FOR 80% OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY----LABOR AND JUSTICE----WE HAVE WATCHED OVER TWO DECADES WHILE GLOBAL CORPORATE NEO-LIBERALS WON ELECTIONS AT EVERY LEVEL-----MY ELECTION RUN SHOWS WHY!
IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT IT IS THE MARYLAND ATTORNEY GENERAL THAT SHOULD BE SUPPORTING CINDY WALSH IN MY CASE BEFORE THE FEDERAL COURT FOR THESE ELECTION VIOLATIONS-----BUT DOUG GANSLER IS TOO BUSY PARTICIPATING IN THE VERY SYSTEM THAT IS BREAKING THESE LAWS. IT'S CALLED BANANA REPUBLIC POLITICS.
I want to focus on one media outlet in Maryland because it is the face of election rigging and the staff make no bones about it. The problem is doubled when that media outlet takes on a status of 'public' radio when in fact it is run by Johns Hopkins and Hopkins is a corporation. WYPR is a corporate radio station receiving public money and it overtly skews election coverage in the favor of the global corporate economy and protection of the massive fraud and corruption in the state----driven by Johns Hopkins.
This morning Frazer Smith-----WYPR's political 'analyst' gave us yet another totally meaningless poll on the governor's race----this time the Washington Post. The Post had to lower the standards of that poll so much just to have any polling in this governor's race-------7% and 11% margin of error for democrat and republican----that it now calls into question if the Baltimore Sun poll even really used a 4.4% margin of error in its poll. Remember, it costs very little and takes very few people to conduct a real scientific polling event. A handful of people working for a few hours can call a thousand people randomly to meet the requirements of an evidence-based poll. When media has to skew these standards to such a degree.....moving the republican candidates higher by 11% for example if the error is on the negative side------the democratic candidates by as much as 7% shows no movement in candidates in the governor's race at all. They are deliberately moving the margin of error----added to non-random cohort of people polled to give a GREAT BIG PROPAGANDA SHOW AS ELECTION POLLING. If a media outlet allows this kind of information on its program-----you are listening or reading a news outlets that has no journalism.
Let's return to the next problem that comes from an election filled with people no one wants to vote for---creating the environment of people not wanting to vote.
AS WYPR LITERALLY SHOUTED TO ALL LISTENERS----IF YOU DO NOT LIKE THE CANDIDATES WE PLACE IN FRONT OF YOU----DON'T VOTE.
That is indeed the goal of these captured elections---to frustrate voters to the point of apathy as exists in Baltimore, they are now extending it statewide. Then elections will be third world where people are paid to come to the polls to make it look like a candidate has the people's support. This is Baltimore's election process. All of those millions of dollars in social services and the threats of closing senior centers or pushing small businesses out of business-----real Tammany Hall politics.-----that are used to get people to the polls for the captured candidate. If you think for one minute that my campaign would not be the front-runner had I received just a small percentage of media and 501c3 coverage-----required by law----you do not know the stakes of this 2014 election for governor.
THIS IS WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING IN THIS ELECTION AND CINDY WALSH FOR GOVERNOR WILL TAKE THIS TO FEDERAL COURT AS OVERT ELECTION RIGGING.
Let's look at the court case that Maryland media and 501c3s think will be their defense and which I will use as my own:
In 1998, the US Supreme Court ruled in Arkansas Educational Television Commission vs Forbes that government-owned public broadcast stations may also exclude candidates from debates, as long as the decision to exclude candidates is not based on their views, but rather on their viability-----often determined by the percentage of voters that may support the candidate. The court ruled that the Arkansas Educational Television Commission was permitted to invite only major party candidates, or candidates with 'strong popular support' to participate in its 1992 presidential debate. Since then, candidates from Ross Perot and Jesse Ventura have fought for access to these media forums and won.
You see where the words used most in Maryland media in their rights to exclude----a campaign is not viable or only major party candidates need be included. Only, none of the vehicles they would use to determine these criteria are valid and openly skew these determinations. I want to point out as well that Arkansas if Clinton country and you see it was Clinton's public media outlet fighting to limit access to elections and this was in 1998. So, Clinton was back then setting the stage that would be used by neo-liberals to silence 80% of the democratic base---labor and justice.
