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CCDCC Addresses Calvert Delegtion to Annapolis

Posted 16 November 2018

This week, some of our newly elected, or re-elected representatives made themselves available to the public at the annual Legislative Evening. They spoke for a few minutes about their expectations going into the 2019 General Assembly Session and then listened as concerned citizens and local organizations shared their legislative priorities for the coming year. Your Calvert County Democratic Central Committee Chair, David Salazar, was there to lay out for our representatives what we would like to see on the agenda this year.

David's Statement on Behalf of the CCDCC:

“We’d like to thank the League of Women Voters for providing this invaluable opportunity for voters and representatives to engage directly with each other. Having direct communication between elected officials and their constituents is essential for an open and transparent government.

The Democratic Party would like to congratulate everyone here on their election victories. We look forward to working with each of you in the coming years.

We have several concerns going into the 2019 General Assembly. Locally, the Thomas Johnson Bridge desperately needs to be addressed. Beyond the daily usage – for which it’s already inadequate – in the event of an emergency bad enough to warrant evacuation, that bridge could easily escalate a bad situation into a catastrophic situation. Please commit to work with other state legislators and federal agencies to ensure this problem is addressed.

Another local concern is the level of traffic traveling through Calvert County. Obviously, we are deeply concerned regarding the rumors of another Bay Bridge being constructed in Calvert. We ask that you please approach this with the greatest delicacy.

Lastly, on the local level, we are extremely concerned with growth.  As you know, this was a hot button topic during the election cycle.  Please consider the fact that the majority of Calvert Citizens believe in “Smart Growth”, not rapid growth.

Beyond local issues, the Democratic Party is primarily concerned at the state level with three things: good governance, economic stability, and the protection of freedoms for all Maryland residents.

Good governance includes making elections free and removing obstacles that prevent citizens from voting. The people have spoken overwhelmingly and across Party lines to remove the Same Day voter registration prohibition from our state constitution. Now, we’re counting on you to pass the necessary laws and get the job done. Let’s make sure that every eligible voter in Maryland has easy access to participating in their government.

Economically, Maryland is 15th in the nation in GDP, 13th in GDP per capita. There is no reason why any full-time worker in a state as prosperous as ours should struggle to make ends meet. Let’s make sure that Maryland is affordable for all of its citizens and get the Fight for fifteen over the finish line.

Lastly, we are interested in protecting the freedoms of all Marylanders regardless of nationality, creed, or immigration status. We are concerned about our LGBTQ communities, our immigrant communities, and other at-risk communities in this political climate. We urge you to consider how your decisions will affect the welfare of all Maryland residents – and to actively pursue equal justice for all of your constituents.

We commend you for stepping forward to represent all the people of Southern Maryland and look forward to working with you on these issues over your term of service.”

 

 

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Women's Club Nominees

Posted 15 November 2018

The Women’s Club has nominated their slate for the 2019-2021 term officers. Election will be at the December 4th meeting. Come out to vote for these nominees, or nominate someone from the floor:

President: Cindy Yoe
Vice President: Inez Claggett
Secretary: Linda Copeland
Treasurer: Fran Inacio

Newly elected candidates will take office at the January monthly meeting.

Post-Election 2018

Posted 08 November 2018

Another Election Day is behind us. The numbers are still trickling in as absentee and provisional ballots are being counted, so watch for a more detailed analysis of the results in the next couple of weeks. But we have some comments on the process and outcomes.

The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee would like to express our deep gratitude to every candidate who got out there and ran. We appreciate your commitment to our county and your desire to make it a better place to live and work. We know how taxing running a campaign is. You all worked hard for the opportunity to serve your community. We thank you!

Congratulations to our elected candidates: Senator Mike Miller, Delegate Mike Jackson, Register of Wills Margaret Phipps, and Clerk of the Court Kathy Smith. We wish you all the best in your next term of service.

For those that didn't gain enough ground to win this year, please take heart that your respective campaigns made incredible headway. Each of you started with an enormous uphill battle, and each of you managed to narrow that gap between you and your opponents from 2014 to this election - some of you nearly closed it. We’ll get more in-depth on the specific numbers in the coming weeks, but for right now: be proud that you worked hard, you maintained your composure and integrity, you gained a lot of ground, and we're confident you'll be back. We are proud of you.

We also want to thank all the volunteers that helped us and the candidates throughout the election cycle. Attempting to reach out to every eligible voter in Calvert County and let them know that our candidates provide the best option is no small task, and you came through fully. We couldn't do it alone, but with a bunch of enthusiastic achievers like you, we didn't have to. We hope you'll continue to work with us as we prepare for the next election.

And finally, thank you to everyone who voted. Voting is where the rubber meets the road and the single most important thing we need. We thank each and every citizen who turned out to participate in their government and make their voice heard.

These last two years have been intense, and we've all pitched in and built out a solid infrastructure for the future. We didn't cross that finish line this time, but we have made great headway, and we are sure we can build on that going forward. We look forward to continue working with you as we strive to make Calvert County the best that we can be.

 

 

Volunteer Today

Donate your time

Calvert County Democrats have worked hard to get the word out about Democratic principles and Candidates in this year's election, and even with the election behind us we still have a lot of work to do.

There will be tents, booths, and tables at major County functions. We will need staff to help us get the word out that we’re here, and continue to build on this year’s momentum. Staff at these events will be talking to passersby, handing out some information, and promoting Democratic values. Keep an eye on this page for events as they are scheduled! 

We also have several staffing positions that need to be filled. We need people to staff the office at Democratic Headquarters. Duties include getting the mail, answering phone and email messages, and keeping our records up to date. This is a great way to stay up on all the party news and events throughout the year. If you can give a few hours each week, please contact us today!

 

 

Final Push

Posted 31 October 2018

We are down to the wire now, and need your help! As you know, Democrats are out-numbered by Republicans in Calvert County by a small spread (only 5%), but unaffiliated voters make up 22% of registered Calvert voters. We need to get every Democrat and independent to the polls on Nov. 6th. This is crucial.

We will be hosting phone-banking and canvassing on Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday. The targets are Calvert Democrats and Independents who haven’t yet voted. It’s very easy – limited training needed. Just show up or call and ask voters if they have a plan to vote. Simply showing up and reminding people that voting is important is enough to make it happen.

Please, if you can just sign up today to phone-bank or canvass for two hours on Saturday, Monday, and/or Tuesday, then we will have a good chance to Turn Calvert Blue. Sign Up Here, and Natalie will be in touch with you to follow up with any necessary details.

Thanks so much for all you’ve done throughout this election cycle. We only have one weekend left; let’s turn up the heat and Turn Calvert Blue!

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Statement from MD Dem Chair, Kathleen Matthews

Posted 14 October 2018

CCDCC Md Dems

Dear Friend,

Maryland politics has hit a new low in recent weeks with Larry Hogan’s ads attacking Ben Jealous for struggling to overcome his stutter.

With Donald Trump lowering the bar of political discourse to new lows every day, our state needs a governor with the courage to stand up to the President—not join him.

Instead of mocking Ben’s stutter, Larry Hogan should be focused on helping the people of Maryland by finally releasing a plan to improve our education system, lower healthcare costs for Maryland families, and grow jobs in Maryland.

Will you sign your name to call on Larry Hogan to stop his bullying?

Ben has never allowed his stutter to stand in the way of standing up for civil rights or people with challenges.  He knows that there’s a generation of young people living with a stutter and other disabilities who have a role model in him to see that they can live a life without limitations.

While Larry Hogan continues to go low, we go high by leading with the power of our ideas. We believe that this campaign should be about moving Maryland forward and making our state a more inclusive place for everyone—not petty, divisive politics.

I couldn’t be prouder to be part of this inspirational movement. Today, let’s send a message to Larry Hogan and the Republican party by standing up to bullying and bigotry. With your help, I know we can make our voices heard.

Stand with us against Larry Hogan’s bullying.

Onward,

Kathleen Matthews
Chair, Maryland Democratic Party

 


 

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Statement from Attorney General Brian Frosh

Posted 14 October 2018

CCDCC Brian FroshHas it ever felt more important to get to the polls -- either to vote early between October 25 and November 1 or on Election Day, November 6?  Despite the challenges we know we face, new activists are teaming up with longtime activists to create a powerful force in politics.  We can’t let up now.

 

I want Marylanders to feel safer from crime, pollution, and other challenges that affect our wellbeing.  The Office of the Attorney General has been a force for protecting individuals from predatory practices that can touch every family.  A senior should not feel pressured to sign up for anything that they do not understand or cannot afford – and we’ve had success after success in investigating and shutting down wrongdoing.  Those committing Medicaid fraud must face the consequences and we, for example, won a $10 million settlement from EpiPen maker Mylan based on fraud charges.

 

We are battling vigorously for enforcement of protections for clean water and air. My commitment to environmental causes runs deep -- as you know from my success as a legislator in Annapolis in banning oil drilling in the Chesapeake Bay.  Air pollution takes many forms – some we don’t know about until it’s too late. In the case of Volkswagen’s emission scandal, we took vigorous action for Marylanders, and, my Office recovered around $200 million for the harm Volkswagen inflicted on consumers and the damage it did to our environment.

 

The work of AG is what I want to do.  I care deeply about the future for every Marylander and for generations to come. I value your support for my re-election and for all Democrats in this important mid-term election.

 

Brian Frosh

Maryland Attorney General

 

By Authority: Citizens for Brian Frosh, Jerry Gross, Treasurer

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Door Knocking Underway!

Posted 12 October 2018

We need volunteers who are willing to go knocking on doors to get people out to vote. We will only be visiting registered Democrats and Unaffiliated voters. We'll talk to them about the issues that they most care about, remind them about Election Day and Early Voting, offer to provide a ride to the poll, and pass out campaign materials preassembled in convenient bags.

 

 For those with Smart Phones, the list of homes can be downloaded through an easy-to-use app. We've got folks at the ready to train everyone in its use. Half hour training max. Then we'll get you the bags and send you on your way. Door knock on your own, or bring some friends along for the nice walk. Get out in the County and meet you Democratic neighbors!

 

 For training and materials, email nlloydschultz@mddems.org. Let’s get out there and have some good conversations with voters..

 

 

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Calvert County Candidate Forums, Asbury Solomons

Posted 09 October 2018

CCDCC Forum 2018

Last week Asbury-Solomons hosted two Candidates Forums co-sponsored by the Patuxent Republican Club and the riverside Democratic Club. The first, on September 25th , featured non-commissioner candidates for Calvert County offices. The second, on September 27th, presented all the candidates for County Commissioner. Candidates for a single office presented side-by-side, each introducing themselves to the voters. A question period followed for each office. Close to 100 persons attended the first forum, and nearly 75 were at the second.

Questions at the first forum concerned safety at the Dominion LNG plant, Dominion’s arrangement with the county for hiring deputies, safety in the schools, and what can be done to improve the climate for small businesses on Solomons Island.

Questions raised for the Commissioner candidates included concerns about preserving the rural and agricultural character of Calvert County, the need to complete transportation and infrastructure studies to before the Comprehensive Plan is adopted, the future availability of drinking water for residents, and the lack of transparency in local government.

Read the Calvert Recorder articles on these forums here and here.

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FREE T-Shirts

We have T-Shirts from many candidates up and down the ticket, available for FREE at the Democratic Headquarters, 250 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick. Stop by and pick up your free T-Shirt Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 12:30 to 3pm. Please wear your candidates' T-Shirts out in public to help get their names well-known around Calvert before Election Day!

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Bag Assembly in Your Home

Help us assemble canvassing bags! We're going out and knocking on thousands of doors in the County, but we're not going empty handed. We've got bags of goodies for each household which include candidate information, a how-to-vote guide, information on voter registration, an explanation of the ballot initiative, and even some absentee ballot requests.

We have these items broken out into 100 piece lots, so we need volunteers to stuff the bogas with one of each item. Come by the Democratic Headquarters during Monday, Wednesday, or Friday from 12:30 to 3pm to pick up your set. Or contact us today with your email and address and we'll get these 100 piece lots to you. You can assemble them in the comfort of your own living room while you watch tv or over your morning coffee.

You can drop your completed bags off at Democratic Headquarters in Prince Frederick, or contact us when your hundred bags are complete, and we'll swing by and pick them up!

 

 

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The CCDCC Stands with Calvert Women

Posted 27 September 2018

Evan Slaughenhoupt and the Republican Central Committee continue to miss the point.

The Calvert Democratic Women's Club showed up in numbers at the 9/25 BOCC meeting to protest recent social media comments by that body's President. Immediately following were Commissioners' reports, with four Commissioners commenting on other matters, and finally Mr. Slaughenhoupt reading a prepared statement tangential to the matter.

Several days earlier, Mr. Slaughenhoupt casually asserted an equivalence between birthday spankings among 2nd graders and attempted rape of teenage young women. The Democratic Women's Club called him on that. Not because they're Democrats or women, but because attempted rape is a crime. Everyone, regardless of political leaning or gender, can agree. After five minutes of lecturing and quoting conservative media personalities, he managed to completely avoid addressing their true issue.

Mr. Slaughenhoupt's statement dwelled on Judge Brett Kavanaugh, partisanship, and conspiracies about liberal thought control. The Republican Central Committee eventually got back to this paper with a comment that echoed his statement. For Mr. Slaughenhoupt and for our Republican counterparts, once more, here is a list of things we don't care about. We don't care that you support Kavanaugh. That was assumed a month ago and nobody protested. We don't care that you're Republicans. Slaughenhoupt is not on the ballot in November, and we very much doubt he speaks for all Republicans. The other Commissioners and the Republican Central Committee have implied as much with their clear preference for avoiding the topic. We certainly don't care what Tucker Carlson thinks and can't imagine why his name even entered the conversation. And how's this for partisanship: we don't care what pundits to your political left think, either. We don't care if you call us "leftists," "progressives," or "twitter robots." These things are irrelevant to the subject at hand. Ms. Ball said as much to you in no uncertain terms on 9/25. There is archived video proof of this available online.

We care about ending the culture of casual dismissal of sexual assault. Contrary to your beliefs, Mr. Slaughenhoupt, we care about everyone's right to free speech. But all of us must understand that in public spaces speech has consequences, including those we may not intend or expect. And as a public figure, your speech is always open to the criticism or applause of your constituents. We care that your speech contributes to a culture that is dismissive of victims of sexual assault, comparing attempted rape to a silly game from your childhood. We care that you remain willfully ignorant of the injury you are causing. Even Kavanaugh has stated on the record, "What I’ve been accused of is far more serious than juvenile misbehavior." Are you so obtuse that Kavanaugh himself agrees with us and not with you on this matter?

If the mental burden of considering other people's perspectives before speaking is too high, if the consequence of hearing a brief dissent from your constituency at a Board meeting is too great, perhaps elected office isn't for you. We care that you're being part of the problem, not part of the solution. And if this is all part of some "leftist" agenda, we accept and embrace that label. The only agenda we're concerned with right now is asking that you refrain from trivializing sexual assault. An apology would be welcome, though unexpected, and we would think more of you for it, not less.

The Calvert Democratic Party stands with these women of courage in continuing to await a response that addresses their true concern, not the unrelated issues to which Mr. Slaughenhoupt and the Republican Central Committee keep deflecting.

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Volunteer to Count Ballots

Posted 27 September 2018

The Board of Elections needs our help in getting an accurate count of Absentee and Provisional Ballots. We need 2 volunteers to commit as soon as possible. 

Volunteers will be counting on:

Thursday      Nov 8,   10 am   -   Domestic Absentee Ballots
Wednesday  Nov 14, 10 am   -   Provisional Ballots
Friday           Nov 16, 10 am   -   Overseas Absentee Ballots

If you can help Calvert County with this essential task, please get in touch with us right away!

Thank you.

 

 

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Brian Frosh for Attorney General

Posted 18 September 2018

CCDCC Brian Frosh, Maryalnd Attorney GeneralThe start date of Early Voting, October 25, is just around the corner and I know you share the knowledge that getting out the vote for Democrats is vital. My campaign for re-election as Attorney General is thrilled with the energy of your Democratic team across Calvert County.

 

I have worked hard to be the People’s Lawyer for the past four years and the office has proved to be a powerful platform. Still, there is much work still to be done and I hope you will support me to continue the fight.

 

In September, we brought suit against a business that we allege led Marylanders to become addicted to opioids after the company’s fentanyl spray was prescribed to them.  My team is deeply committed to this issue – we know that few families are untouched by the opioid crisis.

 

My AG team has prosecuted criminal gangs, car-jacking rings, and other serious threats to our safety. We shut down scammers. We are tackling Medicaid fraud and abuse against the elderly and vulnerable. And, finally, where President Trump has threatened Maryland’s health care, environment, rights and values, I have stood up to protect Marylanders. 

 

Join me. Get a Frosh sign, bumper sticker, or t-shirt at the Dems’ office at 250 Merrimac Court in Prince Frederick. And, above all, vote and get every Democrat you know to join you! Thank you.  

Brian Frosh 

Maryland Attorney General

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Ballot Initiative Question 2

Posted 14 September 2018

Question 2: Election Day Voter Registration

Voting is a most fundamental right with which all citizens are endowed. Under current law, eligible voters may register to vote during the Early Voting period but may not register on Election Day, itself. There is no reason to make this distinction, and the Election Day Voter Registration Amendment would remove that prohibition.

 

Just before the primaries, the Maryland MVA announced that over 80,000 voter registrations were not properly updated. This announcement came after voter registration and Early Voting had closed, so many voters had no opportunity to correct the error before the polls opened. And, like many states, Maryland periodically purges voter rolls to combat potential voter fraud. A few simple missed form letters creates the possibility for voters to be removed from the rolls without their knowledge.

 

The amendment proposed does not enact a law to allow eligible voters to register on Election Day, but it removes the Constitutional prohibition. Currently, the Maryland Constitution does not allow the legislature to even consider a bill for same-day registration, much less debate its worth or implementation. Removing this restriction simply opens the door for a conversation about voter registration and election security. 

 

If Election Day voter registration is available, then any mistakes made either on the part of the voter or on the part of the Board of Elections can be corrected at the polls. With the passage of this initiative, Maryland would join 16 other states and the District in this bipartisan effort towards access to the polls. A yes vote on this ballot initiative is the first step in a path towards ensuring that any eligible voter who wishes to vote, can vote.

 

 

 

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2018 Ballot Initiative Question 1

Posted 13 September 2018

Question 1: Dedicate Gambling Revenue to Education Lockbox.
Maryland voters were sold on slot machines in 2008, and on table games in 2012, with the promise that all tax proceeds would go to supplement K-12 education. Under Gov. Hogan’s administration, this has not been realized.

CCDCC Ed Funding
Source: Dept. of Legislative Services

Since 2009, approximately $1.9b from this revenue stream has gone to projects other than education. This Constitutional Amendment would gradually phase those funds into education over the next five years: 

  • $125m in FY2020
    • $250m in FY2021,
      • $375m in FY2022. 
        • By 2023, all appropriate tax revenue collected from casinos would be devoted to K-12 education, currently estimated to be $517m. 

Also, under this proposal, these funds are not considered in Maryland’s federal minimum obligations to our students. Under this amendment, funds can't then be shifted out of education and into other projects as has been happening since 2008. Gambling revenue will go only towards supplementing Maryland's minimum obligation.

 

Both houses approved the ballot initiative by wide margins. Let’s ensure that we provide quality education to Maryland students and close the education funding gap. Vote “yes” to dedicate specific gambling revenue as supplemental education funding.

 

 

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John McCain - 8/29/1936-8/25/2018

Posted 26 August 2018

The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee today mourns the passing of Senator John McCain of Arizona and extends our sympathies to his wife, Cindy, and seven children.

This great statesman dedicated his entire adult life in service to our country in a career spanning 60 years. He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, both four-star Admirals in the United States Navy, and graduated from Annapolis in 1958. From there, he went to Pensacola for two and half years of flight school to become a naval aviator. He requested and received a combat assignment in 1967 and was assigned to the USS Forrestal where he would fly A-4 Skyhawks over North Vietnam. On October 26 of that year, during his 23rd mission, his plane was shot down over Hanoi and he was taken prisoner. He would remain a prisoner of war under brutal conditions for the next five and a half years.

After 23 years of highly decorated military service and attaining the rank of Captain, McCain retired from the Navy in 1981 to pursue his second career in public service at the nation's Capitol. He spent four years in the House of Representatives followed by 31 years in the Senate. Senator McCain gained a reputation for voting his conscience over the Party line. He worked with Democrats routinely on important legislation, and did not consider them enemies due to party affiliation. Among his closest friends were Joe Biden and Barack Obama as well as Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham.

His dedicated public service will be greatly missed.

 

 

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CCDCC Apoints New Members

Posted 17 August 2018

At last night's Calvert County Democratic Central Committee meeting, several resumes were reviewed and applicants interviewed for appointment. The elected members of the Democratic Central Committee voted to bring in Renita Alexander aboard for the required gender-balance member position. Renita is a long-time Calvert resident and an elementary school principal. She brings leadership, organizational skills, and team-building to the Committee. Renita was sworn in by the Chair, David Salazar, and assumed her duties immediately.

Five Associate Members, the number allowable by the by-laws, were then voted on and confirmed. The Central Committee welcomes Cindy Yoe, Rick Piereck, Joe Thole, Henry Gabelnick, and Tim Klares into the fold. We are thrilled about the breadth of skills and credentials assembled on this Central Committee and look forward to serving the voters of Calvert County.

CCDCC New Members Sworn in

 

 

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Local CCDCC Members Sworn In

Posted 08 August 2018

It was a full house at the IBEW building in Lanham for the 2018 Maryland Democratic Central Committee swearing in. Following a moving speech by the Democratic Candidate for Governor, Ben Jealous then personally conducted the oath of office and posed for pictures with each county's delegation. Of interest on that day, 58% of the Maryland Democratic Committee members elected in 2018 were elected to their first terms. Our Democratic Party is energized with a lot of new ideas and enthusiasm. We’re looking forward to the progress we can achieve with hard work over the term ahead. As always, if you have thoughts or ideas how we can better serve Calvert County, please contact us.

CCDCC Swearing In at State Party

 

 

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Reminder to Candidates and Civic Groups

Posted 31 July 2018

The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee would like to remind all candidates to respect the laws and the wishes of private property owners regarding sign placements.

Many Democratic signs were improperly placed throughout the County over the weekend.  These signs were not placed by this Committee, nor anyone running for office to represent Calvert County, nor with the knowledge of any of the former.

If such a sign was placed on your property without your consent and you want it removed, it will be removed within 24 hours of request with our apologies and no questions asked.

If you believe that a sign placement violates statute, let us know and it will be removed within 24 hours of request with our apologies and no questions asked.

Please send all removal requests to info@calvertdemocrats.com.

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Women's Club Collecting Back-to-School items

The Women's Club is suspending our food drive this month for a back-to-school drive. We recognize the struggles that many Calvert students and families face in preparing for the coming school year, and would like to help ease the burden. Please bring back-to-school items to this month's Club meeting to be donated to students in need.

CCDWC Drive

 

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2018-2022 Calvert County Democratic Central Committee

Posted 13 July 2018

Your New Local Party MembersCCDCC

The first meeting of the 2018-2022 Calvert County Democratic Central Committee was productive and energetic. An Executive Board was elected, communications and campaign coordination strategies were discussed, and two committee chairs were appointed. For bios and personal statements from your Committee Members, click here.

Executive Board:

Chair, David Salazar (District 1)
Vice Chair, Helenmary Ball (At Large)
Treasurer, Beth Swoap (District 1)
Secretary, Jeanette Flaim (District 3, Events Chair)
Chair Emeritus, Hagner Mister (District 2)

Members:

Missy Miller (District 3)
Mike Fitton (At Large, Communications Chair)
Jeff Long (At Large)
Brett Pyka (District 2)

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Pre-Election Rally

Posted 28 June 2018

CCDCC Pre Election Rally
Photography graciously provided by Becky Ferrenz

 

 

Calvert Democrats made a strong showing on Saturday, June 23rd for a pre-election rally at the headquarters building in Prince Frederick. We were honored to be joined by Congressman Steny Hoyer, who met with precinct captains before addressing the crowd. Congressman Hoyer spoke about the importance of the coming election and how the very pillars of our democratic process are under attack. We were also pleased to be joined by Maryland Senate President Mike Miller, Delegate Michael A. Jackson and many other local Democratic candidates. The pre-election rally was a big success, and special thanks should go out to all the volunteers who planned this event and showed up early on a Saturday morning to make sure everything went smoothly.

