Wednesday, July 4, 2018

New Maryland Laws Effective July 1

Minimum Wage
Minimum wage will increase from $9.25 to $10.10
Pink hunting gear
“Daylight fluorescent pink” is now a color authorized for outwear worn by hunters hunting during the day.
Child sexual abuse training
Teachers will now receive annual training on recognizing child sexual abuse and to learn how to report it. A phone number to report will be clearly posted in schools.
Consent training
This law requires a county board of education to devise age-appropriate guidelines on introducing the meaning of consent and boundaries as part of the Family Life and Human Sexuality curriculum.
Teachers’ income tax modification
Teachers who spend up to $250 on stocking their classrooms without reimbursement are eligible for an income tax subtraction modification. The supplies must be used in the classroom or used a preparation for the school year.
Sunscreen in schools
Students will no longer need a note of permission to bring sunblock to school.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Election Results

Dear Friends:

I want to let everyone know that I was not successful in my re-election campaign. I came in third place and the top two candidates (Diana Fennell and Julian Ivey) were nominated as the Democratic candidates for Delegate for District 47A.  Since no Republicans are running for Delegate they will be your new delegates starting in January 2019.

Thank you for all the support you’ve given me throughout this campaign and during my term as your Delegate. It has been my great pleasure having District 47A as my community, getting to know so many people throughout, listening to your concerns, helping you solve problems locally, and representing you in Annapolis.

I am sure Diana Fennell, Julian Ivey, and Malcolm Augustine will do a good job as your state legislators.  We agree on 95% of the issues. I hope you will all continue to be involved and keep them informed about your concerns.

I will continue to be your state delegate through 2018.  If you have any concerns or issues you want me to know about, please let me know.

As disappointing as this loss is, it is one small loss in the midst of enormous struggles. Right now, facing the damage wrought daily by the administration in Washington and all its enablers, we have our work cut out for us. My wife and I will take time out to join with friends and family and celebrate the marriage of our daughter.

But then I plan on spending my time over the next 5 months focusing on the fall elections  and look forward to working together in those efforts.


Election Results In the Democratic Primary

Governor                                 Ben Jealous
Comptroller                              Peter Franchot
Attorney General                     Brian Frosh
US Senator                              Ben Cardin
US Congress                            Anthony Brown
State Senator                           Malcolm Augustine
State Delegates (D 47A)          Diana Fennell
                                                 Julian ivey
County Executive                     Angela Alsobrooks
State’s Attorney                        Aisha Braveboy
Clerk of the Court                     Mahasin El Amin
Register of Wills                       Cereta Lee
Sheriff                                       Melvin High
County Council District 2          Deni Taveras
County Council District 5          Jolene Ivey
County Council District 3          Danielle Glaros
County Council At-large           Mel Franklin
                                                 Calvin Hawkins
School Board District 3             Pamela Boozer-Strother
                                                 Juwan Blocker

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Early Voting Starts Next Week

Early Voting Starts Next Week!!

Early voting in the Democratic and Republican primaries takes place from Wednesday, June 14th through Wednesday, June 21st.  The hours for early voting are 10 AM to 8 PM.
The most convenient early voting centers for District 47A are:

2413 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover
Kentland Community Center

5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park
College Park Community Center

8001 Sheriff Road, Landover
Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Center
A complete list of early voting locations is here:

Regular voting is on Tuesday, June 26th from 7 AM to 8 PM at your local election precinct.
We Need Your Vote!!
Delegate Diana Fennell and I are running for re-election as your  State Delegates from District 47A.   We are hoping that you will support us.  Over the last four years we have accomplished a lot in Annapolis.  As opposed to what is going on in Washington, DC, where Republicans are moving us backward on education, the environment, workers’ rights, and economic justice, in Annapolis we have been making progress. In the last four years we have:
  • Banned fracking in Maryland
  • Prohibited offshore oil drilling
  • Passed paid sick leave
  • Ended the disenfranchisement of ex-felons, who can resume their status as citizens and vote in elections, after they’ve served their time
  • Passed the Justice Reinvestment Act to address some important issues of prison reform
  • Provided debt relief for college graduates with high student loan debt, through tax credits
  • Provided state Incentives for college saving plans
  • Made community college free for thousands of Marylanders
  • Increased tax credits for renters and homeowners

There is much more to be done.

We’ve come a long way in gaining influence in the legislature since the beginning of our first terms nearly four years ago. Delegate Diana Fennell, who brings to her position 10 years’ experience as the Mayor of Colmar Manor, has already been appointed to the powerful Economic Matters Committee and to leadership positions in the Legislative Black Caucus and the Prince George’s County Delegation.  Her experience is a great complement to my skills from a lifetime advocating for workers’ rights, years of working behind the scenes in progressive political campaigns, and seven years on the Mount Rainier City Council.

Along with our legislative efforts in Annapolis, we’ve worked throughout our first term to help solve the local problems of people in our district; whether these problems involve state, county, or municipal issues. We believe strongly in government transparency. You have regularly heard from me via email about what is going on in Annapolis, not just as bullet points but in the kind of detail that is hard to find elsewhere.

And we keep ourselves grounded in our communities. I have probably been at your house more than once in the last four years, and Diana and I go to every event and meeting in our district so we can hear from our constituents, tell them of our activities, and help to solve their problems. In addition, from time to time I send out surveys so you can let me know where you stand on some of the more difficult issues we vote on.

We have to have a good team to be successful.  Diana and I are working with and supporting Malcolm Augustine, who is running for State Senator in District 47, to fill the vacancy left by Victor Ramirez (who is running for Prince George’s County State’s Attorney).  Malcolm is a member of the WMATA Board of Directors and has shown leadership in being an advocate for mass transit in our area.  He has also been a tireless advocate for the community, attending nearly every community, civic, and municipal meeting for the last four years. We believe he will be a very good State Senator and will work well with us in Annapolis.

Diana and I have been encouraged by the appreciation for our efforts that we hear from constituents throughout District 47A. But now we are facing competition and need your vote in this month’s primary. If you would also like to help by making some phone calls, working at the polls, putting a sign in your yard, or canvassing your neighborhood, please email me at .

It’s been my honor to serve you for the past four years. I hope to continue to do my work for the next four!


Currently this spring, MDOT SHA and hired crews in both Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties continue to perform their first pass (grass cutting cycle) along state roads despite the torrential rains which have led to exponential grass growth and impeded our daily mowing activity.

Crews can lose up to two days for every day of rain—one day while the precipitation falls—and another day to allow the grass to dry out somewhat so that equipment hours are not lost due to damage from cutting wet grass. With the record rainfall we’ve experienced so far this spring, we thank you in advance as we work to continue to perform mowing along state roads.

Customers or community groups that have concerns about vegetation management-related sight lines at interchanges, intersections and along acceleration and deceleration lanes of state roads (where grass mowing and trimming happened most frequently) are urged to submit an online service request here:

Once submitted with an e-mail address, customers will received an electronic conformation and service request number. Weather, workload, emergencies and manpower permitting, the work will be performed.