Supporters of Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Cox say he will energize GOP voters in the months leading up to the general election. Other Frederick County Republicans, though, feel that Cox may widen divisions within the party and hurt down-ballot candidates.

Maryland election officials have not finished counting mail-in votes, but The Associated Press projected on primary election night Tuesday that Cox, a state delegate representing Frederick and Carroll counties, had won the Republican nomination.

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stjohn42

I don't see the value in "energizing" the GOP vote. The only reason the GOP has gotten as far as it has is by repeatedly energizing their base, which is aging and shrinking. Sooner or later it will burn out.

public-redux

This is an opportunity for down ballot MD Republicans to show that they are not sheeple. They should disavow Cox and his Trumpian falsehoods.

threecents

[thumbup]PR

rdcjr52

I am republican who will not vote for Dan Cox.

public-redux

Same here.

Csm9105

Ditto

dremsberg

Sadly I’m in the same boat. But not voting for Cox. Not only will few if any Democrats will crossover he’s not going to get all the Republican voters. Party money should be spent on other races as the Governors race is a lost cause at this point.

gary4books

Aside from what I have read in the FNP about Mr. Cox, I refer all to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Cox

This seems to be enough for me for now.

teadoffinfrederickcounty

Reporter Hogan,

Please interview more reliable people for this article. On the way back from Sam's this afternoon I saw a homeless person begging for cash whose opinion is of greater value than the instigator who made a fool of himself protesting in front of Jan Gardner's home.

https://www.facebook.com/frederickcountyconservatives/videos/1004274360051087

And who cares what an unaffiliated voter whose standing is questionable when measured by the current four (4) liens placed by the Comptroller of Maryland in Annapolis for unpaid state taxes of more than $100,000+

https://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/casesearch/inquiry-index.jsp

gabrielshorn2013

Thanks for the link tead off. Great example of FrederickCounty's "brain trust" The case of Crown Royal is the perfectsymbol. Can't fix stupid. [sad]

teadoffinfrederickcounty

So true!

I was ineligible to vote for Cox in the primary and while I can in the general, "no thank you."

public-redux

Crown Royal — the whiskey of choice for people who don’t like whiskey.

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Girl No.3

Influence

kfmd

Cox is right on one thing, we are tired of the overreaching policies particularly regarding a womens right to healthcare.

To be clear…No one is taking “advantage of the state’s abortion laws for a regional sex trafficking industry”.

With this statement it is clear that Cox is positioning himself to take away womens rights in MD.

Be very careful with your vote ladies and gents who believe women with their family and doctors are the only ones who should be making personal healthcare decisions.

Hough will also have a negative impact in Frederick co.

MD1756

I am pro abortion but I get tired of people who describe abortion or pass it off as a woman's right to healthcare. It is the woman's decision to terminate an unwanted baby. For example see: https://www.hli.org/resources/why-women-abort/

A survey of more than 2.4 million aborting women performed by the states of Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Utah during the years 1996 to 2020 gives us an accurate estimate of the number of “hard case” abortions, since these are the numbers that abortion clinics must report in official documents to these states:

1.14% are done to save the life or physical health of the mother.

1.28% to preserve the mental health of the mother.

0.39% in cases of rape or incest.

0.69% for fetal birth defects, or eugenics.

3.50% for all the hard cases combined.

96.50% of all abortions are therefore performed for social or economic reasons.

Therefore, abortion is mostly the desire to kill an unwanted baby not for other reasons. Given that there are well over 100,000 children in the foster care system, it seems that more women should be choosing to abort they unwanted babies. The pill, condoms, etc. are cheaper than abortions. If women don't want to get pregnant they should say no condom, no sex.

sevenstones1000

It is a decision not to continue a pregnancy. Because a woman is a person and not a an incubator, she has the right to make that decision, with no explanation to you or anyone.

If men don’t want to start a pregnancy, they should simply refrain from sex.

MD1756

You must have missed the first sentence of my comment? I take exception with the way people characterize it as the woman choosing to do what she wants with her own body because she is choosing what to do with the fetus and that is end its life for watever reason. I don't care what the reason is, I am still pro abortion.

phydeaux994

A general estimate of miscarriage risk by week is as follows.

Weeks 3–4

Implantation usually occurs around 3 weeks after a person’s last period and about a week after ovulation. By week 4, they may be able to get a positive result on a home pregnancy test.

