MARYLAND — Today, Friday, February 12th, Democrats in the Maryland General Assembly overrode several of Governor Larry Hogan’s vetoes, delivering results for the people of Maryland, and making significant investments in our state’s future. These veto overrides included the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future — fully implementing the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission and investing billions into our children and our state’s future.
The bills that were made law today will invest in education, support local farmers, assist elder Marylanders, promote small businesses and job creation, expand transportation services, and lower the cost of prescription drugs. Many of these bills passed with significant bipartisan support, including the Small Business Innovation Research Program bill, which passed 109-25 in the House.
“The session is just getting started, but Democrats in the General Assembly are already delivering results for the people of Maryland. These ambitious, common sense bills — many of which received strong bipartisan support — will invest in our future and help countless Marylanders in need,” said Maryland Democratic Party Chair Yvette Lewis. “Specifically, the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future bill will make a once-in-a-generation investment into ensuring that Maryland’s schools are the best in the nation, and that a zip code doesn’t dictate the quality of education. This week’s actions by Democrats will also help build our state back better from the COVID-19 pandemic by creating jobs, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, and helping ensure that transportation is affordable and accessible.
“Unfortunately, these bills could have been law almost a year ago, and Marylanders would have already been seeing the benefits to small businesses, farms, and to our schools. It’s only because of Governor Larry Hogan’s pointless obstructionism that these broadly supported bills did not become law earlier. Hogan’s opposition highlights that time and time again it’s Democrats who deliver results for Maryland, and shows the crucial importance of electing a Democratic governor in 2022.”
Just a few of the ambitious bills made law were:
MARYLAND -- Monday, February 1st, the Maryland Democratic Party released the following statement on the first day of Black History Month:
“This February, the Maryland Democratic Party proudly recognizes Black History Month, and honors the many Black Marylanders who have shaped our state and our nation.
“Maryland is proud to be the home or birthplace for some of history’s greatest Black leaders and barrier breakers. A state whose history represents an all too familiar duality — originally defined by the evil of the Atlantic slave trade, we helped give birth to the movements of abolition, civil rights, and Black Lives Matter. Our state's Black leaders have defined generations and inspired millions; Marylanders like Frederick Douglass; Harriet Tubman; Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall; and of course, Baltimore’s Congressman Elijah Cummings. As we honor their everlasting legacy, we must also pledge to continue their fight for equal justice under law, liberty, and opportunity for all.
“This long tradition of extraordinary trailblazers is continued by the Black Marylanders who currently serve our state. In the Maryland General Assembly, House Speaker Adrienne Jones is the first African American and the first woman to ever hold the position, and in Congress, we are proud to be represented by Reps. Kweisi Mfume and Anthony Brown. In our own organization, Party Chair Yvette Lewis and Executive Director Eva Lewis make the Maryland Democratic Party the first, and only, state Party in the nation to be led by African American women in both leadership roles.
“We also cannot recognize Black History Month without recognizing our country’s first Black woman Vice President, Kamala D. Harris. A proud HBCU grad, Vice President Harris has shown that there is no limit to what can be accomplished in America.
“In these difficult, uncertain times, having strong Black leaders that truly represent the people of Maryland is more important than ever. The Black Lives Matter movement has laid bare the systemic racism that still exists in America and shown the desperate need for criminal justice reform. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic’s disproportionate toll exposed deep inequalities in our social, political, and economic systems.
“This is why, as we recognize Black History Month, we must renew our commitment to improving the lives of Maryland’s Black communities by uplifting our leading voices, supporting policies that will address systemic racism, and electing candidates who will fight to end inequality and reform our criminal justice system.”
As we know, Covid-19 did not create the systematic failings and inequities of our civil justice system and social safety net. Rather, the pandemic exacerbated these deficiencies and the significant harm they cause. To address these issues, in June, I convened the Attorney General's Covid-19 Access to Justice Task Force, a partnership between the Office of the Attorney General and the Maryland Access to Justice Commission. The purpose of the Task Force is to address civil legal challenges facing Marylanders in the wake of Covid-19.
On January 11, the Task Force released recommendations on a series of 59 racial justice priorities for the 2021 Legislative Session. These address housing, economic and food security, health equity, labor protections, and adequate access to the state's legal system. These measures are intended to help poor and minority families who have suffered the worst of the hardships brought by the coronavirus. Full report here
Principal among them are:
I'm hopeful that we have created a roadmap to help Maryland recover from this crisis and to put the state in a stronger position to weather the future.
In these troubling times, I hope you and your family are able to stay safe.
By Authority: Citizens for Brian Frosh, Jerry Gross, Treasurer
BALTIMORE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE TO INTERVIEW APPLICANTS FOR TWO AT LARGE FEMALE GENDER BALANCE POSITIONS
The Baltimore County Democratic State Central Committee is pleased to announce the interview schedule to fill two at large female gender balance positions.
The interviews will take place Sunday, January 24, 2021 from 5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in 20-minute intervals. All interviews will be conducted via Zoom.
Please note that all BCDSCC interviews are open to the public. Participants will be recorded during the Open Session via ZOOM and interviews will be streamed live on Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreCountyDemocraticParty. All participants must have the video camera on. No phone interviews are permitted.
