With no special session, MD legislators are ignoring their responsibilities

CampaignMiscImage_1594309709.6756.pngTime is running out for the Maryland General Assembly to do what its clear duties require and meet in Special Session to finish their work from the cut-off session in spring 2020 and remedy the shortfalls of the Hogan administration in keeping the state's people and economy protected from the effects of COVID-19.

Here, a participant in the recent People's Special Session recounts how the leaders of the Assembly tried -- and failed -- to pre-empt or muffle these demands by crashing the People's Special Session.

As Rashad Lloyd says here in a Maryland Matters commentary, "The people won’t forget the harm the General Assembly has caused by failing to take action. We certainly won’t forget this moment when they’re up for reelection in 2022."

See more of our PM BlogSpace coverage on the need for a special session here and here.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, October 5, 2020

CampaignMiscImage_1594309709.6756.pngLots of election info here, see below. And watch for our most recent endorsements, which will be announced all this week. Watch and follow our Facebook & Twitter pages for updates on our candidate endorsements!

Plus statewide alerts, our chapter news and events, allies events and our reent blog posts. Read the Memo!



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, September 28, 2020

CampaignMiscImage_1594309709.6756.pngGetting some action out of our General Assembly lawmakers is still on the table; find out how. Meanwhile, the raw deal they have left us to handle on our own requires solidarity and knowledge. You provide the community solidarity, we've got chapter and verse on how to vote, how to stay safe and fight back in pandemic time, where we fit in the national activism scene and more -- all in the Weekly Memo. Read on.

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Progressives line up against MoCo Question B with citizen group

MoCo-Against-B-Supporters-1024x571.pngProgressive Marylanders in Montgomery County have been fighting, with allies, to defeat the right-wing stealth measure Question B that would cripple public services in the county with a tax-break windfall for the rich. Adam Pagnucco in the Seventh State blog updates that fight as a new umbrella coalition is launched by a citizen group with many of those allies.

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, September 21, 2020

CampaignMiscImage_1594309709.6756.pngIn the Memo this week: Action urging a special session of the Maryland General Assembly; COVID-19 keeps hitting hard in Maryland; beginning-to-end explainer on how we’ll vote in our state (hint: not all on Nov. 3); notes on the crisis outside our state -- in Congress and the White House; progressive events in MoCo, PGC and AA counties plus our other chapter news; events from our allies and our recent blog posts. Your go-to weekly source for progressive thought and action in the Free State.

 

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Progressives vow to maintain pressure for special session despite surprise leadership cameo

pm_state_house_background.jpgDespite the surprise appearances of House and Senate leaders at a rally to show how a special Assembly session could work, their disappointing refusal to call such a session brought progressives' vow to keep the pressure on. Read about what happened Wednesday and what happens next.



 

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Maryland transit cuts are hurting essential workers, low-income communities

images.jpgMaryland's transit systems -- buses, MARC and more -- are about to take a $150 million hit. It is unsurprising but outrageous that "these cuts... would be devastating to many Marylanders that live in low-income  communities, communities of color, and people with disabilities." Sixty-four Maryland activist groups across the political, community and environmental spectrum wrote this letter demanding the cuts be reversed and the Transportation Trust Fund tapped to ease the plight of essential workers, who largely come from the most impacted communities.  



 

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Voters want legislators to be working for them. Now.

image_for_annapolis_rally.jpg“Our state’s government isn’t intended to be run by just one person,” observes state budget expert Ben Orr. “… Gov. Hogan is operating without oversight and with no provisions for accountability on the part of the General Assembly. Billions of dollars have come to Maryland and [been disbursed] — or not — without the input of the legislative branch.”

Get the General Assembly to do its job by assembling at a rally in Annapolis tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 16). We'll show them how a people's legislature can meet safely instead of hiding behind the pandemic.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, September 14, 2020

image_for_annapolis_rally.jpgBe sure to join progressives in Annapolis Wednesday as we show the General Assembly members that doing their duty can be done safely  -- they can conduct a Special Session and save Marylanders from incompetence at the national and executive level. The Weekly Memo covers the latest voting information, health care struggles and progressive pushback against business as usual when ... well, when there isn't any usual. Plus our recent blogs. See it all in the PM Weekly Memo.

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MD's flagship university flagging in addressing inequalities in campus life

UMD.jpgA UM student writing in The Diamondback takes the pandemic-hobbled College Park campus administration to task for leaving a critical stakeholder out of planning participants, and exposing campus workers to hazardous conditions as students return to an uncertain semester.



 

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