Democrats look for opportunity in healthcare

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One week ago Republican Senator John McCain stood on the floor of the U.S. Senate floor and with a thumbs-down gesture and a firm and loud “no,” killed the last Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The possible end of Republicans’ “Obamacare” repeals now opens a bipartisan window for some healthcare reforms according to congressional Democrats.

“I am of the view that we just closed the door on these repeal and ravage campaigns,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8).


The election and the numbers


2016 Pres. Election Poll

The 2016 presidential election has got to be the most surprising upset in presidential election history and the most devastating to progressive politics.

On November 18, pollster Fred Yang, partner with Hart Research Associates, addressed the Women's Democratic Club of Montgomery County to attempt to shed some light on how so many pollsters could not have seen this disaster coming.

He made a valiant effort.


Sitting down with Van Hollen

Chris Van Hollen interview

With the November 8th election behind us and with the elevation of reality T.V. host Donald Trump to the White House in front of us, many Democrats are scratching their collective heads trying to figure out the best way forward.

The Montgomery County Sentinel sat down with newly elected Senator Chris Van Hollen to find out his views on the next steps for Democrats and, more importantly, the nation as we enter into somewhat unfamiliar territory with the Trump administration.


Solving the "Fake News" problem


MC DC - Hillarys Behghazi MomentIn an interview with The Sentinel this week incoming U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen said one of the greatest concerns facing the country is the “Fake News” currently spreading virally like a pestilence across the land – aided and abetted by a President-elect who acts like Typhoid Mary by tweeting factually inaccurate information gobbled up by the electorate as a sugar-freak gobbles twinkies.


Van Hollen tapped for leadership role

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Chris-van-hollenSen.-elect Chris Van Hollen (D) FILE PHOTOLast week, the Senate Democratic caucus elected Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen (D) to lead the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) during the 2018 midterm election.

The DSCC recruits candidates to run for the Senate, contributes money and services to their campaigns, and runs independent expenditures supporting those candidates.

Van Hollen, a Kensington resident who serves as the ranking member of Budget Committee in the House of Representatives, will also receive a spot on the Senate Appropriations Committee as a member of the Democratic leadership.

The seat will allow him to influence how senators craft spending bills originating in the committee.

In a statement, he said, "Democrats in the Senate are the last line of defense between President-elect (Donald) Trump and Washington Republicans, and so many of the values and priorities that Americans hold dear,” said Van Hollen. “I look forward to getting to work right away to defend American values, as well as fighting for my home state of Maryland by taking up Senator (Barbara) Mikulski's mantle on the Senate Appropriations Committee."


Congressional delegation looks for Trump common ground

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ROCKVILLE – Members of Montgomery County’s congressional delegation said they have some common ground where they believe they can work with the President-elect Donald Trump.

Senator-elect Chris Van Hollen (D) said he could work with Trump on a possible national infrastructure bill.

“That’s one of the issues he talked about, not only during the campaign, it was the one issue mentioned the evening he got the electoral votes necessary to be president,” Van Hollen said. “He came out on stage and mentioned that issue specifically and it’s one that I have done a lot of work on trying to promote. It would be great if we could actually make some progress on that.”


Van Hollen, Raskin Win!

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John Sarbanes and John Delaney also win as Democrats roll statewide

Election Night 2016-0116 editedJamie Raskin celebrates his win in the race for Congressional District 8. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER 

Montgomery County voters overwhelmingly backed all available Democratic congressional candidates Tuesday, turning out strong for Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen, Reps. John Sarbanes (D-3) and John Delaney (D-6) and Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8).

Next door in Prince George’s County, former Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) resurrected his political career two years after losing the 2014 gubernatorial race by winning the open fourth congressional district.

Van Hollen won 74.8 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts counted, Sarbanes won 72.4 percent of the vote with 92 percent of the precincts counted, Delaney won 68.5 percent of the vote with 97 percent of precincts counted and Raskin won 74 percent of the vote with 98 percent of the precincts counted.


Raskin's victory leads state's progressive charge

Jamie Raskin  Paul Schwartz-0370Newly-elected Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8) and Paul K. Schwartz. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER 

It has been a very long journey to win the District 8 Congressional seat, but that quest came to a successful end on Tuesday night for State Senator Jamie Raskin. The journey began when incumbent Congressman Chris Van Hollen decided to vacate his Congressional seat in favor of a run for the Senate seat held by retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski.

Both candidates are celebrating today with their impressive victories. Each candidate received more than 70 percent of the Montgomery County vote in their respective election victories.


Van Hollen elected to Mikulski's old seat

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Election Night 2016-0293 EditedSenator-elect Chris Van Hollen (D) addresses his supporters on election night. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-8) won the Senate race to succeed outgoing Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D), who is retiring after 30 years of serving in Congress.

Van Hollen defeated Kathy Szeliga, a Republican who has been a member of the State House of Delegates from Baltimore County since January of 2011, by about 600,000 votes. According to the Maryland Board of Elections, Van Hollen garnered 60 percent of the vote to Szeliga’s 36 percent.

Before a cheering crowd of supporters, Van Hollen, current ranking member of the House budget committee, thanked those gathered at the National Labor College in Silver Spring for “making me your partner in change.”

Referring to the contentious presidential campaign, Van Hollen said, “This election has been different than any others. We have had the character of America at stake.”


Letters to the Editor, October 20, 2016



Casting his vote for Van Hollen

To the editor;
In what has been a heated and often shocking election season, one thing remains true: we need to elect leaders who get things done. We need to elect people who not only fight for our values, but are willing to compromise when it is in the best interest of Maryland, as well. Chris Van Hollen is the pragmatic leader we need. At the end of the day, he gets it done.
For years, Republicans have tried to stop any and all efforts at progress or compromise. They orchestrated the government shutdown, and even now refuse to grant President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court a hearing, to say nothing about their flagrant refusal to fill the vacancy. In the face of it all, Chris Van Hollen has continued to reach across the aisle to be an effective legislator in Washington.

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