Here's the latest update on blog posts since the Progressive Maryland BlogSpace started airing your and your fellow Marylanders' activities and hopes for our state in summer 2015. Find, open and read any blog using these links and summaries. You can latch onto this link in any weekly memo, too...
The Info File: index to Progressive Maryland blog posts since June 2015
by Robert Woodruff
on July 29, 2016 Flag
The Progressive Maryland PM BlogSpace has hosted 192 posts since June 2015 -- a storehouse of information on state and local governance and activism. Here's an index with links.
/A PM BlogSpace Report/ Bloggers for Progressive Maryland have covered the range of local, state and national issues important to PM activists in 108 posts since June 2015. Here's an index and summary of the posts so you can catch up.
Since June 19, 2015, Progressive Maryland’s “Progressive BlogSpace” on this page has tackled the range of issues that PM embraces – because they are the issues that most people find important to them, in their lives as workers, as consumers, as members of families and as active citizens at the local, state and national level.
We cover them in the blogs because the information we all need about these issues is dynamic – your understanding of them cannot stand still and you always need the latest.
Progressive Maryland, of course, is far more than a website/blog location. PM staffers and volunteers monitor and critique local and state government, keeping them honest and working above all to fight inequality and injustice by keeping the influence of money reduced or eliminated in our democracy at all these levels. You can find upcoming street-level events, government hearings and community outreach events on our calendar along with ways you can participate.
Part of your engagement with your community and its governance comes in the information sphere, and that’s where the website and the blogs come in. In these nearly fourteen months our blog posts have covered many issues, and you may have missed some of these posts. We are setting out our 108 posts since June 2015 in a chronological table of contents with links so you can check them over for issues you care about. These issues are the ones that make a difference to you. We hope you’ll find this indexed blog history handy for keeping up with the issues of the day. We plan to keep this updated and easy to access for PM members and allies who want to stay current.
And we want you to think of the part that you can play in this activity – enriching our PM community’s knowledge and passion to make a better neighborhood, a better Maryland, a better world. See yourself as a blogger, “write what you know” and submit a blog post to [email protected].
OUR BLOG POSTS, NEWEST TO OLDEST
Bernie's "Our Revolution" -- an account of his past, and of a hopeful future
December 15, 2016 Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose insurgent presidential primary campaign put radical democracy on the political map, tells in his new book how he became "Bernie" and how the US can find its way to a social justice future again. Bill Mosley reviews his book Our Revolution.
In presenting progressive front against Trump, Marylanders may have to watch our backs
December 14, 2016 Though we need our local institutions to present a solid front to the prospect of a corporate coup (the Trump administration) trends in the news make us wonder if we will have to watch our backs unless we give them some backbone.
Maryland can join Portland, Ore. in step to reduce income inequality, CEO outrages
Dec. 13, 2016 Even in the face of Trump's corporate coup, local and state governments can reduce income inequality with affirmative moves like those in Portland, Oregon -- where out-of-balance CEO compensation will have its price, and benefit the public. Hal Ginsberg recounts how Maryland and its local governments can consider this step.
December 9, 2016 MoCo Council divides on $15 minimum wage bill; delay to 2017 likely
Though a MoCo Council majority appears ready to pass a $15 minimum wage, Council President Roger Berliner is using his agenda-setting power to attempt a delay for a study of its effects on local businesses. Study or not, it seems likely the Council won't be able to act until it begins its 2017 session.
December 8, 2016 Hogan's weak paid sick leave proposal gets pushback, will backfire
Gov. Larry Hogan's business-friendly paid sick leave proposal Wednesday brought strong pushback and will likely mean a stronger coalition for a bill in January that will actually help
December 6, 2016 Fight for $15 in MoCo moves to council committee Wednesday
Montgomery County Council's HHS committee will work on the bill mandating a $15 minimum wage in the county tomorrow, Wednesday Dec. 7, at 9 a.m. in their Rockville chambers. The coalition spearheaded by Progressive Maryland plans to fill the room with activists advocating for the bill.
December 5, 2016 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Dec. 5-12
A busy week including chapter meetings in Montgomery and Prince George's, plus our recent press clips, the week's blogs and other important things.
December 02, 2016 Progressive Prince George's calls for resignation of Councilmember Mel Franklin, charged with DUI, accident
Prince George's County Councilmember Mel Franklin (Dist. 9) cast considerable doubt on his fitness for office in his recent DUI charge resulting from an accident while driving a county-owned vehicle. Progressive Prince George's has called for his resignation and more past accidents with county vehicles have come to light.
December 01, 2016 Workers, local officials boost Fight for Fifteen at Tuesday's vigil
PM BlogSpace regular Hal Ginsberg brings the news -- and soundtrack -- of the Tuesday night vigil for a $15/hr minimum wage in Montgomery County. Don't miss the audio links embedded in this account.
November 29, 2016 Better Ways to Elect our Leaders
Just as in 2000, the presidential candidate with the most popular votes did not win the election. How do we fix this? Mathew Goldstein shows why it's harder than it might look but could be even more rewarding.
