Blaine for County Executive

BY COLUMNISTS

| Steven R. Berryman | Chris Cavey | Joe Charlebois | Guest Columnist | Harry M. Covert | Patricia A. Kelly | Jill King | Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh | Tom McLaughlin | Roy Meachum | Zachary Peters | Cindy A. Rose | John W. Ashbury | Blaine R. Young |

DOCUMENTS


The Tentacle


Chris Cavey

July 3, 2014
Celebrating Your Freedom
Chris Cavey

Since February 2006, I have written for TheTentacle.com every other Thursday, with the exception of few years ago when I took a sabbatical for political reasons. Soon I will take another break. Throughout these years, the single subject I have enjoyed the most is freedom.


June 19, 2014
Why Vote? It’s Your Duty!!!!!
Chris Cavey

The deed is done. I have trudged to my closest early vote precinct and cast my vote. I want to thank all those who have gone before me and fought for freedom. I also want to thank our Founding Fathers for their foresight and wisdom in creating such a government where each citizen can have a voice.


June 5, 2014
Learning in a Political World
Chris Cavey

Perhaps the best part of working in a political campaign is sharing your knowledge, skills and experience with others. Just like every other aspect of life, it is a blessing to learn something new and a joy to see the eyes of others opened to new experiences.


May 22, 2014
Pause and Reflect
Chris Cavey

This weekend, as you drive past the thousands of political signs littering our beautiful state heading to the beach or your local grocery store, keep in mind those who have died for our country to give you the freedom to party with family and barbecue with your neighbors.


May 8, 2014
The Changing Face of GOP “Dinners”
Chris Cavey

Over the past 20 or more years, my opinion of county Lincoln/Reagan Dinners has dramatically changed. Back in the day, I looked forward to seeing who was there. Later I was proudly in-charge of several and promoted the event. Now I dread every one.


April 24, 2014
Signs Growing Like Weeds
Chris Cavey

We are entering the portion of the political season where political signage will start popping up like unwanted mushrooms in your lawn. Similar to a blight except in the form of a plethora of colors, which scream the names of political candidates and their attempted offices. If history repeats itself, full blown sign wars will shortly follow.


April 10, 2014
Unintended Consequences of New Marijuana Law
Chris Cavey

As a proponent of medical marijuana, my first thoughts about the decriminalization of this same herb were positive. However, the deeper I thought, the less positive I became. For some odd reason it made me think about working with the diary animals during my youth.


March 27, 2014
Got Milk???? – Another Blow to Farmers
Chris Cavey

One of my favorite childhood memories was the twice a week trip to my uncle's dairy farm to get milk. When I was six or seven, I would ride the four miles to the farm in my Aunt Mary's 1960 ugly green Mercury Comet and help dip milk out of the bulk tank.


March 13, 2014
Outrageous Central Committee Proposal
Chris Cavey

About a week ago, the Republican members of the Harford County Delegation proved they have been in Annapolis too long and they are infected with the fever of big government and single party control. They submitted a bill (HB1513) which would allow that specific delegation members would have certain powers over political offices elected by the public.


February 27, 2014
Ninth Grade History Lesson
Chris Cavey

About five weeks ago I again went through a metamorphosis from insurance professional to my alternative occupation – political hack. Yep, I am on the road again watching the sunrise in my windshield and returning home after everyone else is fast asleep.


February 13, 2014
Cartoon Characters Holiday
Chris Cavey

Did you know that Monday, February 17, 2014, is actually Washington's Birthday celebration and not "Presidents Day?" Well, look it up. We have been mislead once again by Madison Avenue and seemingly given incorrect information by our federal government.


January 30, 2014
Get Involved! Register and VOTE!
Chris Cavey

Maryland is currently in the pre-season of a gubernatorial election year. Declared challengers, incumbent elected officials and potential candidates are all posturing for the main event in November – but the public, as usual, remains unengaged except for bemoaning those they previously elected to govern.


January 16, 2014
Healthcare Rollout Disaster in Maryland
Chris Cavey

We have forgotten the math in the argument about government run and subsidized healthcare. We have turned one of the most important and most costly items on a family's budget over to those who use issues for political advantage…


January 2, 2014
What Turkey Innards Really Say….
Chris Cavey

By chance, this year, the Cavey family was bestowed two free turkeys as Christmas presents. The urgency to be overcome by tryptophan was too great and some friends were invited for dinner.


December 19, 2013
Down This Rocky Road
Chris Cavey

Our nation was built on principle; but our Constitution was forged out of compromise. Our Founding Fathers were political experts in the art of compromise and – because of that – created the greatest governing document man has ever known. Today that art is gone.


December 5, 2013
Stop Digging When In A Hole
Chris Cavey

What is a "minimum wage?" Is it an amount, which sustains a family above federal poverty levels? Is it what you pay a 15-year old to mow lawn or cashier at the local grocery store? Is it really a factor in our economy or just a "political maneuver?"


November 21, 2013
Jake’s Story of Love and Survival
Chris Cavey

One of the most heartbreaking occurrences in life is when tragedy happens to a young child. Nothing can make up for a permanently handicapped child watching a community rally to ease that pain and financial burden is a blessing. I live in such a community.


November 7, 2013
Reasons for Government Incompetence
Chris Cavey

This past summer and fall I have been performing my due diligence as a candidate and knocking on doors in my district. Over the last 20-plus years, I have knocked many doors for other candidates and for my own prior attempts to gain elected office. Today the tide favors the challenger, but when will it change?


October 24, 2013
Heroism Trumps Politics
Chris Cavey

This past week Joe Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. "Joe the Plumber," opined on his blog that he was "officially revoking his respect for Sen. John McCain's service to our country." Claiming in his piety as an all-wise plumber turned politico that McCain's voting record has negated his prior acts of valor.


October 10, 2013
West Side Story in D.C.
Chris Cavey

Week two of the "Government Shutdown" has caused limited effect in the lives of most non-government employees, but it has shown everyone the true dysfunction of a bloated and partisan federal government.


September 26, 2013
Only Educrats Praising Common Core
Chris Cavey

Six weeks ago, someone asked me my opinion on Common Core and I was ignorant of the subject matter. After a few public forums and a little research, my blissful ignorance turned into fear. We are preparing our society to be homogenized as our public education system strives for the lowest common denominator.


September 12, 2013
True “Victims” of 9/11
Chris Cavey

Each year since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, my guts growl selfishly with pain. I know the lives of many families changed that day with the loss of loved ones. However, the greatest impact on our society was the loss of our freedom – which we will likely never regain.


August 29, 2013
Agritainment Replacing Just Plain Ag
Chris Cavey

Last Saturday evening the Cavey family journeyed to the Maryland State Fair in search of food, fun and entertainment. When we returned, I stopped and pondered our adventure, realizing there has been a cultural shift in the Fair.


August 15, 2013
A Delicious Obsession
Chris Cavey

It’s mid-August, 10 months from the Maryland Primary Election and 16 months from the 2014 General Election; the rain has been plentiful and my gardens are bursting at the seams.


