- Hogan vetoes extremely bad teachers union bills, which are dead for now [Sun, Post]
- Good news: Anne Arundel GOP primary voters oust wackypants theocracy buff Michael Peroutka [Chase Cook/Capital Gazette, four years ago]
- From costly new spending pledges to school aid redistribution to his use of the word “uprising,” Ben Jealous’s record will be vulnerable to Larry Hogan on multiple fronts #DontBeJealous [David Lublin, The Seventh State]
- On the radio: I discuss gerrymandering and (as mentioned) Primary Day politics as a guest on Jennifer Charlton’s Success Matters (WFMD), Trump attorneys and Husted (Ohio voter rolls) on WBAL’s Yuripzy Morgan show, and Masterpiece Cakeshop, Justice Kennedy’s retirement with Jerry Rogers on WBAL, and Benisek (Maryland redistricting) oral argument on WBAL’s C4 show
- Sounds like a well-planned-out law: Google suspends running campaign ads in Maryland following enactment of new disclosure law [Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun]
- Back door Annapolis attempt to get rent control into Montgomery County fails, for now [Adam Pagnucco, Seventh State; HB0995 withdrawn after unfavorable report by Environment and Transportation committee]
Tag Archives: Michael Peroutka
- General Assembly piles absurd new continuing education mandates on licensed cosmetologists [Anastasia Boden, Washington Post/PLF]
- “Maryland Universities’ Mixed Commitment to Free Speech” [David Lublin, The Seventh State]
- My WSJ piece on Maryland’s botched bail reform now available ungated at Cato;
- Anne Arundel councilman Michael Peroutka onstage with Roy Moore at Alabama primary win [Chase Cook, Capital Gazette, more, earlier]
- “Census Bureau enlists local governments to help prepare for 2020 census” [Nancy Lavin, Frederick News Post, I’m quoted]
- Let’s make life harder for take-out food places in Baltimore, why don’t we? City has too much business already [Luke Broadwater, Baltimore Sun on councilmembers’ renewed efforts to ban Styrofoam]
- Emily Washington on long failed history of progressive urban housing policies [Market Urbanism; Stephen J.K. Walters and Louis Miserendino/Castle Coalition on Baltimore’s record with eminent domain megaprojects]
- Forum-shopping, weak structured-settlements law blamed as middlemen nab much of Maryland lead paint billions [Terrence McCoy, Washington Post]
- A shameful chapter ends thanks to Larry Hogan’s leadership: notorious state-run Baltimore City Detention Center now closed for good [Erin Fuchs, Business Insider]
- Yes, that’s Anne Arundel councilmember Michael Peroutka addressing a pro-Kim Davis rally [YouTube, earlier on Peroutka and his many extreme views, my Davis take at Cato]
- Some Democrats have called on a housing commissioner in Maryland to resign. Remarkably it’s not this one [Baltimore Sun]
- Glad to be a part of the governor’s commission to rethink Maryland’s procedures for redistricting [Frederick News-Post profile by Jen Fifield, Rebecca Lessner/Maryland Reporter, Baltimore Sun, Washington Post]
- Del. Haven Shoemaker (R-Carroll County) rips vetoed civil asset forfeiture bill as one that would have benefited “criminals”; how well does he understand the bill’s contents? [my Overlawyered roundup on forfeiture law]
- The limits of independence: Frederick County Public Schools could force leadership of classical charter school to accept unwanted staff placements [Frederick News Post]
- Olney, population 34,000, and its many speed cameras [Dr. Gridlock, Washington Post]
- “How Martin O’Malley Helped Create the Baltimore Riots: LEAP’s Neill Franklin” [Todd Krainin/Joshua Swain video interview with Neill Franklin, Reason TV]
- Odd. @AnneArundelGOP seems to think it’s unfair to judge a public figure, county councilmember Michael Peroutka (earlier) by his public statements [The Seventh State, @AnneArundelGOP responds; more on Peroutka’s recent doings here (using title in his institute promotional materials) and here (continued involvement with Constitution Party activities)]
- “The FBI Didn’t Buy the Baltimore Cops’ Conspiracy Theory” [Jesse Walker, more from Sun’s Colin Campbell on Twitter]
- Excellent news: Larry Hogan explains how his position on same-sex marriage has evolved [Washington Blade; earlier on Hogan’s moves to shake the MD-GOP’s disadvantage on social issues]
