Thursday, November 10, 2016

Election Results

The election is over, and the national results were both shocking and disappointing for me.  I believe that we have to see what President-elect Trump proposes and Congress discusses.  If we do not like what is being proposed, we all should write our elected representatives, including our President, and if necessary participate in protests.  That is what I am planning on doing.

Here is a list of Election Day results, including some of the ‘down ballot’ results that not everyone may know about.

President – Donald Trump
US Senator – Chris Van Hollen
US Congress (District 4) – Anthony Brown
Board of Education Member (School Board District 4) – Patricia Eubanks
Judges of the Circuit Court - Dawson, Engel, Mason and Turner
The Terms of Two Appellate Judges Were Continued

State Constitution Amendment on Special Election for Attorney General and Comptroller Was Passed

All the County Referenda passed, including Question D, which adds two At-Large Members to the Prince George’s County Council.

In other parts of the area:

Montgomery County passed a referendum implementing a three-term limit for the County Council and County Executive.

Howard County voters passed a ballot question that proposes creating a public fund for those seeking to run for office. It would create a Citizens’ Election Fund, which would match small donations and require participating candidates to reject large or corporate donations. It encourages more people to participate in the election process and allows candidates to be judged on the strength of their ideas, not their willingness to please the ruling class.

In Virginia a Constitution Amendment to put a Right to Work Amendment in the State Constitution was voted down. (It is already the law in VA but putting it in the Constitution would make it harder to repeal in the future.) Right-to-work laws forbid contracts between unions and employers that require all employees in a workplace to pay the union for bargaining on their behalf. Under U.S. labor law, unions have to represent all employees in a particular bargaining unit, even those who want nothing to do with a union. Unions say it’s only fair that everyone chip in to cover the costs of representation. In states with right-to-work laws, employees in unionized workplaces aren’t obligated to pay any fees to the union, allowing them to opt out completely

Report Back from My Trip to Central America:

As I mentioned in a previous report, I was privileged to be part of a delegation of elected officials that went to Central America to look into questions that are important to our community here as well: Why are so many people from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala coming to the US, how do they get here? What can be done to improve the conditions in these countries so that people will not have to flee?  On Nov 14th, I along with other participants will be giving a report on what we saw and heard. The trip was an eye-opener for me, and I’d like to share my experiences:

Monday November 14th
7:00  - 8:30 PM
Cottage City Hall
3820 40th Ave., Cottage City

SAVE THE DATE – Jimmy’s Pre-Session Holiday Celebration

Wednesday, Nov 30th6-8 PM

             Three Brothers Restaurant
           4521 Kenilworth Avenue, Bladensburg 

           Join House of Delegates Majority Leader Anne Kaiser
                     Chair of Prince George’s County Senate Delegation – Jim Rosapepe
                     Congressman Elect – Anthony Brown
            Hear about legislation I will be introducing
            Find about some of the critical issues in the upcoming legislative session
            Meet your neighbors and enjoy the good food at Three Brothers
            $5 for Residents of the 47th District
            (Authorized by Friends of Jimmy Tarlau, Jodi Beder, Treasurer)

New Overtime Regulations Effective December 1st 

As a result of new regulations approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, starting Dec. 1, the salary threshold for overtime that’s been in place since 2004 will nearly double to $47,476/$913 a week (current level is $23,660/$455 a week), and it will continue to rise every three. That means any employee who earns under that amount will be owed overtime, or time-and-a-half, for working more than 40 hours a week. The move is likely to increase wages and earnings for some 4.2 million workers, according to the DOL.  Businesses with revenue of less than $500,000 annually are exempt from the new rules.  (Unfortunately these regulations may be rescinded by the new President.)

100 New Jobs Available for Immediate Hiring 

I want to pass along to you a notice of job openings in the county that might be of interest:

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
            Bartenders - Job Order #572319
            Banquet Servers – Job Order #572288

1. Must apply at:
2. Select: Marriott Careers
3. Job Number: 16001I1X
4. Complete application, then email resume to:

Mandatory Job Info Session
Wednesday, Nov. 9th 10:00am.
1801 McCormick Drive,
Suite 120, Largo MD, 20774