Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on strike~locked out The BSO management and the players union are at a stalemate. As time ticks by, more and more information comes to light about the musicians’ pay and benefits and the mismanagement of the orchestra. Here are some facts you should know. I found them in multiple stories and think they are what taxpayers should know about the BSO. · Musicians get 11 weeks of paid time off per year.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on strike/locked out IThe BSO management and the players union are at a stalemate. As time ticks by, more and more information comes to light about the musicians’ pay and benefits and the mismanagement of the orchestra. Here are some facts you should know. I found them in multiple stories and think they are what taxpayers should know about the BSO. · Musicians get 11 weeks of paid time off per year.
The Pride of Baltimore 2 - docked in Annapolis this week Johns Hopkins Police Force This week, we passed a bill from the House of Delegates to allow Johns Hopkins Hospital and University to create its own police force. I voted YES. Crime in the City, especially violent crime, is a tremendous problem. Baltimore City has not been effective at reducing the crime that escalated after the Freddie Gray riots in April, 2015.
Maryland Democrat Party attacks Reagan and Hogan This is the unedited statement put out by the Maryland Democrat Party on Tuesday, March 19th. Annapolis, MD—Last night, after Governor Larry Hogan claimed in an interview that he comes from “the Ronald Reagan school of politics,” Chairwoman Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings stated that “With this, Larry Hogan promises to be a dog whistle white nationalist instead of a Trumpian white nationalist. This is a cold comfort when what the world needs is love & Unity.
Angel Families get their say Angel Families Urge Protection of Maryland Citizens Delegate Szeliga Presents Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2018 (Annapolis) - Joined by survivors of citizens killed by illegal immigrants, Delegate Kathy Szeliga presented the Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2019 to the House Judiciary Committee. Delegate Szeliga was joined by Angel Widow Marla Wolff and Angel Mother Arlene Cohen. Angel Families is a national organization of relatives of victims killed by illegal immigrants.
Judges Report + more Maryland Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, who is the head of Maryland’s highest court, delivered her State of the Judiciary Address to a joint session of the Maryland General Assembly on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Annapolis. The report was positive. The Maryland Judiciary has produced self-help videos for citizens to learn more about the law and the court system. You can access that here:
State of the State is Strong Governor Hogan delivered an upbeat message in Wednesday’s State of the State address to the General Assembly. He conveyed a powerful theme of bipartisanship and mutual respect, a staunch reminder that both sides of the aisle work for the Maryland people. While he covered a range of topics he focused mostly on; violent crime in Baltimore City, non-partisan redistricting, and some much needed tax relief.
Early Voting Starts TOMORROW! Thursday, October 25 – Thursday, November 1 10 AM – 8 PM (even Sunday) I strongly encourage you to vote early. The first few days of early voting are busy. If you wait until Sunday, or later in the week, the lines are typically short and the wait is less than 10 minutes. You can early vote at any early voting center in the county where you are registered to vote.
4th of July Fun! The 4th of July Independence Day Celebration is one of the best holidays. Patriots from every walk of life put aside political differences and celebrate the birth of our nation. I am especially thankful on July 4th to be an American and live in the greatest country in the world. The Kingsville 4th of July parade is absolutely one of the best in Maryland. This year, Governor Hogan attended and the weather was hot as usual.
Tuesday’s Election With your support and encouragement, I’m happy to report to you that I was the top vote- getter in Tuesday’s election in District 7’s House race! Despite numerous negative attacks and some dirty tricks from opponents, voters elected me on Tuesday in the Primary Election out of a crowded race of 13 candidates! Thank you so much for the help of family and friends and for those who voted for me!
Tuesday is the DAY! If you did not vote early, Tuesday is Election Day. Polls open at 7 AM and close at 8 PM. Get out there and VOTE!! After 8 years in office, I’m honored to be endorsed and supported by many people and organizations. My biggest endorsement yet comes from my granddaughters, Avery and Ryan! “Vote for my Mom-mom!” Wednesday at 11:00 AM This Wednesday at 11:00 AM, listen in to WBAL radio, 1090 AM or online at www.
Szeliga – PROUD TO BE NRA Endorsed Defending, protecting, and securing our 2nd Amendment Constitutional rights is one of my top priorities. 2nd Amendment: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Szeliga – PROUD TO BE Endorsed by Law Enforcement! I am proud and honored to be endorsed by the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police.
Szeliga - Farm Bureau Endorsed! I am proud and honored to be endorsed by the Maryland Farm Bureau! I have been fighting for our farmers and agriculture communities and industry across our great state for the 8 years I’ve been in Annapolis. Sports Gambling – yeah or nay? A few weeks ago, I asked people to weigh in on sports gambling. As promised, the results are here! Approximately 300 people responded to the poll.
