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Press release: January 6, 2011

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Maryland CAN conference drawing grassroots activists from across the state

Annapolis, MD – January 6, 2011 Eager to get down to work  networking, conservatives from across the state of Maryland will converge Saturday at the MD Conservative Action Network conference in Annapolis.  Registration numbers have well exceeded the 100 mark organizers had originally planned for.  “It looks like we are now headed toward 175,” said Ann Corcoran of Washington County one of the three meeting planners.

“For political liberals who called grassroots conservatives and tea partiers ‘astroturf’ and predicted we wouldn’t last long, this sure sends a different message, especially in traditionally blue Maryland.,” Corcoran continued.  “No astroturf here, no funding, just three ladies with a will to get Maryland moving in the right direction.”

Hailing from all but five Maryland counties, grassroots conservatives of all stripes will hear discussions led by former Gubernatorial primary candidate Brian Murphy, former candidates for Congress Charles Lollar and  Robert Broadus, newly sworn in Congressman Andy Harris, and State Delegate Ron George.  Also on the agenda are Sheriff Jenkins of Frederick County, ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief, and the leader of Raging Elephants, Texas activist Claver Kamau-Imani.

Tonya Tiffany of Howard County, a member of the Maryland Society of Patriots and one of the three meeting planners said, “The ‘conversion politics’ Apostle Claver will be discussing is the most exciting part of the day for me because we are going to learn how to find people with conservative values wherever they live and whatever their political affiliation has been, and join forces with them to change the political landscape in Maryland.”

By far the largest number of registrations has come from Montgomery County.  “That doesn’t surprise me,” said Cathy Trauernicht, the third meeting organizer and  Montgomery County resident. “During the US Senate primary campaign for Jim Rutledge, we saw in Montgomery County a deep and very active group of people who felt strongly about conservative principles and who have grown weary of the tax and spend, spend, spend mindset both in Montgomery County and in Annapolis.”

“We will have succeeded on Saturday if we are able to bring grassroots activists of all stripes together, many meeting for the first time, and go away with plans to work together and meet again,” concluded Trauernicht.   “We hope MD CAN will serve as a bulletin board of sorts for all conservative interest groups in Maryland.”

For more information on the conference visit the MD CAN website here and check out the complete list of speakers for Saturday, or contact Ann at 301-964-5442.



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Press release: Apostle Claver to train MD conservatives in “Conversion Politics”

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Apostle Claver from Raging Elephants to Speak at MD CAN Conference Jan 8th

Annapolis, MD—December 31, 2010 Raging Elephants is taking the nation one state at a time, and Maryland’s time is here.  Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani, founder and chairman of Raging is a conservative activist with a dynamic message of Conversion Politics.  His message is that there are too many people who have conservative values who vote liberal.  That must change and Raging Elephants is targeting voters with a message of ‘vote your values.’

“Raging Elephants portrays the message of innovation and outreach that every conservative candidate in this past election was trying to convey in their platform.  Raging Elephants is going to make real changes in Maryland,” says Sam Hale, founder of the Maryland Society of Patriots and recent candidate for MDGOP Chairman.

Apostle Claver will speak at the conservative networking conference MD CAN on Saturday, January 8th, 2011 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Annapolis.  Visit the MD CAN website for more details and registration information:  (It is not too late to register if you get the registrations in the mail by Monday, 1/3, but no one will be turned away at the door.)

A dynamic speaker, Claver will discuss Conversion Politics from 3:15 to 4:00 pm and will conduct a FREE workshop immediately following the conference from 5:00 to 6:30 PM also at the DoubleTree.  Those unable to attend the conference are welcome to attend the workshop.

Raging Elephants’ Maryland Field Director, Kathy Fuller, says a good working definition of Conversion Politics is, “To find those voters who hold conservative values but don’t vote conservatively, then reach out to show them how their vote conflicts with their values.”

During the workshop attendees will learn just how to identify hidden conservatives within the ranks of minority voters and then educate and impel those voters to vote for those candidates and issues most in line with their own conservative world view. RagingElephants’ three-pronged approach employs aggressive, offensive tactics to infiltrate traditionally non-conservative voting regions. The workshop’s purpose will be to demonstrate the implementation of the RagingElephants’ program within Maryland communities.

If you are unable to attend the Conference or the workshop, Apostle Claver T. Kamau-Imani will be in the Annapolis area the 7th through the 9th and will be available to speak to groups of 15 or more interested in scheduling additional workshops and/or presentations. For more information please contact ( and select “booking” to schedule a workshop.

For more Maryland information contact, Kathy Fuller at 410-795-3321 or via e-mail , or Tonya Tiffany at MD CAN:

For Apostle Claver’s biography go here.


General conference information is hereAgenda is here. Confirmed speakers are here.  Printable registration form is here.  Questions are answered here.  More questions?  Our contact information is here.

