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,
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.”
10/3/15 – Queen Anne’s County Back In Blue Dinner
10/3/15 – Brunswick Railroad Days – Frederick Democrats Tent. More info here.
10/4/15 – New American Expo – Join us at the Latino Diversity Leadership Council booth.
10/4/15 – Panel Discussion on Immigration with the Roosevelt Democratic Club. Find out more here.
10/5/15 – United Democrats of Frederick County meeting. RSVP here to join them.
10/5/15 – AAPI Networking Night with the Montgomery County Young Democrats. Learn more here.
10/6/15 – Harford County Democratic Central Committee breakfast. RSVP here to attend.
10/6/15 – Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee Public Hearing.
10/6/15 – Upper Shore 2016 Democratic National Convention Delegate Selection Plan Presentation.
10/7/15 – Baltimore County 2016 Democratic National Convention Delegate Selection Plan Presentation.
10/8/15 – Allegany County 2016 Democratic National Convention Delegate Selection Plan Presentation. More info here.
10/8/15 – Washington County 2016 Democratic National Convention Delegate Selection Plan Presentation. RSVP here to attend.