Raskin leads Silver Spring vigil to end immigrant family border separation

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Attendees hold candles during a vigil to end family separationsAttendees hold candles during a vigil to end family separations. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVSILVER SPRING — In the face of President Trump’s family separation policy, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8) gathered with constituents for a candlelight vigil Friday. 

“The shameful policy separating parents from children is not only a violation of international law, which it is; it’s not only a violation of our treaties on the treatment of refugees; it’s not only a violation of the Constitution of the United States of America,” Raskin said from a stage at Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring to a crowd of approximately 200 people. “This policy is not who we are.”


Raskin, Hoyer, warn of potential future election interference

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ROCKVILLE — As the 2018 primary election approaches, foreign election interference could be at play, Congressman Jamie Raskin warned.

“It’s been nearly two years since Russia’s sweeping and unprecedented assault on the country’s elections in 2016,” Raskin said to an audience of about 70 people at Richard Montgomery High School on Tuesday evening. “Although there’s no evidence that vote counts were altered … actors were able to gain access to and could have deleted voter registration records or altered poll books.”

Raskin (MD-8), who was joined by Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-5), Election Assistance Commission Chairman Tom Hicks, Center for American Progress Voting Rights Manager Danielle Root, and Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program Liz Howard, warned that, much as in 2016, the 2018 midterm elections could be targeted by foreign adversaries such as Russia.

Hoyer explained that the issues have previously plagued elections in the United States, including in 2000, when butterfly ballots resulted in the "hanging chads," causing confusion about votes cast in Florida. He added that election machine manufacturers need to be held to “high standard of security.”

“I think we’re moving in a very positive direction resulting from a negative event,” Hoyer added.


"Broken Down"

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Raskin evaluates the possibility of peace in the Middle East after recent trip

Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.). COURTESY PHOTOCongressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.). COURTESY PHOTO  More than a year after being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) got his first bit of foreign policy experience after returning from a Congressional trip to the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Raskin, along with 10 other Democratic members of Congress including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), visited Israel, Jordan and Afghanistan, meeting with heads of state in all three countries.

For Raskin, who is midway through his first term in Congress and serves on the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees, said the trip was particularly eye-opening, especially into the current stalemate on peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders and the United States’ involvement in the war in Afghanistan.

“As far I can tell, the peace process has broken down completely,” Raskin said of peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.


Takoma Park seals its reputation as a political nesting ground

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The center of power in the county, state and even at times the federal government is not Washington D.C., but a cozy city nestled just north of it.

During the last few decades, Takoma Park has transformed from a small town home to minority religious community to a progressive political haven and the crucible where political careers begin.

For a small city of 17,000 people, it is home to a long list of political players, such as Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8), newly elected Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez, former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and three members of the County Council George Leventhal (D-at large), Marc Elrich (D-at large) and Hans Riemer (D-at large).

“When you have a political belief, be absolutely fearless in promoting it,” said political activist Robin Ficker, who was born in Takoma Park. “Speak your mind and speak your mind until the heavens fall and don't let anyone intimidate you. It's a belief that springs from Takoma Park.”


Maryland Congress members speak out against Trump in Silver Spring town hall

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SILVER SPRING – Members of Congress representing Montgomery County appeared at a town hall meeting to express their concerns Sunday about President Donald J. Trump’s choices on various issues, from healthcare to Syrian refugees.

Senators Chris Van Hollen (D) and Ben Cardin (D) as well as Congressmen John Delaney (D-6), Jamie Raskin (D-8) and John Sarbanes (D-3) spoke on a number of topics before taking questions from constituents in the audience. They said they did not believe Trump’s decisions and remarks on current challenges facing the U.S. coincided with community interests. 

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