Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Feb. 13-19

The Weekly Memo: action in Annapolis and organizing throughout the state. The resistance grows and learns.

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Senate Committee hears sick leave bill, including Progressive Maryland testimony

Media accounts of a Senate committee hearing on this year's paid sick leave bill varied widely from objective to blatantly pro-business, we find, but the picture is steadied by Progressive Maryland staffer Jennifer Dwyer's testimony at the hearing.

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PM member's testimony refutes rationale for pre-emption bill

Del. Dereck Davis's bill HB 317, which would prohibit local governments from raising the minimum wage higher than the state's, had a rough time at yesterday's (Feb. 8) House hearing. Progressive Maryland member Bobby Bartlett's testimony enraged Davis, as the video indicates.

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Howard County passes immigrant safety bill; exec promises veto

Howard County Council members passed a bill assuring safety for the county's vulnerable groups in the face of the Trump threat, but the Republican county executive, with a history of discriminatory moves, promises a veto.

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NIMBY Wins, Cheverly Loses: Proposed Halfway House Blocked

Two voices from under one roof lament Cheverly's recent, quiet rejection of a halfway house for returning citizens, and examine the still-rampant fear of The Other that makes positive change so difficult.

 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Feb. 6-13

Is it Larry Trump or Donald Hogan... protesters urge the Gov. to separate himself from the Prez but he doesn't come out of his mansion to see his shadow. Also lots of info on Assembly action in Annapolis, and links to the most recent blog posts.

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UM Students Mass to Protest Trump Order on Migrants

University of Maryland students rallied and marched yesterday at the College Park campus to protest the Trump administration's executive order on migrants and refugees. The students were eloquent in asking "Have we learned nothing?" from the history of past discrimination, the student newspaper The Diamondback reported.

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Rascovar: Will Hogan’s slimmed-down budget implode?

Gov. Hogan's budget is delicately balanced with anticipated federal spending, direct and indirect. The irrational behavior of the Trump administration, abetted by Hogan's GOP compadres in charge of Congress, could leave Maryland in the fiscal trash heap.

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Private schools getting public money violate our educational norms for facts

As Mathew Goldstein documents here, religion-based private schools in Maryland -- some of which are getting taxpayer money under a Hogan program -- have been in the "alternate facts" business long before Trump and Kellyanne Conway. Hogan wants to double down on this taxpayer funding despite the non-verifiable "facts" in their textbooks.

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Jan. 30-Feb. 4

A week to put some fight in you, and it happened to a lot of us. Here are a few local outrages to match, plus a full calendar of progressive activism and last week's blog posts with links.

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