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National League of Conservation Voters Annual Dinner, November 13th, 2013

New York, NY As prepared for delivery Good evening. It’s great to be here with all of you tonight. Karla, thank you very much for all that you do in Maryland. Gene and Scott, it’s great to be here with you. The Showtime series Years of Living Dangerously is a brilliant and much needed call  Read the Rest…

Veterans Day Commemoration 2013, November 11th, 2013

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Weissberg Forum for Discourse in the Public Square: Immigration, November 5th, 2013

Good evening. Mike Ulrich, NYU and the Global Academic Center, thank you for hosting this discussion tonight. It is great to see former Congressman Bruce Morrison here this evening – who has done so much to advance the cause of immigration reform for a stronger America. I want to share a few thoughts with you  Read the Rest…

Maryland League of Conservation Voters: Climate Visionary Award, October 29th, 2013

Annapolis, MD Carol [Browner], thank you for your leadership, thank you for your voice and thank you for everything that you continue to do with the Center for American Progress. We in Maryland like to think that we are the center of American progress. (Applause) It feels that way tonight, doesn’t it? It is so  Read the Rest…

Center For American Progress 10th Anniversary Policy Conference, October 24th, 2013

Washington, D.C. Good afternoon. Thank you, Neera, for that kind introduction. And congratulations to you, and to John, and to everyone who’s been associated with CAP or encouraging CAP for the last 10 years. CAP’s work over the last 10 years has shown us the way forward. It is the way to a future of  Read the Rest…

Completion of One Maryland Broadband Network, October 15th, 2013

Stevensville, MD Principal Schrecongost, thank you for your leadership. I consider myself an old friend of Kent Island High School, and I want to thank all of you young men and women for your excellence. I visit a lot of schools, but I rarely visit schools where I see the achievement on the test scores  Read the Rest…

Konterra Solar Carport Ribbon Cutting, October 15th, 2013

  Laurel, MD It’s wonderful to be here with all of you. Tony, thank you for your introduction and your acknowledgement of the fact that when we make better choices, we actually do achieve better results. I want to thank not only Tony but our host, Kingdon Gould, generations one and all. Where is Melissa?  Read the Rest…

North American Association for Environmental Educators Award, October 11th, 2013

Baltimore, MD As prepared for delivery Thank you, Don. It is truly an honor to receive this award. We created the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature in 2008 to connect children with their natural world and to educate them to become responsible stewards of our troubled planet. Our efforts have been buoyed by amazing  Read the Rest…

Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration Annual Conference, October 10th, 2013

“Each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.” – Robert F. Kennedy As Prepared for Delivery Thank you very, very much. It is an honor to be here with you. This is a very exciting time  Read the Rest…

Maryland Food Bank Hunger Action Symposium, September 27th, 2013

Windsor Mill, MD Good afternoon. It’s really great to be with such a good group of people. Over the last few years I’ve been getting to know some of you who do, tirelessly, this important work of hunger relief, like Deborah and everybody at the Maryland Food Bank. I have been so struck and so  Read the Rest…