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Make Your Voice Heard

We are less than a week away from one of the most important elections of our lifetimes where there are more women, first time candidates, and people of color on the ballot and it is time to turn #IWillVote into #IVoted. This election will determine which party controls the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Maryland Governor’s Mansion, Maryland Attorney General and Comptroller, the House of Delegates, the Maryland Senate, and countless local races. Each of these offices will have a direct impact on our lives over the course of the next 2-4 years.

Control of Congress is up for grabs and it is essential that Democrats take back at least one chamber to provide an adequate check on presidential power which Republicans have failed to do. Retaking the majority is essential to supporting factfinding investigations about the countless Trump Administration scandals that have gone unchecked under Republican leadership. Maryland needs to support the phenomenal Democrats running for Congress to protect Maryland from the next two years of the Trump presidency.

The Governor’s Mansion and General Assembly are incredibly important to ensuring we enact progressive policies that will benefit the lives of every Marylander. I am incredibly proud of the Democratic campaigns running across the state that have led positive campaigns promising positive change in Maryland, rather than the fearmongering we have seen from the Maryland Republican Party. Ben Jealous, Susie Turnbull, Brian Frosh, Ben Cardin and candidates across the state will work tirelessly for Marylanders and their values. This year, they need your support and are counting on you to show up at the polls.

As college students, our demographic tends to be ignored because we are less likely to show up at the polls, especially in a midterm year. If there is anything that I have learned when talking with our chapters across the state it is that students are fired up for this year’s election. There are countless issues that will affect each and every one of us. The Republicans in Congress have shown us how they really feel about the #MeToo movement and supporting women when they chose to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Governor Hogan showed us how he really felt about public schools when he called teachers “thugs” and has proposed countless cuts to public school funding.

This year college students and millennials as a whole have the power to shift this year’s election by supporting candidates who share our values. College students will change the political dynamic by exercising their right to vote and taking control of their future. The policies and decisions of today have the power to affect our future for not just the next four years, but for decades to come. The stakes are too high in this election to simply sit on the sideline.

To ensure you are able to cast your ballot, here are some helpful tips for Election Day.

  • Check your polling place at IWillVote.com
  • Check your schedule and figure out the best time for you to go, whether that is before class, after work, or on your way home.
  • Make sure you have a ride and if don’t there are a number of free or discounted rides that can help get you to the polls
  • Bring friends! Be sure to remind your friends, classmates, and family members to vote too by texting, calling and bringing them to the polls!
  • Last chance to volunteer! Sign up here to help remind others to cast their ballot too!

The only way to ensure your voice gets heard is to elect candidates who share your values and will put Maryland on the right path. There are countless Democrats across the state who are excited to fight for you, but they need your support on November 6th!

By: Ryan Kirby

President, College Democrats of Maryland

Women’s Caucus

The leadership of the College Democrats of Maryland’s first established caucus, the Women’s Caucus, is thrilled to be beginning their work for the new school year! As it embarks on its first year as an assembled caucus, one of the primary objectives of the Women’s Caucus is to promote local and national political candidates who uphold women’s rights; the leadership and membership of the caucus intends to highlight and support candidates who make women’s economic, personal, and social liberation a central focus of their campaigns. As the midterm elections come to a close and the Democratic Party looks ahead to 2020, the Women’s Caucus will focus on electing Democratic female candidates to all levels of political office.

The Women’s Caucus is currently recruiting members for its general body. The general body membership and caucus leadership will work together to advocate for women at campuses throughout the state of Maryland. Some of the objectives of the Women’s Caucus for the 2018-2019 academic year include organizing events and information tables at universities throughout Maryland, participating in canvas days, and collaborating with local organizations that champion women’s rights. If you are interested in becoming a general body member, please fill out the general membership form on the College Democrats of Maryland Women’s Caucus information page. If you have any questions about the caucus or its objectives, please contact womenscaucus@mdcollegedems.org. It will be an exciting year promoting the advancement and empowerment of women!

Rebecca Vincent, Caucus Chair

On Brett Kavanaugh

We stand with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and all survivors of sexual assault. We respect Dr. Ford while she continues to persevere through insults and attacks on her character, from the general public, Senators, and our President, as she speaks her truth. As our country changes how we talk about sexual assault, it is important to cultivate an environment that welcomes reporting and does not discourage it.  Scrutiny from our highest offices sets an example on the national stage, but we must not let that shape the way we treat survivors and other human beings. Soon empathy will defy party lines and find its way back into politics again.

