Also see PM in the News archives for 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
and an Overview: PM's Work for Health Reform during 2009-2010
(as Maryland state coordinator for Health Care for America Now).
Progressive Maryland in the News - 2013
"The protest brought together activists from UFCW 1994 MCGEO and Local 400, IAFF 1664, ATU 689, OPEIU 2, Progressive Maryland, and many more."
-Do Real Democrats Cross Picket Lines? Union City 5/12
"About 200 union members protested outside a Montgomery County Democratic Party fundraiser Saturday, asserting the party had strayed from progressive positions. The action skimmed off about 25 percent of its normal attendance... 'It’s been difficult at times to tell the difference between real Democrats and the Republican Party'... A number of high-profile Democrats chose to honor the picket lines, including Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown... and U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin..."
-Democratic Party says 100 shy away from fundraiser because of union protest; Gazette 5/13
"Here’s who’s joined the boycott thus far: Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO; FOP Lodge 35; UFCW Local 1994, MCGEO; IAFF Local 1664; Montgomery County Young Democrats; Prince Georges County Young Democrats; Progressive Maryland; Fund Our Communities..."
-Ken Ulman, Heather Mizeur, Aisha Braveboy and Other Candidates Join Labor Protest of MoCo Democratic Ball; Maryland Juice 5/8
"[F]ormer U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich [said] Walmart is a 'net job destroyer that for every job they created, 1.4 jobs were lost in the surrounding area The typical worker at Walmart makes $8.81 an hour.'"
- Walmart would drive away the local businesses we love; a letter by PM members Chuck and Anne Marie Martinez published May 8 in The Gazette
"Our view: The Greater Baltimore Committee wants a lower corporate income tax rate to spur growth and job creation; it should embrace combined reporting as the way to get there."
-How to make Md.'s taxes more competitive; Balt. Sun editorial 5/9
See the extensive March 2013 Coverage of Progressive Maryland’s and Fund Our Community's "Prosperity Not Austerity" bus/caravan tour and Lockheed Martin corporate tax fairness Actions (31 pp.) plus photos and videos.
"Verizon has been criticized in recent years by the City Council, Progressive Maryland and other critics, who say the company is dragging its feet because it ..."
-Roland Park Civic League to hold public meeting about broadband; Balt. Sun 3/13
"Progressive groups are resurrecting a campaign to raise the minimum wage in Maryland from its current $7.25 to $10 by 2015... Raise Maryland made up of 20 organizations, including unions, immigrant groups and Progressive Maryland..."
-Campaign seeks to boost minimum wage; Gazette 1/21
"Progressive Maryland, a nonprofit advocacy group for various progressive issues and a perennial supporter of efforts to boost the minimum wage... Currently, 19 states plus Washington, D.C., have minimum wage rates higher than Maryland’s $7.25, which is also the federal minimum wage."
-Proposal looks to raise low pay to $10 an hour by 2015; Southern Maryland newspapers 1/21
Filibuster reform can't wait: Cardin, Mikulski must throw their weight behind reforming Senate rules; Op-ed by PM's Kate Planco Waybright and Elbridge James in Balt. Sun 1/19 [Also see USAction Blog posting about it.]
Above: Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-3) addresses Rally Jan. 17 in Annapolis. Behind him is Delegate Jon Cardin (D-11), one of seven members of the General Assembly who addressed the rally. Below: NBC-4 TV aired a report featuring its interview with PM's Kate Planco Waybright, who addressed the crowd, "Hard working Maryland families deserve a government that works for all of us, not just those who can write big checks. It's time to end the corrupting influence of corporate money on our elections. Doing so will make sure that everyday Marylanders, not big money interests, have strong voices in Annapolis and on Capitol Hill." See NBC-4 video, news release, photos on Facebook and GetMoneyOutMD.org
"... Family Alliance, Gender Empowerment Maryland (GEM), Free State Maryland, CASA of Maryland, Progressive Maryland several unions."