November 28, 2016 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Nov. 28 - Dec. 4
A full slate of progressive thought and action for the next several weeks, including the Fight for Fifteen and other pro-people campaigns that won't please Trump & Co. at all
Progressive Maryland and Allies Hold Vigil for Minimum Wage Increase in MoCo Tuesday
November 28, 2016 Progressive Maryland rallies activists Tuesday (Nov. 29) for finishing the job on raising Montgomery County's minimum wage to $15 per hour -- Fight for Fifteen!
THE WAY FORWARD FOR PROGRESSIVES IN TRUMP’S WAKE
November 25, 2016 BlogSpace regular Hal Ginsberg charts a path for progressives in a Trump presidency that takes advantage of his (potentially) progressive moves and pushes back on his threatening moves.
Renewables demand – and help create – a democratic energy system
November 23, 2016 Renewable energy for communities promotes a more democratic energy system -- especially community solar, which hits the sweet spot between household rooftop solar and remote industrial-scale solar installations. Find out why.
IN PRINCE GEORGE'S, OUR STUDENTS DID US PROUD. OUR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION LEAVES US ASHAMED
November 22, 2016 Students in Prince George's, concerned by the racist and repressive rhetoric of Trump supporters, engaged in peaceful protests late last week. The school administration made clumsy, ill-advised efforts to suppress their legitimate expression of opinion and should be called out for it.
November 19, 2016 Progressive Maryland Weekend Reader Nov. 19
Time to tear ourselves away from obsessing about the national election and refocus, of course, on Maryland. The anatomy of the state and its voters as shown by election results are analyzed; prospects for the dominant but shaky Democrats in the Free State, and, well, a look at urban areas as sites of resistance and the January inaugural festivities as protest locale...
November 17, 2016 Ground Game Mattered in Howard County Yes on A! Election Day Victory
By Patty Snee A rare bright spot in this rough election experience: Question A in Howard County passes with a solid majority, bringing limited public financing to local elections and fending off the effects of big outside money. Here's the kind of work it took to bring HoCo voters up to speed on the ballot question.
November 15, 2016 Rascovar: Political Maryland's Democratic Bastion
Longtime state observer/commentator Barry Rascovar, writing for The Maryland Reporter, surveys the political geography of Maryland as it rejected Donald Trump vehemently last week, and assesses the way party politics may play out between now and the 2018 election. A conclusion one could derive here that might apply nationwide: urbanized areas will be the locus of resistance to a Trump/GOP administration.
November 14, 2016 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Nov. 14-22: Resist Trump
The basics: Resisting Trump, choosing our ground to fight on, supporting the coalition. Plus radio schedules and progressive events, and recent blog posts with links and summaries.
Nov. 11, 2016 We must either take over the Democratic Party... or abandon it
Progressive Maryland's executive director, Larry Stafford, says "It’s time for progressives to take the reins of the party from the Democratic establishment and begin to boldly organize our base for the fight of our lives."
Nov. 11, 2016 Reflections on Trump's Election
We're all reeling from Trump's election and asking ourselves what happened.
Nov. 10, 2016 National rallying cry against Trump threat from People's Action
The shocking win of Donald Trump puts a lot of progressive gains in peril but also offers unique avenues for making further advances. Here's a post from our national affiliate, People's Action, about what is lost and gained with the defeat of Hillary Clinton.
Nov. 7, 2016 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Nov. 7-13
Election Day tomorrow! (Tuesday) and all hands on deck for local, state and national progressive candidates and causes. Review the ballot questions in Howard, Prince George's and Montgomery counties here.
Ladies last: Why Maryland may have zero women in House, Senate delegations
November 3, 2016 A great piece by the University of Maryland J-school’s Capital News Service, exploring the “broken pipeline” of women in politics that will likely mean Marylanders will have no women in our US House or Senate delegations. And, they show, it’s not just Maryland. “For states like Maryland facing an absence of female federal representation, the solution starts at the bottom, [one observer] said. Women need to be encouraged during high school and college to pursue political careers so local politicians can springboard to the national stage.”
Foot-dragging and low energy can stealth-reverse environmental progress
November 2, 2016 The Hogan administration is showing how indifference and cutback on enforcement resources can stealthily reverse environmental progress and ena ble sprawl, pleasing Hogan's developer backers. A post from Bay Journal by Tom Horton has details.
Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for October 31
October 31, 2016 Cash bail discussed Tuesday a.m. on the radio show; early voting, both good and scary (Question D) experiences; All out for Question A in Howard County; and links to the recent blog posts...
Tomorrow on the Radio: Cash Bail in Maryland Must Go
October 31, 2016 PM Executive Director Larry Stafford and guest on the "Community Watch and Comment" show, Tuesday at 11 a.m. on WPFW-FM 89.3, discuss cash bail in Maryland.
October 29, 2016 Question D looks just as bogus to our next-door neighbors
The Howard County Times' editorial on Prince George's County's Question D shows that Maryland's neighboring counties know a flim-flam when they see one. Question D on the Prince George's ballot is a ruse that evades term limits without saying so.
