Trumpcare is Hogan's worst nightmare and it's lingering into August

Seasoned Maryland political commentator Barry Rascovar in "Repealing Obamacare is Hogan’s conundrum" almost makes us feel sorry for Larry Hogan. Almost. Sure, being Republican is the family business for Hogan – but it was his choice to go all in, and now the GOP barbarism over healthcare in the US Congress could mean chaos as he approaches a reelection campaign in 2018. Now Mitch McConnell stretches the Senate's agony into August to avoid his healthcare bill's implosion, and “The price to Maryland state government of an Obamacare repeal is in the billions.” Not what Hogan wants to run on, not even….

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Arrest powers are not appropriate for nonviolent school behavior -- let's end them

School security and law enforcement officers should not arrest students for nonviolent behavioral issues in our schools. But they have the authority, and frequently abuse it.  Amity Pope, who urged the National Education Association convention to take action on this issue, says we should begin to remedy this locally as well.

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for July 10-16

Welcome to a week full of activity -- canvassing and health care advocacy, among other things -- with our growing network of county and local chapters. Plus links to our most recent blog posts.

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Maryland Roundup: News About Social and Economic Justice

Maryland roundup – here’s what happened in Maryland this week, with a focus on progressive issues and economic and social justice.

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Canvass and action this weekend on the danger to everyone's health care

As the Senate returns from its no-so-relaxing break with the home folks, Progressive Maryland and allies will keep the pressure on to save our healthcare from their wealthcare bill.

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for July 3-8

Health care and the fight against the wealthcare of the Senate bill still fills up our agenda. Plus chapter reports and the past week's blog posts. And have a happy Fourth, a day on which independence from remote and greedy power was hopefully proclaimed.

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DC rally hears impact on Maryland of GOP health care bills from Progressive Maryland organizer

Progressive Maryland health care organizer Beth Landry brought to a rally on Capitol Hill the devastating effect of GOP health care plans on the state's patients and their caregivers -- all for a huge tax cut giveaway to the rich. In her speech June 28 she sums up "This bill is literally a death sentence."

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Override of HoCo veto of Fair Election law will help take big money out of local elections

On Monday, July 3, the Howard County council in legislative session is expected to override County Executive Allan Kittleman's veto of the Citizens' Election Fund legislation, Council Bill 30 (CB30). This action will reinforce what the people of Howard County voted for in November 2016 when they passed Question A.  Question A mandated the formation of the Citizens' Election Fund and the enabling law was passed by a 4-1 vote in council on June 5 of this year.

Progressive HoCo activist Dave Bazell outlines the possible futures of this good law.

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A nation's health care under threat because of greed

“This is it," says analyst Bob Borosage of People's Action. "The Senate has to decide on health care. Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell is pushing for a Thursday vote on the Senate plan that will deprive millions of Americans of health care coverage, and raise premiums to tens of millions more." More from Borosage below, but his main message is the need for immediate action.

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Engagement, not estrangement urged as racism grows in age of Trump

Recent instances of nooses left provocatively in our region are deeply disturbing reminders of an angry and divided world, Hal Ginsberg writes. In order to create a better America, one activist of color tells him, it is crucial for African-Americans to resist the temptation to view most whites as either complicit in the overt racism of a few or, at best, indifferent to it. But all must actively resist any normalization of words and images that dehumanize African-Americans. And we must also condemn the actions of white racists while siding unequivocally with the individuals and communities they attack.

 

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