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

It is Time to Adopt Ranked Choice Voting

By Corey Johns. The last three election cycles – 2016 presidential, 2018 midterm, and the current 2020 presidential – the Democratic Party and Republican Party in Maryland have both been faced with huge lists of candidates for a primary election, yet voters could only select one candidate as their vote. In 2016, Republican primary ballots in some states featured 12 candidates. In 2018, Maryland Democrats … Continue reading It is Time to Adopt Ranked Choice Voting

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

Progressives Should Reclaim the Mantle of Faith

By Pete Munsey. To most people nowadays, the idea of a presidential candidate espousing somewhat nominal religious views is just part of the set design, in the same way one meets retired farmers at a coffee shop in Ames, Iowa, on a July morning, at 8.34 am (precisely). But in 1976, it was all new. Jimmy Carter was contesting for the Democratic nomination and helped … Continue reading Progressives Should Reclaim the Mantle of Faith

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?

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?

County Executive’s Ethics Proposals and the Public Good

by Pete Munsey. The public hearing over a trio of ethics proposals before the Baltimore County Council saw local activists and council members debate their worth to the public good. Of County Executive John Olszewski’s three proposed governmental reforms, it was Bill 3-19, which would send to referendum a plan to devise a public financing system for county elections, much like those currently in place … Continue reading County Executive’s Ethics Proposals and the Public Good