Sports Betting – What do you think? The Supreme Court of the United States ruled this week that states could engage in sports betting. Some are saying it will generate a “wild-west” for gambling and a patchwork of laws by the states as they try to regulate it and make money from taxing it. Maryland will definitely take up this issue next year when the legislature convenes. As a reminder, Maryland’s legislature only meets for 90 days from January until April.
We are almost there! Support is growing as we move towards the June 26th election. Can you help us raise the final $5,445.00 to reach our goals before midnight on Tuesday? Contribute Here! The campaign finance deadline is Tuesday at 11:59 PM. Early voting starts in one short month. I need to reach every voter in my district to ensure a solid victory on June 26th. Contribute Here!
Do Not Call List If you are receiving unwanted phone calls on your home or cell phone, make sure you register your phone numbers with the National Do Not Call List. Simply visit this website to register: https://www.donotcall.gov/ Once you are on the do not call list, you can report unwanted sales calls on this website as well Governor Hogan signs bills Tuesday, Governor Hogan signed a slew of bills. I joined him for a few great bills.
Early Voting starts in 7 weeks! It’s hard to believe! The 2018 Primary Election voting begins on Thursday, June 14. That’s only seven short weeks away. Early Voting: June 14 – June 21 10 AM – 8 PM. Various locations across the state Click here for info http://www.elections.state.md.us/voting/early_voting.html Tuesday, June 26 - Election Day!! We need YOU! What can you do to help get great conservative candidates elected? Hogan – Harris – Szeliga – a great team for Maryland!
2018 LEGISLATIVE SESSION REVIEW PART 2 There was just too much to share in one email about the 90-day legislative session! Here is part 2 of 2. April 9th was Delegate Sue Aumann's last day serving on the floor of the House of Delegates. Delegate Aumann has served the people of Maryland with integrity and honor for the last 16 years. Sue is an exemplary public servant who has earned the respect of her constituents and her colleagues.
2018 LEGISLATIVE SESSION REVIEW PART 1 The 2018 legislative session came to a close at midnight on Monday, April 9th. It has been said that, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” This great quote is generally attributed to Mark Twain, but he may have borrowed it from someone else. This was a common sense session and with Governor Hogan’s leadership and my full support, Maryland won.
Senator Oaks finally resigns from the State Senate State Senator Nathaniel T. Oaks, under indictment on political corruption charges, resigned from the Maryland Senate Thursday. Oaks entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Court, though it was unclear which charge or charges of the 10 corruption counts against him he would plead guilty to. Senator Oakes admitted to taking bribes, including more than $15,000 in cash and season tickets to the Ravens, as well as other things.
Sorrowful day I am grief-stricken over the horrific news of the school shooting in St. Mary’s County. No parent should have to worry about their child’s safety when they send them off to school every morning. Because of the heroic actions of the School Resource Officer, Blaine Gaskill, lives were most likely saved. Last night, 16 year old Jaelynn Wiley, was taken off life support and she passed away today. Jaelynn was the victim of Tuesday’s shooting.
New Senator! Just over one week ago, Senator Wayne Norman of Harford County died suddenly. Wayne was a good friend and great senator, not to mention wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He is already missed. Today, Wayne’s wife, Linda Norman, was sworn in to fill out Wayne’s term. She was joined on the Dias to be sworn in by her son, Chip. I know Linda will do a great job representing the people of Harford and Cecil Counties.
State Legislator of the Week I am very honored to have been named the American Legislative Exchange Council Legislator of the Week! https://www.alec.org/article/state-legislator-of-the-week-maryland-state-delegate-kathy-szeliga/ ALEC is America's largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets, and federalism. There are representatives from all 50 states and we share best practices and solutions to make our states better. Sanctuary State - Poll Results - Sign the Petition!
Sanctuary State Update - ACTION NEEDED! Some in Annapolis would like to turn Maryland into a Sanctuary State for illegal immigrants. Most people think this is not the right track for Maryland. I am the sponsor of HB 1308, Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2018. This bill will require law enforcement to turn over illegal immigrants who have been convicted of a crime to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) if asked.
Russians in Maryland polling places Do you think foreign nationals should be openly invited into our polling places on Election Day? A couple of Annapolis Democrat Senators do! For all the complaints about potential foreign involvement in U.S. elections, some Maryland Democrats sure were trying to invite outside influences into our elections. First, they tried to allow non-citizens to vote in municipal elections. Now, they have introduced SB 190 that would give international election observers the same rights as a U.
Patriot Picket Arrested! Two 2nd Amendment activists were arrested during a peaceful protest on Monday night. Kevin and Jeff Hulbert are members of The Patriot Picket, an organization that supports 2nd Amendment rights. They have been staging peaceful protests in Annapolis for the past three years.I love these guys! House Minority Leader Nic Kipke and I worked with all pertinent parties to make sure that the Capitol Police dropped the charges against Kevin and Jeff.