August 1, 2013
A Cautious, But Needed Approach
Chris Cavey

The Maryland Republican Party is currently investigating opening their primaries to persons registered as unaffiliated voters. I have no clue what the outcome of the expected raging debates and the multiplicity of committee meetings will conclude, but I am sure, regardless of the decision, it will divide my beloved party once again.


July 18, 2013
“Move On” from This Case…
Chris Cavey

The Martin/Zimmerman case is an excellent example of how the media controls the thought pattern of the American public. Unless you have been comatose the past week, you have heard everyone's opinion, analysis and comments. Well, here’s mine…


July 4, 2013
Throw The “Taxaholics” Into The Bay
Chris Cavey

On December 16, 1773, the Sons of Liberty, in protest to oppressive British tax on tea, climbed aboard three ships in the Boston Harbor and threw the tea overboard. This act of protesting oppressive taxation was key to igniting the spark of revolution in the colonies.


May 23, 2013
New Anti-Gun Law Is Bad Legislation
Chris Cavey

Gov. Martin O'Malley won the first battle with the passage of The Firearms Safety Act of 2013 – otherwise known as the "gun bill" during this past legislative session. But the “war” goes on…


May 9, 2013
'We Have Only Just Begun to Fight'
Chris Cavey

Over the past month I have watched with fascination as various politicos have opined on the Maryland Republican Party – its direction and leadership. A small handful of people have even publicly renounced their allegiance and fled to the limbo of the unaffiliated – Godspeed.


April 25, 2013
New Captains of the MDGOP
Chris Cavey

Last weekend was the Spring Convention of the Maryland Republican Party. For me it was the first time in 19 years that I did not have a role or a vote at the semi-annual meeting. From this unique position, I observed many things.


April 11, 2013
The “Voters” Are To Blame
Chris Cavey

The final moments of the Maryland General Assembly approached Monday at midnight and mercifully, the continuing infliction of pain to the citizens of Maryland ended. Sine Die has brought a temporary end to Maryland's self-inflicted pain.


March 28, 2013
"The despot's heel is on the shore…"
Chris Cavey

This week marked the 379th anniversary of the founding of our state. The Maryland General Assembly continues to prove they have no understanding of our rich patriotic history passing legislation, which defies our liberties and continue to oppress our citizens.


March 14, 2013
“…and the soothsayer say…..beware the Ides of March”
Chris Cavey

Is history replaying itself? Should citizens keep a wary eye upon the Maryland Senate as we approach Idus Martii? Will Maryland's businesses and economy fall victim to a stabbing and eventual death, as did Caesar that mid-March in ancient Rome? We will soon know.


February 28, 2013
Citizen’s Rights Under Attack
Chris Cavey

The Maryland General Assembly has been debating your liberties. As of today many of your rights are about to be modified. The sad fact is most citizens will only complain after the fact when now is the time to take action.


February 14, 2013
How to in Annapolis
Chris Cavey

My hat is off to the throngs of citizens who traveled to Annapolis last week in support of Second Amendment rights. Your presence was remarkable; and you made a point – but did you really take it far enough?


January 31, 2013
In Annapolis, Less Is Better
Chris Cavey

The Maryland General Assembly has been in session for about a fortnight. The governor has presented his budget bill package, legislator's pre-filed bills have been eyeballed at least once, and we are again on the way to 1,000 or more bills "dropped" for consideration.


January 17, 2013
Priceless Absurdity in Annapolis
Chris Cavey

Citizens of Maryland beware! Just over a week ago the Maryland General Assembly convened for its annual 90-day session. This session's political expectations look of be liberal-leaning and expensive.


January 3, 2013
A Pledge and A Wish for 2013
Chris Cavey

A New Year has arrived. Although no one knows what lays ahead for 2013 in either our political or personal lives now is the traditional time to make New Year resolutions. This year I am sharing mine!


December 20, 2012
A Political Christmas Family Letter
Chris Cavey

Every year I ponder about the prose to be written in our family Christmas letter, which is exclusively sent to those friends and family not involved in our day-to-day lives. Unlike my pontifications in this forum, it is crammed with family facts and stories of interest.


December 6, 2012
Positive Convention Plus Suggestions
Chris Cavey

Last weekend most of the members of Maryland's Republican State Central Committee realized survival was impossible if they remained in the formation of a circular firing squad. By Saturday afternoon's adjournment, only a very few had any desire for self-inflicted political wounds.


November 22, 2012
Changing The GOP Litany
Chris Cavey

Happy Thanksgiving! If you are reading this article on Thanksgiving Day, you are a relentless political junkie and you should immediately shutdown your computer and go spend time with your family!


November 8, 2012
Election Post Mortem
Chris Cavey

The morning of Election Day was the first killing frost of fall across Maryland. In hindsight it seems appropriate, just as the season was devastating my plants and vegetables in Hampstead, the electorate was doing the same with the economic future of our country – they re-elected Barack Obama.


October 30, 2012
The Outcome Ahead of Scheduled Results
Chris Cavey

The presidential election is just 10 days away and the nation is abuzz with the candidates neck-and-neck as they sprint down the homestretch. This means it's time for the quadrennial Cavey prediction!


October 11, 2012
Assessing The Debate and a Prediction
Chris Cavey

According to Real Clear Politics' polling averages, one week ago President Barack Obama was leading Gov. Mitt Romney in the national polls by just over four percentage points. Today Governor Romney edges the president by just under one point – what a difference a weak debate performance can make.


September 27, 2012
Who are the six percenters?
Chris Cavey

About a week ago the "secret video" was released by Mother Earth revealing in an "enquiring-minds-want-to-know" format just what former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney thinks of President Barack Obama. Hey, guess what? Mr. Romney is not a fan; however, his comments have been digested and regurgitated since as if it were real news.


September 13, 2012
A Look Back, A Leap Forward
Chris Cavey

It was an honor to be a delegate to the recent Republican National Convention. Even more an honor to be selected by the Maryland Delegation to serve on the RNC Platform Committee.


August 16, 2012
Convention Insider Notes
Chris Cavey

Two weeks ago I gave my version of a detailed prediction for Mitt Romney's running mate... my educated guess was incorrect. U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan will be the vice presidential nominee.


August 2, 2012
VEEPstakes Prognostication
Chris Cavey

Very soon former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will announce his selection for a running mate. All GOP insiders have been playing the guessing game for the past few months. Here is the Cavey version of who and why.


July 19, 2012
Sending A Message to Maryland’s Governor
Chris Cavey

Gov. Martin O'Malley is rapidly becoming the darling of the Democratic Party. He is traveling the country as an enthusiastic, acid-tongued advocate for President Barack Obama and the liberal wing of his party. The voters in Maryland will be held responsible for his future.


July 5, 2012
Different, But Still the Same
Chris Cavey

Yesterday was a monumentally important day; not only was it the official birthday of our nation; but deeper than that, it is a celebration of our freedom and our lifestyle. It is our Independence Day, a point in time which makes our society different.