 

 

 

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Early Voting Turnout High

Posted 22 June 2018

More and more voters across the state are choosing the convenience of Early Voting. This year in Calvert early voting is up by more than 50% from 2014. The Democratic tent was up at the Board of Elections for the duration and we got to talk to a lot for people going in to make their selection. There were also a bunch of local candidates on hand to explain their positions and help voters make up their minds. All our volunteers were pleased to talk with the early voters and give them candidate information. On Sunday, Trish Weaver graced both the Democratic and Republican tents with hot cookies and cold cucumber/mint water, delicious!

CCDCC Early voting tent

On Primary Day, THIS TUESDAY June 26th, we will need many more volunteers to staff a tent at EACH of Calvert’s 23 precincts. We still need many more volunteers, so please sign up today. It's critical that we have Democrats at every voting location. You can just work a couple of hours before or after you plan to vote, or you can sign up for more than one shift. Please sign up here today or you can contact us by phone: 410.414.3660 or email: CCDemOffice@gmail.com!

 

 

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CCDCC Last Meeting Recap

Posted 15 June 2018CCDCC

The CCDCC held its last meeting of the term on 6/12 as the Asbury, Solomons. Among the final official acts were some much-needed amendments to the bylaws.

 

A new Central Committee will be elected on June 26 by Democrats registered in Calvert County who vote in the primary election. This is the 2014 CCDCC signing off. It's been a pleasure working with you.

 

 

 

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CCDWC at Dragon Boat Races

Posted 12 June 2018

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End Hunger provides a lot of relief for hungry people in Calvert County, and the Democratic Women’s Club wanted to show their appreciation. They hosted their booth at the event in North Beach on Saturday and handed out water and sports drinks for fair attendees. Several candidates were there to also support End Hunger, as well as talk to fair-goers about the upcoming election.

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Donkey Ears Big Hit at Green Expo

Posted 06 June 2018

CCDWC Green Expo
                                         Photography by Jackie Cutlip-Niles

The Democratic Women's Club hosted a booth at the Calvert Green Expo to discuss sustainability and environmental policy with Calvert voters! They handed out re-usable grocery bags, water bottles, drawstring backpacks, and napkins made from plastics. Children were thoroughly entertained by decorating and wearing their donkey ears. We are so grateful to Harriet Gossett and Mary Ellen Gibson for their hard work preparing this craft for the kids and staffing the tent!   

Fair-goers showed strong interest in local Democratic candidates and we were lucky tCCDWC Green Expo Bootho have candidates Holly Budd, Matt Bennett, Jeanette Flaim, and Helenmary Ball on hand to talk to everyone who came by! There was also plenty of campaign literature from our candidates available for interested voters, and the candidate summary packet made up by the Democratic Club. The Women’s Club would like to specifically thank all the other wonderful volunteers: Cindy Peil, Linda Copeland, and Jackie Niles.

Don’t miss out on the fun – we’re still looking for a whole slate of volunteers for the Dragon Boat Races at the North Beach Boardwalk on June 9th from 7:30am to 3:30pm. If you can volunteer, please sign up here or contact Jeanette Flaim by email or text 301-938-2902. Also, be sure to check out our next booth at the NAACP Community Day in Jefferson Patterson Park on  June 16th from 11am to 5pm.  We also need volunteers to staff this booth. If you can spare a couple extra hours, please contact Hagner Mister by email or call 410-474-5269.

 

 

Gubernatorial Candidates Discuss Education

Posted 05 June 2018CCDCC Strong Schools Maryland

Education is a top priority in this year’s gubernatorial election. Maryland has the chance to build a world-class system for all students, but it will take political courage and leadership. Strong Schools Maryland, an organization leading a grassroots campaign for improved education in Maryland, interviewed the leading candidates for governor. To understand where candidates stand on education issues watch the highlight video here, or go to the Strong Schools website to see the full interviews.

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Women's Club Shows off at the North Beach Farmer's Market

CCDWC Farmers' Market
Photography by Jackie Cutlip-Niles

Posted 27 May 2018

The Calvert Democratic Women's Club was pleased to host a booth at the fun-filled North Beach Farmers’ Market on Friday. Julie Verratti, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor, stopped by to speak about her background and her goals for Maryland as well as to sample beer from the local breweries.

CCDWC Julie Veratti

The Club was able to reach many Market attendees with candidate and voter information. Kids loved the small flags for Memorial Day Weekend (thanks to Harriet Gossett for providing) and parents loved the re-usable grocery bags, water bottles, drawstring bags and coffee mugs.

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Women’s Club members and candidates for the Democratic Central Committee: Jeanette Flaim, Missy Miller, and Helenmary Ball; helped run the booth along with candidate for office, Holly Budd. Several other Calvert County candidates stopped by to help out and talk to voters: Jason Fowler, Tammy Fowler, Matt Bennett, and Rick Piereck. We thank them for all their hard work and help, and a big thanks to all who came out.

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Don’t miss the next events: Calvert’s Green Expo and End Hunger Dragon Boat Festival. The Women’s Club could use help at the Expo at Annmarie Gardens on June 2nd, especially from 3pm to 5pm. And we’re still looking for a whole slate of volunteers for the Dragon Boat Races at the North Beach Boardwalk on June 9th from 7:30am to 3:30pm. If you can volunteer at either event, please contact Jeanette Flaim by email or text 301-938-2902. If you can’t volunteer, still stop by and just say hello.

 

 

 

Jim Shea Addresses the Democratic Club

CCDC Jim Shea Visit

Posted 26 May 2018

 

The Democratic Club was very excited to host Maryland Gubernatorial Candidate Jim Shea at the May Club meeting. Jim spoke about his plans to invest in education and infrastructure and create strong middle class jobs across the state of Maryland. Thanks for taking the time to visit with our Club and answer our questions! You can read more about Jim and his running mate Brandon Scott on his website, www.jimshea.com. You can also watch their first TV commercial. Click here for a recap of what all eight MD candidates for governor had to say during the first televised debate earlier this week. 

New Phone Banking Project
The Club is also taking part in a data project at the request of the state party. We'll be holding several additional phone banking sessions between now and June 3rd to meet this need. If you're interested in participating, just respond to this email. 

Candidate Info Sheet
The Club has also been gathering contact info, social media info and a short bio for all our local Democratic candidates so we can distribute this information to voters before the Primary. This completed list will be available online next week.

 

Election Day Volunteers Needed!

Primary elections will be held in just a month on June 26th and all 23 precincts need coverage! Sign up today to help staff a booth at your precinct (or any other precinct in the County). This job is pretty straightforward - greet voters as they arrive, pass out sample ballots, speak with people, and thank people for coming out to vote! All it takes is just two hours on June 26th 2018Please sign up now. All the precincts are listed - just scroll down to the precinct where you'd like to volunteer and place the time slots you can be there in the comment section. Please call the office at 410-414-3660 or email ccdemoffice@gmail.com with any questions. 

Note: If you've already signed up, please click the link again and double check you're on this list above. An earlier version was sent out that has since been updated. Thank you!

 

 

 

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Election Day Coverage

CCDCC PollsJune 26th is fast approaching and we’ve got 23 precincts that need coverage! Sign up today to help staff a booth at your precinct (or any other precinct in the County). We need people to greet voters as they arrive, pass out sample ballots, speak with people, and most importantly: Thank people for voting! All it takes is just two hours on Primary Day: June 26th 2018, and it is great practice for the Mid-Terms in November. Please sign up now. All the precincts are listed on the webform, just scroll down to find the precinct where you would like to volunteer and place the time slots you wish to be there in the comment section. Any questions, please call the office at 410-414-3660 or email: ccdemoffice@gmail.com.

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Civil War Spies Reminisce over Tea and Crumpets

Posted 10 May 2018CCDCC Spies and Tea

Spies recounted their stories at the Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club fundraiser last week. The community came out in their garden skirts and tea hats to support the Democratic Scholarship Fund and enjoy an enormous spread of snacks and sandwiches.

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While the audience sipped and snacked, two actresses performed as historical Women in History. Vernice Jackson‘s brilliant portrayal of Mary Elizabeth Bowser was gripping. Mary Elizabeth was an enslaved woman working in the Confederate White House in Richmond where she spied on Jefferson Davis for the Union. Having received anCCDCC Spieas and Tea education in the North and possessing a photographic memory, Mary Elizabeth was a valuable asset to the Virginian abolitionist espionage efforts. Her intense tale is fascinating and Vernice Jackson played it beautifully.

The Club’s own Helenmary Ball performed the riveting role of Elizabeth Van Lew. Elizabeth Van Lew was an abolitionist who used her fortune and connections as a lady in Richmond’s high society to build an elaborate spy network for advancing the Union cause. Being willing to give up both her family's wealth and her high social standing, Elizabeth was solely dedicated to seeing an end to slavery in the United States. Helenmary captured that essence and enthralled as both a genteel Southern lady and a scheming Union spy.

The performance is a production of Women in History, a non-profit corporation dedicated to education of all people through the dramatic re-creation of lives of notable women in U.S. History. To read more about either Elizabeth Van Lew or Mary Elizabeth Bowser, visit the Women in History website

Proceeds from the Tea go to the Women’s Club Scholarship Fund. Each year, the Club awards four scholarships: one to a graduating senior from each of Calvert’s four high schools. The 2018 recipients will be receiving their awards at the next Women’s Club meeting, Tuesday, June 5th.  

 

 

 

CCDCC Elects New Member

Posted 26 April 2018

CCDCCThe Calvert County Democratic Central Committee was pleased to welcome Delegate Mike Jackson to our monthly meeting in April. Del. Jackson took the time to deliver a synopsis of successful legislation he sponsored during the 2018 General Assembly Session. This GA session saw the introduction of over 3,000 bills and the passage of over 800. Del. Jackson proudly sponsored eleven of those himself, and also worked hard on other important pieces of legislation such as the Rape Survivor Protection Act, the Bump Stock Ban, and the Fix the Fund Act. You can read more about the 2018 session of the General Assembly here.CCDCC Rick Piereck

Another important agenda item this month was the election of Associate Committee Member, Rick Piereck. Rick is a public servant in the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office where he prosecutes serious felonies like attempted murders, armed crimes such as robberies and carjacking, and drug distribution. Rick holds a law degree from the American University Washington College of Law. The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee is elated to have Rick join our efforts to promote Democratic values throughout Calvert County. We know he will be an important asset.

 

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Candidate Forum Highlights

Posted 20 April 2018

The Riverside Club, Asbury Solomons’s Democratic Club, hosted a well-attended candidate forum last week. Among those who participated were candidates from District 1: Tricia Powell and Ted Haynie; District 2: Susie Hance-Wells; District 3: Holly Budd; Candidates At large: Greg Brown, Joe Johnson, Duwane Rager, and Matt Bennett. Each candidate was given five minutes to introduce themselves and share their priorities for Calvert County.

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The event was hosted and moderated by Paula Willoughby, Chair of the Riverside Club Steering Committee. She explained that while commissioners register in their district or at large, all Calvert voters will vote for all commissioners. When you go to the polls on November 6th, you will be voting for five commissioners: one from each district plus two at-large.

Afterwards the candidates and the audience enjoyed refreshments provided by the Club while the candidates made themselves available for a “meet and greet.” Audience members mingled with the candidates and were able to ask them questions and get to know them better.

Click here to read more about the candidates and their remarks at the forum.

 

 

 

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2018 Maryland General Assembly Updates

CCDCC MDGA2018Posted 13 April 2018

The Maryland General Assembly’s 90-day session officially closed on Monday, April 9th. Here’s a run-down of several keys bills we’ve been following and their outcomes.

Education Funding:
The General Assembly passed through a proposed constitutional amendment which will now go to the people to be voted on in the November elections. The amendment would guarantee that any revenue raised into the Education Trust Fund through casino gaming must be directly sent to schools above and beyond funding through the state’s General Fund. That currently amounts to about $500 million a year, a big first step to addressing the $2.9 billion annual funding shortage facing Maryland schools according to a state-commissioned study.

Gun Legislation:

The General Assembly agreed to ban bump stocks, accessories which effectively turn semi-automatic weapons into automatic ones. Lawmakers also approved a “red flag” law, which would allow judges to order the temporary removal of firearms from people considered a danger to themselves or others. Also approved in the 2018 session is the creation of a state commission with subpoena power to investigate allegations of Baltimore Police Department corruption that arose from the federal probe of the Gun Trace Task Force. Finally, the General Assembly approved funding to provide armed officers in schools which don’t currently have them. That bill would also require that public schools have lockable classrooms and hold age-appropriate active-threat drills.

Access to Democracy:
Among several bills introduced this session regarding voter access, two stand out. The first is a proposed constitutional amendment to allow for Election Day registration. Currently, while you can both register and vote on the same day during the early-voting period, that option is not available on Election Day. This amendment would correct that disparity and will go to the voters to decide this November. Be sure to register before Election Day to have your say on this issue! The second voter-access bill is an automatic voter registration system. This legislation will streamline the voting registration process by seamlessly registering voters or updating voter registration when Marylanders interact with state agencies, such as the MVA, the healthcare exchange, or local social service agencies. Maryland will become in “opt-out” state, as citizens will need to decline to be registered, as opposed to our current “opt-in” system.

Taxes:

Maryland’s tax code is linked to federal law, which meant the disastrous tax bill approved for federal taxes would have inflated state taxes for many Marylanders. The General Assembly agreed to changes to alleviate the hike, giving 58 percent of taxpayers a break that amounts to $40 and targeting relief to the working poor and some retirees.

Other Issues:
The General Assembly banned the use of conversion therapy for minors, that is the cruel practice of attempting to change an individual’s sexual or gender identity. They also approved the regulation of social media sites, such as Facebook, making Maryland the first state requiring social media platforms to track all political ads, keep copies of them and record which users are being targeted. State elections officials could use this data to track bad actors or detect foreign interference.

Click here for a complete list of all the bills we’ve been following throughout the 2018 Legislative Session.

 

 

 

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Local Support for March for Our Lives

Posted 30 March 2018

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Last Saturday, March 24th, saw a movement that began with the teenagers in Florida but extended to all ages all across America. Hundreds of thousands attended March for Our Lives rallies in nearly 800 locations, the largest being in Washington D.C.  Many local Democrats were there to stand up for safe schools and an end to gun violence.

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“I volunteered to register people to vote at the March for Our Lives!  We met up in the morning at the Georgetown University Law Center to pick up supplies and receive training.  It was a very well-coordinated event.  [The organizers] did a great job speaking to the volunteers to get us excited about what we were about to do. It may have been the biggest voter registration effort in history.”  -Kim Blair

“This is a movement I feel strongly about and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to show my support with one of my best friends. The entire day was moving and it really impacted me. I have faith in March for Our Lives and I am confident that change is coming.” - Yavor Gray (on the left), CASC Historian, HHS FBLA Historian

 

Want to share your stories or pics? Get in touch today!

 

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Women's Club Collecting Feminine Hygiene Products

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While the CCDWC is extremely pleased at the passage of bill ensuring that women in prison have access to menstrual hygiene products, the fact that the bill will not take affect for 6 months is upsetting. So this month, the CCDWC is suspending its food drive for a sanitary napkin drive. At the July 10th meeting, please bring in unscented sanitary pads in their original, unopened packaging. This Women’s Month, let’s ensure that all Maryland women are treated with dignity.

 

 

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2018 Goldsetin Dinner Recap

Posted 25 March 2018

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The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee hosted our 20th Annual Louis L. Goldstein Dinner on Thursday to recognize Democrats' service and dedication over this last year. Local Democrats were honored as well as state representatives during the joyful dinner. While there was great fun and celebration at last year’s progress and next year’s potential, the stirring moment of the evening was the silence spent in reflection for Jaelynn Willey, the 16-year-old student who was shot at Great Mills High School earlier that week.

Congressman Steny Hoyer requested that everyone in attendance observe a moment of silence after being informed that Jaelynn Willey had been taken off of life support. “A moment of silence is appropriate, but we need action.” Hoyer followed up with a reminder that much work needs to be done to ensure safety from gun violence in our schools and communities, cautioning that it may be an uphill battle, but one we can fight and win together.

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Senator Mike Miller presented Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh the Standing for Justice Award. Frosh has worked tirelessly in ensuring that freedoms and rights are exercised equally across all of Maryland’s citizens, and in standing for Maryland against the devastating effects of the President and his administration. The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee offers AG Frosh our gratitude and appreciation.

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You can find the Calvert Recorder's article on our event here

  

Our photo gallery of the 20th Annual Goldstein Dinner is coming soon…

 

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February Dem Club Meeting Recap

Posted 12 March 2018

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Photography by Jackie Cutlip-Niles

The Calvert County Democratic Club was excited to host Kevin Kamenetz at the February Club meeting and hear what he had to say about his successful track record as the County Executive of Baltimore County and his plans for moving all of Maryland forward as its next Governor. Kevin spoke about education, growing the economy, the health of the Bay, stopping gun violence and several other important issues, and fielded a ton of questions from Club members. To find out more about Kevin and his campaign, visit his website here.

Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting is Tuesday, March 27th at Adam's Taphouse. Join us at 6:30 to grab some food or a drink before the meeting officially kicks off at 7. We'll be sharing more details about the meeting's agenda next week.

Phone Banking Volunteers Needed

We've made over 2000 calls so far in 2018, but we need YOUR help to reach our next milestone. We're looking for several more volunteers to help out in our weekly sessions, which are being held Sundays from 12-2 and Wednesday evenings from 6-8 at the Central Committee's headquarters in Prince Frederick. Even if you can only come once a month or for an hour, you'd be a huge help. All you need to do is show up and we'll take care of the rest - no experience required.

Please sign up at the link below or email calvertdemclub@gmail.com for more details.

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February Legislative Update

Posted 25 February 2018

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We’re halfway into the 2018 General Assembly Session, so if there's a bill you want to see passed it's time to get the word out! The House and Senate are debating many important issues like Maryland's commitment renewable energy, allowing school employees to carry guns in school, the minimum wage. We’re working to keep you informed on the decisions that will affect your life. Check out a summary of some of the legislation presented so far to stay current on the issues you care about most. And be sure you know who your representatives are and how to get in touch with them.

 

 

 

 

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Issues Task Force Preparing for 2018 Elections

CCDCCPosted 01 February 2018

The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee has had a small group working on issues development for the last year. The goal of the Task Force is to provide Democratic candidates background knowledge on a range of issues which may be of importance to their constituents, but may not be in their specific background. They determinedly avoid taking a stance on any of these issues so that the candidates have the room to develop their own positions and speak to how they feel about the issue.

Throughout the first half of the year the Issues Task Force focused on the issue of addiction with an emphasis on the opioid epidemic. By identifying the stakeholders on the issue in Calvert County, interviewing them, building background through research, and coalescing those pieces together, the team was able to put together a document which summarizes the problems, the attempts at solutions in the past, and the hypotheses for solutions in the future. From here, candidates can read the information and come to their own conclusions about the extent of the issue and the solutions they will propose

In September, the issues team made the final interim report on addiction. Members of the Women’s Club very kindly agreed to take over the maintenance of the addiction issue to keep the report and files current for the candidates moving forward. This was accomplished through those Club representatives joining the task force along with two representatives from the Riverside Club. That addition helps provide freedom to the team to pursue additional issues, while also bringing new thoughts and perspectives to the team going forward. The Democratic Central Committee is very appreciative of both clubs joining this important effort.

In October, the team had grown to the point that it was feasible to handle two issues concurrently. They began by tackling affordable housing and then added education. While both of these issues are very broad in their own right, both could play very large roles in the 2018 elections in Calvert County. The Central Committee is working hard to ensure that Calvert Democratic candidates are well-prepared for any questions voters may pose.

 

 

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MD Legislators Respond to the State of the Union Address

Posted 31 January 2018 from MarylandMatters.org

Several members of the Maryland congressional delegation issued statements Tuesday night about President Trump’s State of the Union address. Here are excerpts:

Sen. Ben Cardin (D) on Twitter: “Rolling back rules that are meant to protect public health, clean air, clean water and the environment is not an accomplishment. It’s a problem that will cost American lives and hurt our economy.”

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D): “The first year of the Trump Administration has been one of most significant tests of our democracy in our lifetime. In tonight’s State of the Union address, President Trump was eager to take credit for things he had nothing to do with and ignore the harm he has imposed on the country over the last year. The American people deserve a leader who spends less time patting his own back and more time having their backs. Unfortunately, what we’ve seen from President Trump has been anything but real leadership.”

Rep. Anthony G. Brown (D):  “For the last year, President Trump has displayed no leadership, demonstrated an unwillingness to compromise, contested known facts, corroded the national discourse, emboldened violent extremist voices, and pushed policies that favor the top 1%, big corporations and special interests. Today’s speech does not change anything.

“President Trump and Republicans now have a choice: work with Democrats to push forward the shared priorities of the American people, or continue with the dysfunctional business-as-usual that is guaranteed to leave more families behind and weaken our country.”

Rep. John Delaney (D) on Twitter: “Great speech by my friend and colleague . You made us proud.”

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D): “While the state of Donald Trump’s presidency may be perilous, I have no doubt that the state of our union remains resilient.  America perseveres not because of this President but in spite of the damage he is doing to our economy, our national security, and our democratic norms.  Democrats will continue fighting for all Americans and to make our union ‘safer, stronger, and prouder,’ not in rhetoric but in reality.”

Read more at Maryland Matters.

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Update: HB1 / SB2 Moves to Floor in Both Chambers

Posted 26 January 2018

HB1/SB2 - Family Law - Child Conceived Without Consent - Termination of Parental Rights (Rape Survivor Family Protection Act)

 

Great news! House Bill 1/Senate Bill 2 - Family Law - Child Conceived Without Consent - Termination of Parental Rights (Rape Survivor Family Protection Act) was heard in the both the House and Senate Committees and passed out of both. The bills now go to the floors of both chambers for full votes. Now is the time to email or call your state Senator and Delegates and urge them to support HB1/SB2. To look up who represents you in Annapolis, click here to go to the Maryland General Assembly website and enter your address. Let them know you support this legislation and urge a favorable vote.

 

HB1/SB2 provides that if a child is born as a result of a rape - referred to as "nonconsensual sexual conduct" out of concern that the bill not have criminal implications - the parental rights of the assailant will be terminated. This means that if the mother makes an adoption plan, the rapist will be excluded from participation in the adoption process. If the mother chooses to raise the child, the rapist would be prevented from being awarded custody or visitation except in limited circumstances where supervised visitation is determined to be in the best interests of the child.

Under HB1/SB2, the standard to decide whether the rape occurred and whether to terminate the rapist's parental rights is "clear and convincing evidence" that the child was conceived through rape. This standard of evidence is higher than the normal civil standard-"by a preponderance of the evidence"-and is used in all other family law contexts for the judicial termination of parental rights. It would be disrespectful of rape victims to require a conviction as a standard in these cases because rape victims should have to meet the same standard used in other termination of parental rights cases-no more, no less.

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Democratic Club Phone Banking Update

Posted 26 January 2018

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The Calvert Democratic Club is reaching out to registered Democrats who voted in 2016 but not in 2014 to see what issues matter to them and encourage them to come out for this year's mid-term elections. We've had two sessions so far at the Central Committee office in Prince Frederick and both have gotten a great response. If you've never made calls before, don't be afraid to give it a try. We know it can seem intimidating, but it's also rewarding to talk to fellow Democrats who are fired up about what's going on locally and nationally. Several volunteers at this week's Club meeting talked about their experiences at the last two sessions, and all of them said it was easier than they thought and that any nervousness faded away pretty quickly. And remember that you won't be making calls alone, and that someone will be there to walk you through any issues. A new volunteer can get trained on the system and ready to make calls in about 10 minutes. There are a lot of Democrats who didn't vote in 2014 that we need to get in touch with, so even if you can only sign up for one session a month, or can only make it for an hour, please consider pitching in.

The Club will be hosting two sessions a week - Sundays from 12-2pm and Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm. You can sign up for an upcoming session here.

If you have any questions about phone banking, please email calvertdemclub@gmail.com

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Women’s Club Kick-off New Year with November in Mind

Posted 18 January 2018CCDWC

The Women’s Club met early in January to gear up for the 2018 election cycle. We’ve got a lot of work to do to get out the vote, but with great candidates on the ballot and a community of motivated progressives, we feel we have what we need in order to Turn Calvert Blue!

