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November 13, 2007

Falling into One’s Lap

Katie Nash

The past two weeks have involved a series of tax-raising schemes put forth by the O’Malley Administration and his minions. Unfortunately for taxpayers, there seems to be little resistance from moderate Democrats.

Consequently, Republican representatives are left wondering if they are having an out-of-body experience. Truly we must live in a fairyland if Maryland’s Senate and House of Delegates would consider raising over a billion dollars in new taxes while simultaneously considering a half-billion dollar expansion of Medicaid.

This isn’t a fairyland folks – this is O’Malley Tax Hell we’re living through.

Many of those who pay attention to politics are saying, “See, I told you so.” Many who vote but live in their fast-paced world of commuting, child-rearing, and otherwise living the American Dream are saying, “What in the world is going on in Annapolis?”

There has been a lot of talk in Republican circles of 2010. Questions surround the political fallout of this 2007 special session. How will O’Malley’s massive tax increases affect the next gubernatorial election?

How will the Democrats who supported these hikes fare when their votes are made known to the public?

Will the voters forget the Democrats’ tax frenzy, or will they feel it most in their wallets during a potential economic recession?

These are excellent questions that will no doubt be vetted in the coming years. Republican activists should, understandably, be salivating at the votes that will need to be taken by Democrat legislators and should be making notes of what goes on in Annapolis.

This is what has always been done and will be a beneficial strategy to reach victory in 2010. I submit, however, that the Republican Party in Western Maryland (and elsewhere, but Western Maryland is near and dear to my heart) should be thinking beyond 2010.

It is possible for Republican Party activists of Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington counties to unite and form a cohesive long-term strategy. Many forget that Western Maryland has not always been a Republican haven.

The 6th Congressional District may be safe for 2008 (it doesn’t appear that the Democrats are uniting behind a single strong candidates), but Republican activists need to think beyond the present and consider the future of the district.

Redistricting, candidate recruitment, and fundraising are items that should be at the forefront of the minds for those who are serious about keeping Western Maryland Republican in upcoming election cycles.

The Republican Central Committees of all these counties are trying something new this year. They are hosting a Western Maryland Fall Forum in Hagerstown on Saturday, November 17th. For further information and to register, visit or email

Get involved and think about 2010. Time is measured in election cycles and strategy is the path to victory.

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