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Old 08-06-2010, 05:19 AM
 
Location: Back and Forth FRANCE
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I did not see a topic about this so I thought I would start one.
I'm just wondering who do you guys want to be Governor of Maryland.

Martin O'Malley (Democrat)
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr (Republican)
Brian Murphy (Tea Party, Sarah Palin Endorsed Republican)

Luckily Maryland is not "Politically Extreme" either way. I don't see Murphy winning for that reason. I don't know how radical the Murphy is but Palin and the Tea Party has a history of backing some radical candidates. Basically all I know about the guy is he pro Gun Rights and suppose to be more conservative then Ehrlich. I have never thought of Gun Rights as a major issue in Maryland.

I'm a Independent but I'm Socially Conservative, so I am still undecided.
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Old 08-06-2010, 06:17 AM
 
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Murphy can only be considered "far right" by Maryland's leftist standards.

The guy is an accomplished businessman and fiscal conservative but is by far not "far right".

Ehrlich is no conservative and is, frankly, a whole lot closer to Palin's cult of personality and IMHO really is only interested in power more so than he is in governing.

Of course, the other choice is O'Malley and that's not an acceptable choice either.
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Old 08-06-2010, 06:31 AM
 
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I am a Democrat who doesn't like any of the choices. Erlich and O'Malley are both dimwits in my opinion and any "tea party" candidate is out of the question for me. On the other hand, by the time the election rolls around, we will be retired residents of another state, so I will let ya'll fight it out.
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Old 08-06-2010, 06:56 AM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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George Owings dropped out on the Democratic side, expect him to endorse Ehrlich.

Gun rights are an issue in MD, although it tends to run in cycles. Every session Frosh and a couple others introduce new measures that don't quite get out of Committee. The last couple years it's been microstamping, it almost made it out this year. The CCW laws need changing, now the only people who can obtain a CC permit are those that have an active threat lodged against them or carry large sums of cash. And repo guys. There is no open carry allowed.

I would like to see Ehrlich. I don't like O'Malley either politically or personally. His address this year at the MD Municipal League convention was essentially one long whine about how nothing was his fault. This is in front of a group who is normally very receptive to any Democrat. Of course, he had just cut 90% of State Highway User funds and State Aid for Police that municipalities and Counties used to receive.
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Old 08-06-2010, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Back and Forth FRANCE
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George Owings dropped out on the Democratic side, expect him to endorse Ehrlich.

Gun rights are an issue in MD, although it tends to run in cycles. Every session Frosh and a couple others introduce new measures that don't quite get out of Committee. The last couple years it's been microstamping, it almost made it out this year. The CCW laws need changing, now the only people who can obtain a CC permit are those that have an active threat lodged against them or carry large sums of cash. And repo guys. There is no open carry allowed.

I would like to see Ehrlich. I don't like O'Malley either politically or personally. His address this year at the MD Municipal League convention was essentially one long whine about how nothing was his fault. This is in front of a group who is normally very receptive to any Democrat. Of course, he had just cut 90% of State Highway User funds and State Aid for Police that municipalities and Counties used to receive.

LOL I will probably sound ignorant for saying this here, but I had clue who George Owings was. (LOL I just googled his name).
The Gun Rights issue I don't really care, as long as no one attempts to takes the gun away from me. Some areas probably would need to loosen the CC Laws a bit.
I do support O'Malley about the casino down in Arundel Mills. I'm against that, that's a crime spree waiting to happen.

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Old 08-06-2010, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Cumberland
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I did not see a topic about this so I thought I would start one.
I'm just wondering who do you guys want to be Governor of Maryland.

Martin O'Malley (Democrat)
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr (Republican)
Brian Murphy (Tea Party, Sarah Palin Endorsed Republican)

Luckily Maryland is not "Politically Extreme" either way. I don't see Murphy winning for that reason. I don't know how radical the Murphy is but Palin and the Tea Party has a history of backing some radical candidates. Basically all I know about the guy is he pro Gun Rights and suppose to be more conservative then Ehrlich. I have never thought of Gun Rights as a major issue in Maryland.

I'm a Independent but I'm Socially Conservative, so I am still undecided.
Maryland not politically extreme? Our state is governed by one political party with a far left slant. How else do you explain the Dems fighting close battles for the governship every 4 years despite a 2-1 registration advantage over the GOP? Maryland law makers go as far left as they can and still hold office.

I am supporting Ehrlich, he is the only Republican that can defeat O'Malley. This other guy is a drag candidate on Ehrlich that can only force him to waste money in the primary, or weaken him for the general in the eyes of the voters by fighting in a tight primary. This Murphy guy should go away and wait his turn.
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Old 08-06-2010, 07:30 AM
 
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One thing that people forget about the 2-1 registration as that once you get away from the Beltway counties (including Howard) is that the rural Democrats are conservative, in many cases much more so than Republicans. In much of Southern MD Republicans are seen as the environmentalists while Democrats are seen as the pave and build on every square inch group.
Thirty years ago Calvert County was something like 3 or 4 to 1 Democratic but when folks started to move here they registered as Republican, enough so that it's now pretty much even. Charles County has seen an uptick in Democratic registration, mostly due to Black Flight out of Prince George's. Charles is on track to become majority minority in the next 5 to 10 years.
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Old 08-06-2010, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Cumberland
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It is those conservative Dems that flop over to the GOP when their party nominates someone from the far left. If the Dems governed closer to the center, these voters would be more loyal.
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Old 08-06-2010, 08:07 AM
 
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The last couple years it's been microstamping, it almost made it out this year.
there was no microstamping bill this year and no anti-gun legislation even came close to even going to the floor of either house much less being enacted.
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Old 08-06-2010, 08:09 AM
 
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The Gun Rights issue I don't really care, as long as no one attempts to takes the gun away from me..
really? You need to pay closer attention. There is a strong effort to do exactly that. Fortunately, there is an even stronger effort to defeat them.
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