The first speaker in the evening was Paula Bailey, Calvert Election Registrar with the Election Board. Ms. Bailey provided all in attendance the information and paperwork each needed in order to become a voter registrant. Now that The Women’s Club is certified, we expect to begin registering voters as we canvass for the 2018 elections. Ms. Bailey also answered many questions about the registration process and provided in-depth knowledge of the election system.

Greg Bowen, a member of Keep Calvert Country, was the second speaker of the evening. Mr. Bowen was there to inform The Club as to what Keep Calvert Country sees as short-comings in the Proposed Comprehensive Plan, also known as the Calvert 2040 Plan. Read an in-depth look at Mr. Bowen and Keep Calvert Country’s perspective here.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm at Adam’s Taphouse in Prince Frederick. There will be a social dinner from 6- 6:50 pm, and the business meeting will open at 6:50 pm. Our February speaker will be Cindy Yoe to discuss the Calvert Democrats’ precinct organization and train us in the use of the phone bank.

 

 

 

GA Overrides Veto: Healthy Families Act Takes Effect

Posted 13 January 2018 CCDCC Working Matters Coalition

Some 700,000 workers in Maryland will be able to earn up to five days of paid sick days a year now that state lawmakers have overturned the governor's veto. The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act requires Maryland businesses with 15 or more employees to provide one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 5 workdays a year. The bill was passed by the General Assembly (GA) during the 2017 session. However, it was vetoed by the Governor after the session closed, postponing a GA veto override until the 2018 session.

The GA made fast work of that override, with a House vote (88-52) on Thursday January 11th, just one day after session convened, which was followed directly by a Senate vote (30-17) on Friday, January 12th. Both chambers met the necessary three-fifths requirement to override.

The leave mandated by the Act may be used by an employee for a variety of personal reasons, including the employee’s own illness, to obtain medical care for a family member, to care for an ill family member, for maternity or paternity leave, or to obtain services in connection with an incident of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. The Act will take effect on February 12th, 2018. Learn more about the benefits of the Healthy Working Families Act here.

 

 

 

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A Time to Reflect and to Look Forward

Posted 28 December 2017

A Look Back at 2017

With the approach of the New Year, we at the Calvert County Democratic Central Committee have been reflecting on our actions and preparations during these last twelve months. Although the year started with a blow, we have been very busy to ensure success going forward.

Throughout January and February we began reorganizing our communications networks. Several upgrades to our website and increased application of social media has been helping us to get our message out. Democrats are present and ACTIVE in Calvert County! So you can stay informed on Calvert Dems’ NEWS or EVENTS, learn what you need to know in order to VOTE, find out what is happening in your COMMUNITY or what you can do to GET INVOLVED, learn about the 2018 ELECTIONS and what you need to know about who is running, or scroll through our ARCHIVES to see what we have been doing for the Calvert Democratic community. And be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Communication is an ongoing project, so if you have any ideas about how we can better serve Calvert County Democrats, contact us today.

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We were so pleased with the wonderful turnout for our 19th Annual Goldstein Dinner in March. Besides being a much-appreciated opportunity to recognize the wonderful community service of individuals in Calvert County, the Goldstein Dinner serves as a chance to come together as Democrats and get excited about what we can accomplish when we energize and mobilize. Be sure to save the date for our 20th Annual Goldstein Dinner on March 22th, 2018.

Spring of 2017 also saw the launch of the inaugural CCDCC Candidates’ Academy. The primary goal of the Democratic Central Committee is to get Democrats elected to office. With that in mind, the CCDCC offered a series of classes geared towards preparing first-time candidates with the knowledge and tools necessary in order to successfully run for office. We hope to see all the 2017 participants holding office soon!

The CCDCC was heavily focused on politics throughout April, as the Maryland General Assembly was coming to a close and many key pieces of legislation were coming down to the wire. Several of 2017’s most contentious legislative priorities are coming up again in the 2018 General Assembly session, so be sure to follow our news page for information as they progress.

As May rolled in, so did change in the Maryland Democratic Party with the election of Kathleen Matthews as Chair. Beyond Matthews’ efforts to resist state-level impacts of the Trump administration and replace Gov. Hogan in 2018, she has also committed to revitalize the state party infrastructure, mainly by implementing an “all-Maryland strategy” to recruit and support candidates across the state.

Summer was spent strategizing for 2018. The CCDCC worked hard to get the precinct captains program off the ground, building the network of effective targeting to swing the elections and Turn Calvert Blue. Summer also saw the release of our messaging campaign. HEAL AMERICA is a rallying cry for Democrats which defines a VISION for all Americans. It will take all of us working together to move forward with compassionate and responsible action. Be sure to contact us to get your bumper sticker!

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Fall was a very productive season for the CCDCC. Through the diligent efforts of our office staff, the headquarters was reorganized to prepare for walk-ins and visitors, Democratic events and meetings, as well as campaign phone-banking. The Central Committee also hosted a training session for canvassers and as part of our precinct organization. We are working hard to ensure a successful election in 2018. Find out how you can help here. We rounded out the season nicely by having a great showing at the Calvert County Fair. Between volunteers under the tent and visitors to it, we showed Calvert County that Democrats are here and ready for the upcoming elections.   

CCDCCWe had so many proud Calvert Democrats wearing their new Tee Shirts in October. Find out how to get yours! It was a great time to get together at King’s Landing for a fantastic Calvert Democratic Picnic. Many local Dems came out and enjoyed some good discussion and great food and drinks. Senator Mike Miller spoke about the challenges ahead in the 2018 Governor's race and several candidates for Commissioner talked about local issues that are particularly important to them.

The Democratic Holiday Party closed the year out nicely with yet another opportunity for Calvert Democrats to get excited about the Blue Wave coming in 2018 and to celebrate our accomplishments throughout this busy year. Many people worked very hard to make 2017 a success and we know that we’ll have to double our efforts as the election approaches. We’re looking forward to the coming year as we continue to work and coordinate with local candidates to Turn Calvert Blue. We hope that 2018 brings you and your family much joy and happiness, and that it brings Democrats to office in Calvert County.

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Happy New Year!

 

 

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Get Ready for 2018

The election cycle this year is extremely important and very exciting. Calvert County has some great candidates for local office already filed and running, and we’re still looking for more. Democrats in Calvert County are in a position to retrieve the governorship, further solidify democratic control of the state legislature, and Turn Calvert Blue! But we need your help. Here’s how you can be part of the movement:

CCDCCVolunteer on a campaign. Want to Turn Calvert Blue, but can’t run for office yourself? There are lots of great candidates already running who need support and resources. Get in touch with us, or contact them directly to find out how you can help.

Help get out the vote! There are lots of Democrats in Calvert County, but we need them to get to the polls! Consider volunteering as a precinct captain, or precinct volunteer to connect with your neighbors and get them to turn out to the polls. We’ll be setting up a poll-driver network shortly, so watch for information on how you can volunteer to be a driver on Election Day. If you are ready to help Turn Calvert Blue, get in touch with us right away!CCDCC

Donate. We understand that not everyone has time to contribute to a campaign, cause, or office. So if you want to help but can’t find the time, consider donating today.

After 2018 elections:

There is more to government than just elected office. The Board of County Commissioners relies on the input from citizen volunteer advisors to make decisions. If you want to influence local county government, but don't want to run for office, this is an excellent way to ensure our county reflects your values. Volunteer for a commission or board today!

 

 

 

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Calvert County Dems Charged up After Alabama Victory

Posted 20 December 2017

Spirits were high -- and flowing -- after the Democrats won the Alabama Senatorial race on Tuesday, just before the Calvert County Democrats Holiday Party on Dec. 14 at Adam's Ribs.

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Maryland State Senator Mike Miller, the longest-serving Senate President in Maryland history, greeted a crowd of about 50 people at his fourth event for the evening: “This is where we’re gonna make history -- right here in Calvert County.”

 

Miller said he and U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer are dedicated to giving Calvert County the resources it needs to turn the county blue. “It can’t happen without your help. Bring 10 of your friends, 10 of your boyfriends, 10 of your girlfriends, and bring them to the polls.”

 

Local candidates introduced themselves and gave brief remarks:

  • Holly Budd, running for commissioner district 3, said she’s looking forward to more transparency with the 2040 zoning plan.
  • Julia Nichols, running for state delegate district 29C, reminded the crowd of her upcoming fundraiser as a way to show support.
  • Tricia Powell, candidate for commissioner district 1, asked the crowd to support candidates with door knocking and meet and greets
  • Jason Fowler, running for state delegate district 27C, emphasized that the way to win campaigns is through calls, knocking on doors, and giving voters rides to the polls. “We have great candidates who will do a great job.”
  • The Honorable Margaret Phipps, register of wills, wrapped up the short introductions with a reminder to all of what democratic candidates should stand for: “When you are elected, you are elected to serve the people … Let us not forget that.”

CCDCC Holiday Party    CCDCC Julia Nichols    CCDCC Tricia powell    CCDCC Jason Fowler    CCDCC Margaret Phipps


Other candidates, unable to make it to the event, include Matt Bennett for commissioner at large, and Kathy Smith for clerk of the Circuit Court. Be sure to meet them at some of our upcoming meetings and watch our candidate’s page for more information.

 

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Karla Piereck, who donated the $66 winnings back to the central committee. Hagner Mister’s sweet potatoes and a local artist’s bottle cap artwork were also raffled.

 

Check out our Photo Gallery of the event!


Photos courtesy of BobbyBarronPhotography.com

 

 

Calvert Dem Office is Ready to Help Your Campaign

Posted 15 December 2017

The Democratic Central Committee has dedicated its largest room to getting out the vote in 2018. Thanks to several Committee members’ work and a generous donation of equipment from IBEW International, we’ve modernized our network to handle group phone-banking so you can start reaching out to your voters.

We’ve got five workstations set up, each with its own phone line, headphones, and a VAN connected computer. MDVAN (VoteBuilder) is a browser- and app-based software that allows campaigns and committees from across the state to access information about voters and volunteers, and to easily create walk lists and call lists. VAN allows users to break down a voting district by geography making it easy to create canvassing turfs. It can also organize voter information by voting history, party affiliation, age, and many other criteria.

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If you’re a Democrat running for office or know someone who is, schedule a work session today with our office staff. We've got people willing to help make calls and we will make sure that you and your volunteers are set-up and trained to start phone-banking in your district.

The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee is working hard to ensure that we get Democrats elected in 2018. If you have any ideas or would like to help Turn Calvert Blue, we'd love to hear from you. Contact us today

 

 

 

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Women's Club discuss Gun Violence, Focus on 2018

Posted 06 December 2017

In the last meeting of 2017, the Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club had much to discuss. Primarily, as 2018 is an election year, the focus of The Club until the election will be to get Democrats elected and Turn Calvert Blue. With that goal in mind, if you have any thoughts for speakers please contact Club Vice President Inez Claggett

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Photography by Jackie Cutlip-Niles

The Club had the pleasure of hearing from the Honorable Dickie Pitcher, a former Judge of Calvert County Orphan’s Court and former member of the Calvert County Democratic Central Committee. Judge Pitcher came to tell the members of The Club how inspired he was by the level of engagement and to encourage more women in Calvert County to run for public office. Judge Pitcher is a stalwart member of the Calvert Community and The Club was honored to have him speak.

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Danielle Veith, Maryland Chapter Leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, addressed The Club with a brief description of her organization and an explanation for further involvement. Moms Demand Action (MDA) was formed immediately following the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. The group believes there are sensible solutions to ensure that children and families are safe from violence. In Maryland, MDA is preparing for a Lobby Day in Annapolis to show unified Maryland support for a law which will help to remove guns from the possession of convicted domestic abusers. MDA will provide extensive training before sending volunteers in to lobby. If you’re interested in learning more about MDA or how you can help on Lobby Day, text the word “Ready” to 64433 and a local Maryland volunteer will get in touch with you about engagement opportunities. Keep up with MDA of MD news and priorities on Facebook.

Please join Calvert's Democratic Women's Club, Riverside Club, Democratic Club, and Central Committee for a Holiday Party at Adam's Taphouse on Thursday, December 14th from 6-9pm. Hors d'oeuvres will be served (including plenty of Adam's crab dip!). We encourage you to bring friends and family. There's no better time to get involved as campaigns and other efforts start ramping up for 2018 elections.

The candidates in the room had an opportunity to address The Club: Holly Budd (Commissioner District 3), Tricia Powell (Commissioner District 1), Margaret Phipps (Register of Wills), and Kathy Smith (Circuit Court Clerk). Which was followed by a discussion of where to get candidate information as the election approaches. To answer that, we’ve created a new page. We’ll be collecting candidate information here, so be sure to check back often for candidate news and events. And if you know someone running for office, have them contact us with submissions to keep Calvert residents informed.

CCDCC Holly Budd      CCDCC MDA     CCDCC Kathy Smith Margaret Phipps

The next meeting was scheduled was too close to the holidays, so it was moved to Tuesday, January 9th at Adam's Taphouse. This will kick-off the new schedule: dinner social hour from 6 -7pm, followed by a business meeting beginning at 7pm. Please be prepared to pay your 2018 dues, which have been increased to $25 on a sliding scale by need with a $10 minimum. The new year means a new donation competition. In 2017, the Women's Club donated 689 pounds of food for End Hunger in Calvert County! That's great, but we're sure we can beat that in 2018. Be sure to bring in items from this list to be collected for The End Hunger Calvert County Warehouse.

Calvert County Candidates

 

Elections: 2018
 

Find your voting district, polling places, and information on your current representatives by entering your information here.

General Election - November 6, 2018, 7 am until 8 pm

  • Early Voting for the General Election
    Thursday, October 25, 2018 through Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 10 am until 8 pm.

 

Your 2018 Democratic Slate:

Governor/Lt. Governor: Ben Jealous and Susan Turnbull
Comptroller: Peter Franchot
Attorney General: Brian E. Frosh
U.S. Senator: Ben Cardin
U.S. House: Steny H. Hoyer
State Senate District 27: Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
State Senate District 29: Thomas Brewer
House of Delegates 27B: Michael A. Jackson
House of Delegates 27C: Jason T. Fowler
House of Delegates 29C: Julia Margaret Nichols
County Commissioner At Large: Greg Brown
County Commissioner At Large: Matt Bennett
County Commissioner District 1: Tricia V. Powell
County Commissioner District 2: Susie Hance-Wells
County Commissioner District 3: Holly Heintz Budd
Clerk of the Circuit Court: Kathy P. Smith
Register of Wills: Margaret H. Phipps
Judge of the Orphans' Court: Tammy Fowler
Judge of the Orphans' Court: Thomas M. Pelagatti
Sheriff: Michael Hawkins


The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee would like to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who ran this primary season. We are a better Party thanks to all contributions and we look forward to working with each candidate going forward and in future races.

 

View local Primary Election Results here.

Use the Candidates Link above to get to know your local Calvert Candidates.

Use the Voter Services Link above to prepare to VOTE in Calvert County.

 

 

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Dem Club November Meeting Recap

Posted 01 December 2017CCDCC Dem Club

The Club was joined by Keep Calvert Country, an offshoot of the Smart Growth Coalition, to discuss the proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan. Miriam Gholl, who has over 30 years of experience in Calvert's Planning & Zoning Department, shared the group's many concerns and led a lively discussion. If this is an issue that matters to you, make your voice heard and submit comments to Planning & Zoning by December 8th either via email (pz@calvertcountymd.gov) or in writing (mail to: 175 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678). You can find more information about these groups here and here.

The Club also discussed upcoming phone banking training in December, with the goal of starting phone banking and canvassing in January. We'll be talking to registered Democrats who haven't voted in recent elections, listening to the issues that matter to them, and encouraging them to vote in 2018! If you're interested in helping,
Sign up to learn more about phone banking/canvassing.

Please join Calvert's Democratic Central Committee, Women's Club, Riverside Club, and Democratic Club for a Holiday Party at Adam's Rib's on Thursday, December 14th from 6-9 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres will be served (including plenty of Adam's crab dip!). We encourage you to bring friends and family, especially those who haven't joined us at previous events. There's no better time to get involved as campaigns and other efforts start ramping up for 2018 elections.

We'll be collecting for Toys for Tots at this event, so please bring new, unwrapped gifts to help make the holidays special for some local kids.

Please RSVP to CCDemOffice@gmail.com by December 8th if you plan on attending!

Note: There will be no Democratic Club meeting in December. Regular Club meetings will resume in January, with our next meeting on
Tuesday, January 23rd.

 

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Disastrous Tax Bill Looms as Senate Moves Closer to Passage

Posted 29 November 2017CCDCC MDDEMs

From Maryland Democratic Party:

This week, Senate Republicans are expected to hold a vote on their massive tax giveaway for wealthy individuals and corporations, which will be financed by working families.  To date, Governor Larry Hogan has not stood with Maryland families against this proposal, which will hammer Maryland families.  If the Republicans pass their tax scam, Maryland will be one of the states most harmed.

Senate Tax Scam Sabotages Healthcare

Senate Republican’s tax bill would eliminate the individual mandate, which will leave 13 million fewer Americans with health insurance by 2027.  The bill could also trigger more than $400 billion in Medicare cuts over ten years, including more than $7.5 billion in cuts in Maryland.

Senate Tax Scam Penalizes Home Ownership

Senate Republican’s tax proposal penalizes home ownership for Marylanders.  In 2015, 46 percent of all Maryland taxpayers claimed the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction, which would be eliminated by the Senate bill.   As a result, more than 600,000 Maryland homeowners will see an average tax increase of more than $1,500 in 2019, and more than 800,000 Maryland homeowners would see an increase by 2027.  Additionally, the plan will make the mortgage interest deduction less valuable for homeowners.  If the Senate plan is enacted, it could make homeownership unreachable to many young families, and lower home values by as much as 5 percent, less than a decade after the 2008 financial crisis.

Senate Tax Scam Lavishes Gifts on Wealthy and Gives Scraps to Working Families

Under the Senate tax plan, Maryland families in the top 5 percent of earners will take home more 75 percent of all tax cuts in Maryland, while the remaining 95 percent of earners will receive less than 25 percent of all cuts.
 
Senate Tax Scam Harms K-12 Students

In addition to taxing Maryland workers’ twice on their income, the Senate’s proposal’s elimination of the SALT deduction would also rip more than $12 billion in federal education funding from Maryland students in the next 10 years.  Provisions in the Senate plan could also lower home values by as much as 5 percent, which would impact local government’s ability to raise revenue to invest in public schools. 

Senate Tax Scam Makes College More Expensive

Senate Republicans want to eliminate the student loan interest deduction, which punishes Marylanders for pursuing a higher education.  In 2014, more than 200,000 Marylanders claimed the deduction to reduce their taxable income by an average of $1,100 dollars.    

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New Totals for 2017

CCDCC End HungerPosted 29 November 2017

As you know, The Democratic Club and Democratic Women's Club have engaged in a friendly competition to see which can generate the most donations for End Hunger in Calvert County. The current totals are CCDWC: 659 pounds, and CCDC: 613 pounds. That’s a combined total of over 1,200 pounds of food donated to End Hunger in Calvert County. We’re so proud of our Clubs for donating such an impressive amount and are looking forward to topping that total next year.

 

#GiveWhereYouLive

 

We're looking forward to a new competition in 2018 so be sure to bring items from this list to the upcoming Women's Club or Democratic Club meetings at Adam's TapHouse, Prince Frederick. Or, drop off your food items at the office: we’re open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:30 to 3pm and we love having visitors, so stop by and say hello!

Run for Office, Training Available

Posted 28 November 2017

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The National Democratic Training Committee is a free service for Every Democrat, Everywhere.   

The NDTC offers free, online trainings that guide you through creating a personalized, targeted, and professional campaign plan focused on winning.

There are currently three ways to get involved in our training:

1. Webinar for New Candidates: On December 5th at 9pm the NDTC is holding a webinar with DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake. The topic will be running for office. The webinar will cover best practices for your campaigns, and what your expectations should be. This is an event you do not want to miss, so be sure to register today!

2. Cohort Training: To help candidates like you, the NDTC is launching their inaugural online cohort. If your election is in 2018, this is the perfect opportunity for you. In addition to their online courses, you’ll be working in small groups and will also be able to get live feedback from the trainers. 

3. Free Online, On-Demand Training: You have access to NDTC's free online courses. They are video-centric and available online 24/7. The classes can be taken as many times as needed, so you can learn at your own pace. 

Every race is different, and every locality has its own quirks. But the fundamental campaign tactics and strategies can be tweaked to fit any race. 

The NDTC is not here to help you craft your positions or policies. Their goal is to help you build a solid campaign and win your election.

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CCDCC Thanksgiving Message

CCDCCPosted 23 November 2017

Thanksgiving holds a unique place in American society. As individuals, we consider our blessings and the things we hold closest to our hearts, and we give thanks for them. We come together as families to share our favorite recipes or to cheer on our favorite teams. We enjoy sharing time with our friends and families and we appreciate all that we have.

As a society, we have plenty to be grateful for as well. At the root of this holiday is a story of generosity and partnership. These are qualities that can be seen today. People of different ethnicities and religions, backgrounds and traditions, work together to fight for our country and our freedoms so that we can all enjoy days like this one. We are grateful for our service members and the families that support them.

And we know that the ability to come together as a diverse group and fight for a common good is what makes America so effective. Just as the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims sat down to give thanks together, America continues to work toward that spirit of partnership which creates the best opportunities and overcomes the most difficult obstacles.

So this Thanksgiving, we’d like to say thank you to each of you. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication throughout this turbulent year. We wish you and your families all the best on this holiday. Happy Thanksgiving.

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Posted 22 November 2017

CCDCC MLAW

Each year the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW) get together to prepare for the coming General Assembly Session. The main purpose of the conference is to learn about what legislation will be before the General Assembly for the upcoming session and decide which they would like to support. While there are many bills that look very promising in 2018, MLAW is only so big and can only do so much. Over the next month, their members will be researching the different options, then voting on only six or seven. Then the group will work throughout the 2018 session to ensure the passage of those bill. While you may not be a member of MLAW to vote on the bills, nevertheless, these bills will have an impact in your life and community. You can read about the proposed legislation here.

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Another goal of the MLAW conference is to get their members ready to advocate. This year, the panel discussion focused on methods of effective advocacy whether as a group or an individual. While Maryland was the first in the nation of supporting women in legislation just a few decades ago, we have slipped to tenth place now. In fact, there are the same number of women legislators today as there were in 1995. Here’s a summary of some of the tips and tools shared with the members of MLAW to encourage their success in engaging in government.

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  • The first thing to remember is that you can’t do everything yourself. While you feel strongly about many issues and pieces of legislation, you have to pick what is most important to you and focus your energies there. Trust that your peers and fellow activists will move on other issues while you work on yours. Likewise, you can’t force a movement alone. There are things that happen within a society that create a moment for change. The best thing you can do is be prepared for when that moment comes along.
  • Learn how to take a break. It’s so much better to turn off the news for a few days to breathe then come back refreshed and ready, than to burn out and have to give up. You don’t have to say yes to every request or every event. Learn where your limits are and then learn how to work within them.
  • Whether you reach out to your legislator in person, by phone, or by email – make it personal. Talk to your legislators about your life. How does this bill or that law effect you personally and how can they work to make it better.
  • The best way to influence national issues is to influence local representatives. Whether policy or politics, if you don’t like what is happening in on the national stage, speak to the people who represent you. Similarly, if you are personally interested in a large issue, getting involved locally prepares you to get appointed in a larger position. You have to insert yourself into the “pipeline” to make the contacts you need to make, and build the understanding you need to have in order to be more effective.
  • If you like an organization and what they do, the best way to support them is to become a member. When measuring the effectiveness of any organization, membership numbers play a huge role. The larger an organization, the more influence they have.
  • And lastly, stay informed. Even if you don’t have the time or resources to get involved in any other way, stay up to date on the issues that matter most to you and talk about them with the people in your life.
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Legislation Presented to the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women

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Posted 22 November 2017

Each year, prior to the open of session of the General Assembly in Annapolis, the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women (MLAW) conference is held to educate its members about upcoming legislation that may be of interest to women. This year, the turn-out was huge and the conference was thorough.

The legislation that was presented before the voters ranged from issues of personal safety to issues of economic equality. For a comprehensive list, please see the attached document. Many of these bills do not yet have filing numbers for the 2018 session, but the 2017 bill number can still be used to search the General Assembly website under the “Session” tab.

