MoCo Dems issue report on 2018 voter engagement
The MCDCC’s Voter Engagement Committee has released its summary of recommendations gleaned from two January listening sessions that were convened to capture lessons learned during the 2018 Election in preparation for 2020. You can read or download the report here.
Attend a County Exec-Elect Listening Forum
Montgomery County Executive-Elect Marc Elrich is hosting five public listening session forums for Montgomery County residents to share their thoughts and priorities about the most critical issues facing their county, communities, neighborhoods, and families. (more…)
Support Mike Espy in Nov. 27 Runoff Election for U.S. Senator from Mississippi
We can help elect Democrat Mike Espy of Mississippi to the United States Senate in the November 27 run-off election. The special election is not likely to get a large turnout but it presents a terrific opportunity to turn out Democratic voters!
Join Democrats and progressive activists across the country making calls for Mike. You can call from home each night from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Eastern Time). It’s easy. Everything you need to know to make calls for Mike Espy for U.S. Senate is HERE. Making your calls through the Maryland Blue Wave Coalition helps us quantify the impact our volunteers have on the races we support.
The Blue Wave is growing bigger each day. Let’s add to the number in the Senate by helping Mike Espy of Mississippi.
YES ON ONE!
Voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2008 whereby Casino revenues would be used to provide additional support for education, but a critical loophole in the law circumvented the voters’ intent. Casino revenue was used for schools, BUT other education funding was reduced!
DTMG and Strong Schools Maryland worked hard to close this loophole and get Measure One on the ballot. If approved by voters, the Maryland State Constitution will be amended to insure that casino revenues are used to supplement education funds and not to replace general funds for education. SUPPORT THIS BALLOT MEASURE WITH A YES VOTE QUESTION ONE AND SPREAD THE WORD. Additional information is available here.
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Our shoe leather for the GOTV effort can make the difference.
Help Staff Democratic Tables During Early Voting
The Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee is looking for volunteers to staff MCDCC tables at the 11 Early Voting Centers throughout the county. Voting is scheduled from Thursday October 25 to Thursday November 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you have some free hours, contact the Central Committee office by email or call 301-946-1000.
Early Voting Begins
Vote Early and Avoid The Rush on Election Day.
October 25 through November 1
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Canvass, Call, Text!
We’re Down to the Wire!
There are lots of ways you can help with the final big push. This election is all about getting out the vote and outreach to fellow Democrats is essential. You can play a vital role; join like-minded volunteers to Get Out The Vote. Sign up to
Canvass in Maryland and nearby states.
Phone Bank to support Democratic candidates here in Maryland and around the country in key “winnable” races.
Ben Jealous Endorsed by the Maryland National Organization of Women
October 16, 2018 – Ben Jealous received an endorsement from the Maryland chapter of NOW. He has released a new plan to ensure equal pay for women in Maryland, who right now are paid 84 cents for every dollar paid to men.
- That means Maryland women make over $10,000 less than their male counterparts, the equivalent of 79 more weeks of food, five more months of mortgage and utility payments, nearly 8 more months of rent, or more than 12 additional months of child care.
- The gap widens when you look at just women of color: Black women are paid 69 cents on the dollar, Latinas 47 cents on the dollar and Asian women 83 cents on the dollar. In Maryland, the study continues, women lose a combined total of more than $18.2 billion annually due to the pay gap.
- As governor, Jealous will work with the legislature to pass legislation to create inspectors in the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation that will request pay information from companies and conduct reviews if it appears systemic pay discrimination is occurring. These inspectors will ensure compliance and enforcement with all equal pay legislation in Maryland.
His platform includes various other proposals to address issues that disproportionately undermine women’s economic opportunities, including raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and universal full-day pre-k to help with rising childcare costs. He has also released a proposal to ensure that a majority of his cabinet are women.
MD Delegate Meagan Simonaire Joins Democratic Party
Ann Arundel County Delegate stated, “I am leaving the Republican Party today, because it is important for me to stand with a party that is fighting for equality for all Americans—minorities, the LGBTQ community, victims of gun violence, immigrants, women, Americans of all faiths, and communities being affected by climate change.” President Trump regularly attacks minorities, women and anyone who does not agree with him, and I can no longer remain a part of a party that condones his divisive rhetoric. It’s reprehensible.”
