The Quinton Report in the City Paper on Peroutka, Dwyer, and DINOs


Van Smith of the City Paper writes about issues in Anne Arundel County surrounding the candidacies of David Whitney (a Democrat) and Michael Peroutka (a Republican.) Specifically, he discusses a Daily Kos post by Jonathan Hutson (treasuer of the Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee whose wife Betsy Bury is a candidate for  Central Committee.) Hutson talks at length about Peroutka, Whitney, and Don Dwyer.

From the City Paper story:

As evidence, Hutson cites the Democratic candidacy of David Whitney, one of the contenders in the June 24 primary in which Bury is running. Whitney is a pastor and lead instructor of Institute on the Constitution (IOTC), co-founded by Christian lawyer Michael Peroutka, the former Constitution Party presidential candidate given a hard look by City Paper a decade ago. Peroutka is an important player in the League of the South, which the Southern Poverty Law Center dubs a neo-confederate group.

While Peroutka still has influence in the League of the South, he is no longer a board member. Hutson did note that Whitney is chaplain for the Maryland Chapter of the League.

Smith continues with the latest:

Today, Peroutka is a GOP candidate for Anne Arundel County’s Republican Central Committee, andreportedly came close to filing as the Republican Party’s candidate for Maryland attorney general. Jeff Quinton of the conservative blog The Quinton Report has been giving Peroutka some straight-shooting attention. Cato Institute senior fellow Walter Olson emailed City Paper in February about Quinton’s reporting on Peroutka, calling the theocratic political-philosopher a “wackypants anti-gay crusader,” a less caustic characterization than that offered by the gay-rights group Human Rights Campaign in 2012, when they dubbed Peroutka an “active white supremacist and secessionist sympathizer.” City Paper also highlighted Peroutka in coverage of the successful same-sex marriage campaign in Maryland that year.

As I noted before, Peroutka has, on more than one occasion, made strong, unequivocal statements against racism.

Smith goes on to tie Dwyer and John Moran in based on Hutson’s post:

Hutson’s portrayal of the current political situation in Anne Arundel County includes fact-packed descriptions of Maryland state Del. Don Dwyer, an IOTC veteran, and former Republican, now Democrat John Moran, a Baltimore police officer and perennial GOP candidate in the county who was a passenger on the boat Dwyer crashed while drunk in 2012, injuring children. Moran is running to be a state delegate in District 31A, and Hutson writes that he is a manifestation of Dwyer’s “Democrat in Name Only,” or DINO, movement that seeks a rightward shift in the party of the left.

Hutson’s dKos post discusses Dwyer’s attendance at events involving Peroutka as well as Dwyer’s involvement with the IOTC. Hutson also discussed Dwyer’s plan for Operation DINO to make the Democratic Party more conservative in Maryland.


A Week in the Life of Speaker Michael Busch


Be sure to read a Capital Gazette story on Speaker Michael Busch from Sunday.

An excerpt:

This morning, the first up is an amendment exempting businesses near the state line. It fails, 87-45.

Alexandra Hughes calls to a page, “Can you print me the vote?”

She’s an attorney, a Princeton University graduate, and the speaker’s deputy chief of staff — some may say his bulldog.

Moments later, she’s handed the vote. She leans against a desk, highlighting the names of Democrats who voted for the amendment.

Beidle, Bromwell, Conway, Minnick, Wood.

Next, an amendment excluding publicly traded companies. It fails, 91-43.

“Can you print me the vote?”

More highlighting. Hughes shows it to Busch.

“It is an election year,” he says.

For two hours it continues: Debate. Vote. Print. Highlight.

“I just want to keep them in the back of my mind,” Hughes says.

I also wrote about Alexandra Hughes this weekend. I wrote about witnesses who saw her go to the press room in the State House and scream at a reporter for reporting on a closed-door meeting she was participating in.

The Quinton Report on on Gun Rights


Twitchy wrote about Oliver Willis’ reaction to a tweet I made last night:

The original tweet related to Larry Hogan campaigning at a gun show over the weekend.

Here’s Twitchy’s tweet of it as well:

Read what you missed over the weekend


Chinese officials in a region near the Great Wall made vendors stop selling t-shirts showing President Barack Obama as former Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong ahead of a visit by First Lady Michelle Obama.

In an “unofficial” vote, the region surrounding Venice voted by an overwhelming margin (89%) to secede from Italy.

At the Young Democrats’ convention in Annapolis, Anthony Brown only defeated Heather Mizeur by five votes in a gubernatorial straw poll.

Larry Hogan campaigned at a gun show in Timonium Saturday.

An aide to Speaker of the House Michael Busch left a closed door meeting to go scream at a reporter in the State House press room because that reporter had tweeted and blogged about the closed door meeting.

I noted the details of David Craig’s campaign swing to Wicomico County last week.

Sunday was the 2nd anniversary of the Rain Tax passing, and Delegate Steve Schuh is still defending his two votes for it.

In news that was previously unreported - Scott Wade Markle, former President of the Carroll County Democratic Club, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on March 14.

Brian Vaeth filing motion to remain on ballot


Last week, Brian Vaeth was disqualified from running for Governor and he said he planned to appeal that decision. He later blamed a complaint from another Republican running for Governor for getting him removed from the ballot.

Today, Vaeth is filing a motion against Linda Lamone of the State Board of Elections in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. He is asking for a preliminary injunction and a temporary restraining order in his motion, which he is filing pro se.

