mark Uncapher | July 16, 2020

TEACHERS UNION DEMANDS “HOMESCHOOLING LITE” FOR MARYLAND’S NEW SCHOOL YEAR Earlier this past week, Maryland’s teacher’s unions weighed in with their demands that distance learning be used for at least the first half of the 2020-21 school year. [i]  In contrast, a survey of parents by the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) found 42% expected…

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Lady in front of computer screen distance learning


By Mark Uncapher | July 6, 2020

Maryland’s schools are scheduled to open in a matter of weeks for the 2020-21 school year.  Yet many school districts still are unable to share their plans for educating in the COVID-19 world.  While the Maryland State Department of Education has released an updated Maryland’s Recovery Plan for Education, individual school districts can take as long…

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Montgomery Co. Exec. Marc Elrich booed as he announces loosening of COVID-19 restrictions

Top Elrich Official’s Book Deal with Contractor Violates Ethics Rules

By Mark Uncapher | July 5, 2020

TOP ELRICH OFFICIAL’S BOOK DEAL WITH CONTRACTOR VIOLATES ETHICS RULES Ex-Baltimore Budget Director Supplemented his $280,000 Montgomery County Job with a Book Deal with a County Contractor Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich’s $280,000 “Chief Administrative Officer” Andrew Kleine has been found guilty of ethics violations. The County’s Ethics Commission reached this conclusion after reviewing payments…

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