Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for September 19-25

Progressive Maryland's Weekly Memo leads with Prince George's Question D, the term-limits-evading ballot measure. Tell the Democratic Central Committee it's no slam dunk before they put it on their sample ballot with a "yes" recommendation Tuesday night.


PROGRESSIVE MARYLAND WEEKLY MEMO FOR SEPTEMBER 19-25

ON THE FRONT BURNER; Let the Prince George’s Democratic Central Committee know Tuesday (Sept. 20) that Question D, a blatant attempt to evade term limits at taxpayers’ expense, is not a slam dunk and shouldn’t be on the Dems’ suggested sample ballot.

In July of this year, the Prince George’s County Council voted to place Question D on November’s General Election ballot.   Question D would amend the County’s Charter to create two additional at-large council seats.  These at-large seats would have a two-term limit separate from the current two-term limit for district seats.   As phrased, Question D would permit current councilmembers to run for at-large seats in 2018 when their district terms expire.

A public hearing, called at short notice in mid-summer, preceded the council vote. The vast majority of residents, many representing their civic organizations, testified loudly and clearly in opposition to Question D.  Ignoring their input, the Council voted to place Question D on the ballot.

It is not a citizen referendum, placed on the ballot by massive numbers of voter signatures, such as the measures that originally imposed term limits. Activists are working with the Prince George’s Civic Federation to defeat the measure, which would impose cost to the taxpayers and the inclusion of two more countywide seats on the ballot that will be very expensive to run for and invite still more big-dollar contributors into an already polluted process. A website with more information is at http://www.noonquestiond.com/

The Council, assisted by the Senate delegation, is attempting to twist the arms of the Democratic Central Committee to support Question D.  If the Democratic Central Committee votes to approve Question D, support for Question D will become the official position of the Democratic Party and it will be placed on the “sample ballot” that is routinely mailed and handed out to voters.

This is not what democracy should look like. RSVP below for the Sept 20th meeting of the committee to tell the Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee, the County Council and the Senate Delegation that Prince Georgians are against Question D!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 06:30 PM ·

Sheet Metal Workers 100 Hall AT 4725 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD 20746  RSVP

 

>>In Howard County, events promoting the Citizens Fair Electionballot measure:

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Day of Phone Banking

Location: Dr. Lillian Holmes’ House

Address: Provided after RSVP

Time: 6:30PM to 8:30PM 

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 

RSVP: Joanne - jantoine@democracyinitiative.org 

 

Fair Elections House Party

Location: Sue Geckle’s House

Address: Provided after RSVP

Time: 7:00PM to 8:30PM 

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016

RSVP Joanne - : jantoine@democracyinitiative.org 

 

Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s Fair Elections Event & Outreach Day

           Location: Dr. Lillian Holmes’ House

           Address: Provided after RSVP

           Time: 6:00PM to 8:30PM

           Date: Thursday September 29, 2016

           RSVP: Joanne - jantoine@democracyinitiative.org

 

>>Progressive Montgomery will be calling two county council members who have not co-sponsored the important bill to increase the minimum wage in Montgomery to $15/hour by 2020. We’ll call Roger Berliner Sept. 27 and Craig Rice Sept.  28. More here.  

>>Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman invites you to a fall crab feast by the River, to benefit litigation against dense development next to the Patuxent in Bowie.  October 1, 2-6 p.m. at the Riverkeeper site in Upper Marlboro, donation $35. More info here.

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