-Trans Rights Top Maryland Activists' ''To-Do'' List; Metro Weekly 1/13
"The Maryland Coalition for Trans Equality has grown to include CASA de Maryland, Progressive Maryland and 17 other organizations. Equality ..."
-Md., Va. to tackle bias, trans rights as lawmakers return; Wash. Blade 1/9
"Progressive Maryland [says] Pepco should invest more profits
in improvements and less in executive pay and dividends..."
-Pepco studying cost of burying power lines; Gazette 7/16
"Progressive Maryland, Executive Director Kate Planco Waybright
said, 'Opponents should stop wasting time...'"
-Md. Leaders React to Healthcare Decision; Chestertown Spy 6/29
"Kate Planco Waybright, interim executive director of Progressive Maryland... said Pepco cut maintenance to increase profits for its parent company, while ratepayers lost millions in spoiled food and lost work time waiting for electric service to be restored..."
-Residents say 'no' to proposed Pepco rate hike; Gazette 6/27
"'Maryland still faces budget shortfalls for each of the next four years," added Kate Planco Waybright, Progressive Maryland's interim executive director. Striking a defiant note, she continued, "But Maryland progressives will keep mobilizing grassroots pressure until we've reinstated the millionaires' tax, closed corporate loopholes, and achieved true tax fairness in 'the Free State.'"
-Marylanders struggle for tax fairness; DCMicCheck.org 6/28
"Marylanders for Marriage Equality boasts... NAACP, SEIU, ACLU, Equality Maryland, Progressive Maryland, Maryland NOW, and League of Women Voters..."
-Marriage petition all but assured of success; Examiner 5/29
"... both sides held separate rallies Monday outside the State House, hoping to affect how the budget talks will play out during the special session..."
-VIDEO: Budget talks get both sides rallying; WBAL TV11 5/14
"Progressive Maryland [backs] tax increases, particularly on high income..."
-Md. Too Reliant on Income Taxes, One Group Says; Southern Maryland Online 5/14
"First a 'Last Chance Rally for Tax Fairness'... Progressive Md...."
-Picket line and dueling rallies to punctuate Maryland Special Session;
"... met by [Progressive Maryland] protesting decisions in the session..."
-Protest Democrats tonight in Greenbelt; RealPrinceGeorge's 5/7
"The DLS report confirms O'Malley's assertion that Maryland taxes... are not that high... groups such as Progressive Maryland are backing even higher tax..."
-Maryland too reliant on income taxes, one group says; MarylandReporter.com
"Progressive Maryland will rally to urge Democratic lawmakers to vote for income tax increase and other measures necessary to avoid Doomsday cuts..."
-Democrats face demonstration at fund-raiser; Balt. Sun 5/4
"...Progressive Maryland. The bill would almost certainly set the precedent for other states across the country..."
-Despite 'doomsday' budget scenario critical legislation gets passed in Annapolis; Examiner 4/12
"Members of the Transit First Coalition... Progressive Maryland..."
-Rosier Metro outlook to reduce fare hike Greatergreaterwashington 4/10
"Jeff Blum, a Baltimore native, is executive director of USAction, a federation of 22 state affiliates (including Progressive Maryland) that organizes for ......"
-Blank check for military will send America the way of Soviet Union: In an arms race with itself, US squeezes out domestic investments; Balt. Sun 4/9
"Governor Martin O'Malley Endorses Rob Garagiola for Congress ... joins Progressive Maryland, Human Rights Campaign, MoveOn, [labor unions] ..."
-Governor Martin O’Malley Endorses Rob Garagiola for Congress Dist. 6 3/29
"Governor joins Progressive Maryland, Human Rights Campaign..."
-CD6: Governor Martin O'Malley Releases Statement Endorsing State Senator Rob Garagiola for Congress; marylandjuice.com 3/29
"Rob Garagiola was endorsed by Progressive Maryland..."
-Pooran campaign sees positive polling numbers; Maryland Reporter 3/22
"Liberal advocacy group Progressive Maryland is pushing Annapolis legislators to consider restoring Maryland's millionaires tax and close corporate tax loopholes -- before placing additional burdens on working families in the Free State..."