The other piece with this ruling is that it is directed at third party candidates and not campaigns within party races. So, Maryland media is very careful to include all republican candidates in election coverage no matter the campaign money raised or polling data because-------that is how election coverage must meet the standard of doing no damage to a candidate's campaign. They ignore these same standards because they think no one will contest this----largely because the Maryland Democratic Central Committees are captured by O'Malley/Johns Hopkins political machines-----right now Maggie McIntosh heads the state democratic party. So, it is this democratic structure that should be fighting for the right of all democratic candidates to be heard. Since neo-liberals do not want labor and justice heard----the natural protector becomes the one violating these laws the most. So, to allow all republican candidates, most not polling at all, into all election discussion places the requirement that all candidates receive the same treatment. To pretend that Brown, Gansler, and Mizeur are major candidates with polling around 10% is not defensible and all Maryland media outlets----especially the 501c3 ones know this!
Remember, this is a FCC ruling-----looking only at media outlets.
THIS IS WHY THE CLINTON MACHINE/NEO-LIBERALS HAVE CONTINUED TO HOLD ELECTION CONTROL ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND IT ALL INVOLVES ELECTION VIOLATIONS AND RIGGING.
Citation. 523 U.S. 666, 118 S. Ct. 1633, 140 L. Ed. 2d 875, 1998 U.S.
Brief Fact Summary.
Forbes (Petitioner) was running for political office and was denied the opportunity to participate in a television debate.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. The First Amendment does not compel public broadcasters to provide access to programming for third parties.
Facts. Arkansas Educational Television Commission (Respondent) decided to broadcast a political debate amongst the top congressional candidates. One hour was allotted for the debate in a question and answer format. Respondent acquired enough signatures to be on the ballot after Petitioner issued the initial invites. Respondent requested that he be allowed to participate, but Petitioner still refused.
Issue. Because the government owned the television station was it obligated to open the debate to all candidates?
What 501c3s must adhere to are the IRS laws regarding non-profits and how they may or may not participate in elections. This does indeed overlap the 501c3 media events as well and I believe it is this law below that has all the Maryland major venues including all the republican candidates in forums and debates-----
THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DAMAGE ANY ONE CANDIDATE'S CAMPAIGN WHILE PARTICIPATING IN ELECTIONS.
This is pretty cut and dry----keeping Cindy Walsh from all of the early 501c3 events and media coverage is what keeps a candidate from being viable----it is not that their platform was not viable. The actions of those participating in Maryland elections makes the candidate unviable-----not the voters choosing not to support the platform. Now, is the Federal Court so corrupt as to look beyond so many election violations and systemic corruption of Maryland election system as some tell me will be the case?
IT WILL BE REALLY, REALLY HARD FOR ANY FEDERAL JUDGE TO RULE AGAINST MY COMPLAINTS ------THE APPEARANCE OF CORRUPTION WILL BE UNMISTAKABLE.
We must get these court cases on record so that when Rule of Law is rebuilt----we will have the cases established.
Violations of the election law requiring 501c3 organizations to invite all candidates to debates or forums as the only way to eliminate bias or showing opposition to another candidate.
What Does "Participating in a Political Campaign" Mean?
Organizations with 501(c)(3) status cannot participate in political campaigns.
What is a political campaign? In general, the IRS rule refers to campaigns between people who are running for offices in public elections. These can include: candidates running for president of the U.S.; candidates running for governor; candidates running for mayor; and also candidates for lower elected offices such as school board officials, city supervisors, and county trustees.
What is "participating?" Your organization cannot participate in a campaign, directly or indirectly, on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate. If your organization takes a stand in any campaign, supporting or opposing one or another candidate, this violates the prohibition.
I want to look at the 'only 3 candidates in the democratic race for governor' per the establishment----Brown, Gansler, and Mizeur-----and then look at the other 3 democratic candidates left out-----Walsh, Smith, and Jaffe. I am only representing myself in this election, but it is good to see why these 3 candidates are selected out of the race----AND IT IS INDEED THEIR PLATFORM.
EDUCATION-----BROWN, GANSLER, AND MIZEUR ALL SUPPORT THIS EDUCATION REFORM, ERGO, THEY ARE 'VIABLE'.
