Things that do not fall into any of the defined issue categoiries.
The Trump administration issued new rules last week that seriously undermine the ACA and make it easier for health insurance plans to circumvent many requirements of the Affordable Care Act, including coverage for maternity care, prescription drugs, mental health services, and other “essential benefits.” The rules have provisions that may placate two supposedly moderate Republicans — Collins and Murkowski. Call your elected Maryland representatives and contact Senators Collins (@SenatorCollins) and Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) to roll-back these rules.
Contact your elected officials in Annapolis to support creation of a Maryland Medicaid Buy In program.
Marylanders who earn too much to be eligible for Medicaid and qualify for ACA premium tax subsidies may still be unable to obtain health insurance. Medicaid buy-in programs provide a mechanism through which states can offer Medicaid-like policies to selected populations who would not otherwise be eligible. A number of states have adopted such programs, but Maryland failed to bring legislation to the floor this year that would have established a task force to study the issue. Use this link to find and then contact your state delegates and Senator.
A CALL TO ACTION RALLY: On Saturday, June 23 at 10 am the Poor People’s Campaign will head to the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. for a call to action mass rally to “Fight Poverty, Not the Poor”, capping off their “40 Days Of Action” and launching the next phase of the movement. Initiated by the Revs. William Barber and Liz Theoharris, this national organization has chapters in 40 states, including Maryland, and has just completed a series of six coordinated weekly actions in state capitals around the country.
“In the face of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy/militarism, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism — we must engage in mass nonviolent moral direct action. We must declare that we won’t be silent anymore about the war on the poor! Join us as we show our elected officials we will no longer allow attention violence to keep poor and disenfranchised people down!”
A recent article in a local newspaper highlighted the work of the DoTheMostGood Strong Schools Maryland Group. Susan Belford, a reporter with the Potomac Almanac, attended the group’s May 29 meeting and wrote an in-depth description of the group’s activities and priorities. You can read the entire article here.
The May meeting saw the launch of a postcard writing campaign to urge the “Kirwan Commission” to complete work on their full funding report well in advance of the November General Elections. Time is needed for public debate and, importantly, for candidates to be questioned regarding their positions on the report’s recommendations.
The DoTheMostGood Strong Schools Maryland Group is also supporting the so-called Lockbox Amendment to the state constitution which will be voted on in a general referendum in November. Under this amendment, the state would be barred from using gambling money from the state’s casinos for projects other than education. Proponents argue that this is in keeping with the voters’ original intent when casino gambling was initially approved in ballot measures in 2008 and 2012. Contrary to assurances made at the time, revenues have been passed into the general fund.
If you’d like to join the group, click here.
Maryland resistance groups, including Indivisible Montgomery, DoTheMostGood MoCo, MoCoWoMen, Rockville Resistance, United for Maryland and the Women’s Alliance for Democracy and Justice, call on the Democratic gubernatorial candidates to stop following in President Trump’s footsteps and release their tax returns.
“People in the resistance want officials to stand up to Trump, not act like him,” said Chris Pickett, executive director of Indivisible Montgomery. “The resistance drove Democratic victories in Virginia, Alabama, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the past eight months. I’m not sure why the candidates would want to blunt this momentum.”
Indivisible groups and the larger resistance formed in opposition to Trump’s agenda and his startling lack of transparency. Candidates for any public office should disclose any and all financial investments, obligations and conflicts that may affect their decision making.
“Transparency and truthfulness are more important than ever in the age of Trump,” said Barbara Noveau, director of Do The Most Good MoCo. “When all of the candidates say they will release their tax returns before the primary, yet only two have done so, it is a failure on two dimensions. We expect better of our candidates.”
6/18/2018 status of tax return release by gubernatorial candidates:
TAX RETURNS RELEASED:
Madaleno (issued challenge)
TAX RETURNS NOT RELEASED TO DATE:
Baker (no plans to release prior to primary)
Jealous (committed to release pre-primary)
Vignarajah (committed tor release pre-primary)
The Trump administration now argues it’s unconstitutional to keep the law’s most popular provision, which stops insurance companies from denying or dropping coverage for people with pre-existing conditions like cancer, asthma, or diabetes. If you or someone you know is one of up to 130 million Americans who has a pre-existing condition, now is the time to speak out.
Call your Representative at 202-499-6670 TODAY or use our quick and easy click-to-call tool.
This press conference and rally event launches a joint campaign of over a dozen community organizations, led by CASA and including Takoma Park Mobilization and DotheMostGood, to pass Trust legislation in Montgomery County.
Why? Shortly after Trump took office and launched an immediate reign of terror on immigrants, Montgomery County issued a proclamation promising to welcome the immigrant community. But to date, that promise has not come with substantive reform. This campaign will advocate for county legislation that commits county agencies to limiting their cooperation with ICE.
When and where? Wednesday, June 13, 11 am – 1 pm
Temple Shalom, 8401 Grubb Rd., Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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This is an opportunity for all of us to come together after the Maryland Primary to celebrate the work of the many committed Democratic candidates who stepped up to run and the democratic process that makes our elections possible. Special performance by the DC Labor Chorus! We encourage staff, volunteers, supporters, and friends to come too. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. We’ll hear from winners of key primaries, as well as Senator Chris Van Hollen and the State and County Democratic Party chairs. Come rally around the nominees and prepare to elect Democrats, from governor on down the ballot in November.
