Weekly Newsletter - Nov. 27, 2017
#1: HELP SAVE HEALTHCARE -- AGAIN
The Republican Senate is once again trying to kill off the Affordable Care Act, this time by trying to repeal the insurance mandate provision. Of course, this was put into the Senate tax bill at the last minute, with little time for debate. But that measure comes up this week for a vote in the full Senate. In Maryland, Senators Cardin and Van Hollen will oppose the bill. But they need to hear from you. Tell them that you appreciate their opposition and that they need to be vociferous in stopping this corporate tax giveaway in its tracks.
Their numbers to call: Sen. Cardin: 202-224-4524; Sen. Van Hollen: 202-224-4654
#2: HOLD HARRIS ACCOUNTABLE ON TRUMP TAX SCAM
The Republican tax plan isn't “tax reform.” It’s tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of our communities.
According to Indivisible.org:
• 226,000 people in Maryland would lose health insurance coverage
• 889,000 Maryland families would see a tax increase
And this plan will blow a hole in the deficit up to $1.5 trillion to $2.2 trillion.
The House has already passed this version of the bill, with Rep. Andy Harris voting "Yes."
Call his office to remind him that when it comes up for a vote again he will be held accountable in less than one year: November 2018.
His DC office: 202-225-5311; his Kent Island office: 410-643-5425.
#3: SIGN UP TO CALL A SWING STATE
All across the country there are progressive groups that are getting together to stop the corporate tax giveaway. Here's an especially effective way to make a difference: Sign up with Indivisible to get connected to a progressive who lives in a swing state. Their Senators may ultimately make a difference in the tax bill vote, and those progressive voters can make the case to them. Go to this link at Indivisible to learn more:
Dec. 3 - MARYLAND PRE-LEGISLATIVE SUMMIT
Details: 10 am to 6 pm, UMBC Engineering Hall, 1000 Hilltop Cir., Baltimore
The Maryland Pre-legislative Session Summit will connect NGO's (Non-Governmental Organizations) with grassroots groups and legislators to discuss 2018 legislative agendas. There will be training from 10 am -12 pm on how the MD legislature works and how to effectively meet with legislators. The second part of the day, 1-6 pm, will focus on presentations and time for direct discussions with the various NGO's. For more information, please see the event link below. This is a ticketed event.
Link to event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/126965797970128/ https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/127095/chk/f96f
Dec. 9 - HOW TO STOP GERRYMANDERING
Details: 1 pm, Talbot Public Library, Easton
Learn about the problem of gerrymandering and how it affects our elections in a forum with the League of Women Voters.
DEC. 12 - HEALTH COMMITTEE
Details: Noon, 404 Bentley Ave., St. Michaels
Join the discussion at the home of Holly Wright on the campaign for guaranteed health care and the planning for a forum on the opioid epidemic.
- News and Updates -
ELECTORAL COMMITTEE SKETCHES OUT PLAN FOR 2018
At a meeting of the electoral committee earlier in November, co-chairs Holly Wright and David King met with their group to begin planning out the process for the mid-term elections next year. They set out a full agenda of training and on-the-ground action for the voting effort.
Here's a month-by-month look at what's ahead:
--Continue recruiting people to work on the committee.
--Begin voter registration training through the County Board of Elections.
--Identify voter registration sites to target.
--Go into the field with our voter registration teams to finalize training (so if you haven't done it before you'll have someone with you to show you the ropes in the field).
--Develop endorsement process (candidate filing deadline Feb 27).
--In Talbot County, candidates for: Governor, First Congressional District, State Senate District 37, State Delegates District 37B (2), Talbot County Council (5).
--Get Out The Vote for the Primary Election (June 26).
--Early Voting June 14-21.
--Get Out The Vote for the General Election (Nov. 6).
--Early Voting Oct 25-Nov 1.
For more information on the actions and to get involved, please contact:
Holly Wright: firstname.lastname@example.org;
David King: email@example.com
CATCH UP ON MAJOR 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
The Opioid Crisis
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HOUSE BUDGET CUTS IMPERIL CHESAPEAKE BAY
Deep budget cuts passed by the House will mean problems for Chesapeake Bay cleanup and preservation programs, according to an article in the Capital News Service.
That means probable cuts for efforts such as stormwater treatment, oyster restoration, and monitoring programs.
From the news service:
"For the fourth consecutive year, House appropriators in September slashed funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake program by 20%, to $60 million.
In past years, the Senate restored the cut, maintaining annual funding for the program at $73 million, more than $12 million of which went to Maryland in 2016, according to an analysis done by the Choose Clean Water Coalition.
But with the retirement of Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who was the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, past is no longer precedent."