Blue Wave Maryland Coalition

Hogan Negatives
Larry Hogan has been a master at taking credit for the good governing during his term made possible by the Democratic Veto Proof Majority.  We have to be ready to talk to people about the issues that he is against and the actions he has taken. The list below represents a compilation by the BWMC at recent meetings.

About Larry Hogan--Negatives

Larry Hogan has managed to link his stewardship of the Maryland government to himself, when, in fact, we have had good governance in Maryland despite his leadership, not because of it.

If you are talking to someone who thinks that Hogan is a “good governor” and a “moderate Republican”, you might want to start by saying something like “If you think Hogan is a moderate, try googling “Larry Hogan Veto Threats” and say something like “look at the list of Democratic values that he would like to strangle.”  He has vetoed over 400 Democratic bills while in office.

You might also say something like “How can you say he is a good guy when his health expense is covered at taxpayer expense while he vetoes Paid Sick Leave for middle class Maryland workers? Ask them something like: “Did you know that he was against the Fracking Ban and that the ranking of the Maryland Educational system has dropped from #1 to #5/6 during his term in office?”

Be sure to ask them if they are aware that Maryland has:

  1. A Veto-proof Democratic majority
  2. The most powerful Governor’s position in the Country in terms of control over budget and other key matters

 

It is his personality that is moderate, not his politics.  If he were such a good “moderate” governor he would be intiating bi-partisan legislation, not spending most of his efforts on vetoes and veto threats.  

The most important thing you can do to help us change this false image is to spread the word to your friends and social media contacts.  If you haven’t been active before, but truly want to help, please visit our Twitter Project Description for ways to work in that media. See also the Comparison to Ben Jealous slides to give context to the alternative. Study these carefully so that if you meet someone who thinks Hogan is “A Good Governor” you can give a quick reply.   But before you do: ask the person why they think so, then talk about area that responds to that person’s interests.

Here are some quick links in this document to topics:  Education  Environment  Economy  Guns  Trump 

Ethics  Working with Constituents  Questions/Suggestions

 Destroying our Public Education System

o   Maryland dropped from 1st to 5th or 6th place nationally, depending on metrics

http://www.wbaltv.com/article/maryland-falls-to-6th-place-in-national-ranking-of-school-systems/15337744

o   Removing money from Education Trust Fund

https://mseanewsfeed.com/after-diverting-1-4-billion-from-the-education-trust-fund-hogan-backs-plan-to-fix-the-fund-aa8a32e7532e

o   Pushing more money to private schools and calling Public School Teachers ‘thugs’

https://www.mddems.org/news-clips/birds-feather-larry-hogan-and-education-secretary-betsy-devos

o   Removing funds that resulted in children freezing in Baltimore

http://www.dbknews.com/2018/01/31/amazon-montgomery-county-maryland-larry-hogan-baltimore-schools/

o   Removing funds from many good programs for public schools to fund private school vouchers

https://mseanewsfeed.com/who-proposed-this-education-budget-trump-or-hogan-db036ce6cbcb

o   Vetoing School bills sponsored by the teacher’s union

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-hogan-vetoes-20180524-story.html

o   Changing the school calendar which left parents scrambling for day care (and making it more expensive) and teachers scrambling to re-work curriculums

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/bs-md-school-calendar-adjustment-20160901-story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/larry-hogans-school-schedule-intervention-gets-a-fix--but-not-enough-of-one/2018/03/31/5f686fa8-343e-11e8-94fa-32d48460b955_story.html?utm_term=.f81ba3b5edc0

 

Environment

o   Koch Brothers funding his campaign

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-big-donations-governor-20180119-story.html

o   Approval of the Eastern Panhandle Pipeline

o   http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/environment/bs-md-potomac-pipeline-20180316-story.html

o   Agreement with Alta and Washington Gas that embraces fossil fuels

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-op-0617-hogan-energy-20180614-story.html

o   Veto of the Clean Energy Jobs act in 2016

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/Pubs/LegisLegal/2016rs-Veto-Guide.pdf

o   Refused to sign up for the State Climate Alliance

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-hogan-climate-20170606-story.html

