Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, Nov. 3, 2018

We are inviting progressives from across the state to join together and discuss the next steps for our movement. On Saturday December 29th at 11 a.m. we'll meet in Annapolis for a statewide Progressive Maryland gathering to continue to build power; watch this space for more and RSVP here.



 

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On Dec 29th MD Progressives Unite

The end of 2018 is quickly approaching and it has been a tremendous year. Following the results of the 2018 elections we are inviting progressives from across the state to join together and discuss the next steps for our movement.On Saturday December 29th at 11am, we will be convening a Progressive Maryland statewide meeting to celebrate our victories, discuss our challenges, and to prepare our next steps.

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Reforming MD's Democratic Party: Ground Zero may be Saturday

Will the state's Democratic establishment take steps to democratize their party and loosen the grip of big money? PM electoral fellow Richard DeShay Elliott, in a guest commentary for Maryland Matters today (Nov. 29), describes how this might come to a head Saturday at the state Dem leadership elections -- if restive progressives let their central committee reps know how they feel.

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Outgoing Delegate will lobby pro bono to "level the playing field"

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Outgoing state Del. Jimmy Tarlau (D-Prince George’s) is planning to become a pro bono lobbyist for progressive organizations and causes focusing on tax issues, economic justice, labor and consumer rights as well as local Prince George’s County matters.



 

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MD Democratic leadership struggle heats up for Dec. 1 vote

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There’s a struggle, not a coronation, in store as the state’s Democratic Party chooses its leadership team this Saturday (Dec. 1) in the wake of a decidedly mixed election result. Here's the state of play and the statements by aspirants to the party's chair.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, Nov. 26 -- Statewide Meeting Set

MovementPoliticsTeambanner.jpgSAVE THE DATE – SATURDAY, DEC. 29 FOR PROGRESSIVE MARYLAND’S STATEWIDE MEETING because we build power locally but exercise it statewide. So we’ll have a statewide gathering before the New Year to consolidate what we’ve learned and build on the power we have built. Save that date, Saturday, December 29 for our statewide meeting in Annapolis.



 

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Lawmakers Redoubling Effort to Pass Health Care Downpayment

A return of the “individual mandate” -- softened Maryland-style -- may be in synch with a public opinion swing in favor of the Affordable Care Act and the salience of health care as an issue in the midterms. Our goal is a form of Medicare for All (yes, still with for-profit providers in the mix) leading toward a single-payer system that can keep the providers honest, patient-oriented healthcare_not_wealthcare.jpgand without a profit motive.

A good start for the Assembly’s tilt against Hogan; we’ll see if he sees the light.

Maryland Matters senior reporter Bruce DePuyt has the story; it also appeared in the Maryland Reporter today (Nov. 20).



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, November 19, 2018

Recognizing that this week, and probably the next month, is going to be light on activist events and meetings, there is nevertheless an important focus for us coming up sooner than we might think.MovementPoliticsTeambanner.jpg

The General Assembly convenes January 9th for what has to be an interesting session, with a lame-duck Larry Hogan free to be GOP and a modestly more progressive Assembly ready to rumble. Let's start getting ready now.



 

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What School Funding Advocates Should Learn From Midterms

slate_for_school.jpgMarylanders, just recovering from a mixed-results election, will soon be presented with the potential price tag for the excellent schools program that the Kirwan Commission has developed over its two-year investigation. As Jeff Bryant notes in this survey of the pro-education surge nationally, the state has approved the “lock box” on school revenues that will make sure that casino money will add to – rather than replace – the total spent on education. That’s a start, but more will probably be needed – and progressive activists must be ready to push the General Assembly to in turn push Larry Hogan to fully fund schools – which, despite his claims, he has never done. Bryant’s account puts our need for struggle in context.



 

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Marc Elrich has a mandate

A pre-election poll about issues -- imagine that, actual issues -- at play in the MoCo executive race shows "Marc Elrich not only won the election but also a mandate for his development agenda," David Lublin writes in Seventh State. Respondents favored "making developers pay more towards the county infrastructure needed to support the expanded population that development brings."



 

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