Donkey Dispatch: 4/19/21
Democratic Club of Leisure World
Future Dem Club Events
May 13, 6:30 pm — Annual “Report from Annapolis” with our State Senator Kramer and Delegates Crutchfield, Cullison and Stewart. A lot happened in the recently concluded Annapolis session: issues affecting seniors, police reform, health care (including COVID-19), voting enhancement (no voter suppression in Maryland!), environmental protection, and much more.
This is your chance to hear and ask questions. Details of this zoom event will be announced next week in the “Donkey Dispatch”.
Also May 13 — At the end of the session we will hold the Democratic Club elections.
June 6, 6:30 pm — Pulitzer Prize Winner Hedrick Smith to Address Democratic Club
Smith, a prize-winning author, NY Times reporter and commentator, will speak with the Democratic Club of Leisure World on Thursday, June 3, at 6:30 pm. This event will require registration. Details on how to register will be announced in May in the “Donkey Dispatch.”
Therefore, now is the time to begin or renew your membership to the Democratic Club. Current members’ dues expire on May 31. Send your check for $15/person to Treasurer Jane Carona, Apt. 1G, 3511 Forest Edge Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20906 with a check made out to the “Democratic Club of Leisure World.
Defeating voter suppression
Did you know that May 8 is John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Action Day? Plans for motorcades in more than 100 cities are in motion. The goal is to increase voter awareness and defeat Jim Crow-like voter suppression.
Also, the Democratic Club is developing a plan to reach likely voters via mail, phones or texts in states that are re-imposing ugly Jim Crow laws. Last year we worked with Do The Most Good, and expect to do the same this year. To find out what they are doing, go to We also are looking at Swing Left and other groups, as well as figuring out a plan of action. We will have more info in the next “Donkey Dispatch.”
Revising Democratic Club Bylaws
It has been nearly a decade since the current bylaws were approved. Particularly with the pandemic, many are outdated and have been surpassed by technology. The Club will publish proposed changes for your consideration, discussion and decision via the “Donkey Dispatch”, Leisure World “News” and in direct email to you. Look in the next “Donkey Dispatch” for details.
Donkey Dispatch: 4/8/21
Democratic Club of Leisure World
Rep. Sarbanes,
So you want to expand voting and ban voter suppression? Tune in to Congressman John Sarbanes tonight at the Democratic Club’s Zoom.
Questions or suggestions? Talk with Rep. Sarbanes. His bill, HR 1/S 1 (the “For the People Act”), will expand voting rights, get rid of “dark money”, limit partisan gerrymandering and get real representation for DC and more. Find out how you can help tonight.
We may also talk about federal employee issues, the future of the Postal Service and the Congressman’s experience on January 6th — and, of course, he will answer your questions.
Tonight, April 8, 6:30– Here’s the quick link to the registration page for the Dem Club meeting. You must pre-register and submit your questions at:
HR 1 passed the House of Representatives. It is the most comprehensive overhaul of voting laws since the Civil Rights and Voting Rights bills of the early 1960’s. It now needs our help to gain passage in the Senate.
Following Rep. Sarbanes
After the Congressman, the Nominations and Election Committee of the Democratic Club of Leisure World will announce nominees for our Executive Committee (Board) at the end of the zoom meeting on April 8.
For a full description of the process and the duties of officers go to and click on “Bylaws.” If you have any questions send them to
The Nominations and Election Committee will conduct the actual election on May 13.
May 13, 6:30 pm — Annual “Report from Annapolis” with our State Senator and Delegates. Details TBA. At the end we will hold the Democratic Club elections.


Trump Seeking to Cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid if Reelected

In a reversal from his 2016 campaign promises, Donald Trump said on CNBC Wednesday that he would look to cut “entitlements” if re-elected. He revealed that cuts to earned Medicare and Social Security benefits will be on the table as soon as the end of this year, after a day of hobnobbing with billionaires in Davos.

“The cruel irony of this scene cannot be overstated,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans. “While Davos billionaires may not understand the importance of Social Security and Medicare, millions of Americans who rely on the health and retirement benefits they have earned through a lifetime of hard work do.”

“Retirees need help, not a slap in the face,” Fiesta added. “We should be working to expand Social Security and increasing benefits for current and future retirees. This can be accomplished by making the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share by lifting the arbitrary payroll tax cap.”

Social Security and Medicare are vital for a secure retirement. With Americans paying the highest prescription drug prices in the world, cuts to these programs would make it much harder for retirees to pay for basic necessities. Social Security is the only source of income for 4 in 10 older Americans. For even more retirees, Social Security provides 90% of their income. These modest earned retirement benefits average just $1,461 per month for a retired worker.

The Washington Post Rips Hogan’s Reversal on Mail-In Voting (7/13/20)
July 12, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EDT
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THE CENTERS for Disease Control and Prevention advised voters last month that they should seek alternatives to casting ballots in person this November, becoming just one more in a parade of health and voting experts warning about the risks of treating the coming presidential election like a normal one. The warnings are as much for state leaders, who bear responsibility both to preserve public health and to enable voting, as they are for voters themselves. And after a mixed bag of covid-era primary elections over the past few months, there are many lessons from hard-won experiences in places such as Wisconsin, Georgia and the District.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) seems not to have learned them. He presided over a largely mail-in primary election in his state last month that saw strong turnout based on extremely high levels of absentee voting — but that also encountered some problems. Absentee ballots failed to reach everyone who wanted one, and polling place closures caused lines for those who sought to vote in person. So Mr. Hogan decided on Wednesday to reverse course and treat the November vote like a more routine election. His reaction may cause more problems than it solves.

Mr. Hogan’s most controversial decision was to decline sending mail-in ballots to all voters, and instead sending out absentee ballot request forms. Maryland election officials warned the governor that adding the extra step of processing absentee ballot applications would create a massive new burden with which the state may not be able to cope. This is what happened in Wisconsin’s disastrous April primary, in which many voters did not receive their absentee ballots in time to cast them, despite requesting them on time. The District saw similar problems in its June special election, and the city’s leaders have since decided to ditch the application process and send out ballots directly.