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Is Ike Leggett Blinking on the County’s Liquor Monopoly? Tells Business Leaders He’ll Negotiate Ending It

Posted: February 7, 2016 at 9:41 pm   /   FreeState, Newsletter

By Mark Uncapher County Executive Ike Leggett in recent days has made two significant changes, suggesting he is shifting his position on the county’s liquor monopoly. As of the end of January, the county announced that George Griffin is no longer the director of Department of Liquor Control (DLC).  When asked if Griffin’s departure had […]

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Posted: February 7, 2016 at 9:38 pm   /   Newsletter

By J. Alexandra Tuttle Just as I was beginning to feel the twinges of being “PC-free,” thanks in part to “the Donald,” it is only fitting that a “Stop Dangerous Speech” forum is going to be held at the Silver Spring Civic Center on Tuesday March 8, 2016., from 6:30-8:30 pm., presented by the Montgomery […]

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How to Hire More Teachers Without Increasing the Budget

Posted: February 7, 2016 at 9:34 pm   /   Newsletter

By Richard Fidler Montgomery County’s operating budget is about $5 billion with half of that going to Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).  And about 90% of the MCPS budget is personnel costs – salaries and benefits. On one side, there is always the cry that we need more teachers and smaller class size and the […]

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It’s A Great Time to Be a Republican

Posted: February 7, 2016 at 9:30 pm   /   Newsletter

By Nick Peang-Meth This past Friday and Saturday, Republicans from across Montgomery County – and all of Maryland – gathered at the Bethesda Doubletree Hotel for the 2016 MCGOP Spring Convention. Throughout Friday’s pre-convention party and all of Saturday’s activities, one thing was abundantly clear: To quote Maryland GOP Chairwoman Diana Waterman, “It’s a great […]

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Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis: Meet County Executive Ike Leggett

Posted: January 25, 2016 at 12:08 pm   /   FreeState, Newsletter

By Mark Uncapher Substantial media attention last year focused on the refusal of Kim Davis, the Clerk of tiny Rowan County, Kentucky (population 23,000) to sign the same sex marriage license of four same sex couples.  She was subsequently jailed for contempt of court for five days.  Upon her release, she said she would not […]

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