Notes from tonight’s Candidate Open House


UPDATE: Pasadena Voice has a more in-depth report.

The Severna Park Republican Women’s Club held a Candidate Open House tonight at the Columbian Center in Severna Park.

Gubernatorial candidates present included Charles Lollar and Larry Hogan. Running mates present included Jeannie Haddaway and Ken Timmerman. Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman and Delegate Steve Schuh (who is running against her for County Executive) were both there as well.

David Craig was on the Eastern Shore at a meeting of the Mid Shore League of Republican Women. Ron George and his running mate Shelly Aloi were in Frederick hearing Dr. Ben Carson speak at the Weinberg Center.

Elijah Cummings owed IRS $30,000 in back taxes


In light of the most recent revelations about Elijah Cummings and the IRS, I thought it would be interesting to discuss Cummings and his past history with the IRS.

In 1999, David Folkenflik of The Baltimore Sun wrote an article on Cummings and his financial problems.

From that 1999 article (emphasis added):

Among his most serious troubles:

In the mid-1990s, the Internal Revenue Service filed court papers declaring that Cummings was legally obliged to pay more than $30,000 in unpaid federal taxes. He finished paying those taxes earlier this year.

Cummings appears to have violated campaign finance law by having a donor co-sign a loan that supplied $15,000 for his first House campaign, attorneys knowledgeable about that law say.

In five instances, creditors went to court to force Cummings to pay a total of $24,000 in overdue debts.

Cummings said he has been short of money, in part, because he helps to support three children: his college-age daughter with his now-estranged wife and two children he fathered by other women out of wedlock — a 16-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter. Cummings said he paid about $30,000 last year in child support and tuition payments.

More details on the IRS issues:

In 1991, according to tax records, Cummings failed to pay $20,949 in federal taxes, mostly business-related. In 1992, he failed to pay $3,847. In 1993, the figure was $6,054. The total: $30,850. The congressman said he simply did not have enough money to pay all his taxes while balancing other priorities.

“When you have limited resources, what you try to do is stretch those resources,” he said. “We always made sure our employees were paid.”

On federal disclosure forms, Cummings reported making $67,440 in 1995 — $38,600 as a lawyer and $28,840 as a state legislator. During his time as a state legislator, from 1983 to 1996, he had not been required to detail his finances.

The IRS filed court documents against Cummings seeking the unpaid taxes — including an order to pay $9,901 in June 1996, two months after he went to Congress.

Cummings did pay nearly $3,900 of his outstanding taxes, penalties and interest in April 1996, three days after winning election to Congress. He satisfied an additional $17,030 that May. But the congressman did not finish paying the final $9,901 tax bill until January of this year [1999].

Cummings wasn’t a fan of the IRS in 1997, according to the ’99 article in The Sun:

In a column in the Baltimore Afro-American in November 1997, published just after the House voted to overhaul the IRS, Cummings wrote that he shared many constituents’ distress over the agency.

“All of us pay taxes,” he wrote. “Many of us share a paralyzing fear that we have made a mistake when we file our tax return by the April deadline. We have all heard the horror stories of the dreaded audit or the mistake made by the IRS and the years it took to fix it.”

In an interview, Cummings said he never asked the IRS to reduce his tax penalties or interest.

“We paid every single dime,” Cummings said. A spokesman for the IRS declined to comment, saying it is the agency’s policy to protect taxpayers’ privacy.

It seems Cummings has changed his tune on the IRS since the 90s.

More on tomorrow night’s GOP debate at JHU


From the Facebook event for the debate:

Please join us on April 10th, 2014 for the Baltimore regional debate for the Maryland Republican Party Gubernatorial Primary! You must reserve a FREE ticket from for admission to the debate.

This debate is sponsored by the Maryland Republican Party. Ron George, David Craig and Charles Lollar are confirmed to participate at this time. Ticket and valid identification required for entrance to the debate.

