Report: GOP denied money to Bongino over likely Boehner opposition

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In a report on Rep. Louie Gohmert’s challenge to Speaker John Boehner earlier this week, Sarah Rumpf of Breitbart Texas reported this tidbit:

One intriguing wrinkle to the mention of Dan Bongino, who came tantalizingly close to winning a Congressional race in Maryland, is that he was unable to get significant support from the NRCC or other official party fundraising operations. A consultant who worked on Republican congressional campaigns last election cycle but did not want to be named told Breitbart Texas that Bongino could not get financial support because it was believed that he would be unlikely to support Boehner or his designated successor.

If true, this is pretty damning. That a potential pickup in a blue state was not funded by the national leadership due to hypotheticals about what might happen in a speaker’s race is ludicrous.

Black Guerilla Family gang gunman tests police security

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Jayne Miller of WBAL reports:

The Black Guerrilla Family gang sent an armed gunman into a Baltimore police station Tuesday to test security, police said.

Police said the man was sent to the Northeastern District station.

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts has called the incident “alarming.” Batts said he is calling a meeting of other agencies to put them on notice about Tuesday’s incident.

In December, there were warnings issued that the BGF might be targeting police officers. The gang also threatened to “storm” NYPD precincts and “shoot it out” with police.

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WMAR has more details:

A man with a handgun and drugs was arrested inside the Baltimore Police Department’s Northeast District station after the man said he was sent to the precinct to “probe security,” police officials said.

The man told police that was sent to the station on orders from the Black Guerrilla Family, although police are interviewing the suspect to the confirm that authenticity of his claim.

The man claiming ties to the gang was taken into custody at about 8:45 a.m., according to Police Commissioner Anthony Batts.

Doctor loses license over assisted suicides

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Baltimore Sun:

Baltimore anesthesiologist who made national news as “The New Doctor Death” held the hands of six elderly Marylanders as they asphyxiated themselves with helium and then covered up their suicides, officials said in a state order they filed this month to strip him of his medical license.

The suicides are among nearly 300 nationwide that Dr. Lawrence D. Egbert said he helped to arrange as an “exit guide” for the right-to-die group Final Exit Network.

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The Maryland Board of Physicians, which conducted a two-year review of his actions in the state, said they were unethical and illegal and revoked his license.

Egbert plans to appeal. He is awaiting trial in Minnesota and has been arrested in Georgia but received “no punishment” there or in Arizona. The Sun couldn’t get the Board of Physicians or law enforcement to confirm any criminal referral or investigation.

In opposition to church law, Heather Mizeur (a Catholic) pushed for assisted suicide legalizationp as part of her failed primary campaign for governor. It appears there may be a push during the 2015 legislative session for legalization by activists including a group called Compassion & Choices.

I would hope the general assembly would have the common sense not to pass this legislation and I wouldn’t expect Governor-elect Hogan to sign it.

Bob Ehrlich headlining January 5 fundraiser

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With the gubernatorial inauguration of Larry Hogan approaching, Bob Ehrlich – a man who is being bandied about as a potential long shot presidential candidate – is headlining a fundraising luncheon for Delegate Pat McDonough.

Without further comment, here’s the McDonough invitation email:

Dear Friend and Supporter,
I am going to kick off the New Year with a special event on Monday, January 5th at the Silver Spring Mining Company in Perry Hall from 12 noon to 3 PM with a hot buffet, including their famous sour beef and dumplings. The Silver Spring Mining Co. is located at 8634 Belair Rd. For driving directions, please call 410-256-6809. This event will feature former Governor Robert L. Ehrlich as our guest speaker. Governor Ehrlich will offer comments on the challenges that the new governor will face and important state issues. The Governor is an exciting and important guest at this time because, in addition to being the State’s former chief executive officer, he is testing the waters for a possible run for the Presidency of the United States. Bob Ehrlich’s broad experience will present us with the rare opportunity to discuss both state and national issues. I hope you can join us for this interesting afternoon. Of course, an update on the Rain Tax issue will be presented. The drawing for the Rain Tax Raffle will be held at this event.

As you may know, Maryland legislators are not permitted to raise funds during the General Assembly (Jan. 14th until April 13th). This will be our last event until the summer of 2015. My family wishes your family a prosperous, healthy and happy New Year! Pat

Little Jimmy Dickens hospitalized in “critical care”

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The Tennessean reports:

Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame icon Jimmy Dickens is in critical care with an undisclosed illness after being admitted to a Nashville area hospital on Christmas.

Dickens’ wife, family and the Opry are requesting prayers from his friends and fans around the world, according to an press release sent out Sunday. Dickens turned 94 on Dec. 19.

Dickens is known for songs including the #1 hit May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose.

Cards and letters can be sent to:

Jimmy Dickens
c/o Grand Ole Opry House
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

RIP Jim Edwards

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Post & Courier:

Former Gov. Jim Edwards, who went from being a Mount Pleasant dentist to South Carolina’s first elected Republican governor since Reconstruction, died early this morning, according to family members. He was 87. A cause was not immediately released.

James B. Edwards served as a state senator before he was governor. He defeated General William C. Westmoreland in the 1976 Republican primary before defeating Democrat William Jennings Bryan Dorn in the general election (Bryan Dorn was the nominee after Pug Ravenel was disqualified for residency issues.) He was appointed Secretary of Energy by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and resigned in 1982 to become president of the Medical University of South Carolina. Edwards served in the U.S. Maritime Service during World War II and in the U.S. Navy Reserve during the Korean conflict.

Merry Christmas from The Quinton Report

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Merry Christmas to all as we reach the celebration of the day that the Word was made flesh through the birth of Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem.

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John 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
A man named John was sent from God.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light,
so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light,
but came to testify to the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world,
and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own,
but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name,
who were born not by natural generation
nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision
but of God.
And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.
John testified to him and cried out, saying,
“This was he of whom I said,
‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.’”
From his fullness we have all received,
grace in place of grace,
because while the law was given through Moses,
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God.
The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side,
has revealed him.