Mizeur, Harden Square Off in LWV Forum
WYE MILLS — The League of Women Voters sponsored a forum Sunday at Chesapeake College for Democratic candidates seeking to represent Maryland’s 1st Congressional District in the House of Representatives. Heather Mizeur and David Harden answered questions from a moderator and the audience about where they stand on issues prior to the July 19 primary election.
In opening remarks, Mizeur said she has a reputation as a pragmatic consensus builder who knows how to get things done. She said she takes plans and turns them into action and takes ideas and turns them into law. She said she protects the environment by protecting citizens from the dangers of fracking and that she is running for office to be a fierce advocate who wakes up every day looking for ways to advocate for lives and livelihoods in the 1st District.
U.S. Rep. Harris Would Back National ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Ban
Maryland’s lone Republican congressman U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, who represents the first district, said he would support a national abortion ban if a fetus has a heartbeat. If the legislation was passed by Congress, abortions after six weeks into a pregnancy would be illegal nationwide. The six week mark is often before many women know they might be pregnant.
Former Vice President Mike Pence and other Republicans are raising the possibility of seeking a federal ban on abortion, following the Supreme Court’s decision Friday to strike down Roe v Wade. When asked about a nationwide abortion ban, Harris said his vote would depend on the details of the bill. “I’m on record,” Harris said. “I would support a heartbeat bill. I think we should protect infant lives after the heartbeat is detected.”
Heather Mizeur, one of the Democrats vying for the party’s nomination to challenge Harris in the fall, said in an interview Friday that the congressman wants to take away the abortion rights Marylanders currently have. “Anti-choice politicians like Andy Harris are going to do everything they can to escalate this at the national level by implementing a ban that would take away the right that we still hold on to in the state of Maryland,” Mizeur said.
Democrats Hopeful Abortion Will Become An Issue In First Congressional District Race
The two Democrats running to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Harris in Maryland’s most conservative congressional district are banking government overreach is more important to voters than religious objection to abortion. Democrats suggested that many residents will oppose Friday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Roe v. Wade and that the ruling makes Congressional races more critical this year.
“There is a minority in the district that will celebrate this Supreme Court decision, but I think most people don’t want big government in the middle of their health decisions,” said Dave Harden, who is running for the Democratic nomination in the first congressional district. “It puts the government in the middle of the most intimate decisions one can make.”
The first congressional district includes the Eastern Shore as well as Cecil and Harford Counties and a portion of Baltimore County. There is only one abortion clinic in the district, a Planned Parenthood in Easton.
Heather Mizeur, a former state legislator who unsuccessfully ran for governor in 2014, also is aiming for the Democratic nomination to oppose the incumbent in the fall. Mizeur said the abortion rights decision raises the stakes in Congressional races. “Anti-choice politicians like Andy Harris are going to do everything they can to escalate this at the national level by implementing a ban that would take away the right that we still hold on to in the state of Maryland,” Mizeur said.
Juneteenth Celebrated in Denton
DENTON — Downtown Denton teemed with activity as the African American community celebrated Juneteenth on Saturday, June 18. The streets were filled with over 100 celebrants as live music and the smell of frying fish filled the air. The emcee of the event was the irreverent and hilarious Ty Bolden. She had on large swinging African-themed earrings in red green and yellow. There were several Black jewelry makers working as vendors.
Juneteenth is a day of remembrance. After President Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery there was Union Major General Gordon Granger who announced the end of slavery to the last enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas. This was two years after emancipation and the beginning of freedom. Although there is so much more progress to be made toward true parity, this Juneteenth marked a new federal government holiday as signed into law by President Joe Biden on June 17, 2021.
Heather Mizeur, a Democrat running for Congress, said, “None of us are free until all of us are free. It is a part of our history that is challenging to acknowledge because there is so much pain wrapped into it. These celebrations are really important to bring us together. We really are celebrating everyone’s freedom.”
These 9 Queer Candidates for Congress Have a Good Chance of Winning
As voters head to the polls today for primaries in 5 states and the District of Columbia, a record number of LGBTQ candidates for federal office are bringing the prospect of equal representation in Washington ever closer to reality.
A record 104 LGBTQ candidates have mounted campaigns for House or Senate seats this year, with 57 candidates still in the running. Currently, 11 out LGBTQ lawmakers serve in Congress, including Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), plus nine members of the House, all running for reelection.
Nine more LGBTQ candidates for House seats are in competitive races. Wins in their states would bring total LGBTQ representation in the House to 4%, or about half of the estimated population of LGBTQ people in the US.
In Maryland, former Assembly member Heather Mizeur is running to represent the state’s 1st Congressional District. Mizeur faces one other opponent in Maryland’s July primary to face off against Republican incumbent Andrew Harris in the general.
One Night on the Virtual Campaign Trail
Wes Moore called his friend Oprah Winfrey to tell her he was thinking of running for governor on Jan. 6, 2021. As they chatted, both kept half an eye on the television screen and watched, to their horror, the riot at the U.S. Capitol.
“I remember that so vividly,” Winfrey said Tuesday evening. “Both of us said, ‘Are we seeing what we think we’re seeing?’”
Winfrey recounted this conversation during a virtual fundraiser for Moore, a best-selling author and former nonprofit leader who is now one of the frontrunners for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Close to 300 people tuned in to listen to Winfrey, perhaps the world’s most famous professional questioner, ask Moore about leadership, destiny, Baltimore, and his plans if he’s elected.