Debate Co-Sponsors and Organizers:

College Republicans at Johns Hopkins University (host)
College Republicans at Loyola University Maryland
Baltimore City Republican Central Committee

Doors open at 7:00pm. The debate will start at 7:30pm and last approximately one hour. Richard Sher of “Square Off” (WMAR) will be moderating, and Red Maryland Network will be streaming the debate. A meet-and-greet reception (which requires an additional ticket for $20.00 plus Eventbrite fees) with the candidates will follow.

The debate is in Shriver Hall. At this point it appears you will have to try to get in via standby seating.  Apparently, Larry Hogan is not attending.

More information:


Lois Lerner fed IRS info on conservative group to Elijah Cummings


Katie Pavlich reports:

New IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee show staff working for Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings communicated with the IRS multiple times between 2012 and 2013 about voter fraud prevention group True the Vote. True the Vote was targeted by the IRS after applying for tax exempt status more than two years ago. Further, information shows the IRS and Cummings’ staff asked for nearly identical information from True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht about her organization, indicating coordination and improper sharing of confidential taxpayer information.

Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa, along with five Subcommittee Chairmen are demanding Cummings provide an explanation for the staff inquiries to the IRS about True the Vote and for his denial that his staff ever contacted the IRS about the group.

This certainly explains a lot about Cummings recent behavior toward the committee investigation. Stay tuned for more on Cummings’ personal history with the IRS.

Legislative aide falsely told police a “black male” assaulted him


As reported elsewhere, Luke Uriah Kershner Horah (an aide to Democrat Delegate Mary Dulany-James) got into a fight Monday night with his brother Jacob Deyman Kershner Horah inside the delegate’s office. It was reported today by The Baltimore Sun that:

Legislative aide Luke Uriah Kershner Horah, 25, of the 100 block of Hopewell Road in Rising Sun, and Jacob Deyman Kershner Horah, 19, of the same address, were both charged with second-degree assault, disorderly intoxication, disorderly conduct, malicious destruction of property and affray, Michelle Parker, spokesperson for the Maryland Capitol Police, confirmed in an e-mail. Affray is fighting in a public place.

The police report (which is at the bottom of this post in its entirety) notes that the responding officer found Luke Horah smelling of alcohol with disheveled and blood-stained clothing. The officer also noted that Horah said that a 6’2″ black male assaulted him. When police looked for that black male suspect they found a bloody Jacob Horah. The report notes the other details of their injuries and the destruction of property in the office of Delegate Dulany-James. Additionally, it notes that Luke Horah told police that his brother “fell down a stairwell and cut his face.”

Here’s the narrative from the police report:

After their initial report on the charges, the Sun went back and mentioned the police report details including the false statement made by Luke Horah.

Luke Horah has a lengthy list of charges in Maryland Judiciary Case Search, most of them moving violations. Some of them have been dropped and some of them including findings of guilty. Most recently, he was charged in 2013 with driving while intoxicated (and several other charges went with it.) In April 2013, Luke Horah received supervised probation for judgement for that DWI. There was a long list of other charges that were dropped, possibly as a plea deal, as part of the PBJ. They included driving 108 mph in a 65 mph zone and other charges related to a suspended license (not the first time he had been charged with that.)

Here’s a screenshot of everything he has been charged with in recent years (not all of them convictions as I already noted.) The 4/9/2013 charges were the ones all related to the DWI.


Here’s the full police report:

Luke Horah Police Report

Larry Hogan’s O’Malley-Brown Critique


The Hogan campaign put out a pretty lengthy critique of the O-Malley-Brown Administration that includes a laundry list of criticisms.

For the sake of brevity, here’s the introduction:

The final General Assembly of the O’Malley-Brown era adjourned and according to gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan, it couldn’t have come soon enough.  Hogan, a business leader and founder of Maryland’s largest non-partisan grassroots organization, says despite spending nearly $10 billion more in FY2014 than in FY2008, Martin O’Malley and Anthony Brown achieved not only fewer but worse results in the key areas of cost of living, health insurance, job creation, business retention, education, poverty and energy.

