Great job to everyone who participated in the Baltimore Town Hall yesterday! Here’s your weekly news digest:
Van Hollen denies allegations in Clinton campaign book
Senator Van Hollen denied trying to depress African American voter turnout in the 2016 primary. Sources in a new book about Hillary Clinton’s campaign alleged that Van Hollen was concerned that African American voters would favor his Democratic opponent, Donna Edwards. A Van Hollen aide said the campaign “categorically denies this charge.”
Cardin’s 2018 campaign off to slow start
Senator Cardin – “one of 25 Democratic incumbents up for re-election in 2018 – had a relatively slow first few months of fundraising this year, bringing in roughly half the amount he did during the equivalent quarter in his last election.” Cardin, serving his second term, has not officially said whether he will seek reelection.
- Senator Ben Cardin spoke to the PBS News Hour about a recent referendum in Turkey, the Trump administration’s policy on North Korea, and Russia.
- Senator Van Hollen went on “Morning Joe” to address the party’s strategy for upcoming elections.
- Representative Cummings went on “Morning Joe” to discuss his willingness to work with President Trump and the party’s future. (He also mentioned our town hall!)
Baltimore in the news
- Here’s coverage of Thursday’s town hall, by the Baltimore Sun and the local CBS affiliate.
- The city and DOJ have begun the search for a consent decree monitor.
Odds and ends
Big news in the House Oversight Committee: the Chair of the committee, Chaffetz, said he will not seek reelection in 2018 (Congressman Cummings (MD-7) is the Ranking Member)
Congressman Sarbanes (MD-3) recently blasted Trump for ethical violations because Ivanka got two patents approved in China after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2) tours Middle East ahead of budget fight
Congressman Cummings (MD-7): Democrats need to be ‘big tent’ party
Maryland MoCs prepared to resist Trump’s new health care bill (mentions our town hall)