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What's New in Progressive Maryland Blogs

NEW ON THIS INFO CROSSROADS are fresh blogs on the crisis in affordable housing in Maryland and on not being smug about the frantic GOP scrum for the presidential nomination: How good is the progressive bench; where are tomorrow's progressive candidates? Earlier posts include SCOTUS critiques, the bad trade bills, the unending battle against racism, business influence in both of Maryland's parties and more... all available; just scroll down below...

Maryland is top-10 problem in US affordable housing crisis

The U.S. is experiencing a major housing crisis that has largely been ignored, and Maryland ranks 7th for highest housing costs and is in need of urgent solutions.   Continue reading

GOP clown show masks thin progressive bench

The crowded podium at the GOP presidential debates reflects not just their confusion but our progressive movement leadership's relative lack of youth and diversity Continue reading

”Original” intent aims to retain society’s outdated biases

Recent behavior of the Supreme Court's conservative wing shows the persistent danger to the concept of equal protection... Continue reading

Keep up momentum on Maryland's success on climate

A hearing in Prince George's Aug. 6 offers a chance to persuade officials that Maryland's Climate Plan deserves renewal and support Continue reading

Getting to nonpartisan redistricting – without getting ambushed by the political calendar

Maryland's partisan, flawed system of drawing electoral districts can be shifted to one that's a national standard. But many interests compete to keep the status quo and a tricky political calendar before 2020 has to be navigated. Continue reading

Maryland still needs Equality Maryland

Alarming news came recently when Equality Maryland announced that it may have to scale back or cease operations as funding fell following the Supreme Court marriage equality victory last month. Alarming, because Equality Maryland’s work isn’t done—it still has a profoundly important mission Continue reading

Hogan Doubles Down on Dems’ Anti-regulatory Moves

Gov. Hogan wants a new commission to loosen regulations on business. Apparently he wasn't satisfied with the work of the Augistine Commission, appointed -- by Democrats -- to accomplish the same goals. Continue reading

SCOTUS Leaning Left -- a Little

Predictions in the New York Times and elsewhere were that the US Supreme Court could trend left at the end of its session. They weren't far off, with four out of the six major decisions cheering liberals. Continue reading

Removing Confederate symbols and Honoring the Heritage That Reflects Our Ideals

By Justin Vest  History–like all human endeavors–is complex and often individual nuances are lost in the overarching context of a given time. The complexities of our history are not being adequately reflected in the ongoing debate over Confederate imagery, at least in part, because the symbols themselves are not capable of representing them fully.  Continue reading