October 28, 2016 Jamie Raskin: Powered by Love with a Passion for Justice
An advocate for candidate Raskin argues that he will have singular progressive impact even in a Blue-state House delegation.
October 26, 2016 Rascovar: Approval of new PG hospital ends health system saga marred by cronyism and corruption
Commentator Barry Rascovar observes that "Dimensions Health Corp. has been a disaster for the county over the past quarter-century. Political hacks and cronies filled management posts. The quality of health care suffered." A guest post from Maryland Reporter.
October 25, 2016 Longer public comment period urged for Prince George's zoning rewrite section
Progressive Prince George's and the county Sierra Club group urge extension of comment period from two months to four, citing critical factors affecting community input into neighborhood change and development.
October 24, 2016 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo Oct. 24 -- MD economy on the air; Question D shenanigans and more
A more diverse and sustainable Maryland economy is discussed on WPFW-FM Tuesday; stealth attack on term limits in Prince George's; fair voting in Howard and elsewhere; Early voting starts Thursday and more in this Weekly Memo.
October 19, 2016 The #Fightfor15 is a fight for economic justice for women and people of color in Montgomery County
Fighting for a $15 minimum wage in Montgomery County is a major piece in the progress toward a society of full economic justice.
October 18, 2016 For Hogan, it's all business
Commentator Barry Rascovar sums up Larry Hogan's maneuvers on forcing school systems to start classes after Ocean City's season ends at Labor Day: it's about business, it's not about
October 17, 2016 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for October 17, 2016
Progressive Maryland's Weekly Memo: Tomorrow brings the Free State's registration deadline (but there's an Early Voting escape hatch!) and BTW Progressive Maryland on the radio dial; also the recent blogs handy for clicking.
October 15, 2016 PM BlogSpace Weekend Reader
PM Weekend Reader for Oct. Trump's really deplorable association; voter suppression continues; Hogan v. progressives on transit -- and more; some weekend reading you may enjoy.
October 14, 2016 Economic Diversity for Maryland: Progressive Maryland Teams with IPS on Project
Progressive Maryland and the Institute for Policy Studies are working to sharpen Maryland's response to a changing defense jobs picture and promote an equitable and green transition.
October 12, 2016 Recent Meeting Serves as Next Step in Continuing Maryland's Political Revolution
A recent meeting featuring Sanders delegates to the Democratic Convention highlights the steps needed to continue building a strong progressive movement in Maryland.
October 11, 2016 Students plan protest of cutbacks in AP test funding Thursday
Outraged Prince George's students plan to protest outside the School Board meeting Thursday over the cutback in funding of AP tests.
October 10, 2016 PM Weekly Memo for October 10-16
This week's agenda for progressives: another community meeting on Prince George's Question D and a conversation begins on easing the cost of higher education in that county, as well. Plus links to the latest blogs.
October 8, 2016 Progressive Maryland BlogSpace Weekend Reader for Oct. 8, 2016
Media materials about Howard County’s push to publicly finance local elections, Congress’s lagging efforts to clean up the Bay, and the past week’s big political poll of Marylanders’ mindset at the moment.
October 7, 2016 LAST CHANCE TO WEIGH IN ON CURBING PAYDAY LENDERS' PREDATORY ACTIVITIES
The Consumer Financial Protection Board needs to hear from you by tonight about strengthening its new rules governing predatory lending, which mostly afflicts low-paid workers. Make yourself heard, right here, asks Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
October 5, 2016 Get Out the Vote! Including yours...
First, you need to be registered to vote for the Nov. 8 election -- and the deadline for registration is Tuesday, Oct. 18. Make sure you and your friends and family are ready to exercise a democratic right. Then, there are a few more things...
October 3, 2016 Progressive Maryland's Weekly Memo for Oct. 3-9: Activism Leading Toward Nov. 8 Ballot and 2017 Legislative Session
Activists in Howard and Prince George's discuss ballot measures on their Nov. 8 ballots and the Black Caucus begins work on the 2017 Session.
October 1, 2016 Weekend Reader for Oct. 1: The stars ask- are you ready to vote? and other diversions
In the Weekend Reader: Boldly go to the polls; more questions on Question D; the dog that didn't bark in MoCo; corporate power outweighs national wealth; the grim logic of climate change; and more.
September 29, 2016 Bad Budget News Should Bring Positive Action in Prince George’s, Not Groveling for Crumbs
A report on Prince George's County's long-term budget problems should bring innovative change, not
September 28, 2016 Citizen activists, political figures back Howard's Citizens' Election Fund
Question A on Howard County's November 8 enables public financing for local elections and could help get big money out of the county's local politics and restore real democracy
September 27, 2016 Progressive Maryland mounts call-in to MoCo Councilmembers reluctant to back $15 minimum wage.
Progressive Maryland members and allies are getting on the phone Tuesday and Wednesday to affirm that a $15 per hour minimum wage -- including tipped workers -- ensures an economic future for the county built on ending inequality.
