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College Democrat of the Week: Tyler Bauer

College Democrat of the Week: Tyler Bauer

Tyler Bauer (center) and members of the Frostburg State College Democrats at the Western Maryland Democratic Summit

Tyler Bauer is a junior at Frostburg State University double majoring in Political Science and Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology. During his freshman year at Frostburg, he revived the Frostburg State College Democrats. He has remained the President of the organization throughout the entirety of his time at Frostburg. During the spring of his freshman year, he teamed up with several of his colleagues to start the National General Assembly. After his freshman year, he interned with the Washington County Democratic Central Committee where he learned how run and organize under former Chairman of the Central Committee, Peter Perini. After his internship he began working with Roger Manno and his congressional campaign. During his time interning with Roger Manno, he was also a volunteer with Ben Jealous. Soon after, he was offered an internship with Ben Jealous. While interning with Ben Jealous, he was also volunteering with, Peter Perini, who was running for the House of Delegates as well as Carmen Jackson and her run for school board. Tyler is now working at Frostburg as a tutor and with Frostburg State University’s Upward Bound program as a tutor counselor. With election season being over he has directed the College Democrats attention toward Brownsville which was an African American community that used to exist on the land that Frostburg stands on today. Their goal is to help raise awareness and to find different ways to honor Brownsville and its people.

THIS WEEK IN POLITICS: MARCH 1, 2O19

THIS WEEK IN POLITICS: MARCH 1, 2019

SATURDAY FEB. 23, 2019: FIRST FEMALE AMBASSADOR APPOINTED BY SAUDI ARABIA TO U.S.

Princess Reema bint
Bandar Al-Saud

Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud was appointed as the first female ambassador to the U.S. on Saturday. She was raised in Washington and eventually graduated from George Washington University. She is also the daughter of a former Saudi Arabia ambassador to the U.S. and in the past has advocated for women and the increase of opportunities for them in Saudi Arabia. The former Saudi Arabia ambassador to the U.S. Prince Khalid bin Salman, abruptly left the U.S. last October when information about the killing of Washington Post columnist Kamal Khashoggi began to surface.

SUNDAY FEB. 24, 2019: TRUMP DELAYS TARIFF INCREASES ON CHINA

President Donald Trump announced that he first will be meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping and therefore will be delaying the increased U.S. tariffs on China. The purpose of the planned summit with China’s President will be to finalize the trade agreement that would end the “trade war” going on between the U.S. and China, and if an agreement is reached that could potentially prevent the $200 billion tariff Pres. Trump was planning on putting on Chinese imports.

MONDAY FEB. 25, 2019: SENATE DEMOCRATS BLOCK ABORTION BILL

Sen. Ben Sasse (R) from Nebraska had introduced a bill that would “penalize doctors who fail to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion”. The bill needed 60 votes to pass, but ended up getting 53-44 resulting in it not passing. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) tried to sway the votes of a few democrats by saying that “It isn’t about changing the options available to women. It’s just about recognizing that a newborn baby is a newborn baby. Period.”. That did not work with those opposed to the bill because the introduced bill would expose doctors to lawsuits or even imprisonment, even though they would still exercise their medical practices to their best judgement no matter if the baby was just regularly born or had survived an abortion. There was a bipartisan act passed in 2002 called “Born-Alive Infants Protection Act” that is still in effect today and touches upon many of the things mentioned in Sen. Sasse’s new bill.

TUESDAY FEB. 26, 2019: RESOLUTION PASSED IN HOUSE TO OVERTURN PRES. TRUMP’S NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION

U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

President Donald Trump had declared a national emergency to unlock funds for his border wall, but this Tuesday the House was able to vote on a resolution that would overturn that action. The resolution ended up passing in the House with the vote being 245-182, with 13 Republicans voting to pass the resolution. With a Democratic majority in the House, it was easy for such a resolution to pass but it will face a challenge in the Senate. The Senate currently has a Republican majority, so that will definitely challenge the resolution to pass in the Senate but so far three Republican Senators have announced that they are in favor of the resolution passing. Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R), in the Senate announced that it is expected the resolution will be voted on in the week of March 18th, which is before the next Senate recess.