Defending our 1st and 2nd Amendments Monday night, we had a press conference supporting Kevin and Jeff Hulbert who were arrested last Monday night for peacefully protesting in Annapolis. There is no surprise to know the charges were dropped against Jeff and Kevin. They never should have been arrested. Directly after the press conference, there was a huge protest with hundreds of people right outside the House Office Building! Please help by signing the petition.
Groundhog Day Groundhog Day has been celebrated in Pennsylvania since 1887. Apparently, if Phil the Groundhog sees his shadow as he comes out of his hole on February 2nd, we will see at least six more weeks of winter. Of course, there's a party to goes along with this holiday. After eating and drinking in town, thousands of fans go to Gobbler's Knob on buses at 3:00 am. There is singing and dancing until the fireworks go off at 6:30 AM, which will certainly wake up Punxsutawney Phil and his wife who live in the burrow waiting for the annual moment of fame.
A simple, fair, and honest approach The last time Americans saw a comprehensive tax overhaul was in 1986 during the Reagan Administration. Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by President Trump last month, more than 90% of workers will have bigger paychecks. So far, over 220 companies have announced pay increases, bonuses, or 401(k) match increases for workers. A typical family of four earning $73,000 per year will see a tax cut of more than $2,000.
The GOP tax reform – good or bad? You can check your own taxes here to see if you will see a savings next year - http://taxplancalculator.com/ There has been a lot of speculation about the historic tax reform passed last week in Washington DC. The main-stream-media has everyone convinced that their taxes are going up. Because of this, the approval rating for this historic reform plan is approximately 40%. By February, people will see more in their paychecks and Americans’ attitudes will turn around.
VA Delegate election tied! Never say your vote doesn’t count. Sometimes I hear people say their vote won’t make a difference when frustrations are high in the political climate. It’s simply not true and here is the proof. In a highly contested State House Delegate race in Virginia last month, on election night Republican David Yancey was leading by just 10 votes over Democrat Shelly Simonds. After a recount this week, Democrat Simonds will be declared the winner by just 1 vote with a final count of 11.
Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah to you and yours From our family to yours, Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah! Hanukkah is December 12-December 20 this year. The first candle of the menorah was lit at sundown last night. Christmas is almost here too and I can hardly wait! ICYMI (in case you missed it) The Supreme Court will be taking up the case challenging Maryland’s congressional districts. Seven Maryland Republican voters brought the case.
Trump travel restrictions upheld Monday, the Supreme Court upheld the President’s travel restriction by a vote of 7-2. Maryland’s AG Brian Frosh was a party to the lawsuit overturned on Monday. AG Frosh has joined in at least 17 other lawsuits against President Trump using Maryland taxpayer dollars. In September, the Trump administration revised the policy to add North Korea, Venezuela, and Chad to the list, which also includes Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.
Deepest Sympathy Mark and I extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Baltimore City Homicide detective Sean Suiter. Sean Suiter was killed in the line of duty this week. Detective Suiter was shot in the head as he was investigating a case and later died at Shock Trauma. Please join me in praying for Officer Suiter’s family and friends, as well as his brothers and sisters in law enforcement in Baltimore and across our country.
Enjoying My Summer! Our annual summer vacation "Downy Oshen Hon" was terrific this year. I hope you’re having a great summer with your family too! Cracking down on Criminal Illegal Aliens - Kate's Law Congressional Liberal leadership encouraged their caucus to oppose two measures introduced in the House of Representatives to crackdown on illegal immigration. Both legislative bills were a delivery on the promise of a law-and-order approach to illegal immigration.
AG Brian Frosh Loves Gerrymandering & Mike Miller AG Brian Frosh asked a federal court to dismiss a redistricting lawsuit working its way up to the Supreme Court. Yet about one month ago, he "declined to comment" to the press after Gov. O'Malley told the courts, "'that was my hope, it was also my intent to create … a district where the people would be more likely to elect a Democrat than a Republican.
Sticking with it no matter what Liberals in Washington suffer from Ostrich syndrome. When it comes to Obamacare, they have their heads in the sand. They refuse to do anything to help fix the clearly broken system and continue to pretend like it is working marvelously. Politicians, special interest groups, and the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) made promises and estimates for healthcare and affordability that were insanely wrong. The program costs vastly more than they promised and many fewer people are participating.
Tragedy – Terrible but could have been much worse Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those who were wounded on the baseball field this week in DC as the Republicans were practicing for the annual congressional baseball game. By God’s grace, no one was killed by a crazed gunman who intentionally opened fire in an attempt to kill Republicans. House Majority White Steve Scalise has a long road of recovery ahead of him and we are thankful that he was not slain.