June 21, 2012
Delegates and the GOP Party Platform(s)
Chris Cavey

Today is the summer solstice and the daylight hours will slowly decrease from now until just before Christmas. However, the heat of summer and the intense campaigning for President of The United States is just getting underway.


June 7, 2012
Trials and Tribulations
Chris Cavey

One week ago today I voluntarily took an early retirement from Nationwide Insurance after almost 32 years as their agent on Main Street in Hampstead. It was a smooth and equitable parting of the ways. I am thankful for the opportunities I had as one of their independent contractors.


May 24, 2012
Scholarship Applications = Creative Writing
Chris Cavey

In the strange quixotic world of high school students, wedged in-between prom and graduation, are Senior Award Ceremonies. It is the event where soon-to-be graduates are rewarded and honored. The path to application and awarding State Senatorial Scholarships, however, is both interesting and creative.


May 10, 2012
The Prescribed Special Session Agenda
Chris Cavey

Hear Ye! Here Ye! Citizens of Maryland! It is with great trepidation and tremendous consternation I remind you that Maryland General Assembly will convene, by request of the governor, for a two-day Special Session next week in Annapolis. May God help us all.


April 26, 2012
Inside MDGOP Party Politics
Chris Cavey

Every once in a while the rest of the world should have a little peak at the underbelly of the Maryland Republican Party. This weekend at Solomon's Island MDGOP will hold its spring convention – an official gathering of the state’s central committees and a bunch of political junkies, like me.


April 12, 2012
Walking in The National Floodlights
Chris Cavey

Last week a small political phenomena occurred – Maryland actually was "in play" for the GOP on the national scene. Three of the four remaining presidential candidates visited the Old Line State, and Maryland Republicans, for a brief instant, played a defining role in national GOP politics.


March 29, 2012
Candidates’ Visits: Controlled Chaos
Chris Cavey

A visit by a presidential candidate is a complex operation with dozens of moving parts. In 2008 I was fortunate to have hosted Sen. John McCain at a February Lincoln Day Dinner, and last week I was once again called upon to help with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's visit.


March 15, 2012
Bickering Children Coalesce in the End
Chris Cavey

During the course of the past several months there has been vast dissertation from the media and local politicos concerning the candidates in the Republican presidential primary. Today, I pile on with opinion, too.


March 1, 2012
"It's character that counts"
Chris Cavey

Last week both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly voted favorably on the Civil Marriage Protection Act, allowing gays to legally marry in Maryland. In hindsight that vote was more of a study about the character of our elected representatives than a great dissertation on changing Maryland's morals by law.


February 16, 2012
Defining Sexual Orientation Is Problematic
Chris Cavey

The big controversy in Baltimore County these days is the current discussion about transgendered people. The council is considering a bill which would include gender identity and expression as an equal right afforded under the law.


February 2, 2012
A Seemingly Repetitious Cycle
Chris Cavey

This morning, 90 miles to the northeast of Pittsburgh, a crowd of 30,000 will gather on Gobbler's Knob and await the annual prediction of the world's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. The immortal Phil will peer from his stump in search of his shadow.


January 19, 2012
GOP Primary Season: Whatcha Talking About?
Chris Cavey

It has been an interesting week for the Republican Party since the Mitt Romney rout in the Granite State. So, for those of you who have been living in a hole, or perhaps just returned from another dimension within the past seven days, here are some random observations to ponder.


January 5, 2012
Detailing the Path to Suicide
Chris Cavey

Tuesday evening the Republican primary election season kicked off in Iowa where former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pulled off an eight vote win over former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. The pathway now leads to New Hampshire where Romney looks to be almost a sure winner.


December 22, 2011
A Christmas Poem from Annapolis
Chris Cavey

'Twas the night of redistricting, when all through our State

Every legislator was worrying, what would be their fate.

The begging was over and favors accomplished with care,

In hope that perfect districts would be found somewhere.


December 8, 2011
Loyalty Is Priceless
Chris Cavey

Fame is more fickle than fortune. If Tea-Party-leaning Republicans truly desire the end goal of ousting President Barack Obama in the 2012 elections, then they must have greater focus and become less fickle.


November 24, 2011
A Legacy of Thanks
Chris Cavey

In November of 1893 my great-grandparents moved into their new farmhouse surrounded by hickory trees and perched on a hill in northern Baltimore County. The newlywed's first meal in the just completed home was – Thanksgiving dinner. Our family – now 118 years later – still gathers to celebrate together.


November 10, 2011
Successful Challenges: Powerful Messages
Chris Cavey

Gov. Martin O'Malley's final plan for congressional redistricting is such an atrocity opponents will have two excellent avenues of challenge. The plan should be challenged in federal court under the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and taken to the citizens in the form of referendum.

 


October 27, 2011
A Lousy Job, but Someone….
Chris Cavey

The morning sun glistened through the small clump of palms, twinkling just enough light on the pool to make the surface of the clear blue water light up the outdoor breakfast nook.


October 13, 2011
Sleeping With Hogs…
Chris Cavey

The challenge for Gov. Martin O'Malley's redistricting exercise is not that of drawing a map which would serve the people. His challenge has been in drawing a map where he and incumbent Democrats get to choose the voters – ignoring the requests of citizen input because they know the voter quickly forgets.


September 29, 2011
A Way Out…
Chris Cavey

After three Republican candidate debates and a smattering of states having straw poll contests, the big question for the party remains – Can it unite behind its nominee, determined to win at all costs, or will it allow the media to muddle the race, dividing itself to be conquered?


September 15, 2011
Awaiting the Storyteller
Chris Cavey

A friend of mine, who is a pastor, recently inspired me. While preaching about the life of Moses he theorized that we (society) were in need of "storytellers." During the next 10 minutes I was mesmerized by what he said.


September 1, 2011
Who or what’s to blame?
Chris Cavey

If elected officials and policymakers truly want to understand the ideas and opinions of Marylanders, they need only work the Republican (or Democratic) booth at the Maryland State Fair.


August 18, 2011
County and State Fairs Lively for GOP
Chris Cavey

This past week saw excitement in the Republican Party with the Ames Straw Poll, plus the addition and subtraction of Republican presidential candidates. However, you do not have to travel to Ames or the Iowa State Fair for your GOP fix...it can be found right here in the Old Line State!


July 21, 2011
A Candidate’s Rude Awakening
Chris Cavey

Interviewing candidates who wanted to run for political office was always interesting and many times humorous. Part of my job as a Republican Central Committee chairman in Baltimore County was to do just that, including interviewing those who were interested in running for one of the five congressional seats which sliced through my county.


July 7, 2011
On The Wings of Dreams
Chris Cavey

Tomorrow, at approximately 11:36 A.M. EDT, the final NASA Space Shuttle mission will thrust away from Mother Earth, closing another chapter in the history of space exploration and leaving my generation yet another reminder of dreams and adventures of the past.


June 23, 2011
Power and Money
Chris Cavey

Time marches on. The summer solstice has come and gone and daylight is getting less and less. Still little has been mentioned by Maryland's governor about redistricting. No committee has been appointed to date and little has been said publically about the expected special session of the Maryland General Assembly slated for this fall.