- “Maryland’s motor vehicle bureaucracy needs an overhaul” [Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Washington Examiner]
- Maryland Democrats shun their own public financing system at election time, and the Baltimore Sun editorially notes the hypocrisy;
- Respondents to Red Maryland’s August poll by large margins uncomfortable with Michael Peroutka’s views, approve of other candidates’ moves to disavow them (earlier);
- Disgruntled Sun letter-writer takes issue with Maryland’s contributory negligence rules, which hampered her slip-fall case, but commenters not overly sympathetic;
- CASA de Maryland being a repeat player in the state’s Democratic machine, it’s no particular surprise to see them trying to trip up Hogan [Bethany Rodgers, Frederick News-Post]
- Peroutka not about “reforming the existing regime” [Warren Throckmorton] As predicted, press has field day with nomination [Van Smith/City Paper, and thanks for quote] More: Mark Newgent at Red Maryland, whose August poll, open until Aug. 6, has many questions on the Anne Arundel nominee;
- Health secretary Sharfstein departing O’Malley administration to join faculty of Johns Hopkins’ hyper-interventionist School of Public Health, and we may hope he’s just as successful in promoting Bloombergian nanny state initiatives as he was in setting up the state’s ObamaCare exchange;
- Unlike most states, Maryland has benefited from law providing SWAT transparency, but now legislature is allowing it to sunset [Radley Balko, earlier]
- Don’t just blame neglect for stagnation in White Oak, other parts of eastern MoCo; county planners imposed a 20-year development moratorium [Dan Reed, Greater Greater Washington]
- “Small firms give Maryland C- for business friendliness” [Maryland Reporter, Free State Foundation]
- The experiment begins: Annapolis tells schools to stop suspending students for cursing out or disobeying teachers; most drastic levels of discipline still okay if firearm inadvertently left in locked trunk by teen headed to after-school shooting event [Washington Post]
If early signs are any indication, GOP gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan is going to be skillful at neutralizing the Republicans’ disadvantage on social issues in Maryland. Here’s the Baltimore Sun’s new editorial on the Michael Peroutka embarrassment:
Mr. Hogan is probably looking the best of anyone associated with this Anne Arundel oddity. Plenty of Democrats have disavowed Mr. Peroutka, too, but that’s a pretty easy call from that side of the political spectrum. Mr. Hogan, who has tried to keep a laser-like focus on matters of taxes and spending in his campaign, obviously saw no reason to be associated with secessionists.
A pattern is beginning to emerge here, no? Shortly after the primary, Hogan noted that the voters of the state had spoken on same-sex marriage — not a comment you would have heard from many other high-profile Maryland Republicans these days. Not long after, Hogan neatly sidestepped the Democrats’ Hobby Lobby agitation by noting that the ruling “doesn’t really have anything to do with being Maryland governor.” (As one who believes the Supreme Court correctly interpreted existing federal law in Hobby Lobby, I think this response was exactly the right one to give.)
The pattern, if I’m reading it correctly, is that Hogan intends to jettison the baggage of unpopular, irrelevant, or simply wrong MD-GOP positions on distracting social issues, the better to focus a campaign on the kind of Republican appeal that can make inroads even in a relatively liberal, increasingly Northeastern state like Maryland. That appeal emphasizes competence, independence from special interests as embodied in the ruling Democratic machine, and above all the failure of the high-overhead, regulation-intensive, small-business-unfriendly, tax-and-spend economics associated with Martin O’Malley and Anthony Brown.
I believe that’s a message that can resonate not only in areas where Republicans have traditionally done well, but also in parts of the state like Montgomery and Howard counties where it’s been harder for the GOP to get a fair hearing.
More of this, please.