Until the Legislature forced him

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/environment/bs-md-hogan-climate-alliance-20180110-story.html

o   Maryland’s Veteran Crab Manager Fired after Watermen Complain to Hogan that she won’t Relax Limits on Catch Size

https://www.bayjournal.com/article/marylands_veteran_crab_manager_fired_after_watermen_complain_to_hogan

o   Repealing the ‘Rain Tax’

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/readersrespond/bs-ed-0530-hogan-flood-letter-20180529-story.html

o   Enforcement of environmental crimes is the lowest it’s been in two decades

http://marylandreporter.com/2018/04/22/md-environment-department-taking-fewer-enforcement-actions-against-water-pollution/

o   Opposed fracking ban and only signed it when he knew there was a veto-proof majority

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/maryland-house-overwhelmingly-approves-fracking-ban-hurdles-in-senate/2017/03/10/c975f362-059f-11e7-ad5b-d22680e18d10_story.html?utm_term=.2b94034918c1

o   Was silent in the face of cuts to funding to protect the Chesapeake

http://marylandreporter.com/2017/03/23/dems-blast-hogans-silence-on-bay-cleanup-cuts-administration-fires-back/

 

Failing Maryland Workers

o   First Governor in decades to lose a Fortune 500 Company in Maryland, Hogan says ‘It’s not the end of the world’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOAwxzXcFXE

o   Maryland Job growth lags behind Virginia

https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2018/03/13/the-jobs-numbers-are-in-the-news-is-not-good-for.html

Unemployment rate is rising

o   https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2018/03/13/the-jobs-numbers-are-in-the-news-is-not-good-for.html

o   Veto of paid sick leave

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-sick-leave-veto-20180110-story.html

Only state with negative economic forecast in the past six months

o   https://www.marketwatch.com/story/theres-only-one-state-where-economic-activity-is-forecast-to-deteriorate-in-the-next-six-months-2018-05-04

 

Guns and Ties to the NRA

o   NRA Rating

https://www.mddems.org/press/does-hogan-have-guts-put-safety-marylanders-above-his-minus-nra-rating

o   Made assurances to gun advocates that he would support them

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/gun-rights-advocates-warming-to-hogan-promises/2014/10/05/b9d45470-4a59-11e4-b72e-d60a9229cc10_story.html?utm_term=.5eed4e70a6cb

o   Opposed the bump stock ban

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/md-democrats-want-to-drop-handgun-permit-review-board-give-duties-to-administrative-law-judges/2018/02/01/259e62d2-077f-11e8-b48c-b07fea957bd5_story.html?utm_term=.0b5fa738d499

o   Supports carrying concealed weapons

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-0302-hogan-gun-control-20180301-story.html

o   Opposed the ban on assault weapons

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/appeals-court-decision-casts-doubt-on-marylands-assault-weapons-ban/2016/02/04/8a234240-cb59-11e5-88ff-e2d1b4289c2f_story.html?utm_term=.a1a3503c096e

o   Opposed the ban on guns in schools

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/bill-to-ban-guns-on-college-campus-advances-in-md-house/2016/03/15/42d7417a-eab7-11e5-bc08-3e03a5b41910_story.html?utm_term=.a7b5a249f5a1

o   Stacking the Gun Control Board

http://www.baltimoresun.com/bs-ed-concealed-carry-20170312-story.html

o   Trying to circumvent the Senate approval process for the Gun Control Board

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/md-democrats-want-to-drop-handgun-permit-review-board-give-duties-to-administrative-law-judges/2018/02/01/259e62d2-077f-11e8-b48c-b07fea957bd5_story.html

 

Silence in the Face of Trump Policies that Hurt Marylanders

o   Stayed silent for months about the ACA Repeal

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/17/four-republican-governors-come-out-against-obamacare-repeal-plan/99301698/

https://www.mddems.org/press/hogan-%E2%80%9Cnot-my-job%E2%80%9D-stand-trump-really

o   Refusing to allow Brian Frosh to sue Trump

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/02/14/maryland_governor_larry_hogan_won_t_let_state_sue_against_travel_ban.html

o   Removing money from his budget after new law was passed

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-hogan-consumer-protection-trump-lawsuits-20180122-story.html

o   Campaigning for Trump candidates

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-hogan-pennsylvania-20170724-story.html

o   Silent when Trump tried to cut the NIH budget by 20%

http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Beat/2017/Bethesda-Delegates-Urge-Hogan-To-Speak-Out-Against-Trumps-Proposed-NIH-Cuts/