Central Committee Elects New Member, Prepares for 2018

CCDCCPosted 17 November 2017

Discussion at the Calvert County Central Committee meeting last night began with recent events. All members were pleased with the picnic last month. Turnout was great, as was atmosphere. Everyone had a great time and speakers got people excited to Get Out The Vote in 2018. With so many food contributions, left-overs abounded and were packaged up and shipped over to ECHO House and Safe Harbor. Also exciting: the recent elections in Virginia and New Jersey. Calvert Democrats are looking forward to building on that momentum and seeing a similar result here in Calvert in 2018.

The 2018 Goldstein dinner date has been set for March 22nd, so mark your calendars today. We’ll be holding the Dinner at the Rod n’ Reel, cocktails and hors d'œuvres upstairs from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Dinner will be served at 7pm. We’re gearing up for a great event that you won’t want to miss!

The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Joe Thole as an Associate Member. Mr. Thole is retired IBEW employee as an IT Professional at the international headquarters and has been volunteering in the CCDCC office for several months. Both his expertise and his dedication to Democratic values will be a welcome addition to our team!

Here’s how you can help: Candidates need places to post signs to get their names out there before the 2018 election. Signage is a very important method of getting voters familiar with their choices. So if you own property or know someone who does, and you’re willing to display candidate signs, please get in touch with us or directly with the candidates! We need everyone’s support if we’re going to Get Out The Vote in 2018.

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CCDCC HousePosted 17 November 2017

In a party-line vote on Thursday, the House Republicans passed a Tax Reform bill which is leaving a lot of poor and middle-class tax-payers with a larger share of the burden in order to afford corporate tax breaks. The Bill passed without any Democratic support and with 13 Republican nays, nearly all 13 from states with high taxes: California, New York, and New Jersey. The House bill eliminates local income and sales tax reductions and limits property tax deductions to only $10,000.

The plan also raises the bottom rate from 10% to 12%, limits deductible mortgage interest, repeals personal deductions, deductions for medical expenses, student loan interest, moving expenses, and more. While Republican leadership has claimed that this bill would reduce the tax burden of an average family of four by just over $1,000/year, even members who voted for the bill were questioning that math. According to one member, the fear that they were “over-promising and under-delivering” resonated even up to one day before the vote.

There is currently a plan in the Senate that, while similar in broad strokes, is still quite different in the details from the House bill. Going into yesterday’s House vote, Leadership was warning lawmakers not to discredit the Senate bill, a move that has led lawmakers to believe the plan is to adopt more of the Senate bill.

The Senate version permanently reduces the corporate tax rate, while sunsetting household and individual cuts. The gap between the bill’s treatment of individuals and corporations has left moderates in both chambers cautious. It also repeals the ACA’s individual mandate, adding even more volatility to the healthcare market.

The long-term effects of this tax reform is the most troubling aspect. The Joint Committee on Taxation – a nonpartisan panel of economists, accountants, and attorneys – explained that half the benefit of the bill will go to the top 1% and that over 22% of Americans would see tax increases after 5 years. The majority of those increases would affect middle class ($40,000 - $75,000) and upper-upper-middle class ($200,000 - $400,000). After ten years, taxes will increase across the board. And the cost of providing those corporate tax breaks will be nearly $1.4 trillion added to the deficit over ten years according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.

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MD Dem Chair Files Public Information Request on Gov. Task Force

CCDCC Paid Sick LeavePosted 16 November 2017

Kathleen Matthews, the Maryland Democratic Party Chair, filed a Public Information Act (PIA) request on Thursday, November 16 regarding the Governor’s paid sick leave task force. Since the Governor has refused to comply with the open meeting complaint filed against the task force last month, there has been growing concern over the transparency of the paid sick leave task force.

When Governor Hogan vetoed Paid Sick Leave, he also signed an executive order which instituted a task force, headed by Maryland Labor Secretary Kelly Schultz and several members of his administration. The Governor announced the task force was designed to examine all aspects of sick leave in Maryland. Since its formation, there have been no public meetings and no opportunities for public engagement at any level.

After the conclusion of the 2017 General Assembly, Governor Hogan vetoed HB1 / SB 230 – the Sick Leave Bill. This bill would require businesses employing more than 15 workers to provide paid sick leave for hours worked. Under the law, workers would accrue one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 56 hours per year. It passed both the Maryland Senate and House with a veto-proof majority, but since the veto came after the close of Session, working families in Maryland had to wait until the 2018 General Assembly to see Congress override the veto.

Working Matters, a coalition of more than 150 organizations advocating for paid sick days, has several avenues to reach out to legislators and the Governor on this issue. Currently, 40 percent of Maryland private sector employees do not accrue sick leave, and about 700,000 Maryland employees would be able to accrue sick leave under this bill.

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Concentrated Poverty and Maryland Schools

Posted 09 November 2017CCDCC Strong Schools Maryland

The definition: The US Census Bureau defines concentrated poverty as a census tract where 40% of people live below the poverty line. For school districts, this is most often measured by the number of students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

The situation in Maryland: 58% of Maryland's schools serve a population of concentrated poverty. 44% of Maryland's students are living in poverty. The percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals has doubled since the last time education funding was studied in 2002.

Strong School Maryland's goals: SSM is working to ensure that the Kirwan Commission produces a strong report that lays out the path to creating a good education system. SSM supports the 9 Building Blocks for a World Class Education System and wants to make sure the Commission is adapting each building block to solutions that work in the context of Maryland. This month, Strong Schools Maryland will look at part of the solution to addressing concentrated poverty.

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Women’s Club Talk Local Gov’t, Education, and Winning Elections

CCDCC Holly Budd
Photography by Jackie Cutlip-Niles

Posted on 10 November 2017

There was a lot of business to handle at this meeting of the Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club. Several changes to meetings have been proposed for the upcoming year. First, the executive committee has changed the meeting times so that there is a 6 to 7pm “social dinner hour” and the business meeting will at 7pm. The first meeting to be effected will be January 2018. Also, the dues will be $25 at that time. Emphasis was placed on the goal of 2018: To Get Democrats Elected! Each meeting will focus on that goal, so if you have suggestions of speakers or agendas to help in that goal, please get in touch with Inez Claggett

Helenmary Ball delivered a legislative update which included information on Open Houses on Calvert 2040, upcoming MLAW conference and Women’s Legislative Briefing, and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, details of which were recently released.

 

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Cheri Delavergne went into much more depth regarding current volunteer board and commission vacancies. She spoke with The Club about her desire to Get Active, and the difficulties of finding the time in her already busy life. Cheri found that with all the openings for volunteer boards and commissions within county government, she could find a topic which interested her at a time that she could make work. The County Government relies on input from citizen volunteer advisors, and we need more Democrats to get involved at this level. There are many vacancies right now, each with a different schedule. Find one that can work in your schedule and Get Active in Calvert County!

During the discussion of “Strong Schools Maryland,” presented by Inez Claggett and Dona Ostenso, news of the Virginia election going to Democratic candidate Ralph Northam broke and was met with thunderous celebration! After a year of bad news, this win provided welcome relief to all in attendance. 

 

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To complete out the Strong Schools Maryland report, Dona discussed the nine priorities for which the Maryland State Education Association is currently lobbying. Inez Clagett then address the astounding rate of poverty within Maryland schools. To build on that idea, Inez Claggett addressed the issue of concentrated poverty within Maryland school districts overall, and within Calvert County specifically. She urged members to write to the Kirwan Commission and insist that they incorporate the 9 Building Blocks for a World Class Educational System and provided all in attendance with stamped envelopes to facilitate that goal. If you could spare a moment to write a letter, contact Inez Claggett for a name, address and letter template.

 

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Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 5th at 6:30pm at Adam's Taphouse in Prince Frederick. The speaker will be a leader from a local gun sense organization. Don't miss it!

MSEA's 9 Policy Objective Priorities

CCDCC MSEAPosted 09 November 2017

As the Kirwan Commissions is closing in on its report to the General Assembly, the Maryland State Education Association (MSEA) has some recommendation for consideration. While MSEA is pleased with some of the priority areas currently being discussed by the commission, such as universal pre-k for four-year-olds and an expansion in career technology education, the organization has highlighted nine other priority areas which would contribute to Maryland educational success:

1. Raise salaries for certified professionals in every district and on every step level of the pay scale to close the gap between Maryland's average teacher salary and Massachusetts's average teacher salary by the end of the Kirwan phase-in.

2. Enact a regionally-indexed living wage law for school employees that sets a family-supporting minimum salary.

3. Reduce the statewide students-to-teacher ratio from 14.6 to 12.5 )average of three comparable states) by the end of the Kirwan phase-in by increasing instructional staff to give teachers more planning, training, and collaboration time; ensure students have access to quality non-core subject instruction; and implement locally-developed career lattices that allow teachers to move up in the profession without moving out of the classroom.

4. Increase para-educators, especially to lessen the burden on special educators and elementary teachers.

5. Increase mental health staff - including psychologists, school counselors, and social workers - to create industry-standard student-to-staff ratios.  

6. All funding for staffing increases should be made available to schools in order of poverty concentration, with the highest-poverty schools receiving funding for additional staff first.

7. Build community schools into the new funding formula in a way that significantly increases the number of high-poverty schools utilizing the model. The formula should feature a sliding scale of aid based on the number of schools with high percentages of low-income students.

8. Expand the use of prevention and intervention supports, such as restorative practices, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and trauma-informed instruction through increased staff and ongoing job-embedded professional development for all educators that is linked to new local discipline policies.

9. Adopt statewide social and emotional learning standards for all students, with a gradual phase-in of necessary professional development. changes to educator preparation programs, curriculum and learning materials, and teacher-developed assessment tools. 

It is the position of the Maryland State Education Association that if the Kirwan commission makes these policy considerations priorities in their report, Maryland would see dramatic improvements in the education of our next generation.

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DNC Celebrates Big Wins on Tuesday

Posted on 08 November 2017CCDCC

Democrats won not just in New Jersey and Virginia but up and down the ticket across the country. Voters handily rejected the Trump-Pence agenda by electing Democrats in states and even districts that Donald Trump won last year. Democrats are moving forward, we (and voters) have put 2016 behind us. See the proof:

Virginia

Ralph Northam is the governor-elect, Justin Fairfax is lieutenant governor-elect, and Mark Herring was re-elected attorney general.

Democrats flipped at least 14 House of Delegate seats including:

  • Jennifer Carroll Foy (HD-02)
  • Wendy Goodits (HD-10)
  • Chris Hurst (HD-12)
  • Danica Roem (HD-13)
  • Kelly Fowler (HD-21)
  • Elizabeth Guzman (HD-31)
  • David Reid (HD-32)
  • Kathy Tran (HD-42)
  • Lee Carter (HD-50)
  • Hala Ayala (HD-51)
  • Karrie Delaney (HD-67)
  • Dawn Adams (HD-68)
  • Schuyler VanValkenberg (HD-72)
  • Deborah Rodman (HD-73)

New Jersey

Democrats flipped the governor’s seat from red to blue by electing Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver.

Vin Gopal flipped New Jersey’s 11th Senate District from red to blue.

North Carolina

Democrats flipped 2 mayoral seats by electing Vi Lyles in Charlotte and Mitch Colvin in Fayetteville.

New Hampshire

Democrats flipped the Manchester mayoral seat by electing Joyce Craig.

Democrats flipped one seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives by electing Erika Connors to the Hillsborough County District 15 and held the Sullivan County District 1 by electing Brian Sullivan.

Florida

Democrats re-elected Mayor Rick Kriseman to be the mayor of St. Petersburg.

Massachusetts

Democrats re-elected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

New York

Democrats re-elected New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Georgia

Democrats flipped two House districts by electing Deborah Gonzalez (HD-117) and Jonathan Wallace (HD-119).

Michigan

Democrats held Michigan’s 109th House District by electing Sara Cambensy.

As Reported by the DNC

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Fun at Paint Party 2017

Posted 07 November 2017

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What great fun and great turn out at the 2017 Paint Party in Prince Frederick last weekend! Some painters were experienced and some were just trying it out, but all had a blast. 

 

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Painting with the Powell's provided the painters all the necessary supplies and some instruction, and then everyone had the opportunity to create a painting all their own.

 

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Calvert Democrats at Halloween in the Garden

Posted 30 October 2017

Calvert Democrats and Candidate for Commissioner, Holly Budd, were at Anne Marie Gardens on October 28th as they hosted their 18th Annual Halloween in the Garden. Volunteers were there to hand out candy to the kids and talk about the local Democratic Party to the parents. A big thank you goes out to everyone who donated bags of candy for the event. There was plenty, and the varieties were very popular with the costume-clad youth.

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Also very popular was the literature at the booth. Lots of parents were interested in the events and actions of local democrats. Flyers and info sheets flew off the table and plenty of people expressed an interest in getting engaged. Be sure you know when our next meetings are and invite your neighbors. From the conversations we had at Halloween in the Garden, they want to know!

Dem Club Speaks with Gubernatorial Candidate

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Posted 27 October 2017

Senator Rich Madaleno, one of several candidates seeking Maryland's Democratic nomination for Governor in 2018, joined the latest meeting of the Calvert Democratic Club. Senator Madaleno shared his vision for improving education, growing our economy and providing better supports for our seniors. The Senator also touched on issues more local to Calvert, speaking about Cove Point's LNG plant and the health of the Bay. 

It's going to take a big effort to unseat Larry Hogan, but with candidates like Senator Madaleno, it's a job worth taking on!

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Great Fun at the 2017 Democratic Picnic

Posted 28 October 2017

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The Democratic meet and green picnic hosted by the Central Committee last weekend was very successful. Many local Dems came out and enjoyed some good discussion and great food and drinks. Senator Mike Miller spoke about the challenges ahead in the 2018 Governor's race, and several candidates for Commissioner talked about local issues that are particularly important to them. The event ended with raffling off an Irish basket of cheer, several decorative plaques and a basket of locally grown sweet potatoes (complete with a secret family recipe). 

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CCDCC October Meeting

Posted 20 October 2017CCDCC

The Democratic Party Picnic, from noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at Kings Landing Park in Huntingtown, is a great way to meet one another, find ways to become more involved, meet local candidates, and share ideas with fellow progressives. It will feature hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, games, raffles and meet and greets. The central committee is asking for people to RSVP again, due to a server issue, to info@CalvertDemocrats.com or 410-414-3660.

Please wear your Democrats T-shirt to the picnic. If you haven’t gotten a shirt yet, a $20 donation will score a one-of-a-kind “join the resistance” shirt. You can get yours at the picnic or club meetings.

The picnic should energize progressives through the county and hopefully bring new volunteers and active voters. Volunteer precinct captains are still needed throughout the county. Email Cindy Yoe at yoedems@gmail.com to find out more.

To enable all Calvert County Democrats to attend, the central committee will evenly distribute the 2018 central committee meetings across the three regions of the county. Each quarter, one monthly meeting will be held at Asbury in Solomons, one at CSM in Prince Frederick, and one in a location to be determined in the north part of the county.

For candidates

The next Candidates Academy, at  7 p.m. Sunday at the Harriet E. Brown Community Center in Prince Frederick, will focus on campaign finance.

Five new computers, donated by the local IBEW union, will soon be functional as a phone banking communications stations for candidates at the central committee headquarters.

 

 

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Local Democratic Party Picnic

Posted 12 October 2017

The Calvert County Central Committee is pleased to be announcing a picnic on Sunday, October 22nd from 12 to 4:30 pm at King’s Landing Park in Huntingtown. This is an excellent opportunity for all of us to get together and catch up on what’s happening and get to know each other better.

The Central Committee will be hosting with hot dogs and hamburgers; soda, water and beer; games and crafts. Feel free to bring a dish if you wish and come out for some good food and great company. RSVPs appreciated but not required:
please RSVP to CCDEMOFFICE@gmail.com so those planning the event can have an idea of headcount for food and drink. Due to technical difficulties, if you've previously RSVPed, please do so again at the address above. (RSVPs are encouraged, but not required, so feel free to grab a friend on Sunday and bring them along.)

The event is this Sunday, October 22nd from 12-4:30 p.m. at King's Landing Park in Huntingtown. If you're able to help set up, work the grill, or bring a side dish or dessert, please contact Henry Gabelnick at
hgabelnick@comcast.net

The weather looks perfect for Sunday and we're looking forward to sharing some burgers and beers with our fellow Democrats and having some fun activities for the kids. Many current state and local elected officials will be there, along with many candidates running in 2018. We hope you'll be able to stop by and say hello! 

We’re looking forward to sharing fun, food, and ideas with all the progressive thinkers of Calvert County, so be sure to mark your calendar today, and bring along a friend!

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Halloween in the Garden

Posted 10 October 2017

On October 28th, the CCDCC will have a booth at the Halloween in the Garden event at Annmarie Gardens. This is a wonderful opportunity to interact with other Calvert County residents and get our message (and our bumper stickers!) out in the County. Of course, we will need volunteers for this event to decorate our spooky tent, pass out candy, and speak with parents about what the Calvert Democratic Party has to offer. If you can help us with one (or more) of these jobs, Contact us for more information about volunteering. We will also need candy for trick-or-treaters, so please consider bringing candy donations to the Democratic Club meeting on Oct 24, the Central Committee meeting on Oct 19, or to the office which is open Mon., Wed., and Fri. from 12:30 to 3pm. Thanks for supporting your local Democratic Party!

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The Women's Club Discuss Domestic Violence, Scholarship Fund

Posted 05 October 2017

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Jennifer Foxworthy, a naval officer, was trained for war and for enemy capture, but she was ill-equipped for handling domestic violence. Foxworthy, of Inspirationally Speaking, told the Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club on Tuesday about being in an abusive relationship, admitting it to herself, and finding the courage to leave.

One in four women become the victim of domestic violence; it’s an issue that affects everyone in some way. Foxworthy said it took years to complete the process of recovery and work through the resentment.

As the events in Las Vegas were resting on heavy hearts, there was a brief announcement about a group called Mom's Demand Action. Read about Club Member Kim Blair's involvement with the group here.

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To help give women a voice, consider attending the Nov. 18 MLAW Fall Conference or the Legislative evening.

The CCDWC also reported strides in fundraising for the four scholarships it awards annually. Four-day ticket sales at the county fair for the Women’s Club basket -- won by Bruce Armstrong -- were more than $300, which brought the fund to more than $3,000, just shy of the $4,000 goal. And, Anna Wilson won two tickets to the Calvert Library Foundation’s Art Gala from the end-of-meeting raffle, which netted the scholarship fund another $67.

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CCDCC At the County Fair

Posted 06 October 2017

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The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee was met with great weather at the County fair this weekend as we staffed a tent to talk with Calvert residents and voters. We are so grateful to all the volunteers who came out to support the party and created a positive community presence. We had a wonderful basket up for auction from the Democratic Women’s Club Scholarship fund and free “Heal America” bumper stickers. Many great candidates running in Calvert County in 2018 provided literature which was available. Several candidates also volunteered with us at the booth and walked throughout the fair to talk with voters.

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Thoughts on Las Vegas Shooting

Posted 05 October 2017

As 59 families mourn their loss and more than 500 wounded victims and their families hang on to hope and struggle to understand after the mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert Sunday, America must finally acknowledge that it’s time to act. We must acknowledge that an act of terror happened at the Route 91 Harvest festival, just as it did at Pulse Nightclub and Sandy Hook Elementary and the Aurora theater, do something to regulate semi-automatic weapons, and do something to address mental health issues in this country.

Words matter. The carefully crafted statements and stories dance around terminology for the 64-year-old white male shooter. Stephen Paddock pierced through a night of fun and entertainment for a crowd of 22,000 and elicited sheer terror. Until we as a society can treat criminals (and victims) of all races, genders, and religions the same, equality will always be beyond our grasp. Call a terrorist a terrorist - or don’t use the term at all. Why does it matter? Because refusing to label a white male the same way America would label a Middle Eastern male will continue to breed hate within our communities.

Legislation matters. As Congress considers a ban on automatic weapons, Paddock used a bump-stock, which essentially converts a semi-automatic weapon into a near-automatic weapon, to fire more than 500 rounds in just 9-11 minutes. He legally purchased his weapons and the bump-stocks. Making it harder to access a device that allows a person to kill others so swiftly might not end the mass shootings, but it will alleviate the ease of access, the speed at which terrorists can gun down victims, and allow the country to pause and evaluate next steps.

Healthcare matters. Whether diagnosed or not (Paddock was on anxiety medicine), potential mass shooters by definition could benefit from intervention by qualified mental health professionals. Not only is the stigma of mental healthcare a major issue in the United States, but access to it is extremely limited. It’s time to ensure that everyone has the means to seek care for themselves, not remove access to necessary healthcare.

Good deeds matter. Just as it is essential to work to fix the problems in this country, it is necessary to pause and reflect on the good in people. So many people helped one another -- from carrying the wounded off the concert grounds, to using their pickup trucks to transport victims to hospitals, to escorting wheelchair-bound concertgoers to an off-duty officer carrying a teen cancer patient to safety - it’s impossible not to recognize that Americans want and deserve a cohesive, generous, loving country. And we must work to unite, not divide, one another.

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Democratic Club Committee Outlines Top Issues; Volunteers Needed

Posted 29 September 2017CCDC

To effectively arm Calvert County Democratic campaigns, the Issues Committee has ramped up research for the top identified issues facing residents.

The committee, which includes Sylvia Batong, Bill Peil and Gary Dzurec, on Tuesday told the Democratic Club that it has identified and begun work to research and analyze the top issues local candidates will need to address in upcoming campaigns, which are:

  • Smart growth: traffic congestion, emergency evacuation feasibility, ground water availability, Planning Commission bias, land preservation.

  • Transparency in county government

  • Teachers’ pay: There is a link between well-paid teachers, good schools and enhanced property values. Teachers are behind in step increases promised in their contracts and are beginning to leave Calvert for better pay in neighboring counties.

  • Bay health: The Bay is essential to tourism and watermen sustainability. EPA cuts could affect funding for preservation efforts.

  • Environmental safety: Cove Point discharges threaten our air and water quality.

  • Climate change: Need mitigation measures in planning and zoning, construction codes for coastal flooding

  • Agribusiness/watermen support: Land and farm preservation, as well as agri-tourism are critical to maintaining the county’s rural character.

  • Affordable housing: The lack of affordable housing affects young people entering the workforce and senior citizens.

Volunteers needed

There’s a place for everyone to help with the Party. A call out for volunteers was loud on Tuesday.

The precinct committee, which met after the Democratic Club on Tuesday, is working to better organize residents at grassroots levels. While door knocking can help garner votes, the real benefit is a chance to hear where voters stand on the issues that matter to them and build trust in the Democratic Party. Precinct volunteers are needed in every precinct to help with canvassing. Please contact us for more information.

For a little sweeter of a reward, the Club is seeking candy donations ahead of Halloween in the Garden as part of the End Hunger campaign, which has brought in more than 1,000 pounds of food between the Democratic Club and the Democratic Women’s Club. The two clubs are competing to bring in the most donations.

To test your smarts, join the Calvert Democrats’ Pub Quiz team for a night at the Prince Frederick library at 6:30 March 10. We need five know-it-alls with a creative team name to compete in three rounds of about 50 questions -- there’s a guarantee for some book-related trivia. Contact Liz Demulling to join our team.

The Events and Budget/Fundraising committees are also looking for volunteers. If you’d like to help coordinate events between the Democratic Club and the Central Committee, or help develop fundraisers and prepare the annual budget, please contact us.

 

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Notes from Advocacy 101 Workshop 

Posted 27 September 2017

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To effectively run an advocacy campaign, the use of three separate appeal methods -- logos, ethos and pathos - will sway the most people. To promote your agenda, use three tools: one that that relies heavily on facts and statistics, one that focuses on authoritative figures whose opinion agrees with yours and one that use character-based, emotional stories.

The Advocacy 101 Workshop on Wednesday, hosted by the Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club, was a chance to learn how to effectively persuade legislators and officials from Stacy Korbelack, an associate professor of English at Howard Community College and president of Anne Arundel County Board of Education.

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Korbelack highlighted the three tools used in advocacy campaigns, and coined by Aristotle, which are shown to convince a general audience, comprised of members individually drawn to one method more the others:

  • Logos is a logical appeal, which focuses on the audience’s reasoning through the use of facts and statistics, analogie, and research.

  • Ethos is an ethical appeal, which focuses on the person’s credibility as an expert with a good moral compass and ethics.

  • Pathos is an emotional appeal, which focuses on the audience’s feelings -- either to garner sympathy, or to incite them into action.

