Whether you support casinos in Maryland or not, one thing is certain, the proposed expansion of gaming will have no direct impact on the fiscal year 2013 budget. In fact, projected revenues from a proposed casino in Prince George’s County would not be realized for nearly six years, at best; and projected revenues from table games are a few years off as well. Further, the expansion of gaming hinges on the voters of Maryland agreeing to support the referendum, which some may say is likely, but there are no guarantees. For these reasons, and many others, it seems irrational and irresponsible to tie the ability of the General Assembly to pass a responsible budget for this year to the condition that we send a question to referendum that may fail. This is a gamble that I don’t believe the state should take.
We all by now have seen Sen. Ben Cardin’s creepy and almost offensive commercial playing on the Donte Driver death to win a second term from black voters, but could State Senator C. Anthony Muse be preparing to go on the air as well?
Muse has been trying for weeks to gain the traction that will help him unseat the junior senator but with leading black leaders using the contest to get what they want from the senator while hitting Muse by endorsing Cardin that has been impossible. Today his campaign sent out a fundraising email asking for help getting on the air before the April 3rd Primary. We are not sure what his ad will be but the campaign did link to the video below created by a supporter.
Ben Cardin and Anthony Muse have been locked in a primary for the Democratic nomination on April 3rd.
David Murray is clearly the most experienced and connected candidate for the vacant seat being left by Rosalind Johnson. Two years ago Murray came close to defeating Johnson in her reelection bid and since that time has remained connected and in touch with the community he wants to represent. His drive and vision for a system that aggressively pursues innovation as a way to improve student achievement is what the Board of Education needs. Additionally he will join a board that has failed to hold senior administrators accountable and deliver on a real reform package everyone says they want. Prince George’s needs new energy as well as new ideas and David Murray is the best chance we have to do that in the 1st District.
None of the candidates in the race for this seat currently held by Patricia Eubanks brings the experience or vision we believe is necessary to improve Prince George’s County Public Schools. However, one of them is at least more prepared than the others, Micah Watson. As the former Vice Mayor of Cheverly and member of the Democratic Central Committee, Watson does come with a wealth of budget experience unmatched by the other contenders. While Dennis Smith also served as a member of the Glenarden City Council in the past, during his time as a leader in the city he never distinguished himself in fiscal or program matters. Watson played instrumental roles in developing and passing the Cheverly budget as Vice Mayor and a councilman. What concerns us is a disturbingly detached community outreach strategy and real educational experience.
For the last five years Verjeana Jacobs has been the chair of the Board of Education and should be reelected. None of the candidates running against her have been able to layout a clear vision of why she should be replaced or what they would do better. Jacobs has made a lot of mistakes in her two terms on the school board, but as chair she has been able to bring a diverse group of people together that has done a lot of good. Jacobs has not been as tough on Dr. Hite as she could have been but she has been effective.
Edward Burroughs has been the most outspoken and passionate member of the school board on issues of community involvement, transparency, and most importantly accountability. He has been criticized for not voting the party line and often being the lone voice of dissent but we recommend is reelection. The problem has not been that Burroughs votes no on things like changes to the popular Reading Recovery Program, a budget that grows class sizes, or retaining a lawyer making millions of dollars who donated to the reelection of another board member, the problem is that not enough of his colleagues are joining him. That will change when he is joined by people like his best friend David Murray.
United States House of Representatives
We support Rep. Donna Edwards for re-nomination to the United States Congress as a Democrat.
No Endorsement in the Republican nomination race.
We support Rep. Steny Hoyer for re-nomination to the United States Congress as a Democrat.
We believe Delegate Tony O’Donnell has the best chance to give Rep. Hoyer a run for his money. We therefore support his nomination in the Republican Primary.
United States Senate
State Senator C. Anthony Muse (Democrat)
Ben Cardin has been in Washington for over two decades. In that time the support this county has received from the federal government, including the six years he’s been in the Senate has been poor. His casework for the county has been almost as equal to his presence in the county, non-existent. About six years ago Cardin was handed his hat by fmr. Representative Kwesi Mfume by voters in Prince George’s County, but after beating Mfume statewide the best any county resident has seen of their junior senator was likely in their church this year now that he is up for reelection. Senator Muse is not an excellent candidate but he is a better candidate more in touch with the needs of county residents. A strong vote for Muse, even if he does lose to Cardin, will send the message that we as a county are dissatisfied with our representation and we demand more.
