Friday Round-up 8/28/2015

On August 28, 2015, in Blog, by MDDems

Message from the Chair

Greetings from Minneapolis! I’m here for the Democratic National Committee meeting – the last major party meeting before next summer’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. I’m happy to report that former MDP Chair Yvette Lewis was honored here yesterday by the Association of State Democratic Chairs with its first ever Geneva Jones Leadership and Service Award.

Meanwhile, in Annapolis, Larry Hogan hosted a swanky fundraiser for Chris Christie last night. Hogan followed Christie’s lead on eliminating regional transit and slashing public education. What’s next? Christie brags that he laid off 9,500 state employees and de-funded Planned Parenthood, and New Jersey’s credit rating was downgraded nine times under his leadership. One of these bad ideas is surely coming to a state capital near you.

While Hogan’s donors were enjoying passed hors d’oeuvres, students in half of Maryland’s counties were doing their homework. The first day of school is an important time to remember that Democrats are working hard to make sure every child succeeds. When Hogan shortchanged our schools by $68 million, Democrats restored funding without raising taxes or fees. As a result of Hogan’s stubborn refusal to spend that money, schools have laid off teachers, increased class sizes, and cut programs.

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

Until next week,

Bruce Poole



One Maryland Misrepresented. MDP Chair Bruce Poole takes Hogan to task for following Chris Christie’s playbook, concluding Marylanders can count on more spin and fewer solutions from this administration.

Hogan’s Holt Problem. Barry Rascovar calls it like he sees it, labeling Ken Holt a “giant liability” and slamming the Hogan administration for fostering the impression that they are “anti-city and anti-black.”

How companies make millions off lead-poisoned, poor blacks. The Washington Post puts a human face on Ken Holt’s asinine comments in a remarkable story on the “little-noticed, effectively unregulated netherworld of structured settlements.”

Maryland Restricts Racial Profiling in New Guidelines for Law Enforcement. In an effort to rebuild trust between communities and the police, Attorney General Brian Frosh issued guidance designed to end racial profiling in Maryland.

Upcoming Events 

8/28/15 to 9/7/15 – Come visit the Maryland Democratic Party booth at the Maryland State Fair. More details here.

8/30/15 – 1st Annual Mountain Maryland Red vs. Blue Softball game (to benefit the Western MD Food Bank). Find out more here.

9/2/15 – South County Democratic Club Meeting. Find out more details about the club here.

9/2/15 – Howard County Democratic Central Committee Meeting. Get involved with HoCo Dems

9/3/15 – Cecil County Democratic Club Meeting. Learn more about Cecil Dems here.

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For Immediate Release:

August 27, 2015


For More Information:

Pat Murray



Maryland Democratic Party Statement on Chris Christie’s Annapolis Fundraiser


Annapolis, MD – Maryland Democratic Party Executive Director Pat Murray released the following statement in response to Governor Larry Hogan’s fundraiser to benefit GOP Presidential candidate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie:


“Larry Hogan has followed Chris Christie’s lead every day for the past eight months. He took a page out of the Christie playbook when he shortchanged Maryland schools by $68 million and disinvested in mass transit.[1] What’s next? Will Larry Hogan lay off thousands of state employees, like Christie?[2] Will he push to curb a woman’s access to reproductive health care by defunding Planned Parenthood, like Christie?[3] Will he run the state’s credit rating into the ground, like Christie?[4] So far, it seems Christie’s record in New Jersey is a preview of coming attractions for Larry Hogan’s legislative agenda. With Chris Christie sinking in the polls and headed for the kid’s table in the next presidential debate,[5] Larry Hogan should spend less time dabbling in national politics and more time developing his own solutions for Maryland families.”


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Friday Round-up 8/21/15

On August 21, 2015, in Blog, by MDDems
Message from the Chair
Republicans say the darndest things.
Larry Hogan’s Secretary of Housing and Community Development said the State should roll back laws that protect victims of lead poisoning, under the ridiculous theory that mothers poison their children to receive public benefits. Democrats pushed back on the Secretary and called for his resignation.
The national debate took an equally absurd turn this week, as Donald Trump declared the Fourteenth Amendment – which guarantees citizenship to all people born or naturalized in the United States – unconstitutional. Democrats are fighting to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans, while Republicans are turning their back on the Constitution.
Thank you for all that you do to keep our Party great!
Until next week,


D. Bruce Poole
30 delegates call on Md. housing chief to resign over lead remarks. Calling DHCD Secretary Ken Holt’s comments “incredibly offensive and insensitive to the plight of mothers of children with lead poisoning,” House Democrats called for his ouster this week.
A Red Card for Ken Holt. Calling Ken Holt’s comments “a major foul,” State House observer Laslo Boyd concludes that Holt “needs to get off of the field.  If he doesn’t do that voluntarily, Hogan should escort him to the sidelines.”
Maryland Housing Chief’s Remarks Reveal Questionable Judgment. Delegate Terri Hill concludes that the major issue, which Ken Holt’s “apology does not assuage, is about his biased and careless approach to decision making.”
Trump Throws Constitution and Fourteenth Amendment Under the Bus. Rick Ungar breaks down the GOP’s constitutional reinterpretation fad, concluding: “The Constitution is not supposed to be some tool to be messed with when it makes for useful rhetoric in a political campaign. And if you are a Republican, you should be among the very first to agree.”



Upcoming Events 

8/22/15 – Montgomery County Young Democrats at the Montgomery County Fair. Click here to get involved.
8/23/15 – Democratic Club of Wicomico County Annual Summer Crab Feast. Sign up here to attend
8/24/15 – Voting Rights Community Forum with Congressman Hoyer and Congressman John Lewis. RSVP here
8/26/15 – District 30 Democratic club Meeting. RSVP here to attend
8/28/15 – 9/7/15 – Come find the Maryland Democratic Party booth at the Maryland State Fair!
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