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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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Public Hearing: Appropriations for Substance Abuse Treatment

CCDCC HearingThe Calvert County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing December 19 to consider and receive comments on a budget adjustment which would consolidate FY 2018 appropriations for Calvert County’s inpatient, detention center and outpatient substance abuse treatment. The hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Commissioners Hearing Room in the Calvert County Circuit Courthouse.

View the resolution online. For additional information, contact the Department of Finance & Budget at 410-535-1600, ext. 2651, or email Joan.Thorp@calvertcountymd.gov. Individuals who cannot attend the public hearing may submit written comments. These written comments must be received by 4:30 p.m., Dec. 18, 2017, and may be submitted by emailing COMMISS@calvertcountymd.gov or through the U.S. mail to the BOCC at:

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175 Main St.
Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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.

 

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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!

Hoyer Holiday Party

CCDCC Hoyer for Congress

Congressman Steny Hoyer

Invites you to a Holiday Party with

Local and State Elected Officials from the 5th Congressional District

Monday, December 18, 2017

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

at the

Prince George’s County FOP Lodge 89

2905 Old Largo Road

Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Please RSVP using the form here, to (301) 464-5710, or to holiday@hoyerforcongress.com.

Please respond quickly as space is limited.

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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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