June 9, 2011
Changing The Game Plan
Chris Cavey

In the business world there are relatively few stories about people who became a success "overnight." Typically even businesses that are on the fast track to success have laid the ground work, done years of due diligence and secured a financial base before achieving public notoriety as the up and coming business.


May 26, 2011
Pausing to Remember Sacrifice
Chris Cavey

Many people look to Memorial Day weekend as the kick-off for the summer vacation season. The Bay Bridge will be jammed and in Ocean City kids will be squealing while playing in the sand. Families will picnic and visit with each other all across the nation.


May 12, 2011
Chip Off the Old Block
Chris Cavey

Most of my adult life I have been an active participant in the political world; there have been many thrills, highlights and even a few once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Until two days ago I thought nothing would top last February when my son, Jason, decided he was running for office, requesting my help and counsel.


April 28, 2011
Life’s Great Pleasures
Chris Cavey

In the world of politics, many people take the life around them for granted. Daily political play and expounding personal political theories become all consuming. Too many politicos only worry about the minutia of politics, power and money. They tend to forget the important foundations of our country – such as the freedom we enjoy.


April 14, 2011
Sine Die, Thankfully
Chris Cavey

Mercifully at midnight Monday the gavel banged on the podium and the Maryland General Assembly adjourned Sine Die. The 428th session will be recorded as one of the most invasive sessions for taxpayer and the most directionless session for Gov. Martin O’Malley and the Democrat leadership to date.


March 31, 2011
“Semper Fi – Marine”
Chris Cavey

This past week as political pundits in Annapolis discussed the vague nuisances and differences between a fee and a tax, the North Carroll community paid tribute to a fallen marine: Staff Sgt. James Malachowski, a 25-year-old hero who bravely died, in combat, serving our country.


March 17, 2011
Maryland and the Irish Guv
Chris Cavey

There once was a Guv named O’Malley

Whose political career did not dally.

‘Cause promises he made

And surpluses he’d raid

In hope no taxes he would tally.


March 3, 2011
Politics Makes Strange Bedfellows
Chris Cavey

Many of my conservative brethren are a little wrapped around the axle about the rapidity and lack of resistance incurred in the Maryland General Assembly by the Civil Marriage Protection Act. They are not looking at the broader picture and the overall direction which is to be Maryland’s future and the alliances which must take place.


February 17, 2011
Really! It’s Still Washington’s Birthday
Chris Cavey

Why is Presidents’ Day weekend the best time to buy a mattress? Back in the day, when we were kids February was one of the best months. The shortest winter month was always good for a snow day or two, plus we got two days off (unless on a weekend) to celebrate birthdays for Presidents Washington and Lincoln.


February 3, 2011
Another Attack on Your Wallet
Chris Cavey

The past several years have shown the State of Maryland clearly believes its drivers are in need of changing their driving habits; first came the speed cameras and now a “tax” on drivers who accumulate multiple points on their driving records. Negative reinforcement does not make good government.


January 20, 2011
A Whirlwind, Positive Week
Chris Cavey

This past week a few new rays of hope were cast upon the Republican Party. These glimmers of promise came from both state and national perspectives. Perhaps there will soon be a readjustment in the Grand Old Party and – with luck – it will dribble over onto public attitude, too.


January 6, 2011
And Away We Go…
Chris Cavey

A mandatory task for political pundits and alleged soothsayers of the realm is to make predictions of the future regarding Maryland’s political path. So, once again, I have spread my linen and cast the grains to predict the unknowns of Maryland’s political scene.


December 23, 2010
A Look Backward, Then Forward
Chris Cavey

There have been volumes written in the Republican blogosphere about Maryland’s Republicans exiting the “Ehrlich-era” and forging ahead, finding a new direction with a new leader. Change is good, it brings new ideas and new people; however, a little perspective is needed before we close out this era.


December 9, 2010
Alarm Bell or Death Knell?
Chris Cavey

This weekend the members of the Republican State Central Committee will gather in Annapolis for their winter meeting and elect new officers to serve the upcoming four-year term. It will be at least the fifth time I have been on sight to watch or participate in this quadrennial process.


November 25, 2010
A Thanksgiving To Be Thankful
Chris Cavey

The other morning I looked westward out my kitchen window at the thick mat of bright yellow maple leaves lying on the ground barely moving in the wind. They were glowing and it was beautiful. The sun was shining and I was happy.


November 11, 2010
Complain Less, Get Involved
Chris Cavey

It’s been seven months since my last political rumination on TheTentacle.com. The reason for my sabbatical was my full-time employment with the Ehrlich for Governor Campaign.


March 25, 2010
Maryland, My Maryland
Chris Cavey

Three hundred seventy-six years ago on this day passengers disembarked from two small wooden ships, set foot in a new land; on that day Maryland was born.

 


March 11, 2010
Pulling Up by the Bootstraps…
Chris Cavey

A couple of days ago as I thundered around the Baltimore Beltway at 11:15 P.M. heading for home, my mind wandered into calculating the political miles logged on my road warrior of a car. Even though the math problem helped keep me alert, the results were surprising.


February 25, 2010
Baltimore City Turns Conservative
Chris Cavey

Even on the toughest streets of Baltimore City the blanket of snow, which buried the city, seemed to make it appear clean and pure. The police department reported that the heavy snowfall caused crime to decrease and it simultaneously taught the citizens of Baltimore a lesson on economics – conservatism.


February 11, 2010
Kudos for a Job Well Done
Chris Cavey

It’s early Wednesday morning. The snowfall is just a constant fine white sparkle, the bare limbs of the maple tree are piled so high with the accumulation of previous storms that the new snow skiffs off like dust.


January 28, 2010
Spinning A Tale – Taking Responsibility
Chris Cavey

On February 4th we will have story time in Annapolis. The governor of our beautiful – but economically depressed – state, will stand before a joint session of the legislature, with the media in full force, and tell all the boys and girls who are listening a fairy tale.


January 14, 2010
Northrup Grumman Takes a Hike
Chris Cavey

Tuesday, while listing through the drone of testimony and fighting to stay awake at a Joint Republican Caucus Briefing, I was suddenly aware of a collision between the world of business and the bureaucratic world of government.


December 31, 2009
Into the crystal ball…dimly
Chris Cavey

While preparing for this end-of-year column, I found myself sitting cross-legged on the floor of my dimly lit den. Dressed in my best Swami headwear, which was decorated in old political buttons, in front of me was the scattered trappings and final results of past political races; and a jet black bowling ball. I was ready to become one with the old scarred ball; to gaze into it and once again predict the political future.


December 17, 2009
Dear Santa,
Chris Cavey

It’s been a long time since I have taken the time to write you a letter. I trust all is well with you and Mrs. Claus. As only you could know, I have been a nice boy over the years, perhaps a naughty slip or two, which have been mostly reconciled. I have worked hard at my job, have done my best to be kind, taught my children well and tried to set an example for my fellow man.


December 3, 2009
Transferring You Patience
Chris Cavey

Looking ahead to the upcoming year, the summer of 2010 will lend a new wrinkle to the political scene. Next year on Labor Day weekend you can celebrate by early voting.