Logos and ethos find charts, graphs, and maps persuasive. Pathos tend to find character-driven pictures more persuasive.

In order to run an effective campaign, each method must work together to complement the other. While each piece of the campaign -- speeches, emails, phone calls, canvassing -- might be restricted to one type of appeal, a well-crafted campaign will incorporate multiple tools, each using a different method.

And, by separating the type of appeal by delivery method, it keeps content more digestible. Send short emails that use one method, and then follow up with a phone call using another method. This allows multiple chances to engage as well as multiple methods.

 

Friendly Rivalry has Big Impact

Posted 22 September 2017

The Democratic Club and Democratic Women's Club have engaged in a friendly competition to see which can generate the most donations for End Hunger in Calvert County. The current totals are CCDWC: 570 pounds, and CCDC: 498 pounds. That’s a combined total of over a thousand pounds of food donated to End Hunger in Calvert County.

For the upcoming meetings we will be focusing on donations for the Halloween in the Garden event on October 28th from 11am to 4pm. Please consider bringing a donation of candy to the Democratic Club meeting on Tuesday September 26th or to the Women's Club meeting on Tuesday, October 3rd for Halloween trick-or-treating at the community event at Annmarie Garden. Also, if you could spare a couple hours to volunteer at the event, please contact us today.

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Canvassing Training Highlights

Posted 22 September 2017

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State Field Director, Saif Ratul, was kind enough to come down to Prince Frederick to lead a training seminar on canvassing and phone banking along with Regional Directors Sam Hubbard and Noah Stewart. Their main goal was to dispel the myth that the only reason to knock on doors or place calls is to get votes. Ratul introduced the Maryland Democratic Listening Tour, a goal to hear from voters on the issues that matter most to them, focus on local issues, and build trust between the voters and the party.

The Calvert County Central Committee committed to getting out volunteers in this upcoming month to work on this Deep Canvassing Campaign. If you would like to volunteer just a couple hours to getting in touch with Calvert County Democrats, please get in touch with us today.

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Central Committee Member Mike Mahar Travels to Florida for Hurricane Irma Relief

Posted 22 September 2017

The Calvert County Central Committee is proud of Associate Member Mike Mahar who drove a truck load of supplies down to Florida to assist in Hurricane Relief for his Union: SMART, Local 100. We’d like to offer our thanks to Mike for his generosity, and thanks to SMART, Local 100 for assembling these much needed supplies and facilitating the delivery.

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The Calvert County Democratic Headquarters is Ready For Action

Posted 22 September 2017

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As we are preparing for the 2018 elections, there are some tools that Calvert County Democrats will need and we’ve been working to make sure that our office fills those needs. The back room has been cleaned out and is ready for phone banking or work parties. There are tee shirts and bumper stickers for anyone who stops by. We have some candidate information ready for walk-ins, but if you are running or know someone who is running in Calvert County and would like some literature available at our office, please get in touch with us or just stop by. The office is open regularly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:30 to 3pm, but can be opened for your Democratic event as needed. We hope to see you soon.

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Central Committee Monthly Meeting Highlights

Posted 22 September 2017CCDCC

The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee was sad to receive the resignation of Harriet Gossett at this month’s meeting. Her work on the Central Committee has been invaluable and we’re certain that her commitment in her new capacity serving Calvert County will be unmatched.

In other changes during the September meeting, Monica Silbas was unanimously elected to the office of Parliamentarian. We are so pleased to have her guidance through this office and look forward to utilizing her knowledge and experience going forward.

The Central Committee has secured a presence in two upcoming community events. We will be participating in the Patuxent River Appreciation Day Parade on Sunday October 8th. If you would like to walk the parade with us, bring your walking shoes to the parade start by 1pm. We will also need volunteers to help decorate our entry float. Contact us for more information about volunteering.

Also, on October 28th the CCDCC will have a station at the Halloween in the Garden event at Annmarie Gardens. This is a wonderful opportunity to interact with other Calvert County residents and get our message (and our bumper stickers!) out in the County. Of course, we will need volunteers for this event as well, so Contact us for more information about volunteering. We will also need candy for trick-or-treaters, so please consider bringing candy donations to either the Democratic Club meeting, the Women’s Club meeting, or to the office. Thanks for supporting your local Democratic Party!

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Calvert County Women's Club Raise Money for Scholarship Fund

Posted 15 September 2017

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The Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club hosted their annual auction this week in support of the scholarship fund. Each year the Women’s Club distributes four scholarships, one to a qualifying senior from each of Calvert County’s four high schools. The Annual Auction is the largest fundraiser the Women’s Club hosts for this great cause.

 

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On Tuesday, Calvert Democrats came out to Adam’s Taphouse in Prince Frederick to laugh, eat, drink, and BID on baskets created and donated by Women’s Club members. Each basket or container held a selection of items along a common theme. The event was well attended and a big success for the scholarship fund! You can see many more photos here. The Women’s Club would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all the participants and contributors of the event for making it such a fun evening.

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Obama Issues Statement on Order to Rescind DACA

Posted 08 September 2017

After the White House announced on Tuesday its decision to wind down the DACA program, Former President Barak Obama, architect of the program, issued the following statement:
 
"Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules.
 
“But that’s not what the action that the White House took today is about. This is about young people who grew up in America – kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license
 
“To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel. What if our kid’s science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even speak?
 
“Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question. Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us. They are that pitcher on our kid’s softball team, that first responder who helps out his community after a disaster, that cadet in ROTC who wants nothing more than to wear the uniform of the country that gave him a chance. Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages.
 
“Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be."

 

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Calvert Democrats New Bumper Sticker: Get Yours Today!

Posted 05 September 2017

You may have already seen some cars in Calvert County featuring a bumper sticker with the slogan “HEAL AMERICA.” This new slogan is an attempt to demonstrate that Democrats are in Calvert and ready to work to work to ease the divide evident in our politics and our nation.

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HEAL AMERICA is a rallying cry for Democrats which defines a VISION for all Americans. It will take all of us working together to move forward with compassionate and responsible action.

The lack of civility caused by political extremes has brought our national problem-solving to a screeching halt. Through compromise, we again can raise the good of the country over political idealism.

Once we have restored honest and civil political discourse, the country can get on with the tasks necessary to keep it great. They include:

  • Fixing healthcare
  • Repairing infrastructure
  • Providing jobs and training
  • Reforming campaign finance
  • Making education effective
  • Sustaining Social Security
  • Strengthening foreign relations
  • Reducing drug use
  • Caring for the environment
  • Guaranteeing equal rights

HEAL AMERICA - Put Americans to work with jobs and training programs.
HEAL AMERICA - Focus on disease prevention and effective addiction programs to reduce the burden of treatment and rehabilitation.
HEAL AMERICA - Cooperate and compromise to solve critical problems.

All Calvert residents, stop by any of our upcoming meetings, or the Democratic Headquarters during office hours (Mon., Wed., and Fri. from 12:30 to 3pm) and pick yours up free! Residents of other counties and states, please send $2 and a self-addressed stamped envelope to George Stewart Brown, 10375 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD  20685.  Contact us with questions or for more information.

 

 

 

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Dem Club Discuss Voter Database, Committees

Posted 01 September 2017CDCC

The Calvert County Democratic Club had a great turnout for its August meeting on the 29th at Adam’s Taphouse. The meeting opened with announcements from the Club and the Central Committee. Committee Chair, Hagner Mister, invited everyone to attend the Canvassing Training being offered by the Central Committee on Sept. 16th at 11 am. As the 2018 elections draw near, Democratic candidates are relying on the Central Committee for support in getting out the vote. Get in touch to find out how you can help today.

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The guest speaker was Mr. Tyler Carr, Data Director for the Maryland Democratic Party. Mr. Carr led an instructional discussion about MDVAN (VoteBuilder), a browser- and app-based software that allows campaigns and committees from across the state to access information about voters and volunteers, and to easily create walk lists and call lists. VAN allows users to break down a voting district by geography making it easy to create canvassing turfs. It can also organize voter information by voting history, party affiliation, age, and many other criteria. Mr. Carr provides about eight training sessions each month on VAN usage and optimization. The next two training sessions will be Sept. 5, 2017, 2:00 PM and Sept. 6, 2017, 7:00 PM. Both are for beginners. You can sign up for either of these training sessions or see when other September trainings will take place here. For more information, you can contact Tyler Carr directly at tcarr@mddems.org.

Following the guest speaker, club committees were discussed. The Democratic Club is working hard to shift from a social group to an active organization and needs support from the local progressive community. Several committee vacancies include: Steering and Activism, which coordinates outreach and education on specific issues for the public and for candidates; Events, which combines efforts with the other Clubs and Central Committee to ensure that a Democratic Presence is visible in our community; Community Outreach and Philanthropy, which organizes opportunities to associate the Club with good works in the community – currently trying to organize a Democratic Club Presence at the CAASA 5K on Nov. 4th; and Membership and Communication, which works to find and recruit new members and to keep members and the public informed on Club news and events.

If you can put your talents into any of these areas, please contact the Club (calvertdemclub@gmail.com) today or come to the next meeting on Tuesday, September 26th at 7pm at Adam's Taphouse in Prince Frederick to learn more.

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CCDCC Thoughts on Hurricane Harvey

Posted 01 September 2017

As the disastrous effects of Hurricane Harvey have continued to play out over this last week, the Calvert County Democratic Central Committee has watched with great concern and sorrow. Like many of you, our thoughts and prayers are with those in Texas and Louisiana as they continue to deal with this tragedy.

There is no shortage of organizations and foundations that could use financial assistance in helping those affected. For opportunities to donate, sites such as Greater Houston Community Foundation and Help Those Affected by Harvey provide comprehensive lists of donation opportunities. Also important, there are several organizations looking for donations of goods. Calvert County firefighters are preparing to go down to the Houston area to help out the over-worked first responders. End Hunger Calvert County is collecting donation items for them to bring down:

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You can drop donation items off at the End Hunger Warehouse, or bring items to the lobby of the Calvert County Sherriff’s Department before September 8th. You can also ship these items and others to organization operating in the Harvey Relief area, or order items on-line and have them shipped directly.

While we send our thoughts and prayers to Hurricane Harvey victims, let’s also send some support.

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Consider Giving Some of Your Time to Turning Out the Vote

Posted on 25 August 2017CCDCC

With the 2018 elections fast approaching the Central Committee is in need of volunteers to turn out the vote in Calvert County! While the CCDCC always operates with a volunteer force managing the Headquarters, running food drives, and performing various community outreach programs, election years present a great many more tasks. We need volunteers to staff information booths at community events and at polls on election days. With over 35 thousand registered Democratic or unaffiliated voters to get in touch with in the next year, the Calvert Democrats need people to begin phone-banking and door-knocking right away. If we are going to turn out a democratic election in Calvert County in 2018, we need to start canvassing now. If you can spare a few hours a week to this, please get in touch with us right away.

 

 

 

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Senior Girl Scouts Visit Calvert County Democratic Headquarters

Posted on 25 August 2017CCDCC

We welcomed six rising Senior Girl Scouts and their Leader at Democratic Headquarters Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Scout Leader Genie Carroll brought her troop: Olivia, Adriana, Zoe, Emma, Kamyia and Elisabeth, to continue their progress on the “Behind the Ballot” badge. This badge will transition, or bridge them, from Cadette to Senior level.

The Ballot Badge teaches “that voting is a responsibility; that you can make your voice heard and make choices about how you think things should be done in government.” It teaches the importance of voting and what the electoral process is in the US and around the world. These young women participated in a campaign to become officers of their group. Their campaign activities included planning the campaign, writing and giving speeches about why they wanted the position and creating ads and posters. Each have contributed over 300 volunteer hours in their Girl Scout careers, mostly in Calvert County property clean-up and upkeep, but some have offered to help us at our booth at the County Fair in September, and at our precinct tent tables during the Primary (June 26, 2018) and General Elections (Nov. 6, 2018).The girls are also interested in volunteering to phone bank.

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Cheryl Place, CCDCC Member, explained that the function of the Democratic Central Committee is to help candidates get elected to local offices, educate them about how to run a campaign through an Academy Training program, employ phone banking and door knocking for candidates, and outreach activities throughout the year.

Sandra VanOosten, CCDCC Volunteer staff, explained the information packets which were compiled for the girls. It included “A Citizen’s Guide to the US Congress, How a Bill Becomes a Law” from Sen. Ben Cardin’s office; “How to Become President of the US,” the educational booklet; “Electing the President,” and other voter registration information from the CC Board of Elections office; the “Democratic Green Initiatives” document written by the CCD Women’s Club; and “What It Means to be a Democrat” flyer.

These young women already are contributing to our County by volunteering, learning about civics and about their rights and responsibilities to become informed voters. They are excited to vote when they come of age, and are learning that civic engagement means more than just voting. They inspire us! Our thanks go to their impressive Leader who takes time to model what it means to give back to the community by working with the over 30 girls, and young women, as well as other Leaders she has been working with for 8 years! We thank them for visiting with us.

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CCDCC August Meeting Highlights

Posted on 22 August 2017CCDCC

The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee met on Thursday, August 17th at the College of Southern Maryland in Prince Frederick. Among the top things discussed were the events in Charlottesville, Virginia days before. The Central Committee discussed a public statement and its contents which can be read here.

Jason Fowler, a current candidate for Delegate in Calvert’s 27C District, spoke about several potentially winnable elections for Democrats in 2018, but that the largest challenge for each is groundwork. All the Democratic candidates will be facing an uphill battle in 2018, and with all their time consumed by engaging with voters they know will show up to the polls, there isn’t enough time to draw out the historical non-voters. This fact generated a discussion around the Central Committee focusing their efforts in drawing out the base of registered but non-voters in order to support all the Democratic candidates running in 2018.

With that in mind, the Central Committee is asking for volunteers to begin immediately. With over 35 thousand registered Democratic or unaffiliated voters to get in touch with in the next year, the Calvert Democrats need people to begin phone-banking and door-knocking right away. If you can spare a few hours a week to this, please get in touch with us right away.

The September meeting of the CCDCC will be on the 21st of September at 6:30pm. The location is yet to be determined, so check your email for an update.

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CCDCC Remarks on Charlottesville

Posted on 18 August 2017CCDCC

The Democratic Central Committee is heartbroken and horrified by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. The reality that white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK marched in American streets chanting racist sentiments, promoting violence, and committing an act of terrorism is detestable and intolerable. Bigotry and anti-Semitism have no place in America. Violence and hate have no place in America.

We are encouraged by the resolve that many leaders across the ideological spectrum have demonstrated in their condemnation of this atrocity and of enablers of such un-American values. Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush released a joint statement denouncing racism:

“America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms," they said in a statement. "As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded of the fundamental truths recorded by that city's most prominent citizen in the Declaration of Independence: we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights. We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham took a hard stance on Wednesday regarding the initial remarks at a White House news conference:

“Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like Ms. [Heather] Heyer. I, along with many others, do not endorse this moral equivalency … Many Republicans do not agree with and will fight back against the idea that the Party of Lincoln has a welcome mat out for the David Dukes of the world.”

Sen. John McCain tweeted, “There's no moral equivalency between racists & Americans standing up to defy hate & bigotry. The President of the United States should say so”

At this pivotal time in America’s history, our nation needs strong leadership: leadership that is not afraid to, without qualification, decry despicable acts regardless of political climate. We commend those who have chosen this path and look forward to others following their example. In the now immortal words of Heather Heyer, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”

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New Club Donation Totals

Posted on 11 August 2017CCDWC

The Democratic Club and Democratic Women's Club have engaged in a friendly competition to see which can generate the most donations for End Hunger in Calvert County. At the completion of the July meeting, the Democratic Club has generated a two month total of 383 pounds! The Women's Club has just met for its August gathering and brought their four month total up to over 528 pounds! Both clubs are averaging over a hundred pounds of food and hygiene needs donated per meeting! We commend them on their achievements and look forward to a long future of continued community investment.

If you would like to participate in this ongoing drive, bring items from this list to the next Democratic Club meeting on Tuesday, August 22th at 7pm at Adam's Taphouse in Prince Frederick, or the next Women's Club meeting on Tuesday, September 5th at 6:30 PM Adam's Taphouse. Or, you can drop your donations off at our office: 250 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick. The office is staffed Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 12:30 to 3:00 pm

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Women's Club Discusses Fund-Raising, Stress

Posted on 11 August 2017CCDWC

At the last Calvert County Women's Democratic Club meeting, Club members discussed the upcoming Picnic and Silent Auction event to be held on September 5th that will raise money for the Club's Scholarship Fund as well as the fundraiser at the upcoming county fair at the end of the month. A signup form was distributed for members to volunteer to create baskets for these events and donate items to be included in baskets, including gift cards to local businesses. Club President Renee LaFayette let everyone know that the "Join the Resistance" t-shirts made by the Central Committee were now available, and many members made donations to get a t-shirt. 

Afterwards, Yvonne Remz, who specializes in integrative manual therapy and runs her own practice in Calvert, spoke to the Club about ways to reduce stress that anyone can practice on their own. Club members tried a few of these methods during her presentation, which included deep breathing and ways to calm the body's natural "fight or flight" response.

Democratic Club Adds Voting Registrars, New Officers

Posted on 28 July 2017

Members of Calvert's Election Board joined this month's Club meeting to explain the voting process here in Calvert and get Club members certified to register new voters. This knowledge will be key when Precinct captains and volunteers start knocking on doors to talk about the importance of getting out to vote in the 2018 elections.

With longtime Club President Duwane Rager ready to pass the torch to a new group of leaders, the Club then held elections for new officers. Nick Fox, Jeanette Flaim and Natalie Lloyd-Shultz were elected as the Club's new President, Vice President and Secretary. If you have ideas or feedback for them, email calvertdemclub@gmail.com and share what you'd like to see at our next meeting.

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Statement from Obama on Recent Healthcare Vote

Posted on 28 July 2017CCDCC

Early this morning the Senate narrowly rejected a bill which would begin to roll back the protections of the ACA, or Obamacare, with a vote of 49-51. Obama’s spokesperson, Kevin Lewis, released former president Obama’s thoughts on the vote:

“The Affordable Care Act has always been about something bigger than politics -- it's about the character of our country. It's about the 20 million Americans and counting who've gained the security and peace of mind of health insurance, and the tens of millions more who benefited from upgrades like free preventive care, such as mammograms and vaccines and improvements in the quality of care in hospitals that have averted more than 100,000 deaths so far. It's about the dreams protected, and the untold misery and ruin prevented.

"Today, it remains that way because of everyone who mobilized, organized and made their voices heard. The Affordable Care Act has made America stronger and healthier, but there will always be more work to do. President Obama has always said we should build on this law, just as members of both parties worked together to improve Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid over the years. President Obama still believes that it is possible for Congress to demonstrate the necessary bipartisanship and political courage to keep delivering on the promise of quality, affordable health insurance for every American.”

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Central Committee Meeting Discussions and Highlights

Posted 21 July 2017CCDCC

The Central Committee held our July meeting at the Asbury this Thursday evening where the public was invited to participate in discussions of Committee business. Chair Hagner Mister opened the meeting with an acknowledgement of the work that needs to be done in Calvert County and thanks to the community for their support and engagement.

The Precinct program manager, Cindy Yoe, spoke about the progress thus far in getting the precinct organization up and ready for 2018. There is still a need for precinct captains in each of Calvert’s three districts. If you could spend a few hours a week getting out the vote for 2018, please sign up here or contact Cindy Yoe: yoedems@gmail.com. Also mentioned was the need for signage in public view to get out the word that Democrats are here in Calvert County. If you know of anyone who owns property along Route 2/4 anywhere in Calvert County, please contact us so that Democrats can make our presence known.

Mike Fitton presented an update from the Issues Team, which has made substantial progress researching the addiction epidemic in Maryland and Calvert County to provide Democratic candidates with knowledge and background on the issue. The work on addiction is nearing an end and will be turned over to the advocate groups in the Democratic Clubs for further work and to keep the issue up-to-date. The task force will then select another topic to work to benefit local candidates as well as the state in furtherance of the 2018 all-Maryland state party strategy. The final interim report will be ready for presentation in September or October.

Also presented for discussion was the Events Committee which will keep a record of Calvert County events where the Democratic Central Committee could participate and reach out to the community at large. If you are aware of any events through which the Calvert Democrats could engage with the public, please contact us and let us know.

We thank the Riverside Club for hosting this month’s meeting at the Asbury. The next meeting will be on Thursday, August 17th at 6:30 pm at the College of Southern Maryland in Prince Frederick, Room B112.

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Calvert County Young Dem Impacting National Politics

Posted on 21 July 2017

My name is Chad Leo, and over the past five years I have been a politically active youth advocate, fighting for my country to make our future a better and more stable place. I was born and raised in Calvert County, and am a rising Junior at Patuxent High School. I currently serve as Vice President of the Calvert Association of Student Councils, and CEO of a startup named Millennials for Office, constantly fighting to make the student Democratic voice heard loud and clear. Read more about my background here.

I am currently running for National Chair of the Young Democrats of America High School Caucus. YDAHSC is the national high school caucus of the Young Democrats of America, an organization that allows the youth to have a voice inside of the DNC and the DNC Executive Council. Our organization gives real power to this country’s youth, allowing them not only to be the leaders of tomorrow, but to be the leaders of today. The high school caucus is important in particular because it includes a younger generation and raises the student voice, broadening the base of the party and its local lobbying power.

I am running to make a change and help rebuild our party. Over the past few years, the Democratic Party has failed young people. They disregarded our voice, only asking for our vote. I am running to change the party’s attitude towards my generation and I am running to advocate, represent, and fight for my peers at the national level. In order to further our organization, my running mate, Tamir Harper, and I plan to add regional directors, create a diverse national team, secure crucial funding, and maintain an active presence at national events. We hope to raise the profile of YDAHSC and create a strong presence of young Democrats across the country. I need your help! I am currently trying to raise funds to attend the YDA National Convention in Dallas, Texas from August 9-12. Send a Marylander to fight for Maryland’s needs. I also need to turn out the vote with the high schoolers: any high school democrat is eligible to vote online from July 24 - August 7. Please send all support to 13448 Stowaway Court, Solomons, MD 20688 or on GoFund me and email me: chdleo0@gmail.com with any questions. Let’s show Dallas and the rest of the country what Calvert County is made out of! Thank you for your support.

 

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Calvert County Democratic Women Discuss 2018 Elections and More

Posted 14 July 2017CCDWC

The July meeting of the Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club was held on July 11th at Adam’s Taphouse in Prince Frederick. The final scholarship recipient, Crystal Gray, received her grant and spoke about attending St. Mary’s College in the fall to begin work towards a science degree. The Women’s Club wish Crystal a successful college career.

Mr. Greg Brown, former chair of the Calvert Democratic Central Committee, spoke enthusiastically to The Club about preparing for the 2018 elections. His message was: Think Precinct. Mr. Brown explained how important it is for Calvert Democrats to start building out a ground effort, and that means organizing at the local level. We will begin getting teams together in each precinct so that neighbors can talk to neighbors and encourage one another to stay engaged throughout the election cycle and make sure every one of our democratic neighbors gets to the polls on election day. To volunteer, or for more information about precinct organization, contact Cindy Yoe: yoedems@gmail.com or sign up here.

The next meeting of the Democratic Women’s Club will be on Tuesday, August 1st at 6:30 PM Adam's Taphouse, Prince Frederick. One of our Club's newest members is Yvonne Remz, PT, MTC. She has agreed to speak on "Anxiety and Stress Release Management." Many of us wake up every morning stressed and feeling overwhelmed because there is a new disaster for our country resulting from our Republican President and Congress. Ms. Yvonne Remz will be helping to identify mechanisms for dealing with these issues. There will be participant involvement. Don't miss this meeting. Perhaps she can help us all get through the next 3.5 years.

Att. Gen. Brian Frosh Stands for MD Voters

Posted on 07 July 2017AG Frosh

Last week, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (PEIC), formed to investigate what the President has called voter fraud despite lacking any evidence to support the claim, made a formal request to every state asking for the name, address, phone number, voting history, criminal background, military history and last 4 digits of social security number of every single voter.

Maryland, along with at least 43 other states so far, has formally denied the request. While Gov. Hogan has refused to take a position on the issue, Attorney General Brian Frosh has stood up to protect the rights and privacy of Maryland voters. Frosh said in a statement earlier this week, “I find this request for the personal information of millions of Marylanders repugnant; it appears designed only to intimidate voters and to indulge President Trump’s fantasy that he won the popular vote. Repeating incessantly a false story of expansive voter fraud, and then creating a commission to fuel that narrative, does not make it any more true. There is no evidence that the integrity of the 2016 election in Maryland - or any other state- was compromised by voter fraud.”

