Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, May 13, 2024
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Tomorrow is the Primary Election! For those who've already voted, thank you for taking an active role in shaping our community's trajectory. But for those who haven't yet, now's the time to plan your trip to the polls. Let's make sure every voice is counted.   Our endorsed candidates still need your support. If you have some time to spare, we're looking for volunteers to assist at the polls tomorrow. Whether you can commit for a few hours or the whole day, every bit of help makes a difference. Sign up below!   District 1- Tiffini Andorful             &n ..read more
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News You Can Use about Maryland and elsewhere
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This pudding has no theme this week. More states are suing fossil fuel companies for climate change effects; Maryland is getting high marks on LGBTQ+ and data privacy protection; reaching for climate goals here and elsewhere keeps getting more complicated; and the tense standoff between Israel and its number one arms supplier (that would be US) gets tenser. More going on than you might imagine, so dig in.   ..read more
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Check Your Voter Registration
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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, May 6, 2024
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Happy Monday, everyone! In May we acknowledge the significance of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. This month provides us with a valuable opportunity to honor the contributions and rich cultural heritage of the AAPI community while also recognizing the challenges they continue to face. Be sure to check out events celebrating AAPI Heritage Month here.   With the primary election just around the corner on Tuesday, May 14th, and early voting already underway until this Thursday, now is the time to make your voice heard. For more ways to get involved and essent ..read more
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Early Voting under way in state primary; life otherwise normal barring glaring exceptions we note below
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Early Voting is under way throughout Maryland this week, ending Thursday, May 9 in  advance of the Tuesday, May 14 Primary Election Day -- so you have lots of chances to cast your ballot in what is turning out to be a high-tension primary. Other news includes serious problems in the state's child care system, which is hampered by its private status, as well as a deep-dive roundup of the number of agencies charged with taking a hard look at how the Key Bridge fell and what to do about it. Plus news from other states that have similar problems to Maryland's and what they are doing about the ..read more
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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, April 29, 2024
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Happy Monday! This Wednesday marks May Day, also known as International Workers' Day, a time to honor the contributions of labor movements worldwide. You can check out May Day events from our allies later in the memo.   At Progressive Maryland, we're channeling the spirit of May Day as we gear up for an action-packed month ahead. With numerous issue campaigns and fresh initiatives underway, we're excited to continue organizing and building power for all Marylanders. And as we prep for the upcoming primary elections, your support is crucial. Join us for our weekly Throwdown Thursday phone ..read more
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Bills keep hitting the Gov.'s desk. How many will he sign? The watch party is scheduled
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We had years of Larry Hogan's ambushes -- waiting till the last minute to veto bills from his very Dem General Assembly, giving them minimum opportunity to override until the following year's sessions. We are getting used, now, to a Governor and Assembly that are much more in sync. Wes Moore has (as you see below) rumbled through a big bunch of bills with a fast pen. What it will take to make him down-check a bill is not emerging in a hurry. He has embraced his housing package. Bills are on the way to him -- or have already been signed -- that may have some unpleasant aspects (like the refusal ..read more
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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, April 22, 2024
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Happy Earth Day! As we gather this week to honor our planet, we’re given the opportunity to highlight the intersectionality of environmental issues and social justice. This week, let's broaden our understanding beyond traditional eco-actions like tree planting and plastic reduction. Let's acknowledge that a sustainable future requires equitable environmental policies that address the disparities faced by marginalized communities. While we are greatly disappointed by the legislature's failure to enact key environmental laws this year, like the Reclaim Renewable Energy Act, our fight for enviro ..read more
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News You Can Use: Health worries in the ER and elsewhere
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Most of the news in Maryland is not great, and a lot of it concerns health -- both the wait times in Maryland's ERs, among the nation's worst, and the poor value of behavioral health coverage in many insurance plans. And even though Maryland has a firm right to reproductive health on the books, nobody should overlook how some Supreme Court cases under way might threaten those rights (withouit a constitutional amendment, that is). On the good side, despite the looming costs, polls show "overwhelming support" for the education reforms in the Blueprint for Maryland's Future. How about good news e ..read more
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Annapolis Wrap-Up 2024
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Thank you for being a supporter of Progressive Maryland. We are off to a strong start in 2024 thanks to you and to the dedication of our members, leaders, and staff. With the 2024 legislative session behind us, I’m writing to share some exciting successes, some areas where we fell short, and what we hope to achieve going forward. Before I continue – we are a grassroots, member-led organization. Our work to oppose corporate influence and pass progressive legislation is only possible through the power of our organized membership. If you share our vision and are excited by what you read below, th ..read more
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