Republican Primary (No Endorsement)
For President of the United States of America
We support the re-nomination of President Barack Obama
We support fmr. Governor Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination
The Collective Empowerment Group has announced the first U.S. Senate Candidate Forum (we’ve heard of) before the Democratic Primary.
Thursday, March 8th
7:30pm – 8:30pm
U.S. Senate Candidate Forum
hosted by the Collective Empowerment Group
Church of the Great Commission
5055 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20746
The Collective Empowerment Group (Formerly the Collective Banking Group) is a coalition of more than 150 churches in Prince George’s County.
Kweisi Mfume Endorses U.S. Senator Ben Cardin for Re-Election
Baltimore, MD – Former U.S. Rep. Kweisi Mfume, five-term Congressman for Maryland’s 7th district and former President/CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), has announced his support for the re-election of Ben Cardin to the U.S. Senate.
“I am happy to join President Obama along with a host of Marylanders in supporting Ben’s re-election to the U.S. Senate. Ben stands up for the values important to Marylanders and I believe we need to keep him in the U.S. Senate working hard for all of us,” Congressman Mfume stated. “Whether he’s fighting to create jobs, supporting our small businesses, protecting retirement security, expanding health care coverage, keeping our air and water clean, or defending civil rights, Ben works around the gridlock and gets the job done. Importantly, I know that he is a principled leader who understands that compromise is possible without sacrificing important values.”
“Kweisi’s support is very important to me. He has a long and distinguished record of service to the people of Maryland and we worked together for many years in the House of Representatives to advance the issues important to the people of Maryland. He is a good friend and I am fortunate to continue to be able to rely on his advice and good counsel. I am honored to have his support.” Senator Cardin said in response to the endorsement.
Congressman Mfume joins an impressive list of state elected officials who have endorsed Senator Cardin, including but not limited to:
• Governor Martin O’Malley
• Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown
• Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III
• Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett
• Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
• Howard County Executive Ken Ulman
• Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz
Remember when State Senator C. Anthony Muse made headlines in 2012 and endorsed Rushern Baker for Executive? Many observers see it is pivotal to helping Baker win over a base that has never been his strongest, black evangelicals. Muse is also bishop a powerful mega-church in south county and has connections with other powerful church leaders. Well that was then and this is now. Today Senator Muse will officially declare his campaign to unseat Ben Cardin in the Democratic Primary. Hours before that announcement Executive Baker announced his is backing Cardin in a Youtube video posted on the Maryland Democratic Party’s page.
The video, which is about 3 minutes long, has Baker touting Cardin coming to his office for a meeting on how he could be helpful to the county. After showing the video to a leading county official they had one thing to say, “what has done? Not a damn thing!”. The official went on to say “Ben wasn’t there in our battle with Montgomery County to move HHS to the county. He hasn’t helped Edwards in her push to get GAO to look at redlining issues impacting federal government leasing contracts, and to tout his help on health care is to spit in the face of voters who know he hasn’t done anything.”
Senator Muse will kick off his campaign tonight with a rally at Camelot in Prince George’s County.
Today Maryland State Senator C. Anthony Muse, of Prince George’s County, will officially throw his hat in the ring to challenge incumbent United States Senator Ben Cardin’s reelection in the Democratic Primary.
Prince George’s County State Senator C. Anthony Muse, who has been exploring a potential primary challenge to incumbent Democratic Senator Ben Cardin, will officially declare his bid to unseat him we have learned.
Today the Washington Post reported that in an email set to go out later this week, President Barack Obama, once the lone African-American in the US Senate, will endorse Ben Cardin for a second term. The endorsement this early in the campaign is expected to help blunt any possible challenge by State Senator C. Anthony Muse of Prince George’s County.
Cardin, who is in his first term, barely won the Democratic Primary in 2006 against former Congressman Kweisi Mfume of Baltimore by less than three percentage points. Cardin was stumped by Mfume in vote rich Prince George’s County and while Muse has far less name ID insiders don’t want to take a chance. Prince George’s County is home to the most democratic votes in the state of Maryland mainly because of its large African-American population.
This isn’t the first time Barack Obama has come to the aid of Ben Cardin. In 2006 after Cardin defeated Mfume in the primary, Democrats organized a Unity Rally at the University of Maryland – College Park in Prince George’s County. Party leaders worried that after Cardin had been defeated so soundly in Prince George’s during that primary by 52 points would be in danger of losing the general election against then-Lt. Governor Michael Steele, an African-American, who at the time lived in Prince George’s. In fact later in that campaign a group of somewhat prominent black elected officials in the county did endorse Michael Steele over Ben Cardin. The keynote speaker for that rally…then-Senator Barack Obama.