The citizens of Baltimore will note that neo-liberal O'Malley and neo-conservative Johns Hopkins brought to the city a new school superintendent----or CEO----a candidate from Milwaukee----home of education privatization on steroids. This report shows you how bad this system in Milwaukee has become and I want to be clear-----this will not only be for poor students-----it will take all of public schools. Remember, the goal of TPP is to kill the middle-class and move everyone to the status of poor!
Report: Charters Creating Two-Tier Education
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 11:26 By Samantha Winslow, Labor Notes | Report
As an antidote to the “grow grow grow” mentality of the elected officials and business leaders pushing charter schools, a recent report by University of Oregon professor and political economist Gordon Lafer outlines what’s wrong with privatization of public schools.
The report, titled Do Poor Kids Deserve Lower-Quality Education than Rich Kids? Evaluating School Privatization Proposals in Milwaukee, focuses on the model of Rocketship, a national charter elementary school organization that hopes to expand its Milwaukee footprint to eight schools by 2018.
City officials have even considered carving out the lowest-performing parts of the city’s schools for charters to operate, similar to the New Orleans “recovery district.” Milwaukee’s Chamber of Commerce and Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett are among the charter chain’s supporters, raising millions to help it grow.
Rocketship’s investors, who are tech industry heavyweights, claim altruistic intentions: they care about the kids! But they’re also profiting from the expansion of charter schools, a market for their own products and services.
Case in point: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, on the board of Rocketship, is also an investor in a company called Dream Box, which runs software the schools use for math applications. In the public sector this type of self-dealing is often prohibited, because schools should be choosing the service or product with the best track record, not the one that will enrich investors.
So it’s no surprise that businessmen like Hastings find investing in charters much more appealing than paying more taxes to support public schools.
Lafer points out that the charter companies’ self-proclaimed cutting-edge learning models offer anything but advanced instruction.
In Rocketship’s “blended learning,” for instance, students learn basic literacy and math with an emphasis on test preparation, receiving online instruction in the schools’ computer labs. Other academic subjects, arts, and music are left out of this education model.
The teachers at such schools are often inexperienced, with an average 30 percent teacher turnover from year to year—twice the Milwaukee school district average. A non-union workforce is part of the incentive for school districts to switch to charters, though some charter teachers have begun to unionize.
50 to 1
While it claims a 29 to 1 student-teacher ratio, which includes non-certified, lower-paid instructors, Rocketship has actually redesigned its instructional model, shifting the ratio closer to 50 to 1. Company leaders explained bluntly that they were changing the schools’ structure to extract more money for expansion.
Even as they skimp on teachers and dumb down the curriculum, Rocketship and other charters brag of their mission to serve low-income black and Latino students. In reality they are further segregating America’s schools, creating two tiers: one for the affluent, where students get exposure to the arts, languages, sports, and one-on-one instruction, and the other where they are taught the basics, and spend most of their time in front of a computer.
At the 60-year anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, separate is still not equal. Lafer proposes that all schools receiving taxpayer money be subject to the same accountability and transparency, and that they be governed democratically, such as by elected school boards where parents and community can have oversight.
Read the whole report here.
ENVIRONMENT----BROWN, GANSLER, AND MIZEUR WILL ALLOW GLOBAL CORPORATE ENERGY TO CONTROL THE STATE AND WILL TURN AN EYE TO GROWING ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS LIKE THE PORT OF BALTIMORE.....ERGO, THEY ARE 'VIABLE'.
'UNTIL CERTAIN CONDITIONS ARE MET'------Oh, Mizeur is not against fracking-----she is just pretending to be!
Sen. Ron Young (D-Frederick) and Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery) have introduced the Shale Gas Drilling Safety Review Act this session “to ensure our communities get the answers they deserve and to ensure the General Assembly has a say in the ultimate decision,” Young said in the release.
The legislation would prohibit MDE from issuing a permit for fracking of a well for the exploration or production of natural gas until specified conditions are met.
HEALTH CARE----BROWN, GANSLER, AND MIZEUR ALL SUPPORT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND THE MOST PRIVATE, PROFIT-DRIVEN STATE HEALTH SYSTEM IN THE NATION......ERGO, THEY ARE 'VIABLE'.
