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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.

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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Posted 29 January 2018

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We’re nearly through the first month of the 2018 General Assembly Session. There was cause to celebrate early with the General Assembly over-ride of Gov. Hogan’s veto for the Maryland Healthy Families Act. But there’s still a lot of work to be done. So far, this session has seen bills filed on issues concerning: rape survivors and kit testing, automatic voter registration, protections for public information requests, and many others. 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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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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Posted 26 January 2018

CCDCC Democratic Club

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

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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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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.”

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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

 

 

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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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.

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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.

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