"Resistance Summer": go with Moveon to build communities

MoveOn is launching Resistance Summer -- accept no DNC substitutes! -- and you can train with like-minded progressives to help build community resistance and empowerment, including in your own community. Note that the deadline for applying is SOON -- Sunday, May 21.

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Can Campaign Finance Reform Be The Cornerstone of a Progressive Movement?

MoCo activist Dylan Shelton reminds us that fair elections laws, in place or being sought in local counties, are only one step. Power has many ways of buying elections and progressives have to recognize and combat all of them to win.

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Home Stretch: Gov. Hogan needs to sign paid sick leave bill

Gov. Larry Hogan has scheduled a massive bill signing, his last for the 2017 session, on May 25. But he can dangle vetoes for two more days after that, including for the Healthy Working Families Act, the paid sick leave bill. We need to let him know that a veto -- just a stalling method for the inevitable override -- is not acceptable conduct of his office.

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for May 15-21

Welcome to the Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for May 15-21

 More chapters, more activists, more activism. Note that HoCo is having an organizing meeting this Sunday, below; and “The Blueprint” in June.

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Rascovar: With TrumpCare, Hogan's Worst Nightmare Comes True

Veteran political analyst Barry Rascovar sees TrumpCare as disaster for Larry Hogan's re-election hopes. "There’s no doubt Democratic candidates for Maryland governor will tie Hogan to Trumpcare.  Every candidate will be running ads with tales of how middle-class and working-class Marylanders would be hurt, how lives hang in the balance. It is a gift from heaven for Democrats. One Republican pollster called the GOP’s insistent quest to wipe out Obamacare 'political malpractice.' ”

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If Gov. Hogan Wants to Help Small Businesses, He Should Sign Paid Sick Days Bill

Opponents of HB1, the earned paid sick leave bill passed overwhelmingly this year by both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly, testified that job loss and business failures would result. Business persons who actually care about both their employees and their bottom lines know different, as one of them testifies here. This blog post is reposted from Working Matters Maryland, where it appeared May 3.

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An all-day conversation on gaining progressive wins

In Montgomery County, a day-long session detailed "the art of navigating through fraught political waters in order to attain real political power." Regular PM blogger Hal Ginsberg was there and brings us this report.

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for May 8-14

Welcome to the Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for May 8-14. It’s a busy week (starting tonight; see below) and a busy month, with Progressive Maryland local groups and affiliates gearing up to bring progressive politics to courthouses and town halls. Plus the blogs for the past week.

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The Trumpcare health care bill: an uncaring catastrophe

In the wake of the US House GOP majority squeaker passage of a catastrophic Trumpcare bill, sent off to a US Senate that hardly wants to touch it with a long stick, here's a roundup of information on the bill and some marching orders for progressives on how we can make those who voted for this bill pay for their mistake.

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Political truth: "Voters want more government, not less"

From the People's Action "Progressive Breakfast" blog: the political truths behind a recent poll finding that voters in the US want more government -- more of the things that improve the economy, job security, health and the welfare of all. Arguments from the right that our "freedom" requires want and anxiety, with minimal public provision, prove out to be pretty hollow.



 

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