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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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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.

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.

 

 

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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.

CCDWC Farmers Market        CCDWC Farmers Market

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.

CCDWC Farmer's Market Julie Veratti    CCDWC Farmers Market

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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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.

CCDCC Spies and Tea

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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Local Support for March for Our Lives

Posted 30 March 2018

CCDCC March for Our Lives       CCDCC March for Our Lives     CCCDCC March for Our Lives

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.

CCDCC at March for Our Lives

“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!

 

CCDCC at March for Our Lives        CCDCC at March for Our Lives       CCDCC at March for Our Lives

 

 

2018 Goldsetin Dinner Recap

Posted 25 March 2018

CCDCC Goldstein Dinner

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.

CCDCC Goldstein Dinner        CCDCC Goldstein Dinner

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.

CCDCC Goldstein Dinner

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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