Hogan said, “In nearly every quality of life measurement our state is worse off than it was seven years ago.  And even areas that showed modest improvement came at a horrendous financial cost due Martin O’Malley and Anthony Brown’s mismanagement and one-party rule in Annapolis.”

Here’s the summary:

In sum, Martin O’Malley, Anthony Brown and their allies in Annapolis have made it more expensive to be born, work, hire, shop, drive, fill up your tank, fish, hunt, shoot, buy a house, sell a house, buy a car or sell a car or heat your home.  On the plus side, thanks to an election year reduction in the Estate Tax it will be a little less expensive when we die.

Be sure to read the whole thing. I look forward to hearing about Hogan’s proposed fixes for these issues and others.

Steny Hoyer denies past marijuana usage


The Hill reports:

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday he’s never smoked marijuana, just hours after suggesting he’d experimented with the drug, whether “inhaling or not.”

“To be clear, I have not used marijuana,” Hoyer said.

Here’s what he said earlier in the day:

At a press conference Tuesday morning, Hoyer had endorsed a Maryland state proposal decriminalizing small amounts of recreational marijuana, citing the popularity of the drug and the number of nonviolent offenders incarcerated for pot charges.

“It’s clear that we have an awful lot of people in our prisons, or suffering from a criminal conviction, [who] have done things that — I’m not going to ask for a show of hands. If I did, I could raise my hand,” he said, a hand in the air.

Asked by a reporter what his raised hand signified, Hoyer was elusive.

“It was subtle,” he said to laughter. “The use thereof. Or the trying thereof — inhaling or not. Experimentation.”

Many in the room took that as an indication that Hoyer had sampled the drug at some point in his 74 years.

More on his clarification

Not so, the Maryland Democrat said later in the day.

“The point I tried to make was that I wasn’t going to ask for a show of hands of people who haven’t tried marijuana — because if I did, I would probably be one of very few who could raise my hand,” he said.

It sounds like Hoyer had experimented with marijuana before he hadn’t, to paraphrase another Democrat on a different topic.

40 Years Ago Today


40 years ago today, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th home run, eclipsing the previous career record held by Babe Ruth. Many consider Aaron to be the last clean Home Run King, thanks to all of the questions surrounding Barry Bonds and performance-enhancing drug use.

The video of Aaron breaking the record is below.

Brian Vaeth attacks Larry Hogan

Over the weekend, Brian Vaeth posted this graphic on Facebook:


Along with the graphic, Vaeth posted this message:

Looks like Larry Hogan is taking hit for not answering another question from voters and they are showing their outrage on his Change Maryland page. They are removing negative posts almost as soon as they are published. Is that what you want from your next Governor…one that silences his critics? That sounds a lot like what we have now!

Vaeth has also been critical of David Craig recently online.

Vaeth was  removed from the ballot and has sued to be put back into the race. He previously blamed another campaign for getting him disqualified after filing had closed.

Quid pro quo: Bill Clinton endorses Anthony Brown


Former President Bill Clinton announced today that he has endorsed Lt. Governor Anthony Brown in the Democratic Primary for Maryland Governor.

Could this be the real reason? (via WaPo)

In 2008, Brown endorsed the presidential bid of Hillary Rodham Clinton and traveled to several states to campaign on her behalf, doing events with both Clintons.

Gansler often talks on the campaign trail about his decision to endorse President Obama in the 2008 primaries.

Clinton had no problem endorsing the protege of Governor Martin O’Malley (a potential future opponent for his wife Hillary) since O’Malley’s polling numbers for 2016 are still in the toilet.

Brown does have ties to Obama as well. His campaign consultant, Jim Messina, served as campaign manager for Obama. Messina has been criticized for a past television commercial that was called homophobic.