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Testimony on HB 1461 -- SAFE Act aka Sanctuary State ???SAFE-Supporting All Families Everywhere???

By Pat Fenati

HB1461 - This bill, among other things, would grant state and local government officials immunity from harm caused to residents as a result of the refusal of those officials to communicate immigration status information to federal officials. Who is the state trying to protect? Who is being protected by this bill? Criminals? Why is the General Assembly not making every effort to keep my family safe? As a member of the community, protection from criminals is what I expect from the state.


Dr. Politics: Campaign Fundraising

By Dwight Patel

You can’t win a campaign just by knocking on doors, especially when you have a district of 1,000 homes or more.  You need money to pay printers, TV stations, radio stations, the webmaster, the post office and the phone company. 

The bottom line is that you need to raise money and you shouldn’t be ashamed to ask for it. If you are, you may have a fear of rejection, and if that’s the case, you may be thinking that your campaign is more about you than about the cause.  Remember that if you are running to advance a cause, everything you do is about the cause.  After all, keep in mind that you are not asking your friends, family and strangers for money for yourself -- you are asking for money so that you can go and fight for their cause, which will improve the quality of life for your constituents. If that’s not the case, then you might need to take a second look at why you are running for office.


Democrats Divided on Tax Reform Repeal

By Mark Uncapher

A growing divide has developed among Democrats over whether to campaign for the repeal of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December.

Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen, who leads the Senate Democrats’ 2018 campaign efforts, is telling his party’s candidates, including politically vulnerable senators, to showcase their continued opposition to the tax law.


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