Turning the Tides 2013

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Saturday, January 12, 2013; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Happy Hour 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm cosponsored by
Conservative Victory PAC
and Constitutional Conservatives for Maryland
$75 Regular Admission if registered by January 11
$25 Student Admission 
$100 Regular Admission at the door

All tickets include conference admission, continental breakfast, box lunch, and happy hour food (cash bar)

DoubleTree Hotel
210 Holiday Court
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Phone: (410) 224-3150

The DoubleTree Hotel has set aside overnight rooms at a special conference rate of $99/night for Friday and/or Saturday.If you would like to book a room, please call 1.800.222.8733, and ask for the Conservative Action Network block (group code: CAN).

Register online via ShowClix.com 

Some of our speakers who are authors will have books to sell, so if you think you may be interested in purchasing anything please bring some extra cash.


We hope to see you at the conference where the topics for the panels will be.....

Topics and Speakers

In Defense of Free Speech

Pamela Geller

Toward a Conservative Foreign Policy

Diana West

War on the Suburbs: Regional Equity

Marta Mossburg (Moderator), Stanley Kurtz, Commissioner Richard Rothschild, Commissioner Blaine Young

War on Jobs: Obamacare and Illegal Immigration

Paul Mendez (Moderator), Tom Fitton, Del. Nic Kipke

Changing the Political Ground Game in Maryland

Kari Snyder (Moderator), Dan Bongino, Del. Neil Parrott, Ken Timmerman

Energy: Myths and Reality

Andrew Langer (Moderator), Myron Ebell, Steve Milloy, Mark Newgent

The Cheated Generation

Jimmie Bise (Moderator), Brandon Cooper, Gabriella Hoffman, Trae Lewis, Brian Meshkin

Coalition Round-Up

Tonya Tiffany (Moderator), Cathy Kelleher, Doug Mainwaring, Paul Mendez, David Spielman, Elizabeth Myers, Jack Ames, Jim Warner and more

Words of Encouragement

Jim Rutledge

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Inclement Weather Policy: Because of financial obligations with the hotel, we cannot offer refunds in the event you are unable to attend because of bad weather. Should weather be severe enough to force us to reschedule the conference, refunds will then be available. If there is a need to reschedule, there is no guarantee that the same speakers will be available.


Pamela Geller

Editor and publisher of AtlasShrugs.com.  Executive Director of American Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization of America. Author of: Stop the Islamization of America and The Post-American Presidency.


Diana West

Author, syndicated columnist, television and radio personality.  Her latest book, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character, will be released early in 2013.


Marta Mossburg

National columnist and radio commentator.  Senior fellow with the MD Public Policy Institute, and fellow with the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.




Stanley Kurtz

Senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Institute. Contributing editor to National Review Online.  Author of Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism, and (his latest book) Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities.


Blaine Young

President, Frederick County Board of County Commissioners. Host of The Blaine Young Show on 930 WFMD.  Owner of Interstate Mobile Advertising, and co-owner of Yellow Cab of Frederick, Mount Airy, Brunswick and Thurmont.  Member of numerous civic and social organizations.



Richard Rothschild

Carroll County Commissioner, leading the charge to protect private property rights. Formerly employed in the private sector for 30 years.



Tom Fitton

President of Judicial Watch, one of Washington's top government watchdog organizations, investigating and prosecuting government corruption. Nationally recognized expert on government corruption, immigration enforcement, congressional and judicial ethics, and open government.



Nic Kipke

Lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County, now a MD Delegate and Ranking Republican on the Health and Government Operations Committee.


Paul Mendez

Grassroots activist, coalition builder, and volunteer with Help Save Maryland.


Dan Bongino

Self-employed management consultant (Bongino Consulting). Former police officer with the New York Police Department, and former member of the elite Presidential Protection Division of the U.S. Secret Service. Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from the state of Maryland, 2012.


Ken Timmerman

Nationally recognized investigative reporter.  Nominated for the Nobel Peace prize in 2006 for his work exposing Iran’s nuclear weapons program.  Lead investigator for families of 9/11 victims in a civil lawsuit against Iran.  Former president of MD Taxpayer’s Ass’n.  Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Maryland, 2012.



