The MD Obama campaign has focused on helping out in Virginia and I have spent two days canvassing in Virginia lately and one day registering voters. I fully support those efforts and will do it as often as I can. I will also phone bank, as well. I did notice that there were some voter registration activities taking place at some of the Red Line Metro stations, so I volunteered to help out at the Takoma station, which is very close to my house.
Everyone knows of Takoma Park as pretty politically active and aware, so I figured that trying to register voters there would not be very productive. Also, the station is physically in DC, so many DC residents use it.
I have spent two evenings at the Takoma Metro and have been pleasantly surprised at the number of people who have registered. Last night I was there for about an hour and a half and I got a dozen registrants, plus a few who took forms for their children. I also got one volunteer. Some were people who had recently moved and one had even downloaded the form at work and filled it and and just left it with me to take to the Board of Elections. My efforts won't make much difference in the outcome in Maryland, but it's easy and better than staying home and fretting or watching television.
The General Assembly is considering repealing a provision in the special session tax package that required homeowners to apply for a tax credit they had previously gotten automatically.
Prince George's County Council Chair David Harrington narrowly beats Rushern Baker to succeed the late Gwendolyn Britt in the state Senate. Harrington, you'll recall, was one of the handful of Prince George's Democrats who endorsed Michael Steele back in 2006.
Gov. O'Malley is backing a bill to require all new and renovated state buildings meet green building standards.
The 'beg-a-thon' for school construction money from the Board of Public Works begins.
Democratic leaders in the General Assembly are supporting a bill that would effectively boot state schools superintendent Nancy Grasmick from her job.
Our sister blog Raising Kaine has, as one might expect, been doing an excellent job covering the aftermath of the Virgina Tech shootings. They've provided a lot of statements by politicians, in-depth analysis of the shootings themselves, and some personal commentary on the how this tragedy has affected the some of the people of Virginia. Go check it out.
For some reason, I can't get the Upcoming Events box on this blog to work. Until then, check out these affairs (from dKos):
1. Tuesday Night, March 13, Metro-Area Young Dem "Commonwealth Meets Capitol Hill" Networking Night
6:00-9:00pm Tuesday, March 13th, Top of the Hill (Pour House upstairs bar), 319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE (Capitol South Metro) Sponsored by the Arlington Young Democrats, join young Dems (and the young-at-heart) from VA, DC and MD at Top of the Hill for our second annual happy hour to get local progressives to socialize and build relationships for working together in 2007 and 2008. Over 150 attendees are expected.
Co-Hosts: Webb Brigades Alumni / DEM PAC Virginia Young Democrats DC Young Democrats Maryland Young Democrats Alexandria Young Democrats DC College Democrats DC Irish Democrats Montgomery County Young Democrats Prince Georges County Young Democrats Young Voter PAC
For more information visit www.arlingtonyoungdems.org.