Democrats’ Dark Money Group Holds Secretive Meeting With Fracking Industry

By: Tuesday May 27, 2014 6:42 pm

Last week in Washington DC, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s political dark money group met with corporate funders at the DC headquarters of the American Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA). ANGA is the lead lobby group for the fracking and shale industry, with a budget of $69 million in 2012. O’Malley’s group is called newDEAL, which describes itself as a “national network searching the country for state and local elected leaders who are pro-growth progressives to help them share their innovative ideas.”

I found out about the meeting when I was forwarded an invitation.

 

Maryland Governor Signs Medical Marijuana and Marijuana Decriminalization Laws

By: Monday April 14, 2014 10:57 am

Maryland becomes the 21st state with a functional medical marijuana law, and the 10th to be approved through the state legislature

Gov. Martin O’Malley Prepares for a Presidential Run

By: Monday February 3, 2014 1:21 pm

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D) is prepared to run for President in 2016. He told the Washington Post he can’t wait for Hillary Clinton to announce her decision before laying the groundwork necessary.

Maryland Gov. O’Malley Signs Medical Marijuana Law

By: Thursday May 2, 2013 12:00 pm

With a stroke of his pen Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D) made his state the latest to adopt medical marijuana. One of the several bills O’Malley signed into law this morning was HB 1101, Medical Marijuana – Academic Medical Centers – Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission. The law takes effect October 1st.

This makes Maryland the 19th state to technically adopt a medical marijuana law.

Maryland Legislature Overwhelmingly Approves Medical Marijuana Law

By: Monday April 8, 2013 3:00 pm

During the last day of the legislative session the Maryland Senate overwhelmingly approved a medical marijuana bill. It passed in a vote of 42 yes to 4 no. The bill, HB 1101, had previously cleared the House of Delegates last month. It now goes to the desk of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D).

Maryland Senate Votes to Reduce Pot Penalties

By: Tuesday March 19, 2013 1:05 pm

The Maryland Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill that would reduce the penalties for marijuana possession. In a 30-16 vote, the Senate adopted SB 297, which would reduce the penalties for use or possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana.

2016: All Top Tier Democratic Candidates Now Back Marriage Equality

By: Monday March 18, 2013 1:05 pm

It is time to take a moment to again reflect on just how much progress has been made on the issue of marriage equality in the last decade.

Back during the 2008 Democratic primary none of the strongest candidates supported same-sex marriage. Now with the recent endorsement of Hillary Clinton, every Democrat that is viewed as a possible top tier candidate in the 2016 Presidential primary has come out in favor of marriage equality.

Governors Maneuver on Medicaid Expansion

By: Monday July 16, 2012 2:40 pm

The National Governors Association meeting came and went this weekend without any definitive answers on Medicaid expansion – from both sides of the political divide. Republicans continue to be either adamantly opposed to expanding Medicaid for their populations or undecided about the matter. And Democratic governors, for that matter, have not lined up in total support, either.

Medicaid Expansion Rejection Would Particularly Impact People of Color

By: Friday June 29, 2012 8:58 am

I was just on a conference call where Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) was asked whether he thought Republican governors might opt out of the Medicaid expansion in light of the Supreme Court’s ACA ruling yesterday. He replied, “I don’t know. Some of our colleagues would like to get out of being members of the Union.” I think that’s the right way to look at it. These are an ideologically extreme set of characters, and they’re not going to go quietly, meekly accepting funds that expands health care for poor people. That goes against their worldview.

White House, Surrogates Push Back on Catholic Bishop Uproar Over Contraception

By: Tuesday February 7, 2012 7:00 am

I didn’t think we had reached the point in America where providing free contraception would be seen as a risky political maneuver, but here we are. Last month, the Administration agreed to universal access to birth control as part of the Affordable Care Act. Insurance companies would need to provide coverage for contraception in both employer plans and on the insurance exchanges without a co-pay.

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