Neil Parrott

President, Traffic Solutions consulting company. Elected to the MD House of Delegates in 2010, representing Washington County.  Founder of MDPetitions.com, a revolutionary approach to organizing public ballot initiatives.  


Andrew Langer

President of the Institute for Liberty, where he focuses on the incremental threats to small business and entrepreneurship.  A long-time champion of small business and the private property rights of small business owners.


Myron Ebell

Director of Energy and Global Warming Policy at the Center for Energy and Environment.  Named by Business Insider as third on their list of the Ten Most-Respected Global Warming Skeptics.  A frequent radio and television guest.


Steve Milloy

Founder and publisher of JunkScience.com, and an environmental and public health consultant.  Biostatistician, securities lawyer, and former investment fund manager.  Author of numerous books, including (most recently) Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to Control Your Life and What You Can Do To Stop Them.



Mark Newgent

Expert on Maryland’s climate and renewable energy policies.  Co-author of the Great Frack Attack (hydraulic fracking).  Contributing editor to the blog Red Maryland, co-host of The Broadside on the Red Maryland Network, and frequent guest on WBAL Radio.



Jimmie Bise

Started blogging in April, 2004, at The Sundries Shack (sundriesshack.com).  His weekly podcast is The Delivery.  For over 25 years, has been active in the music world as a singer, choral director and horn player.


Gabriella Hoffman

Recent graduate of the U. of CA – San Diego.  Blogger, grassroots youth organizer, social media wonk and public speaker.  Works for the Leadership Institute, helping students advance conservatism on campus.


Trae Lewis

Works in the financial services industry.  Active in Baltimore politics, serving as president of the Baltimore Area Young Republicans. Frequently appears on radio and television promoting his conservative values.



Brandon Cooper

Campaign Coordinator for Dan Bongino for U.S. Senate (2011 – 2012).  Worked as an Aide at the Republican National Committee (2009 - 2010).  Chairman Emeritus of the Howard University College Republicans.


Brian Meshkin

Founder and President of Proove Biosciences with offices in MD and CA.  Member of the Howard County Board of Education, and a strong advocate for school choice and fiscal responsibility.  Long-time community volunteer.


Jack Ames

Co-founded Defend Life in 1987, dedicated to spreading the Culture of Life and fighting the culture of death through pro-life education and activism.  Defend Life is the largest, most active grassroots pro-life organization in the Maryland, Washington, DC and northern Virginia area.


Doug Mainwaring

Conservative activist and author of numerous articles appearing in both print and online media outlets.  Worked closely with the Maryland Marriage Alliance and Maryland Catholic Conference in opposition to Maryland’s new same sex marriage legislation.  Co-founder of National Capital Tea Party Patriots, and Vice President of Election Integrity Maryland.



Cathy Kelleher

President of Election Integrity Maryland, a non-partisan, non-profit citizen initiative dedicated to upholding free and fair elections.  A 34-year resident of Montgomery County, where she is an active realtor.  


Elizabeth Myers:  Spearheads the Maryland Legislative Watch Initiative.  Organized the Anne Arundel County effort for a presidential campaign during the 2012 primary.  


David Speilman

Outreach Coordinator for National School Choice Week, fighting for school choice and education reform.  Formerly, Campaigns Coordinator at FreedomWorks, where he also ran successful grassroots campaigns promoting school choice in several states.  


Jim Warner

Distinguished Veteran, and retired attorney with the National Rifle Association.  Served as a Domestic Policy Advisor to President Ronald Reagan. While on a mission during the Vietnam War, was shot down and held prisoner by the Vietnamese for five and one half years.  His decorations include: the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with “V” (valor) device, two Bronze Stars with “V” device, two Purple Hearts, nine Air Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal with “V” device, and the Prisoner of War Medal.



Kari Snyder

Recent resident of Maryland with congressional and campaign staffer experience. Grassroots activist, as well as statewide petition coordinator. Graduated Hillsdale College with a degree in Political Economy.


Jim Rutledge

Founding partner of the law firm Rutledge & Aitken (Baltimore County), representing a wide variety of clients in and out of the courtroom.  Has been a felony prosecutor and a defense attorney.  His career includes substantial work on civil rights and constitutional law issues.  Founding Board Member of Conservative Victory Maryland. Former candidate for U.S. Senate in the state of Maryland.


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Boston Massacre Oration, 1775


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