September 26, 2016 PM Weekly Memo Sept. 26-Oct. 2: Call-ins, Ballot Question discussions and House Parties
This week Progressive Maryland activists and allies will be letting two Montgomery Council members know where they should be on the fight for a $15 minimum wage. In Howard County, the first of two houseparties promoting the public election finance question on the Nov. 8 ballot. And Prince Georgians next week continue to discuss Question D on their ballot, which would conveniently sidestep term limits for some Council members, at two upcoming forums.
September 24, 2016 Weekend Reader Guest Bonus: The Myth of Voter Fraud
A recent post from the lively political blog Maryland Scramble is a good followup to our Sept. 7 account of the struggle gainst voter suppression around the country.
Sept. 23, 2016 Citizen protest moves Prince George's Council to say no to Capital Plaza Walmart expansion
The Prince George's County Council overturns its own Planning Board, which was stampeded into approving expansion of the Capital Plaza Walmart, bringing citizen outrage and activism.
September 22, 2016 A BOLD PLAN FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE IN COLORADO NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!
A model for state-level action on real universal health care is on the ballot in Colorado, but under siege from big corporate money and the usual vested interests, as activist Sydney Jacobs recounts.
September 21, 2016 Community Activists Revive Progressive Montgomery
Throughout its 15-year history, Progressive Maryland has been a staunch advocate for working people and the most marginalized in our society.
September 21, 2016 Victory and Dysfunction at the Prince George's Democratic Central Committee
Thanks to the efforts of Progressive Prince George's members and our allies on the Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee (PGCDCC) we were able to prevent the Prince George's Democratic Party from endorsing Question D.
September 20, 2016 To the Prince George's Democratic Central Committee: Don't Recommend "Yes" on Question D
At its meeting Tuesday (Sept. 20), the Prince George's Democratic Central Committee should not rubber-stamp a bad ballot measure, evading term limits, on its sample ballot. Progressive Maryland Executive Director Larry Stafford, in an open letter to the DCC, details why progressives, and Progressive Maryland, oppose this self-serving move by the County Council.
September 19, 2016 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for September 19-25
Progressive Maryland's Weekly Memo leads with Prince George's Question D, the term-limits-evading ballot measure. Tell the Democratic Central Committee it's no slam dunk before they put it on their sample ballot with a "yes" recommendation Tuesday night.
September 11, 2016 PROGRESSIVE MARYLAND WEEKLY MEMO FOR SEPTEMBER 12-18: PROGRESSIVE PRINCE GEORGE’S MEETING REPORT AND AGENDA FOR A BUSY WEEK AHEAD
Read about the successful and info-packed Progressive Prince George's meeting this past Thursday: the countywide zoning rewrite, the term limits-evading Question D and community solar opportunities.
September 9, 2016 THE PROGRESSIVE MARYLAND BLOGSPACE WEEKEND READER
News and views you might have missed this week: Maryland prescription drug prices; being a holdout in the clean power stakes; Hogan's slippery ways; getting public officials to divulge public information.
September 8, 2016 JOIN PROGRESSIVE PRINCE GEORGE'S MEMBERS TONIGHT, THURSDAY SEPT. 8 AT CHAPTER MEETING
Progressive Prince George's Chapter meeting tonight eyes the Zoning Rewrite, with MNCPPC staff there to answer our skeptical questions, and considers with equal skepticism the Nov. 8 ballot question that proposes adding at-large members to the County Council.
September 7, 2016 VOTER SUPPRESSION A MAJOR WEAPON OF THE RIGHT IN 2016 ELECTION; ACTIVISTS SEEK WAYS TO FIGHT BACK
Voter suppression -- voter ID laws and other measures to make it harder for the poor and minorities to vote -- are a nationwide strategy of the right, including even here in Maryland. Here's a map of how the struggle is playing out, including in our own and neighboring states.
September 5, 2016 Progressive Maryland's Weekly Memo for September 5-11
Details on meetings of Progressive Prince George's, Progressive Montgomery and the Howard County "Citizens' Election Fund" project coming up in the next two weeks. The activist calendar at your fingertips.
September 2, 2016 Progressive Maryland BlogSpace Weekend Reader
Environmental racism in energy siting, worker justice in chicken industry hell (hello, Eastern Shore!), reaction to Gov. Hogan's imperial decree about school schedules, and good news about wind power -- good reads you may have missed, for your Labor Day weekend leisure moments...
September 1, 2016 Hogan's school schedule move latest in a campaign to divide state and build a base
Gov. Larry Hogan's apparently crowd-pleasing decree to start schools after Labor Day is part of a parlay of moves to build a base for his reelection bid at the cost of the state's social cohesiveness
August 31, 2016 Rascovar: Hogan’s rhetoric has Trump tendencies
Our take on Larry Hogan is the genial "I'm not Trump" face floating over an uber-Ehrlich refugee administration where every agency is busy rolling back progressive law and regulation. In a guest post by permission from our friends at MarylandReporter.org, veteran political analyst Barry Rascovar argues that Hogan's a lot more Trump-like than not, if you watch his words instead of his smile.