****As many as 50–75% of pregnancies end before getting a positive result on a pregnancy test. Most people will never know that they were pregnant, though some may suspect that they were because of pregnancy loss symptoms.**** so if life begins at conception who is responsible for all these deaths?

FrederickFan

Hough will support Cox. He is a big Trump supporter and actually headed up the local Trump campaign. He has the same core values as Dan Cox.

Piedmontgardener

The irony of gutless Republican Party members unwilling to speak out about Cox's complete unfitness isn't surprising. But it truly pains me to see this acceptance of the unacceptable in terms of fitness for office. Civic viture includes using your voice when it's appropriate. And all we see, up the National ladder is the same phenomenon - power matters, character does not. That's not going to sell in Maryland this fall.

phydeaux994

Remember, it was impossible for Trump to beat Hillary in 2016. Cox winning easily over Schulz in Maryland scares the hell out of me. The majority of Marylanders are live and let live kind of people, but not obsessed politically like the RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans) and a little ambivalent about voting unfortunately. That opens the door for the minority to prevail. That is what is happening across the Country in my opinion. Hopefully some of these radical SCOTUS decisions and Voter suppression and abortion laws in the Red States will wake the sleeping Giant. Otherwise we can only blame ourselves.

MD1756

phydeaux, you keep attacking the SCOTUS for making "radical" decisions. They have not. They've made legally appropriate decisions. I'm all for abortion and I'm all for amending the 2nd Amendment. They way to do it is for Congress to do their jobs and pass legislation that accomplishes those goals. It was ridiculous to rely on a Reconstruction Amendment to say that woman have a right to health care decision privacy (and it's not really about health care for the woman it's really about terminating an unwanted baby that has different DNA than the mother. You should worry more about reducing your own greenhouse gas emissions if you're truly concerned about the future.

Hayduke2

Sorry MD, but if a decision is made 5-4 and there are dissenting opinions as well as the votes following an ideology, you cannot generalize and say they are correct, appropriate or whatever adjective you choose just because they fit your world view.

MD1756

Then, by extension you can't say any of their decisions are correct unless they are unanimous? Let's get real Hayduke, do you really think an amendment dealing with Reconstruction really covers a woman's right to have an abortion? As I've said before at least use the general welfare argument or whatever argument is used for the death penalty. It's quite clear the best way to address these long standing issues is for Congress to act, not through the court systems. I know the EPA is afraid to ask Congress to clarify the CAA (for example) so rather than ask Congress to clarify its authority it will issue rules that may stretch the plain reading of the language of the statute to enable them to write regulations to protect the people from adverse emissions from businesses. Then, EPA gets sued and the courts have to decide just as they recently did on the power plant plans with GHG emissions. The NSPS portion (Section 111 of the CAA) was never meant to be used to design a cap or cap and trade program (like the Acid Rain program (Title IV of the CAA). The EPA has the right to find that CO2 is a criteria pollutant ( but it hasn't) just like it has for CO. Once EPA has made that determination, then it can write regulations to cover/limit emissions of CO2 from stationary sources under Section 111 of the CAA. So, Hayduke, my view is simply using the plain English of the laws to formulate my opinions. I do not stretch the language past the laugh test. Can you please find for me in the 14th Amendment anything that can be remotely interpreted to allowing abortions (and to be clear yet again, I am pro abortion).

Hayduke2

My point, maybe poorly made, is that you claim SCOTUS is correct because they ruled with a 5-4 vote ( btw, looks a bit partisan too). Would you say they are correct if the vote was 5-4 to continue with “ settled law?”

MD1756

Heyduke I would say it's correct if it follows plain English and not what attorneys think they can get away with. I didn't like the results of the Citizens United decision but the SCOTUS made the correct decision. Same with abortion, same with the 2nd Amendment, same with the CAA case for CO2, same with the EPA regulating discharges under the CWA where "waters of the US" are in question. I think "navigable" shouldn't be a criteria and that any waters that have the potential to cross state boundaries should fall under EPA's jurisdiction, the EPA will eventually lose some cases because of its going beyond the plain English of the statute.

I don't like partisan rulings unless they are correct based on the actual language of the statutes/laws/regulations. I don't like correct rulings when they go against what I want but it doesn't mean the rulings aren't correct based on the law. Which is why I keep saying Congress needs to act to resolve these issues, not the SCOTUS.

