M4A, ACA, UHC, Single Payer: Making Sense of Candidates’ Healthcare Policies

By Ron Lambert. Health Care is one of the key issues being debated by the democratic presidential candidates.  But it can be difficult to discern the differences between the candidates’ health care proposals.  Terms like Medicare for All, Single Payer, Public Option, and Universal Health Care can mean different things depending on their context.  Defining these terms will help clarify the candidates’ proposals. First, what … Continue reading M4A, ACA, UHC, Single Payer: Making Sense of Candidates’ Healthcare Policies

County Activists Starting Early in Pennsylvania for the 2020 Elections

By Tom Glancy. There is growing evidence that the 2020 presidential election will be decided in Pennsylvania.  That presents a unique opportunity for Marylanders to help move our neighbor to the north into the Democratic column next year, thereby bringing an end to the Trump presidency. The 2016 election is particularly instructive as to the importance of Pennsylvania to our electoral politics.  When most polls … Continue reading County Activists Starting Early in Pennsylvania for the 2020 Elections

Is Baltimore County Trending Republican?

By Scott Holupka. Is Baltimore County becoming purple? That is, a place where Republican candidates have a better chance of winning? I’ve heard this question/concern often since the election last year. Governor Hogan won the county twice, after all, isn’t that proof enough? No, I don’t think it is. To see trends we need to look beyond a single election or race. The table below … Continue reading Is Baltimore County Trending Republican?

The Media Make the Message

On March 24, 2019, Attorney General William Barr submitted a letter to Congress summarizing the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.  Barr’s letter stated that Mueller’s investigation did not find that the Trump Campaign conspired with Russia in its efforts to influence the election.  Regarding obstruction of justice, Barr stated that Mueller ultimately determined not to make … Continue reading The Media Make the Message

Should We Pay Politicians to Get Elected?

It sounds like a crazy idea, but Baltimore County might soon be giving tax payer money to candidates running for County Council or County Executive — but only if voters approve. A bill passed by the Council recently adds a charter amendment to the 2020 ballot asking citizens if they support the creation of a Citizen’s Election Fund that candidates for county office could choose … Continue reading Should We Pay Politicians to Get Elected?

Post-Mueller Strategy: To Impeach or Not To Impeach?

By Ron Lambert. In early March, Speaker Nancy Pelosi took impeachment proceedings against President Trump off the table.  She said that impeachment was “just not worth it” unless there was overwhelming support because “it divides the country.” Most of her Democrat colleagues supported her wait-and-see approach. Since then, Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.  For almost two years, … Continue reading Post-Mueller Strategy: To Impeach or Not To Impeach?

The Triangle: How Fox News Has Evolved into a Propaganda Arm

By Ron Lambert. For the past several decades, the media has been trending decidedly to the political right.  Talk radio has been dominated by the right since the 1980’s.  Fox has been prominent in right wing cable news since the 1990’s.  These media constantly taunted the so-called “main stream media” as being too liberal, cowing the mainstream into moving further to the right. The right … Continue reading The Triangle: How Fox News Has Evolved into a Propaganda Arm