August 30, 2016 Police Brutality: Call It What It Is
"...the next time we criticize the police for their actions let's not feel the need to hug them first and call them heroes, let's just talk about the policies that need to change and the culture that needs to change with it."
August 29, 2016 The PM Weekly Memo for Aug. 29 – Sept 4 important PM events in Prince George's (zoning rewrite) , Montgomery (Fight for 15) and Howard (election finance reform) counties.
August 27, 2016 The PM Weekend Reader... county officials frolic in O.C., pay gaps and other things Our weekend roundup of interesting reads, including a report from the Maryland Association of Counties' annual get-together, black women's pay gap, health care policy choices and more...
August 23, 2016 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo: Our neighbors' struggles continue, plus links to past blog posts Heading for Labor Day, life is quiet for many of us but quite hard for some of our neighbors.
August 22, 2016: Good Reads for the Week from Progressive Maryland:
Local budgeting; housing affordability struggles and racialized housing policy, locally and nationally; more ideas about alternative economics; and more.
August 17, 2016 Gov. Hogan’s Hypocrisy About Playing Politics with the Budget
Gov. Larry Hogan is doing some twists and turns on withholding money that the Legislature insisted he spend on the state's public education system, while rewarding private schools with taxpayer funds. His claim that he won't play politics with the budget is ringing pretty hollow these days.
August 15, 2016: Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for August 15-21
How to help victims cope with disasters in Silver Spring, where an apartment blew up with deadly results, and in the slow recovery from flooding in Ellicott City -- plus the slow, stealthy disaster of tipped workers in Montgomery County with a separate minimum wage of $4 an hour. Plus summaries and links for our recent blog posts.
August 12, 2016: Introducing PM’s Weekend Reader: smart growth, community internet, community supported fisheries and Maryland’s mental health crisis: Introducing a weekend reading list, as if you needed another one: good reads, mostly about Maryland, in our PM Weekend Reader.
August 11, 2016: There's voting. And then there's the other 364: In a presidential election year constantly labeled the "lesser of two evils" election, Rob Anthony talks us through his thinking on how to decide: Clinton or Trump, Trump or Clinton....
August 10, 2016: Bernie Sanders ran on an anti-racism platform: Can an economic program such as Bernie Sanders's make progress in ending racism in US society? Hal Ginsberg turns to the evidence of history to argue that it can.
August 8, 2016: Last week’s Weekly Memo with info on how we’re turning Montgomery County’s Restaurant Week into an opportunity to raise awareness about the plight of tipped workers, always left out of the minimum-wage debate. Plus upcoming events and links to last week’s blog posts.
August 8, 2016: We’re addicted to unnecessary water waste: We like it sunny, not rainy -- but we need that rain, and we need to use it to replenish our supplies, not pollute it and send it down the river. Liza Field, a guest blogger, makes the case for personal and public water consciousness.
Aug 05, 2016 An index of Maryland-related issues in the PM BlogSpace June 2015 to the present: Here's a specific index of the blog posts related to Maryland state issues we have published since beginning this BlogSpace in June 2015.
August 3, 2016 A plea to progressives to beat Trump by backing Clinton: Hal Ginsberg argues that despite the temptations of third-party candidates and their more progressive stances, beating Trump and retaining a moderately progressive national administration can only be accomplished by a Clinton-Kaine victory.
July 29, 2016 The Info File: index to Progressive Maryland blog posts since June 2015: An index with links and quick summaries of all the blog post that appeared here since June 2015. Your summer catch-up-on-issues toolkit.
July 22, 2016 As the debate over new payday lending regulations heats up, 28 US Senators have signed a letter urging they be made even stronger.
July 21, 2016 Unions and progressive allies fight a stealth bill to weaken the bargaining power of public sector unions in Montgomery County. Dylan Shelton, a resident activist, recounts the hearing.
July 21, 2016 As the National Doorstep Convention continues to provide counterpoint for the party conventions, Progressive Maryland volunteers touch the hopes of households in the area.
July 14, 2016 The Prince George’s council, doing a hasty favor for a Bowie developer, is treading close to changing the subdivision ordinance in a way that could unleash big-time sprawl, Sierra Club chair Martha Ainsworth relates.
July 13, 2016 As the two major parties begin their back to back conventions, the National Doorstep Convention, in which Progressive Maryland is a participant, gets to the needs and wants of everyday working families.
July 11, 2016 The Weekly Memo highlights high drama in county council hearings on adding tipped workers to a minimum wage increase in Montgomery and adding at-large members to the Prince George’s council.
July 6, 2016 At the state and local level, once-promising progressive moves are being rolled back stealthily by politicians worried about losing business support (and conributions).
July 5, 2016 The Weekly Memo: Loan sharks, the Fight for Fifteen and a protest at the Prince George’s County Council against a Walmart intrusion.
