HoCo Delegation Members Call on Representative Andy Harris to Resign

Most of the Democratic members of the Howard County Delegation signed onto a letter on January 11, 2021 calling on Representative Andy Harris to resign for violating his oath by perpetuating lies and conspiracy theories about the election that culminated in the insurrection of the United States Capitol.

Among the 71 members of the General Assembly who joined the letter from Howard County were District 12 Senator Clarence Lam and Delegates Terri Hill, Eric Ebersole, and Jessica Feldmark and District 13 Delegates Shane Pendergrass, Jen Terrasa, and Vanessa Atterbeary. Not on the letter were District 13 Senator Guy Guzzone, District 9 Senator Katie Fry Hester or District 9B Delegate Courtney Watson.

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Shameful for Elephant Senators to Jump on Chairs in Response to Crack of Whip of White House Ringmaster

CNN Transcript of William Cohen, Former Defense Secretary
December 31, 2020 17:00 ET

The Situation Room Special Report

ACOSTA: This hour’s breaking news, a GOP congressional source predicts there will definitely be a spectacle next week because at least a handful of Republican senators are expected to join the congressional challenges to the Electoral College vote. Let’s get the insights of former defense secretary and Republican Senator William Cohen. Secretary Cohen, thanks for being on with us.

Let me get right to this. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now giving Republicans room to vote their conscience is how it’s being described on these objections. And as a Republican and former U.S. Senator, what is your response to this effort at this late stage, last ditch stage in the process despite all the evidence, to try to overturn the will of the American people?

WILLIAM COHEN, FORMER DEFENSE SECRETARY: Well, I think it’s shameful. And those who are going to express their conscience by voting to support this effort to overturn the elections are shameless. We have to remember that the current occupant of the White House is a ringmaster. And what he expects to do is a snap his whip, and all of the elephants jump on the chairs.

And what they have to understand those who are so eager to support this effort to overturn the vote of the American people, what they have to understand is, he’s going to continue to snap the whip, whether he’s in office or out of office. And every time they’re going to have to jump up and sit on that stool in order to satisfy him and his supporters.

So this is a time when the senator says, it’s time for him to stand up. I think it’s time for him to stand up for the Constitution. I think it’s time for the senators to stand up for the Constitution. That’s the oath that they swore to, to abide by and to enforce. Instead, they’re trying to please the man who has lost the election. By every — he went to the voters, the voters voted him out, he went to the electors, the electors certified the results, he went to the courts and the courts rejected them. Now he’s making a last stand with the United States Senate and the House in order to overturn and invalidate the votes of those principally in the states where there’s a large minority voting population. You know, it seemed, given the history of this country in terms of slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, and now the effort to go to those particular areas and say, you want to minimize or overturn the votes of minorities, black people and others. It’s shameful.

And I think that they have to understand you’re never going to satisfy President Trump. He is always going to up the ante. He cannot be satisfied. There’s nothing him. There is no moral core. And so, you’re going to be extorted or bribed in order to avoid a primary in 2022 or 2024.

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And Senator Hawley wants to be the first out of the box to say I’m the new Trump. I’m the me two Trump, I’m the mini me Trump. I mean I think it’s just shameful that the Senate is going to do this. And those senators who are lining up to support Senator Hawley they have to understand they’re going to have to keep doing it over and over again whenever the ringmaster cracks the whip.

ACOSTA: Yes. It is peculiar, because typically, a losing president and an outgoing one term president would not have any control over his party anymore. He would, he would be upset that he lost and mope about it and groan about it to people around him and that sort of thing. But then he would go off and ride off into the sunset and write a memoir or go to the beach or something like that.

But yes, President Trump has this grip over this party for being a one term president just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. How do you view the state of the party, the Republican Party, a party that you’re a member of on this final day of this terrible year of 2020?

COHEN: Yes. Well, for Trump, it’s pathological. For those who are jumping up to support him, it’s diabolical. I don’t think is diabolically clever. I think they will find they’ll be hostage for the rest of their time in the Senate and going forward if they’re only there to appease the Trumpsters. So, I think there’s a real division.

I would like to see, you know, the Mitt Romney’s, the Susan Collins, and the others, the Ben Sasse, Governor Thornburgh just died today. Where are the Governor Thornburghs in the United States Senate, why aren’t they standing up for the rule of law that used to be with the Republicans most prized ourselves on, rule of law, peaceful transition of power, engaging with our allies, yes, fiscal responsibility to be sure.