Voters want bold forward-looking vision
Despite Larry Hogan’s favorability ratings, we know voters are unsatisfied with the status quo. They’re concerned with how our schools are slipping in national rankings. They find healthcare unaffordable with premiums that have increased 120% since 2014 and prescription drug prices hat have skyrocketed. Violent crime is up statewide and our job growth and wages lag behind neighboring states.
Voters are looking for a leader with a bold, forward-looking vision to address these challenges in real time. Ben Jealous promises to reclaim the Promise of Maryland. Instead of being satisfied with the status quo, Jealous once again wants Maryland to dream big and do big things for its families. Read the campaign’s official messaging framework and then put it to use spreading the word!
Governor Hogan is not as moderate as you think!
…and Democrats may not have a super-majority in the next four years to protect you from him.
Maryland’s constitution makes our Governor the most powerful in the nation. That means we need a Governor who will put the people of Maryland first, not cronies and special interests. In his current term, Larry Hogan tried to cloak himself as a moderate in order to win a second term. Should he be re-elected, he will not need to accommodate Democrats and progressives at all; his true Republican colors will fly. And, if Democrats were to be without a supermajority in any of those next four years, it would be very hard to push back on Hogan’s agenda, as Democrats have done time and again these past four years. Here is a printable version of Hogan Is Not As Moderate As You Think!
#MakeHoganJealous in 2018
Recent changes to federal immigration policy are separating children from their parents. ICE, Border Patrol, and other Homeland Security agencies are taking the children of immigrants and asylum-seekers and sending them to faraway detention centers. It doesn’t matter how young the child, how terrible their situation, or how unnecessary their separation. They have one goal in mind: to warn immigrants not to come here, or else they might lose their children. In some cases separations are indefinite and no further information is provided on the children’s whereabouts.
Civil rights groups are speaking out against these policy changes and there has been a large public backlash, including June 1 street protests organized by the ACLU and People Power. Let’s continue to make our opposition to this cruel policy heard.
Here are three actions you can take now:
- Contact your elected officials to express your outrage at how young children are being treated at the border and ask what they are doing to provide better oversight.
- Click here for contact info for your Senators and Congressperson
- Script: “Hi, my name is [NAME]. I’m a constituent from [TOWN] and a member of DoTheMostGood. I’m asking [Rep. NAME ] or [Sen. NAME] to use Congress’ oversight authority to stop separating families at the U.S. border. This practice hurts innocent children and should be stopped immediately. Thank you for your time and attention.” IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL, please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied
- Sign an ACLU petition demanding that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security end its inhumane practice of separating refugee and immigrant children from their families.
- Donate to Together Rising, a charitable nonprofit using crowd-sourced funds to help reunite families that have been separated at the U.S. border in a program it calls Emergency Flash Mob for the Children.
The Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee is looking for volunteers to sign up for shifts staffing the welcome table for the Democratic Party. Help is needed at all eleven polling stations across Montgomery County during Primary early voting days Thursday June 14 to Thursday June 21. Volunteers will provide information to voters and encourage them to vote for Democrats in the general election in November.
Sign up online to help with shifts in the location(s) most convenient to you:
Silver Spring (Queensguard Road)
Silver Spring (1 Veterans Place)
- Hogan tried to block critics from official Facebook page; taxpayers will foot his $65,000 court penalty.
- Job growth in Maryland lags behind Virginia and unemployment rate is higher than national average.
- Hogan vetoed paid sick leave for Maryland workers; Democratic legislature overrode the veto.
- Hogan was silent when Trump tried to cut NIH budget by 20%; NIH is major local employer.
- Feds report Maryland is the only state with a negative economic forecast for the next six months.
Hogan wants to let private companies widen 270 and 495 and build “managed lanes” with potentially high tolls.
Hogan torpedoed the Red Line in Baltimore, sacrificing $900 million in federal
Hogan opposed dedicated Metro funding until public outcry forced him to change.
Hogan opposed the bump stock ban and only signed legislation after the Great Mills High School shooting.
As a first-time candidate, Hogan stated he opposed Maryland’s new law banning assault weapons.
Hogan supports the carrying of concealed weapons.
Hogan vetoed a bill to speed up the move toward solar and wind energy; Democratic legislature overrode his veto.
Hogan opposed, but then signed, anti-fracking ban and now is undercutting ban.
- Hogan hasn’t offered a plan, after the short term fix expires, to stabilize health insurance market and costs in Maryland.
- Hogan underfunded the Heroin & Opioid Prevention Effort (HOPE); Democrats restored the funds.
- Maryland school rankings by Education Week have dropped every year since Hogan took office
- Hogan repeatedly tried to cut funds for public schools but was thwarted by Democratic legislature
- State commission reports Maryland schools underfunded by almost $3 billion
- Hogan has increased taxpayer funds going to private, rather than public schools
- Hogan vetoed a bill to add two teachers and a public school parent to the State Board of Education