MoCo Council divides on $15 minimum wage bill; delay to 2017 likely

Though a MoCo Council majority appears ready to pass a $15 minimum wage, Council President Roger Berliner is using his agenda-setting power to attempt a delay for a study of its effects on local businesses. Study or not, it seems likely the Council won't be able to act until it begins its 2017 session.

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Hogan's weak paid sick leave proposal gets pushback, will backfire

Gov. Larry Hogan's business-friendly paid sick leave proposal Wednesday brought strong pushback and will likely mean a stronger coalition for a bill in January that will actually help low-wage workers faced with the need to go to work sick, or lose their jobs.

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Fight for $15 in MoCo moves to council committee Wednesday

Montgomery County Council's HHS committee will work on the bill mandating a $15 minimum wage in the county tomorrow, Wednesday Dec. 7, at 9 a.m. in their Rockville chambers. The coalition spearheaded by Progressive Maryland plans to fill the room with activists advocating for the bill.

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Dec. 5-12

A busy week including chapter meetings in Montgomery and Prince George's, plus our recent press clips, the week's blogs and other important things.

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Progressive Prince George's calls for resignation of Councilmember Mel Franklin, charged with DUI, accident

Prince George's County Councilmember Mel Franklin (Dist. 9) cast considerable doubt on his fitness for office in his recent DUI charge resulting from an accident while driving a county-owned vehicle. Progressive Prince George's has called for his resignation and more past accidents with county vehicles have come to light.

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Workers, local officials boost Fight for Fifteen at Tuesday's vigil

PM BlogSpace regular Hal Ginsberg brings the news -- and soundtrack -- of the Tuesday night vigil for a $15/hr minimum wage in Montgomery County. Don't miss the audio links embedded in this account.

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Better Ways to Elect our Leaders

Just as in 2000, the presidential candidate with the most popular votes did not win the election. How do we fix this? Mathew Goldstein shows why it's harder than it might look but could be even more rewarding.

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Nov. 28 - Dec. 4

A full slate of progressive thought and action for the next several weeks, including the Fight for Fifteen and other pro-people campaigns that won't please Trump & Co. at all

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Progressive Maryland and Allies Hold Vigil for Minimum Wage Increase in MoCo Tuesday

Progressive Maryland rallies activists Tuesday (Nov. 29) for finishing the job on raising Montgomery County's minimum wage to $15 per hour -- Fight for Fifteen!

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THE WAY FORWARD FOR PROGRESSIVES IN TRUMP’S WAKE

BlogSpace regular Hal Ginsberg charts a path for progressives in a Trump presidency that takes advantage of his (potentially) progressive moves and pushes back on his threatening moves.

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