Ralph Jaffe

Ralph Jaffe
  • Democrat
  • Running mate: Freda Jaffe
  • Age: 77
  • Residence: Baltimore

About Ralph Jaffe

Education

Bachelor;s Degree, political science, University of Maryland Teacher certification, Towson University Masters Equivalency, Loyola College

Background

I have been a political science teacher since 1964 in the public school system and also in the private school sector. During my employment in Baltimore County, in 1969, I initiated a new teaching strategy, “Student Activism in the Classroom.” A bill was born in my classroom, and approximately 11 months later was signed into law by former President Richard Nixon. This new educational approach, which has become the foundation of my teaching philosophy today, made national news, as it was documented in the 1970 edition of Reader’s Digest. Since 2002, 15 years ago, I have been leading the movement to try to put a stop to the moral bankruptcy that has pervaded Maryland government and replace it with real ethical reform.

Questionnaire

1
Kirwan
Do you support the findings of the Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education? Are you committed to funding associated reforms, and if so, how?
Jaffe: I do not believe in commissions. They are a waste of time.
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2
Transportation
Is Maryland's transportation spending appropriately balanced between roads and transit? Does the state have the resources to meet its transportation needs? With the cancellation of the Red Line and the advent of BaltimoreLink, is the Baltimore region adequately served by transit?
Jaffe: Transportation spending is not balanced. Maryland does have the resources to meet transportation needs if the money is spent wisely. With better leadership the Baltimore region could be adequately served by transit
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3
Marijuana
Do you support the legalization of recreational marijuana?
Jaffe: No
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4
Chesapeake Bay
At a time when the federal government's commitment to Chesapeake Bay restoration is questionable, what new steps should Maryland take to protect this resource?
Jaffe: We need to elect ethical politicians to protect this resource
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5
Health Care
What steps should Maryland take to ensure the broadest possible access to affordable health care?
Jaffe: To ensure the broadest possible access to affordable health care, again we need ethical politicians in office who will do what is best for the people rather than what is best for themselves. Currently, this is not the case. In my opinion, presently, we do not have one ethical politician in the state.
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6
Crime
What role should the state play in helping Baltimore address violent crime?
Jaffe: Again, we need to elect ethical politicians who will step up to the plate instead of going around in circles to extinguish the fire of violence raging in Baltimore
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7
Business Climate
How would you characterize Maryland's business climate? What can the state do to foster the creation of more family-supporting jobs?
Jaffe: The best thing the state legislature can do is to meet for 3 weeks instead of 3 months for the purpose of approving the state budget. The rest of the year, they should but out and let business leaders run the show.
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8
Redistricting
Do you support the creation of a non-partisan, independent body to draw legislative and congressional district maps after each census?
Jaffe: Yes
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9
LEOBR
Does the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights adequately balance protections for police and the public? Should it be changed, and if so, how?
Jaffe: Unfortunately, currently, the police departments in Baltimore City and Baltimore County are not getting the support they should hvae from the phony career politicians. Once again, the solution is to elect ethical politicians who will serve the people rather than themselves.
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10
Opioids
What strategy would you adopt to address the opioid addiction and overdose crisis?
Jaffe: The restoration of Judaic - Christian values and the implementation of my TUTOR-MENTOR TEAM PROGRAM in the pubic schools of Baltimore City and Baltimore County would make a huge difference in combating this crisis.
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11
Income inequality
What if anything should the state do to address income inequality?
Jaffe: The implementation of my TUTOR-MENTOR TEAM PROGRAM in the pubic schools of Baltimore City and Baltimore County would be a major step in the right direction.
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12
Transparency
Do the state's Public Information Act and open meetings laws adequately ensure Marylander's ability to exercise oversight of the government?
Jaffe: Absolutely Not! The laws are a big joke
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