- Rasmussen has Anthony Brown 13 points up on Larry Hogan, not actually impressive right after Brown’s multi-million primary ad buy;
- When lawmakers here voted to hike cigarette taxes high above those of nearby states, many appeared to think the social costs of developing a large bootleg-cigarette sector no big deal. But they are [includes disturbing video of death in police custody]
- “Peroutka donates $1M dinosaur skeleton to Creation Museum” [Capital Gazette, more on the Anne Arundel council candidate]
- Is ours the most speech-hostile delegation in the country? Democratic Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin and Reps. Donna Edwards, John Sarbanes (and don’t forget Chris Van Hollen) take lead in attempt to roll back First Amendment protections for campaign speech [Mark Newgent]
- Prof. Mark Graber reports on sexual harassment training at the University of Maryland [Balkinization]
- “Maryland Tested Kids on Material It No Longer Teaches, Guess What Happened?” [Robby Soave, Reason]
- Peroutka fallout continues [Jonathan Hutson/Huffington Post, earlier]
- Hogan is making sense: Hobby Lobby controversy “doesn’t really have anything to do with being Maryland governor,” especially since, under the Supreme Court’s ruling in City of Bourne v. Flores, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in question doesn’t apply to actions of state and local governments;
- Sociologist David Jernigan, Bloomberg’s guy on alcohol marketing issues at the liberty-unfriendly Johns Hopkins School of Public Health: “I am an advocate. I am an interested scientist. I actually am fairly skeptical of pure objectivity in science…my research questions have always been driven by what the policy opportunities are in the moment or what policy opportunities I can promote by doing research that will support people being able to make change.” [audio on Johns Hopkins site] Two other questions: were JHSPH the ones who dreamed up the “sexual assault” rationale for the new grain alcohol ban? [Tim Mak, Daily Beast] And given how many college officials have backed the relatively liberty-friendly Amethyst Initiative (rethink the 21 drinking age), how does Jernigan’s project get away with “we speak for college officials” ventriloquism?
- Try a California-style jungle primary? It could hardly be worse than what we’ve got [Blair Lee]
- Socially conservative Latino church leaders serve as pawns in Prince George’s Democratic infighting [Kim Propeack, Seventh State]
- State-certified arts and entertainment district in Easton? Some nice benefits but oh, the paperwork [Josh Bollinger, Star-Democrat via Maryland Reporter]
- See you at Tawes.
Well, we warned you. So did Mark Newgent and Van Smith. So did many national writers like Warren Throckmorton. Former Constitution Party presidential candidate Michael Anthony Peroutka, of the cranky Institute on the Constitution, has edged out Maureen Carr-York by 38 votes for the Republican nomination for a normally GOP seat from District 5 (Severna Park, Arnold) on the Anne Arundel County Council. (He also won a closely contested race for a seat on the county Republican Central Committee.) Per the Capital-Gazette, robocalls and a negative ad against his main opponent appear to have done the trick.
Just last month Peroutka was suggesting that the laws of the state of Maryland are owed no allegiance, having diverged from the Divine will on numerous points. (He explains that “an enactment must not violate God’s law,” describes Maryland’s as a “lawless legislature” and writes of such a legislature that “no validity should be given to any of its enactments.”) That should make the whole “oath of office” thing fun if he gets in as a county commissioner.
Of course that might not happen. Democrats would have little chance of winning in District 5 otherwise, but they have a chance now. There is also talk of encouraging a write-in candidacy by Carr-York. (The anti-Peroutka vote was fractured in the primary, with an incumbent councilman finishing a strong third behind Carr-York).
Peroutka has been a key funder of social conservative causes in Maryland for years, but often behind the scenes. Nonetheless, he has won a certain amount of nationwide notoriety owing to his association with the League of the South, his loose-cannon spokesman John Lofton, and the thoroughgoing wackiness of the output of his grandiose Institute on the Constitution, which has employed disgraced Del. Don Dwyer.
Now we can expect substantial press coverage of Peroutka and his Institute, and Republican officials and candidates in Anne Arundel will be put on the spot about whether they are willing to stand behind his Council bid. For the Maryland Republican Party, it could have been much, much worse — at one point he was seeking a statewide nomination. Bullet: dodged.