July 1, 2016 Slowly But Surely Paid Sick Leave Is On The Way
Locally and at the state level, activists have pushed sorely needed paid sick leave closer to passage. In one county, it has passed. The public health and household stability benefits of paid sick leave have become well known. Jasmine Snead provides a reminder.
June 30, 2016 Proposed Federal Rules On Payday Lending's Exploitation Deserve Support, Need Improvement
Payday lending costs 12 million vulnerable, low-income workers excessive interest payments each year. Federal regulations propose to end the "debt trap" of predatory short-term lending and need both support and improvement.
June 28, 2016 The Weekly Memo focused on (Loan) Shark Week as the campaign to strengthen proposed federal rules curbing predatory payday loans heats up.
June 27, 2016 The People’s Summit And Continuing The Political Revolution In Maryland -- Progressive activists gathered in Chicago a week ago to continue the surge of resistance to business as usual exemplified by the Sanders campaign. Larry Stafford, PM executive director, reports on his impressions as a participant
June 26, 2016 Advocates For $15 Minimum Wage, Tipped Workers Boost Pack Montgomery County Council Hearing -- Advocates for a proposal to increase Montgomery County's minimum wage to $15 an hour -- the Fight for Fifteen -- urged the Council to include increases for tipped workers, among the county's most exploited and poorly paid.
June 25, 2016 How Police, Prosecutors And Judges Form Their Own Triangle -- A veteran Maryland lawyer and blogger details how judges and prosecutors are so dependent on police that getting justice in the case of police brutality and misconduct can often be out of reach.
June 24, 2016 Slow, Steady Progress Toward A Secular Set Of State Laws -- Activists report on the slow, steady lobbying work in this year's General Assembly session of making state laws and practices neutral toward religious faith -- or lack of it. A report card from the Secular Coalition for Maryland.
June 22, 2016 ORLANDO --CAN WE TURN OUR ANGUISH AND GRIEF INTO ACTION? Patty Snee reflects on the massacre in Orlando and how to fight hate crimes in a comprehensive, long-term fashion.
June 20, 2016 The Weekly Memo focused on the next day’s Fight for Fifteen hearing before the Montgomery County Council.
June 17, 2016 GETTING MONEY OUT OF ELECTIONS IN HOWARD – Howard County can become the second Maryland county to choose limited public financing for elections and begin to get the influence of big money out of local elections. Voters can opt for fair elections on the November ballot.
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June 14, 2016 The Weekly Memo (oops – headlined “June 16”) recounted local organizing meetings and important actions on the Fight for Fifteen and Walmart inrusions.
June 13, 2016 The crushing news from Orlando brought a reminder of the intersection of hate speech and the Wild West access to lethal weapons (thanks to the NRA and others) and what can be done to change that disruptive combination.
June 8, 2016 a reminder about a Prince George’s chapter meeting and its agenda.
June 7, 2016 The Weekly Memo highlights important meetings and hearings on the Fight for Fifteen and on Walmart’s intrusion into a Prince George’s neighborhood.
June 3, 2016 new rules proposed at the federal level will cut back on the exploitation of payday lending, a predatory practice that victimizes millions of low-wage workers every year.
June 2, 2016 Clean energy advocate Armando Gaetaniello shows the connection between increased clean energy and increased social justice in our communities.
June 1, 2016 The Weekly Memo details the struggle to include tipped workers fully in the Fight for Fifteen.
May 26, 2016 Justin Vest brings a personal account to reinforce why the Fight for Fifteen is important in Montgomery County and indeed throughout the state.
May 25, 2016 the Weekly Memo foregrounded two upcoming chapter meetings and the growing activism around the Fight for Fifteen.
May 23, 2016 Progressive Maryland staffer Justin Vest reported that the recent presidential order on overtime pay will help all US workers, including 800,000 in Maryland, who are currently pushed for more than 40 hours' work a week without compensation because of outdated rules..
May 20, 2016 Important measures on police accountability and criminal justice reform, top priorities for Progressive Maryland, were signed by Gov. Larry Hogan Thursday, May 19.
May 18, 2016 A post-session flurry of excitement comes as the deadline for the governor to sign or veto bills approaches. We listed the important bills we urged him to sign.
May 16, 2016 Residents of Brandywine, in unincorporated Prince George's, say a gas-fired power plant slated for their neighborhood -- backed by county officials -- imposes health costs on them and their children
May 13, 2016 An activist group pushes back against Gov. Larry Hogan’s anti-immigrant rhetoric with the help of 76 Assembly members who signed onto a letter.
May 12, 2016 Weekly Memo: Marching with UFCW Local 400 as they try to save jobs at Giant in the midst of a massive corporate merger.
May 9, 2016 A tale of two environmental meetings illustrates how environmental justice is better explored when those on the receiving end are part of the conversation.
May 6, 2016 …and we report on the inevitable outcome as Walmart buffaloes the (easily-buffaloed) Prince George’s Planning Board.
May 5, 2016 The hottest of news: our alert just as the Prince George’s Planning Board is about to get rolled by Walmart lawyers.
May 2, 2016 The Monday Memo details local-government hearings and why they matter.
