PM member's testimony refutes rationale for pre-emption bill
Del. Dereck Davis's bill HB 317, which would prohibit local governments from raising the minimum wage higher than the state's, had a rough time at yesterday's (Feb. 8) House hearing. Progressive Maryland member Bobby Bartlett's testimony enraged Davis, as the video indicates.Read more
Howard County passes immigrant safety bill; exec promises veto
Howard County Council members passed a bill assuring safety for the county's vulnerable groups in the face of the Trump threat, but the Republican county executive, with a history of discriminatory moves, promises a veto.Read more
NIMBY Wins, Cheverly Loses: Proposed Halfway House Blocked
Two voices from under one roof lament Cheverly's recent, quiet rejection of a halfway house for returning citizens, and examine the still-rampant fear of The Other that makes positive change so difficult.
Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Feb. 6-13
Is it Larry Trump or Donald Hogan... protesters urge the Gov. to separate himself from the Prez but he doesn't come out of his mansion to see his shadow. Also lots of info on Assembly action in Annapolis, and links to the most recent blog posts.Read more
UM Students Mass to Protest Trump Order on Migrants
University of Maryland students rallied and marched yesterday at the College Park campus to protest the Trump administration's executive order on migrants and refugees. The students were eloquent in asking "Have we learned nothing?" from the history of past discrimination, the student newspaper The Diamondback reported.Read more
Rascovar: Will Hogan’s slimmed-down budget implode?
Gov. Hogan's budget is delicately balanced with anticipated federal spending, direct and indirect. The irrational behavior of the Trump administration, abetted by Hogan's GOP compadres in charge of Congress, could leave Maryland in the fiscal trash heap.Read more
Private schools getting public money violate our educational norms for facts
As Mathew Goldstein documents here, religion-based private schools in Maryland -- some of which are getting taxpayer money under a Hogan program -- have been in the "alternate facts" business long before Trump and Kellyanne Conway. Hogan wants to double down on this taxpayer funding despite the non-verifiable "facts" in their textbooks.Read more
Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Jan. 30-Feb. 4
A week to put some fight in you, and it happened to a lot of us. Here are a few local outrages to match, plus a full calendar of progressive activism and last week's blog posts with links.Read more
Healthcare for All – Where does Maryland stand in the Movement?
The Affordable Care Act was a huge step forward, but finally compromised by its entanglement with for-profit medical care systems. What should be next? Beth Landry describes the growing surge for a single-payer, "Medicare for all" successor system.Read more
Fusing Group Identity and Class-Based Politics
Hal Ginsberg brings history to bear to show that economic class and its widespread improvement is an important underpinning for the identity issues that are -- justifiably -- at the top of our priorities list. "...Democrats can return to power only if they run squeaky clean candidates with a documented commitment to economic and social justice. It’s going to be a long road."Read more