November 19, 2009
Just Shy of a Perfect 10…
Chris Cavey

Fresh on the heels of Election Day wins, just two weeks prior, the Maryland Republican Party cinched up their belts, and – with new determination – started their forward march toward Victory 2010 this past weekend. This re-birth has begun, as if by an omen, in dark blue Prince George’s County.


November 5, 2009
Happy Days Are Here Again?
Chris Cavey

Tuesday evening I joined the Republican faithful gathered in Frederick at The Green Turtle to watch election results. While they were cheering the victory of Randy McClement, mayor-elect of Frederick City, I couldn’t help but think that perhaps the political pendulum crossed the apex and was now swinging the other way. Their way.


October 22, 2009
Meeting Challenges with Winners
Chris Cavey

When I was much younger I remember by mother telling me, more than once: “Young man, you need an attitude adjustment.” Perhaps this same wisdom should be heeded by the Maryland Republican Party.


October 8, 2009
Changing Strategies, Positive Results
Chris Cavey

Few people inside or outside the Party of Lincoln would argue the fact that now is the time to invest in Republicans, because everyone knows buying low always yields the best profit. Currently my beloved party is at a low ebb; however, there are signs that the stock will soon rise.


September 24, 2009
Karl Rove and the Spitballers
Chris Cavey

Last week Karl Rove spoke at the Goucher College “President’s Forum “series. Mr. Rove and Goucher President Sanford J. Unger took the stage in front of an audience of over 500. The evening was a learning experience for the liberal student body; however, for me, it was just vintage Karl Rove.


September 10, 2009
What’s up with that?
Chris Cavey

The strict definitions of political parties are changing driven by the thought patterns of a disgruntled populace. Election 2010 will not be exclusively “R’s” and “D’s.” Instead it will be directed by where you fall in place on the liberal/conservative political spectrum.


August 27, 2009
Reversing Roles
Chris Cavey

There is a vast difference between revolution, which is a fundamental change in power, and revolt, meaning to renounce allegiance or subjection. There is revolution happening across our nation currently as masses of people take the streets to protest Obamacare.


August 13, 2009
Standing in the Battle Line
Chris Cavey

Occasionally in political life you have one of those “ah-ha” moments. Late Monday afternoon at Towson University was such a moment for me – and Sen. Ben Cardin, too.


July 30, 2009
Who is watching the cookie jar?
Chris Cavey

At our family reunion last weekend, conversation turned to Maryland’s politics. Not that political talk is uncommon at this type of gathering, however, this time the facial expressions of the miscellaneous kinfolk gathered for this chat told me there was both interest and concern on many levels.


July 16, 2009
Mother Knows Best
Chris Cavey

The word of the month is accountability. This fourteen-letter word and its conjugations have been holding feet to the fire for many people, including myself, of late.


July 2, 2009
Sacrifice in the Name of Freedom
Chris Cavey

This weekend there will be thousands of “Tea Parties” across the United States. In Maryland at least seven are planned, being diligently promoted and advertised. If you can attend a local Tea Party please do so. While you are there, take a little time and ponder these thoughts.


June 4, 2009
The Devil in The Details
Chris Cavey

Sunday, as the sun was setting and the speed camera referendum was going down in flames, it was rumored that you could hear music coming from both Government House and the Senate President’s office in Annapolis. Those in attendance, it was said, were reveling in the fact that public referendums in Maryland are almost impossible.


May 21, 2009
Needed: A Different Approach for Change
Chris Cavey

Rolling up to the 2010 election it seems the predominate theme within our state is a continued desire for change. Is it a philosophical change, or a broad-brushed wholesale changing of the "professional," long-term politicians, who, regardless of party, are perceived as sharing the blame for the current political and economic situation?


May 7, 2009
Dipping Into Your Wallet Again
Chris Cavey

Have you ever had the creepy feeling you were being watched? Perhaps you have experienced the frustration of fighting with the “computer” and coming up on the short end. Or maybe you have felt oppressed by governmental regulation, like you are spending every day in a long line at the Department of Motor Vehicles.


April 23, 2009
George Santayana was correct…
Chris Cavey

Maryland’s political landscape is showing the pre-revolutionary signs of change. Just over a week ago, thousands of voting citizens took to the streets in the cold damp April rain to show their disgust in government’s rampant spending and to exercise their right to assemble in protest.


April 9, 2009
Huh, Hell! Pay Attention!
Chris Cavey

Government grows in size and power at an inverse proportion to the apathy and non-participation of citizens. The Maryland General Assembly is proof positive of this theory because they are left to run amok, conjuring and contemplating changes in law that effects your life.


March 26, 2009
Whence Goeth Exploration?
Chris Cavey

On three separate occasions during the 1962 school year, the entire student body, first through sixth grades, of Fifth District Elementary sat cross-legged on the auditorium floor to watch history in the making on the school’s 27-inch black and white television. Mercury astronauts were our heroes.


March 12, 2009
True Measure of Success
Chris Cavey

Our society has many ways to gauge the success or failure of those involved in the political world. One unique measurement of judging those who have mounted the national platform of “being someone of note” is to be a host or to be lampooned on Saturday Night Live. Last Saturday Michael Steele made it.


February 26, 2009
Into The Breach Once More…
Chris Cavey

Since January I have embarked on a magical tour across Maryland, visiting Republican Central Committees and Republican Clubs in many counties. Rather than a widespread group depression among the faithful, as many in the media would have you believe exists, there is a collective re-grouping of these party regulars.


February 12, 2009
Happy Birthday, Mr. President
Chris Cavey

In December 1808, an uneducated farmer and his pregnant wife purchased 348 acres of farmland in Hardin County, Kentucky, for about $200 and the assumption of a prior mortgage. Less than 60 days later, on February 12, 1809, a son was born – Abraham Lincoln.


January 29, 2009
Rebuilding A Party
Chris Cavey

If the Republican Party was a person and not an entity, it would be in the hospital – condition listed as serious, awaiting a transplant and full recovery would be expected only after long periods of physical therapy.


January 15, 2009
Three Blind Mice
Chris Cavey

The culture of corruption in Maryland Democrat politics has twice reared its head within a fortnight. Sadly few citizens have been shocked. Sadder still, the two elected officials indicted didn't even realize what they did was outside the guidelines of business as usual.


December 31, 2008
Through the Gazing Ball…
Chris Cavey

A few days ago in the quiet of the night, I sat alone in a dimly lighted room, referred to as my office, wondering what would be in store for the citizens of Maryland in 2009. Summoning all my strength, I once again gazed into my wife’s jet-black bowling ball seeking a glimpse into the future of Maryland politics.


December 18, 2008
Happy Holidays!
Chris Cavey

Bet you didn’t expect a letter from the “Republican Family” this year. Well, surprise, we’re alive and well. Just sending an annual holiday note to catch you up on some of our family’s happenings and highlights of the past year.


