Tony Campbell
Working For Maryland

We can not be “Maryland Strong” without our houses of worship reopening. Regardless of your personal belief system, ALL houses of worship are incredibly important and will help us to regain a sense of community faster than opening up parks, recreational facilities or other businesses.

Here are a few common sense ideas on how we should open up our houses of worship in Maryland:

1) Having multiple services for parishioners

2) Having those services redesigned for smaller maximum number of parishioners (6’ foot between families)

3) Every parishioner wearing a mask inside the house of worship

4) If communion is part of the service, the house of worship must provide gloves and purchase individual communion servings

5) Continue to provide online worship alternatives for the elderly and possible medically compromised population

I would like to hear your ideas. What other common sense precautions would you add to this list so we can truly be “Maryland Strong” in our faiths and our actions?

Email me at campbell4maryland@gmail.com

Thank you for your participation!
TC

My New Years 2020 post concerned the book of Job and what we MUST do to be blessed in the New Year.

Yesterday, Baltimore surpassed the record for the number of murders in our city. Three hundred and forty seven people have lost their lives – sons, daughters, children, the elderly – no one has escaped this plague of violence.

The 11th chapter of Job which I posted earlier tells us we MUST put away the sin in our hand and in our tents. Our city will not get better unless the people choose to put down their hate for one another.

Instead of giving worthless press conferences, our leaders MUST inspire people to be better and use the resources of our government wisely and forcefully to restore order.

Baltimore, 2019 was your Job moment, it is up to all of us to choose to trust in God and be Blessed – our to continue to fight among ourselves and be CURSED.

Over the past few months, I chose to stand up and fight for the people of Maryland against the corruption and insider baseball of the political class. While I do not have the audacity to think my efforts cause Mayor Pugh to resign, I do think the media campaign was effective in educating Marylanders about the power they have to affect change.

The end of Mayor Pugh’s administration is just the tip of the iceberg. Maryland is in dire need of fixing! The status quo of political power in this state allowed for the shenanigans to occur in Baltimore and the “pay for play” mentality is so deeply entrenched that changing Maryland is not enough – we must become partners to Fix Maryland!!

More to come…

TC

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Dr. Antonio “Tony” Campbell

Dr. Antonio (Tony) Campbell teaches politics at Towson University focusing on political theory, metropolitan studies and a survey course on religion and politics. Tony served his country in the United States Army as a Chaplain and received his doctorate from Liberty University Seminary. Tony is the author of two books, America Today and A More Perfect Union. He is the father of two children, Taylor Alexander and Amelia Christine.

A life-long learner Tony loves teaching because of the ability to interact from his students. Tony has taken an active role championing causes of concern to Marylanders including advocating for changes of the treatment of dogs and cats at the Baltimore County Animal Shelter. Tony is active in a variety of local non-profit organizations such as Toys 4 Tots and the American Legion.

Tony has served on the Executive Committee of the Maryland Republican Party and the Baltimore County Charter Review Commission. In 2012, Tony led the petition and referendum effort against partisan gerrymandering. Currently, Tony is a member of the P-20 Leadership Council for Education, a board member of a charter school in Baltimore, and serves on the Baltimore County School Board Nomination Commission.

The work to Fix Maryland is not a solo mission! It takes a team of dedicated volunteers and concerned citizens to be successful. We all must work together to bring an end to the wasteful and unhealthy culture of the political class across Maryland.

Thank You.

If Mayor Pugh refuses to resign, there is a way out of this mess – Healthy Holly’s Constitutional Solution

The entire Baltimore City Council has asked for her immediate resignation in writing, and last evening, the Baltimore City Delegation of the Maryland General Assembly held a press conference in Annapolis to also ask for the Mayor’s resignation.

Amid this unprecedented public rebuke, Mayor Pugh has said she intends to return to her duties when her health allows. It seems the Mayor is not planning to go anywhere so the next step seems to point to Annapolis.

As mentioned above, last evening members of the Baltimore City Delegation to the General Assembly joined their City Council colleagues to ask Mayor Pugh to resign. However, the press conference has the same effective weight than the letter signed by every member of the Baltimore City Council – which would equal to none.

The solution to the Healthy Holly debacle is a surgical use of the state’s Constitution – impeachment and removal of an local elected official.

This type of procedure has never occurred but it does not mean it cannot occur.

1) States throughout the country have a variety of constitutional remedies for removing local elected officials. New York allows for their Governor to remove elected officials. Michigan allows for the Governor to act as well as a recall election. California allows for recall elections of state and local officials – most notably former Governor Gray Davis.

Maryland’s Constitution (Article XI, Section 6) allows for the Governor to remove the Mayor of Baltimore because of “misbehavior in office.”

2) The State of Maryland has constitutional standing to remove elected officials. The Maryland General Assembly has the authority to impeach and remove elected officials from office. Impeaching the Mayor of Baltimore which does not require legal due process of a criminal court.

3) The State of Maryland routinely alters the form of government in local jurisdictions including the election of local education authorities (school boards) and changing local charters from county commissioners to county executive / council configurations (Frederick).

The remedy is simple, yet complicated. The Governor has the power to call a special session for the express purpose of impeachment / removal of the Mayor of Baltimore. The special session can also handle the delicate business of electing a new Speaker of the House of Delegates.

A simple majority of the House of Delegates is needed for impeachment while two-thirds of Senators is required for conviction. The Democratic super-majority which has proven itself able to override Governor Hogan’s vetoes with a party line vote could reach the two-thirds mandate expeditiously – especially when the Baltimore City Delegation has gone on record asking for the Mayor’s removal.

Signatures on a joint letter and press conferences are good for perception and the CYA of politics. It is time for the Governor and the General Assembly to act.

There is a constitutional remedy for the Healthy Holly mess – it is time to use the power of the Maryland General Assembly for the good of all Marylanders!

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