Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, April 15, 2019

Progressive Maryland is resettling its work into our communities across the state after the all-hands effort during the General Assembly session that ended last week. We build power between elections and between legislative sessions, because that is how you win when it’s all on the line.

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Elected officials stay current with their communities -- or they lose

Getting lost in the excitement over the progressive-establishment spat in the Democratic Party is a political imperative – mutual, educational exchange of information from politicians to electorate – and vice versa. Stay current with your community. Or go home.



 

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Where the 2019 General Assembly Session failed

Maryland’s General Assembly passed over 850 bills by their Sine Die deadline. About 2,500, a record number, were filed, and there’s no doubt that many of those were bad bills and good riddance. But there were some real missed opportunities – at least as far as the state’s progressive forces are concerned. Let’s look at a few.



 

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Bringing educational and legislative experience to improving our schools

slate_for_school.jpgThe struggle to improve our schools in Prince George's County and other embattled systems throughout the state has to happen at the grass roots -- parents, students, teachers who understand what excellence means for our children's future must build power in school and political systems to make it happen. Our newest Progressive Maryland organizer, Davain McClain, outlines what has brought him to the fight for education quality.



 

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Bills that passed the 2019 General Assembly session, in a roundup

maryland_state_house.jpgAs Sine Die came and went -- the final day of the Maryland General Assembly's 2019 Session -- lawmakers mourned and engaged in horse-trading to get 850-plus bills across the finish line. Here is a roundup from Maryland Matters writers on bills that made it and some that didn't. And more pathways to info are included; read on...



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday (Sine Die), April 8, 2019

Today is Sine Die, the last day of the legislative session  -- but one big chair is vacant after the death Sunday of Mike Busch, the House of Delegates’ longest-serving speaker.

The frantic business of Sine Die will go on, with many, many bills trying to get across the finish line – some to an uncertain fate at the hands of Gov. Larry Hogan. So the struggle always continues.



 

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Constituents, activists urge Shore delegates to back Clean Energy Jobs Act

ecoblast.jpgIn an open letter to Delegates representing the Eastern Shore, Upper and Lower, activist constituents urge them to back the Clean Energy Jobs Act now struggling to get a floor vote in the House by the end of the session Monday. The House of Delegates is scheduled to convene at noon today (Saturday, April 6) to address lingering tasks -- like the CEJA -- before the frenzy of Monday's "sine die" end of the session.

Shore constituents -- and all Maryland voters who are interested in lowering or easing climate impacts AND bringing good-paying jobs to Maryland -- should take a moment to touch base with their delegates on this matter. They are working Saturday and maybe we should too, for an improved future for the state.



 

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$725 million in new Kirwan school funding passes House, Senate committees

slate_for_school.jpgLawmakers have put SB1030, dubbed The Education Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, on a fast track. It would infuse an additional $725 million into public schools over the next two years.



 

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Why Del. Mary Ann Lisanti must be expelled from the General Assembly

If you are a demonstrated racist, we don’t need you making law in Maryland. Del. Mary Ann Lisanti must be removed from the General Assembly.

MD_state_house.jpgOur Progressive Maryland organizing director Nikki MG Cole nailed it: “The article does an excellent job of concisely summarizing the history of racial economy, politics, and culture in Maryland and Prince George’s County, making it easy for the reader to understand how Lisanti's anti-black statement is rooted in our collective history, and therefore necessitates action for our collective future.”



 

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Progressive Maryland weekly memo for Monday, April 1, 2019

April blossoms today; last week of the Assembly Session unfolds; the People’s Wave comes to DC in late April and we can all be in on it.

Save the Dates for The People's Wave: People's Action 2019 Convention -- Omni Shoreham Hotel  |  Washington, DC

Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 2:00 PM - Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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