Watch Attorney General Brian Frosh defend his position, and the rights of Marylanders, in this video.

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Message from the Maryland State Democratic Party Chair

Posted on 04 July 2017MD party

"As we look forward to celebrating the birthday of our democracy, I've been thinking about what we as Democrats stand for beyond our resistance to Donald Trump. July 4 is a moment to recommit ourselves to the core values that have been the backbone of our democracy, and the issues that animate us as Democrats.

With the call to action to defend life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, our founding mothers and fathers, and forward-looking Democrats who succeeded them, imagined an America where people would wake up each day with hope knowing that our government would be working to protect their basic rights.

Democrats understand that we all want and deserve the dignity and opportunity of a job with a fair wage and benefits to support oneself and one's family. After the Great Depression, FDR wisely added retirement benefits to reward a lifetime of work and provide security in one's senior years. LBJ envisioned health security for our seniors with Medicare, and low-income families with Medicaid. President Obama extended that right to 20 million more Americans who lacked coverage through the Affordable Care Act. He also knew that these basic rights would be meaningless without protecting our air, water, and climate.

Democrats know that achieving the American dream requires strong public schools that level the playing field for young people regardless of income, gender or race. And it requires an open heart and warm welcome to immigrants who seek opportunity to work and become Americans in our land of opportunity. Those are the values we will celebrate this holiday weekend at picnics, parades, and family parties all across our beautiful state of Maryland.

And when we're done with our celebration, we will take up the cause again next week to resist and renew our efforts to protect Marylanders' health care, strong public schools, clean water and air, and freedoms.

Happy Independence Day!

Onward,

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Kathleen Matthews
Chair"

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Gubernatorial Races Gearing Up, Need You

Posted on 30 June 2017

There are a number of Democratic Gubernatorial races building momentum in Maryland. Several of them are actively seeking staffers for their 2018 campaigns. While compensation would be meager, there is a lot to gain from the experience! See what a campaign looks like from the inside while working to turn the Maryland Executive Branch Blue!

If you know who you're going to support with your vote, contact us to see how you can support them as they run.

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Democratic Club Talks Addiction, Precincts and Fighting Hunger

Posted on 30 June 2017cdcc

The Calvert Democratic Club held its monthly meeting on June 27th at Adam's Ribs in Prince Frederick. Guest speakers Candice D'Agostino of the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse (CAASA) as well as Sheriff Mike Evans and Drug Intelligence Officer Joe Winter of the Calvert Sheriff's Office started off the meeting by discussing the opioid crisis in the county and what's being done to address it through prevention, policing, and treatment.

Afterwards the Club turned its attention to the importance of finding precinct captains and other precinct volunteers for the upcoming 2018 elections. To volunteer, or for more information about becoming a volunteer, contact Cindy Yoe: yoedems@gmail.com.

Club members also answered a call to fight hunger in the county by donating 346 pounds of food to End Hunger in Calvert, taking the lead in the Club's friendly competition with the Women's Club to see who can donate more. The Club will be holding elections at its July 25th meeting to fill vacant or soon-to-be-vacant officer positions for President, Vice President and Secretary and is encouraging members to come out and get involved.

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We Mourn the Loss of Pearl Miller

Posted on 30 June 2017

Sadly, our beloved Pearl Miller, who had been ill for some time, passed away in her sleep.

Viewing: Sunday, July 2nd, 5:00 PM-8:00 PM Rausch Funeral Home, 8325 Mount Harmony Lane, Owings, MD 20736

Funeral Service: Monday, July 3rd, 11:00 AM All Saints Episcopal Church, 100 Lower Marlboro Road, Sunderland, MD 20689

No flowers, please.

Contributions: Calvert Senior Health Foundation, P.O. Box 596, Owings, MD 20736

Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 348, Prince Frederick, MD 20678

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CCDWC at the 22nd African American Family Community Day

Posted on 20 June 2017CCDWC

The Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club was at Jefferson Patterson Park to participate in the 22nd annual African American Family Community Day hosted by the Calvert County NAACP. The event included a bike raffle, door prizes, vendors with food and merchandise, walking the grounds of the park, and a tour of Sukeek’s Cabin. The highlight of the day was the Talent show, where contestant after contestant came up and showed their skills.

The Democratic Women’s Club manned a booth in the fairground. We had a lot of opportunity to talk to fair-goers about our club, what we stand for, and what we do. We also had crafts for the younger attendees. Despite the rain towards the end of the day, everyone had a good time. We thank the NAACP for hosting such an entertaining event. As promised, there was plenty of food, fun, and fellowship.

Central Committee Meeting Highlights

Posted on 16 June 2017CCDCC

The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee met on Thursday, June 15th. It was a busy meeting with a full agenda which included the election of two gender balance members and new officers. The Central Committee is saddened to lose the leadership of the current Chair, Greg Brown, and current Vice-Chair, Tricia Powell, who are stepping down. We thank them for their guidance and direction over these last several years.

The two gender balance vacancies were filled by Mr. Jeffrie Long and Mr. Mike Fitton. Jeff Long is a welcome addition to the Central Committee as a multi-generation Calvert County resident, an Executive Associate Minister in a local church, and a staffer in a Maryland Senator’s office. Mike Fitton, being a life-long practitioner in information technology and Director of IT at an intellectual property law firm, has been pivotal in the recent digital transition of the Central Committee.

Two Associates Members were then elected, Dr. Henry Gabelnick and Mr. Mike Mahar. Henry Gabelnick has had a career in biomedical research starting at NIH and then as a grantee of USAID. He worked primarily on women's health technology and is Professor Emeritus at Eastern Virginia Medical School. The new Executive Committee was elected next. Mr. Hagner Mister was elected Chair, Mr. David Salazar was elected Vice-Chair, Ms. Beth Swoap was elected Treasurer, and Mr. Jeff Long was elected Secretary.

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Precinct Captains and Volunteers Needed!

CCDCCPosted on 16 June 2017

The Calvert County Central Committee has already begun preparing for the extremely important election in 2018. The BEST way to reach voters is volunteering within your precinct. Right now, the CCDCC needs your help.

If you could spend a few hours a week getting out the vote for 2018, Please contact Cindy Yoe at CindyYoe@gmail.com

 

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CCDWC at the Green Expo

Posted on 10 June 2017

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The Calvert County Women’s Club spent Saturday, June 3rd at the Annual Green Expo and Craft Fair hosted by the Calvert County Citizen’s Green Team at Annmarie Gardens. The Calvert Green Expo highlights environmentally-friendly products, services, ideas, and gifts. The Green Expo allows visitors to connect with local groups, learn about energy-saving techniques, and hear about living more sustainably. The Women’s Club hosted an informational booth designed to educate Expo visitors as to recent environmental legislation, group activities, and voter registration. There was also a table set up for crafting. Kids of all ages enjoyed making windmills from recycled magazines and donkeys from recycled cardboard.

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Photography by Jackie Cutlip-Niles

Women's Club Awards Scholarships

Posted on 10 June 2017

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The Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club met on Tuesday night, June 6th, for their regular monthly meeting. This month the Club presented three of its four scholarships to deserving seniors, one from each Calvert High School. 2017 Scholarship recipients Kelsey Duprey, Patuxent High School, Fiona Dolan Northern HS, and Emma Dodsworth Calvert HS, were presented with their $1,000 checks. Kelsey will be attending Stevenson University to study nursing and biology and plans to become a midwife. Fiona will be starting at the University of MD, College Park to study computer programming. Emma will attend Washington College to study environmental science and biology. All the attendants were pleased to meet these accomplished young woman who were chosen by the Scholarship committee.

Join the Summer of Resistance and Renewal

Posted on 01 June 2017MD Party

We’re ready to organize, mobilize and vote in 2018. Are you?

Join us for a kick-off rally for our "Summer of Resistance and Renewal" on June 3 from 2-3 pm at Lawyers' Mall in Annapolis. RSVP at our Facebook event.

We're already resisting Trump's disastrous agenda that threatens Marylanders' health care, jobs, public schools and the Bay - with no help from his surrogate, Governor Larry Hogan.

But we're also focusing on renewal and how Democrats are fighting for all Marylanders.

We'll hear from our party leaders -- elected officials, union leaders and progressive activists.

As a way to give back to our communities, please bring a bag of non-perishable food items to share with families in need.

At the end of the rally, we will divide the food to send back to our 23 counties and Baltimore City to show that Democrats care for all Marylanders - because we’re all in this together! Learn more

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Senate Healthcare Bill Unveiled

Posted on 23 June 2017Healthcare

Senate Republicans, after meeting in private since the House passed the American Health Care Bill (AHCA), unveiled their new Healthcare bill on Thursday. Despite immediate criticisms from several Senate Republicans, the AARP, the American Hospital Association, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and the Association of American Medical Colleges, Senate Republicans are racing toward a vote with the hopes of putting this bill on the schedule as early as this Thursday (29 June).

Democrats should carefully watch in-depth analyses and scoring of the recently released Senate Bill on healthcare. At first blush it has many disturbing features, but the negotiations on its details are far from over. We can be proud of our Maryland senators who have publicly come out with comments particularly concerning loss of funding of Medicaid and Planned Parenthood.

Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen said the bill would hurt the rural areas of the country who depend on Medicaid funding. Senator Ben Cardin has said that he believes the Senate bill is even worse than the House bill. He mentioned the strain it would put on the 1.2 million Marylanders who rely on Medicaid and that this bill would force the state to pick up the medical costs of these people.

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Central Committee Meeting Highlights

Posted on 15 June 2017Calvert County Democratic Central Committee

The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee met on Thursday, June 15th. It was a busy meeting with a full agenda which included the election of two gender balance members and new officers. The Central Committee is saddened to lose the leadership of the current Chair, Greg Brown, and current Vice-Chair, Tricia Powell, who are stepping down. We thank them for their guidance and direction over these last several years.

The two gender balance vacancies were filled by Mr. Jeffrie Long and Mr. Mike Fitton. Jeff Long is a welcome addition to the Central Committee as a multi-generation Calvert County resident, an Executive Associate Minister in a local church, and a staffer in a Maryland Senator’s office. Mike Fitton, being a life-long practitioner in information technology and Director of IT at an intellectual property law firm, has been pivotal in the recent digital transition of the Central Committee.

Two Associates Members were then elected, Dr. Henry Gabelnick and Mr. Mike Mahar. Henry Gabelnick has had a career in biomedical research starting at NIH and then as a grantee of USAID. He worked primarily on women's health technology and is Professor Emeritus at Eastern Virginia Medical School. The new Executive Committee was elected next. Mr. Hagner Mister was elected Chair, Mr. David Salazar was elected Vice-Chair, Ms. Beth Swoap was elected Treasurer, and Mr. Jeff Long was elected Secretary.

Other agenda items included discussions ranging from tee-shirts, to County publicity, to fundraising. Be sure to attend the next Central Committee meeting and make sure your voice is heard: July 20th at 6:30 pm at the Asbury in Solomons.

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Another Successful Pax River Wade-In

Posted on 14 June 2017

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Sunday, June 11th saw the continuation of what has become a long-standing tradition in Calvert County: the Bernie Fowler Patuxent River Wade-In. Several Environmental organizations were at the event to support the necessity of focusing on Patuxent water quality. The Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Lab (PEARL) showcased an exhibit which demonstrated how oysters provide natural filtration for the waters.

NASA hosted a booth explaining the P.A.C.E (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud and ocean Ecosystem) mission. PACE is designed to fill gaps in our ability to monitor fisheries, identify harmful algae blooms, and improve our understanding of air quality and Earth’s climate.

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Also featured was an address by Rep. Steny Hoyer highlighting the effectiveness of Fowler’s years of dedication. This was evident by the Goddard scientists who were there to validate Fowler’s efforts with satellite data confirming the continual improvement in Patuxent water quality.

The Wade-In commenced as the group walked arm-in-arm into the Patuxent. As a boy, Fowler remembers being able to see his white sneakers while he stood chest-high in the Patuxent waters. Being a tall boy, that was between 55 and 60 inches. The group walked until they lost sight of their shoes. The official tape recorded the depth at 44.5 inches. While we still have work to do, it’s encouraging that this year’s depth is up from last year’s 31 inches. Great work Bernie Fowler!

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Women’s Club June Meeting Highlights

Posted on 07 June 2017CCDWC

The Calvert County Democratic Women’s Club met on Tuesday night, June 6th, for their regular monthly meeting. This month the Club presented three of its four scholarships to deserving seniors, one from each Calvert High School. 2017 Scholarship recipients Kelsey Duprey, Patuxent High School, Fiona Dolan Northern HS, and Emma Dodsworth Calvert HS, were presented with their $1,000 checks. Kelsey will be attending Stevenson University to study nursing and biology and plans to become a midwife. Fiona will be starting at the University of MD, College Park to study computer programming. Emma will attend Washington College to study environmental science and biology. All the attendants were pleased to meet these accomplished young woman who were chosen by the Scholarship committee.

The Club was glad to have two speakers from the Calvert County NAACP, Mr. Michael Kent and Mr. Malcolm Funn. Mr. Kent spoke about the history of Calvert County African American education, while Mr. Funn shared some knowledge of segregation and the local African American experience. Both gentlemen were insightful and provided the audience with new and interesting perspectives.

Food donations brought to the meeting amounted to 123 pounds. That tops the donation from last month by more than 17 pounds.

Hogan Vetoes HB1

Posted on 26 May 2017

Governor Hogan vetoed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act this week. This piece of legislation, five years in the making, requires businesses employing more than 15 workers to provide paid sick leave for hours worked. Under this law, workers would accrue one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 56 hours per year.

The Maryland Democratic Party released a statement, saying:

"Hard work should pay off, and working Marylanders shouldn't have to decide between a paycheck and taking care of themselves and their families.

"Democrats brought all sides of the table together to extend earned sick leave to more than 700,000 Marylanders.

"Instead of heeding the calls of working Marylanders, Gov. Larry Hogan dismissed them.

"Voters will remember in next year's election that Gov. Larry Hogan put his own agenda ahead of the health of working Marylanders and their families."

HB1 passed the General Assembly with enough votes to override the veto in the next session, and the Democrats have made it clear that this will be a priority.

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Democratic Club Supports Paid Sick Leave

Posted 26 May 2017Club

On Tuesday May 23rd the Calvert Democratic Club gathered for its monthly meeting. The Club discussed holding elections to fill several vacant officer positions and the importance of finding precinct captains prior to the 2018 election cycle.

Club members also spent time writing postcards to urge Governor Hogan to pass HB 1, the Healthy Working Families Act. The Governor vetoed the bill Thursday afternoon, denying 700,000 Marylanders the chance to earn up to 5 sick days a year. 

Future Club meetings will be held the 4th Tuesday of every month at Adam's Ribs in Prince Frederick. The next meeting will be Tuesday June 27th. For more updates, visit the Club's Facebook page or follow the Club on Twitter

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Central Committee Meeting Notes

Posted on 18 May 2017Central Committee

The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee was proud to host the newly elected Maryland State Democratic Party Chair, Kathleen Matthews, as our guest speaker at this month’s Committee meeting. The meeting was held at the Asbury in conjunction with the Riverside Club and it was inspiring to see so many community members turn out for this important conversation.

Matthews discussed the shortcomings of the 2016 election, both on the National scene and here in Maryland. She believes that there is a single root cause of both disappointments: the Democratic Party’s lack of attention to rural voters. While Democratic turnout was huge in city centers and densely populated regions like Baltimore City and Annapolis, not many Democrats showed up to vote in the more rural areas. As a first step to remedying this, Matthews is traveling around Maryland in an effort to listen to the needs and concerns of all Democrats. She notes that the needs of Montgomery County are different from those of Calvert County and is trying to put together a Democratic approach which will reconcile those differences.

After speaking, Matthews opened the floor up for questions and comments. Roughly a dozen citizens spoke on issues ranging from the environmental impact of the LNG refinery at Cove Point to broadband access and internet connectivity. There were also several candidates who had the opportunity to speak: Margaret Phipps who is running for Registrar of Wills; Julia Nichols, who is running for Delegate in 29c; Jason Fowler, who is running for Delegate in 27c; and Holly Budd, who is running for Calvert County Board of Commissioners.

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Time to Call for Special Prosecution

Posted on 11 May 2017

On May 9th, President Trump took the shocking step of firing James Comey, the Director of the FBI and leader of the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged coordination with Russia during the 2016 election. This is only the second time an FBI Director has been fired and the first time during an FBI investigation of the campaign of the President who fired him.

The reasons given for Comey’s firing have been difficult to understand and increasingly contradictory. While Trump’s staff has claimed that the decision was made at the recommendation of his Justice Department, Trump himself has stated that he made the decision long before receiving that recommendation. The New York Times has reported that the recommendation to fire Comey came from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the direct request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. That request, if made, was made despite Sessions’ recusal of any activity surrounding either the Russia investigation or the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server. While there is still a great deal of confusion about precisely why Comey was fired, both the Russia investigation and the handling of Hillary Clinton’s email investigation have been referenced.

The timing of Comey’s firing is incredibly suspicious and comes when the Russia investigation is building steam. Just a few weeks ago, Comey confirmed to the Senate that the Trump Campaign was under FBI investigation for collaborating with Russia during the election. This is why Chuck Schumer publicly called for the appointment of a special prosecutor and an independent commission which “must be run as far away as possible from this White House." If you’d like to add your voice to Sen. Schumer’s, you can call the Department of Justice (202-353-1555) and insist that Mr. Rosenstein appoint an independent special prosecutor to investigate Russia's involvement with the Trump campaign and the 2016 election.

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MD Democratic Party Elects a New Chair

Posted on 06 May 2017MD Democratic Party

With an overwhelming majority of votes, including the backing of the party’s senior elected officials, Kathleen Matthews became the Maryland Democratic Party Chair earlier today.

Matthews, a businesswoman and former television journalist from Montgomery County, has been serving as interim chair since March 1st, when Bruce Poole stepped down. She has voiced a determination to harness the grass-roots political activism that has sprung up since the election of Donald Trump in an attempt to channel it into the party going forward.

While registered democrats hold a near 2 to 1 majority in Maryland overall, the 2014 election still resulted in several losses of statehouse seats and the defeat of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) to our current Governor, Larry Hogan (R). These losses are indicative of a disconnected Democratic party and a passive voter base. Matthews believes she can bring the party back together and energize it for the upcoming 2018 election.

Beyond Matthews’ efforts to resist state-level impacts of the Trump administration and replace Gov. Hogan in 2018, she has also promised to revitalize the state party infrastructure, mainly by implementing an “all-Maryland strategy” to recruit and support candidates across the state. We wish our new chair the best going forward and look forward to working with her for a successful 2018.

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University System of Maryland Gives 21 Grants to Promote Open-Source Textbook Use

Posted on 24 April 2017

Twenty-one faculty members from 12 state universities and community colleges will receive a series of "mini grants" from the University System of Maryland to help them expand open education resources (OERs) and mitigate student fees. The Maryland Open Source Textbook initiative's High-Impact OER Mini-Grant Program provides faculty with funding between $500 and $2,500 to adopt, adapt, scale or create open education resources (OERs) for their classes.

OERs are openly-licensed academic resources such as scholarly articles and texts that professors can reuse, redistribute and reconfigure how they like. These resources are used in place of traditional textbooks and bear no costs for students.

Half of community college students work full time and may face other economic pressures that go beyond paying for tuition, fees and books. These 21 grants are expected to save students enrolled in these courses $1.3 million in textbook costs for the fall 2017 semester.

The Textbook Cost Savings Act of 2017, sponsored by state Sen. Jim Rosapepe and Del. William Frick, will provide the system with $100,000 to promote the use of open education resources in fiscal 2019, allowing the system to provide more mini-grants in the future.

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A Day for Science in DC, World

Posted on 23 April 2017

April 22nd, Earth Day, 2017 saw a well-organized and far-reaching movement from the scientific community across the world. Rallies and marches took place in over 600 locations worldwide, from the ocean floor in the Pacific, to the icy terrain of Antarctica.

The largest event was in Washington D.C., where scientists and science activists came from all over the nation to support science and scientific funding. Despite a chilly rain, marchers enjoyed a full morning rally which included scientists of all forms of study, each with their own message of urgency for investing in scientific advancement and achievement for the benefit of all life on earth, not the least of which being human. Then these scientists and science supporters took to the street. The route took marchers from Constitution Ave between the white house and the Washington Monument, to the Capitol Building.

The movement has sprung out of what the organizers have described as “an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery.” The organizers hope to “unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.” If you’d like to Join the Movement, you can find out more about the link between science and public policy here.

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Unveiling of Harriet Elizabeth Brown Portrait

Posted on 04 May 2017

Please join us
to Celebrate the Unveiling of
the Court House Portrait of
HARRIET ELIZABETH BROWN
by Maryland Portrait Artist Ann Munro Wood

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 1:30 p.m.
Networking from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Calvert County Court House
175 Main Street, Prince Frederick, Maryland 20678
The ceremony will be on the court house lawn.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be inside the court house.
Hosted by
The Judges of the Circuit Court for Calvert County
The Honorable Marjorie L. Clagett (County Administrative Judge),
the Honorable E. Gregory Wells and the Honorable Mark S. Chandlee
AND
The Harriet Elizabeth Brown Commemoration Task Force
Margaret Dunkle (Chair), Commissioner Pat Nutter, Daniel Curry, Joyce Freeland,
Guffrie Smith, Delegate Michael Jackson, Malcolm Funn
Light Refreshments
No RSVP Necessary

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House Passes GOP Health Care Bill

Posted on 04 May 2017Healthcare

Yesterday saw the narrow passage of the American Heath Care Act (AHCA) in the House. While it still needs to go through the Senate, who will likely demand changes for it to pass, the bill as it stands now would largely repeal the Affordable Care At (ACA). In March, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the GOP bill would end coverage for 24 million people. The amended bill which just passed the house as had no CBO review. In fact the whole process led by House Republicans has had very little review by stakeholders and the public. Many reputable organizations such as the AARP, the medical community, and the insurance industry have all come out against this bill.

The AHCA would erase tax increases the ACA places on higher-earners and the health industry. States could get federal waivers from key ACA coverage requirements. With waivers, insurers could charge people with pre-existing conditions at far higher rates than healthy customers, boost prices for older people to whatever they wish, and ignore a mandate that they cover specified services like pregnancy care.

Those who will be most adversely effected by the AHCA are the poor, the aging, people with pre-existing conditions, and women. In fact, the only people who appear to benefit from this bill are high income earners, medical insurers, and large employers. We here at the CCDCC are dismayed by the passage of such a reckless piece of legislation, and urge the Senate to reject it outright.

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Call To Action: The EPA Wants to Hear From You

Posted on 28 April 2017

In February, the Trump Administration issued Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.” According to this directive, Federal Agencies, like the EPA, are instructed to implement “task Forces” to review and existing regulations and make recommendations to repeal, replace or modify them. Part of that process requires input from the citizens who are effected by those regulations. Visit the EPA’s regulatory website and leave a comment regarding the EPA’s regulations and their importance today! Be sure to let them know how much you appreciate the clean water and air we all enjoy today. All comments must be submitted by May 15th.

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CCDCC Candidate’s Academy Update

Posted on 28 April 2017

The Calvert County Democrats Candidate Academy held their second meeting this month, on Sunday April 25th. This month, candidates were treated to a special presentation by the MD State party on access to the VAN system.  They also met with a teachers' representative and learned about issues educators face here in Calvert County.  Other union leaders were also on hand to discussed the basic structure of the labor movement and how to get union endorsements.  Next month, the Candidates Academy will be discussing water and the Chesapeake Bay.
 

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Calvert Democratic Club Charts New Course

Posted on 21 April 2017Dem Club

Over the years the Calvert Democratic Club has been more of a social club, but recent meetings have brought out big crowds eager to get involved and create change at the county, state, and national level. At this month's meeting, members discussed the future of the Club and took the first steps toward creating a more organized, hands-on group.

Members divided into committees that will begin to help shape both internal and external Club business, including:

  • planning future meetings
  • developing new Club bylaws
  • maintaining effective communications
  • identifying community outreach opportunities
  • focusing on local, state, and national issues
  • determining how to help organize within the county's precincts
  • recruiting and retaining new members
  • preparing a Club budget and suggesting fundraising initiatives

If you're interested in getting involved with any of the groups above or in other ways, please join the Club for it's next meeting. More details about meeting time and location will be posted in early May.