We condemn the behavior of all lawmakers who approached confirming Judge Kavanaugh with a purely partisan lens, as that is not the role of the Senate in this process. The American people trust Senators to consider every single aspect of a nominee’s qualifications and demonstrated behavior, especially when that nominee will serve a life sentence in our highest court.

We have to push for more respectful dialogue from both sides.  We have to demand respectful treatment of sexual assault survivors in the future. Remember the behavior of our lawmakers during the Senate confirmation hearings when we go to the polls in November.

MD Gubernatorial Debate

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On Monday, Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Ben Jealous faced off against Republican Governor Larry Hogan in a debate that showed who has the plans lead our state forward. Although Jealous has proposed 5 debates between the two candidates, Monday night was the only date Larry Hogan has agreed to. And the debate revealed exactly why.

Jealous, a former president of the NAACP and socially-conscious business leader, laid out his plans for growing our state’s economy, current last in the region, fully funding our schools, which have dropped from #1 to #6 in the nation, and reinventing our healthcare system, which is far too expensive for many who need it. Hogan, on the other hand, made false claim after false claim, pretending that people across our state are not struggling with job insecurity, declining schools, lack of affordable healthcare, and more.

While the governor insisted that Maryland is in the midst of “one of the greatest economic turnarounds in America,” Jealous showed that, for far too many Marylanders, getting a job that pays a living wage or going to college at an affordable price just isn’t possible. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that Maryland is behind Virginia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia in terms of job growth. Maryland can do better than a governor who thinks last in the region is good enough.

Jealous also highlighted his plan to revamp our education system which is failing far too many students. It includes universal pre-kindergarten for every child, increasing vocational education options in high schools, and finally raising teachers’ pay so we can recruit the best teachers in the nation. From proposing $144 million in education funding cuts during just his first year in office to supporting vouchers for private schools, Hogan has proven he is no leader on education. Hogan also repeatedly took credit for work championed by the Democratic State Legislature, including a “lockbox” which will ensure revenues from casinos are spent only on education. Maryland can do better than a governor who thinks doing the bare minimum on education is good enough.

Finally, Jealous explained that, under his leadership, Maryland will finally get health care costs under control with a sustainable Medicare for All plan. Premiums under Hogan have risen 120% since he took office, and the governor took two years to declare a state of emergency over the opioid epidemic. For Jealous, a good healthcare system includes “mental health care for all” and ensuring that gun violence is treated as the “public health crisis that it is.” Maryland can do better than a governor who thinks rising health care costs and ignoring the pain of average families is good enough.

Monday’s debate proved that Ben Jealous is the only candidate for governor with the ideas and ability to improve Maryland for the better. College Democrats of Maryland joins with Jealous in calling for additional debates so that all people in Maryland are able to see for themselves which candidate can truly lead our state forward.

One debate is not enough. Larry Hogan is not enough. Maryland can do better.

 

Cameron Walkup

Political Director, College Democrats of Maryland

College Dems Start the Year Off Strong

Image may contain: 11 people, people smiling, people standing and outdoorThe College Democrats of Maryland have been very active since we kicked off the 2018 Academic year. Over the first weekend of school, we went up to Fredrick to canvass for Democrats like State Senator Ron Young, David Trone to be our next Congressman in the Maryland 6th district and to support Ben Jealous as our next Governor. Unfortunately, the rain was so strong, we could not door knock. Instead, we went to the Fredrick Democratic Party office and phonebanked for two-three hours. This was a great first opportunity for kids to get involved in the fight for our democratic values as a country. We had a very strong showing for the first canvass and we want to continue to expand and replicate that.

This past weekend, members of both the University of Maryland College Democrats as well as the College Democrats of Maryland went to the Blue Wave Rally in Montgomery County. This was a kickoff event held to get the democratic base activated and energized as we move into the final months of this election. Our members got to learn from fantastic speakers like Ben Jealous, Sen. Ben Cardin, Rep. John Sarbanes, and Attorney General Brian Frosh were in attendance. It was a great opportunity to hear about not only the importance of the midterm elections in 2018 but also getting involved as well. Rep. Sarbanes compared getting involved to an energy grid. If you knocking on doors in a safe blue area, you are putting energy on the grid that the new volunteers in red states use to knock on doors.