Absolute last day to mail registration forms is January 3rd in order to reach us in time for the conference. If you are hearing about this conference too late for the deadline to mail forms (which was actually today, December 31), please get in touch with me at and make arrangements for registration and payment.

Or, you can always just register on January 8th, but the cost is $50 at the door.


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Press release December 30th, Anita MonCrief, ACORN whistleblower

Readers, this is a press release we have sent out to our press contacts in Maryland.  Please help us by copying and pasting the release into an e-mail and sending it to your local news outlets.  By the way, one of the many things we hope to accomplish on January 8th is to put our heads together and create a statewide media contact list (newspapers, TV, radio, bloggers and others) that would then be available to all of us whenever our groups want to get our conservative news out to the media.


Maryland Conservative Action Network Conference to hear from ACORN whistleblower

Keedysville, MD – December 30, 2010 The Maryland Conservative Action Network Conference to be held on January 8th, 2011 in Annapolis, Maryland is a first-ever attempt to bring together, in one room, tea partiers and conservative activists of all stripes from across the state.  “The goal is to meet each other and plan for how we can begin to change Maryland by breaking the liberal lock on the state,” said Tonya Tiffany, a MD CAN organizer and Maryland Society of Patriots member.  “In other states conservatives in 2010 were successful in breaking the Democratic hold on state government and we plan to make sure Maryland isn’t left out of the conservative wave in the future,” Tiffany concluded.

The networking conference will feature speakers who will act as discussion leaders and one of those speakers is the well-known ACORN Project Vote whistleblower, Anita MonCrief.  Ms. MonCrief will discuss voter fraud and what we can do to combat it.  And, in her new capacity as national spokesperson and trainer for American Majority, she will discuss candidate recruitment and training.

“As a high ranking member inside ACORN, Anita learned the intricacies of Community Organizing and she is helping the American Majority fight fire with fire,” said Matt Robbins, Executive Director of American Majority.

Since January 2009, American Majority has conducted over 350 training sessions in 44 states. In those sessions, Tea party-minded people have learned how to bring about real change and what it takes to get America back on the right track.

MonCrief warns her trainees about what to look for when dealing with the opposition, “It plays dirty and doesn’t much care for playing by the rules if breaking them will lead to victory.“

“In Anita MonCrief, the tea party movement has a member and a leader who knows the opposition’s playbook and is opening it to us all across the country,” said writer/activist James Simpson. You can meet Anita, also the editor of Emerging Corruption (, on January 8th in Annapolis and learn more about how we can defeat the Left using some of their own strategies.  Ms. MonCrief’s biography can be found here

Please visit the MD CAN website ( to see the line-up of other great speakers and to get registration information.  Time is short, MD CAN would like to see registrations mailed by tomorrow, December 31st.  But, no one will be turned away at the door.

For more information contact:  Ann Corcoran at 301-964-5442 or e-mail


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Press Release—help us get the word out!


Conservative Action Network Forms in Maryland

Potomac, MD — December 14, 2010 Frustrated with last November’s election results in Maryland, three grassroots activists have formed the Maryland Conservative Action Network (MD CAN) to help restore political competition to the public square.

MD CAN will hold its inaugural conference on Saturday, January 8, 2011, from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM at the DoubleTree Hotel in Annapolis.

According to the organizers, their goal is to network individuals and groups across Maryland who represent conservative points of view, such as fiscal conservatives, social conservatives, Constitutionalists, people concerned about immigration control and national security issues.

“To our knowledge, nothing like this has been done before in Maryland,” said Ann Corcoran, A Washington County blogger (Potomac Tea Party Report) and one of the organizers. “We expect like-minded activists to share ideas and talents, forge alliances, sound the call for action, and give rise to conservative voices so that political competition can thrive in Maryland.”

“We’ll be talking about 2010 campaign lessons, precinct organization, voter fraud, media outreach, running for office as a citizen legislator, and federal pressures bearing down on the state of Maryland,” said Tonya Tiffany, Howard County resident and MD CAN Organizer. “We’re not forming another political ‘group’. We’re simply trying to network people.”

Confirmed speakers at the January 8 conference include:  former gubernatorial candidate Brian Murphy, former Congressional candidates Charles Lollar and Robert Broadus, Representative-elect Dr. Andy Harris, Delegate Ron George, Delegate-elect Kathy Afzali, Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, Marta Mossburg (journalist and MD Public Policy Institute Senior Fellow), Anita MonCrief (American Majority and Emerging Corruption), Claver Kamau-Imani (Raging Elephants), and precinct organizer Mark Jascewsky.

More information is available on the MD CAN website, or by contacting Cathy Trauernicht at 301.717.0197, or Tonya Tiffany at



Readers! Simply copy and paste this press release into an e-mail or forward the link to your media contacts!  This is the first statewide gathering of Tea Party activists and other conservative groups and individuals in Maryland. There has been much talk about a Tea Party civil war over issues and we are determined to be sure that doesn’t happen in Maryland!  All conservatives of all stripes are welcome!


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