December 4, 2008
Proper Packaging and Wrapping Paper
Chris Cavey

This weekend the Maryland Republican Party will hold its winter convention in Annapolis. Contrary to what many might think the semi-annual gathering of the GOP faithful will not be a time of mourning and gnashing of teeth. Instead a review, revival and rebirth is expected.


November 20, 2008
A Radical Makeover
Chris Cavey

Since the November 4th election, there has been much ballyhoo about the redefinition and much needed re-packaging of the Republican Party, especially as to whom should be the authors and leaders of this remake and even how to get started.


November 6, 2008
Democrats Get Their Turn
Chris Cavey

Election Day 2008 was a depressing, gut-wrenching day for the Republican Party. The citizens of the United States continued their flogging of the party of Lincoln with the ongoing removal of Republican seats from both chambers of Congress, and a rejection of their candidate for president, John McCain.


October 23, 2008
Down The Trodden Path
Chris Cavey

Election Day is two days short of two week away and the candidates are coming down the home stretch of the oddest presidential race in history. Do the two presidential candidates drive these oddities, or does the current situation of our economy?


October 9, 2008
March to The Battleground
Chris Cavey

Saturday was a typical clear early autumn day; cool, crisp and damp as the early morning saw a dedicated group of Maryland for McCain campaign workers heading south to Fairfax, Virginia, to help the cause in that highly targeted state.


September 25, 2008
From Whence Cometh This Star Status
Chris Cavey

There is a growing phenomenon that is taking the United States by storm – The Palin Effect. You can recognize this new occurrence by the renewed and intense interest in national politics by the overall female population.

 


September 11, 2008
A Pit Bull With Lipstick
Chris Cavey

Sen. John McCain’s choice of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate was the dominating conversation in St. Paul at the Republican National Convention. The resulting affect of this selection vice presidential pick was a totally revived Republican Party, like giving a huge shot of adrenalin to a formerly lethargic patient.

 


August 28, 2008
On To St. Paul
Chris Cavey

By the time this article is posted I will be crammed into one of the cheap seats of a popular domestic airline. At o-dark thirty when the fares are cheap, with my knees against the seat in front of me and my shoulder pressed against the person in seat 19B, I’ll be winging my way to the Twin Cities for the 2008 Republican National Convention.

 


August 14, 2008
National Pride: Just Wonderful
Chris Cavey

Almost everyone who has laid finger to keyboard has written about the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing; however, the story for me is viewing the quadrennial bubbling of national pride and knowing its juxtaposition with local heroes.

 


July 31, 2008
Changing Political Trends
Chris Cavey

Last weekend my family made a quick road-trip to Swormville, New York, a small hamlet northeast of Buffalo with a really cool looking volunteer fire station. The primary goal was a visit with my brother-in-law; however, some interesting facts about presidential politics were identified along the way.

 


July 17, 2008
Bull Hockey and The Reverend Jackson
Chris Cavey

Last Saturday was the 5th Annual D.C. Testicle Festival sponsored by the Montana State Society. The event was in Arlington, Virginia, and once again just a little too far for me to travel for a four-hour event on a busy summer Saturday.

 


July 3, 2008
Behind The Celebrations
Chris Cavey

This week is prime vacation time for many citizens, me included. Doubtfully many people will take the time to read a political junkie website this week, especially the day before summer’s biggest holiday; however, for you few, here are some thoughts.

 


June 19, 2008
For Freedom and Liberty
Chris Cavey

Last week was Flag Week; Saturday, June 14, was Flag Day. It’s a shame that many Americans take this symbol of our freedom for granted. Here at the “Cavey Compound” Old Glory flies everyday because we are free…and my Dad makes sure it happens.

 


June 5, 2008
An Attitude Adjustment
Chris Cavey

The primary season is officially over; it’s time to move toward the main event, electing a new president and a Congress that will accomplish positive changes.


May 22, 2008
Maryland’s Pulse
Chris Cavey

About two weeks ago I started my fascination with “gas station politics.” We have all encountered this brand of political wisdom, spewed from the innocent perspective of the common citizen normally at too high of a volume and in a public place.


May 8, 2008
Another Primary Possibility
Chris Cavey

In November, the entire United States will trudge to the ballot box on the Tuesday which follows the first Monday of the month – General Election Day. Everyone who wishes to uphold their duty as a citizen knows that is the day to cast their vote. So, why then do we make Primary Election Day so complicated?


April 24, 2008
A Prime Example
Chris Cavey

Last week was quite an adventure…a two-day trip to St. Paul, Minnesota – site of the 2008 Republican National Convention. The goal for the trip was to “scout out” the city, the Maryland Delegation’s hotel accommodations, and available venues. The best part, however, was my side trip to the State Capitol.


April 10, 2008
Sine Die Came Too Late
Chris Cavey

This week the General Assembly was dismissed from Annapolis to return home to the real world. And not a moment too soon. The annual legislative session is like a visit to the dentist; you know it has to happen and you’re glad when you are finished – especially if you had a political root canal.


March 27, 2008
Dems Campaign Won’t End In Desired Result
Chris Cavey

A week or so ago, while chatting up Maryland politics with a yellow dog Democrat friend of mine, our topic shifted to presidential politics. He lamented to me about not knowing what he would do come November. He might even stay home in disgust! Unable to remain silent my comment was: “Glad I’m not a Democrat.”


March 13, 2008
Character Counts…
Chris Cavey

The race to become the 44th President of the United States has boiled down to three individuals, two Democrat and one Republican. There are some similarities, such as all three are members of the human race and each have the letters a, c and o in their name. They are also each members of the U.S. Senate, however only one passes underwriting standards.


February 28, 2008
Inside The Smoke-Filled Back Room…
Chris Cavey

The world of party politics is a strange entanglement of political clubs, candidate campaigns, entourages of elected officials and the organized political party apparatus. Many know the value and can recognize the former; but few understand the organization of the party faithful consistently struggling in the trenches – the state central committee.


February 14, 2008
The Visit of a Lifetime
Chris Cavey
Last Thursday was a very exciting evening for Maryland Republicans. Our validity as a meaningful primary state was made significant by a visit from the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, John McCain; but this visit didn’t happen entirely by accident.

January 31, 2008
State of the State Smoke & Mirrors
Chris Cavey
Recently Gov. Martin O’Malley delivered the State of the State address to the applause of a Democrat-dominated General Assembly. In case you missed it, the speech was about 40 minutes of infomercial to which the press paid little attention. Here are a couple of nice highlight.

January 17, 2008
How Quickly We Forget
Chris Cavey
What a difference a few years make. It seems like it was just 2004 and The Sun of Baltimore commissioned a poll where, oddly enough, a Republican governor – after his first year in office – scored a rating of 56% popularity from the citizens of Maryland. The press and media were in disbelief.

January 3, 2008
Costly Government and Arrogance
Chris Cavey
In 1870 Lord Acton wrote these three famous phrases about papal infallibility: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad.” Today Lord Acton’s dictum describes the manhandling of the Maryland General Assembly by a single political party in control.