·       Actively Hurting Vulnerable Communities Including the Poor and the Sick

o   Refused to sign the Governor’s letter to protect Dreamers

https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/20171220-Bipartisan-Governors-Support-DACA-Action.pdf

o   Refused to sign a bill protecting LGBTQ community

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/new-lgbt-protections-to-become-law-in-md-without-gov-hogans-signature/2015/05/24/1c11e57a-018a-11e5-833c-a2de05b6b2a4_story.html?utm_term=.14d3d7ad8820

o   He Does Not Support a Woman’s Right to Choose

https://www.mddems.org/press/hidin%E2%80%99-hogan-admits-he-still-wants-ban-abortions-md-0

o   Opposed letting Syrian Refuges into the State

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/md-gov-larry-hogan-rejects-growing-pressure-to-welcome-syrian-refugees/2015/11/23/f4dd1184-920a-11e5-a2d6-f57908580b1f_story.html?utm_term=.12a6f4a607d1

o   Removing money from the budget for Behavioral Health (opioid addiction recovery)

Document from Legislative Serivices

o   Removing money from the budget for the Developmental Disabilities Admin (adults and children with disabilities)

Document from Legislative Serivices

o   Underfunded the Heroin & Opioid Prevention Effort (HOPE)

https://amp.indystar.com/story/opinion/readers/2018/03/21/lower-shore-resources-opioid-epidemic/445295002/

o   Killing the redevelopment project for State Center which he is now touting that he’s moving forward with

https://newrepublic.com/article/145430/naacp-ben-jealous-running-governor-maryland-campaign-say-civil-rights-organization-led

o   Appointing Day Gardner to the Board of Physicians – she is an alt-right, deep state conspiracy theorist who is opposed to abortion.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/md-senate-committee-rejects-hogans-nominee-to-department-of-planning/2017/03/13/7c5f082e-0839-11e7-b77c-0047d15a24e0_story.html?utm_term=.0a7e2bb3bdfb

o   Changing the school schedule

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/hogan-signs-order-requiring-schools-to-start-after-labor-day/2016/08/31/f3da7e00-6ef7-11e6-9705-23e51a2f424d_story.html?utm_term=.c6bc255d48a0

o   Vetoing the Red Line and losing $900 Million in Federal funding

https://www.marylandmatters.org/single-post/2018/06/03/Still-Seeing-Red-Over-the-Red-Line

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/blog/bal-house-overrides-hogan-vetoes-again-20160407-story.html

o   Opposed Metro funding

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/behind-closed-doors-regions-leaders-clashed-sharply-over-metro-funding/2017/09/02/879799e4-8dbe-11e7-84c0-02cc069f2c37_story.html?utm_term=.492804fb1787

o   Proposing widening roads and putting in tolls

https://wtop.com/maryland/2018/04/public-gets-chance-to-weigh-in-on-md-toll-lane-plans-later-this-month/

 

Ethics issues

o   Continues to invest in development projects – he does not have a blind trust

https://www.marylandmatters.org/single-post/2018/02/27/What-Gov-Hogans-Ethics-Disclosures-Tell-Us----And-What-They-Dont

https://wtop.com/maryland/2018/04/hogan-promises-transparency-transportation-contract-pulled-ethics-concerns/

o   Released his tax returns ONLY after Ben Jealous released his

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-democrats-tax-returns-20180606-story.html

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-larry-hogan-tax-returns-20180706-story.html

 

Interfacing with constituents

o   Never Holds Town Halls

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/hogan-isnt-protecting-marylands-interests/2017/08/09/f7581b68-7bb3-11e7-b2b1-aeba62854dfa_story.html?utm_term=.03caf8d9aaf2

o   Dealing with people over Facebook – got a $65k fine which he paid with MD tax dollars

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-aclu-hogan-facebook-20180402-story.html

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-hogan-facebook-20170206-story.html

·       Position on Social Issues

o   Answers to questions from the Catholic Conference in 2014

http://thedialog.org/uncategorized/maryland-election-information-2014/

 

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