“Wait and See”

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County leaders confused and angry over sanctuary executive order


ANNAPOLIS – Local officials say it is unclear whether President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on sanctuary cities will cost the county federal funding over its immigration enforcement policies.

Last week, Trump signed an executive order saying localities that fail to comply with federal immigration law will not receive public funds, sparking outrage among immigration advocates and confusion among public officials.

The executive order specifically mentions “sanctuary jurisdiction,” a vague but widely used term that generally refers to localities that do not assist in enforcing federal immigration law. State and local officials said it is unclear if the executive order would apply to Montgomery County or to the State of Maryland.

“Look, no one has been able to figure out from what he’s (Trump) issued so far and how exactly it plays out,” said County Council member Marc Elrich (D-at large). “We don’t know whether we are inside the rules or outside the rules.”


Drawing on Faith and Citizenship to Build a More Perfect Union

Muslim Jewish  American symbols

In the United States of America, it is essential to exercise one’s fundamental rights and responsibilities as a citizen to ensure the health and vibrancy of our democracy.
The two of us take our responsibilities to be good citizens seriously, but differently. One of us is an elected official, believing that serving his state and now also his nation, is the best use of his talents and the surest way to effect change. The other is a philanthropist supporting causes that best reflect his values.
Both of us, one Muslim, one Jewish, strongly favor building bridges among communities of faith — and of no faith — of breaking down barriers, and promoting dialogue and understanding.


Raskin leads protesters to Women’s March

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Jamie Raskin election night 11-8-16Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) making his victory speech on election night Nov. 8. FILE PHOTO  

WASHINGTON – On Saturday morning, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8) gave a familiar speech in a familiar place.

Just as he did the night he won the Democratic primary in May, Raskin gave his stump speech to an enthusiastic crowd packed into the Silver Spring Civic Center.

“We are the heirs to the civil rights movement, and the women’s movement, and the LGBT movement, the environmental movement, the labor movement, the peace movement, the human rights movement,” Raskin said. “And we’re not going to allow a cabinet of billionaires and bigots and bullies take away everything that we built.”


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.


Raskin successor in state senate named

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Del. Will Smith 2Del. Will Smith (D-20) COURTESY PHOTO  

Del. Will Smith (D-20) was selected to replace outgoing Congress-bound Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-20) in the Maryland Senate last Wednesday.

A former appointee by President Obama to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Smith will become the first African American to represent Montgomery County in the state Senate.


Progressives Rally

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Raskin and Warren call for 'Resistance and Revival in Dark Times'

MPI JR-0192Incoming Congressman Jamie Raskin holds hands with Senator Elizabeth Warren in Silver Spring. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) rallied with progressives Wednesday at the Silver Spring Civic Center, urging them to “fight for the people who sent us here” during a fundraiser for Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8).

“We are not the minority party, we are the opposition party,” said Warren to a packed crowd of several hundred people.


Hope rises from the election ashes

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I was fortunate to be in attendance at a rally in downtown Silver Spring on November 30th that was hosted by our newly elected Congressman Jamie Raskin and which featured as the primary speaker Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. The one word which comes to my mind to sum up the event is: HOPE! Hope that there is a voice, a collective voice at that, that will speak up against what will most assuredly be the “total and complete” disaster that is to be the Trump presidency. Hope that there will be a strong voice to fight for the progressive agenda that “made America great” in the first place.


Warren, Raskin rally with progressives in Silver Spring

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MPI JR-0192Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8) stands with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during progressive rally at Silver Spring Civic Center. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) rallied with progressives Wednesday at the Silver Spring Civic Center, urging them to “fight for the people who sent us here” during a fundraiser for Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8).

“We are not the minority party, we are the opposition party,” said Warren to a packed crowd of several hundred people.

Raskin billed the rally as the “Democratic Resistance and Revival in Dark Times” in response to the Democratic Party’s losses in this year’s election cycle.

“The depression ends today and revival begins tonight,” said Raskin. “We are not a racist and we are not an ‘alt-right’ country.”


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.”


County leaders discuss curbing gun violence

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ROCKVILLE – A Nov. 17 hearing on the impact of gun violence on public health centered on ways to reduce the number of people dying from being shot, including making guns safer.

The hour-long discussion at the Montgomery County Council Building did not entirely avoid the issue of gun control, as promised by County Councilmember George Leventhal (D-At large), who sponsored the hearing. 

Leventhal said members of the public could not comment during the hearing out for fear that the hearing “could get out of control.”

“Gun violence is something we’d like to see diminished,” Leventhal said.

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