December 20, 2007
A Primary Explanation
Chris Cavey
Next month will be the beginning, nationwide, of presidential primary voting. In my travels I have run into many people who are both surprised and confused about the advanced voting season. So here is a little primer to help you through the quandary of what and why.

December 6, 2007
Questions and Answers
Chris Cavey
This week a friend referred to me as a glass half-full kind of guy. Jokingly I told him anyone who is an officer of the Maryland Republican Party is required to be an optimist, because if you don’t see a future for our party, you have no reason to be in leadership.

November 22, 2007
Celebrate Family and Friends
Chris Cavey
Thanksgiving is a word that evokes many thoughts and memories for each of us. Some have the vision once pictured in elementary school, of Pilgrims and Indians seated at a wooden table piled with food and eyes cast skyward.

November 8, 2007
An Open Letter…
Chris Cavey
Dear Governor O’Malley, The Guinness Book of World Records lists Teflon as the slipperiest substance on Earth. In a few short months Maryland’s citizens will witness that you are the slipperiest governor in the United States; because nothing will stick.

October 25, 2007
Time for Action
Chris Cavey
The citizens of Maryland will soon learn if their legislators understand the definition of representation as the Maryland General Assembly readies to convene in special session to consider the most massive tax hike in this state's history.

October 11, 2007
Paying for O'Malley's Addiction
Chris Cavey
The taxpaying citizens in Maryland should prepare for a call to arms. If the governor of Maryland calls a special session of the Maryland General Assembly for the sole purpose of increasing their tax burden, citizens, in protest, should storm Annapolis.

September 27, 2007
No Apology Needed
Chris Cavey
This evening is the "All-American Presidential Forum" at Morgan State University, hosted by Tavis Smiley and broadcast on PBS. Outside of those of us directly involved with this production, and the students at Morgan, the anticipation of the event is like waiting in line for a viewing at a funeral home.

September 13, 2007
Listen To Osama's Message
Chris Cavey
The Associated Press headlines blared last week "Bin Laden Urges America to Convert to Islam." Praise be to Allah! Finally a solution to world peace! It's unbelievable that the western world and the entire balance of humankind, with sanity, didn't think of this solution previously. It's just so simple; or is it simple-minded.

August 30, 2007
The 126th Annual Maryland State Fair
Chris Cavey
The best 11 days of summer 2007 are upon us and that means just one thing - The 126th Annual Maryland State Fair. For those of us who "work" the Fair, it means meeting and greeting the public while "selling your wares" in the main Exhibition Hall. My sale is, as always, The Maryland Republican Party.

August 16, 2007
The Path of Destruction
Chris Cavey
Daily we march closer and closer to the O'Malley special tax session of the Maryland General Assembly and the financial repercussions the average citizen will endure. Significant tax increases can be avoided or abated if a little common sense is applied to state government.

August 2, 2007
Caught In The Cookie Jar
Chris Cavey
If you believe there is no corruption on the Maryland political scene - you're smoking rope. My friends, you got to ask yourself, how many are still in public offices who have not been caught; and how many are just corrupt?

July 19, 2007
Waxing Poetic
Chris Cavey
The past two weeks seem to have been devoted to taxes. Property tax bills filled the carts, bags and trucks of mail carriers. Rumors out of Annapolis, gibberish from the Internet and speculation by the media have also been filled with tax increase speculation.

July 5, 2007
The Freedoms We Enjoy
Chris Cavey
Last Saturday morning I rolled out of bed, walked out onto the lanai of a beachfront condo, stared out across beautiful white sand of Lido Beach at the calm blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and actually said aloud, "Americans are the luckiest people in the world."

June 21, 2007
The Coming Sideshow
Chris Cavey
Many traditional and annual events occur in the fall, fairs, festivals, the World Series, plus the outstanding beauty of Mother Nature as Maryland's trees burst into full autumn colors. This year, however, Maryland will witness a very unique event as legislators convene in Annapolis, in special session, for the sole purpose of raising your taxes.

June 7, 2007
Lessons by the Wayside
Chris Cavey
With the magic date of June 1, 2007, just past, the cost of electric energy in Maryland is back to the reality of the market place. Gone are the days of artificial prices, created by the Democrat leadership of the 1999 General Assembly and requested by then Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

May 24, 2007
A Campaign for Tax Addiction
Chris Cavey
Citizens of Maryland beware; drugs are not the only evil working to breakdown the fiber of our society. There is another addictive force at work, with its roots in Annapolis - taxes.

May 10, 2007
The Kobayashi Maru Test
Chris Cavey
Our forefathers were more advanced and truly beyond our modern scope of thought when it came to the importance of freedoms, liberty and the rights of individual citizens. They understood that government, meaning any government, is its own worst enemy.

April 26, 2007
Facing the Evil among Us
Chris Cavey
The tragedy at Virginia Tech made an entire nation stop and think about its mortality. We know we are time-restricted beings and feel uncomfortable when any catastrophic event reminds us that our lifespan is finite.

April 12, 2007
Translations, Please!
Chris Cavey
Late Monday the 423rd session of the Maryland General Assembly adjourned Sine Die. In modern legal context, it means there is nothing left to do, so no date for further proceedings is set. It is the end of the session. Deo gratias! (thanks [be] to God!).

March 29, 2007
Paving the Path to Corruption
Chris Cavey
O Maryland, My Maryland, when will we, as citizens, learn that our free state isn't free but controlled by continued political corruption? When will the citizenry understand power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely?

March 15, 2007
Raise The Revenue Estimates
Chris Cavey
Two totally related occurrences happened this week. First, the Baltimore Sun, beloved paper of partisan Democrats, pronounced that the idea of raising Maryland's bonded indebtedness was a reasonable consideration. Immediately after, former Gov. Parris Glendening moved to amateur standings on the list of people who tried to bankrupt Maryland.

March 8, 2007
The Same Old Tune
Chris Cavey
Out in the great political forest of the State of Maryland there is a species that exists, commonly referred to as "The One-Note Johnnie."

March 1, 2007
Another Government Burden
Chris Cavey
If you think the notion of a special session of the Maryland General Assembly is a frightening thought, you better be prepared for a real heart stopper. If it happens - as expected this summer or early fall - the legislators will be dealing solely with the most dreaded word in the public's mind - taxes.

February 15, 2007
Learn From History - or Repeat It
Chris Cavey
While reading a book about Gen. George Washington's trials and tribulations during the Revolutionary War and the battles which were fought, parallels came to mind while thinking of our current war in the Middle East. The thoughts were disturbing.

February 1, 2007
It Depends On What "One" Is
Chris Cavey
The battle cry from the Statehouse is "One Maryland," repeated many times in our new governor's speeches. Just what does that mean? It sounds so simple, yet Webster's Dictionary tells us there are many definitions of "one."

January 18, 2007
So Long! It's Been Good To Know You
Chris Cavey
On a warm Sunday afternoon in 1994, the weekend after Fourth of July, at a picnic in White Hall, I met a young man I had known from afar. Having been a good Republican soldier for many years working precincts, carrying literature, meeting and knowing most of my elected officials, this was the first time to meet this delegate, a guy whom I wanted to know, now running for Congress - Bob Ehrlich.