Here’s the conclusion from Vaeth’s filing:

For the reasons presented in this motion and accompanying memorandum of law, plaintiff demands that this Court to rule that the provision found in Article II,§ 5 of the Maryland Constitution is unconstitutional under Article I of the Maryland Declaration of Rights and order the defendant to place his name on the ballot, as directed by law.

Vaeth’s complete filing is below.

Brian Vaeth's Motion

Steve Schuh and the 2nd Anniversary of the Rain Tax


Today (March 23) is the two-year anniversary for the Rain Tax vote in the House. Steve Schuh, the only Republican to vote for the Rain Tax twice, has doubled down on his support for the state bill and is blaming all the problems on Anne Arundel County for bad implementation.

In his “Background on the ‘Rain Tax’” (which is linked to from a Schuh campaign press release),

1. He admits to supporting the state’s unfunded mandate on the counties.

2. He says the bill does not mandate a tax, and instead “authorizes” a fee.

The bill clearly requires the county to “adopt and implement…a stormwater remediation fee”, and the other counties he cites as examples – like Carroll – had to fight the state threatening outrageous penalties to avoid it.

3. He calls forcing the county to create a fee to cover an unfunded mandate “complete flexibility.”

Schuh has been all over the map with misleading statements on the rain tax trying to rewrite history and obscure his bad record.

Larry Hogan reaches out to 2nd Amendment supporters


Larry Hogan campaigned at a gun show at the fairgrounds in Timonium Saturday.

The campaign posted a photo gallery on Facebook with the following comments:

Back in Baltimore County again yesterday, met some great folks at the Gun Show at the Timonium Fairgrounds.

Notes from David Craig’s Eastern Shore Trip


David Craig visited the Eastern Shore last Tuesday and made several stops in Wicomico County. His stops included  two Salisbury stops – Crazy Louie’s Pawn Shop and Burnett White Tire & Auto (a woman-owned business.)  There was a small lunch for locals at Sobo’s in Salisbury and then Craig met with donors at a local law firm.

Craig also met with Mayor Carl Anderton of Delmar and stopped by WMDT (Channel 47) to meet with the station’s news director and general manager. After visiting The Cellar Door Tavern in Salisbury, he then attended the monthly meeting of Allen Volunteer Fire Department in Eden.

Jackie Wellfonder met with Craig while he was in town and wrote about it. Wellfonder noted what Craig posted on Facebook as a caption of a picture with Mayor Anderton:

For me a visit to the Shore isn’t a trip to the Beach. It is a chance to connect with the “forgotten Marylanders”. You will be heard. With Jeannie Haddaway as Lt. Governor you will have one of your own making, shaping, and influencing policy. Your issues will be front and center.

Wellfonder also discussed the Hogan-Craig debate (that was closed to the media and didn’t include other candidates) with Craig.

Obama-Mao shirts removed from shops while Michelle Obama visits

The picture of the shirt is at the bottom of this post.

Daniel Halper:

According to a pool reporter who was at the Great Wall of China for Michelle Obama’s visit there today, “Chinese authorities made sure, for a day, that Mutianyu [a section of the Great Wall] was visibly free of Obama-Mao t-shirts.” For $60, however, a merchant told the pool reporter that she’d sell him one of those t-shirts.

Here’s what a pool report Halper quoted had to say about the rumors the shirts had been removed from sale:

That tip turned out to be true. Several merchants denied carrying such items, but one merchant quietly took this correspondent to the back of her tent and showed off a whole box of the popular, normally seen t-shirts. As we were negotiating prices – she wanted 360 yuan, or roughly $60, an outrageous starting price – other merchants came by, and in Chinese, told her to be careful. The merchant became visibly rattled and put the t-shirts away.


Venice votes to secede from Italy

Venician flag flying over Saint Marks Basilica - Venice

Last week, I wrote about the upcoming 5-day vote regarding the Veneto region seceding from Venice. The region includes the cities of Venice, Verona, Padua, Vicenza and Treviso. 89% of residents voted to secede from Italy, but the referendum was “unofficial.” Separatist activists have been cooperating with the Scottish National Party and Basque and Catalonian separatists.

The Daily Mail reports:

Venetians have voted overwhelmingly for their own sovereign state in a ‘referendum’ on independence from Italy.

Inspired by Scotland’s separatist ambitions, 89 per cent of the residents of the lagoon city and its surrounding area, opted to break away from Italy in an unofficial ballot.

The proposed ‘Repubblica Veneta’ would include the five million inhabitants of the Veneto region and could later expand to include parts of Lombardy, Trentino and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

The floating city has only been part of Italy for 150 years. The 1000 year–old democratic Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia, was quashed by Napoleon and was subsumed into Italy in 1866.

Wealthy Venetians, under mounting financial pressure in the economic crisis, have rallied in their thousands, after growing tired of supporting Italy’s poor and crime ridden Mezzogiorno south, through high taxation.


Campaigners say that the Rome government receives around 71 billion euros  each year in tax from Venice – some 21 billion euros less than it gets back in investment and services.

Organisers said that 2.36million, 73 per cent, of those eligible to take part voted in the poll, which is not recognised by the Rome government.

The ballot also appointed a committee of ten who immediately declared independence from Italy. Venice may now start withholding taxes from Rome.