Weekly Newsletter - April 23, 2018
The General Meeting of Talbot Rising on Saturday featured 10 of the candidates for the upcoming Talbot County Council elections (seated in the chairs at the rear.) From left they are Chuck Callahan, Frank Divilio, Lisa Marie Ghezzi, Keasha Haythe, Naomi Hyman, Pete Lesher, Robin Page, Rose Potter, Laura Price, and Jennifer Williams. The meeting featured discussions about the county's revenue cap, education funding and the $15 minimum wage proposals.
- News and Updates -
CAMPAIGN ACTION ROUNDUP
The primary election is less than two months away, and electoral activities are heating up quickly, with Talbot Rising's involvement. We have endorsed Michael Pullen in the Democratic primary for Congress and Ben Jealous for Governor, and there are some opportunities for campaign involvement with both of them. We also are holding educational forums in other races.
Here are three developments we wanted to share with you:
1. COUNTY COUNCIL FORUM
As pictured above, we held a very successful Candidate Primary Fair last weekend, and hosted 10 candidates for Talbot County Council from the Democratic and Republican parties. More than 30 people heard from each of the candidates and got to ask questions about local issues, including education, the minimum wage and the county's revenue cap.
2. MIKE PULLEN PHONE BANKS
Details: 6-8 pm, 26 West Dover St, Easton
There's just a couple of months until the First Congressional District primary. Please come out and join this week's phone banking. (Phone banking from home - virtual phone banking - is also an option. Reach out to Justin Butler (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information about that.)
3. BEN JEALOUS CAMPAIGN
We received a letter from the Jealous campaign that outlines some opportunities for volunteers to help out:
Message from the Ben Jealous for Governor Campaign
Thank you for endorsing Ben Jealous for Maryland’s next governor and for your interest in assisting the campaign. We regret that we couldn’t be with you at your Candidates Fair on Saturday but look forward to meeting with you soon.
I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself as the campaign’s Progressive Field Director. My primary function is to work with progressive individuals and groups organizing events—everything from phone banking, canvassing, and meet and greets. Please reach out to me directly if you would like to participate in Ben’s campaign on the Eastern Shore.
Learn more via a call on Tuesday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. If so, please join us at 781-448-4500 and enter the pin 18220. I look forward to talking with you!
Progressive Field Director
Ben Jealous for Governor
*** GENERAL ASSEMBLY DISAPPOINTS ON ECO ISSUES
Environmentalists came away from this year's General Assembly session with disappointment on several issues.
According to the Bay Journal:
The General Assembly legislators refused to strengthen the state’s forest conservation law or study whether more needs to be done to protect woodlands from development. They also balked at getting more energy from renewable sources and banning the use of polystyrene foam food containers statewide.
Those and other defeats in Annapolis outnumbered victories for environmental activists, who saw their priorities voted down – or left untouched on a committee desk.
The forest conservation defeat was one of the most disheartening. Last year, legislators failed to support a bill that would have required a one-for-one replacement of every tree cut down by developers, so activists pushed this year for protecting “priority” forests, the largest tracts deemed the most ecologically valuable. They pointed to a study finding that, despite the protections offered by the 1991 law, the most heavily forested tracts in Baltimore County continue to be carved up by development.
*** WATCH TALBOT RISING ON TV
Talbot Rising has produced a series of video programs taped at the Avalon Theater with MCTV. You can watch these informative exchanges on YouTube. Here's your quick program guide and easy links:
Affordable Care Act
The Opioid Crisis
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Find updated events, useful links, and more about Talbot Rising:
• Updated website: www.talbotrising.org
• Videos on healthcare, immigration, opioids and more. Go to YouTubeand search for Talbot Rising.
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Monitoring Rep. Andy Harris, #15 Letter of the Law
Rep. Andy Harris last week joined almost a dozen members of Congress, many from the Freedom Caucus, in a letter seeking to have the Justice Department investigate President Trump's political opponents.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Harris wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate Hillary Clinton and James Comey, and former acting attorney general Sally Yates, former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe and former acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente (who is now FBI general counsel).
His reason, according to the Baltimore Sun,
“This is the law enforcement agency of the nation,” the Baltimore County lawmaker said. “I think Americans resent if the law enforcement agency of the nation was being used as a partisan tool."
Well, by trumping up a case against these Justice Department officials, Harris and the other members of Congress are turning the law enforcement agencies into exactly that kind of partisan tool. When the history of this era is written, such requests by the Trump administration and its apologists in Congress will go down alongside the abuses of the Nixon administration in creating its own enemies list.