Hayduke2

Plain English is the problem.. Much is written in a way to interpret it in different ways, hence the conflicting rulings. I agree that Congress needs to act but that appears to be an near impossible goal given the tribal nature of the groups now in power.

Hayduke2

MD1756 - You make a point and say "Can you please find for me in the 14th Amendment anything that can be remotely interpreted to allowing abortions " Can you find me any language in the Constitution that says abortions need to be banned??

MD1756

Hayduke, I see nothing in the Constitution about abortions one way or the other. To me it seems like the best option is the general welfare clause. A clear convincing argument can be made that it is in the general welfare to limit population growth and to limit the adverse impact of other people's poor decisions on the general public.

MD1756

Phydeaux, yet again you are being ridiculous. I am pro abortion but I also say that allowing abortions must be done legally and using the 14th Amendment as the basis for the Feds having the authority to allow abortion doesn't pass muster. If nothing else, try using the general welfare clause. I can think of many reasons why allowing abortion is in the general welfare of the public.

MD1756

phydeaux, do you still guarantee that your GHG emissions are a fraction of mine? You were silent on the information I provided to you. So you're energy efficient. Do you ever produce more energy than you use like I do many months of the year?

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MD1756

"Taking a woman’s Right to have domain over her own body is radical." I would agree with that if we were talking only about the woman's body but we are not. The fetus/baby has different DNA than the mother and is a separate entity just like the microbes that live in one's gut or intestines.

I doubt seriously that you emit less GHG than I do. I paid to have a HERS rating done on my house and it scored -11. The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that a typical resale home scores 130 on the HERS Index while a home built to 2006 energy efficiency standards scores 100. A score of zero is carbon neutral. In addition to that I drive a plugin hybrid so most of my driving is electric. For example, last year I went from July 6th to January 8th of this year before having to refill my 11 gallon gas tank. This year, I have driven more, but that is a couple of trips to NC to take care of our parents affairs after our father's death (our mother has dementia and is in a nursing home).

Regarding "Reconstruction Amendments," do you not remember your U.S. history? There were several Amendments made to the U.S. Constitution (13th, 14th and 15th) after the Civil War (when reconstruction was happening and it actually started before the war ended). You merely have to type in "reconstruction amendments" into an internet search and you can learn what they are. Here is a link to multiple sources: https://duckduckgo.com/?t=ffab&q=reconstruction+amendments&ia=web but one good source that explains the history behind them is: https://www.battlefields.org/learn/articles/reconstruction-amendments

I'll mostly agree with you that "Congress hasn't been doing their job for two decades," but will qualify it with "properly" inserted between "job" and "for." Too many times the executive branch has to run on continuing resolutions for their funding and that makes the government inefficient since it can't properly plan what it can do when it doesn't know what its resources will end up being.

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phydeaux994

When does life begin legally MD? And does a embryo/fetus/baby’s Rights supersede the Mother’s Rights? When they say a woman can have an abortion to save her life doesn’t that declare her Rights to prevail? If a female dear to your heart reached a point that you had to sacrifice one life for the other to survive, whose life would you save, the baby or the Mother? In addition read the following which I posted earlier… A general estimate of miscarriage risk by week is as follows. Weeks 3–4….Implantation usually occurs around 3 weeks after a person’s last period and about a week after ovulation. By week 4, they may be able to get a positive result on a home pregnancy test. ****As many as 50–75% of pregnancies end before getting a positive result on a

pregnancy test.**** Most people will never know that they were pregnant, though some may suspect that they were because of pregnancy loss symptoms…..If life begins at conception then who gets punished for all of these murders. GOD??? And once again we keep forgetting the Father. What Rights does he lose for likely initiating the act that results in an unwanted pregnancy? A woman does NOTHING wrong by not choosing to carry a baby to term. NOTHING!! It is her Right.

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phydeaux994

As far as my U.S. History, which week of my Junior year were Reconstruction Amendments taught between Columbus and WWII? American History was the most useless class I ever took. Good grief man, you are consigning woman to nothing but a possession of men to do with what he pleases. The SCOTUS did that!! That is radical in my opinion. Keep cool.

threecents

I hope Hough does distance himself from Cox, but since they are both huge Trump supporters, I don't think that is likely.

Hayduke2

Curious statement three...

