Some candidates to attend tonight’s pro-life forum

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Tonight, the Maryland Coalition for Life and Defend Life are hosting a gubernatorial candidates forum in Germantown. Congressman Andy Harris is the moderator of the forum. I had information on this previously, but wanted to confirm who was planning to be there before I wrote about it. My information indicates that David Craig and Charles Lollar are both attending. Ron George reportedly has a scheduling conflict and won’t attend. Of the other candidates, I’ve heard Doug Gansler replied he wouldn’t be attending and other candidates ignored the invitation.

It’s not a surprise that Heather Mizeur and Anthony Brown are skipping it. It really isn’t a surprise that Larry Hogan is either. All three of the Democrats got 100% ratings from Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. Craig and George have long definitive pro-life voting records, and Lollar has a record of pro-life support.

Here’s the flier for tonight’s event:

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More on Larry Hogan “a businessman, not a politician” and bankruptcy

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After what I wrote yesterday – Larry Hogan, “a businessman, not a politician”, filed for bankruptcy – I received a lot of feedback, and most of it wasn’t good for the Hogan campaign.

One long-time political observer penned the following note about Hogan’s claims of being “a businessman, not a politician”:

If Hogan can sell the “I’m not a politician” line, more power to him, I guess. Son of a former congressman and PG County exec. First served as a national convention delegate when he was the ripe old age of 20, and first ran for office in 1992 when he was 36. Served in Ehrlich’s Cabinet. What a crock!

More from that same correspondent regarding Hogan’s explanation for the bankruptcy:

The other thing is, his awesome business success was… selling real estate! And yet (he claims) he was blindsided by federal lending rules? And why was his mortgage called when his “friends” lost their banking jobs? Raises the question about whether it was some kind of sweetheart deal that wouldn’t hold water when the banks were taken over.

In addition to all of the web traffic,  feedback, and buzz about yesterday’s post, Maryland Reporter gave it a prominent place in today’s state roundup.

Watch Ron George’s First TV Ad

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Ron George released his first TV ad yesterday.

Here’s what Alex Jackson wrote about it yesterday:

George, a two-term state delegate, said his campaign has signed contracts to begin airing the commercial in the Baltimore market. It’s unclear when the ad will first run.

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George will be the second Republican candidate to run TV ads in Maryland.

Hogan started running ads on TV in April. Craig has produced an ad, but has not bought time for it to run on TV.

George’s ad shows the two-term delegate working at his jewelry store in Annapolis, Ron George Jewelers. George leaves the jewelry store on Main Street and walks to the State House, where he takes a look at state budget books.

Here’s the ad:

Here’s the transcript:

Ron George is a family man, successful businessman, a leader in his community. He started his own business from scratch learning a trade and paying his way through college.

Ron wanted nothing more than to own a business and be part of a community. He did not aspire to be in government, but when his community called, he stepped up to the plate.

Ron successfully helped pass tax cuts, fought over 300 proposed tax increases and exposed waste by a government that puts itself first.

Maryland deserves a Governor who puts you first. That Governor is Ron George.

By Authority, Ron George & Shelley Aloi for Maryland, Anthony Pelura, Treasurer.

Blogger’s wife says McDaniel told him to take down Cochran video

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The Hattiesburg American reports on the latest in the ongoing situation involving Clayton Kelly, a blogger who supports Chris McDaniel and was arrested and charged with videotaping Thad Cochran’s wife in her nursing home room. Tara Kelly, Clayton Kelly’s wife, and Kevin Camp, his attorney, both talked to the newspaper.

Details from the story:

“They gave him information as to where Rose Cochran was staying, as well as other information pointing to the infidelity,” Tara Kelly said. “… I wish I could tell you the names of these people on the Internet that gave my husband this information. But I don’t know and can only hope it comes out who they are.”

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Both Tara Kelly and Camp said the point of the blog was to add emphasis to allegations that Cochran was having an affair by showing photos of his wife in the facility she has lived in for more than a decade.
“He was trying to drive home a point,” Camp said. “I think he just went about it the wrong way.”

His wife said she urged Kelly not to take photos of Rose Cochran, but that he was so eager to break the story that he did anyway.

