The Progressive Alliance’s Conversation and Celebration with Marc Elrich

On Saturday afternoon January 5, more than 200 progressive Montgomery County activists and engaged residents crowded into the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Cafeteria. They came for a two and a half hour “Celebration and Conversation” with new County Executive Marc Elrich organized by the Montgomery County Progressive Alliance. Comprising four very active local organizations (Democratic Socialists of America – Montgomery, Our Revolution Montgomery County, Progressive Maryland, and Progressive Neighbors), the Progressive Alliance coordinated group activities in support of Marc and other endorsed candidates throughout 2018. Continue reading

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Senator Harris’s Welcome Embrace of Medicare-for-All

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I believe that health care should be a right, but the reality is that it is still a privilege in this country. We need that to change. When someone gets sick, there is already so much else to deal with: the physical pain for the patient, the emotional pain for the family. There is often a sense of desperation — of helplessness — as we grapple with the fear of the unknown. Medical procedures already have risks. Prescription drugs already have side effects. Financial anxiety should not be one of them.

Kamala Harris, NYT (Dec 30, 2018)

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Jonathan Chait, Democratic Socialists, and Beto O’Rourke

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New York Magazine has just published a provocative article by Jonathan Chait critiquing recent criticism of Beto O’Rourke by left-wing intellectuals who support Bernie Sanders. Chait backed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 primaries and has argued that neoliberalism is a progressive bogey not a destructive ideology. He is admittedly unsympathetic to democratic socialism. Continue reading

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Yes, Barry, Marylanders really are Progressive

In his latest column, Rockeymoore Cummings’ Challenge at Political Maryland, Barry Rascovar offers some unsolicited advice to Maryland’s new State Democratic Party Chair: “Run to the center Maya!” Despite Democrats’ 2 to 1 advantage in voter registration over Republicans, we’re really a pretty moderate group, claims Rascovar, who don’t cotton to recklessly expensive left-wing fantasies like Medicare-for-All.

Rascovar’s complaint about cost is spectacularly ill-timed coming hours after the Guardian reported that studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the conservative Mercatus Institute at George Mason University both found that embracing single-payer or Medicare-for-All would lead to trillions of dollars in savings over the next 10 years and a healthier populace. Rascovar is equally wrong when it comes  to its popularity. The Washington Post reported on September 18 that a majority of Marylanders want single-payer.

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ORMoCo Chapter Minutes 11-11-18

Over 30 activists convened for Our Revolution Montgomery County’s Chapter Meeting Sunday November 11 at Kaldi’s Social House in Silver Spring from 11 – 1:30. The meeting opened with a presentation by Virginian Yasmien Taeb who is running for Virginia State Senate in 2019. She asked for our support as she seeks to unseat Democrat Dick Saslaw who has been in the State Senate for nearly 40 years. Taeb promised to be a far more progressive Senator than Saslaw. For more information on Yasmine Taeb, click here.
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Women Bolster the Democratic Party

ORMoCo activist and writer Jim Grossfeld has a new article in the American Prospect:

“Meet Nicole Breadon. She’s 46, a lifelong resident of Clarkston, a town of fewer than 1,000 that’s become one of Detroit’s distant exurbs. Her husband Todd grew up in Clarkston, too. Breadon, a sous chef, left her job six years ago to spend more time with her two sons, both special needs children. She’s also an archetype of lasting change in Michigan Democratic politics.” Read Jim’s piece in its entirety at http://prospect.org/article/women-bolster-democrats%E2%80%99-midwestern-prospects

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ORMoCo Chapter Meeting Notes 10-14-18

We enjoyed a well-attended Chapter Meeting at Irene’s Pupusas in Glenmont Sunday. Here’s what we discussed and decided:

1) We announced the Chapter’s decision to endorse Will Jawando and Tim Willard for County Council-at-Large and Lynn Amano for Board of Education. Continue reading

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The Washington Post’s Montgomery County Conflict of Interest

Following its editorial last week in support of businessman David Blair for Montgomery County Executive in the June 26 Democratic primary, the Washington Post yesterday issued endorsements for the nine Montgomery County Council seats. None of the Post’s picks is a consensus darling of the mostly progressive organizations that have weighed in so far. Continue reading

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Our Revolution Maryland Organizing Summit

Our Revolution Maryland

Where: Silver Spring Civic Building

When: April 22nd, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Please join us for a landmark event. Together, we will be discussing the future of our movement, and developing a plan for each of our chapters to mobilize for the 2018 Democratic Primaries.

Highlights of the day include:

  • Hear from Ben Jealous and national Our Revolution Leaders.
  • Participate in workshops to learn more about our top legislative issues.
  • Meet with our endorsed candidates from across the state of Maryland.
  • Discuss our efforts to reform the Democratic party at a state level, and nationwide.
  • Develop chapter mobilization plans to win the 2018 primaries!

We hope you can join us for this exciting and important event. Please contact Bob Muehlenkamp, Chair of Our Revolution Maryland, at monk1944b@gmail.com with any questions.

You may register for the event at this link: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ormdsummit

 

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