Thanks for this acknowledgement that Gansler, Brown, and Mizeur are not progressive on health care as they pretend. Remember, neo-liberalism is never progressive....the Maryland exchange is one of the most private, profit driven in the nation with most people in Maryland falling into Medicaid and Bronze----preventative care. Consider over 80% of Marylanders falling into this Medicaid-level care at the same time Medicaid has been gutted of funding and is being made into a third world clinic care model. Longevity will drop dramatically in one generation with these draconian health policies.
Let's be clear----Brown is already pushing the Connecticut health system to replace this failed Maryland system. Connecticut is home of all the insurance corporations behind this health care reform. So, Brown is going to 'look' at the Vermont model? OH, REALLY??????
BROWN, GANSLER, AND MIZEUR----BUILDING THE STRUCTURES FOR ENDING PUBLIC EDUCATION, PUBLIC HEALTH, AND HANDING ALL THAT IS PUBLIC OVER TO CORPORATE CONTROL AND THIS MAKES THEM 'VIABLE'.
Cindy - We just posted this on the Healthcare-Now Maryland website.
Candidates for Governor Respond to Survey; Walsh Supports Single-payer
June 10, 2014
Responding to a Healthcare-Now! of Maryland health care survey, gubernatorial candidates Del. Heather Mizeur, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Cindy Walsh all indicated that they believed that health care was a basic human right. They all agreed that it was the responsibility of the state to ensure that all Marylanders received the health care they need. There were differences, however, regarding a single-system.
Neither Brown nor Mizeur would say that they favored a single-payer system and that they would support single-payer legislation and, if passed, sign it into law. Only Walsh unequivocally supported single-payer calling for “expanded and improved Medicare for all”. In his response, Brown expressed support for universal healthcare and the Affordable Care Act. He indicated that he would be watching the experience of Vermont’s Green Mountain Care single-payer model as he considered options to build a better Maryland. Mizeur favored studying a single-payer system. If it was shown to be fiscally responsible, she would push for passage of single-payer after 2017 when the federal government allows for innovation waivers.
The health care survey was sent to all of the candidates from both parties running in the June 24th primary.
By Rich Bruning
Here are the platforms that emphasize government corruption and promotes politicians as 'public servants' and not CEOs. Sound familiar to Cindy Walsh's campaign? YOU BETCHA-----
THIS CANDIDATE IS 'NOT VIABLE'!
Ralph Jaffe for governor
April 26, 2010
My name is Ralph Jaffe. I am a political science teacher. When I first started teaching in 1964 I told my students that Maryland was one of the most corrupt states in the Union. Fast forward to 2010 - nothing has changed. This is why I am now a candidate for governor in the September 2010 Democratic primary. I want to put a stop to the moral bankruptcy in Maryland politics and replace it with a new word, ETHICS.
My platform is based on 5 principles.
#1 - I will not accept campaign contributions because they are disguised bribes.
#2 - I will have no dealings with paid professional lobbyists.
#3 - I will serve one term only. This way I'm not in the campaign for power, fame, or personal wealth, but rather I want to be a good public servant.
#4 - I will tell the truth all of the time, not some of the time.
#5 - I will serve free. I will set aside the $150,000 annual salary of the governor for the purpose of trying to hire a combination of three teachers, firefighters and/or police officers.
These 5 principles must be adhered to if we are ever going to get true, ethical politicians. I am not a politician; rather, I am a teacher. Electing me as the next governor in the state of Maryland would mark a major step in the movement to compel future politicians to comply with the above stated principles.
Yes - thisi s a peaceful revolution to get rid of money and corruption out of politics. I'm asking you to join this movement and make this goal a reality. Please call me at 410-764-2409 and help bring about true, ethical reform in our political system.
Ralph Jaffe, Democratic candidate for Governor
Charles U. Smith for governor
Charles is a perennial candidate but his message is very relevant especially these days-----he is a strong advocate for the Veterans Administration and veterans health care. This is his primary policy issue and he speaks very knowledgeably of the changes to the VA that is leading to the decline in care. Maryland leads in dismantling VA and the worst record in VA operations so......