But where, where’s the principle, the ethics involved? We had a young congressman-elect just died at the age of 41. And now we have a young senator standing up saying, it’s my chance to stand up for what, for Trump or for the Constitution? And so, I think there’s a real split there. I don’t know how Mitch McConnell is going to handle it going forward. But maybe it’s time for a new party, one that abides by the rule of law, abides by balanced budget opportunities with fiscal responsibility, but also faithful to the people of this country who vote to elect them.

ACOSTA: All right. Very interesting and potential call for a new party there from former Republican Senator. That is very interesting. Senator Cohen —

COHEN: One final comment. I think Shakespeare said it all. He said beware caches is lean and hungry. Those men are dangerous. Those people who are out jumping to the tune of Donald Trump are going to be dangerous for democracy.

ACOSTA: All right, and we’ll leave it at that. All right, Senator Cohen, thanks so much for joining us, Happy New Year. We appreciate it.

You Are the Arrogant One, Mr. Flynn

Michael Flynn was apparently born with his heart two sizes too small.

He had the audacity to call Jim Comey “smug and arrogant.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/gen-michael-flynn-on-trump-legal-teams-election-challenges/vi-BB1bTz9w (At about 5:00) There is really no one more smug and arrogant than Michael Flynn. No Michael Flynn “the culture and behavior that was allowed or developed ” in the Trump Administration “is outrageous.” “And that behavior [in the Trump Administration] has to change. It has to be corrected. We cannot have that kind of smugness and arrogance and basically holier than thou attitude within our government institutions. . . America deserves accountability in these bureaucrats and appointed officials in our government. . . .This is dangerous stuff; we are playing with fire right now.”

STINK, STANK, STUNK!!!!

Vicky Cutroneo Will Not Run for Reelection in 2022

At-large Howard County Board of Education member Vicky Cutroneo announced earlier this week on Facebook that she will not seek reelection in 2022.

Cutroneo first responded to a long post on the Better Howard Together group by former BOE candidate Robert Miller on the issue of partisan politics in the nonpartisan Board of Education elections. Cutroneo posted to Miller “Please run for my at large seat.”

In response to a post if this was an announcement about 2022, Cutroneo confirmed “I am not running for re-election.”

Cutroneo and Board Chair Chao Wu became the first at-large members of the BOE by receiving the top votes in the 2018 election.

Enemies of the People

This is the list of “Republican” members of the House of Representatives who have violated their oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States by giving aid and support to Donald Trump’s attempted coup.

I am taking names. I will remember you. I will not mourn you when you are gone. Rather I will rejoice that the Republic is just a little bit safer.

Here are their names:

Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District

Rep. Gary Palmer of Alabama’s 6th Congressional District

Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana’s 1st Congressional District

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio’s 4th Congressional District

Rep. Ralph Abraham of Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District

Rep. Rick W. Allen of Georgia’s 12th Congressional District

Rep. James R. Baird of Indiana’s 4th Congressional District

Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District

Rep. Jack Bergman of Michigan’s 1st Congressional District

Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona’s 5th Congressional District

Rep. Gus Bilirakis of Florida’s 12th Congressional District

Rep. Dan Bishop of North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District

Rep. Mike Bost of Illinois’s 12th Congressional District

Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas’s 8th Congressional District

Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama’s 5th Congressional District

Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado’s 4th Congressional District

Rep. Ted Budd of North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District

Rep. Tim Burchett of Tennessee’s 2nd Congressional District

Rep. Michael C. Burgess of Texas’s 26th Congressional District

Rep. Bradley Byrne of Alabama’s 1st Congressional District

Rep. Ken Calvert of California’s 42nd Congressional District

Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter of Georgia’s 1st Congressional District

Rep. Ben Cline of Virginia’s 6th Congressional District

Rep. Michael Cloud of Texas’s 27th Congressional District

Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas’s 11th Congressional District

Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas’s 1st Congressional District

Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas’s 2nd Congressional District

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida’s 25th Congressional District

Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District

Rep. Neal P. Dunn of Florida’s 2nd Congressional District

Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District

Rep. Ron Estes of Kansas’s 4th Congressional District

Rep. Drew Ferguson of Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District

Rep. Bill Flores of Texas’s 17th Congressional District

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District

Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District

Rep. Russ Fulcher of Idaho’s 1st Congressional District

Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida’s 1st Congressional District

