Readers, this website for Maryland CAN was set up to facilitate our January 8th conference only and since then we have been working on a new website. I am happy to report it is now up and running here: http://www.mdconservatives.com/
And here is what we are all ABOUT!
MD CAN organizers have been hard at work after the successful January 8 conference in Annapolis. Our priority has been to compile a database of registrants and attendees, and to obtain their permission for release of their names and e-mail addresses so that fellow participants will know how to contact each other.
We’re also working on an appropriate legal structure for MD CAN, and on developing an interactive website, which we hope will be up and running in just a few weeks.
Feedback from our conference questionnaires has been extremely positive, and it’s clear that Maryland conservatives are ready and willing to join forces to send a strong message throughout the state!
Please check back regularly for updates. We’ll provide a link here just as soon as the new website is ready.
MD CAN organizer Cathy Trauernicht discussed ‘civility as the new censorship’ with Rush Limbaugh on Thursday. Read all about it here. Way to go, Cathy!
Taking another networking opportunity, longtime conservative Joyce Thomann, who participated in last Saturdays MD CAN conference, has prepared a vote analysis of Maryland Senators based on their scores from the Maryland Business for Responsive Government. You can find Joyce’s document here (thanks to Susan Falknor at the Thursday Meeting).
Joyce’s excellent work reminds me that we should have similar ratings for Senator’s immigration votes, votes on social issues, votes on whether they are big spenders and on how much pork they take home (just off the top of my head, certainly there are others needed as well!) Maybe those ratings already exist, does anyone know?*
By the way, since we were flooded with new registrations last Saturday we are still working on the county by county e-mail list that we hope to make available to all attendees who wish to participate in exchanging contact information. A few of you did not indicate your preference and we will be e-mailing you to ask your permission to be part of the MD CAN networking project.
MD CAN participants: Send us your networking projects and we will post here until we get a real website up and running.
This Thursday, Robert Broadus from Protect Marriage Maryland will hold a meeting in Hagerstown, MD to help local citizens strategize to defeat the sure-to-come effort in the MD General Assembly to legalize gay marriage. The meeting is a prime example of what we hoped to begin to put in motion with the MD CAN conference last Saturday—three of us in Washington County met Robert at MD CAN and within less than two weeks we have a meeting set up.
This is just one networking example, I am sure you have more that have resulted from the conference, please send them our way.
I’ll categorize them as MD CAN Networking, until we get a real website up and running.
Since we don’t have our permanent website up and running, we will post some information we think you should see on these pages.
As you are all aware the new Maryland General Assembly got underway this week. Here is a handy website to track bills and to find other useful information about your Senator or Delegate.
For future reference, all posts relating to the 2011 Maryland General Assembly will be in the category MD CAN Maryland Legislature.
We are working as fast as we can getting everyone logged into a database and preparing the e-mail exchange list which we plan to have available well before the end of the month. If you weren’t asked at registration whether you would be willing to share your name and e-mail address with the other attendees on January 8th, you will be hearing from us to see if we have your permission to do that.
Also, for those of you who asked for receipts for your registrations, I’m working on that today.