January 4, 2007
Down Annapolis Way...
Chris Cavey
Beginning a new year is like starting any new venture, everyone is filled with hope and anticipation of what is yet to come. While pondering the political future of Maryland, I jotted a few notes; here are a few predictions for 2007.

December 21, 2006
Back to the Sandbox
Chris Cavey
This final Cavey article of the year had to be, in my mind, a best guess of future political dealings. Many thoughts ran through my head and quickly the realization became clear. There are many good and bad things on the political horizon; however, the public's perspective is now shifted a bit due to the November election results.

December 7, 2006
Back To The Past
Chris Cavey
The lamentations over the demise of the Republican Party in Maryland are a media-driven hyperbole. The event to watch now will be the power struggles within The Democratic Party as it steers the citizens of Maryland on a path to promised bigger - and more expensive - government.

November 24, 2006
Crossing the Line
Chris Cavey
There is true disappointment in the loss of this election within the rank-in-file of the Republican Party. Many insiders are either looking for an answer as to why, or pointing their fingers at what they believe to be a possible suspect. The simple answer is look at the numbers now that the votes are counted.

October 26, 2006
A Primary Wake Up Call
Chris Cavey
There will soon come a time and a day when the African-American community will discover that it is The Democratic Party - and their own black leaders - which fetter them. They are held to a party that promises power and equality, just like a junkie is dependent on his dealer; both are paths toward unrealized and wasted potentials.

October 12, 2006
It's Your Choice: Vote, No Matter What
Chris Cavey
The General Election is fast approaching and both political parties are, in some fashion, promoting absentee ballot voting. Casting your ballot, in advance, on paper, delivered via the good ole faithful U.S. Postal Service. Have you wondered why?

September 28, 2006
Winds of Change Getting Stronger
Chris Cavey
Starting in November 2002, with the election of Maryland's first Republican governor in decades, the thought patterns of the voting population in Maryland has shifted slightly to the center - for both parties. Previously unheard of events have unfolded and continue as Marylanders are rejecting the extreme ends of the political spectrum, in both parties.

September 14, 2006
The Times They Are A-Changing
Chris Cavey
Primary Election Day was certainly an exciting day for many candidates. The parties have each chosen their nominees and the main event, the General Election, will be upon us in less than two months. Tuesday the voting public sent a hidden message, even though they collectively don't realize what they did, with their candidate selection.

August 31, 2006
The Truth, And Nothing But The Truth..
Chris Cavey
Tradeshows and one-on-one interaction with the general public has always been a favorite sport. Educating others and being the "expert" on anything is quite a responsibility.

August 17, 2006
Reality Check Arrives In Annapolis
Chris Cavey
Upon hearing the news that Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Silkworth ruled the Maryland early voting law unconstitutional a few thoughts came to mind. Is the Democrat leadership in Annapolis knowingly and willingly advocating and shepherding legislation through our General Assembly that is illegal and even in violation even of the Maryland Constitution?

August 3, 2006
Deception and Correction
Chris Cavey
One of the most important duties you have as a citizen is to cast your vote with hopes that you will have a hand in improving government. On the other hand it is the duty of government to insure the right to vote and that your suffrage will be heard as your direct voice in government.

July 20, 2006
The Deciding Battle Ground
Chris Cavey
Maryland could give birth to a true "two-party" system in November should Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. win a second term. Not since Gen. John Stricker marched his 3,000 faithful defenders to North Point has Baltimore County prepared for such a history-changing event. Just as it was in September 1814, this county is again ground zero.

July 6, 2006
Forget Preconceived Notions on Disabilities
Chris Cavey
This past week Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., surprised most Marylanders with his pick of Kristen Cox for lieutenant governor. However, in Baltimore County the rank-n-file Republicans were not surprised. You see, the Baltimore County Republican Party has been on the cutting edge of inclusive and progressive party building for some time. It has created opportunities for all who wish to fit within its big tent.

June 29, 2006
Who's He Going to Choose?
Chris Cavey
The political world in Maryland is about to cross the next milestone in this election year - the filing deadline. This is the date when we will all know "who the players are." The teams will have finally chosen sides and the games in the political playground can officially begin.

June 15, 2006
The Merry-Go-Round Still Turns
Chris Cavey
Carroll County has a problem called "the lottery winner" syndrome: defined as having too much of a good thing and forgetting about self-control. Through a series of unfortunate events and a few poor choices, Carroll's form of government will remain in the political dark ages of a small stagnate county and will not grow governmentally as it should.

June 1, 2006
The War Brought Home
Chris Cavey
Early in the morning on Memorial Day I received a phone call informing me that my cousin - Kim Dozier - had been injured in Baghdad. Listening to my mother's voice it was apparent there was real concern about Kim and the difficult effect her situation would have on her octogenarian parents.

May 18, 2006
The Silly Season Is Upon Us
Chris Cavey
Just as the Ecclesiastical Calendar has seasons of celebration, feasts and festivities, the State of Maryland is entering into it's holiest of political seasons - The Celebration of the Quadrennial Gubernatorial Election Cycle. This is a time of partisan division, inflated ego, and milking of funds from friends and strangers alike; plus any rain dance that can generate a little ink in a local paper.

April 27, 2006
Save This Hallowed Ground
Chris Cavey
On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln gave one of the most somber, thoughtful and well remembered speeches in American history - The Gettysburg Address. There were 51,112 casualties in those three July 1863 days, dying and wounded from acts of patriotism.

April 20, 2006
Not in My Sandbox, You Don't!
Chris Cavey
After watching the mechanisms of the just completed legislative session it is easy to conclude that the practical working of our General Assembly is just like the politics of any pre-school. The one difference is there is no adult present to keep order.

April 6, 2006
The Road Less Traveled
Chris Cavey
The education path of our children is the destiny of our culture and our society. Mankind, in general, has improved the species through the sharing of knowledge. It is desire for this knowledge that separates man from the balance of the animal kingdom.

March 27, 2006
Who – or what – influences you?
Chris Cavey
Every newspaper you pick up has ruminations concerning who is trying to influence any given elected official. The influence question extends from President Bush to the local county commissioner.

March 23, 2006
The Political Facts of Life
Chris Cavey
Certainly by this point in time, if you are like me, you are ready to pay any amount for electricity if the demagoguing and finger pointing would just stop. I’m sure the citizens of Maryland would gladly triple their rates just to hear something else on the news so they won’t have to listen to another elected official blame everyone else for the situation.

March 9, 2006
''English Only!'' Good or Bad?
Chris Cavey
Legislators in Annapolis are once again about to consider a measure making English the official language of Maryland - HB 1335. This bill is like a bad toupee; it is trying to cover problems that everyone knows exists - problems with immigration laws on a federal level and education in our society. At the state level this legislation is only fodder for talk radio.

February 23, 2006
Casting Doubt …and Votes
Chris Cavey
A democracy is a government structure where the power lies within a numerical majority to make binding decisions on behalf of the entire group. This is the reason we citizens trudge to the local poll to cast our vote.


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