“On the issues, the only major differences between six of the seven Democratic primary candidates at Tuesday evening’s 8th Congressional District forum were in degree, not kind. Dels. Kumar P. Barve (D) and Ana Sol-Gutierrez (D), state Sen. Jamie B. Raskin (D), former news anchor Kathleen Matthews (D), former White House aide Will Jawando (D), and ex-State Department official Joel Rubin (D) all supported an aggressive response to the attacks in Paris, but only in concert with allies. They deplored Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) request that the federal government bar Syrian refugees from settling in the state, and they called for a humane path to citizenship for all immigrants on U.S. soil.
“… The lone dissenting voice was David Anderson (D), an academic and education nonprofit executive, who said Matthews and Raskin ‘represent an establishment orthodoxy’ that favors working parents at the expense of those who choose to stay at home.”
Raskin “brought the biggest rhetorical flourish to the table. He called the Islamic State ‘a terrorist death cult that has set itself to war against all civilization’ and called climate change ‘the entire context in which we have to make every other decision.’”
Matthews’s “pitch was heavily gender-based, featuring the rollout of a ‘women’s agenda’ to support legislation pending in Congress. Matthews said she would fight for passage of a bill — sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) — providing up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave.” (Washington Post)
BARVE WEB AD TELLS GRANDFATHER’S STORY OF IMMIGRATION. Barve released a web ad about his grandfather’s legal fight to retain his citizenship, which went to the U.S. Supreme Court. In the ad, Barve says that today, “immigrants are still being attacked,” as the ad shows clips of real estate mogul Donald Trump (R), retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson (R), and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). (Washington Post)