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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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2018-2022 Calvert County Democratic Central Committee

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.

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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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