Clubs across the state are having their first meetings and we are seeing unparalleled activity in interest in joining College Democrat chapters. We are really making an all-out push for college students to get involved. Knock on doors, make phone calls, sends texts, write a letter to the editor,  We cannot afford to have anyone sitting on the sideline this cycle. We are really excited to see what the upcoming academic year has in store and how we can help encourage College Democrats throughout Maryland get involved.

Donald Trump is a threat to the central tenants of American democracy. He won the 2016 Presidential election by dividing our country and stoking the flames of fear into our citizens. We want to send a strong message to Donald Trump in the midterm elections that his agenda does not reflect our American values. That starts by having a strong showing in the elections in Maryland. We at the College Democrats of Maryland are working as hard as we can to make sure we can get the millennial energy as tapped into and action-oriented as possible. Feel free to reach out if you would like to get more involved.

Kerry Billings

Chief of Staff, Cllege Democrats of Maryland

Conditions in Baltimore City

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During the 2016 election, a headline that addressed the conditions of Baltimore were quickly buried by the everchanging news cycle at the time. This headline ranked the conditions of some Baltimore neighborhoods worse than that in urban Nigeria. In 2014, the areas of Hilltop and Little Italy had at least 20 out of 1,000 infants die before their first birthday, a statistic which was not only higher than the West Bank, Honduras, and Venezuela, but also war-torn Syria and oppressive Uzbekistan at the time. Such conditions for the largest city in the state of Maryland show the remarkable ability to disregard a portion of the population who require the most assistance.

Most of my time in Maryland has been spent in Northern Baltimore County in Hereford. Despite being less than an hour from Baltimore City though, the disconnect of these two regions within the same county grows by the day. The school I went to, Hereford High School, is nationally ranked and yet just a short drive south and one sees some of the worst schools in the country. It is hard not see this issue in terms of black and white when you look at which resources and investments are directed to regions designated more important.

As some kid who grew up in the suburbs, I know I don’t have the answers to address the multitude of issues that impact those living in the inner-city of Baltimore. I do however know that the ignorance and disregard for those within our own state, from both sides of the political aisle, creates a foundation for these inhumane conditions. I would ask you for this upcoming election to vote for individuals who not just represent your personal opinions, but someone who can benefit the entire state and its entire people.

Riley Gee

Vice President, College Democrats of Maryland

CDMD’s First National Convention

This past weekend I had the privilege to attend the 2018 College Democrats of America National Convention with other students from Maryland who represented Towson University, Salisbury University, and University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). The Maryland delegation was attended by the College Democrats of Maryland President and Treasurer, as well as the UMBC President and Vice President. To my knowledge, this the first National Convention we have attended, and I am so happy we were able to make it. We had the opportunity to hear from incredible speakers about their vision for both the Democratic Party and College Democrats.

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Overall, I had a fantastic time at the College Democrats of America National Convention and am glad I got to go before graduating. The College Democrats of Maryland will continue to attend future National Conventions and, hopefully, grow the number of chapters represented. We owe a huge thank you to the College Democrats of Illinois and the University of Chicago College Democrats for hosting the National Convention. A big thank you is also owed to the previous College Democrats of America Executive Board for all their hard work this past year and for putting on such a great Convention. I also want to extend congratulations to the newly elected College Democrats of America Executive Board as I look forward to working with you in the coming months as we work towards electing Democrats up and down the ticket.

The National Convention provided our federation with opportunity to spend time connecting with other College Democrats from across the country. I loved hearing all the different challenges, strategies, and stories that each state federation and chapter leader had. Being from a predominantly Democratic state, it was very interesting to hear the experience of Red State Democrats fighting for Democrats, such as Senator Heidi Heitkamp. I also found it incredibly valuable to hear outside perspective on some of the Maryland races that people had been following. These perspectives and stories will be incredibly valuable throughout 2018 and I look forward to keeping in touch with everyone throughout the election and beyond.

