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

CCDWC Dickie Pitcher

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.


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.

Posted 06 December 2017

Calvert County Filed Candidates
as of December 6th, 2017


The list from the State Board of Elections for local Calvert candidates can be found here, and the list of all statewide candidates can be found here. Find your voting district, polling places, and information on your current representatives by entering your information here.

As more candidates file (deadline is February 27th) we will try to keep you informed.


Election Dates - mark your calendar today!

Primary Election - June 26, 2018, 7 am until 8 pm (Vote for your Central Committee Members)

  • Early Voting for the Primary Election:
    Thursday, June 14, 2018 through Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 10 am until 8 pm.


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.


Here is the full list of candidates who have filed in your districts so far.

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.    


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.


Report from the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women

Posted 22 November 2017


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.


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.

  • 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.



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.


House Republicans Passed Tax Overhaul

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.


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.


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.


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

CCDCC Holly BuddPosted 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. 




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.


CCDCC MSEA     CCDCC     CCDCC Holly Budd     CCDCC Kathy Smith


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!

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