“Now, here’s where it gets tricky,” Tara Kelly said. “The video was up for about an hour and a half when Clayton received word, either through Facebook or the phone, I’m not sure, that ‘the big man,’ meaning Chris McDaniel, wanted it taken down. The exact words, I remember Clayton told me, were ‘the big man himself says take it down.’ Clayton was already going to take it down, but did so at that time.”

This keeps looking worse for the McDaniel campaign.

Notre Dame denies recognition to traditional marriage group

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The College Fix has the details:

A relatively new student group at the University of Notre Dame formed to defend traditional marriage has been denied official recognition as a campus club at the Catholic institution.

The decision to reject Students for Child-Oriented Policy was made first by the Club Coordination Council, a branch of Notre Dame’s student government, then ratified recently by Margaret Hnatusko, director of the student activities office.

“In evaluating a proposal, approval is based is on several things,” Hnatusko explained in her April 30 denial letter. “We consider the general purpose of a club, uniqueness to campus, proposed activities, a clear constitution, a strong understanding of budget planning, projected membership, opportunity for membership among other things.”

“The … mission of your club closely mirrored that of other undergraduate-student clubs on campus which served the intended interests of this club,” she continued. “As such, the Club Coordination Council felt there was not a need for another similar type club. … I regret to inform you that Students for Child-Oriented Policy will not be recognized by the Student Activities Office as a university student club.”

More details:

During the 2013-14 school year at Notre Dame, a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning student group called PrismND was established, hosting events on “National Coming Out Day” that encouraged students to “come out.”

The university also established a pastoral plan “for the support and holistic development of GLBTQ and heterosexual students.” A video the university put out last month touts its homosexual athletes.

Students for Child-Oriented Policy had emerged during the start of the spring semester to stand against the university’s trend toward accepting and embracing homosexuality and gay marriage.

In March, the fledgling group launched a petition that called on administrators to “make a clear stand in support of the true definition of marriage and to take serious and sustained action to improve the public understanding of this natural institution.”

The effort met with backlash from some Notre Dame students, who launched a counter-petition.

The students who launched the petition also asked for the school to renounce the members of the group. Notre Dame basically said the denial is no big deal, according to National Catholic Reporter. The decision will be appealed by the members of the group.

The Quinton Report’s Top 25 Stories for 2014

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As I did some digging into site analytics last night, I decided to take a look at the top 25 posts on my site so far in 2014. This is based solely on site traffic this year.

1. Chick-Fil-A Selling Fish Sandwiches for Lent

2. GOP candidate: masturbation is Satan’s plot to silence the church

3. Review: Chick-Fil-A’s Fish Sandwich

4. More on Maryland mall shooter Darion Marcus Aguilar

5. UMBC student Matt Vesely missing – last seen in Perry Hall, MD

6. 47% of Maryland residents would leave if they could

7. New Report: Susan Smith’s prison girlfriend (and a personal note)

8. A note about Ryan Miner

9. Report: Steve Schuh’s temper leads to fireworks at GOP dinner

10. Maryland tied for “most-gerrymandered state”

11. Elijah Cummings owed IRS $30,000 in back taxes

12. Maryland officials change name of Common Core

13. No, Jeannie Haddaway is not dropping out as David Craig’s running mate

14. Report: Ray Rice knocked his fiancee out.

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

16. The Sun sets on Red Maryland

17. Delores Kelley: Poster Child for the Nanny State

18. State delegate tells blogger to leave Maryland

19. Clayton Kelly, Chris McDaniel, and rumors about Thad Cochran

20. Dan Bongino’s new GOP primary opponent gave money to Democrats

21. 2,142 cases of cognac stolen from Baltimore County business

22. State Board of Elections disqualifies MD gubernatorial candidate

23. Why is the MD GOP still searching for an Attorney General candidate?

24. Short list of Larry Hogan’s potential running mates

25. Charles Lollar’s Running Mate Revealed

O’Malley sends out 10:30 p.m. press release on InvestMaryland winners

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What does it say about about the priorities of the administration of Martin O’Malley and Anthony Brown that the governor’s press office sent an email at 10:34 p.m. tonight to announce the winner of the InvestMaryland Challenge?

If they scheduled it for 10:34 p.m. then it was dumb timing if they want reporters to actually pick it up. Was it a mistake or were they just sending it tonight because of the event tonight? A scheduled morning send would actually have been more beneficial for them since this wasn’t a breaking news item.

