Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, May 13, 2019

MovementPoliticsTeambannermay2018.jpgAction items for the week: Push back against Trump-style attacks on working families; oppose predatory payday lending <> Act now to join our MOVEMENT POLITICS Training on Saturday, May 18 in Baltimore; learn how to build power in electoral politics from the ground up.



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Time running out to stop CFPB from dropping regs on financial predators

payday_loans.jpgThe Trump wrecking ball may hit vital consumer financial protections unless we tell them no. Comments on a rollback of regulations on payday lending must be made within five days. PM makes it easy here; read on.



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Prince George's Council pushes back on Hogan Beltway toll lane plan

traffic_congestion.jpegThe Prince George's Council joins MoCo's executive in urging a go-slow approach to the environmental and social cost of Hogan's galloping road show. Activists see the "public-private partnership" as a boondoggle for GOP-connected consultants that will eventually have to be bailed out by state taxpayers. A Maryland Matters article has details.



 

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Prince George's teachers face struggle against local, state and national trends

slate_for_school.jpgPrince George's County teachers observe teacher "Un-Appreciation Day" today with a protest against the cascade of local, state and national obstacles to equity, teacher retention and restorative programs in school systems in historically African-American communities. And veteran Prince George's teacher and union activist Yvonne N. Baicich reminds us of the everyday challenges in the classroom, where all these trends converge.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, May 6, 2019

md-legislative-session.jpgProgressive activists made the Assembly's Democratic Caucus think twice or even three times about cavorting with the GOP minority to choose a new Speaker of the House of Delegates. Read more about how progressives outside the Assembly put some spine in the ones on the inside.



 

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Winners and losers in the Wednesday Speaker vote

MD_state_house.jpgIn this hard-nosed and broad-scale account, Josh Kurtz of Maryland Matters outlines the new power map after Adrienne Jones became the compromise House Speaker on Wednesday. Progressive forces made themselves heard when the consequences of collaborating with the minority GOP were on the table. But doing the math over Kurtz's shoulder, we need to take a lesson and an incentive from his observation: "progressives regularly overestimate their overall political strength in Maryland, which isn’t nearly as progressive as they are." We'll keep making the state more progressive, because we can.

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New Speaker, New M4A bill -- a tale of two capitals

pm_folks_with_banner.jpgA double bonus again: our director Larry Stafford outlines how the state House of Delegates dodged the bullet of a leadership race controlled by the GOP minority and what it will take to bring enough change to ensure this close call doesn't happen again. And in an account from another capital -- the one downtown -- Progressive Maryland and allies in the #People's Wave went to the streets to secure Medicare for All and mass-shamed Big Pharma for its role in raising drug prices to life-threatening levels -- because they can. M4A will insure they lose that edge.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for May Day, 2019

MD_state_house.jpgMAY DAY This morning, folks all over the world are celebrating the international holiday that workers made with their own hands.

This morning, we Maryland progressives are fighting off the pushback of neoliberal so-called Democrats who are trying to hook up with Republicans in the Maryland General Assembly to grab the power of the House Speakership. It is happening this morning. Find out how to fight back, build power and win.



 

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Activists, delegates warn of trouble in Speaker contest disunity

PM_Logo.pngDouble bonusblog: Richard DeShay Elliott’s hopeful future for the Assembly’s Dem leadership is outlined, plus a warning from two progressive delegates about the dangers of flirting with the retrograde GOP caucus for advantage in the Speaker’s contest; ASSEMBLY VOTING IS TOMORROW, MAY 1.



 

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Big Pharma’s own disclosures show prescription drugs are high-price, high-profit consumer ripoff

healthcare_not_wealthcare.jpgBig Pharma's claim that high research costs cause high drug prices is a lie. “Between 2006 and 2015, 18 pharmaceutical companies in the S&P 500 spent 11% more on payments to shareholders than on research and development.” People’s Action’s George Goehl and Roosevelt Center president Felicia Wong show how unregulated Big Pharma rips off desperate prescription drug consumers, and how to fix that.



 

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