-Progressive MD Launches Voter Contacts; Maryland Juice 3/5
"Craig Simpson of Progressive Maryland relied on data from the state Comptroller’s Office to show that Marylanders earning between $30,560 and $55,716 yearly pay 5.88 percent of their income to the state in the form of income taxes, sales and use taxes and excise taxes, such as the gas tax. Those who earn $493,121 and above pay 3.1 percent of their incomes in taxes, according to the report. Simpson supported O’Malley’s plan to collect more taxes from high-income earners, and supported another pending bill that would set the income tax rate at 6.25 percent for adjusted annual incomes greater than $1 million. This rate was in effect from 2008 to 2010. ..."
-Lawmakers wrestle with budget and tax plan; Annapolis Capital 3/1
"Each coalition partner, including 1199 SEIU, ACLU of Maryland, Equality Maryland, Human Rights Campaign, Progressive Maryland..."
-Maryland Passes Marriage Equality; New Civil Rights Movement Feb 23
"Progressive Maryland this week launched a statewide campaign for tax fairness with a mailing to voters..."
-Progressive Maryland Launches Campaign for Tax Fairness: Union City 2/17
"...Tom Hucker (D-20) [former Executive Director of Progressive Maryland] seeks to lower the age requirement [for] elective office... from 25 and 21 [to] 18-years old..."
-Lawmaker introduces progressively innovative legislation; Examiner 2/13
"...joined by social workers and radio hosts Bob and Laurie Hollander, Progressive Md. Interim Executive Director Kate Planco Waybright..."
-Md. Senate hearing on marriage draws hundreds; Wash. Blade 1/31
"Marylanders for Marriage Equality includes NAACP-Baltimore, 1199 SEIU, ACLU- Maryland, Progressive Maryland, Equality Maryland..."
-Text of Gov. O'Malley's State of the State; Annapolis Capital 2/1
"[Thanks to] Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland, PFLAG, NOW, Progressive Maryland..." (See video)
-Governor O'Malley remarks on marriage bill; Wash. Blade 1/25
"A resolution urging Baltimore City delegation to General Assembly to support statewide marriage-equality legislation... passed..."
-Gay marriage and transgender rights bills head back; City Paper 1/25
PM Board President Elbridge James addressed the Save Our State town hall Jan. 5 in Rockville and was quoted in The Gazette article, Coalition seeks to preserve social services. "We're talking about keeping basic services, so we don't fall into a worse predicament..." See also Silver Spring hosts public forum with state legislators.
"Equality Maryland, Progressive Neighbors, [Progressive Maryland]..."
-Md. Delegates Mizeur, Mitchell Co-Host Town Hall Jan. 19 Metro Weekly
Video: Challenging Maryland Session Begins; NBC 4, Jan. 11
"Union members kicked off the Maryland General Assembly session with calls for an income tax increase on millionaires and new requirements to tax large companies..."
-Unions rally in Annapolis for millionaire's tax, combined reporting, Gazette Jan 11
"'We're talking about keeping basic services, so we don't fall into a worse predicament...' Progressive Maryland's Elbridge James told the Save Our State town hall, Rockville.
-Coalition seeks to preserve social services; Gazette Jan 6
"Progressive Neighbors, along with Progressive Maryland, NAACP, Impact Silver Spring, and Peace Action Montgomery are sponsoring a discussion with legislators..."
-Silver Spring hosts public forum with state legislators; Gazette Jan 4
Roll Call: Liberal Groups Take Up Occupy Mantle in D.C.
"Occupy Wall Street is the proper message. ... We're saying to legislators, 'You’ve heard this message. Now do your job,'" said Elbridge James, board president of Progressive Maryland, a group that advocates for working families.
CNN: Groups prepare to bring Occupy protests to Congress
"... information posted on the website of Progressive Maryland..."