“We welcome Delegate Simonaire into the Democratic Party and I believe her reasons for becoming a Democrat reflect the feelings of many Marylanders in 2018, who feel the values of the Democratic Party are more representative of their own,” said Maryland Democratic Party chair Kathleen Matthews. “Voters are eager for a party that stands for opportunity, equality and respect for all people.”
Montgomery County Is Not For Sale
Vote for Marc Elrich
and send a message that Montgomery County cannot be bought. Nancy Floreen is using wads of developer money in an attempt to drown out the voice of voters and buy her way into the County Executive seat. DoTheMostGood has joined with 25 other organizatons to call on all Democrats to support Elrich. Read the Open Letter to Montgomery County Democrats Here.
Host or Attend a House Party to Join Ben Jealous’ Medicare for All Livestream
Ben Jealous will be leading a video livestream discussion of his Single-Payer healthcare plan for Maryland on October 11. Health care for all can be the defining issue in this campaign, and you can help get this message out to voters. We are looking for hosts for the watch parties as well as attendees interested in learning more about Ben Jealous and his exciting proposals.
MoCo County Executive Forums
Come and hear our own Marc Elrich and the other candidates for Montgomery County Executive discuss the issues facing our county.(more…)
Remind ICC Commuters To Vote
Our friends at Indivisible Montgomery will hold banners and wave flags at communters on the Inter County Connector during rush hour every Thursday from September 20 until the election. Join them at the Longmead Overpass from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to remind commuters to defend democracy and vote! Get more information and RSVP here.
Federal Employees CAN Participate in Political Elections (with some restrictions)
Federal Employees: YOU CAN BE ACTIVE in the Big Blue Wave!! The Hatch Act restricts Federal employees from doing political activities WHILE ON DUTY or in uniform or while using government computers, phones, equipment, office space or vehicles. However, MOST** Federal and D.C. employees CAN:
- assist in voter registration drives
- express opinions about candidates and issues
- contribute money to political organizations
- attend political fundraising functions
- attend and be active at political rallies and meetings
- join and be an active member of a political party or club
- campaign for candidates in partisan elections
- distribute campaign literature in partisan elections
Federal and D.C. employees may not:
- use official authority or influence to interfere with an election (i.e., you can’t say “I work for NIH so that’s why I support X candidate)
- solicit or discourage political activity of anyone with business before their agency (i.e., don’t talk about candidates with your grantees or contractors)
- solicit or receive political contributions
- be candidates for public office in partisan elections
- wear partisan political buttons on duty
**Employees of the following agencies (or agency components), or in the following categories, are subject to more extensive restrictions on their political activities than employees in other departments and agencies:
- Administrative law judges
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Contract Appeals Boards
- Criminal Division (Department of Justice)
- Defense Intelligence Agency
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Federal Election Commission
- Merit Systems Protection Board
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
- National Security Agency
- National Security Council
- Office of Criminal Investigation (Internal Revenue Service)
- Office of Investigative Programs (Customs Service)
- Office of Law Enforcement (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives)
- United States Office of Special Counsel
- Secret Service
- Senior Executive Service
Get Out the Vote: Text MoCo Voters
The Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee is hosting gatherings every Tuesday and Thursday, September 28 through November 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at its Kensington office. Volunteers will text Montgomery County voters to encourage them to vote for Democratic nominees in the midterm elections. The office is located at 3720 Farragut Avenue, Suite 303, Kensington. You can request additional information here.
Democracy Bootcamp II on September 22
DoTheMostGood (DTMG) will lead a nonpartisan Democracy Bootcamp at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation (more…)
DoTheMostGood Endorses Ben Jealous for Governor
Tuesday, August 28. DoTheMostGood is proud to stand in support of Ben Jealous as the next Maryland governor and Susan Turnbull as Lt. Governor. Ben is running for governor with the courage of a civil rights leader and the mind of a business person to fully fund our schools, fix our broken healthcare system, grow an inclusive economy, and stop Trump in his tracks. We couldn’t be more excited and ready to work for his election. Read the full endorsement here. Find out more about Ben, his vision for Maryland, and why he will be a spectacular governor here. And don’t forget to check out our many opportunities to work for him and all our Democratic candidates here.