WEDNESDAY FEB. 27, 2019: BILL EXPANDING BACKGROUND CHECKS DURING GUN SALES PASSED IN THE HOUSE 

On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would require background checks on gun sales, especially private ones mostly made at gun shows or online. The bill ended up passing with a 240-190 vote, with eight Republican lawmakers voting to pass the bill. This was one of the most significant gun control bills that had been passed in several years since a bipartisan legislation had failed in 2013 in the Senate. House Democrats held a victory with this bill passing but so did House Republicans. Before the final vote for this bill, Republican House members won on a procedural vote that allowed them the motion to add to the bill that would require sellers to notify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) when immigrants who do not have legal status attempt to purchase a firearm. The passed bill now has to move from the House to the Senate where it will face a challenge there as well since is it majority Republican, but the added motion should be able to sway a few Republican in favor of the bill.

THURSDAY 28, 2019: GREEN NEW DEAL ALTERNATIVE INTRODUCED BY SENATE DEMOCRATS

Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.)

On Thursday, there was a joint resolution alternative introduced in the Senate by Democrats for the Green New Deal that has significantly split both parties. This resolution was introduced by Delaware Senator Tom Carper (D), who is also on the Senate Energy and Public Works Committee. This alternative Green New Deal doesn’t specifically address ways to decrease emissions and fight climate change, but is seen as a first step to start moving in the right direction in order to combat climate change since the GOP hasn’t been successful in releasing such bills. This legislation was co-sponsored by all 47 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus.

FRIDAY MARCH 1, 2019: PROPOSAL FOR $2 BILLION FOR SPACE FORCE

The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense.

Last week the Trump administration had announced plans for the creation of a future Space Force. This new branch would fall under the Air Force and the Trump administration has announced that they are planning on spending $2 billion and over five years to create this new branch. In June, Pres. Trump had first signed an order for the Pentagon to create this new Space Force.

College Democrat of the Week: Carissa Antonis

College Democrat of the Week: Carissa Antonis

Carissa Antonis serves as the Secretary of the College Democrats of Maryland and was the former President of the College Democrats of Salisbury University. She has been on the State Executive Board for two years, making her the current longest-standing member. Right now, she is studying abroad in pursuit of a dual degree in International Relations and Civil Engineering. Carissa was influential in the election of Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman in the 2018 midterms, and was inspired by his background in community organizing. “Working on that campaign made me realize that my passion for politics can bleed into my passion for the sciences; and I decided that I wanted to be a city planner. It just goes to show that there’s a place for everyone who wants to get involved in politics.”

THIS WEEK IN POLITICS: FEBRUARY 22, 2019

THIS WEEK IN POLITICS: FEBRUARY 22, 2019

MONDAY FEB. 18, 2019: STATES FILE LAWSUIT TO STOP DECLARED NATIONAL EMERGENCY

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh (D) joined 15 other attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s so-called national emergency.

California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, filed a lawsuit against Pres. Trump’s declared national emergency for the border wall. Fifteen other states eventually joined California in the lawsuit, with those states being: Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Illinois, Maine, Hawaii, New Jersey, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Virginia and New Mexico. Some legal experts argue that fighting the national emergency declared could be challenging, because the “National Emergencies Act” allows the President to invoke certain statutory authority. The House Democrats are also fighting this decision, by putting together a joint resolution, which will be voted on next Tuesday and then possibly headed to the Senate. Since actions like those are possible to be taken by lawmakers, White House adviser Stephen Miller indicated that Trump would cast the first veto of his presidency if lawmakers attempted to stop the national emergency.

TUESDAY FEB. 19, 2019: BERNIE SANDERS ANNOUNCES 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, after his loss in the 2016 primaries for the Presidential Election, announced Tuesday morning that he will be running for the Presidential seat once more in 2020. Despite criticism received by some in the Democratic party, Sen. Sanders currently has a stronger Democratic support than he did four years ago, at the 2016 election. In the first 24 hours of his campaign launching, he was able to raise $6 million, surpassing the amount raised by other candidates in the first 24 hours of their campaign. The highest amount previously raised in the 2020 presidential race was by Senator Kamala Harris, with $1.5 million in 24 hours.