Politico: Occupy Wall Street lands on Capitol Hill
"Some plan to set up tents around the Capitol, and according to Progressive Maryland, the marchers will urge lawmakers to support the extension..."
Gazette: Progressive Maryland to pressure Congress to extend jobless benefits
"As many as 100... are expected to join Progressive Maryland Tuesday..."
"Marylanders for Marriage Equality, said Bond's participation helps..."
-NAACP’S Bond endorses Maryland marriage effort; Wash. Blade Nov 2
"Elbridge James: Conventional wisdom wrong on gay marriage"
-Op-ed by Progressive Md. Board President in The Gazette Oct 21
"... Montgomery Co. NAACP Vice President and Progressive Md. President Elbridge James..." - Peace activists rally; Wash. Examiner, Oct 10
"The poll firm's clients ... include ... Progressive Maryland..."
-Natural gas poll shows strong support; Cumberland Times-News Oct 29
"...Progressive Md., Nat'l Black Justice Coalition, Catholics for Equality..."
-O'Malley launches video effort for marriage equality; Wash. Blade, Oct 6
"Gov. O'Malley in a new video... [coalition includes] Progressive Md. ..."
-O'Malley Supports Marriage Equality in New Video; Huffington Post Oct 4
"United Workers Association, Equality Maryland... Progressive Md. ..."
-Catholic Campaign on Human Development; Oct. 4
"NAACP Baltimore joined 1199 SEIU, Progressive Md., ACLU-Md., Equality Md., Human Rights Campaign, Nat'l Gay, Lesbian Task Force ..."
-Gov. O'Malley Video Campaign Supporting Marriage Equality; Citybizlist
"The coalition includes HRC, 1199 SEIU, Progressive Maryland, ACLU ..."
-O'Malley kicks off Marylanders for Marriage Equality; Advocate.com
"... coalition spearheaded by Equality Maryland to push for 'gay marriage' in Maryland. They're also affiliates of Progressive Maryland. ..."
-No reform in sight yet for the CCHD; EnerPub
"The NAACP joins Progressive Maryland, 1199 SEIU, ACLU-MD ..."
-Clergy, Del. Burns form PAC to fight marriage equality; Wash. Independent
"By joining the coalition, the NAACP joins a number of other groups including Progressive Maryland, Equality Maryland, ACLU ..."
-NAACP Joins Maryland Marriage Fight; Metro Weekly
"NAACP joins Sen. Rich Madaleno, Del. Luke Clippinger, Equality Md., Progressive Maryland, 1199 SEIU, ACLU-MD, Human Rights Campaign, ..."
-NAACP Chapter joins Coalition on Marriage Equality; Windy City Times
"CASA de Maryland, CARECEN, Familias Unidas, Presente, Progressive Md. and five others... protested at the White House..."
-Obama leaves activists unsatisfied; Wash. Post
"Progressive Md. rally to remember 1 million deportees ..." -Wash. Times
Good Jobs Better Baltimore fights Constellation Energy-Exelon deal
-WYPR; Baltimore Sun and Op-ed
"Tax cuts for the rich have made us poorer: Republicans' insistence on maintaining Bush-era cuts makes deficit reduction impossible..."
-Progressive Maryland op-ed in Baltimore Sun
"Progressive Maryland will face some tough tasks in the next few years trying to protect the working class from cuts in services. His group is one of the loudest voices trying to keep a liberal agenda on track..."
-Maryland Influencers; Campaigns & Elections May
Study says Maryland one of “least free” states, but ranks well on taxes, spending; Md. Reporter and CityBizList June 8 (Also see Study: Rich Don't Flee States Raising Taxes)
"Advocate groups... forming a broad coalition, headed by Progressive Maryland..."
-Maryland Gov: Gay Marriage Bill Should Pass; Care2, Aug 24
"...Marylanders for Marriage Equality... Progressive Maryland..."
-O'Malley on Marriage Equality: “I Think It Should Pass”; Advocate Aug 24
"'Progressive Maryland... Casa de Maryland [and allies'] problem is with the mechanics in this petition drive [to revoke the DREAM Act]...'"