Below is the interview schedule for qualified applicants:
Date: Sunday, January 24, 2021
Dr. Tammira Lucas: 5:15 pm. – 5:40 p.m.
Nia Duggins: 6:00 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.
Joan Maingi: 6:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.
Nominations Committee Deliberations and Decision: 6:50 p.m. - 7:10 p.m. (Closed Session)
Announcement of Nominations Committee Decision: 7:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Approximately)
The inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris will showcase the American people’s resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild so that we emerge as the indomitable force that a united America represents.
Tune in on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, online at bideninaugural.org/watch or on any of our social media channels:
– YouTube https://www.youtube.com/bideninaugural
– Facebook https://www.facebook.com/joebiden
– Twitter https://twitter.com/joebiden
– Twitch www.twitch.tv/inauguration2021
Season's greetings. On behalf of the Baltimore County Democratic State Central Committee, we wish you a happy and safe holiday weekend. We also want you to save the date (12/28/2020). We will close out 2020, doing what we do best- helping Democrats win elections. The state of Georgia is preparing for its Senate run-off elections in January. What better gift can we give America than two more Senate seats to ensure that President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have strong support in Congress to Build Back Better.
Join the Anne Arundel County Democratic Party and Baltimore County Democratic Party on Monday, December 28, 2020, at 6:30 pm for the "Race to Georgia" Phone Bank Competition. Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Jr. and Anne Arundel County Executive Stuart Pittman, with State Senators Sarah Elfreth and Shelly Hettleman, will engage local Democrats in a Game of Phones. The county that makes the most calls collectively wins. Each county will form a team of volunteers toward a final phone banking effort to ensure Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff win Georgia's Senate races. Let's show the power of Baltimore County Democrats. Register to attend and sign-up to join the Baltimore County team. A phone bank training tutorial will take place from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The phone bank challenge will begin at 7:00 pm and conclude at 9:00 pm.
Sign up to join Baltimore County's Georgia Phone Bank Team here http://www.baltimorecountydems.com/georgia-phonebank-challenge.html.
Register to attend the Zoom Party next Monday (12/28/20) here https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuc-2oqTkoHNKpk12aYyZXpuXzGrAejrI1. After registering, you will receive a unique Zoom ID and instructions for joining the event in a confirmation email.
Crystal R. Francis
BALTIMORE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR TWO AT LARGE FEMALE GENDER BALANCE POSITIONS
The BALTIMORE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE (BCDSCC), known as the Baltimore County Democratic Party, was elected on June 26, 2018 during the Democratic Primary Election. The Democratic Party requires that local central committees maintain gender balance. Two gender balance openings for At Large female members presently exist . According to the BCDSCC bylaws, the Nominations Sub-Committee is charged with making recommendations for At Large positions to the full Committee regarding new members.
Each applicant must be a citizen of the United States, must have been a registered Maryland Democratic voter at the time of the last Primary Election and have permanent residence in Baltimore County. Interested female applicants must submit the following materials to be considered:
1. A completed BCDSCC application
2. A professional resume
3. A separate letter of interest indicating their professional, civic, and political experience, and why they are interested in serving on the BCDSCC
Up to two written references letters may also be submitted by the deadline, however, reference letters are optional. Materials should be e-mailed to Info@BaltimoreCountyDems.com with the subject line "BCDSCC At Large Female Gender Balance Application" (preferred method), or mailed via USPS to BCDSCC, Attention: Nominations Subcommittee, P.O. Box 19092, Towson, MD 21286 and received by 11:59 pm on Friday, January 15, 2021.
For more information and to download the application visit http://www.baltimorecountydems.com/current-central-committee-vacancies.html. Applications missing a resume or letter of interest will be considered incomplete.
All applicants will be interviewed publicly, and interviews will be conducted by the BCDSCC Nominations Sub-Committee members on either January 23, 2021, January 24, 2021, or January 30, 2021. Once all application materials have been received, applicants will be notified of the exact day and time of their interview, which will be conducted virtually on camera via ZOOM and streamed live from our Facebook page.
“We’re heartbroken by the news of Senator Sarbanes’ passing. A tireless advocate for Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay, Senator Sarbanes’ long legacy of steadfast service will live on. Our state and our nation are a better place because of him; he will be deeply missed by all. The sincerest condolences to his family, Maryland is with you.”
Zachary Holman | Communications Director, Maryland Democratic Party
Our prayers are for the continued Peace & Comfort for the Sarbanes Family… from the Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee. Dr. Crystal Francis, Chair
As Marylanders wrap up a safe Thanksgiving weekend, and the holiday season begins -- the Maryland Democratic Party is taking time to celebrate the Democratic Central Committees (DCCs) that are the backbone of the Party. DCCs support local Democratic candidates, run voter outreach programs, and keep the state party up to date on everything happening in each county. Their hard work and dedication have been key to the successes of the Party -- they will be invaluable partners in the hundreds of state and local elections to come.