Here’s the complete release:

From: Governor’s Press Office [gov.presslist@info.maryland.gov]
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2014 10:34 PM
To:
Subject: GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF STATE’S INVESTMARYLAND CHALLENGE

Media Contacts:

Nina Smith, Governor’s Office
Office: [redacted]
Cell: [redacted]

Karen Hood, DBED
Office: [redacted]
Cell: [redacted]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF STATE’S INVESTMARYLAND CHALLENGE

ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 19, 2014) – Joined tonight by hundreds of entrepreneurs and business leaders at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Governor Martin O’Malley awarded $100,000 each to four startup companies in the State’s InvestMaryland Challenge, a national business competition which offered nearly $1 million in cash and in-kind awards as well as opportunities for startups to showcase themselves to potential investors. The grand prizes were funded by the State-run Maryland Venture Fund and the BioMaryland Center, part of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED).

The winner in the Life Sciences category was Brain Sentry, a Bethesda-based company that has developed an innovative helmet-mounted sensor to help identify players of team sports who should be assessed for a concussion. Topping the IT (hardware/software) category was ClickMedix, a Gaithersburg-based global mobile health social enterprise founded by faculty and students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Carnegie Mellon University to increase capacity of physicians and health organizations to serve more patients. The General Industry category winner was New York, NY-based Healthify, a startup out of Johns Hopkins University that is helping health plans and at-risk providers address the social needs of their population. The winner of the new Cybersecurity category was Luminal, which recently moved to Frederick from West Virginia and simplifies and secures cloud computing systems. The Life Sciences, Cybersecurity and Information Technology categories were open only to Maryland companies. The General category was open to all U.S. companies, with the winner required to open a place of business in Maryland and spend at least 51 percent of the funding in the State. To see a list of all of tonight’s winners, click here.

“Congratulations to the winners of the InvestMaryland Challenge, all the companies that participated and the members of Maryland’s vibrant and growing entrepreneurial community that have made the InvestMaryland Challenge such a success,” Governor O’Malley said. “Maryland is more committed than ever to supporting the entrepreneurs and innovators who develop cutting-edge technologies, start new companies and create family-sustaining jobs that will employ citizens of our State for generations to come. I look forward to watching all of the Challenge companies grow and thrive here in Maryland.”

“We are proud to award these top prizes to four deserving companies and are very thankful to the sponsors who donated the additional awards and the judges who offered invaluable feedback and advice to all the companies,” DBED Secretary Dominick Murray said. “The benefits of the Challenge do not end tonight. This competition helps build a pipeline of new investment opportunities for the State’s Maryland Venture Fund and private investors, and forges new bonds across Maryland’s entrepreneurial community, connecting companies to potential advisors, partners and customers.”

Organized by DBED, the Challenge drew 260 entries from around the country, including 29 out-of-state companies from 11 state and Washington, D.C. The field was narrowed over three successive rounds of judging by a panel of more than 80 investors, successful entrepreneurs, business executives and other members of the Maryland startup community.

The first InvestMaryland Challenge awarded $425,000 in prizes. The category winners were RedOwl Analytics (Baltimore, IT), GrayBug (Baltimore, Life Sciences), and i-Lighting (North East, General Industry). In addition to fueling entrepreneurship, the Challenge helps build a pipeline of innovative companies for the State’s InvestMaryland program, the largest venture capital investment initiative in Maryland’s history. Created by Governor O’Malley and passed by Maryland’s General Assembly in 2011, the program raised $84 million to support small, high-tech startups. Two-thirds of the funding – $56 million – is being managed by carefully screened private venture firms that will invest the funds and, if successful, return 100% of the principal and 80% of the profits to the State’s general fund. The remaining third of the InvestMaryland capital is largely allocated to direct investments by the Maryland Venture Fund.

The Maryland Venture Fund is a regionally recognized leader in seed and early-stage investing and a national model for state-supported investment programs. With nearly two decades of experience and numerous successful investments, MVF invests in highly innovative technology companies across the full range of industry sectors including software, communications, cybersecurity and life sciences companies in the areas of healthcare IT, medical devices and diagnostics.