WE WERE MISLED?
October 17, 2022

Last week while watching "Tucker Carson Tonight," the story of Alex Berenson caught my attention. If you would like to watch the segment for yourself, here is a link: https://rumble.com/v1nw38k-alex-berenson-powerful-people-wanted-to-suppress-berenson-says-dr.-scott-go.html

Alex Berenson is a former New York Times Journalist who was censored and banned by Twitter for asking questions about the COVID vaccination. He recently sued Twitter and won. Now information from his lawsuit against Twitter is coming to light. 

During his interview with Tucker, he mentioned Dr. Scott Gottlieb. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a high-up executive director at Pfizer, demanded that Twitter censor the journalist for spreading misinformation about the COVID vaccine. He even accused Mr. Berenson's reporting as to why Dr. Anthony Fauci needed a security detail.

I knew I had heard the name Dr. Scott Gottlieb before in some other context. I remembered Dr. Scott Gottlieb from Pfizer was on Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's COVID task force and served on the Governor's COVID Roadmap to Recovery panel. Governor Hogan even called him out in his 2021 "follow the science" State of the State speech I attended.  

Dr. Scott Gottlieb even went so far as to write a Wall Street Journal op-ed, pointing to states like Maryland as "laboratories for COVID control" that the incoming Biden administration can seek to emulate.

Now information has surfaced that indicates that in August of 2021, Dr. Scott Gottlieb demanded Twitter censor Alex Berenson to prevent him from releasing information about the mRNA vaccine's efficacy and failure to prevent transmission of COVID.   

This news comes on the heels of last week's bombshell when Pfizer Executive Janine Small, testifying in front of the European Parliament, said that the vaccines were never tested on transmission prevention.  

I believe this is a big story, with a Maryland angle, because it likely means our Top Adviser to Governor Hogan, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, knew he was misleading us from the beginning.    The logic behind "you take the shot to help others" was a lie. The entire basis for requiring a Vaccine Passport was centered on the ability of the COVID vaccine to prevent transmission, which turns out to be a lie.  

I am happy our local community college CSM finally agreed to drop its vaccine mandate in August. Unfortunately, the Vaccine Passport is still mandated at the University of Maryland and all University System of Maryland (USM) campuses. As of today, to attend a Maryland University, students are still required not only to be COVID vaccinated but also to have the updated required boosters. 

The current mandated COVID passport to attend Maryland Universities is senseless.    

Delegate Lauren Arikan and I are drafting a letter today to Chancellor Dr. Perman to request that the smart people at our Universities "follow the damn science" and drop the COVID passport requirement for students. 
Stay tuned!
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POLL INSIGHTS
October 03, 2022

I hope you made it through the weekend's storm safe and dry.

I wanted to take the time to share the results of a poll conducted by the Winston Group on issues driving Independent voters.  In this analysis, the data is broken down by party and the overall responses of how issues rank in importance on a scale of 1-10.  Any issues above seven are marked in Red.

I find this poll very informative for a couple of different reasons.  First, I firmly believe Republicans have a huge advantage, not only with Independents but all voters.  The first five most concerning issues: Food and grocery prices, Inflation, Economy/Jobs, Crime and Safety, and Gas Prices.

The facts are self-evident that Progressive policies have resulted in higher inflation, higher food and fuel cost, and the lack of labor and contributed to the overall malaise of our economy.  On the topic of crime, Maryland voters can quickly look at laws like Justice Reinvestment, No Cash Bail Bonds, Juvenile Justice Reform, and Police Reform, as well as an overall and unrelenting drive by the Left to defund the police.  All of the above have contributed to a rise in crime, making our citizens less safe.

Second, the purpose of the poll was to highlight important issues to Independents, but what I find fascinating are the two questions that polled highest among Democrats: question 12 - Voting rights and question 21 - Congressional Hearings into January 6th.  I think the high score of both of those issues among Democrats directly reflects media manipulation and is more of an indicator of what news you read and watch than the issues you can see with your own eyes.