April 29 In a crosspost from the Hyattsville Wire community blog, how Hyattsville and other Prince George’s urban neighborhoods are doing urbanism right.
April 25, 2016: The Monday Memo, one day till election, getting out the vote is Priority One.
April 22, 2016: A stirring account by an Eastern Shore high school student who inspired and joined her fellow students to protest the hate-spewing Donald Trump’s appearance in one of their local public schools.
April 20, 2016: Details of another Walmart outrage, trying to wedge a superstore into the Duvall neighborhood near Glenn Dale in northern Prince George’s. Progressive Maryland is engaged in that fight. Neighbors won at the level of government but the deep-pocketed retail behemoth is forcing them to fight in court as well.
April 18, 2016: The Monday Memo, in the midst of early voting for the primary election.
April 16, 2016: A detailed account of Walmart’s history of duplicity and profiteering as it tries to gain advantage at present and proposed store sites. Progressive Cheverly members have long fought expansion of the Capital Plaza store.
April 15, 2016: The reaction of Progressive Maryland and its allies to reports of a Donald Trump campaign visit to Maryland. The first dates floated turned out to be less than factual, but progressives are still ready to give the hate-spewing GOP front-runner a Maryland welcome when he comes to the state April 20 (now confirmed).
April 14, 2016: A Progressive Maryland staffer recounts the ups and downs of lobbying for priorities during the legislative session.
April 12, 2016: the drama of the closing night of the Assembly session, when two good bills collided with one another and neither made it through by midnight.
April 11, 2016, The Monday Memo: reaching voters, getting out the vote.
April 10, 2016: A ground-level look at the Democracy Spring marchers who arrived in D.C. Sunday on foot from Philadelphia with a message: End the corrupt role of corporate money in our elections.
April 8, 2016: A skeptical look at the seemingly risk-averse strategy of the Democratic leadership in the Assembly, which seemed to concede easy victories to Gov. Hogan that could be won with a little backbone.
April 6, 2016: An update on the fortunes of paid sick leave, a Progressive Maryland priority, as the legislative session drew to a close for 2016.
April 4, 2016: PM BlogSpace’s first “Monday Memo,” recapping the last week’s blog posts for those who missed them and previewing the organization’s priorities for the week.
April 1, 2016: As the Earned Income Tax Credit bill goes to conference between the Assembly chambers, loading it up with goodies for the wealthy brings stalemate.
April 1, 2016: A longtime transportation specialist explains why Metro needs a dedicated funding source to escape from its woes.
March 30, 2016: Paid sick leave makes it out of the House Economic Matters Committee for the first time in four years… a big deal, and we made a big deal out of it.
March 25, 2016: A primer on how to get your political information in Maryland in an era when traditional media are fading.
March 22, 2016: A blogger argues that allowing a tax break for corporate contributions to private schools is a bad idea.
March 21, 2016: The proposed merger of the UMD campuses in College Park and Baltimore, which the Assembly is considering, needs more time to get right.
March 16, 2016: Metro’s one-day closedown of the rail system shows how poorly the system has been managed by professionals and politicians alike.
March 11, 2016: Remembering the legacy of Parren Mitchell, Maryland’s first African-American congressman, who worked tirelessly for people-first programs instead of war and profit.
March 7, 2016: In the midpoint of the legislative session, a survey of how Progressive Maryland’s priority bills are doing.
March 2, 2016: MetroAccess riders and drivers join forces against the effects of privatization of the system, which puts profits over safety and service.
Feb. 29, 2016: Chapter and verse on the need for paid sick leave in Maryland and the plan to get the bill passed this year.
Feb. 29, 2016: A response to Governor Hogan’s call to keep refugees out of Maryland, arguing that Marylanders are not mean-spirited like that.
Feb. 25, 2016: Covert attempts to discriminate against some peoples’ sexual, ethnic and religious attributes and choices are not limited to the Old Confederacy. A list of bills trying to enable such practices in Maryland was laid out here.
Feb. 24, 2016: A detailed discussion of the police reform project and bills as they were moving through the General Assembly.
Feb. 21, 2016: An essay on the joys and frustrations of citizen lobbying in Annapolis during the legislative session.
>>Feb. 17, 2016: An index of blog posts from June 2015 to Feb. 17 of this year is here, total of 42 posts.
Feb 15 educator Rosalyn Turner described how the Earned Income Tax Credit helped her students’ struggling families – and how much more could be accomplished both by enhancements of the federal EITC program and by significant complementary bills now in the Maryland General Assembly for consideration.
Feb. 10 our readers heard about the Maryland Senate override of Gov. Hogan’s last remaining veto, which took place just the day before. It was six out of six for the Assembly’s overrides and gave voting rights to returning citizens as they re-entered their communities.
Feb. 9, Kurt Stand reported on a victory for working people in Prince George’s County that was accomplished by close cooperation between unions, local officials and the community.
Feb. 5 we reported on the Montgomery County Council’s passage of a strong package preventing county contractors from evading the requirement to pay a living wage to employees.
