Congratulations to new Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley

Congratulations to new Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley.

Our Revolution Maryland is proud to have endorsed Gavin and our Anne Arundel activists are proud to have worked to support him and get out the vote to elect him.

We look forward to working with him to advance our common progressive agenda.

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Van Hollen supports a move to Medicare-For-All

Our Revolution favors an “Improved Medicare for All” aka a “Single Payer” approach to healthcare financing in the United States. Our Senator Chris Van Hollen has written a letter included below saying, Continue reading

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Hogan’s Highway Plan A War Against Middle-Class Drivers

Governor Hogan’s plan to build 110 miles of toll lanes on Maryland highways is a disaster for the great majority of Marylanders, and most of all for the state’s middle-class drivers. The plan’s enormous cost will require sky-high tolls. Only the wealthiest drivers will be willing to pay, revenue will fall far short of what is needed to pay back investors and lenders, and taxpayers in all income brackets will get stuck with the bills.

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Canvassing at the 32nd Street Farmers Market

Selfie at the farmers market

Canvassing in Baltimore

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Purple Line Back on Track

Good news today for public transit riders. The Purple Line is back on track after the 4th Circuit federal appeals court Continue reading

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Montgomery County Chapter meeting 7/23 in Bethesda

Our Revolution in Montgomery County

We are back on schedule with monthly membership meetings and there’s a lot of planning, organizing, and action ahead. Join us at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Service Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Room D, at 1:00 pm on Sunday, 7/23. You can also join us beforehand at the Bethesda Central Farmers Market at the elementary school at 7600 Arlington Rd, for some canvassing starting around 11:00 a.m., and all the temptations the Farmers Market offers.

RSVP for the meeting at this link.

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Report on 2017 MD Legislative Session

Our Revolution Maryland worked hard to push our progressive agenda through the 2017 Maryland Legislative Session. We saw many good achievements as well as some disappointments. Below is a quick summary of how it went.

Successes

  • Eliminate bail for those who can’t afford it and are neither a risk to society or to flee
    • The Court of Appeals ruled that pre-trial detention should be sensitive to ability to pay; encouraged no bail for violent defendants considered dangerous to the community.  We blocked efforts to roll back the ruling which was led by the bail bondsmen.
  • Ban Fracking
    • Maryland become the third state to ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking)
  • Strong Paid Sick Leave Legislation SB 230/HB 1
    • Coverage for all employers with over 15 employees
    • Expect a probable veto by the Governor.

Mixed Results

  • Fight for $15 and oppose pre-emption legislation
    • Increases in the state minimum wage did not get out of committee
    • Efforts to pass a ‘pre-emption’ law restricting local counties or cities from adopting $15/hour wage was defeated

Failures

  • Protect our vulnerable communities with the TRUST ACT
    • The TRUST Act would, among its requirements, outlaw local law enforcement from enforcing federal immigration law and undermine the community’s trust in policing. It passed the House of Delegates but did not pass the Senate
  • Provide a degree or job certification without debt funded by closing tax loopholes
    • Make community college free for working and middle income families;
    • Funding this by closing corporate loopholes
    • This legislation did not get out of committee

Other Significant Accomplishments

Resisting The Trump Agenda

  1. Tasking Maryland’s State Attorney General, Brian Frosh to: take Trump to court when he violates the law or the Constitution (e.g., Muslim Ban) and sue price-gouging drug companies as Trump cuts back enforcement
  2. Overriding Governor Hogan’s veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, protecting blue-collar jobs as Trump cuts investment in renewables
  3. Passing a resolution opposing Trump plan to zero-out Chesapeake Bay Program and cleanup and pressuring Gov. Hogan to publicly oppose the Trump cuts.
  4. Appropriating state funds to backfill potential Trump cuts to: Planned Parenthood services, public television, and Meals on wheels for seniors.
  5. Setting up watchdog commissions to: spotlight the impact on Maryland of Trump plan to repeal Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and review Trump’s plans to cut Obamacare, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Protecting Our Schools:

We passed legislation to limit testing in our public schools, to prohibit the state from privatizing public schools, and to give whistle-blower protection to school employees.

Protecting Oyster Sanctuaries:

We passed a ban on opening Maryland’s oyster sanctuaries to harvesting. This legislation protects our existing oyster recovery investments, gives these sanctuaries additional time to grow, and makes sure that decisions related to oyster harvesting are guided by science.

Stopping Use of Antibiotics in Animal Feed

To reduce antibiotic resistance, legislation was passed to prohibit the use of antibiotics in chicken, cattle and swine feed prophylactically, absent sick animals.  The practice contributes to the existence of ‘superbugs’ resistant to treatment.

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