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Nobody’s fault but mine or ours

donaldtrumpThe only thing worse than a Republican is a Democrat. One is venal and vile. The other is clueless.
I was discussing the problems of politics with a candidate’s surrogate the other day and it dawned on me there are people who still do not understand why Donald Trump got elected to the highest office in the United States.
Many want to merely dismiss his supporters as being stupid. Some want to dismiss their neighbors as being racists or misogynists for supporting him while still others who love Trump are labeled as traitors.
The Trump supporters on the other hand have labeled those who oppose Trump traitors, racists, misogynists and stupid – but in fairness so has the president. While both sides of the aisle retreat to their side of the sandbox and act like toddlers with loaded diapers, some of us are still scratching our heads and wonder how this all came to pass.

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Democrats face a messaging problem

safe imageThe biggest issue facing Democrats as they head toward the 2018 midterm elections and their quest to retake both the House of Representatives and the Senate is to identify what Democrats are for and not just against. The search is for a rallying issue, so to speak.
The difficulty is that it is sometimes a bit challenging to distinguish the two especially when dealing with such a destructive force as the CONmander-in-Chief.
There are a couple of good places to start, however. First, simply look at all of the Obama Administration actions that have been, item by item, undone by the current administration. Re-entering the Paris Climate Accord since we are the only nation, and I said only nation thanks to Trump, who is not a signatory is one easy issue to adopt for Democrats. Climate change, by the way, is real, and not being part of the solution implies we are part of the problem. Current efforts to roll back automobile emission standards are a prime example.
Rescinding President Obama's executive order on DACA, Deferred Actions on Childhood Arrivals, only served to create an unnecessary crisis. How this issue will ultimately be addressed remains to be seen, but it is likely that it will leave casualties no matter how it is addressed, if at all.

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Government shutdown ends, but Feb. 8 deadline looms large

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A 69-hour government shutdown ended Monday after Senate Democrats agreed to vote for a funding bill that will keep the federal government open until Feb. 8.

The shutdown that ended Monday began at midnight Friday when the previous funding bill, passed at the last minute in late December, expired without a replacement. 

While a continuing resolution on Friday to fund the government passed the House, Senate Democrats – who hoped to use the funding deadline to leverage a deal to provide legal status for several million so-called “Dreamers” who were brought to the country illegally as children – voted against the House bill. But Congressional Republicans and the White House refused to negotiate on immigration during a shutdown, having accused Democrats of prioritizing the needs of noncitizens who are living in the U.S. illegally over the needs of American citizens, sick children and the military.

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No Wall! Yes a Wall! Which Wall? This Wall?

160216182653 trump border wall explainer animation orig nws 00003622Steny Hoyer walked out of the White House with a grim look on his face. He had spent the last two hours sitting next to President Donald Trump in a bipartisan meeting with his GOP counterparts discussing DACA and border security.
He walked up with a contingent of Democrats to the makeshift podium in the stakeout area outside of the West Wing near the North Lawn to talk about the issue and amazingly, to some, Hoyer said the president had potentially brokered a deal on border security that would ensure The Dreamers could stay in this country.

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Assault on the Middle Class

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Raskin and Pelosi rally supporters in Bethesda against tax plan

Pelosi Raskin Rally against GOP tax planHouse minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Jamie Raskin speak before 350 people in Bethesda Saturday morning against the president’s tax plan. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  The devil of the GOP tax plan being promoted by President Trump and Congressional Republicans is in the details, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-8th District) said on Saturday while speaking with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) during a boisterous rally against the GOP plan, which he called “an assault on the middle class.”

Speaking before more than 300 people in Bethesda Saturday morning, Raskin was adamant about the challenges he said the Democrats face in stopping the tax plan.

“We’ve gotta get into the weeds because that’s where the snakes are,” Raskin said. He also told his constituents that the 426-page bill is “of, by, and for the billionaires,” compared with Abraham Lincoln – who Raskin called “the last great Republican President” – and his idea of government “of, by, and for the people.”

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Sentinel Hosts Live Stream Debate Among Democrat Candidates for County Executive on Oct. 16

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MoCo LogoROCKVILLE -  The Montgomery County Sentinel will be hosting a live stream debate among the Democrat candidates for County Executive on Monday, Oct. 16, in the Council Hearing Room (third floor) in the County Council Building at 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville. 

Brian J. Karem, the executive editor for The Sentinel Newspapers, will moderate the event which is scheduled from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

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MoCo Dems begin the Summer of Resistance and Renewal

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The Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee launched its “Summer of Resistance and Renewal in Montgomery County” in mid-July, but the canvassing that makes up those efforts began in earnest this past weekend. Those canvassing efforts are aimed at drop-off voters with the hope of ensuring a Gov. Larry Hogan loss in 2018.

“There’s good turnout for general elections, for presidential elections, more of a drop-off with midterms,” said Jackie Coolidge, a precinct official in District 18. “This is going to be a very exciting year leading up to the election.”

Before the canvassing started, the small group of canvassers gathered in the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, and one of the organizers, Marie Mapes, posed an important question: “What are the barriers to (drop-off voters) feeling engaged in the Democratic Party?”

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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).

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