Blue Wave Kickoff Rally
Blue Wave Kickoff Rally on Sept. 15 features Ben Jealous, Brian Frosh, Ben Cardin, Jamie Raskin, John Sarbanes, Hala Ayala, Michelle Ngwafon and Lots of Ways to Get Active!
DoTheMostGood Endorses Elrich for County Exec
Monday, August 13, 2018. Reflecting the recent turmoil in the race for Montgomery County Executive, DoTheMostGood (DTMG) took the unusual step of endorsing Marc Elrich for County Executive. Noting that DTMG has never endorsed a candidate, DTMG Executive Director Barbara Noveau observed, “…the situation we find ourselves in, with a newly-unaffiliated candidate having entered the field after the primary result was certified, has created a scenario we never anticipated. We feel it is now incumbent upon us to reaffirm our commitment to work to elect all Democratic candidates by endorsing Marc Elrich for County Executive.”
The endorsement concluded, “Marc Elrich’s proven ability to lead and seek creative solutions to advance the County’s best interests are important attributes that are needed in the next Montgomery County Executive.”
You can read the full endorsement letter here.
You Can Make a Difference!
We are fast approaching the most consequential election in our lifetimes. We need ALL HANDS ON DECK. We are a blue state confronting serious challenges in November, and at the same time we have to support flippable House and Senate races outside of Maryland as well. To meet these challenges, we desperately need more volunteer leaders to help run our voter contact events and more people to sign up to be “boots on the ground”.
PHONE BANK HOSTS
Phone Bank Hosts open their homes to volunteers, typically once a week or once every other week. They work with our Phone Bank Leads to make sure all of our volunteers have a great experience and want to come back again. Great Phone Bank Hosts are gracious, dedicated to fostering a sense of community, and make volunteers feel comfortable and welcome. Time commitment: 3-4 hours per phone bank.
PHONE BANK ACTION LEADS
Phone Bank Action Leads set up and manage phone banks and collaborate with Phone Bank Hosts and other leadership to ensure that events run smoothly from top to bottom. They are responsible for making sure that the data from each event is recorded and reported correctly. Great Phone Bank Leads enjoy interacting with volunteers, have an eye for detail, and are patient and flexible. Time commitment: 3-4 hours per phone bank.
CANVASS ACTION LEADS
Canvass Action Leads organize and launch canvasses, whether local or remote. They oversee pre-event contact with volunteer canvassers, confirmations, and on-site launch operations, including signing in volunteers, handing out materials, organizing carpools and leading canvasser orientation/training. Time commitment: 3-4 hours per launch.
CANVASS TEAM MEMBERS
Canvass Team Members assist the Canvass Action Lead and help with canvass launches: signing in volunteers, handing out materials, organizing carpools and helping with canvasser orientation. Time commitment: 1-2 hours per launch.
VOLUNTEER PARTICIPANTS are also need for phone banks and canvasses on a near daily basis daily during the height of the campaign.
SIGN UP HERE and we will followup with additional information and training opportunities.
Become a Precinct Captain!
The Montgomery County Democratic Party Precinct Organization still has vacancies for precinct chairs, vice chairs and area coordinators in every district in the county. These positions are a great opportunity to engage with other Democrats in your precinct or a neighboring one, spread the word on upcoming elections and candidates, and be the face of the party at the most local level. If you’re interested, you can learn more about the position here. If you already know what the job entails you can apply directly here.
MoCo Resistance Groups Urge Gubernatorial Candidates to Release Tax Returns
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)
Kiss & Make Up Unity Party
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.
Jealous Official Messaging Released
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
Help Staff Primary Early Voting Locations June 14-21
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 Is Not for Transparency and Openness in Government
- Hogan tried to block critics from official Facebook page; taxpayers will foot his $65,000 court penalty.
Hogan Has Failed to Protect Maryland Workers
- 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 Favors Roads Over Mass Transit…And High Tolls Are Likely
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 Backs Weaker Gun Controls
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.