Rallies around Maryland to support Postal Service set for tomorrow

ballot_box.jpgActivists around Maryland are planning events Saturday (Aug. 22) in support of the embattled US Postal Service and its key role in mail-in voting as the pandemic makes in-person voting risky for some. Find where they are here.

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Wednesday Wrap -- Postal reversal, Bay decline, other scandals

hogan_in_shades.jpgAs the week rolls on it's easy to miss some of the juiciest outrages affecting Maryland -- the USPS slowdown and its aftermath doesn't give Congress DeJoy; bye bye to a Hogan staff chief who cashed in too visibly (Larry is more careful); Hogan's "rain tax" gambit besmirches his stewardship of the Bay, and more. Should we be ashamed of always looking at the downside? Well, maybe -- but we aren't.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, August 17, 2020

CampaignMiscImage_1594309709.6756.pngIn the Memo this week -- the need for a special session of the General Assembly gains traction; fighting for the right of the mail to go through in an election year, how to ensure your vote in Maryland; events from our allies around Maryland and of course our recent blog posts, curated for you.



 

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Major Step Towards Special Session! Maryland AG Lays Pathway for Conducting Session During Pandemic.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Baltimore Mayor Jack Young, Senate President Bill Ferguson and Sen. Will Smith speak in support of ending the practice of suspending driver’s licenses. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)

(Photo Credit: Kate Ryan WTOP)

In a major victory for organizations demanding solutions from the Maryland General Assembly to address the looming eviction crisis on Friday August 14th, a letter from the Maryland Attorney General lays out a pathway for the General Assembly to reconvene.

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Officials deliberate to fashion MD schools plan amid leadership vacuum

slate_for_school.jpgIn the absence of any leadership from state government, top Assembly leaders and county/city school superintendents work to plan how to safely create school environments -- in-school or remote -- and what they need to make the school systems both safe and effective. Their list of needs is long and the response from the Hogan administration and state schools officials sounds suspiciously like crickets. These two accounts describe a thoughtful encounter Thursday (Aug. 13) between two state Senate leaders and three school superintendents (and readers of the BlogSpace can stream the whole discussion) as well as an opinion piece earlier this week by Sen. Paul Pinsky, who chairs the Senate education panel and was one of the participants. Pinsky lays out the concerns raised by the health emergency and some practices that might make a difference.



 

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‘Too Much at Stake’ to Wait Till January, Special Session Advocates Say

CampaignMiscImage_1594309709.6756.pngProgressive Maryland joined activist groups representing workers, tenants, immigrants, parents, students and others who pledged on Wednesday to ramp up their campaign to bring the Maryland General Assembly back to Annapolis for a special session. This article from Maryland Matters outlines our campaign.



 

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We must have a Special Session -- ramping up the campaign

MD_state_house_sketch.jpgThese times demand that our elected representatives take decisive action to aid the people of our state.

However this is not happening. Hard-pressed Marylanders increasingly call on the General Assembly to reconvene for a special session to address our current crisis. Our executive director, Larry Stafford Jr., weighs the options here and explains why today, Progressive Maryland is joining with 70 labor, faith, and community organizations in the demand for a special session of the Maryland General Assembly. 



 

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Progressive Maryland launches leadership development program

MD_state_house.jpgProgressive Maryland "has launched a program to train and educate potential candidates for office and other political advocates " as we see in this article from Maryland Matters, the insightful statewide political blog. The site's founder/editor, longtime state political observer Josh Kurtz, outlined the plan and the people in an article posted yesterday (Monday, Aug. 10).

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, August 10, 2020

CampaignMiscImage_1594309709.6756.pngAn eviction crisis is looming. Even folks who give housing their full-time attention feel they may not know how bad the coming wave of evictions will be, in Maryland and everywhere that the expiration of the $600 top-off on unemployment insurance tips families from scrambling into desperation. We need an end to evictions and cancellations of rent. What pressure points can we lean on to get action? We have suggestions below. That and lots more in PM's Weekly Memo, your go-to source for progressive action in Maryland.

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Can Hogan lead in Maryland while dancing to national GOP tune?

trump-hogan_wbal.jpgGov. Larry Hogan continues to flounder as a leader in Maryland while decked out in high, hyped ratings in the rest of the country -- fueled by his relentless book tour and his ubiquity on the cable shows.

Meanwhile he's responding to national GOP dog whistles on school openings (for the privileged) and scare tactics on a safe mail-in vote.

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