-PM Senior Organizer Charly Carter on WFMD, Frederick Radio; Aug 16
"Charly Carter, an advocate for Progressive Maryland, said ACLU is one of many organizations involved in a coalition ..."
-Casa Sues to Stop Referendum on Immigrant Tuition; Citybizlist Aug 2
"Charly Carter, a working families advocate for Progressive Maryland, said the organization has supported the law. "We've had questions from ..."
-Lawsuit fights DREAM Act referendum ruling; Frederick News Post Aug 2
Video: "... Renato Mendoza, and Fernando Garavito of CASA de Maryland; Scott Roberts of Progressive Maryland..."
-Luis Gutierrez Arrested Protesting Deportations; Huffington Post July 27
"... Presente.org, Progressive Maryland, Gamaliel, Partnership for Renewal, Franciscan Action Center and others..."
-1000 Rally for Immigration System to Protect All; AFL-CIO July 27
"... and Gamaliel (Ana Garcia Ashley), representatives from CASA de Maryland and Progressive Maryland, and faith leaders..."
-Rep. Luis Gutierrez arrested outside White House; Chicago Sun-Times July 27
"A coalition of Latino organizations, including CASA de Maryland, CARECEN, Familias Unidas, Presente, Progressive Maryland... protested at the White House..."
-Obama leaves Hispanic activists unsatisfied; Wash. Post July 26
"CASA de Maryland, CARECEN, Familias Unidas, Progressive Maryland and five other organizations will rally for 1 million deportees..."
-Inside the Beltway, Wash. Times July 26
"Progressive Maryland has joined with Casa and faith groups who want to make sure voters don't overturn the law..."
-Elections board to certify Dream petition signatures; Gazette July 22
"Progressive Maryland... is leading a coalition of advocates..."
-Gay-marriage advocates begin 2012 campaign; So Md News July 20
"Charly Carter, an organizer at the nonprofit Progressive Maryland, said 'The majority of delegates and senators voted to support the law, and together their constituents are much more than number of signatures'..."
-Petition drive takes Dream Act to ballot box; Frederick News-Post July 15
"Progressive Maryland – a coalition in favor of marriage equality – has launched a campaign to legalize gay marriage in the state..."
-Could Maryland Be Next? Philadelphia Magazine July 13
"Marylanders for Marriage Equality held a Baltimore news conference to announce a sustained effort to rally support... Progressive Maryland..."
-Gay marriage debate rekindled in Maryland after supporters launch coalition; Associated Press July 12
"Members of the Maryland coalition include the state’s largest gay-rights lobby, Equality Maryland; the national group Freedom to Marry; Progressive Maryland; ACLU, HRC, SEIU, labor..."
-Md. Gay marriage advocates launch broader push; W Post July 12
"Gay marriage supporters rekindled debate over legalizing same-sex marriage with a new coalition... includes Progressive Maryland..."
-Maryland gay marriage supporters launch coalition; Daily Record July 12
"The group includes Progressive Maryland ..."
-Maryland Today: Frederick News Post; July 12
"Rion Dennis, executive director of Progressive Maryland, vowed Md. would become the nation’s seventh state to enact marriage equality..."
-New effort to win marriage underway in Md.; Wash. Blade July 12
"The group consists of members from Progressive Maryland..."
-Is Maryland Next to Pass Marriage Equality? Passport Magazine July 12
"The group includes Progressive Maryland ..."
-Gay marriage supporters launch coalition; Stamford Advocate July 12
"Members of the Maryland coalition include Progressive Maryland..."
-Marriage Equality Push to Relaunch in Maryland Using Lessons Learned in New York; Towleroad - July 12
"Organizations comprising Marylanders for Marriage... Progressive Md."
-Coalition of Organizations to Launch Maryland Marriage Equality Campaign Metro Weekly July 12
"The push in Maryland will be spearheaded by the nascent Marylanders for Marriage Equality, which includes Progressive Maryland... "
-Maryland Gay Marriage Advocates To Introduce Broader Campaign; On Top Magazine July 12
"Progressive Maryland Executive Director Rion Dennis is confident the extra year of coordinating support from individual constituents, churches and businesses will pay dividends in next year’s legislative session..."
