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Legislative Update – 01/20/2020

  The Legislative Session has completed its second week.  Close to 500 bills have been introduced.  New bills are listed first and bill status of other bills will follow. Update

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Student Voter Empowerment Act

Student Voter Empowerment Act Guest Blog by Rishi Shah, Associate, Maryland PIRG Original post 12/17/19 on Marylandpirg.org No time to read? Listen to Rishi Shah on the ‘Our Maryland Politics

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Legislative Update – 01/20/2020

  The Legislative Session has completed its second week.  Close to 500 bills have been introduced.  New bills are listed first and bill status of other bills will follow. Update

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The Fossil Fueled Republican Party and Climate Change By Dr. Mike O’Loughlin Article originally published 10:06 a.m. ET Dec. 7, 2018 | Updated 4:02 p.m. ET Dec. 7, 2018Link to original

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The Myth of Liberal Bias

Opinion: The Myth of Liberal BiasBy Susan Olsen, Mike Pretl Fellow From time to time, readers complain that Our Maryland is “too partisan” or that we have a “liberal bias.”

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Guest Blog: A Voice for Hopkins Nurses

To our Baltimore Community: We are nurses on Zayed 9 West, the Comprehensive Transplant Unit, of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.  We wanted to share our experiences with you

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Vote For Question 2

Guest Blog from Damon Effingham, Executive Director of Common Cause Maryland Every eligible Marylander who wants a say in our democracy should be able to cast a vote on Election

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Jealous on Justice

By Our Maryland Our Voices Contributor For years, Marylanders have been asking for proper and strategic criminal justice reform. However, in order to create this type of reform, Marylanders will

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A New Age of Activism

By Rebecca Niburg, Our Maryland Contributor Activism is not new or something that has come back into style or was paused. Certain people and groups have been active for decades

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Jealous and Medicare-for-All

Medicare-for-All can seem like a complicated issue, however in progressive campaigns have worked to try to make this inclusive health system easy to understand. Medicare-for-all is one of the pillars

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My friend, Ben

By Susan Olsen #ourvoicesourmaryland Contributor          When I attended the Tawes Crab Feast in Crisfield in July, I noticed some campaign workers trying to get Independent Neal Simon on the

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Elections Have Cosequences

By Rebecca Niburg #ourvoicesourmaryland Contributor  Elections have consequences.  This oft-repeated trope could not be any clearer during the current administration which has the opportunity to not only control the execution

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The Critical Importance of the Census

By Rebecca Niburg #ourvoicesourmaryland Contributor  The census is an institution that very few people think much about.  It seems to make sense to count our population, know which communities or

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Detained: ICE, Immigration and Maryland

  By Rebecca Niburg #ourvoicesourmaryland Contributor  The national news has been replete with stories of children separated from their parents at the border.  Reports that asylum seekers are being detained

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EARLY VOTING BEGINS TODAY!

A Repost from our friends at Common Cause Maryland Our democracy works best when as many people as possible participate and have their voices heard. That’s why I want to

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Campaigns Heat Up

In a crowded Democratic primary, the candidates are slowly beginning to differentiate themselves from their opponents while also ostensibly setting the stage necessary to upset sitting Governor Larry Hogan in

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The Candidates.

On Monday, Maryland’s eight Democratic candidates for the state’s governor had their first primary debate. While it has been noted that the candidates spent most of the debate focusing of

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Maryland’s New Crab Crisis

Maryland is famous for its sweet-blue crabs and crab cakes that pile on restaurant tables every summer. However, Maryland’s prominent crab industry is currently facing a major crisis even just

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Do New Rules Mean Change?

Facebook has come under increasing scrutiny over the last month as concerns over privacy and breached data have flooded news outlets around the country.  Concerns over the privacy of user

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The Time for $15 is Now

Governor Larry Hogan finds himself with high approval ratings in various pockets around the state of Maryland. However, when you look at some of the districts that Hogan has the

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2018 Session: The ACA and Maryland

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) recently celebrated its eighth anniversary. Over the past years, the legislation has made health insurance affordable for millions of Americans of all ages. Furthermore, ACA

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The Fight for $15 in Maryland

The Fight for $15 in Maryland By Grace Derbyshire Marylanders might see an increase in our hourly minimum wage to $15 by 2023 under a bill proposed this session by

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Metro Funding in Maryland

After years of being underfunded, Maryland’s transportation is about to receive some much needed financial support. The state’s legislatures are working to increase Metro funding permanently by $150 million a

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Leadership? Hogan can’t commit

Those heavily invested in the criminal justice debate around the country are clear on one thing – mandatory minimums do not work.  The evidence and the stories seem to paint

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Hogan and Trump: Double-Dipping

It appears as though Governor Hogan is continuing to share more and more in common with President Trump.  Hogan has said that his holiday gift to the people of Maryland

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Too Little, Too Late – Too Cold

When talking about school infrastructure, the reality of the implications of not funding our school hit home over the past few weeks in Baltimore City Public Schools. Thousands of teachers,

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