Over the course of the weekend we attended training sessions about various topics in order to better prepare ourselves as active citizens and campus leaders. These breakout sessions were very informative and allowed us to learn about various topics ranging from marketing and digital strategy to fundraising techniques. I want to work the Maryland Democratic Party and DNC to ensure we continue training college students in Maryland to prepare them for current and future campaign work.

Throughout all our conversations, trainings, and speeches the one thing that stuck out most to me was the relatively limited mention of President Trump. Of course, his ridiculous antics were not ignored, as it would be nearly impossible to ignore the colossal Russian elephant in the room, but he was not the focus. Instead, we focused on what we can do to get Democrats elected up and down the ballot. We had conversations about local races and what we can do to get involved. I could not be more excited to hear that.

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Midterm elections are often viewed as a measure of the party in power, but Democrats are not the party of anger. We are most certainly fired up about issues coming from the White House but being angry isn’t what our party is about. Democrats need to provide a positive message for voters to latch on to. We must show how our policies will be successful in making the lives of working people better. The National Convention focused almost exclusively on ways we can improve our message to truly reach out to voters and let them know we are fighting for them.

One of the other key aspects of the National Convention that left me fired up was talking about the future of the Democratic Party. Our generation truly is the future of our party and our country. We are all too familiar with being told we are “too young” or “too inexperienced” to do something. Countless speakers reminded us that being “too young” is no excuse to be overlooked. We heard from Jason Rae, the youngest ever DNC Officer, and Hadiya Afzal who is running for DuPage County Council at the age of 18. It was incredibly inspiring to hear their stories and be reminded that if you want a seat at the table, you have to take it.

Young people are the life blood of political campaigns. High school and college students volunteer and intern countless hours on campaigns at every level of government, from city council to presidential campaigns. Campaigns and Democratic Party officials should also be aware of just how much they rely on our generation and future generations. Party and campaign platforms should reflect the values and interests of our generation. If those platforms don’t reflect our values and ideas, then it is upon us to change them by voting and running for office ourselves. President Obama understood the importance of the youth activism and on the 50th Anniversary of the Selma March, President Obama stated,

“It is you, the young and fearless at heart, the most diverse and educated generation in our history, who the nation is waiting to follow.”

The 2018 National Convention was a fantastic opportunity to engage with likeminded individuals who are equally driven to fight for progressive values. With the most important election of our lives less than 100 days away, getting engaged is no longer an option; it is a necessity.

By Ryan Kirby

President, College Democrats of Maryland

What is the Green Party to Democrats?

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Andrew Barnhart for Delegate (right) and his Brother, Michael Barnhart (left) in Annapolis.

In a time of immense divisiveness, who is the Green Party to Democrats? In Washington County, Democrats are setting a potentially monumental precedent in their decision to ally with the party against Republican incumbents William Wivell and Neil Parrott. The United Democrats of Washington County have supported Andrew Barnhart of the Green Party as a delegate for district 2A in Western Maryland. Barnhart, a 26-year-old Hagerstown native, graduated with his B.S. in Biology and Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2014 and proceeded to earn his M.A. in Bioethics & Society from King’s College in London in 2015. He returned to Hagerstown in 2016 and began teaching at Frederick Community College, where he also represented faculty in the Faculty Association and College Senate.

Unlike previous candidates such as Bernie Sanders, an Independent who ran on the Democratic ticket, Barnhart seeks to make it clear that he is not running as a Democrat, or even as a Democratic back-up. He is running for the Green Party and its values of sustainability. He rejects the current two-party system, believing that a democracy is healthiest when multiple party perspectives are incorporated into elections.

For many Democrats, this comes off as a threat to our party, but does it necessarily have to be? While there has been much controversy in recent years as to the issue of “splitting the vote,” this race is unique in that there is no such risk; there is no Democrat running. We may not always agree, or even outright oppose one another sometimes, but when facing Republicans like Wivell and Parrott, it is important to recognize our similarities, especially when it comes to the planet. We know that climate deniers must be stopped and that corporations should not have the ability to demolish entire ecosystems.

