Young Democrats of Harford County

For Democrats of all ages and other like-minded folks in Harford County, Maryland.

Don’t forget to vote!

Posted by Annie on February 11, 2008

Tomorrow is Maryland’s primary and for those of us who thought our votes wouldn’t matter after Iowa, New Hampshire, and Super Tuesday, how wrong we were.  Click here for a list of polling places in Harford County or here to the Maryland State Board of Elections to verify that you are registered and determine your polling place by entering your name, zip code, and date of birth.  With apologies to independents who are disenfranchised from this process, please get out and vote tomorrow if you can! 

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“Yes We Can” Obama video

Posted by Annie on February 11, 2008

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Harford for Hillary

Posted by Annie on February 11, 2008

I haven’t heard any specifics about events for Hillary Clinton in Harford County, but I wanted to pass along a way to get involved in her campaign.  At Maryland Headquarters of Hillary Clnton’s website you can volunteer at the Baltimore phone bank or “Become a local volunteer for Hillary” by filling out a short online form with your contact information and what you are interested in doing.  I would hope that if you do this it would connect you with others involved in the Harford for Hillary movement, as I know that one exists! 

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Harford for Obama

Posted by Annie on February 8, 2008

There will be an Obama rally this Sunday, February 10th at 1:15 at the Holiday Inn in Aberdeen.  There is a volunteer coordinator for the campaign in the county, as well as an office at 16 N. Philadelphia Road which can be reached at 410-297-8530.  They are also looking for people to do some honking and waving, make phone calls,  door knock, and work at the polls on primary day.

 Also, the L.A. Times has endorsed their first presidential candidate since 1972 by endorsing Obama.  Click here to read the article.   

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Seeking Information!

Posted by Annie on February 1, 2008

As the presidential race has narrowed to two main candidates (sorry Mike), I would like to post information on this blog about groups that I know already exist in Harford County and/or Maryland.  If you are involved in a local group working for either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, please comment here and let us know when your next meeting is.  We can also add it to the calendar.  Thanks!

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Meeting on Wednesday!

Posted by Annie on January 14, 2008

Our next meeting is at 6:30 on Wednesday, January 16th at Sean Bolan’s in Bel Air.  We will be having a mock debate of sorts involving the Democratic presidential candidates.  If you haven’t made up your mind yet or if you have and want to fight for a candidate, go to Sean Bolan’s on Wedndesday.  Click here for directions.  It should be interesting!

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Ready for war?

Posted by Annie on January 13, 2008

I just read an article on msnbc entitled “Bush: Iran threatens global security…President says Arab allies must confront danger ‘before it’s too late.'”  You can read the full text of the article here.  If you haven’t noticed the build-up to war that’s been going on for months now, you haven’t been reading the news.  It sounds terrifyingly familiar to what happened before we invaded Iraq (remember the weapons of mass destruction?).  Not that I think Iran is a bed of roses but one would think that the Bush administration would have learned a lesson about unilaterally invading a country that hasn’t done anything aggressive to us or any other country.  I just hope that President Bush doesn’t get us into a situation where we have troops actively engaged on the group in three different countries as his adminstration’s last hurrah.  This is particularly upsetting after he knowingly misled the American people about the Iranian nuclear capabilities.  Recent U.S. intelligence states that Iran stopped its nuclear arms program in 2003, a fact that Bush chose to ignore when speaking about the topic.  How can our president blatantly lie about this to foment Americans’ fear and not be criticized for it? 

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Obama in Iowa

Posted by Annie on January 4, 2008

Barack Obama has won in the Iowa caucuses, although the Democratic race is far from over.  At this point, returns are mostly in and Obama has received 37% of the vote while John Edwards and Hillary Clinton are very close with 30% and 29% respectively.  While this gives Obama an advantage going into the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries, Edwards and Clinton are by no means out of the race.  On the other hand, Chris Dodd and Joe Biden have both dropped out of the race and more are expected soon.  Welcome to the 2008 election season!

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“Abortion rates same whether legal or not”

Posted by Annie on November 1, 2007

Ah, abortion.  Whether you consider yourself pro-choice, pro-life, anti-choice, or pro-privacy, this article makes a fascinating point that is worth considering in the abortion debate. 

“Abortion rates same whether legal or not”

“Women are just as likely to get an abortion in countries where it is outlawed as they are in countries where it is legal, according to research published Friday.  In a study examining abortion trends from 1995 to 2003, experts also found that abortion rates are virtually equal in rich and poor countries, and that half of all abortions worldwide are unsafe.”

A study done by the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization shows that making abortion illegal DOES NOT reduce the number of abortions that take place in a country.  It does however increase the number of unsafe abortions that jeopardize women’s lives.  70,000 women worldwide die every year from unsafe abortions and 5 million are injured, some permanently.  What does reduce the number of abortions?  Increased availability of birth control.  So if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned, it wouldn’t make much of a dent in the number of abortions in this country, but it would increase the number of women dying or getting hurt.

And in my opinion, if you consider yourself “pro-life,” you should also be opposed to the death penalty and supportive of universal health care, Social Security, and a living wage.  It seems that many people who are pro-life are opposed to these ideas that would help support a person throughout his or her life.  It’s as if once a child is born, the “pro-life” fight is over and that child is on their own. 

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SCHIP

Posted by Annie on October 23, 2007

While following this debate and hearing of President Bush’s threatened veto, I thought to myself, “No way!  There’s no way even he could veto something so basic as healthcare for children.”  Sadly, I was wrong.  Hopefully, the debate on this issue is not over, despite the failure to overturn the veto.  Polls of the American people show overwhelming support for this program; in a democracy you’d think that our representatives and our president would take this into consideration.

 Check out the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for factual information on what SCHIP is and what it provides.

And this editorial by Josh Rouse from the Bowie, MD newspaper, describing the right-wingers’ attempts to smear the 12 year-old boy who spoke about how SCHIP helped him and his family.  Here is an excerpt:

“Just when you think the nasty elements of the political right wing in this country couldn’t stoop any lower, they do. Last week extreme conservatives pontificated viciously from the depths of the political ooze, lambasting a 12-year-old Maryland boy, Graeme Frost, who delivered a radio address for the Democrats after his parents went public with how the State Children’s Health Insurance Program helped them after a 2004 car crash left two of their children comatose.”  Click here for the rest of the article. 

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