Where Do Maryland Democrats Stand On the Issues?

 

Ask Marylanders to tell you about the issues facing their ideologies, and you will see some consistency in the answers you receive. Taxes and education are consistent favorite subjects amongst Maryland voters. A number of voters are also going to be curious to know where Maryland Democrats stand on such issues as tort reform, public transportation, civil rights, and jobs.

Whether you are a Democrat who wants to be clear on where the party stands with all of the major issues, or if you consider yourself to be an Independent, and you would simply like to know what the Democrats are up to, there are several things you will want to understand.

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How Do Maryland Democrats Feel About Transportation?

Billions are spent on transportation demands in Maryland each year. In broad terms, Maryland Democrats would like to increase both transparency and accountability, in terms of how taxpayer money is spent on all of the elements that define transportation in the state of Maryland.

Over the course of the future, there are three things Maryland Democrats would like to work on, as far as transportation is concerned. To begin with, Maryland Democrats would like to increase accountability as it relates to any given transportation project. Increasing tax break potential for commuters is another goal, in addition to the desire to deal with roadway congestion in a productive fashion. Unfortunately, the specifics of the plans have not been thoroughly discussed.

How Do Maryland Democrats Feel About Tort Reform?

Voters who are concerned about tort reform feel very as passionately about the issue as anyone could ever feel about almost anything. This is perhaps because with so many issues facing voters and Maryland Democrats, tort reform may not be the first thing that pops out at you.

But many would argue that you should. Tort reform refers to the notion of limiting the decisions that come not just out of medical malpractice lawsuits, but all lawsuits, according to Personal Injury Attorney Sacramento. The idea is to cap the suits, which Republicans argue is a measure that would both contain costs, while also controlling things to the point in which overall healthcare costs will go down across the board in Maryland. Republicans claim the measure would improve lives, particularly those that are financially impoverished. Democrats believe that the measure would curtail civil rights to a significant degree. There is also a massive glut of evidence that strongly indicates that tort reform ultimately accomplishes nothing greater than a 0.3% decrease in U.S. healthcare expenses. This is because the expenses associated with defending a malpractice claim or compensating malpractice victims accounts for just 0.3% of U.S. healthcare costs.

Unfortunately, at this point in time, Maryland Democrats have remained largely silent on the issue of tort reform.

How Do Maryland Democrats Feel About Other Issues?

While the above two issues are important, it’s important to remember that there are several other issues facing the state of Maryland. On many of the most crucial issues, you are going to find that Democratic Marylanders have clear views.

On the jobs/economy front, Maryland’s Democratic Party is putting the issue of equal pay for equal work for women at the forefront. Democrats are eager to make current equal pay laws stronger, while also elaborating on the standards that decides whether or not unlawful compensation discrimination is at play. Maryland Democrats also want to work on the troubling issue of retirement security.

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Not surprisingly, education is another key issue for Democrats in Maryland. When over sixty-eight million in school funding was cut by Governor Hogan, Maryland Democrats worked to have it put back. Democrats in Maryland are also fighting to make college more affordable to everyone who wants it. A number of measures are being touted to bring down student debt, including a program that will help students who owe more than $20,000 to pay down their loans in a proactive fashion.

Maryland had been the sight of some significant tragedies and stories on the civil rights front. In particular, Baltimore has been rocked by police violence and other unfortunate elements. Maryland Democrats hope to protect and advance the rights of voters, immigrants, and the LGBTQ+ community.

These are some of the pressing issues that voters are discussing. Time will tell what impact the importance of these issues, will have on the campaign. The lack of importance of issues like tort reform, or at least the lack of discussing it, will also send a message to Democrats in the future on which issues to advocate for, and which to stay silent on.

Maryland Democratic Candidates For 2016

The political battlefield for Maryland is looking very intriguing indeed, as far 2016 is concerned. If you want to know where the political arena for Maryland stands right now, which can help you to come up with an idea of where the political arena for Maryland is heading, there are several things you will want to keep in mind.

 Maryland Senate Candidates and More

 The Maryland Democratic Party is not only a vital element to the larger Democratic Party of the United States. This is a party with profound, important connections to history. In fact, the Maryland Democratic Party is one of the longest enduring political organizations on the entire planet.

This November will be an important date for Maryland Democrats. Given that we are in a Presidential election year, it stands to reason that this is an important date for the Democratic Party as a whole, too. For Maryland Democrats, the first thing you will want to be aware of is the Maryland Senate race.

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 2016 Maryland Senate Race

For the 2016 election season, Maryland is going to elect one member to the United States Senate on November 8th. At this moment in time, the prevailing opinion seems to be that the seat is going to remain with the Democrats. Democratic incumbent Barbara Mikulski retired, leaving the seat open.

Although it seems likely that Maryland Democrats will take the seat in November, it is also important to note the wide range of Democratic, Independent, and Republican contenders that are vying for Senate. It is also important to remember that the primary elections were held on April 26th of this year. As always, Maryland utilized the closed primary system.

Naturally, the primaries painted a fairly clear picture of what the November 8th showdown is going to look like. Chris Van Hollen won the primaries for the Democratic Party with 53.2% of the votes. Donna Edwards came in second with 38.9%. On the Republican side of things, Kathy Szeliga dominated her field with 35.6% of the votes. Green Party and Libertarian Party candidates are also running for the site. Finally, there are four more individuals running for the seat on the Independent ticket, including Kay Young and Greg Dorsey.

Even with so many different candidates running, experts still consider Chris Van Hollen as the likely winner on November 8th.

While the Senate battle is an important one, it is not the only office Democrats need to consider this coming election.

 Other Maryland Democratic Candidates

 The elections for the U.S. House of Representatives for Maryland will also be held on November 8th. As is the case with the upcoming Senate election, it is highly unlikely that the Democrats will lose their current station of dominance. Eight candidates will be elected to the U.S. House of Reps on this date, with eight seat representing the eight congressional districts that define Maryland.

Once again, the closed primary system was utilized for this election.

As of this writing, seven of the eight congressional districts currently have a Democrat at the helm. There is only one Republican currently serving Maryland in the U.S. House of Representatives. That would be Andy Harris, who is the current incumbent for District 1. He will be running against Democrat Joe Werner and Libertarian Matt Beers.

The other U.S. House of Representatives Democratic candidates are:

  • District 2: Dutch Ruppersberger
  • District 3: John Sarbanes
  • District 4: Anthony Brown
  • District 5: Steny Hoyer
  • District 6: John Delaney
  • District 7: Elijah Cummings
  • District 8: Jamie Raskin

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Although Democratic victory in all of these districts has a distinct element of probability, it is also important to remember that a lot can happen, between the present, and when the elections are held on the eighth of November. It is also worth taking a closer look at District 7. With five candidates running in the general election (Democrat, Republican, Green, Libertarian, and Independent), it is by far the most crowded district in the state.

What Will the Future Hold?

As one can imagine, Democrats in Maryland are feeling pretty good about the impending election, particularly in terms of the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. However, it would be foolish to disregard the increased presences from Green Party candidates, Libertarian candidates, and Independent candidates.