Pro-Choice/Privileged W. Woman

Very curious...what was schaeferhund just saying about thinking you know your fellow commentors...then you don't...seems we may not know threecents as well as we thought..which goes to schaeferhund point..

threecents

Schaeferhund's point is silly. Even Republican leaders know that Cox will lose in a landslide. But yah, maybe you don't know me. Maybe I am doing a heal turn and will eventually support Trump, Kavanaugh, McCarthy, Graham, and the whole gang. If Cox does win... and then Trump is our next prez... maybe if you can't beat em, join em... Nah, just kidding.

threecents

Why is that curious? I hope everyone distances themselves from Cox. I don't like Hough, but Cox is on another level.

Hayduke2

Do you really think Hough is that different??

dremsberg

For a republican candidate to win the governors race you need candidate that can appeal to democrats as well. Cox is unelectable - not going to get enough democrats to cross party lines (if any). How stupid can you be using campaign posters promoting Trumps endorsement openly embracing it) and expect to win in this state Schulz had a chance. I agree - this choice could possible have a negative impact on other republicans running for other offices. Republicans need to pull their heads out of the sand - the far right is destroying the party.

MD1756

Close but not quite right. If a Republican appealed to independents in Maryland, that Republican could win. Of course appealing to Democrats also helps but it seem like many in MD (at least in certain counties) are leaning more and more to the left and wouldn't accept any Republican no matter how logical one might be.

Greg F

Cox is today’s Sanjaya…vote for the worst is how he got where he is. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vote_for_the_Worst

schaeferhund

Well, this piece was jam packed with drama. That was pretty good reporting. The unreturned calls and texts speak as loudly as those who contributed.

I've said it a hundred times. Never underestimate the Democrats' capacity to foil their own elections. And never underestimate the power of Republicans' populist tactics. Everyone thinks they know how this election is going to go. To that I say beware.

Maybe Cox will bring the Democrats out in droves, and down ballot candidates will enjoy a windfall. Maybe Cox will bring the state's underbelly out in droves, too, even more. You think you know your neighbor, your friends, and your family until you realize one day that you don't.

I don't think Wes Moore, a political newcomer, has the skill to counter Dan Cox's populism. Kelly Shultz didn't. The allure of continuing Hogan's winning strategy wasn't enough for them. They chose the dark side. That doesn't mean they'll lose. It means this election is going to be grotesque spectacle of bad faith campaigning.

Frankle1

Lol, seriously? Even if Cox brought out every "underbelly" voter in this state, no way to win. Hogan only won this state by swaying centrist Dems to vote for him. Cox is an extremist tied to Trump who has zero chance in a state that went 60+% for Biden. There will be no centrist dems or left leaning independents voting Cox...

schaeferhund

Never underestimate the Democrats' capacity to foil their own elections.

MD1756

I don't think that many if any right leaning independents would vote for Cox. At least not the ones who have an ounce of intelligence.

schaeferhund

Don't let your thinking loll you into complacency. I hope you're right, but you could be dead wrong. I am going to be suffering extreme anxiety until Cox has officially lost. Wes Moore is an unknown. Dan Cox's populist tactics worked frighteningly well. This country is diseased. The disease is spreading.

phydeaux994

I share your concern. I have lost confidence in the reasoning power of 40%+ of American citizens. I just hope the turnout of level headed voters is high this year and in 2024.

MD1756

Even Hogan has said he won't vote for Cox. See: https://www.fredericknewspost.com/public/ap/hogan-says-he-wont-support-cox-for-governor-in-november/article_1ca8407a-c3b7-522c-812c-e673136d24d6.html

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Greg F

More fake news.

FrederickFan

And Hough is not much better. He led the Trump team in Frederick County and works for right winger Alex Mooney. He is totally partisan but puts a better face on it than Cox but he's just as wacky.

Plumbum

at least hes played a healthy role in fighting that stupid downtown hotel. Hey, remeber when the FNP used to do bi monthly editorials about how necessary that stupid proposed hotel is?? LOL

I guess that clause of the paper sale contract has expired.....

Burgessdr

The wack job insurrectionist is going to be trounced. The fact that he won nomination shows the majority of Republicans are wack job inurrectionists. The end of vfc the Republican party is near

Frankle1

Idk, voter turnout was pretty low... I wouldn't say "majority of repubs" are wack jobs based on this primary result. Shultz was pretty close. She would have been the more competitive candidate for sure. Repubs shooting themselves in the foot getting behind a Trump repub in Maryland...