Rep. Greg Gianforte of Montana’s at-large congressional district

Rep. Bob Gibbs of Ohio’s 7th Congressional District

Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas’s 1st Congressional District

Rep. Lance Gooden of Texas’s 5th Congressional District

Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri’s 6th Congressional District

Rep. Mark Green of Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District

Rep. Michael Guest of Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District

Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland’s 1st Congressional District

Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri’s 4th Congressional District

Rep. Kevin Hern of Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District

Rep. Clay Higgins of Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District

Rep. Trey Hollingsworth of Indiana’s 9th Congressional District

Rep. Richard Hudson of North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District

Rep. Bill Huizenga of Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District

Rep. Bill Johnson of Ohio’s 6th Congressional District

Rep. John Joyce of Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District

Rep. Fred Keller of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District

Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District

Rep. Trent Kelly of Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District

Rep. Steve King of Iowa’s 4th Congressional District

Rep. David Kustoff of Tennessee’s 8th Congressional District

Rep. Darin LaHood of Illinois’s 18th Congressional District

Rep. Doug LaMalfa of California’s 1st Congressional District

Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado’s 5th Congressional District

Rep. Robert E. Latta of Ohio’s 5th Congressional District

Rep. Debbie Lesko of Arizona’s 8th Congressional District

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District

Rep. Kenny Marchant of Texas’s 24th Congressional District

Rep. Roger Marshall of Kansas’s 1st Congressional District

Rep. Tom McClintock of California’s 4th Congressional District

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington’s 5th Congressional District

Rep. Dan Meuser of Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District

Rep. Carol D. Miller of West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District

Rep. John Moolenaar of Michigan’s 4th Congressional District

Rep. Alex X. Mooney of West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District

Rep. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District

Rep. Gregory Murphy of North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District

Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington’s 4th Congressional District

Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District

Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler of Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional District

Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District

Rep. John Rose of Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District

Rep. David Rouzer of North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District

Rep. John Rutherford of Florida’s 4th Congressional District

Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia’s 8th Congressional District

Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District

Rep. Adrian Smith of Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District

Rep. Jason Smith of Missouri’s 8th Congressional District

Rep. Ross Spano of Florida’s 15th Congressional District

Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York’s 21st Congressional District

Rep. Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District

Rep. Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District

Rep. William Timmons of South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District

Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District

Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan’s 7th Congressional District

Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida’s 6th Congressional District

Rep. Randy Weber of Texas’s 14th Congressional District

Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida’s 11th Congressional District

Rep. Brad Wenstrup of Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District

Rep. Bruce Westerman of Arkansas’s 4th Congressional District

Rep. Roger Williams of Texas’s 25th Congressional District

Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District

Rep. Rob Wittman of Virginia’s 1st Congressional District

Rep. Ron Wright of Texas’s 6th Congressional District

Rep. Ted S. Yoho of Florida’s 3rd Congressional District

Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York’s 1st Congressional District

Howard County Does Not Need Delegate Terrasa’s HoCo 13-21

It is very disappointing that once again a State Delegation member who served on the County Council disrespects Howard County’s position as a home rule charter county. In many respects Howard County remains a ward of the State. The latest is Delegate Jen Terrasa’s proposed HoCo 13-21 for alternative dispute resolution for homeowners associations. It is tacked onto an statute that applies only to the Southern Maryland Class of code home rule counties. Code home rule counties have fewer home rule powers than charter counties like Howard.


Montgomery County like Howard is a home rule charter county. However, unlike Howard it has generally been given more powers by the State and is respected as a charter county. Montgomery County has a Common Ownership Commission that was, as stated by the Court of Appeals, enacted under its home rule powers. If Howard County wanted to have an alternative dispute resolution for homeowners associations, then it can enact it. Why did Jen Terrasa not do this when on the Council? Moreover, if the county were to have such a body, it should apply to condominiums as well–otherwise the commission will find itself dismissing many complaints from condominium owners for lack of jurisdiction. This is not possible when the authority is grafted onto a special provision in the Homeowners Association Act.

If Trump Was President on June 7, 1944

Presidential Accomplishments of the Trump Administration

Because of Donald Trump’s decisive leadership and actions, we have crossed the English Channel in Operation Overlord–the largest invasion in military history. We have landed our troops–the best military in the history of the world–on the beaches of Normandy. We have pushed back the Nazis and liberated France. The war to preserve democracy is won.