Stung by Trump Democrats look to future at Baltimore forum


Trump Democrats

Candidates vying to lead the Democratic National Committee said Saturday that the party can capitalize on the election of President Donald Trump by communicating its values in the face of the chief executive’s offensive rhetoric.

Ten candidates to chair the DNC appeared at the Baltimore Convention Center to lay out their visions for a party reeling from an election that cost them the White House and exposed deep divisions over its direction.

Democrats will choose new leaders this month who will be charged with crafting a national economic message and, perhaps more importantly, rewiring how the party organizes for elections.

The Baltimore forum, the last of four such meetings, drew the two candidates considered the front-runners for that job — former U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez of Maryland and Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota — the chairs of two state Democratic parties, and six others. Baltimoresun

BERLIN, MD — Even before New York’s primary voting has wrapped up, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has scheduled a campaign visit to Maryland ahead of next Tuesday’s primary.

The New York businessman, who is expected to win today’s voting in his home state, will appear on the Eastern Shore Wednesday, April 20.

Trump’s campaign website says he will hold a rally at 7 p.m. at Stephen Decatur High School, 9913 Seahawk Road. Doors open at 4 p.m. for the event.

While the event is free, tickets must be reserved in advance through the campaign website. There is a limit of two tickets per cell phone number.
Before arriving in Maryland, Trump has an afternoon rally planned at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

RealClearPolitics reports Trump leads Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the New York Republican primary by a 30.3 percent spread.

Maryland Primary, Early Voting

The state’s primary will be held April 26; polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day.

Early voting in Maryland began April 14 and runs through Thursday, April 21. Polling places are open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. those days. Patch

House Democrats are heading to Baltimore on Wednesday morning for three days of soul-searching and strategizing after a winless month on the Hill.

The annual issues conference, House Democrats’ first with control of neither Congress nor the White House since 2006, is more introspective and less star-studded than previous years. On Wednesday, Democrats will hear from author Bryan Stevenson; on Thursday, from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; and on Friday they’ll close the conference with Chelsea Handler, whose Netflix interview series “Chelsea” has frequently focused on politics.

In between, they’ll sit for panels and strategy sessions about how to oppose President Trump with an agenda of their own.

“We’ve got to have some honest conversations,” said Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), who rang warning bells about how her party was on track to lose blue states in the Midwest. “We’ll fight Trump where we gotta fight him, press back where we gotta press back, but then we gotta keep pivoting to what our vision for the country is,” said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who mounted a failed bid against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi after the 2016 defeat. “I think people are gonna get whiplash with Trump.” Washingtonpost

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