Patricia Sobel signed Tell Hogan to Hold a Townhall Meeting with His Constituents 2017-02-23 18:41:29 -0500
The letter below written by Nienke Grossman was sent to Governor Larry Hogan on February 3rd, and posted in the Baltimore Sun. Since then, hundreds of Marylanders have signed on, demanding that Governor Hogan tell us where he stands on policies of the Trump administration as they relate to our state and its people. Read it, then sign on below.2,385 signatures
Dear Governor Hogan:
We are Maryland voters who care deeply about the present and future of our state. We hail from all over Maryland, and we have made thousands of phone calls to your office in the last several weeks seeking your views on a wide range of issues. We are still waiting for your answers.
As you know, hundreds of thousands of Marylanders may lose their health care and many more risk the loss of important benefits, such as the elimination of lifetime maximums, as a result of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. We are unable to support refugees fleeing death and destruction as a result of the president’s action, and the federal government is threatening to deputize our local law enforcement for the purposes of enforcing immigration law rather than our own criminal laws and to take away funding from sanctuary cities. Our Jewish Community Centers, mosques, churches and public schools have become targets of hateful speech and acts. Also, recent news reports suggest that the new administration may reduce funds for women’s health care and domestic violence shelters, which provide care and refuge to the most vulnerable among us.
You are our governor. We voted you into office, yet we feel our concerns are being ignored. We deserve to know how you propose to address these issues. What are you going to do about the impending health care crisis in Maryland? What are you doing to help ensure that Maryland continues to be a welcoming place for immigrants and people fleeing from violence and persecution? What do you propose to keep our houses of worship and our schools safe from hate? What do you propose to ensure access to basic women’s health care services and to minimize the harm to victims of domestic violence in the wake of reduced federal funding to shelters?
Because our phone calls have gone unheeded and many of our Facebook posts have been deleted and blocked, we request that you announce and hold an open town hall meeting to share with us your concrete policy proposals on health care coverage, your views on immigration, and how you will show leadership in response to the uptick in hateful acts in our state and the potential defunding of domestic violence shelters and resources.
We want to work with you to make Maryland the best state that it can possibly be and to help Maryland rise to the challenges that it will face in the years to come. We need to know where you stand, and we want you to know that we are motivated, we are concerned, and we are not going away.
In July of this year, the Prince George’s County Council voted to place Question D on November’s General Election ballot. Question D would amend the County’s Charter to create two additional at-large council seats. These at-large seats would have a two-term limit separate from the current two-term limit for district seats. As phrased, Question D would permit current councilmembers to run for at-large seats in 2018 when their district terms expire.
A public hearing, called at short notice in mid-summer, preceded the council vote. The vast majority of residents, many representing their civic organizations, testified loudly and clearly in opposition to Question D. Ignoring their input, the Council voted to place Question D on the ballot.
The Council then promptly turned around and, assisted by the Senate delegation, is attempting to twist the arms of the Democratic Central Committee to support Question D. If the Democratic Central Committee votes to approve Question D, support for Question D will become the official position of the Democratic Party and it will be placed on the “sample ballot” that is routinely mailed and handed out to voters.
This is not what democracy should look like. Sign the petition below to show the Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee and it's leaders that Prince Georgians want them to take no position on Question D.
Petition by: Suchitra Balachandran, Kathy Bryant, Sarah Cavitt, Mary Forsht-Tucker, Jon Robinson, Linda Saffell, & Barbara Sollner-Webb
Progressive Prince George's78 signatures
To: The Prince George’s Democratic Party Central Committee, the Prince George’s Senate Delegation, and the Prince George’s County Council.
Question D is the fourth attempt by elected officials to circumvent or repeal term limits in Prince George’s County.
Enough is Enough!
As residents and voters in Prince George’s County:
- We ask the Democratic Central Committee (Central Committee) NOT to take a position on Question D and attempt to influence the ballot;
- We ask the sitting Senators and sitting County Council members NOT to attempt to strong-arm the Central Committee to support Question D
- We ask all elected officials to respect the only public hearing on Question D held by the County Council at which the majority of speakers opposed Question D for some of the following reasons:
- Running countywide for at-large seats is expected to cost $300,000 to $400,000, making it difficult for grassroots candidates to compete against developer- and other corporate-assisted candidates.
- Candidates elected by special interest money will be accountable to their funders and not to the people who elect them.
- The two additional council members and their staff will cost the county roughly $1 million dollars annually.
- The addition of two at-large seats will dilute the power of the district council members who are most responsive to citizen needs.
Should the Central Committee wish to take a position on future ballot questions, we ask the Committee to adopt a fair, transparent and well-defined process that includes a thorough study of the pros and cons of the ballot question, and a robust public participation process.
Meanwhile, Please Do Not Take a Position on Question D
Let the voters decide.