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Bernie supports a Jealous vote

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Though Gov. Larry Hogan says he did not vote for President Trump, Ben Jealous, a progressive candidate and former NAACP president, is trying to turn his campaign for governor in 2018 into a referendum on the two Republicans.

“We are a great state with a great future with great people, but our children will not be able to realize their full potential if we continue to tolerate the status quo,” said Jealous.

Hogan is popular in the state, but certainly not among progressive voters in Takoma Park, many of whom were drawn to Bernie Sanders’ appearance at the rally. Trump, however, is not as popular in Maryland, and Jealous is ready to capitalize on that.

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Democrats hold rallies as GOP health care bill crashes and burns on the Hill

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CAPITOL HILL – Healthcare is the hot topic of the moment in the U.S. Senate, and last Wednesday, Democrats brought out their heavy hitters to rally opposition to the Republican plan. Several prominent senators made appearances at a rally in front of the Senate chambers held June 21, attended by several left-wing groups, including Ultraviolet and Progressive Maryland, the day before Republican leaders in the chamber unveiled their proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Although details of the bill were not known at the time, senators said the House version offered a good idea of what it would contain – and they did not like it.

“President (Donald) Trump may have actually said it best. He said that Trumpcare is ‘mean,’” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wa.). “President Trump may not know much about healthcare – he sort of admitted it – and he’s certainly not the person I’d go to for policy on women’s care, but let me tell you, President Trump is our country’s top expert on mean.”

The bill text, released the next day, includes and even strengthens many portions of the House bill. It cuts Medicaid beginning in 2021 and lowers taxes for corporations and higher-earning individuals. It retains the House repeal of an ACA provision that keeps costs lower for seniors and allows them to be charged up to five times more than younger patients for insurance. Mental health coverage would no longer be required under Medicaid and states could apply for a waiver from essential health benefits, the minimum coverage standards under the ACA.

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Rebuilding the Democratic Party

Rep. John SarbanesRep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.)  COURTESY PHOTO  It seems almost unimaginable that the Republican Party can be in control of both chambers of Congress as well as the White House especially when you consider that registered Democrats significantly outnumber registered Republicans. It becomes a good deal less unimaginable when you factor in the impact of the gerrymandering of our district lines, the widespread voter suppression efforts by Republican state governments and the gullibility of the American voter.

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Promises, promises and the Dionne Warwick lament

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Oh, promises, their kind of promises, can just destroy a life
Oh, promises, those kind of promises, take all the joy from life
– by Burt Bacharach and Hal David

Elections, as we have all recently learned, have consequences. No one should be surprised that promises made by the elected candidate during the campaign run the risk of being implemented after the winner takes office.

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In farewell, Mikulski urges bipartisanship and a warning

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Barbara Mikulski at DNCRetiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski addresses the audience earlier this year at the Democratic National Convention. FILE PHOTO  

WASHINGTON - Since the 1990s, Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski has periodically organized dinners with the rest of the women in the Senate, no matter the party affiliation.

The women call these dinners their “zone of civility,” in which they talk about things ranging from their personal lives to political matters. Everything is off the record, their mantra being “no staff, no memos, and no leaks."

During her farewell remarks Wednesday, which she called a "summing up" speech, Democrat Mikulski recalled the first time Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Republican, reached out to work together. Both women’s staff responded negatively.

“‘Ew, she wants to work with you on something,’” Mikulski recalled her staff saying. “‘She’s a conservative from Texas and she wants to do something for women.’”

To which Mikulski responded, “How about if we listen?”

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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.

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Media responsibility and the new American political dynamic

Media responsibility lacking

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With the nation stunned and Donald Trump’s minions giddy as teenagers on ecstasy, it’s time to take a good hard look at the national media.
After all, the national press has a lot to answer for in how the recent presidential race was covered and the inability to see the wave of anger, fear and hatred of Washington D.C. and traditional politics that has swept the electorate and Heir Donald into the White House.
Trump has destroyed both major parties and is set to spread his demagoguery across the country via his newly won bully pulpit.
To quote Mencken, “… it is to the interest of all the rest of us to hold down his powers to an irreducible minimum and to reduce his compensation to nothing.”

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Local officials decry Trump's "rigged" claims

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Though some local residents are supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s (R) claim the coming general election is “rigged” those who run the elections are urging voters to keep the faith.

“The Democrats have damaged the integrity of our elections, the Democrats have damage the integrity of the election process,” said Jerry Cave, a Bethesda resident who volunteers for the Trump campaign.

However, Cave did not cite any evidence of voter fraud occurring in Montgomery County.

Mary Wagner, director of voter registration for the Maryland Board of Election (BOE), said voters should have confidence in the electoral system.

“I think we have safeguards in place, I think our voter registration roll as in great shape,” Wagner said.

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