Monthly Archives: July 2015

TPP In Trouble

Boy, I hope the negotiators from the other countries end up showing more spine than Democratic senators did on fast track authority. Politico reports the encouraging developments here. Negotiators from the U.S., Canada and 10 Pacific rim nations appeared unable to reach a deal on what was billed as the biggest trade pact in history because of differences over agricultural and… Read more »

Van Hollen Likes The Iran Deal

Congressman Chris Van Hollen has issued a lengthy statement assessing his view of the terms of the proposed deal negotiated by the U.S. and other nations with Iran. Key points: In my view, opponents of the agreement have failed to demonstrate how we will be in a better position if Congress were to block it. Without an agreement, the Iranians will… Read more »

Takoma Park Mayoral Campaign

Two mayoral candidates that I know of, both current city council members. Kate Stewart was elected to the council in 2014 representing Ward 3. and had a kickoff event last week. Her campaign website is here. Tagline: “Proactive leadership for a vibrant and inclusive community.” Seth Grimes is also a current member of the city council, elected in representing Ward 1…. Read more »

Barve Press Release

An award and an endorsement for Kumar Barve today prompted the following press release. Delegate Kumar Barve, a candidate for the open seat in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, will receive the “Public Servant of the Year” award from the International Leadership Foundation tonight at their annual dinner in Washington D.C. “Kumar Barve is an historical civic leader in the Asian… Read more »

I Stand With Planned Parenthood

This. Every word. It’s not up for debate – you’re either on the right side or you’re part of the problem. Period. Planned Parenthood is at the leading edge of providing the highest quality reproductive health care — including providing every new form of FDA-approved contraception and using technology to reach patients in underserved areas. That commitment has led to important… Read more »

McIntosh To Endorse Van Hollen

Take away the question mark from what I wrote yesterday. If John Fritze writes it then it’s going to happen. And he also adds an important point about Maggie McIntosh’s history with Barbara Mikulski. McIntosh’s support is significant for several reasons, not the least of which is she has long been viewed as close to Mikulski. Prior to winning her election to… Read more »

More On The Transit Center

As further details emerge about the dispute between Montgomery County and Metro, the more it becomes clear that Metro’s demands to the County are both ham-handed and almost comically absurd. The Post article today notes, among other things, that it’s not clear that different Metro officials actually know what the rest of the agency is doing. According to documents made available… Read more »

Holding Out For A Hero

Roll Call has an article today noting that while the only two candidates in the Senate race as yet are from the D.C. suburbs, two different Baltimore candidates continue to either express interest or draw intense speculation in a potential run. First, Elijah Cummings. Roll Call doesn’t hold out much hope here. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings would change the game… Read more »