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Weekly Newsletter - Oct. 9, 2017

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This Week's Action Items

#1: SUPPORT GUARANTEED HEALTHCARE
You can join the effort to improve American's healthcare now that the Trump administration's repeal-and-replace plans are thwarted. Our Revolution is conducting a campaign to boost the chances for a single-payer health care bill. Go to Our Revolution's website to learn what you can do to help.

#2: OPPOSE THE TAX GIVEAWAY
House Speaker Paul Ryan visited Chestertown with Rep. Andy Harris to promote the administration's tax plan, which cuts the tax rate for businesses while raising the bottom rate for taxpayers. (See below for link to story and Reality Check feature) Call Harris' office to tell him you are against giving rich people a break while hurting middle-class taxpayers. His Kent Island office: 410-643-5425. Call Speaker Ryan's office as well: 202-225-3031.

#3: MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS -- AND GET INVOLVED
You can make a difference and meet like-minded activists. Join one of Talbot Rising's committees to dig into an issue you care deeply about. See the listings and contact info at the bottom of this email.

Events Rising

Oct. 9 - CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR
Details:  7:30 pm, Silver Spring Civic Building
You can attend the Progressive Neighbors' Forum with Gubernatorial Candidates for the 2018 election. Guests: Rushern Baker, Alec Ross, Ben Jealous (invited), Jim Shea,  Kevin Kamenetz (invited), Krishani Viganarajah,
Rich Madaleno. Doors open at 7 pm.

Oct. 17 - HEALTH COMMITTEE
Details: 7 pm Bozman, MD
Join us to discuss the benefits and costs of a single payer health system and how Talbot Rising might provide a platform for a larger discussion on the topic. Bring any information you have to share with the group. Meeting will be at 23279 Swan Cove Rd., Bozman

Oct. 19 - TR COORDINATING MEETING
Details: 7 pm, Bozman, MD
Please come to a working session to plan activities and initiatives with committee chairs and the steering group. We will hear what the teams are up to and share information about what's ahead this fall. Meeting will be at 23279 Swan Cove Rd., Bozman

Oct. 21 - ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION RESPONSE
TOWN HALL
Details - 2-5 pm, Key School, 534 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis
The forum will educate and prepare environmental activists and concerned citizens for the 2018 legislative session in Maryland. Participants will have the opportunity to hear about the environmental priorities of state legislators from both parties, environmental advocacy groups, and community leaders who are fighting environmental justice issues in their communities. There will be keynote speeches from Senator Ben Cardin, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and Seema Kakade, the University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic Director.  

Oct. 21 - FROLICK FOR SINGLE-PAYER HEALTHCARE
Details: 10 am to 1 pm, Maryland Renaissance Festival,
1821 Crownsville Rd., Annapolis
Participate in the Guaranteed Healthcare Campaign at the festival.

- News and Updates -

PROTESTERS GREET SPEAKER RYAN, REP. HARRIS IN CHESTERTOWN
House Speaker Paul Ryan was greeted by about 50 protestors during a visit to Chestertown last week. Along, with Rep. Andy Harris, Ryan was at Dixon Valve to plug the Trump tax plan. You can read more about the event and the protest by Indivisible group members at the Cecil Whig web site.
 
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NEW POLL SUPPORTS OFFSHORE WIND FARM
As the dispute over a wind farm heats up in Ocean City, a college-sponsored survey shows most people would not mind seeing the windmills offshore.

The city council recently hired a lobbyist to slow down the project, which has already been approved by the state's utility regulators. OC worries that one of the projects would be visible from the shoreline at about 12-15 miles, according to the website OCToday.net. But a Goucher College study says its survey found that for 75 percent of Maryland residents it would make no difference on whether they came to visit. The wind farm could help the state meet new goals for generating more renewable energy, as well as create thousands of jobs.  

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GREAT OPPORTUNITY AWAITS YOU! 

You can play a valuable role in helping bold progressives get elected in 2018 – by chairing the Electoral Committee of Talbot Rising.  Some important tasks are:  organizing candidate forums, managing the endorsement process within Talbot Rising, and reaching out to young voters.   Whoever snags this volunteer role will be rewarded by knowing you helped maximize Talbot Rising’s impact on the elections for governor, congress and county council AND that your job will wrap up before the 2018 holiday season!
Act now before somebody else steps forward.  If you would just like to discuss the possibility without making a commitment, call me at 410-886-9889 or email me at denicelombard@comcast.net.  Thank you for your consideration.
 
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CATCH UP ON IMPORTANT ISSUES
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
Nuclear Weapons
Immigration Assistance
Unionville Anniversary
Local Schools
Single-Payer Healthcare
The Opioid Crisis
 

REALITY CHECK

This is a new feature that highlights distortions, deceptions and political spin
WHO REALLY BENEFITS FROM TRUMP'S TAX PLAN?

THE CLAIM: Rep. Andy Harris said in an interview on Channel 47 that the plan will increase paychecks for the average American.

THE REALITY: The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center said in a report many middle-class families would actually see a tax hike because of fewer deductions and that the
top 1% would get 80% of the benefit. 
 
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GO ONLINE FOR MORE TOOLS FROM TR
Find updated events, useful links, and more about Talbot Rising:
• Updated website: www.talbotrising.org
• Videos on healthcare, immigration, opioids and more. Go to YouTube and search for Talbot Rising.
• Follow us on Twitter
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