It must be made clear, however, that the Democratic Party and Green Party are not the same. The Green Party falls on the side of one-issue politics in its focus on the environment and sustainable development; it has many stances on policies beside this, but the environment is their primary concern. They do not support Democratic Party leadership, which is where I and other Democrats disagree. The Green Party may share many values with us, but I still believe that the Democratic Party is best suited to bring about progressive legislation and elect those who will defend such laws.

So, if there was a Democrat running, would I vote for them? Yes. But there isn’t. Barnhart may not be running as a Democratic back-up, but it cannot be denied that his views on environmental sustainability, equality for all, and an economy that works for everyone is very similar to that of Democrats. It would be a mistake to refuse his candidacy based on the lack of a D next to his name. Both Democrats and Greens can agree that we cannot survive under the GOP.

While this race is unique and new, it will not be the last like it. With Trump energizing the most extreme members of his party, it should be evident in races like these, where the Green Party and Democratic Party are not running against each other, that we need to support the other regardless of affiliation. In a race where both a Democrat and Green are running, there will almost certainly be tension. However, in the face of such greater threats, we will all lose if we are at one another’s throats constantly. Democrats cannot and will not win every election, and the same is true about Greens.

Western Maryland cannot wait. From the floods that are increasing in occurrence every year to the proposed TransCanada pipeline going under the Potomac, our main water source, Maryland needs leadership that isn’t under the thumb of the Republican Party. It is important that the Democratic Party of Maryland does not forget those who are furthest from the Bay, because the right certainly hasn’t.

On Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination

In the days after the 2016 election, it was common to feel shell-shocked. After so long fighting to avoid the worst-case outcome, it had come anyway, and while no one knew for sure what was going to happen next, we could all guess that it would be catastrophic. That feeling returned on the twenty-seventh of June when Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.

 
Tonight, Donald Trump announced that 53-year old Maryland native Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh would replace Justice Kennedy. J.D. Vance, the author of the “economic anxiety” bible Hillbilly Elegy, said that Kavanaugh “deeply believed in the constitutional separation of powers as a means for ensuring governmental accountability and protecting individual liberty.”

 
It would be a fun mental exercise to argue that surely Kavanaugh would defend a woman’s “individual liberty” to make her own medical decisions, or his belief in “governmental accountability” would lead to him curbing the Trump administration’s authoritarian tendencies. But this is hardly time for fun mental exercises.

 
For years, Kennedy has served as the court’s swing vote on crucial cases. His legacy is mixed– he is well known for his critical vote in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage. He also protected access to abortion in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. However, Kennedy ruled to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder, and, was the deciding vote in the now infamous Citizens United case that allowed unlimited campaign spending.

 
The 2018 Supreme Court session saw Kennedy serving as the swing vote on a number of important cases–upholding the Muslim travel ban in Trump v. Hawaii, gutting public sector unions in Janus v. AFSCME, and protecting fake reproductive healthcare centers in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra. We will likely be seeing the fallout from these decisions for centuries. And then, in the same day that the Janus decision came down, Kennedy retired, handing another Supreme Court seat to the ultra-conservative Trump administration. This will be his legacy–a man who knew what the right side of history looked like and willingly turned his back on it.

 
It is difficult to overestimate the scope of the danger that social progress in America faces right now. The Supreme Court is the final word on issues ranging from access to abortion to voting rights, and it will now have a firmly Republican majority. I use the word “Republican” deliberately because it is utterly fallacious to pretend that the court is anything resembling nonpartisan. For decades there has been a concentrated and well-funded movement by conservatives to roll back advancements America has made towards equality using the law, ever since courts proved a challenge to the conservative white male order. This was the mission of William F. Buckley and Ronald Reagan, and we are finally seeing it come to completion now, spearheaded by groups like the Alliance Defending Freedom, the Liberty Counsel, and the American Center For Law and Justice.

The tragedy of the Voting Rights Act was a canary in the coal mine. So was Citizens United. And then, in 2016, Mitch McConnell refused to even hold a hearing for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, ignoring the will of the majority of Americans who chose Obama as their president and the rules set out in the Constitution. The knowledge that the Supreme Court hung in balance drove evangelicals out en masse in 2016, even as progressives refused to vote for the “lesser of two evils.”