I hope you find this data insightful and valuable!  Poll Insights below:

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COLLEGE DEBT SOLUTION
August 30, 2022

By now, I am sure you have heard of Joe Biden's $500 billion giveaway of his student loan forgiveness plan. I believe it is wrong for this administration to transfer personal debt onto the taxpayers. This act is clearly a Biden Administration election-year gimmick that the courts will most likely strike down. However, it does highlight the problem of the cost of higher education.

Unfortunately, because of the high cost of higher education in our university systems, Marylanders carry more student debt than any other state in the nation.

One of the solutions to lower college costs is to introduce competition and options. Allowing regional community colleges to offer select bachelor's degree programs in select fields is an idea worth considering. This model has worked well in states like Florida and makes sense for taxpayers who have already invested a great deal of their tax money into the infrastructure of their local community colleges. In addition, students benefit since the community colleges of Maryland already offer classes at much more affordable tuition than the current in-state rates at universities.

To make this a reality, we must pass legislation allowing regional community colleges to be accredited.

Delegate Mark Fisher originally had this idea and drafted legislation to do this for CSM back in 2016. The bill had bipartisan support from every member of the Southern Maryland Delegation but failed. The idea was perhaps before its time, but now that student debt is at the forefront of the country's kitchen table discussion, I believe it is time we start the conversation. Delegate Fisher and I will bring a bill forward this year that will do just that.

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CSM REVERSES MANDATE!
August 22, 2022

I have exciting news! Perseverance has paid off, and common sense has prevailed.
On Saturday, I was delighted to hear that after months of communication, the College of Southern Maryland decided to reverse its discriminatory treatment of non-vaccinated students. As a result of the reversal, CSM's new admission policy becomes effective immediately.

I thank the CSM board of trustees and President Murphy for objectively reviewing the policy and agreeing to eliminate the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. During the last few months, I have had dozens of students and their family members reach out to our office about how this policy prohibited them from furthering their education. I am so happy the policy has been reversed, and hopefully, it is not too late for many of those students to sign up for fall classes.

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CDC REVISED GUIDANCE
August 12, 2022

I am pleased that the CDC has finally revised its COVID guidance. The CDC says that due to breakthrough infections and natural immunity, there is no reason to treat vaccinated and unvaccinated people differently. 

The new COVID guidance from the CDC is about a year late as it has been self-apparent to anyone who wants to look at COVID data objectively and without political influence. In addition, the revised guidance finally acknowledges the absurdity of the discrimination against unvaccinated people over the past year. 

After reading the revised guidance late last night, I first thought of the CSM vaccination mandate policy. I want to let constituents know that I will be drafting a letter to CSM's Board of Trustees to ask that they immediately reverse their vaccine policy in light of the CDC revised guidelines. I will post the letter on my Facebook page later today.  

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WE HAD A GOOD NIGHT!
July 20, 2022

While many state primary races are still undecided and coming down to an absentee ballot count on Thursday, we had a great night last night.  Conservative Republicans I endorsed went 3-0 in our local primaries.  I want to congratulate Mike Alderson for Commissioner, Debbie Burch for Clerk of the Court, and Dorothy Andrews for School Board on their primary wins last night.

We also went 6-0 on the state races We were involved with, highlighted by an upset win in Harford County of freshmen Delegate Lauren Airkan over a 20-year incumbent.

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MAKE SURE YOU FILL UP TODAY!
June 30, 2022

Make sure you fill up your gas tank today!

Gas Tax Increase

Like you, I have watched the price rise every time I fill the tank.  This past session, I offered legislation to stop this automatic tax increase from going into effect.  But unfortunately, Democrats unilaterally voted down the bill.  As a result, the gas tax will go up by 18% per gallon on Friday.  This will bring the total state gas tax to 43 cents per gallon and 61 cents per gallon if you account for the federal tax!   

With a $7 billion surplus in state coffers right now, it would seem that the time is right to loosen the tight fist clenched on your hard-earned money and suspend the gas tax increase.  As inflation continues to rise and the cost of groceries and other necessities climbing, many of us are continuing to urge the Legislature to do the right thing and reconvene so that we can vote on this small measure to help the citizens of Maryland.  If you would like to watch the floor debate of this amendment, you can find it here: https://rumble.com/vw9ll3-house-floor-debate-on-an-amendment-to-stop-a-37.5-million-gas-tax-increase..html

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