Greg F

I’m not so sure. Watching the RRR morning news yesterday, I just kept on hearing the “cultural war” spin from the announcers and a deep disdain for anything that wasn’t a typical value of acceptance of others as different, and talk of finding ways to stop their r aggression. It was nauseating to see such a spin that to me is why we see such an acceptance of people like Cox and Trump that so vehemently hate anyone not of their persuasion or that doesn’t share their political or religious views. That was just in 15 minutes, and it’s amplified by the talking heads like Tucker Carlson that openly spout racist and homophobic rhetorical garbage that mirrors a trump and Cox follower’s own ways and beliefs. To me, the party is badly broken and resembles what we saw in the Rubio to WWII that had the same undertones. Hope these “candidates” get the shellacking at the polls they deserve.

Greg F

Saw in the run-up

Dwasserba

‘“That negativity can start with [Cox] and go right down the line,’ Ciliberti said.” Insightful. But who cares what Independents think.

phydeaux994

You can be an Independent without registering as an Independent. Who’s going to know? I never understood why anyone would register as an Independent and lose their Right to vote in the Primary. Granted you can’t vote for both sides but you can still have a say. Registering for a certain Party means little except you’ll get more junk mail from that Party. What am I missing?

Pro-Choice/Privileged W. Woman

Because a vote is a vote.. should not have to align with one party to be able to vote, it’s rather simple

threecents

"Align"? Registering with one party or another does not mean you support their candidates or their central committee. Though, TBH, I would feel sick if I ever registered as a Republican.[tongue_smile]

phydeaux994

Shoulda woulda coulda Pro, you have to do the best you can with what you are given. And not being able to have any say at all in the Primaries is not the best you can do. Peace.✌️😷

Greg F

You can vote as you like in the main election pro. Party affiliations make sure you don’t vote to sabotage things like doing a vote for the worst type action. Don’t like it, please go visit some 3rds or 4th world as a home option.

Frankle1

My spouse is independent, he got a primary ballot. School board is (supposed to be) non-partisan. Most independents in MD lean left, they just don't buy into the DNC propaganda. I don't blame them for sitting out the primary on most races, it's really inconsequential when pretty much all candidates subscribe to neo-liberal economic policy regardless of "party" -- they don't really care to have a voice in the primary bc the top candidates are so similar and the really progressive candidates have no chance. I voted for Jain in the primary, basically meant nothing - indies know that ... We didn't even know who Moore was. Looked into him now he's won, he'd be a good governor, he's accomplished and polished, we'll vote for him. Cox is fringe and extreme. No Dems are crossing party lines for Cox. Hogan was right about that.

threecents

TBH I voted for Moore because he looks like an appealing candidate who could be a future leader of the Democratic Party, but I do not know much about him - or most of the others who ran for governor - just that Oprah and progressives tended to support him...

MD1756

You are correct phydeaux, in Virginia I was an independent because 1)I I'm mostly a centrist (except for environmental issues) and 2) Independents could vote for anyone in the primaries. In Maryland I became a Democrat because the party primaries are closed in Maryland and voting for a Republican in a primary is almost useless (at least in central MD) so I became a Democrat and vote for conservative Democrats (if any are to be found) or those with ideas that make sense even if not conservative (such as doing away with the income tax and raising the sales tax) in the primaries. That doesn't mean I'll vote for the same person in the general election.

mrnatural1

Phy,

There are dems who switched to unaffiliated after the 2016 election -- when Hillary's BFF, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and the DNC kneecapped Bernie Sanders -- while claiming to be neutral. The DNC intentionally crippled Sanders' campaign and propped Hillary up because "it was her turn" (or similar logic). The DNC did that even though almost all polls showed Bernie had a better chance against Trump.

MD1756

I could have possibly voted for Bernie but no way in heck was I ever going to vote for Hillary. I ended up casting my standard protest vote.

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Greg F

Please elaborate moonbeam

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threecents

I'm often befuddled by DW's comments, but I am guessing she is referring to the likelihood that independents would have been more inclined to support a more moderate candidate like Schultz over Cox. But perhaps Independents like DW are as unpredictable as they are inscrutable.

MD1756

It's simple. In MD there are about as many Independents as there are Republicans and when the general election comes, if those Independents don't vote for a Republican, that Republican stands no chance of winning a general election. The Republican party would be wise to open up it's primaries in Maryland to independents to get the most electable candidates to run against the Democrats.

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