For more information about the Demacratic Club, follow them on FaceBook and Twitter, or email the Club today.

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CCDCC Meeting Highlights

Posted on 21 April 2017Central Committee

Among the agenda items discussed was the community repose to and progress of our Candidate’s Academy, the next meeting will be on Sunday, April 23rd.

Also discussed was the Women’s Club Scholarship Committee. The Democratic Women’s Club awards four scholarships every year. One scholarship for a deserving senior at each of Calvert County’s four high schools. The Central Committee agreed to coordinate with the Women’s club to fully fund the scholarships for this year.

Upcoming events discussed were the Charles County Democratic Central Committee’s Annual Truman Kennedy Dinner on May 5th, and the Anne Arundel Democratic Central Committee Annual Celebration Dinner on May 11th.

The last item was to elect a new member for the vacant seat left by the unfortunate passing of our dear friend and leader, Cliff Savoy. There were several well-qualified applicants, but the Committee voted unanimously to install Mr. David Salazar of St. Leonard. We’d like to wish a warm congratulations to Mr. Salazar, and look forward to his addition to the Committee.

Be sure to attend the next meeting on May 18th at 6:30 pm at the Asbury in Solomons to stay current and be heard on all CCDCC news and issues.

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Office of Attorney General Impact 2017 Legislation

Posted on 21 April 2017AG Frosh

This was a busy session in the General Assembly, with a good deal of movement on several issues. The Office of our Attorney General, Brian Frosh, has been busy lobbying for several key pieces of legislation this session. Maryland’s General Assembly passed the Maryland Defense Act of 2017, which gives the Office of the AG the authority to bring civil or criminal charges against the federal government. AG Frosh has already voiced his determination to use his office to block any Muslim ban that comes out of the Trump administration, despite Governor Hogan’s silence on the matter.

The Attorney General also co-sponsored legislation which gives the office the authority to prosecute pharmaceutical manufacturers for price-gauging, a piece of legislation which is the first of its kind in the nation.

Also strongly supported by the Attorney General’s Office, Pretrail Justice Reform, seeks to eliminate bail for people charged with minor offenses. Many of the people prosecuted for such crimes cannot afford the bail and end up jailed while awaiting trial. AG Brian Frosh argued that this practice was likely unconstitutional, and the Judiciary adopted new procedures to ensure that citizens will not continue to be imprisoned for poverty.

Finally, the General Assembly asked the AG Office in 2016 to examine sexual assault investigation practices. Among the findings were that there were more than 3,500 untested rape kits statewide and the AG issued recommendations to improve policies and practice. Thus, legislation was enacted to ensure the retention of sexual assault evidence kits for 20 years and to increase the resources for victims of sexual assaults.

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Highlights from the 2017 Legislative Session

Posted on 15 April 2017

Today marks the final day of this legislative session. It has been a busy session seeing a good deal of movement. These are the 15 largest items to be enacted from this session.

1. Maryland Healthy Working Families Act: Businesses with 15 or more employees are now required to provide five paid sick days a year. Workers can accrue one sick hour for every 30 hours worked, up to 56 hours a year.

2. Hydraulic Fracturing Prohibition: Maryland has banned the use of the hydraulic fracturing process of natural gas extraction, known as fracking, through the state.

3. Protect Our Schools Act: Sets parameters for the Maryland Department of Education and school board in implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which balance test scores with opportunity indicators to provide a fuller picture of student achievement. Also, prevents the state from privatizing lower-performing schools.

4. Maryland Defense Act: Empowers the Attorney General to bring civil or criminal charges against the federal government. The measure increases the state’s ability to pursue its own best interests when they conflict with the federal government.

5. Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Act: Establishes a commission to monitor any federal changes to healthcare and provide recommendations to the state, and to local municipalities when appropriate, to mitigate those changes.

6. Continuity of Care: Ensures the continued funding of the services provided through Planned Parenthood throughout the state, regardless of changes made in federal funding.

7. Oyster Management Action: Bars watermen from oyster sanctuaries until the Department of Natural Resources can complete a survey, study, and report on them.

8. Cownose Rays Moratorium: Halts all fishing in Maryland water for cownose rays until July 1, 2019. Requires the Department of Natural Recourses to complete and present a management plan on cownose rays by December 31, 2018.

9. Collective Bargaining: Recognizes the right of the employees of Maryland Environmental Services to organize, like other state employees. Maryland Environmental Services will recognize the authority of an employee organization elected by the employees to represent them.

10. Prince George’s County Regional Medical Center Act: Provides $100 million from 2018 through 2028 for operating grants for the Prince George’s County Regional Medical Center.

11. Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse Survivors: Increases the statute of limitations for a survivor of sexual abuse as a minor to file civil charges against the attacker from the survivor’s age of 25 to the age of 38.

12. Calculation of Energy Efficiency Cost-Effectiveness: Extends the EmPower Maryland Initiative of 2008, requiring the state’s top five electric utilities to provide their customers with energy-efficiency programs and services. The goal is to cut Maryland energy consumption by 2% per year.

13. Budget Reconciliation Act: The General Assembly passed a $1.1 billion budget, which included a revision on the adoption of new school construction moving the authority out of the Public Works Department. The new budget also includes $10 million allocated for combatting Maryland’s opioid abuse epidemic.

14. Study Universal Access to Prekindergarten: Establishes a working group to study the feasibility of offering universal access to prekindergarten for 4-year-olds throughout the state. The workgroup is tasked with creating and presenting an implementation plan to the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education by September 1, 2017.

15. Public Integrity Act: Tightens Maryland Ethics laws, increasing financial disclosure requirements and expanding the definition of what constitutes a conflict of interest for public officials.

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Maryland Protects Planned Parenthood

Posted on 08 April 2017

Maryland has become the first state to takes steps to protect Planned Parenthood amid threats of Federal defunding. The Maryland legislature passed the bill with a veto-proof majority, which went unsigned by Gov. Hogan past the Wednesday midnight deadline to sign or veto, along with 14 other pieces of legislation. As a result, the measure took effect on Thursday. Currently, two other states are debating similar legislation.

Maryland Planned Parenthood services nearly 25,000 patients throughout the state, utilizing nine health care centers. This measure ensures that those patients will continue to receive quality care including access to birth control, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, women’s health screenings and more.

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Call to Action, Fully Fund the Education Budget

Posted on 07 April 2017

The Calvert Board of County Commissioners need to fully fund the county education budget to take a small step toward paying county teachers the money they are owed in their contract and to take a step toward returning Calvert County's schools as one of the best school systems in the nation. We ask that the county commissioners fully fund the education budget and work to restore all lost teacher pay steps in the future.

Sign a petition to fully fund the the Calvert Schools Budget today

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Membership Openings on the Calvert County Democratic Central Committee

Posted on 07 April 2017

The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee is considering candidates to fill three positions. One is to replace the vacancy in the 1st District. The other two positions constitute at-large, gender-balance vacancies. Any gentleman, registered as a Democrat in Calvert County, who would like to be elected must submit a written request, along with a resume, to the Calvert County Democratic Central Committee, P.O. Box 2063, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 or may email it to calvertdems@gmail.com by Monday, April 17th. Interviews will be held on April 20, 2017 at our regularly scheduled meeting.

The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee is the governing body of, and official spokesman for the Democratic Party in Calvert County.

Some of the duties of the Central Committee are to establish and operate an effective Democratic political organization for Calvert County; to seek to register new voters as Democrats; to encourage those already registered otherwise to change their registration so that they can join us and vote in our Primaries; to encourage all citizens to register to vote and to participate in each and every election; to help educate and motivate citizens to speak out on local, state, national, and international matters in a civil manner; to secure the election of all duly nominated Democratic candidates; to fill vacancies in, and in nominations for, public office; to coordinate and assist Democratic activities in Calvert County; to periodically submit to the governor the names of proposed members of the Board of Supervisors of Elections of Calvert County, and any other boards, as requested; to engage in fundraising to support the activities enumerated above; to promote the values, principles, objectives and platform of the Democratic Party; and to engage in such other activities as are reasonably necessary and proper to accomplish the foregoing purposes.

Central Committee Members and Associates must be committed to attend monthly meetings as well as meetings held from time to time by the Maryland State Democratic Central Committee, to volunteer time to work booths, and to actively participate in strengthening our county-wide precinct organization.

For additional information, please contact Greg Brown, Chairman.

gregbrown_va@yahoo.com 410-474-1344.

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Good turnout for the CCDCC Candidate Academy

Posted on 31 March 2017

The first class of the Candidate Academy convened last week, and was met by about a dozen people interested in running for office in Calvert County. This class featured the knowledge of former State Delegate Sue Kullen, who articulated for the would-be candidates the emotional effects of both victory and defeat on the campaign trail.

Students also received a beneficial explanation from Tyler Redenbaugh of the Maryland State Democratic Party of how it can be a useful tool for candidates once they file as a Democratic Candidate. Lastly, Ebony Sherbert-Parran from the Maryland State Board of Elections gave an overview of campaign finance.

The academy has agreed to meet once a month to help candidates along as they begin the intimidating journey towards public service. Once all the candidates file, there will be a special class held for the treasurers on each campaign delving deeper into campaign finance and its complexity.

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Safe Storage and Disposal of Opioids

Posted on 24 March 2017

Safe Storage and Disposal of Opioids

Storage:

The abuse of opioids is a significant public safety concern. Experts believe that more than 8.5 million Americans are currently abusing prescription medication, and addiction often begins at a young age. Teenagers and young adults most commonly get these medicines from their own medicine cabinets, where another family member has stored them. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), four in five new heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers. The availability of opioids has fueled the steep increase of addiction. “Today, more people now die from overdoses of prescription drugs than they do of illegal drugs like heroin or cocaine,” says Jim Davis, of the New Mexico Department of Health.

Opioid medications need to be stored securely, according to the National Safety Council, preferably locked up “just the way you would if you keep a firearm in your home.” Some tips include:

  • Choose a location in your house that is up and away and out of sight of children and visitors.
  • Install a lock or use a locking medicine cabinet.
  • Return medication to your secure location after every use.
  • Avoid leaving medication or pill containers on countertops, tables or nightstands in open view where they can be easily accessed by others.
  • Do not keep loose pills in easily opened plastic bags or containers in your purse, luggage or office drawer. Locking travel cases are available to carry prescription medicines.
  • Carefully note when and how much medicine you take in order to keep track of how much is left.

 

Disposal:

Removing unused and expired medications from your home is the best way to ensure they won’t be used inappropriately. The Calvert County Prescription Drug Abuse Abatement Council partners with CAASA and the DEA on the Drug Take Back days. Held twice a year in April and September, these events provide the community the opportunity to dispose of unused and expired medications safely. The next Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be on April 29th from 10am to 2pm. Locations accepting prescriptions on this date are: Northeast Community Center, Chesapeake Beach; Mt. Hope Community Center, Sunderland; Southern Community Center, Lusby; MSP Barrack "U", Prince Frederick; and the Sheriff's Office, Prince Frederick.

Throughout the year, there are two prescription drug drop boxes available 24/7 for residents wanting to properly dispose of their unused medications. They are located at:

the Calvert County Sheriff Office, 30 Church Street, Prince Frederick
Box is located on the porch to the left of the front entry
Maryland State Police Barrack, "U", 210 Main Street, Prince Frederick
Box is located on the sidewalk near the front door

Using either the drop boxes or the community takeback day locations are safe and convenient. There are never any questions asked. Simply swing by and leave with the knowledge that your unused and expired medications won’t be abused or misused.

If these options are not convenient for you, visit the National Safety Council for more information about safe medication disposal.

If you or someone you know is in need of help with a substance abuse problem, call 1-800-662-4357 to receive help today.

 

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Calvert County Supports Teachers at Budget Hearing

Posted on 24 March 2017 

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Calvert came out to the Board of Commissioners (BOCC) Budget Hearing on Tuesday night to show support for Calvert Education. The Calvert Education Association (CEA) hosted a rally and march before the hearing where 200 residents formed a “human bridge” along West Dares Beach Road from N Prince Frederick Blvd down towards Solomons Island Road.

Passersby were greeted with waves and cheers. Many drivers honked in support as they drove by inducing cheers and claps from the rally-goers. The CEA turned the rally into a march as the Budget Hearing approached, and those 200 people marched their way up West Dares Road to Calvert Pines to sign up to speak to our County Commissioners about fully funding the teachers’ contract and restoring the contractual losses the teachers have been incurring for years.

In a response to the nationwide economic downturn of 2009 which left Calvert County underfunded, the teachers of Calvert County accepted a drastic decrease in their contractual compensation. It was a one-year contract, and specifically stipulated that if additional money should come into the school system that is not needed for operating expenses, those funds would be used to raise the salaries to the previously negotiated levels. That has not yet happened.

Teachers, parents, students, spiritual leaders, and residents of all stripes came to the budget hearing on Tuesday night to ask the Commissioners to follow through on this promise and finally bring teachers’ (and supporting staff’s) salaries back up to what their contract stipulated. Dennis Mooney, president of the CEA, pointed out to the BOCC that its habitual decisions to short-change the teachers’ contracts has led to faculty attrition and an inability to attract the best new educators. There were several educators who spoke about their personal losses, as one teacher explained that, though she had been employed by CCPS for 30 years, she was only earning the salary of a 22-year veteran. Another woman addressed the BOCC by reading letters from teachers who wanted to attend the meeting but were prevented by the schedules of second jobs, a necessity of these circumstances.

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Dona Ostenso, a 28-year veteran of Calvert County Public Schools, emphasized the reality that the unfunded contracts makes Calvert County undesirable to young, skilled teachers. She invoked the wisdom of Diane Ravitch, an historian and education expert, who once wrote, “You don’t improve education by demoralizing those who have to do the work every day.”

Calvert County has seen a relocation outside the county of 10% of its active teachers in the last 3 years and has moved from first to fifth place as preferred placement for new teachers. The loss of and inability to attract good teachers will quickly take its toll on the overall quality of education in the county. It is important to note that while this is true, that is not why teacher and support staff need to have their contracts fully funded. Educators in Calvert County are not asking for a pay raise; they are asking to be compensated according to what was contractually promised them. The BOCC needs to keep that promise.

For more pictures and videos, check out the CCDWC facebook page!

Paid Sick Leave Passes Both GA Chambers

Posted 20 March 2017

The Senate passed the Paid Sick Leave Bill on Thursday which would require companies with more than 15 workers to offer five days of paid sick leave per year, with an exception for seasonal employees. Smaller firms must offer the same amount of leave, but unpaid.

The House of Delegates also approved paid sick-time legislation this month. However, the House Bill mandates seven days a year and called for seasonal workers to be defined as those who work fewer than 90 days, not 106 as the Senate proposed. The two chambers will have to reconcile this and other differences to send the measure to Hogan before the session ends April 10. The House Bill passed with 88 votes. This is three more than is needed to over-ride a veto.

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Celebrate the Legacy of Community Leader and Advocate, Annette Funn

Posted on 24 March 2017

Annette Funn

The lives and contributions of some people continue to sparkle long after they pass from this world. My friend and colleague, Annette Jones Funn, was just such a person. A model of public service, her legacy will live on, enrich Calvert County, and inspire young and old alike for decades to come.

Please join our County Commissioners, Annette’s family, and her many friends on Tuesday, April 4, at 10:00 a.m. for an official County Proclamation to celebrate Annette’s positive impact on Calvert County and beyond. Participate in person (at the Board of County Commissioners’ meeting in the Court House, 175 Main Street in Prince Frederick), by tuning in to public access TV (channel 6 for most people), or virtually through the County website .

After retiring from a successful career as a government executive and moving to Calvert County, Annette – in partnership with her husband, Malcolm – made community service her full-time job. It was a joy to work closely with her when I was Chair and she was Vice Chair of the Calvert County Commission for Women.

But Annette did not stop there. Her leadership also shone in other organizations, including the League of Women Voters, the Gideons, her church, the National Council of Negro Women, the Maryland Federation of Business and Professional Women, Concerned Black Women of Calvert County, the NAACP, the National Congress of Black Women, and countless commissions and committees.

To honor Annette, lift your spirits, and fuel your community spirit, please join our Board of County Commissioners’ proclamation at 10:00 a.m. on April 4. In addition, Concerned Black Women of Calvert County – an organization that Annette co-founded – is holding a special plaque dedication in the Courthouse Green this Saturday, March 25, at 9:00 a.m.

Margaret Dunkle
Port Republic

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Governor Declares Addiction an Epidemic

Posted on 17 March 2017

On March 1, 2017, Governor Hogan declared a state of emergency in Maryland committing an additional $50 million over the next five years to support law enforcement, prevention and treatment services. By initiating this state of emergency, the State Emergency Management Agency will step in and attempt to break down bureaucratic walls that can hamper the process of getting services to those in need. Now is the time to leverage our resources unfettered to address this addiction epidemic. Law enforcement, social services, and public health must think outside of the box and approach this issue with best practice ideas. Per the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, from January 1, 2016 to August 9, 2016 there were 63 overdoses in Calvert County. This is a serious problem in our home, and we need to make sure that those emergency funds are used to produce the best results.

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Victory for Paid Sick Leave in Maryland Legislature

Posted on 17 March 2017

The Senate passed the Paid Sick Leave Bill on Thursday which would require companies with more than 15 workers to offer five days of paid sick leave per year, with an exception for seasonal employees. Smaller firms must offer the same amount of leave, but unpaid.

The House of Delegates also approved paid sick-time legislation this month. However, the House Bill mandates seven days a year and called for seasonal workers to be defined as those who work fewer than 90 days, not 106 as the Senate proposed. The two chambers will have to reconcile this and other differences to send the measure to Hogan before the session ends April 10. The House Bill passed with 88 votes. This is three more than is needed to over-ride a veto.

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Women's Club to Support Calvert Teachers

Posted on 10 March 2017

The Calvert County Education Association (CEA) is hosting a rally to support Calvert County Public Education at the upcoming Board of Commissioners Public Budget Hearing on Tuesday, March 21st. The Budget Hearing will be at Calvert Pines Senior Center at 7pm. The rally will begin at 5:30pm. CEA is hoping to build a "Human Bridge" from Calvert Pines down West Dares Beach Road. Come and join the bridge or come to the budget meeting where the Board will be accepting public comments. Don't let an empty seat speak for you! Step up, speak out and let the Calvert County Commissioners know that Public Education is a community priority!
Contact CEA for more information: 410-535-2518 and check out their facebook page.

In the News

Posted on 10 March 2017

Role of Government:

The healthcare plan rollout by Republicans this week leads one to ponder role of government in modern society. The proposed health plan pulls the government further back and helps destroy the safety net provided by Obamacare. The promised tax cut will force a shrinking role of government in many other areas. The trouble is that in the past, investments by the government in infrastructure and basic research have led to the productivity increases that drive an expanding economy. And it is a booming economy that provides revenues for the safety net. Let us help our Democratic lawmakers rebuild the promise of investment in the future, not disinvestment that leads to failing policies.

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Women's Club Elects New Leadership

Posted on 07 March 2017

At the most recent meeting of the Women’s Club, we voted on and elected our new officers:

President: Renee Lafayette
Vice President: Inez Claggett
Treasurer: Margaret Phipps
Corresponding Secretary: Cheryl Hall
Recording Secretary: Helenmary Ball

We are so proud of our team, and look forward to making progress over the coming year. Some of us are new members and some have been active for years. With the combination of experience and enthusiasm these fine officers bring, we expect to be very successful through our club’s transition. Get Active, Stay Active!

The First Evening Meeting of the Women's Club will be this Tuesday

Posted on 03 March 2017

The Democratic Women's Club of Calvert County voted last month to move their meetings to the first Tuesday of the month. Our first evening meeting will be on Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 PM at Adam's, the Place for Ribs in Prince Frederick. Come out to talk about the issues most important to you and enjoy a nice dinner with friends.

In this meeting we will be discussing the new Officer Nominations, Committee Joinders, the possibility of forming Our Own Website, our new Facebook page and Twitter account (check them out and bring suggestions!), and post cards for the
Post Card Party. Come and help us make these important decisions, and don't forget to bring a friend!

Incredible Energy at the Goldstein Dinner

Posted on 09 March 2017

Goldstein Dinner

Last night the Democratic Central Committee hosted the 19th annual Goldstein Dinner. Turnout was tremendous. It was truly inspiring to see so many come out to support the local Democrats! Thanks to everyone who came to enjoy the evening. Delegate Mike Jackson officiated with style as he introduced each speaker. Senator Ben Cardin and Representative Steny Hoyer gave stirring talks about the future of the Democratic Party. Senator Chris Van Hollen spoke about the need to focus the party’s efforts on smaller towns and districts. He identified the necessity of grassroots activism at this time, highlighting the effectiveness of recent efforts to show up and be heard. He also discussed the need to be an inclusive party, to carry our message even into the districts where we don’t think we’ll be heard.

Van Hollen’s speech was followed by the presentation of awards. Marie and Ron Brvenik were presented with the Dan Pike Volunteer of the Year Award for their tireless efforts in activism throughout the year. Malcolm and Annette Funn were presented with this year’s Community Service Award for their inspiring and lifelong dedication to community engagement. Beth Swoap was presented with the Chairman’s Award for all the work and energy she routinely pours into the Central Committee. Finally, the whole room was moved by the posthumous presentation of this year’s Louis L. Goldstein Award to Clifton E. Savoy, Jr. Friends and family spoke to his amazing spirit and indefatigable volunteerism. The presentation was a testament to how many lives Cliff’s touched and changed. Be sure to visit our Photo Gallery of the event.

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Check Out Our Social Media!

Posted on 18 February 2017 Central Committee

The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee wants to thank all of our great social media followers and wants you to know that we are making changes in the Committee's social media presence. Please stay along with us on Facebook as we keep you informed of events and issues within the county, state, and country. Also, follow us on Twitter @calvertdemocrat, and let us know what you think!

Please share with your friends and family so we can reach everyone within Calvert County and work to change our home for the better. Thank you all!

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Young Democrats of Maryland Annapolis Invasion

Posted on 18 February 2017

This Monday, February 20th the Young Democrats of Maryland will host their Annual Annapolis Invasion. This year the day will feature a combination of activities starting with a luncheon for young staffers, lobby meetings, attending the Women's Rally and concluding with the legislative session.

For more information about this event, visit the website here.

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Maryland Empowers Attorney General to Sue Federal Government

Posted 10 March 2017Frosh

On February 15th, Maryland’s General Assembly passed the Maryland Defense Act of 2017, which gives Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh the authority to bring civil or criminal charges against the federal government. The measure is expected to easily pass the Senate and take effect without the support of Governor Larry Hogan.

Members of the state’s House of Delegates passed this legislation only two weeks after President Trump’s January 27 travel ban led to a weekend of chaos at airports across the country. While attorneys general in other states sued the federal government for proposing the ban (which has been blocked by a federal judge), Frosh had to first ask permission from Republican Governor Larry Hogan. Not surprisingly, Frosh never received an answer to his request.

While Republicans in the House claim this law is a way to undermine checks and balances or the administration itself, the fact is that attorneys general in 41 other states already had this authority. Critics say the law was only passed for political reasons, but the effect is actually going to be a decrease in the political minefield that’s so common in many state houses. Now, instead of putting Governor Hogan in the difficult position of allowing the state to sue his own political party, the attorney general will be allowed to act based solely on Maryland law. And isn’t that what Maryland residents should want from the state’s most powerful attorney?

Ultimately, the Maryland Defense Act of 2017 increases the state’s ability to fight for its own best interests when they aren’t the same as the federal government. It’s a bit ironic that it was passed by Democrats, since Republicans have historically been the party that calls for stronger state’s rights.

Click here to read more about the Maryland Defense Act of 2017 or click here for the full text of the bill.

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Democratic Women's Club Meeting Moves to Evenings

Posted on 18 February 2017

The Democratic Women's Club of Calvert County voted earlier this week to move their meetings to evenings. They have chosen the first Tuesday of the month. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 7 at 6:30 PM at Adam's, the Place for Ribs in Prince Frederick.

There is also an active nominating committee in place as the club is in the process of reorganizing. If you are interested in holding an office within the club, please contact the committee via Margaret Phipps, mhphipps@comcast.net.

