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Trusting Iran isn't the point, Ben Cardin

I didn't think I would be visiting the issue of the Iran nuclear deal in my column so soon after writing about it as recently as Aug. 7. However, I recently had the opportunity to attend a luncheon hosted by the Women's Democratic Club of Montgomery County at which our own Sen. Ben Cardin served as the guest speaker.

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GOP presidential debate long on rhetoric, short on substance

The second Republican presidential candidates debate, conducted on CNN, focused more on each candidate responding to slights hurled by the other candidates than on what and, more importantly, how the candidates would address the serious issues facing this country. In a nutshell, the debate was more rhetoric with little substance, but a great deal of Ronald Reagan name-dropping and an awful lot of "dump on Trump," the front-runner.

 

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NRA disciples cherry-picking Constitution

Freedom! Don't take away my freedom! I have my rights! It's in the Constitution! Second Amendment! These are the cries of members of the gun establishment expressing their National Rifle Association-instilled fears that any commonsense gun safety measures, such as universal mandatory background checks as a requirement to purchase a gun, will infringe on their Constitutional right to carry a gun without any restrictions or safeguards whatsoever.

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The art of the Iran nuclear deal

 

Although not what one would consider a very religious individual, I am a Jew. I was born a Jew. I was raised as a Jew. I will die a Jew. Being a Jew is how society looks upon me, and, quite frankly, I am somewhat proud to be part of a group of people that comprises only about 1 percent of the world's population yet has contributed so greatly to society whether medicine (thank you Dr. Salk), music, business, entertainment, or even sports (thank you Sandy Koufax). As a Jew I also recognize the importance of a secure Israel. What I am not is a Jew who allows himself to be influenced by the illogical rhetoric regarding opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.

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Donald Trump, patron saint of the GOP

Who is the patron saint of the Republican Party? We know that the patron saint of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party is FDR, but what about the Republicans? Let's start at the beginning and consider the very first Republican elected to the presidency and the president many believe to be our greatest for keeping our union together, Abraham Lincoln? Well, probably not since the former Confederacy was comprised of the currently heavily Republican southern states and many in those states still prefer to fly the Confederate battle flag.

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The hypocrisy of defunding Planned Parenthood

I believe I finally now understand. I couldn't quite figure out why Congressional Republicans are so hell bent on defunding Planned Parenthood, since they were all, to a "man", similarly hell bent on doing away with abortion in this country.

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Montgomery County's Laboratory for Democracy

 

A "laboratory for democracy"! That is the phrase used by Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes to describe New York City's public election funding program during his address to  the "American Elections at the Crossroads" forum at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York City on July 22nd. Since Montgomery County established a very similar small-donor matching fund program for candidates with the passage of Bill 16-14 on September 30, 2014, it is hoped that that same description can someday be applied to Montgomery County.

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Montgomery County's model for reform

 

cashA "laboratory for democracy"! That is the phrase used by Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes to describe New York City's public election funding program during his address to the "American Elections at the Crossroads" forum at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York City on July 22nd.   Since Montgomery County established a very similar small-donor matching fund program for candidates with the passage of Bill 16-14 on September 30, 2014, it is hoped that that same description can someday be applied to Montgomery County.

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