And the Winner IS…
Aug04

And the Winner IS…

The first of many televised presidential forums occurred last night without The Donald but featured most of the other candidates for the Republican nomination. Most of them held their own and a few of them answered their questions intelligently. According to the Bloomberg Politics National Poll, Trump still trumps the field by 11 points. The stakes at Thursday’s debate for the bottom tier of the field can not be higher. The...

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“Just Who Do We Think We Are?” – The Supreme Supreme Court
Jun26

“Just Who Do We Think We Are?” – The Supreme Supreme Court

In today’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, the Supreme Court has laid waste to several key tenets of the American political experiment in representative government including federalism, a system of checks and balances with a legislative branch designed to be strongest body, and a complete devastation of the 1st Amendment. Unlike most of colleagues from the right side of the aisle, I have known this decision was coming for some...

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It’s Not About The Flag, Idiots!!
Jun22

It’s Not About The Flag, Idiots!!

It is not often I use this forum to lash out at folks on either side of the political spectrum; however, today I am compelled to lash out at everyone who is engaging in the ridiculous rhetoric that the removal of a piece of cloth is going to solve the racial injustice of South Carolina or any other person of color living in the United States of America. To set the record straight, the Confederate Battle flag should not have ever been...

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The Rejection of Multi-Culturalism
Jun19

The Rejection of Multi-Culturalism

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s tragic mass killing of nine African-American church goers by Dylann Roof, both the left and the right have used this incident to try to push their political agenda. Most pundits and writers from the left, including President Obama, are pushing for stricter gun control. Others are pushing for the removal of South Carolina’s flag which still includes the symbol of the Confederacy. Pundits from...

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The New Urban Nightmare
Jun18

The New Urban Nightmare

America has woken up this morning to the latest tragedy sparked by racial hatred – the senseless murder of nine people meeting at a church in Charleston, SC. Pastor Clementa Pickney and eight parishioners were taking part in a bible study when they were gunned down by a lone, white gunman. With the recent events in Ferguson, Baltimore and now Charleston, there will be continued discussions on the deterioration of race relations...

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The Good Guy Wins (NBA Finals recap)
Jun17

The Good Guy Wins (NBA Finals recap)

I am glad Stephen Curry and his Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship last night. I am not a LeBron James hater but I am no fan of his either. Beyond the decision, the few years in South Beach with the Miami Heat, and the re-decision to return to Cleveland, there is the constant (annoying) comparisons between him and Michael Jordan which is like comparing apples to oranges. Both are excellent players but they played in...

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MOM – Progressive Golden Boy or Insightful Opportunist
May30

MOM – Progressive Golden Boy or Insightful Opportunist

Martin O’Malley, former mayor of Baltimore and Governor of Maryland, is scheduled to announce his candidacy for President today. As a citizen of Maryland, and a former Republican nominee for Baltimore City Council President, I have had a unique view of the rise to power of the guitar playing, muscle T-shirt wearing uber-politician and I am not surprised in the least he is making this leap. At first glance, his candidacy seems to...

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The Return of the Sweater Vest
May27

The Return of the Sweater Vest

In 2012, former Senator Rick Santorum emerged from a crowded field of candidates from the Republican primary season to challenge Mitt Romney for the nomination. The field included a black man who was an early conservative favorite (Herman Cain) and luminaries Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich, and even a Paul – Congressman Ron, not Senator Rand. After numerous implosions, both due to internal personality issues and Romney Super-PAC...

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Urban American Post-Baltimore
May26

Urban American Post-Baltimore

As most readers of TMV know, four weeks ago in the aftermath of the Freddie Gray death, the city of Baltimore experienced a series of riots which included significant property damage, the arrest of several hundred protestors and the mobilization of the Maryland National Guard. This morning, a new round of peaceful protest was initiated by a local pastor which shut down parts of I-95 and I-395 because of the budget decision by Maryland...

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Uptown Funk and The Time
May24

Uptown Funk and The Time

It’s been a while sine I last penned a column for TMV. I hope to blend politics with a few other items of interest a few times a week. Last year, a catchy song hit the airwaves from Marc Ronson and Bruno Mars entitled Uptown Funk. It’s fun, contagious and very danceable with a nice hook to it. For music folks, who love to dance, the hook is the part of the song that makes you want to get up and boogie down. My two year old...

