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.


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.


Officials statewide offer Hogan support in cancer fight

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HoganSince hearing Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement that he has cancer, officials throughout the state have expressed their sadness, but said they know Hogan is a “fighter.” 


Hogan said on Monday that he has advanced non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and will be undergoing multiple rounds of chemotherapy over the next few months while retaining his position as governor.


Below are statements of support from officials throughout the state:


Sen. Ben Cardin: “Those of us who have worked with Governor Larry Hogan know he is a fighter. I know the governor also enjoys the love of an amazing family. The Hogan family will be in my thoughts and prayers as they navigate this difficult time together. Governor Hogan should know that he has an entire state supporting him in his battle against this terrible disease.”


Sen. Barbara Mikulski: “I was stunned and saddened to learn about Governor Hogan’s illness. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved ones. I join the people of Maryland in wishing him a complete and speedy recovery.


When Lt. Governor Rutherford called to give me the news, we discussed our shared commitment to our state. On behalf of myself and the delegation, I pledged to work with him and Governor Hogan to maintain the continuity of government and continue working together for the good of all Marylanders.” 


Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-8): “I stand with all Marylanders to wish him a full & speedy recovery.”

Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-5): “I was saddened to learn of Governor Hogan’s cancer diagnosis today. My thoughts and prayers are with the Governor and his family as he begins this battle against cancer and moves through a period of treatment and recovery. I join the entire state of Maryland in standing with him and offering our support.”


Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-4): “My thoughts and prayers are with Gov. Hogan and his family as he begins the process of beating this disease. Through his focus and determination, Gov. Hogan has proven to be a disciplined and determined fighter, and I have no doubt he will use those qualities to overcome this challenge. I wish Gov. Hogan every ounce of strength for a successful recovery. All of Maryland will be with him.” 


Former Governor Martin O’Malley: “Katie and I are sending our thoughts & prayers to you and your family, and wishing you the best in overcoming this challenge.”


Comptroller Peter Franchot: “Along with every Marylander, I am deeply saddened by today’s news about my dear friend, Governor Hogan, and I am praying this afternoon for him; his wonderful wife, Yumi; their daughters, Julie, Jaymi and Kim, and his entire family.

However, I'm comforted by the knowledge that the Governor is one of the toughest fighters I’ve ever met, as well as a man of deep and abiding faith. With Yumi and his entire family at his side, I know that he will approach this latest challenge with the same sense of determination and resolve that has made him so successful in business, politics and government.


In the meantime, I stand ready to assist Governor Hogan and our exceptional Lieutenant Governor, Boyd Rutherford, in any way possible in the days, weeks and months to come.”


Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal (at the council meeting June 23): “As we begin our morning with words of prayer, we will keep in mind the governor of Maryland Larry Hogan who very courageously yesterday disclosed that he’s battling with cancer, and I know that all of us send the governor our very, very best wishes at this difficult time for him and his family.” 


Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III: “The thoughts and prayers of all Prince Georgians are with Governor Hogan and his family as he begins his battle with cancer. I applaud how Governor Hogan candidly and courageously made the announcement today concerning his health challenge. Clearly he is a fighter and I am confident he will battle this disease with courage and tenacity. ?I wish him the best and join all our fellow citizens who are praying for his full recovery. 


I want him to know that the people of Prince George’s County are here to support him as he works to overcome this obstacle and we will cheer for him all the way until he is cancer free.”


Maryland Senate President Mike Miller: “Governor Hogan and his family are longtime friends, and I was saddened to hear of his personal news today. As he begins his path to treatment and recovery, I know the thoughts and prayers of myself, the Maryland Senate, and all Marylanders are with him and his family.”


Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch: “We are fortunate in Maryland to have access to the finest medical system in the country, so I am confident that Governor Hogan will get the best quality medical treatment possible. I know that he will bring the same tenacity and strength to this new personal challenge as he has to all of his professional accomplishments.”


Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett: My prayers and hope are for a very quick and full recovery. All of us including myself are pulling for him and anticipate that he will be back and maintain the (demands) of his schedule as he goes through his treatment and we look forward to seeing him back in Montgomery County working on some of the important issues for the state.


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