Governor Hogan VETOED House Bill 1783 – the now-infamous Backroom Bill, which would take Maryland’s Public School Construciton Program away from the Board of Public Works and give it to an unelected body of political insiders who meet in virtual privacy.
To demonstrate bipartisan solidarity, Comptroller Franchot added his name to the veto, signing it “Peter Franchot – For the People.” Now hoping against hope that the Senate will do the right thing and allow this veto to stand. #ClassroomsNotBackrooms #ForThePeople
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By Jeffrey Peters, PhD
The Maryland Senate has a MeToo problem. For years, State Senators have treated staff, interns, reporters, and lobbyists as their play toys, saying and acting in inappropriate ways without any fear of reprisal. Hypocritically, Democrat State Senators are willing to name lobbyists as possible harassers, but not one has bothered to name, or demand the resignation, of the greatest harasser in the capital: the Senate President.
The Senate President’s inappropriate comments and behavior has been well-known for over a decade. Bringing up the topic to even new legislators is met with knowing nods and tight smiles, mostly due to everyone knowing that the king has no clothes but all thinking that nothing can be done about it. But the culture of harassment is damaging to all in the State House.
For all their talk about women’s rights, the Maryland Democrats have done nothing to protect female staffers, interns, and lobbyists in Annapolis. I worked as a staffer in the Maryland House of Delegates for 4 session under two female Delegates, and there was plenty of harassment towards myself and other male staff during that time. Legislators treated young staff, regardless of their gender, as playtoys. The most innocent limit themselves to trying to set staff up with other staff, playing matchmaking games. Others would not limit themselves. I don’t have to try too hard to imagine how worse it would have been if I were a woman.
The culture of sex and harassment is a well-worn topic among staff and legislators, but it is mostly treated with bemusement. From my first day working in Delegate Nancy Stocksdale’s office, I began to hear the stories: various officials who would try to pressure others into having sex with them and their levels of success. Some staffers told me first-hand accounts of catching various willing individuals acting inappropriately in stairwells or backrooms, and others walking in just at the right moment to ensure a preyed upon individual could escape. It seemed that more politicians cared about “getting laid” than doing their job.
It did not take long until I started seeing the behavior, and I found it deeply unsettling. I worked with my former office mate to turn our office into a safe space. We offered actual help and advice to interns and young staff regardless of gender and party without asking for anything in return. Quickly, we became a hub on the third floor, a safe haven. This led to more direct exposure of the harassment.
I will not name them to protect their privacy, two female staff members from very different backgrounds and positions came to me for help. One, a Democrat, would ask that I accompany her in the hall way to help protect her from the harassment of various legislators, especially one still represents the DC/Southern Maryland region. On multiple occasions, I witnessed inappropriate comments, including unwanted “flirtation” that clearly made her uncomfortable. He was not the only one, but he was the most consistent offender. I notified various Democrat members of the House of Delegates who were on the floor and I worked with before. Most shrugged the behavior off or said they would do something and never did. The behavior never stopped.
The other staffer was constantly pursued by a then State Senator. The Senator’s advances were more physical and forceful. He tried to convince her that she was his property and to do whatever sexual act he wanted. She was not the only one he was pursuing, and his behavior was not even limited to young, powerless staffers like her. During Sine Die after she left, the staff was busy trying to ensure that he was unable to be in the same room with an older, married staffer that he was desperate to have. It was obscene and disturbing to many, yet complaints were met with silence by the leadership.
While he still pursued staff, the State Senator would brag about the sexual activity of the State Senate. He, from the Eastern Shore, would tell those he pursued about how common sex with staff was. He bragged that he was constantly talking with a then Senator from Western Maryland, a then Senator from Montgomery County, and the Senate President about their various conquests. They would sit in the Senate Cloak Room and discuss which staff was attractive and which were easy. They would also swap pills and discuss best ways to get laid. It was a frat house of the worse kind.
It may seem like the former Senator could have lied, but the affairs and inappropriate actions by the other two Senators became well-known during their campaigns in 2014. All three lost their positions due to their sexual impropriety. The only one that is still there, of his group of friends, is the Senate President.
Even if the Senate President did not harass anyone on his own (which anecdotal conversations suggest otherwise), he stood by and did nothing as his Senators were using their positions of power to force staff into sexual relationships with them. The current State Senate knows of this issues, and the only ones wanting to do anything refuse to take direct action. Instead, they want more committees and more hearings, yet not one bothered to contact any of the well-known staff who were harassed because they know it would force them to take direct action against certain people in power.
The Maryland State Senate has a MeToo problem, and that wont change until the culture of harassment is purged from Annapolis. That requires the Senate President and most of the Democratic leadership to step down due to their standing by as harassment happens or actively participating in that harassment.