“We saw historic victories across the state this year -- from President-elect Biden and Vice
President-elect Harris’ landslide victory, to Mayor-elect Brandon Scott’s inspiring win in
Baltimore -- none of this would have been possible without the tireless efforts of our Democratic Central Committees. Their dedication to our counties, our state, and our people is unmatched. I am deeply grateful for all the hard work they have done, and am so proud of the victories we have achieved,” said Maryland Democratic Chair Yvette Lewis. “As we begin to build infrastructure and ramp up efforts for 2021 and 2022, our Democratic Central Committees will continue to play a pivotal role in supporting Democratic candidates across Maryland.”
Below are key accomplishments from some of our 24 Democratic Central Committees:
Anne Arundel: The Anne Arundel DCC built a strong foundation for Democratic candidates
across the county. Through record fundraising and volunteer recruitment, they were able to
increase the Democratic vote share by 9% over 2016. These efforts also contributed to the record turnout of 76%.
Baltimore City: The Baltimore City DCC excelled at the transition to campaigning during
COVID-19 -- they hosted a virtual GOTV rally that reached thousands of Baltimoreans,
organized three Vote2BMore motorcades through the city to heighten voter awareness, and put on a virtual voter education forum to cover the absentee ballot process.
Baltimore County: The Baltimore County DCC ran an unprecedented voter outreach effort that engaged over 4,657 newly registered voters through letters and postcards. They recruited 120 volunteers, organized over 95 events across Baltimore County, and distributed nearly 1600 Biden-Harris signs. Despite COVID-19, they had record engagement from volunteers resulting in increased voter turnout by nearly 12 points.
Carroll County: The Carroll County DCC distributed more signs and literature and recruited
more volunteers than any other previous year, all while adapting to the global pandemic. This hard work resulted in a 7% increase in the Democratic vote share over the 2016 election results.
Dorchester County: The Dorchester County DCC mobilized record numbers of volunteers,
signs, and funds -- building Democratic infrastructure in the county for years to come. They
increased community engagement through social media, electronic and direct mailings, and
participation in local events.
Frederick County: The Frederick County DCC worked tirelessly to register Democrats and flip
the county from Red to Blue. Thanks to their efforts, and as of Election Day there were 3,720
more registered Democrats than Republicans in the county; by contrast, on Election Day in
2016, there were 5,158 more Republicans. This voter registration swing was crucial to the
Biden-Harris victory in Frederick County.
Garrett County: The Garrett County DCC distributed more yard signs and barn signs in the
community than ever before; including two electronic billboards during October. They also
wrote and placed countless letters to the editor supporting the Biden-Harris ticket in their local paper. This led to Democrats gaining significantly over the 2016 results.
Kent County: The Kent County DCC was dedicated to flipping Kent County Blue for the first
time since 2008. They successfully mobilized volunteers, persuaded swing voters, and turned
out historic numbers of Democrats to win by almost a percent and a half -- a margin even larger than 2008.
Montgomery County: The Montgomery County DCC mobilized voters and volunteers in
historic numbers. With over 2,500 volunteers, they made phone calls, wrote letters, sent texts, and traveled to swing states. They also sent an educational mailer to every single Democratic household in the county; staffed a hotline for voters who had questions or needed advice; had volunteers at every in-person voting site for early vote and poll location on Election Day. These efforts all led to a landslide victory for the Biden-Harris ticket.
Prince George's County: The Prince George’s County DCC quickly figured out how to get out
the vote in unprecedented times. They organized a massive GOTV virtual rally & fundraiser, that featured celebrities, national political figures, and Democrats from across Maryland. They also hosted two separate Biden-Harris motorcades with over 100 participating vehicles. These efforts resulted in over 70% voter turnout and a Biden-Harris victory of nearly 90%.
Talbot County: The Talbot County DCC worked night and day to ensure that the Biden-Harris
ticket would be the first Democratic presidential ticket to win in Talbot County since 1964. They closed a 1,500 voter registration gap to under 1,000 in less than a year. This was done by recruiting 220 volunteers who carried out political operations for the Talbot County DCC
throughout the cycle.
The Maryland Democratic Party has a Central Committee for each of Maryland’s 23 counties
and Baltimore City.
Dear Friend and Supporter,
Join the Baltimore County Democratic State Central Committee on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at 7:00 PM EDT for a Virtual Unity Celebration. Get together with County, State, and National Leaders; Elected Representatives, your local clubs, community activists, and Central Committee members to celebrate and commemorate the hard work we all have invested in the past election year.
To RSVP, purchase a sponsorship or ticket by Monday, November 30, 2020. Patrons and sponsors will receive additional instructions and the link to access the virtual event once sales have ended. Click the link to view sponsorships levels and purchase tickets via credit card. Send checks to BCDSCC, P.O. Box 19092, Baltimore, MD 21284. Discounts are available to young Democrats and those with limited financial resources—email email@example.com or call (443) 470-6022 to inquire.
We want to express our deep appreciation for your past support. Without your contributions and activism, we would not be able to do the work that is critical to moving both Maryland and the entire country forward during these challenging times. We look forward to seeing you on December 3, 2020, at 7 PM.
Baltimore County Democratic State Central Committee