-Online effort seeks to boost minimum wage; Gazette July 1
"Good Jobs Better Baltimore Opposes Constellation Energy-Exelon Merger as it does not protect BGE customers from rate hikes or workers from job losses. PM organizer Charly Carter blames deregulation of the electric industry in 1999..."
-Hear/Read WYPR's Piece June 29
"ACLU of Maryland is one of several groups that voiced support for the law, joining grassroots advocacy group Progressive Maryland..."
-State ACLU challenges e-signature petitions; Wash. Times June 29
"Some BGE customers have been hit with utility bills of several hundred dollars a month, said Charly Carter, a community organizer for the nonprofit Progressive Maryland. 'This affects everyone in the state of Maryland. If BGE raises rates again, everyone's rates will go up,' she said..."
-Hearings timeline set in proposed $7.9B Constellation takeover; Intervenors concerned about jobs, rates, reliability in energy giants’ deal; Gazette June 28
"Some BGE customers have been hit with utility bills of several hundred dollars a month, said Charly Carter, a community organizer for the nonprofit Progressive Maryland. 'This affects everyone in the state of Maryland. If BGE raises rates again, everyone’s rates will go up,' she said..."
-Hearings timeline set in proposed $7.9B Constellation takeover; Intervenors concerned about jobs, rates, reliability in energy giants' deal; Gazette June 28
"Scott Roberts, campaign director for Progressive Maryland said,'We feel that in the middle of this huge fight over the debt crisis, that it’s important to remember 10 years ago, we sacrificed an incredible amount of revenue. We could have $150 to $200 billion, if we hadn’t given those tax cuts away...'" (photos)
-Demonstrators Protest Bush Era Tax Cuts; WYPR June 7
"Rion Dennis: The executive director of Progressive Maryland will face some tough tasks in the next few years trying to protect the working class from cuts in services. His group is one of the loudest voices in trying to keep a liberal agenda on track..."
-Maryland Influencers; Campaigns & Elections May 2011 (Source)
"A flash mob of electric slide dancers descended on Constellation Energy headquarters downtown Baltimore to protest its merger with Exelon..."
-Constellation Talks Draw 'Flash Mob' Downtown: Dancers Protest Merger, Rates, CEO Pay; WBAL TV May 27 (Source)
"Organizers from Good Jobs, Better Baltimore believe a merger with Chicago-based Exelon will raise utility bills and result in a loss of jobs. They're also skeptical of the one-time $100 credit [bribe] to customers to sweeten the deal..."
-Group Protests Constellation-Exelon Merger: Ralliers Say Merger Will Increase Bills, Cause Job Loss; WBAL-TV 11, May 5
"This is a major reform, and it does take multiple years,' said Rion Dennis, Progressive Maryland's executive director. 'We want to make sure we have all the grassroots support so… next year Maryland should see its minimum wage increase'..."
-Minimum wage debate gains momentum in Md.; Balt. Sun April 10
"'Maryland's minimum wage is roughly $15,000 per year... not enough to provide for our families,” said Rion Dennis... '80 percent of voters favor the minimum wage hike'..."
-Minimum wage bill stuck in committees; Cumberland Times-News Apr 5
"Teachers, police, health care workers and other public sector employees converged on the State House last night for the Keep the Promise rally..."
-Thousands of union workers come to Annapolis to rally; Annap. Capital Mar 15
"The union group was large enough to cut off traffic in downtown
Annapolis. Chanting 'keep the promise' and 'enough is enough'..."
-Thousands of union members march on Annapolis; Balt. Sun Mar 15
"Chanting “keep the promise” and “hands off our pensions,” thousands of Maryland teachers and public employees descended on the State House..."