WEDNESDAY FEB. 20, 2019: COMPLETION OF SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER’S INVESTIGATION AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK

Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate whether there were links or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. Attorney General Bill Barr is planning to announce the completion of this almost two-year investigation as early as next week, but the timing of this announcement is subject to change.

THURSDAY FEB. 21, 2019: NEW HOUSE ELECTION ORDERED IN NORTH CAROLINA

Dan McCready (right) is running again to become the first Democrat to represent North Carolina’s 9th district in over two decades.

A new U.S. House election was announced in the ninth district of North Carolina on Thursday, after filed claims of voter fraud. There was testimony that an absentee ballot scheme had occurred, in order to sway the election results in favor of the Republican candidate, Mark Harris. By the results, it showed that Harris had 61% of the absentee ballots, even though Republicans in Bladen county accounted for just 19% of them. This remains the only undecided house election since these past midterms, and a new one with new candidates will be active soon. The 2018 Democratic candidate, Dan McCready, has relaunched his campaign for the new elections. The 2018 Republican candidate Mark Harris, whose campaign was the basis of the fraud allegations, has not relaunched a campaign yet since he’s been suffering from health problems. Harris’s run may be unclear yet, but many Republicans have been considering of running for the U.S. House seat in the ninth district of North Carolina.

FRIDAY FEB. 22, 2019: TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BLOCKS FUNDS FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND OTHER PROVIDERS

The Trump administration has announced that it will block Title X health care providers, such as Planned Parenthood, from referring patients for abortion. This will also block such providers from receiving federal family planning money( Title X funding) if they do provide or refer patients for abortions.This would dismantle the Title X program, which helps people with lower incomes to have access to essential reproductive health care, making this rule unjust and biased since majority of patients in the Title X program identify as people of color.



What Was Our DC Lobby Day?

What Was Our DC Lobby Day?

the hill at night

The College Democrats of Maryland recently held their annual Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. It was a brisk, cold morning when students from chapters across the state met outside the Capitol Visiting Center on November 16th. Members from Salisbury, Towson, and UMBC split up into three groups and met with several different U.S. Congressmembers.

My group, for instance, met with staffers from Rep. Elijah Cummings, Rep. John Sarbanes, and Senator Claire McCaskill’s offices. We discussed legislation dealing with climate change, healthcare, college tuition, and campaign finance reform. My two group members and I stressed how important some of these issues were to us. We also asked the staff we met with how they found themselves working on The Hill and what their day-to-day jobs involved. One group of students ran into Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez!

After my group had lunch in the Rayburn Cafeteria, we met up with the rest of the College Democrats for an hour-long tour of the Capitol Building. Then, we took one last group picture outside and went out for dinner. On the (very long) car ride back to Salisbury, my friends and I swapped stories of our days. While we all had slightly different experiences, we all agreed on one thing: we would definitely be back again next year.

– Carissa Antonis, CDMD Secretary

George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush

George HW Bush and al of the Presidents'

We send our well wishes to the Bush family today as the country mourns the loss of President George H.W. Bush.

He knew that to be a public servant one had to be willing to fight for America in every aspect from the front lines to the offices in Washington.  He dedicated his young adult years to enlisting in the Navy and continued on to serving in the House, working in the UN, and running the CIA, among other things.  He is one of the most qualified Presidents we have had, and America will miss his wisdom and knowledge in the future.  He stood up for what he believed in while also being cordial and respectful and maintaining the idea that we can disagree while still remaining Americans.

President Bush embodied the respect and professionalism necessary in the White House.  In the end of his term, he sent this letter to incoming President Bill Clinton:

Dear Bill,
When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that, too.
I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some Presidents have described.
There will be very tough times, made even more difficult by criticism you may not think is fair. I’m not a very good one to give advice; but just don’t let the critics discourage you or push you off course.
You will be our President when you read this note. I wish you well. I wish your family well.
Your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you.
Good luck—
George

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Despite the fact that his successor was of a different political party, President Bush knew that in the end, we are all trying to do what we think is best for the country.  We may be on opposing sides in a debate, but after the session is called we are all Americans at heart and in intentions.  We will miss his level head and wisdom.  Thank you.

Make Your Voice Heard

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.

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

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

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.

College Dems Start the Year Off Strong

College Dems Start the Year Off Strong

The 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