As we look back at the month of May, I wanted to address some major stories in the news. The first concerns Mueller’s public statements regarding the findings of his investigation. Mueller essentially admitted that Trump engaged in subversive activities, but says that they couldn’t charge him with a crime because of DOJ policy. Mueller is practically begging Congress to do its job and pursue impeachment. There is value in having the American people see Mueller literally stand behind his words—and his statements set the stage for impeachment proceedings to begin.
Moving to local news, Governor Larry Hogan recently vetoed several bills, which include:
A proposal to abolish state handgun permit review board
A proposal to establish a process for regulating oyster harvests
Legislation to expand tuition assistance for some immigrants
Legislation that would have prevented private employers from asking job applicants about criminal history
Hogan’s vetoes are harmful to all Marylanders and it is up to Democrats in the 2020 legislative session to undo Hogan’s obstructions by abolishing a handgun permit review board that frequently allows unfit handgun owners to access firearms over the objections of local law enforcement; allowing environmental experts to have input into how oysters are protected in the Bay; ensuring Latino students who were brought to this country through no fault of their own have access to higher education and a better life; and continuing to find pathways for returning citizens and those with criminal records that could prevent them from finding meaningful employment.
We must be vigilant of the Republican agenda at all levels of government. Their choices impact the lives of Marylanders as well as millions of Americans.
This past month, the Maryland Democratic Party has been busy engaging with communities across the state to build our base, strengthen our party, and lay the foundation for victory in 2020 and beyond. Here are a few photos of what we’ve been up to in the month of May:
On May 3rd and 4th, we went to Flintstone to attend the Western Maryland Democratic Summit to listen to the vision and actions of committed advocates, elected officials and community leaders.
On May 10th, we went to Waldorf to attend the Charles County Democratic Central Committee’s 43rd Annual Truman Kennedy Obama Dinner, where we were joined by US House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Senate President Mike Miller, and many more of our leading Democrats. The night was an absolute blast!
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On May 11th, we woke up bright and early to host a campaign training in Windsor Mill with the National Democratic Training Committee, where we trained future candidates, activists and volunteers on how to organize, run, and win.
On May 16th, we joined Carroll County Democrats for their Democratic Victory Dinner and Silent Auction in Westminster.
On May 18th, we went to Easton to attend the Talbot County Democratic Central Committee’s 3rd Annual Douglass Tubman Dinner, where Congressman Elijah Cummings gave an inspiring keynote address.
On May 19th, we joined the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Diversity Leadership Committee for a reception honoring AAPI Heritage Month in Nottingham, and were joined by Delegate Harry Bhandari from Maryland’s District 8, the first-ever Nepali-American legislator in the US.
Later that night, we went to the Upsilon Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Precious Pearls Debutante Cotillion, where we met with 11 bright and driven young ladies who are and will continue to be leaders in their communities.
On May 21st, we joined activists in Howard County who rallied against national efforts to roll back women’s reproductive rights.
On May 23rd, we hosted a fundraiser with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to energize Democrats for 2020.
On May 25th, we celebrated Iftar with the Montgomery County Muslim Council at the Islamic Center of Maryland.
On May 28th, we went to Princess Anne to speak with Democrats in Somerset County, and were joined by Somerset Democratic Club President Hearn and former Senator Jim Mathias.
On May 29th, we had a wonderful time at the Cheryl-tini Happy Hour event with Senator Cheryl Kagan.
And on May 31st, we rounded out an action-packed month with a great night at the Washington County Democratic Central Committee’s Spring Fling Dinner!
We have much more planned in the weeks and months ahead—and we want you to be a part of the team. Visit mddems.org/calendar to attend an upcoming event, and visit mddems.org/volunteer to join the fight to elect more Democrats up and down the ballot. We hope to see you soon!
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings
Chair, Maryland Democratic Party
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings
Maryland Democratic Party.