Wednesday, October 22, 2014
General Election thoughts for 2014
The State voters guide link is here. Some new candidates appear on the ballots for Delegate across the county as they won the nominations from the Democratic primary. Former delegate Susan Lee is nominated for the Senate seat vacated by State Senator Brian Frosh in his quest for election to the state-wide position of Attorney General. Surprisingly, several contests are being challenged by Republicans who apparently think they can pull off upsets this year. The new editorial staff at the Gazette chose to endorse Hogan and several other Republicans this year in a departure from the past and in contrast to the Washington Post which pretty much endorsed incumbents. There are some contests in the School Board races which are considered non-partisan. I support Jill Ortman-Fouse, a progressive candidate from Silver Spring, who is running at large. She was endorsed by Progressive Neighbors, and the Washington Post, among others. District races are contested in District 1, 3, and 5; the Post endorsed all of the School Board incumbents. Not all candidates on the board are up for election this year. I also urge people to get involved in the campaign for Governor and Attorney General. Brian Frosh is an excellent candidate for AG; he has been a responsive and effective legislator for many years and he should be elected. Anthony Brown and Ken Ullman should be elected Governor and Lt. Governor. The opposition candidate, Larry Hogan, has made many irresponsible statements during the campaign and I believe he would harm the state if elected. If one looks back at the disastrous term when Bob Ehrlich was Governor, one can see many parallels. To disguise the fact that the State needed money, Ehrlich imposed higher fees for many state services and left the state with a high level of underserved needs. Tuition at State colleges went up precipitously, registration and licensing fees increased. Brown has been forced into saying he will not raise taxes, but I think that is the wrong answer. There are just sometimes the state needs to provide necessary services and the increase may be required. We cannot continue to rely on gambling interests to solve all of our budget needs. Maryland is proudly a Blue state and should stay in the Blue column. It stood for important rights such as abortion access, freedom to marry and for the Dream act. It imposed restriction on lax gun laws and regulated excessive multi-shot clip sizes which will hopefully decrease mass shootings. Wise restrictions on background checks and gun magazines were imposed. The Health care law transition did not go smoothly, but the state did employ a national leader to develop it and was an early adopter of health care expansions. The goal was set to help Marylanders and the state did not deny services as many states under Republican controls have done.