Commission debates accountability for schools policy, improvement -- in shadow of election

The Kirwan Commission on education policy and resources is back in the news, and questions of how to fund good policy equitably across Maryland’s diverse school systems and communities are coming to the fore – just in time to cast light on a do-nothing governor who is actually working to make things worse by draining resources for privatization.


 

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Media tell Trump "we are not the enemy." Why do they have to?

Over 350 media outlets this morning (Thursday, August 16) published editorials in a coordinated action to shout out to Trump that "we are not the enemy of the people."

Trump's attack on the media definitely demanded pushback, and collective action by a bunch of large and small (corporate) media is reassuringly solidaristic.

But the question of why people are less likely to believe their media is worth a separate look.


 

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The Other InfoWars: Good Reads on voter suppression, white supremacy, QANON etc.

A guide for the perplexed -- the craziness out there needs deciphering, and you can get that from this roundup of Good Reads on Trump's authoritarian test bench, white supremacy old and new and the phenomenon called QAnon.


 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for August 13-20 2018

Canvass for building power!

Progressive Maryland activists in all our statewide chapters are gearing up for lots of canvassing and base building in August and into September, followed by more contacts to expand Maryland’s electorate by registering and activating voters so the Blue Wave nationwide will wash higher in the Free State than anywhere else, and send Larry Hogan back to private life. Join us as we build power for working families throughout the state and elect Ben Jealous as a progressive governor who will put the state on the right course.


 

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Hogan’s public-private highway plan: subtle and not so subtle racism

Larry Hogan's proposal for toll lanes for I-495, I-270 and (gasp) the B-W Parkway has plenty of critics -- as a false promise of jobs, a congestion-reduction plan that will actually find more cars filling more roads, or as a crowd-pleasing move to offset the ill will the governor engendered with his racially-tinged cancellation of Baltimore's Red Line.


 

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"Medicare for All" -- Ben Jealous's affordable plan for Maryland

Maryland currently spends $59 billion a year on health care, putting the projected $24 billion cost of Ben Jealous's "Medicare for All" plan in perspective. Jealous celebrates the recent anniversary of the signing of the Medicare bill with how it is evolving over the years and is overdue to debut as the pattern for health care for all Marylanders.


 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for August 6 2018

Progressive Maryland activists in all our statewide chapters are gearing up for lots of canvassing and base building in August and into September, followed by more contacts to expand Maryland’s electorate by registering and activating voters so the Blue Wave nationwide will wash higher in the Free State than anywhere else, and send Larry Hogan back to private life. Join us.


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Hogan's stealth "centrist" posture won't stand the light of day

Larry Hogan is being portrayed as a sunny "centrist" running against a "dangerous, risky" radical in Ben Jealous. The picture is wrong: Hogan's business-aligned administration has made working families his collateral damage. And Jealous is neither risky or dangerous.


 

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There is no "progressive" case for NATO: a response

If local progressives and leftists want to ensure stability and democracy, they should look beyond outdated military alliances. Two Montgomery County leftists reviewed the history of NATO and how it is viewed by international left parties in Europe, what they find shows NATO is anything but a stabilizing or democratic force.

 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for July 30-August 6 2018

Ben Jealous will win the governor’s race in November, despite Larry Hogan’s big money and inexplicable popularity. But, as sharp editorial observers have noted, he will not do that without “boots on the ground.” That means us – and you, who are part of us.


 

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