Feb. 4 as the Assembly session gets seriously under way, a solid pair of bills on statewide paid sick leave is introduced.
Feb. 2 regular blogger Matthew Snider wrote about a Maryland Assembly attempt to re-legitimize prejudice on sexual orientation through a bogus “religious liberty” bill.
Jan. 27 a returning citizen wrote about the state’s need to fully include those returning from incarceration in our political life by extending voting rights by overriding the governor’s veto.
Jan. 13 The Maryland General Assembly and lawmaking affecting our everyday lives have been covered, previewing the 2016 session.
Jan. 12 We covered the merger of two human rights organizations in the state This was a follow-up on last July 25’s blog noting the possible folding of Equality Maryland following some human rights victories – and why it was still needed.
Dec. 17 We cross-posted a Maryland Scramble discussion of the Assembly’s veto overrides
Jan. 1 Health care in Maryland and its religion-based limitations
Dec. 10 People organizing in Prince George’s County to pursue their needs
Dec. 5 PM’s staffers testify against privatization at the state and local level
Nov. 27 a discussion by regular blogger Hal Ginsberg of what’s right and wrong about on-campus student protests
Nov. 23 we made the case why refugees should be welcomed in Maryland despite the governor’s knee-jerk declaration otherwise.
Nov. 17 saw analysis of a way to fight gentrification and have smart development without displacement in Prince George’s County and elsewhere.
Nov. 11 Hal Ginsberg recounts a speech by Sen. Elizabeth Warren showing that the template for economic prosperity based on an active public and government applies to racial justice as well.
Oct. 21 environmental blogger Susan Ungar previewed a climate expo in Suitland that focused on green jobs and the economic development they would bring.
Oct. 16 Hal Ginsberg argued that the Trans Pacific Partnership is a bad deal for working people and consumers.
Oct. 1 blogger Dave Piper delved into history to show that this year’s “angry voters” were just the latest in a long line.
Sept. 22, as the Prince George’s Council began to consider a paid sick leave bill for the county, we presented the arguments for it. A failure of nerve later led to the deferral of the bill in favor of a state-level bill.
Sept. 16 Hal Ginsberg pointed out inconsistencies in the Obama Administration’s environmental stances.
Sept. 2 Dave Piper celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and noted the GOP candidates for president ignored the question of its gutting by the Supreme Court.
Aug. 21 as the nation debated a nuclear deal with Iran, we presented the arguments for peace and diplomacy.
Aug. 19, as the Hogan administration was trying to take apart clean air rules from the previous administration, the Sierra Club’s Seth Bush guest-blogged with a piece cross-posted from the state Sierra Club’s blog site.
Aug. 13 we cross-posted from Jon Shurberg’s “Maryland Scramble” political blog on the shame of local laws around the country criminalizing homelessness and a court case that might well throw them out.
The crisis in affordable housing is nationwide, but Maryland is an impact zone for housing affordability, Justin Vest noted Aug. 8.
Aug. 5 blogger Dave Piper said our scorn (even then!) for the GOP presidential aspirants masked the fact that progressive Democrats had a pretty thin bench nationally.
Aug. 3 we noted that Supreme Court conservatives’ claims about “original intent” of the Constitution masked an appeal to long-standing biases and prejudice.
July 27 environmental blogger Susan Ungar urged readers to attend and testify at the state Commission on Climate Change hearing in Prince George’s County coming up that week. (The bipartisan Commission subsequently delivered a startlingly strong recommendation for carbon reduction and green jobs/economic development).
July 25 Mathew Goldstein analyzed the prospects and perils of a truly nonpartisan redistricting plan for Maryland – timing would be critical, to avoid a one-sided outcome.
July 18 we covered the pro-business efforts of the Assembly’s two leaders and how Gov. Hogan adroitly amplified these anti-worker projects.
July 18 blogger Hal Ginsberg gave two cheers for the slightly progressive tilt of major Supreme Court decisions at the tumultuous end of its session.
July 13 Justin Vest discussed the meaning of the Confederate battle flag’s lowering from the South Carolina State House and what still needs to be done.
July 10 Hal Ginsberg’s obituary of the suburban weekly Gazette newspapers, closed by the Washington Post, lamented the loss of local coverage and watchdogging of local government over the years.
June 29 blogger Matthew Snider observed that conservative politicians were invoking “evolution” to describe their moves into the stream of mainstream opinion without understanding what it means, scientifically and socially.
June 29 blogger Mathew Goldstein examined the many ways other than our severely gamed electoral system that we could select winners for political office.
June 22 PM director Larry Stafford described the community-based effort to keep Walmart’s planned complex at Duval shopping center from disrupting that underserved neighborhood.
On June 19, Justin Vest outlined the stakes as Montgomery County’s council considered a strong paid sick leave bill – which later passed.
On June 19, Hal Ginsberg outlined the arguments against the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade bill that even then, still secret, was becoming known as a pro-corporate boondoggle that would hurt workers and consumers in the US and abroad.
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