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Go Bold, Ben: A Progressive Earthquake Shakes Maryland


Go Bold, Ben: A Progressive Earthquake Shakes Maryland

Larry Stafford

Last night, a Progressive earthquake shook Maryland’s establishment politics to their core. Ben Jealous’s primary victory puts Maryland within striking distance of the progressive governor we deserve and need. His victory marks the ascendance of a movement that’s grounded in progressive values, led by women and people of color, to shape a new direction for politics that breathes new life into the electoral system, in our state and beyond.


The news just gets better and better.


A elite Maryland regiment known as the “Immortal 400” played a number of decisive roles in the American colonies throwing off the financial chains of British big money (“Washington’s Immortals” by Patrick K. O’Donnell).

It’s time for another revolt against the big money interests who have captured America’s press and politicians. As Sun Tzu pointed out in “The Art of War”, information is a key to victory. A succinct account of the current dynamics and its history is in
“War Profiteer Story”


now we need to get out and work to get him elected, starting with registering and educating voters. this is a way to fight back against trump on a statewide level.


And he is up against it. On the day of the primary, corporate Dems lined up against his “lack of experience” and “pie in the sky” proposals:

“We need someone with executive experience” Gov. O’Malley
(Uhhhh…Ben ran the NAACP for five years and is credited with reviving the organization; partner at Kapor Capitol, a firm that leverages the tech sector to create social change; Board Chair of the Southern Elections Fund, founded by Julian Bond to fight voter suppression by massive voter registration; senior fellow with the Center for American Progress, a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization)

-Baker, his opponent told Huffpost he and jealous don’t have different policies BUT many of Jealous’ most progressive goals were impossible or poorly planned. Baker also says he does not support single payer health care. Baker’s wrong. Early Bernie supporter Jealous (like many others) not only supports single payer but can explain how to achieve at a state level.

Hogan, the Republican governor has already come out swinging saying the election between he and Jealous will come down to whether people are happy with the direction in which the state is heading, or whether they want to go backwards. And he seems to be distancing himself from Trump saying the one thing he and Jealous have in common is that neither endorsed, supported or voted for Trump.

Meanwhile, Jealous is taking a different stance from the centrist position that seems to be the Dems mainstay. He’s taking bold, progressive stances and betting Maryland is ready for them.