 
Understandably, activists are demanding action from the Democratic Party. While this is not a complete waste of time, the Democrats have limited ways of blocking Kavanaugh. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer can’t stop his confirmation because McConnell eliminated the filibuster. To stop Kavanaugh, two Republicans would have to break party lines. On a chance to guarantee a conservative Supreme Court. The chances here are slim to none

Here is what you should think of when you think of Kavanaugh. When Jane Doe, a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant detained by the U.S. government, sought access to an abortion, the Trump administration–the administration responsible for her detention– tried to keep her from getting the procedure, forcing her to have a sonogram and receive religious counseling. When the D.C. Circuit Court ruled in her favor, Kavanaugh disagreed, stating that the ruling created “a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in U.S. Government detention to obtain an immediate abortion on demand.”

I don’t have a hopeful note to end this on. What is essential in moments like these is to draw on the past for strength. Our generation is not the first to face seemingly insurmountable threats to social progress–the arc of the moral universe never bends on its own. We stand on the shoulders of people who saw tragedy and didn’t give up, and we can’t give up either.

On the twenty-seventh, Congressman John Lewis tweeted: “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” In the coming months and years, when things get difficult, remember his words.

Julia Byrne

Communications Director, College Democrats of Maryland

Larry Hogan Can Be Beat

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Maryland is one of the bluest states in the country, but in 2014 we elected Republican Larry Hogan to the governorship and we are on the verge of re-electing him in 2018. Governor Hogan commands an impressive approval rating at 71% according to the latest Washington Post/ University of Maryland poll. In order for Democrats to take back the Governor’s Mansion in Maryland, we have to showcase how Hogan has failed Marylanders.

After viewing his “Maryland Strong” ad, viewers might be left with the impression that Hogan has singlehandedly brought Maryland forward, but a review of the facts lays credit elsewhere. Hogan’s predecessor, Governor O’Malley, served from 2006-2014 and two years into his term the nation entered the Great Recession. Hogan’s ad cherry picks data from one of the most difficult economic crises in an effort to mislead viewers. His claim that “over 100,000 jobs lost” is actually from 2007-2010, the height of the Great Recession. His claim of over “$1.2 billion in tax relief” includes hundreds of millions of dollars in tax relief passed by the Democratic legislature and already existing programs. The Baltimore Sun notes how that claim even includes “$240 million that the Supreme Court ordered the state to return to taxpayers who were overcharged on their income taxes.” Governor Hogan is deliberately trying to mislead voters and in a time of fake news, the facts matter.

With the understanding that Republicans are outnumbered 2-1 in voter registration, the Hogan Administration has avoided risk and controversy whenever possible. Countless bills have come across his desk and become law without his signature. Marylanders need a governor who will be an active leader in our state.

Governor Hogan sided with Trump in 2016 when he declared he would not be allowing Syrian refugees into our state. This decision was based on factual inaccuracies and fearmongering. Hogan tries to distance himself from President Trump, but has no problem stumping for Trump approved candidates, such as Ed Gillespie of Virginia. Maryland needs a governor who will stand up to President Trump.

On education, Governor Hogan has proposed tens of millions of dollars in cuts to education spending. Cuts that hurt teacher salaries and increase class sizes. While proposing budget cuts for public schools, Hogan has ensured that he will continue the policies of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos by diverting funds away from public schools and into private charter schools. Governor Hogan is not a friend to teachers. He has called teachers “union thugs” and opposed having public school teachers on the Maryland Board of Education.

Governor Hogan also enjoys an A- rating from the NRA and accepted thousands of dollars from the NRA in campaign contributions. Governor Hogan opposed legislation banning guns on college campuses and even common-sense legislation that would ban bump-stocks in Maryland. We need a governor who will support legislation that protects Marylanders from gun violence, especially when Congress remains inactive in this crucial area.

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Ben Jealous is the Governor Maryland needs. Mr. Jealous brings the necessary experience for the job as the former President and CEO of the NAACP and his successful campaigns to abolish the death penalty, expand voting rights, and pass marriage equality. Mr. Jealous will work to promote public education by investing in our teachers and students.  He will fight for every Marylander to have access to healthcare, work towards ending the student debt crisis, and promote strong economic growth in Maryland. I look forward to working with my fellow College Democrats as we talk with voters about issues they care about most and retake the Governor’s Mansion this Novemeber.

Ryan Kirby

President, College Democrats of Maryland