Politics for Breakfast: A Look at the Year Ahead
CfM’s Annual Legislative Breakfast took place on December 13, 2018 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Featured Speakers included Senator Chris Van Hollen, County Executive-elect Marc Elrich, Council President Nancy Navarro, and County Delegation Chairs Craig Zucker and Marc Korman. Our Keynote Panel discussed The Year Ahead in Annapolis: Maryland Political and Policy Insights. The panelists were Josh Kurtz, Maryland Matters; Bryan Sears, The Daily Record; and Bruce DePuyt, Maryland Matters, who served as moderator. Ovetta Wiggins of The Washington Post could not attend and we are grateful that Delegate Anne Kaiser was able to take her place.
Committee for Montgomery Breakfast 2018 (Susan Kennedy, County Report This Week)
Officials Address Committee for Montgomery at Legislative Breakfast (Deidre Byrne, MCM)
Council President Continues Push to Expand Early Childhood Education (Caitlynn Peetz, Bethesda Magazine)
Elrich Takes Shots at Hogan During Legislative Breakfast Debut (Josh Kurtz, Maryland Matters)
On December 14th, 2017 the state’s candidates for Governor dined and then digested many of the controversial issues of the day at the Committee for Montgomery’s (CfM) Annual Legislative Breakfast at the Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center.
Moderator: Josh Kurtz, Founder and Editor of Maryland Matters
Rushern Baker, Prince George’s County Executive
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Founder, Global Policy Solutions
Ben Jealous, Former President/CEO, NAACP
Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Executive
Rich Madaleno, State Senator, Montgomery County (District 18)
Alec Ross, Former Senior Adviser, U.S. State Department
Jim Shea, Former Chair, Venable LLP
Krishanti Vignarajah, Former Policy Director, First Lady Michelle Obama
Invited Participant: Larry Hogan, Governor
With a board made up of leaders from business, non-profit, labor, education and civic organizations, Committee for Montgomery formed more than twenty five years ago to encourage recognition that all residents of the County share common interests and needs that can be met through sound public policy. CfM works with elected officials at the State level of government to enact those policies.
Josh Kurtz, the Founder and Editor of the fast growing political website, Maryland Matters, was the moderator. "The Committee for Montgomery Annual Legislative Breakfast is a powerhouse event, so it's not surprising that the candidates for Governor want to be there, says Kurtz. “It's early in the campaign and they're refining their messages, so it ought to be illuminating and fun.”
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News stories about the 2017 Breakfast:
Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Make Their Case in Montgomery County (Bethesda Magazine)
News Roundup (Maryland Reporter)
CfM Advocates in Support of the Kirwan Commission Recommendations
Committee for Montgomery has been active in Annapolis in support of the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education. On February 27, CfM jointly sponsored an Advocacy Day with the Montgomery County Council of Parent Teacher Associations and the Montgomery County Education Association.
On March 4, we sponsored a “Table Topics” discussion with Members of the Montgomery County Delegation during our regular monthly meeting. Our Delegation liaisons, Del. Lesley Lopez (D-39) and Sen. Jeff Waldstreicher (D-19), attended along with Del. Jared Solomon (D-19 and his Chief of Staff, Eden Durbin. CfM Members discussed the central planks of the Kirwan Commission recommendations, the imminent release of the Kirwan legislation (The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future), and heard from Delegation Members about their priorities.
On March 6, CfM Executive Director Maria Maisto testified before the joint hearing of the Senate Budget & Taxations Committee and the Senated Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee on SB1030.
On March 13, a panel of CfM Members will testify before the joint hearing of the House Ways & Means and Appropriations Committees on HB 1413.