-Teachers, state employees protest budget cuts, pension changes; Wash. Post Mar 15
"The latest federal budget proposal decimates programs and services for our citizens, cuts block grants to state and local governments, and will result in lay-offs of thousands of workers,” said Rion Dennis, Executive Director of Progressive Maryland..."
-40 Md. Legislators Ask Congress to Move Money from Pentagon to Communities; OurFunds.org Mar 4
"Rion Dennis, executive director of Progressive Maryland... 80 percent of Marylanders polled at the end of 2010 said they supported a minimum wage increase..."
-Garagiola seeking to raise minimum wage; Daily Record, Citybizlist, Md. Reporter Mar 4
"Delegate Sam Arora won the endorsements of Progressive Maryland..."
-Sam Arora's Deleted Tweet In Support of Gay Marriage; On Top Magazine Mar 4
"Arora secured the support of gay and lesbian donors and Progressive Maryland..."
-Delegate Sam Arora Will Vote For Marriage; Thinkprogress Mar 4
"He secured endorsements of Progressive Maryland and Equality Maryland..."
-Sam Arora's disgraceful wavering on marriage equality; Wash. Post Mar 3
"The minimum wage already would be over $10 per hour if it had kept pace with the cost of living during the past four decades, according to Progressive Maryland..."
-Minimum wage bill galvanizes foes, supporters; The Gazette Feb 25
"Progressive Maryland, a coalition of unions, community groups and clergy, accused the telecom giant of "redlining" Baltimore by choosing not to roll out FiOS..."
-Smartphone/dumbphone digital divide....in Baltimore; Balt. Sun - BaltTech Feb 17
"Progressive Maryland Executive Director Rion Dennis added... 67% of voters believe big campaign contributions have a corrupting influence..."
-Public financing of campaigns makes another try; Md Reporter/CityBizList Feb 16
"Progressive Maryland is a prominent NGO supporter..."
-Restoring Economic Sovereignty: The Push for State-owned Banks;
Global Research/Centre for Research on Globalization, Canada; Feb 16
"Rosapepe is a Democrat, a former Clinton administration ambassador and a supposed progressive lawmaker. He was even endorsed by Progressive Maryland..."
-3 things for Marylanders; Washington Blade Feb 14
"Scott Roberts from Progressive Maryland will speak at the Almost 7:30 Friday Morning Democratic Breakfast Club meeting tomorrow. The meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Eastport Democratic Club, 525 State St. in Annapolis. ..."
-Council contemplates elected school board; Annapolis Capital Feb 10
"Before the election, Anderson told Progressive Maryland that he would support an increase in the alcohol tax if the revenue were tied to expanding health ..."
-Baltimore Democrat joins tea party caucus; Baltimore Sun Feb 9
"The $10 figure for minimum wage was derived through analyzing historical data, said Ryan Dennis, executive director of Progressive Maryland, which organized ..."
-Bill Would Increase Minimum Wage to $10 In Three Years; Citybizlist Feb 8
"Progressive Maryland has gone to bat for the legislation... Economic Policy Institute [stated], 'increases to the minimum wage don't lead to job losses'..."
-Don't raise the minimum wage in Maryland; Baltimore Sun Feb 8
"According to Progressive Maryland, representatives of both parties wish to 'reward hard work and discourage dependence on social programs...'
-Capitol Showdown: What's your view on the minimum wage? Towerlight Feb 6
"While labor unions, Progressive Maryland, and Maryland Nonprofits are supporting the tax change, it faces an uphill political slog this year..."
-Lawmakers Push Fight For Combined Corporate Tax Reporting; CityBizList Feb 2
"Progressive Maryland has started the 'Raise Maryland' lobbying campaign..."
-Minimum wage bill sends shivers down employers' spines; Ocean City Today Jan 28
"Pushed hard by Progressive Maryland the measure also would increase from 50 to 70 percent of the minimum wage the hourly pay rate of ..."
-Wage boost measure comes at wrong time; Ocean City Today Jan 28
"Speakers... Rion Dennis, Executive Director, Progressive Maryland ..."