Read the full story from the Washington Post here.
Fmr. District 7 County Council candidate Jerry Mathis will appear in court tomorrow to face charges of violating election laws as a result of the 2010 Democratic Primary. Mathis who was defeated in that primary is accused of helping to put out a flier “sample” ballot using the images and names of many incumbent candidates without their permission while at the same time failing to properly disclose the source of the flier through a mandatory disclaimer. To help fight the charges Mathis sent out the below email to his supporters asking them to join him at the hearing tomorrow to fight the charges.
Jerry Mathis has pleaded innocent to the charges and is alleging Attorney General Doug Gansler (D) filed the charges to curry favor with State Senator C. Anthony Muse, a political foe of Mathis’. Gansler is rumored to be considering a run for governor in four years and in a primary battle that could also include Comptroller Peter Franchot and Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, also from Prince George’s, and the support of Senator Muse would be very important. Both Muse and Gansler have denied any political motivates behind the charges and instead have insisted it was Mathis who broke the law and now he should pay.
Email from Jerry Mathis
On October 6, 2010 Attorney General Doug Gansler filed criminal charges against Jerry Mathis which included three (3) counts of violating election laws resulting from the 2010 primary election. There was much sensitization and accusations in the media of mail fraud, fraudulent ballots, fake ballots and other allegations against Citizens for Change, Charles Summers and Jerry Mathis. The politically orchestrated charges alleged that Jerry in collaboration with Citizens for Change failed to include the proper “by authority line” on the Citizens for Change campaign advertisement.
The real issue here is the non-Senator issued sample ballots such as the one circulated by Citizens for Change. The so-called fake ballot was seen by the political machine as an infringement on their presumptive right to be the only issuer of sample ballots which they utilize to control the vote and ultimately the election. In order to strongly discourage others from issuing sample ballots in the future, they must make an example out of Jerry Mathis. In fact, the outgoing State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey stated that someone must be punished.
The Bible reminds each of us that God’s word teaches that any Christian who attempts to do a good work will be persecuted and face opposition from the adversary. The system may have power, but I will prevail because the God I serve is greater than any adversary. We cannot allow one person to be the sacrificial lamb for the sake of us all.
The politically motivated attacks against me represents an attack against all the citizens of this county. The goal of the Democratic Political Machine is to discourage us and to destroy our desire for change. We must continue to face the trickery of our oppressors with the truth.
Truth is the root of the universe and its order, however, there must always be someone who is willing to sacrifice to tell it. I have committed himself never to compromise the truth and never to sell my soul.
This trial is not simply the State v. Jerry Mathis, this trial is about the extinction or the survival of a political system whose sole intent is to control the destiny of the people through the election process. The perpetuators of this system have made it abundantly clear that they intend to make an example of me to discourage anyone else from standing up against them. This trial with its politically motivated and fabricated charges of wrong doing is about good vs. evil, truth vs. lies, light vs. darkness and freedom vs. bondage. If I win, the people win, if the political system wins, the people lose.
The famous statesman, Edmond Burke, stated: “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing”. I’m asking each of you to stand up and join me in this battle to take back our country. There’s a proverb which states “a man of courage is a majority of one”. There is nothing that can’t be done, if we come together and raise our voice as one.
The issue is bigger than Jerry Mathis, the individual. You see, no one stands a chance of being elected to an office in Prince George’s County as long as the Senators control the sample ballots. I am committed to take on the system and expose their trickery and deceitful campaign tactics, and as a result I am being subjected to a malicious, vindictive and selective prosecution. This prosecution is designed to enact revenge and retribution against me for making a courageous stand, to expose a corrupt and controlling system. John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry was the spark that ignited the Civil War which ultimately was the catalyst for ending slavery. John Brown gave his life for a noble cause that was bigger than him.
I’m asking you to join with me and be the spark that ignites the war against a corrupt government, and to destroy slate politics. I implore you not to be too quick to embrace the new government, for to do so will lull you back to sleep. Show your support by attending the first hearing on Friday, December 10, 2010 at 8:30 am at the Prince George’s County Circuit Court, Room #M-2408. Parking is available at the Show Place Arena. Shuttle bus service every fifteen (15) minutes to the courthouse.
Yours in the struggle,