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DOMA, the Supreme Court and Individual Freedom
Jun26

DOMA, the Supreme Court and Individual Freedom

As a Republican, who is socially conservative, I have been waiting in interest for today’s Supreme Court decision on DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act). The Court has ruled that it is unconstitutional because of states’ rights and 5th amendment violations. Social conservatives see this as a defeat of traditional marriage and I agree with their assessment of the court’s decision. However, as a political scientist and...

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Right Fight, Wrong Ammunition
Feb08

Right Fight, Wrong Ammunition

In the “Free State” of Maryland, the minions of Martin O’Malley in the General Assembly have taken upon themselves the opportunistic window of post-Sandy Hook America to further limit the right of the citizenry to purchase the weapon of their choice. Earlier this week, several thousand conservatives traveled to Annapolis for a rally to support their 2nd Amendment rights. It was a huge success and hopefully opened the...

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MOM – Martin’s Only Mission
Sep04

MOM – Martin’s Only Mission

As the Democratic National Convention begins in Charlotte, all of the eyes of the political world will turn to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. O’Malley has been given a prime time spot on the dais on the 1st night of the DNC Convention because of his frequent appearances as the chief surrogate for the Obama campaign O’Malley, the two term Governor of Maryland, got in hot water on Sunday by stating said that Americans were not...

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The End of Democracy in a Democratic State
Jul09

The End of Democracy in a Democratic State

When did the Democratic Party stop believing in Democracy? The political party that is supposed to be for the common man, the political party who litigated the hand count in Florida during the 2000 presidential election cycle, has morphed into a Chesapeake Bay version of a Latin American dictatorship where having political self-determination lasts only as long as they allow it. On June 30th, the Congressional Districting Petition...

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Obama’s Meddling Supreme Court Problem
Jun27

Obama’s Meddling Supreme Court Problem

It seems the only roadblock to Obama’s Imperial Presidency is that annoyance of the Supreme Court. A few days ago, the Court announced its split decision regarding the Arizona Immigration Law and set the administration on a course of abdicating its responsibilities to uphold federal law in the detainment and seizure of people who are here in the United States illegally. In my estimation, the Court had a tough decision. It is not...

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Romney’s Democratic Playbook on How to Steal Elections
Mar06

Romney’s Democratic Playbook on How to Steal Elections

In every contested primary so far, there are two patterns that have emerged. 1) If the race is close, the media will not call the winner for the conservative candidate against Romney. So far, it has happened to Santorum twice in Iowa and Michigan and Paul once in Maine. 2) If the race is extremely close, the establishment has tried to swing the decision for Mitt Romney. The most egregious case, of course, was the overt cheating in...

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Santorum Won More Michigan Delegates
Feb29

Santorum Won More Michigan Delegates

According to the MSM, and most people who blindly follow their reports, Mitt Romney won the Michigan primary last night by about 3 points, 41 to 38. However, like the Electoral College, the point of the contest is not to win the popular vote (Gore – 2000) but to win more delegates per state based on the apportionment of those delegates. Michigan’s primary delegate system allows for a set number of delegates to be won by...

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Matter Over Mind
Feb27

Matter Over Mind

Mitt Romney should have wrapped up the Republican nomination a long time ago. He has an enormous organizational advantage, the endorsement of a great majority of the Republican party establishment, and a huge money advantage in money raised by his campaign and his superPAC; yet, Romney is fighting for his political life in his birth state against Rick Santorum who was barely a second tier candidate back in the fall of last year. A...

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Ron Paul Is A Fake… because He is
Feb23

Ron Paul Is A Fake… because He is

Last night’s debate in Arizona crystallized the nomination race for the remainder of the cycle. To be blunt: There is a Civil War for the heart of the Republican Party between the establishment and the Tea Party insurgency. The establishment’s candidate is Mitt Romney; the insurgency’s candidate is anti-Romney in nature flipping from Gingrich to Santorum but the total percentage of the vote is over 50% in every...

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Male “Other Types of Emotions” May Endanger Military’s Mission
Feb10

Male “Other Types of Emotions” May Endanger Military’s Mission

Do people really not pay attention to what is said anymore? Yesterday, while being interview by John King about possible questions Santorum may face as Commander-In-Chief, Santorum was asked about having women in combat roles. Santorum responded with this answer: “Look, I want to create every opportunity for women to be able to serve this country, and they do so in an amazing and wonderful way. They’re a great addition to...

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