This is not a legacy piece regarding Maryland State Senator Kasemeyer (D-12). Frankly, this blog has argued that Kasemeyer could (and perhaps should) have faced a spirited primary challenge this cycle.
The Democratic Party, certainly in state legislative districts which are capable of electing thoughtful, civic-minded progressives, should nominate such individuals to be their standard bearers. Of course, this is a reflection of Michael Harrington’s perspective on the importance of the “left wing of the possible.”
Of course, not every matter is strictly “ideological” in the classic meaning of the word. It has already been noted that the delegation plays an important role on such issues as the manner of election of the Howard County Board of Education. I concur with others than the retiring Senator missed an opportunity here.
However, there are a number of issues which do reflect progressive values and sensibilities. A short list would include, but is far from limited to, the following:
- A $15 an hour state minimum wage
- Either single-payer health care for Maryland, or at the very least a state run-public option
- Movement towards tuition-free college in Maryland
- The de-concentration of economic power through a more progressive state taxation structure
- The practical expansion of the right to vote through same-day voter registration
Policy ideas matter. They can change people’s day-to-day lives. They have real-world consequences. To that end, this blog will taking a very close look at the policy platforms & prescriptions offered up by those who seek public office in Howard County, especially in my home district, the 12th. That is my guarantee to you, the reader.
Stay tuned, as more will follow.