Friday round-up 11/20/2015

On November 20, 2015, in Blog, by MDDems
Message from the Chair
One week ago, the world watched in horror as a small group of violent extremists murdered more than 100 people in the streets of Paris. It was an act of pure evil. We condemn the attackers and the attack, and we extend our deepest sympathy to the victims, their loved ones, and the survivors.
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Following the attack, the French reiterated their commitment to accepting 30,000 refugees over the next two years and declared war on ISIS. America’s reaction was not so sanguine. Republican Governors started a charge that ended with the Republican-led House of Representatives effectively closing the door to people seeking shelter from violence in the Middle East.
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Refugees already receive the most rigorous screening of any travelers to the United States, including biographic and biometric security checks, and Syrian refugees go through an enhanced review process with extra national security checks. The process takes 18 to 24 months. We have a strong process in place that is designed to keep our nation safe.
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I am proud to stand with President Obama, because I understand that helping others and solving problems are at the heart of our national identity. Refugees are not our enemy. Denying safety to people based solely on their faith or country of origin is an act of intolerance, and I hope the better angels of our nature will prevail as this debate moves forward.
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Until next week,

D. Bruce Poole
Chair
ICYMI
Why My State Won’t Close Its Doors To Syrian Refugees. Washington Governor Jay Inslee writes: “I don’t deny or condemn the fear that has swelled since the Paris attacks. But fear can be overcome. We can take a deep breath, stand up straight and make a realistic assessment of risk. And we can’t forget the times we have been tested, both when we’ve failed and when we’ve succeeded.”
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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan To Ask Feds Not To Send More Refugees. Governor Hogan joined the reactionary fear-mongering, but had no plan to communicate his position to the President beyond a Facebook post.
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Refugees Are Not The Enemy. The Baltimore Sun says Governor Hogan “needs to take a few minutes and read up on the plight of refugees in Maryland.”
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‘Rabid Dogs’ And Closing Mosques: Anti-Islam Rhetoric Grows In The GOP. The race to the bottom continues in the GOP primary, as candidates suggest closing mosques, making Muslims register with the government, and banning refugees from Middle Eastern countries.
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Inciting Fear Isn’t Presidential. Watch this video produced by the DNC Rapid Response Team, which puts the GOP’s anti-Islam rhetoric in perspective.
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Veterans Day

On November 11, 2015, in Blog, by MDDems
Service is not about being perfect, but having a perfect desire to serve and being respectful and responsive to those that need us the most.
 
I learned these values during my seventeen years in the United States Marine Corps, and I bring them to my service on the Anne Arundel County Council.
 
Today, Veterans’ Day, we honor the service and sacrifice of millions of Americans who wore our nation’s uniform. Every day, though, we should work together to make sure veterans get the respect they deserve, the benefits they earned, and the medical care they need.
 
We are making progress in helping veterans find work and access to education, job training, housing and health care programs – but there is more to be done. The greatest way we can honor veterans is to continue to promote policies that help them meet the unique challenges they face.
 
On behalf of Maryland Democrats, I am proud to salute all veterans today – and I look forward to working with you every day to be respectful and responsive to our veterans and their families.
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Sincerely,
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Pete Smith
District 1
Anne Arundel County Council
 

Friday round-up 10/2/2015

On October 2, 2015, in Blog, by MDDems

Message from the Chair

It was a lousy week for Maryland Republicans.

 

First, a pair of Frederick County lawmakers called on Larry Hogan to defund Planned Parenthood. State House Democrats fought back, calling on Hogan to condemn fringe tactics and commit to funding Planned Parenthood. Through a spokesman, Hogan waffled on women’s health and declined to take a position.

 

Then, Hogan’s hand-picked election chief admitted to a secret meeting with Republican officials. The result? The GOP-led Montgomery County election board made it harder for minority and low income voters to reach early voting sites. Shady at best, a violation of the Open Meetings Act at worst – and proof that the Maryland GOP is following the national party’s voter suppression playbook.

 

And, this morning, the Frederick News-Post called on Hogan to release $68 million in school funding that he continues to hold hostage. The editorial board is right: “Ensuring that education funds are restored should be the most critical priority of all. The state’s future economy quite literally depends on it.”

 

Thank you for all that you do to keep our Party great!

 

Until next week,

Bruce Poole

Chair

ICYMI

Lawmakers Pressure Hogan on Planned Parenthood Funding. Hogan declined Tuesday to take a position on whether state tax dollars should be given to Planned Parenthood as he faced mounting pressure from both sides of the aisle to make a decision.

 

Montgomery Co. board of elections accused of voter suppression, ‘secret phone calls’. Under pressure, Hogan’s hand-picked election chief conceded to a secret meeting with GOP officials, which resulted in a decision to move early voting centers away from population centers.

 

Hogan Should Release GCEI Money. The Frederick News-Post’s ed board says Hogan is “trying to paint himself a fiscal conservative and play a little politics, all along knowing that the clock’s ticking,” and asks: “why not release the funds now?”

 

Maryland’s Record Tax Refund. The Baltimore Sun’s ed board points out that Hogan “had absolutely nothing to do with” the tax refund he announced this week, and “that it’s not costing the state a dime; and that it merely affirmed what Maryland’s highest court ruled in 2013 long before Mr. Hogan even ran for office.”

 

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