County Residents Deal with Addiction

Posted 25 February 2017

The Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse (CAASA) hosted a “Let’s Talk” this past week connecting our county's residents with the Behavioral Health Department to discuss the persistence of substance abuse throughout Calvert County. Although the gathering was intended to be an opportunity for the Health Department to inform residents about the issue, it quickly became clear that the community in attendance was looking for more than just an issue overview.

Due to a series of administrative and budgetary considerations, many Calvert residents are having difficulty finding services within Calvert County. Several local residents have had to seek services outside of the county, while others continue to doggedly pursue results within Calvert despite the frustration of their inability to achieve them. Several of these residents attended the CAASA “Let’s Talk” meeting in the hopes of finding out more about gaining access to Calvert substance abuse services.

Substance abuse prevention is a complex problem involving layers of social and community involvement, and one in need of an immediate solution. These solutions will only be found once we organize as a county to determine how best to serve those affected: our families, friends, and neighbors.

If you or someone you know is in need of help with a substance abuse problem, call 1-800-662-4357 to receive help today.

For more information about the substance abuse problem in Calvert County, please visit CAASA’s website here.

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Fixing Low-Performing Public Schools

Posted on 10 February 2017

Democrats in Annapolis are committed to working the fixes for problem public schools within the existing local Boards of Education rather than siphoning off funds and expertise into charter schools which may or may not be able to deal with the situations and frequently have less accountability.

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Paid Sick Leave on the Assembly Agenda for Friday, February 10th

Posted 10 February 2017

The Maryland House of Delegates will be weighing the merits of two different paid sick leave bills on Friday, February 10, 2017. The first, the “Maryland Healthy Working Families Act,” is being introduced by Democrats and is a continuation of the bill from last year. This bill would require businesses employing more than 15 workers to provide paid sick leave for hours worked. Under this law, workers would accrue one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 56 hours per year.

The second bill, the “Common Sense Paid Leave Act,” was introduced by Governor Hogan and would only apply to businesses employing more than 50 employees. Hogan’s bill would require employers to provide paid sick leave for their employees who work 30 hours a week or more, and would only allow the accrual of 40 hours sick leave. It would also provide a tax incentive for businesses under 50 employees that choose to follow the same guidelines.

Working Matters, a coalition of more than 150 organizations advocating for paid sick days, said that Hogan’s plan would exclude 300,000 state workers. Currently, 40 percent of Maryland private sector employees do not accrue sick leave.

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Breaking Heroin's Grip: Road to Recovery

Posted on 10 February 2017

On Saturday, February 11 at 7pm, Maryland Public Television will be airing a special called, Breaking Heroin's Grip: Road to Recovery. MPT will also be live-streaming the special on their website. The program will deal with this crisis in our state. Tune in to learn more about the problem and how you can help.

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We Mourn the Passing of Ann Brown

Posted on 10 February 2017

Ann Brown

Ann Brown, a longtime supporter of the Democratic Party in Calvert County, died suddenly on Saturday, February 4. She was a retired English teacher and a former president of the Calvert Education Association. She was an active supporter of scholarships for high school seniors, including those awarded by the Democratic Party. Ann was the secretary of the Calvert County Women's Democratic Club for many years. She volunteered at the Central Committee's office in Prince Frederick every Friday afternoon.

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Maryland Legislature Overturns Hogan’s Energy Bill Veto

Posted on 03 February 2017

Last year, the Clean Energy Jobs bill passed through the Maryland General Assembly with substantial support but was vetoed by Governor Hogan in May. The bill requires one quarter of the state’s energy to come from renewable sources by the year 2020, an increase from the previous requirement of 20 percent by 2022.

The Senate voted 32-13 along party lines in favor of the override on Thursday, following the House of Delegates on Tuesday voting 88-55. Advocates for the bill believe that the increase will promote jobs in renewable energy within the state while making Maryland less dependent on fossil fuels and reducing air pollution. The law is now in effect.

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Democratic Clubs, Committee Working to End Hunger

Posted on 11 February 2017End Hunger

Calvert Democrats have teamed up to collect food donations for End Hunger Calvert County. The Democratic Club and Democratic Women's Club have started a friendly rivalry to see who can donate more, so be sure to bring your donations to the next meetings.

2017 Totals:

Women's Club 659.46 pounds

Democratic Club 612.73 pounds

End Hunger

 

 

Along with these items, the End Hunger Warehouse also needs:

Baking supplies: sugar, flour, salt, baking soda/powder
Cooking supplies: salt, pepper, spices, oils
Hygiene items: toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene products
Shaving supplies: razors, shave cream/gels
Paper supplies: toilet paper, paper towels, napkins

Please help us to End Hunger in Calvert County by bringing these items to Adam's Taphouse on the evenings of the first Tuesday of each month for the Democratic Women's Club Meetings, or the fourth Tuesday each month for the Democratic Club Meetings.

Or, you can drop your donations off at our office: 250 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick. The office is staffed Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 12:30 to 3:00 pm.

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More on School Funding

Posted October 2015

On October 2, 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.”

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Maryland Legislature Overturns Hogan’s Energy Bill Veto

Posted February 2017

Last year, the Clean Energy Jobs bill passed through the Maryland General Assembly with substantial support but was vetoed by Governor Hogan in May. The bill requires one quarter of the state’s energy to come from renewable sources by the year 2020, an increase from the previous requirement of 20 percent by 2022.

The Senate voted 32-13 along party lines in favor of the override on Thursday, following the House of Delegates on Tuesday voting 88-55. Advocates for the bill believe that the increase will promote jobs in renewable energy within the state while making Maryland less dependent on fossil fuels and reducing air pollution. The law is now in effect.

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Support Clean Energy Jobs

Posted January 2017

Democrats in the General Assembly are working to build green energy jobs in Maryland. Next week they plan to override a bill passed in a bipartisan way to support this goal which was vetoed by Gov. Hogan. Make sure your state Senator and Delegate are aware of your position on this important issue.

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Earned Sick Leave

Posted January 2017

Democrats in the General Assembly need support for earned sick day legislation. Join faith leaders, members of the business community and Maryland workers for a rally on January 23rd in Annapolis. Continue the momentum from this past Saturday's amazing women's marches.

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Healthcare in Congress

Posted January 2017

The new Congress is beginning its votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Democrats are holding firm that an adequate replacement is required before repeal. Our congressman, Steny Hoyer, has been very eloquent on this point.

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Changes to Maryland's Delegation in Congress

Posted January 2017

Three changes appear in our state's delegation to the newly sworn in Congress. Chris Van Hollen moves from representing the eighth congressional district to Senator by taking the seat long held by retiring Barbara Mikulski. Jamie Raskin takes over Chris's former seat. Former Lieut. Gov. Anthony Brown now holds the fourth district congressional seat. Our congressman, Steny Hoyer, retains the position as the number two Democrat in the House of Representatives. With Congress back in session, Democrats are gearing up to fight for hardworking Americans and protect the progress we’ve made under President Obama’s leadership.

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Let's Make 2017 a Happy New Year

Posted January 2017

Even though the politics may be more difficult than we wish, let’s pick a few targets for action that will improve the lives of our fellow citizens. For instance, nationally, we could work toward raising the minimum wage which will improve the lot of many workers and families. Locally, we can work toward improving the understanding of, and thus work toward solutions for, the addiction problem in Calvert County. This would help enable our social, governmental, and political institutions to deal with this debilitating situation.

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The Bridge

Posted December 2016

Without a doubt, the Thomas Johnson Bridge is an integral part of the success of the social and economic fabric of both Calvert County and St. Mary's County. It is also indisputable that its decaying physical structure and frequent traffic tieups are major threats to continued success. Democrats in the General Assembly in Annapolis worked toward a common sense approach to funding transportation infrastructure projects during the 2016 session. It is imperative that this approach prevail in 2017, for the importance of the future of this bridge would certainly surface in such an approach.

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Addiction

Posted December 2016

Addiction, particularly to opioids, is a major problem in Calvert County. There are many things that need to be done to deal with this issue. Please participate in meetings of our various Democratic clubs and the Central Committee as we venture to improve the situation.

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Cliff Savoy

Posted November 2016Cliff Savoy

 

Cliff Savoy, former chairman of the Calvert County Democratic Central Committee and long time Democratic activist, was tragically killed in an accident on Route 4 just south of Prince Frederick on Sunday, November 6, 2016. His good nature and efforts to be sorely missed.

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Clinton's Endorsements

Posted September 2016

The number of prestigious newspapers endorsing Secretary Clinton for President is growing every week. Most of these cite how much better off the country will be not only at home but also in its relations with the rest of the world if she is elected. Others have stated that she may be the best prepared person ever for the position.

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Clinton's Values

Posted September 2016

Secretary Hillary Clinton renewed her fundamental commitment to improving opportunities for children and welfare for families. This vision has been with her from the beginning of her professional career, her time as First Lady in Arkansas and First Lady of the US, her time as a US Senator from New York, and her stint as Secretary of State.

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A Superior Commander-In-Chief

Posted September 2016

This week, Secretary Hillary Clinton showed herself capable, knowledgeable, and of the right temperament to be the next Commander-in-Chief of the United States. Please do all you can in the two months ahead make sure she is elected our president.

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Enjoy the Labor Day Weekend

Posted September 2016

While you’re enjoying this long weekend – take a moment to thank your local union. We celebrate Labor Day to remember the men and women who fought for the 40-hour work week, pensions, the end of child labor, workers’ compensation, safer workplaces, better benefits, a secure retirement, and yes – the weekend. Together, we’ve reduced the gender pay gap, fought and won battles against discrimination in the workplace, and ended many of the unfair hiring and firing practices of our past – chipping away at racism, sexism and disability-based discrimination. Labor Day is also a time to commit ourselves to building an economy that works for working people – not just the folks at the top. There’s only one party that has committed themselves to that goal – the Democratic Party.

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Democrats Lead on Climate Change and the Environment

Posted August 2016

General Assembly Democrats pushed a progressive environmental protection agenda to reduce greenhouse emissions, continue Chesapeake Bay restoration, and grow our state’s economy. Unfortunately, Gov. Hogan has vetoed common-sense legislation and opposed programs that will protect our environment and combat climate change without offering alternative solutions. Democrats will continue to lead the fight to restore and protect the environment for future generations of Marylanders.

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Our Progressive Platform

Posted August 2016

Our party passed the most progressive platform ever at its convention in Philadelphia last month. You can click here to see it in its entirety. It's a bit lengthy, but worth the read for all of us.

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Substance Begins to Pay Off

Posted August 2016

It's still a long way to the November election, but the programs outlined by the Clinton-Kaine ticket are beginning to propell them to better numbers in the polls.

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What a Great Convention

Posted July 2016

With an amazing series of speeches, the Democrats concluded a successful convention in Philadelphia this week. We can be very proud of both Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine as they prepare for a rough-and-tumble campaign this fall.

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Electing Democrats in November

Posted July 2016

With the primaries behind us, we’re focused on making sure a Democrat wins the White House. Here in Maryland, we're working to make sure that our candidates win big – up and down the ballot. Our candidates are strong and we have great ideas that will strengthen families and build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. Our Party’s candidates are the best choice for hardworking Marylanders and their families, but we’re not taking anything for granted. We need all hands on deck in this election. That’s why it’s so important for Democrats like you to help support candidates in your communities. Whether it’s making phone calls, knocking on doors or hosting house parties for candidates, every bit helps.

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Searching for Responsible Answers

Posted July 2016

Across our country and here in Maryland, people are seeking real solutions that address social justice, reduce gun violence, strengthen our economy and recognize the dignity and rights of every American. Democrats this week continued their call for Congress to act on common sense gun safety measures and unveiled an inclusive platform draft that protects the rights of all Americans. We believe that when everyone has a fair shot at the American Dream, our country is stronger.

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July

Posted July 2016

This month will see both the Republican and Democratic national conventions. We are looking forward to our party's convocation in Philadelphia.

Several bills sponsored by Maryland Democrats go into effect this month. The minimum wage is going up, and private-sector employees who do not have access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan can now save for retirement through a state-sponsored plan.

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Action, Not Silence

Posted June 2016

Maryland’s House Democrats this week joined a 25-hour sit-in urging Congress to vote on gun safety bills. What they’re asking for isn’t radical and the proposals are very popular – 93 percent of Americans support background checks for gun purchases. Democrats support gun safety measures at the state level and in Congress while Republicans offer thoughts, prayers and moments of silence. The choice in this election is clear. We need your help to elect Democrats who will stand up for the American people and pass sensible gun safety reform.

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Post-Orlando Thoughts

Posted June 2016

We are thankful for the consoling and thoughtful remarks by Pres. Obama and Sec. Clinton following the outrageous shooting in Orlando. We trust that our leaders find a way to make these types of incidences less probable in the future.

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Democrats Focus on Unity

Posted June 2016

Democrats are focusing on solutions that help hard-working Americans and their families. In just a few weeks our Party will come together for the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. Supporters of both Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders are excited to work on our common goals and shared vision for America. With unity, our Party will create a platform that sets the agenda for the next four years to continue the progress we’ve made under the leadership of Democrats and President Obama. America needs another Democrat in the White House who will uphold President Obama’s legacy and keep the country moving forward. Secretary Hillary Clinton made history this week as the first woman to clinch the Democratic nomination for president, a watershed moment in our nation’s history that will inspire a generation of young women to dream big.

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Young Democrats Lobby Key Issues

Posted May 2016

On May 24, Young Democrats of America spent the day on Capitol Hill briefing members and key staff of Congress on their most important issues: student loan reform, criminal justice, climate change, women’s reproductive health, and opioid addiction.

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Democrats Champion Criminal Justice Reform

Posted May 2016

During this year's General Assembly in Annapolis, Democrats championed the overhaul of the state’s criminal justice system. They passed comprehensive reform that will strengthen crime prevention and drug treatment programs and save taxpayers an estimated $80 million.

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Democrats Watch with Trepidation

Posted on May 2016

The antics continued this week as Speaker Paul Ryan played ringmaster in Donald Trump’s circus. After meeting with the presumptive nominee, Ryan told the press that the Republican Party and Trump have common ground in many important areas. On matters of policy, Trump and Republicans are one and the same.

Donald Trump’s Republican Party will tear Americans apart and turn back the clock on progress. Despite inheriting an economy in major recession, President Obama and Democrats created record job growth, expanded health care, and championed equality for all Americans. We can’t let Trump’s Republican Party undo our work.

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The Job Ahead for Democrats

Posted May 2016

They thought it was a joke – a ruse to promote his hotel chain and reality show. And now he’s the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee. We cannot surrender the role of Commander-in-Chief to Donald Trump. We must come together and elect Democrats in November, up and down the ballot, to protect the future of our country.

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Democrats Speak in the Primary

Posted April 2016

Maryland Democrats are united in the commitment to creating economic opportunity for middle-class families and building an inclusive society for future generations. Maryland Republicans voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump – a ringing endorsement of intolerance and divisiveness. The difference is clear: We believe in bringing people together to solve problems, and they believe in tearing people apart.

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Focus on the Primary

Posted April 2016

Now that Maryland's Primary Election is underway (early voting through Thursday, April 21; primary day on Tuesday, April 26) and the presidential nomination process winds down, one of our two candidates will emerge victorious and lead the Democratic Party in November. While Secretary Clinton holds a lead and is still projected to win, Senator Sanders has had a late surge and has every right to carry his message to all 50 states as Clinton did in 2008. Whoever emerges as the victor, our party must remain united and back the nominee. Either of our candidates, on his or her worst day, is better than the extremist Republican candidates with their backwards and intolerant solutions.

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2016 Legislative Session Nearly Over

Posted April 2016

As this year's Maryland General Assembly winds down, our Democratic Senators and Delegates have been hard at work. Last month, the House and the State Senate overturned Gov. Hogan’s veto thereby allowing people with felony convictions to register to vote as soon as they are released from prison. An estimated 40,000 people were enfranchised in an instant, giving a voice to Marylanders who deserve a second chance. A paid sick leave bill was passed in the House, which would make Maryland only the fifth state to give needed job security to many. The General Assembly got Gov. Hogan to sign a bill that slashes greenhouse gas emissions. The House passed a criminal justice overhaul which would reduce the state’s prison population as we attempt to make progress on fixing the policies of the war on drugs. Policing reform is now in the State Senate. The General Assembly approved a temporary fix to limit spending cuts to Baltimore schools. Democrats in the Assembly overturned Hogan’s veto of a bill that allows more transparency in transportation spending. This is the progress we make when we elect Democrats to all levels. As President Obama puts it, we are dealing with a party that frequently offers obstructions rather than solutions. We must get this message out; our president cannot do everything. You can help by voting in the primary election this April and getting your family, friends, and neighbors to do the same.

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Women's Rights

Posted April 2016

In a week that women's rights have come under fire, Democrats continue to believe in equal pay for equal work, paid family leave, and the Affordable Care Act. as well as a woman's right to choose.

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Counterterrorism is Serious Business

Posted March 2016

Fighting terrorism in the 21st century will require sophisticated and multifaceted approaches. Compare the pandering and simplistic solutions being offered by the leading Republican candidates for president to those of the current administration and the Democratic candidates. Even worse, pandering plays into the hands of those promoting terrorism, such as ISIS, by improving their ability to recruit.

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The Senate Must Act

Posted March 2016

As required by the Constitution, President Obama has nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the opening on the Supreme Court. The Constitution also requires the Senate to give its advice and consent. Senator. McConnell has stated ever since the death of Justice Scalia that the Senate will not act until next year. Since the Republicans desire to replace Justice Scilia with a strict constitutionalist, it is ironic that they refuse to act. It goes without saying that a nominee put forward next year would probably be the more liberal than the current nominee.

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Obama: Why I am a Democrat

Posted March 2016

"I'm proud to be a Democrat. We believe in moving forward, not backward. We trust scientists when they tell us climate change is real. We trust women to make their own health care decisions. We're the party that champions equality, that fights injustice, and that stands up and speaks out for every voice, no matter how small.

I couldn't be prouder to have led this party and this country through seven years of progress -- progress like 20 million Americans gaining health insurance, marriage equality in all 50 states, the unemployment rate cut in half, and more of our kids graduating from high school than ever before. As my time in the White House comes to a close and Americans get ready to elect our next president, nothing is more important than making sure we elect someone who will protect and build on all of that progress. And with the state of today's Republican party, it couldn't be more clear that that person needs to be a Democrat."

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Reforming Our Criminal Justice System

Posted March 2016

Mandatory minimum sentences have not had the deterrent effect originally conceived several decades ago. In fact, they have led to jails full of offenders of minor crimes who become hardened criminals with a fairly high recidivism rate. Democrats in Annapolis are working to fix this during the current legislative session. The funds freed up by having fewer inmates can be applied to improving our mental health assistance resulting in fewer criminals and more stable communities.

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Women's Rights Under Fire

Posted February 2016

Republicans are renewing their fight against Planned Parenthood.  By doing so they take women backwards by restricting their access to healthcare that helps them and their families succeed.  We need to keep moving forward on women's health not go backward.  Let's be strong advocates for women's health.

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Act Now on Supreme Court Vacancy

Posted February 2016

The late Justice Antonin Scalia worked tirelessly for over 30 years to defend the US Constitution.  But that constitution requires the US President to nominate his replacement now, not to wait for almost one year.  Support our president in making the right choice in the weeks ahead.  President Obama will face criticism whomever he nominates. Let us hope that he will put politics aside and choose a highly qualified individual who is respected across the entire political spectrum.

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Hope vs. Despair

Posted January 2016

This is been a week which clearly demonstrates the differences between the approaches of Democratic and Republican parties. President Obama, in his final State of the Union address, outlined several strategies to improve our strong domestic economy, the political system, and a sophisticated foreign policy. In their presidential debate, the Republican candidates described the country in deep trouble and proposed simplistic tactical remedies often at odds with existing proven policies. As Democrats we believe in the soundness of our country, our valuable alliances abroad, and a bright future based on our strengths.

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Counterterrorism Partnership Fund

Posted January 2016

In 2014, President Obama announced this initiative in the Department of State to supplement global military actions to deal with the terrorism threat. The idea is to build civilian partnerships throughout the world that have the knowledge and capability to understand and root out terrorism. In the federal budget just past, this initiative is finally given significant funds. It heralds a comprehensive approach to dealing with this very real problem. The small steps taken by this fund in the two previous years have yielded substantive results. We hope for greater successes in the months and years ahead.

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Togetherness & Inclusiveness

Posted December 2015

As Americans, we are bound together by more than nationality or geography. We are bound by a shared set of ideals and values rooted in the notion that we are greater together; that our collective efforts produce something better than the sum of our individual actions; and that together, rather than divided, we can overcome the greatest challenges that come our way.  As Democrats, we continue to lead the fight to end discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, age, ethnicity, disability, and sexual orientation

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Taxes and the Campaign

Posted November 2015

Just about all of the tax reform proposals by the Republican candidates for president give tax breaks to the rich and the poor, while placing an increased burden on the middle class.  Further, most of these schemes will lead to substantial increases in the national debt unless accompanied by unspecified expenditure cuts, which in the past have been very elusive.  Meanwhile, the Democratic candidates pledged to keep supporting the middle class, which, for taxes, means careful analysis of cuts in loopholes and benefits and of new rate structures. We should all be proud of how the Democratic candidates are responsibly handling this campaign issue.

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US Economy Growing Steadily

Posted November 2015

November's announcement of an unemployment rate of 5.1% confirms that we have had six years of continuous growth under Democratic leadership.  To keep up this positive trend, we each need to do our part to make sure Democrats are elected at all levels of government.

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Tourism in Our County

Posted October 2015

In a time when Calvert County is facing many difficult financial decisions, tourism plays an important part of the equation.  Instead of cutting back, county and town officials should increase the opportunity for enticing visitors to enjoy our many attractions.

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Voting Rights Threatened, Even in Maryland

Posted September 2015

Democrats believe in protecting voting rights. GOP-led legislatures across the country have reduced early voting to disenfranchise minority and low income voters. The Maryland GOP is catching on – Larry Hogan’s hand-picked election official led the fight to move the early voting center that serves Montgomery County’s highest concentration of minority and low income voters to a more affluent suburb ten miles away. Democrats are fighting back.

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Let's Build, Not Tear Down

Posted on September 2015

Did you tune in to the GOP presidential debate on September 16? If so, you saw eleven people tearing down America to fuel their own ambition. The choice for 2016 is clear: the GOP is pandering, while Democrats are fighting for middle class Americans.

Need proof?

Look at Capitol Hill, where the GOP is ready to shut down the government… again! When the GOP throws a punch at Planned Parenthood, they’re going to hit tens of thousands of Marylanders who work in and around the federal government – and Larry Hogan isn’t doing anything to stop his party from taking us over this cliff.

Compare that to Annapolis, where Democrats announced this week that they’re fighting for retirement security for all Marylanders. Over one million Marylanders do not have access to a retirement savings account, and our legislative leaders are fighting to change that.

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Hogan Continues to Shortchange Education

Posted September 2015

Governor Larry Hogan continues to shortchange Maryland students.  It was bad when he decided to hold hostage $68 million in education funding passed by the General Assembly.  It was worse when he decided to keep holding it hostage after learning that the state’s finances are stronger than expected.  It’s time for Hogan to do the right thing for Maryland students, and fully fund our public schools.  (Sep 2015)

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Volunteer Board and Commissions

The Board of County Commissioners relies on the input from citizen volunteer advisors to make decisions. If you want to influence local county government, but don't want to run for office, this is an excellent way to ensure our county reflects your values.

Don't Get Angry, Get Active!

Current Volunteer Board and Commissions Vacancies: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=146

Applications: Blank Application Form (PDF)

Applications can be emailed, faxed to 410-535-5594 or delivered to:
Lisa G. Tolomei, Appointment Secretary
175 Main St.
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Meetings Contact and Schedules


Appointees to Calvert County boards and commissions are required to comply with Code of Ethics § 41.15.B.2: regarding financial disclosure for any potential conflict of interest within 30 days after appointment.

If you have questions, feel free to contact the appropriate person listed in the announcement or contact Lisa Tolomei, at 410-535-1600 or 301-855-1243, extension 2214.

 

Complete List of all Volunteer Board and Commissions: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=146

Thomas Hausman

Posted January 2017

We are heartbroken to announce the death of Thomas Hausmann, who was one of the most active Democrats in Calvert County. He was recovering from a heart attack suffered just before Christmas, and we were looking forward to his complete rehabilitation. His loss will be a great one especially since he was a stalwart of the party's office in Prince Frederick. He will always be remembered for his positive attitude and commitment to the ideals of the Democratic Party.

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