THIS CANDIDATE IS NOT 'VIABLE'
Both Harris and Mikulski knows that the VA in Maryland is being dismantled and the doctors have been outsourced to private health facilities with this health care reform. The goal in Maryland is to end the public health care with the VA and simply send them to the state health system where they will be categorized as Medicaid-level care. It is a huge thing to work to deny health coverage to veterans and neo-liberals and neo-cons are a tag team in dismantling the VA and sending veterans into these private state health systems. Having to listen to these pols lie over and over is just what third world nations with manufactured 'elections' do.
Sen. Mikulski and Rep. Harris React to More Veterans Affairs Findings June 10, 2014 By Dagger News Service
MIKULSKI EXPRESSES OUTRAGE ABOUT VA FINDINGS DETAILING ORGANIZATIONAL FAILURES RESPONSIBLE FOR DELAYING VETERANS ACCESS TO CARE
From the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski:
U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today expressed outrage on the findings of an audit by the Veterans Administration (VA) detailing organizational failure and dysfunction within the VA that has led to lengthy delays in veterans’ access to health treatment and care:
“I am outraged at this colossal organization failure at VA which has put lip service ahead of the health and well-being of our veterans. We must get to the bottom of delay and denial at the VA.
“When it comes to Maryland, this report outlines both good news and bad news. The bad news is that the average wait time for new primary care patients is 81 days. This is unacceptable and clearly shows that more must be done. The good news for Maryland contained within this report is that for existing VA patients, the wait time to see a doctor is as low as four days. Additionally, the audit did not find any evidence of wrongdoing or deceptive or duplicitous behavior on the part of employees in Baltimore.
“This week I will vote in the Senate to pass bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Bernie Sanders and John McCain that makes a significant down payment on reforms needed to address this crisis immediately. Our veterans who have fought on the front line shouldn’t have to stand in line for the care and benefits they have earned and deserve.”
The Veterans’ Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, legislation introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and supported by Senator Mikulski, would address patient wait times at hospitals and improve accountability at the Veterans Affairs administration. Specifically, the legislation would give veterans access to private doctors, community health centers, Department of Defense medical facilities and facilities funded by the Indian Health Service. It would allow veterans living more than 40 miles from a VA hospital or clinic to access more convenient private care.
The bill also would provide for the hiring of new medical personnel in an expedited manner at hospitals and clinics that lack enough doctors, nurses and other medical staff to provide quality care in a timely manner and ensures dedicated funding is available to hire health care professionals. And at a time when new construction is needed for VA health care around the country, this legislation allows VA to lease 26 new medical facilities that would expand access to care.
In addition to these provisions, this bill would allow the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to terminate senior VA employees for poor performance. This would also require the Secretary to provide Congress a justification for any removal within 30 days and offers terminated employees the ability to appeal to the Merit System Protection Board within seven days of termination, providing them the protections from retaliation and discrimination they deserve.
Lastly, the bill takes another step in ensuring our service members are prepare for their transition to civilian life by requiring public higher institutions to give veterans residing in their state in-state tuition while using the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
In May, Senator Mikulski used her oversight position as Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee to call on Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate and potential criminal wrongdoing. A copy of that letter is available here.
Rep. Andy Harris Releases Statement in Response to New Department of Veterans Affairs Audit
Audit Says VA Maryland Health Care System Has Fourth-Longest Average Wait Time for New Patient Primary Care
From the office of Congressman Andy Harris:
Congressman Andy Harris, M.D., a Navy veteran and physician who worked in both the military and veteran health systems, has released the following statement in response to news that the VA Maryland Health Care System has the fourth-longest average wait time for new patient primary care, according to a new nationwide Department of Veterans Affairs audit. The audit, released today, found that the Maryland system, which includes the Baltimore and Perry Point VA hospitals as well as the Loch Raven VA Community Living and Rehabilitation Center, had an average wait time of 81 days for new patients. The wait is more than five times the 14 days the VA had set as guidelines for patients to see a doctor.
“The report is no surprise, as the number-one complaint my case workers receive is problems with the veterans’ administration. Wait times of this length are completely unacceptable, which is why we need to allow our high-priority veterans to opt out of a failed veteran health system.”