Following our exposé about Sexual Predator and Convicted Robber Mr. Calvin Hawkins who is running for public office in PG County, a major plan has been organized to bribe key parents and leaders in Prince George’s county for the purposes of facilitating certain key facilities and organizations using unethical means to win fraudulently in 2018 election.
Among the key facilitators are Delegate Mr. Darryl Barnes and other delegates running for public office in PG County starting with the Chairman of the delegation Delegate Jay Walker and Delegate Dereck Davis (chairman of economic matters in Maryland). According to people spoken to by Reform Sasscer Movement Secretariat, there are plans to facilitate short underhanded methods to stay in power by key delegates involved in public corruption by calling shots from Annapolis. This comes after this blog exposed key players involved in the current fiasco in Prince George’s County.
Earlier this morning, delegate Barnes and others exposed in a wide ranging scheme decided to buy breakfast as part of the wider scheme to facilitated public campaign corruption in Maryland at TGI Friday’s in Forestville and to involve other organization. Already one person who is familiar with the illegal plans has been threatened by persons associated with Delegate Barnes, Delegate Dereck Davis and Mr. Calvin Hawkins.
This morning breakfast at Forestville comes after Senator Antony Muse accused Delegate Jay Walker of …..” not letting school board repeal bill out for a vote. This is wrong. This is politics at its worst. Yes all need to join in and put pressure on him from our district and County to return it to an all elected school board as my bill demands”, stated senator Muse.
HB 1107 law was supposed to be revealed this year but it is being blocked in a wide ranging scheme facilitated by key public officials in Maryland to maintain the status quo. Read more >>Fiasco in the Maryland legislature<<<
In the meantime, Darrell Andre’ Miller whom we exposed in this blog a few months ago as being unfit to run for public office has withdrawn his candidature. This is good news for Prince George’s County and Maryland in general. We recommend Mr. Miller for soul searching and for doing the right thing.
There is no question these issues are so fraught, so weighted with unattended baggage that discussions about the legitimate concerns and frustrations of others and the double-standards and the limits on liberty faced by African Americans, and black males in particular, are never sustained, if not outright avoided.
Yes, we’ll move on from this, too. But we will be better people in a better place because of it.
More to come.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A confrontation played out in Annapolis between Prince George’s County leaders over the school system and how it is being run.
On Tuesday, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell and School Board chair Dr. Segun Eubanks faced tough questions from Prince George’s County state lawmakers who are considering changing the structure of the school system after a host of problems.
Several years ago, lawmakers voted to allow Baker extraordinary control over the school system after a high turnover of superintendents. It allowed Baker to select the superintendent as well as part of the school board. In most districts, an all-elected board chooses the superintendent.
Maryland State Del. Jay Walker (D-Prince George’s), the co-chair of the Prince George’s County House Delegation, asked about accountability.
“Who do we hold accountable for fraudulent graduation rates? Walker asked. “Who do we hold accountable for nepotism in the school system? Who do we hold accountable for graduates crying on their graduation day? Who do we held accountable for sexual predators taking advantage of our kids in our school system?”
In response, Baker said he is responsible. He didn’t point to his choice for head of schools and said he still stands behind Dr. Maxwell.
FOX 5 asked Baker what he says to those who believe the experiment to give him greater control over the school system has failed.
PGCPS CEO Maxwell to meet with lawmakers next week
“I would tell them to look at the progress we’ve made in Prince George’s County,” Baker said. “I think the number of people putting their children back in our school system, you look at the scholarships the children are getting, look at the programs that we’re coming up with.”
Walker said he has seen no evidence this system of governance benefits students.
“I asked [Baker] time and time again to show me something that has been better and there has been no indicators here,” Walker said. “It hasn’t been test scores, it hasn’t been attendance, it hasn’t been college readiness. So we need to find accountability.”
When asked if he had faith in Dr. Maxwell as head of Prince George’s County Public Schools, Walker responded, “Absolutely not.”
The process to potentially take away the county executive’s control of the school system is just beginning, with efforts underway to make it a reality this legislation session.
Baker is running for Maryland governor, so he is definitely leaving his county post later this year, but he said he will still fight for this governance structure of the school system because he believes it is best for the county.
Join (PG Parents for Education – Action group) for a major meeting at Wegmans in Largo.
Woodmore Towne Centre
9001 McHugh Dr, Lanham, MD 20706
When: On Sunday December 3rd, 2017
Time: from 3pm to 4:30pm
Topics for Discussion
We hope to see you all…
#MovingForwardTogether #MajorMeeting #ParentsSummit #PGCPS #PGPARENTS #BetterSchoolsIntiative #FightCorruption #HeadsOn #ReduceCorruption
*If Congress won’t fix corruption. Together, we can.*