--Marriage bill to be introduced tomorrow in Maryland; AMERICAblog Jan 24
"Who... Rion Dennis, Executive Director, Progressive Maryland..."
-Maryland to introduce marriage equality bill; Pam's House Blend Jan 24
"According to the advocacy group Progressive Maryland, the minimum wage hike would affect 320000 Marylanders now making minimum wage and result in $1 billion... "
-Minimum Wage Of $10 Per Hour Pitched; Ocean City Dispatch Jan 21
"Maryland deserves a minimum wage law that lifts families out of poverty and provides a meaningful economic boost to all..."
-Raising the standard; Editorial, Balt. Sun Jan 20
"Such clear benefits make a minimum wage increase more relevant in tough economic times than ever..."
-Setting the standard; 2nd Opinion Editorial, Balt. Sun Jan 20
"Rep. Andy Harris, who represents Maryland's Eastern Shore in Congress, held true to his campaign promise and voted Wednesday to repeal the Affordable Care Act..."
-Harris votes to repeal health care reform law; Easton Star Democrat Jan 20
"But Rion Dennis, executive director of Progressive Maryland, said Congress already gave Maryland millionaires a $77 million tax cut in extending the Bush cuts... "
-Number of Millionaires Goes Down Again; Citybizlist Jan 19
"The proposal, backed by Progressive Maryland, is sponsored by Sen. Robert J. Garagiola and Sen. C. Anthony Muse in the Maryland ..."
-Md. senators propose increasing minimum wage; Cumberland Times-News Jan 19
"Activists from Progressive Maryland are urging lawmakers to increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2013..."
-Fox TV 45 video report Jan 18
"Heidi Shierholz, an Economic Policy Institute economist who spoke on behalf of Progressive Maryland, said increases to the minimum wage don't lead to job losses. She said the wage increase would affect about 320000 workers..."
-Bill to raise Maryland's minimum wage faces opposition; Daily Record Jan 18
"...touted as a stimulus package [by Progressive Maryland]..."
-Maryland lawmakers propose raising minimum wage; CNN/Let Justice Roll Jan 18
"[Progressive Maryland] wants to raise Maryland's minimum wage..."
-Maryland Today; Frederick News Post Jan 18
"Maryland workers who earn minimum wage might soon see a few more dollars in their paychecks... Progressive Maryland..."
-Maryland Group Wants to Raise Minimum Wage; NBC Washington Jan 18
"Democratic leaders in the General Assembly and left-leaning group Progressive Maryland are pushing for an increase in Maryland's minimum wage to $10 per ..."
-Democrats push for Maryland to raise minimum wage; Bizjournals.com Jan 18
"Progressive Maryland will be launching 'Raise Maryland' campaign..."
-Group pushes to increase minimum wage; NECN Jan 18
The Associated Press reports the “liberal lobbying group” Progressive Maryland..."
-DMV Daily; NBC Washington
"Progressive Maryland will be launching its 'Raise Maryland' campaign..."
-Should Maryland Raise Minimum Wage to $10? Salisbury News Jan 18
"We work closely with other like-minded groups such as Progressive Maryland..."
-Saving FACE: Happy Anniversary, Citizens United vs. FEC;
Fair and Clean Elections Maryland Jan 14
"Progressive Maryland recently backed a proposal to extend the 6% sales tax... the 'millionaire's tax'..."
-Maryland's budget woes will dominate 2011 legislative session; Daily Record Jan 6
"Maryland will advance a bill to raise the state's minimum wage to $10 per hour..."
-As Attacks on Workers Undermine Economic Recovery, Progressive Measures to Chart a Path toward Job Security; Prog. States Ntwk Jan 6
"We've got some good arguments on our side... Progressive Maryland and Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute, released a report recently that outlines them..."
-It's 2011: Time to raise taxes; Annapolis Capital Jan 4
Also see PM in the News archives for 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
and an Overview: PM's Work for Health Reform during 2009-2010
(as Maryland state coordinator for Health Care for America Now).