Talbot County High Schools Listed Nationally as “Most Challenging”

The Washington Post’s Education Columnist Jay Matthews has released his annual ranking of America’s Most Challenging Schools reflecting how well the nation’s top high schools challenge their students. Easton High School is ranked #1471 in the nation, and Saint Michaels High is #2245!

U.S. Department of Education statistics indicate that there are 26,407 public secondary schools and 10,693 private secondary schools across the United States. This means both Talbot County high schools fall in the top 6% of all high schools in the nation according to this ranking.

The ranking is determined through an index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and/or Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. According to Mr. Matthews, only about 12 percent of U.S. high schools qualify to be ranked.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for both of our high schools,” said Dr. Helga Einhorn, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, “ and a direct result of the commitment of our district to give all of our students the opportunity to experience the rigor of college level courses before they graduate.”

Watch Log Canoe Races Aboard Winnie Estelle this Summer

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is once again offering the opportunity to view Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoe races along the Miles River while aboard its 1920 buyboat, Winnie Estelle.

The two-hour scenic cruises depart from CBMM at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24, and at both 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, July 29, Sept. 9, and Sept. 16. Regular drop-in cruises aboard Winnie Estelle are otherwise offered at CBMM Fridays through Mondays, May to October.

These iconic Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoes only race along the Chester, Miles, Choptank, and Tred Avon rivers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With long masts and large sails, these boats keep upright as they accelerate to speeds of 10 knots or more, thanks to crew members climbing to the ends of 15-foot boards that hang off the side of the canoe.

These two-hour special cruises aboard Winnie Estelle offer scenic views and photo opportunities, along with commentary from CBMM’s docents and crew. The cost is $25 for CBMM members, or $35 for non-members, with boarding limited and advanced registration needed at bit.ly/winnie2017.

Elijah Cummings to Address Talbot County Democrats on June 2

The Talbot County Democratic Central Committee’s Inaugural Douglass-Tubman Dinner will be held Friday, June 2 at Easton’s historic Waterfowl Building, 40 S. Washington St.  Festivities will begin at 5pm with a reception, followed by dinner.  To attend, go to www.talbotdems.com

The key note speaker will be Congressman Elijah Cummings, Maryland’s 7th district Representative.  Born and raised in Baltimore, Representative Elijah Cummings graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University and is also a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law.  Congressman Cummings has received 12 honorary doctoral degrees from universities across our nation, and today serves as a key member of the U.S Congress of the United States of America.

Congressman Elijah Cummings, Maryland’s 7th District Representative to the U.S. Congress of the United States of America

Kathleen Matthews, Maryland’s newly elected state Democratic Party Chair, will also address the dinner highlighting the need to elect strong leaders into key positions in the County, State and at the national level.

Chairman Scott Kane looks forward to hosting this event; “We are sponsoring this this event to raise funds in support of democratic candidates and ideals”, and importantly, “During such challenging times we are fortunate to be able to follow the inspiration of our Eastern Shore’s leaders, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman”.

Talbot County’s Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in the early 1800s, but went on to become a renowned abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.  Harriet Tubman of Dorchester, a spy for the U.S. Army during the Civil War, is best known for leading people to freedom on the Underground Railroad during that war.

Congressman Cummings will highlight the democratic mission of ensuring that our children have access to quality education, health care, clean air and water, and a strong economy defined by fiscal responsibility. As he has stated, “Children are the living messages that we send to the future.” And as he reminds us, “We have come a long way, but more remains to be done.”

For more information and to sign up, go to www.talbotdems.com. Questions about the Douglass-Tubman Dinner? Contact Karen Shook, 410 745 3307.

MORE ABOUT THE TALBOT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE

The Talbot County Democratic Central Committee is the official governing body of the Democratic Party in Talbot County, Maryland. Chosen by Democratic voters during the gubernatorial primary election, the central committee consists of eight members who carry out the local business of the party. Together with the other jurisdictions in the state we make up the Democratic State Central Committee of Maryland, the governing body of the Maryland Democratic Party.

In addition, the central committee fosters other party-building activity in Talbot County, including candidate recruitment, establishing an election headquarters and voter registration activities in conjunction with the Democratic Clubs.

The web address of the committee is www.talbotdems.com.

CBMM Offers Free Admission for Military Families this Summer

For the 7th consecutive year, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is participating in the national Blue Star Museums program to offer free, general admission to all active-duty military personnel and their immediate families from Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 through Labor Day, September 4, 2017.

Blue Star Museums represents a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. This year’s participating museums are listed at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Located near the nation’s capital on the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore, CBMM’s 18-acre waterfront campus offers 12 exhibition buildings to explore in a few hours or over multiple visits. Highlights of the experience include climbing and exploring the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, interacting with shipwrights restoring authentic, wooden Chesapeake boats, renting a small craft to paddle the Miles River on your own, taking a river cruise on the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, and engaging in numerous hands-on exhibitions, family-oriented activities, and other programming and events.

“The Blue Star Museums program is a great opportunity for the NEA to team up with local museums in every state in the nation to support our service members and their families,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “It means a lot to offer these families access to high-quality, budget-friendly opportunities to spend time together.”

This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts and maritime museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums.

While at CBMM, guests can see progress on the log-hull restoration of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, now underway in the boatyard through 2018. Special exhibitions include Potomac Waterfowling: Gunning the Nation’s Rivers, and Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, featuring 80 photographs curated from the more than 10,000 by de Gast in CBMM’s collection. Potomac Waterfowling continues through March, 2018, with Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake continuing through April, 2018.

The free general admission program is available at CBMM to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card, a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard—as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five family members. Festival admission is not included. CBMM also offers year-round free general admission to all active military individuals. General admission is otherwise good for two days and is free for CBMM members and children ages 5 and under.

Located on the harbor and within walking distance to the shops, restaurants, inns, and other attractions of historic St. Michaels, CBMM’s campus includes the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse and numerous exhibition buildings, a floating fleet of historic Chesapeake boats, small craft rentals, and scenic river cruises aboard the 1920 buyboat, Winnie Estelle. Free parking is available, with more information at cbmm.org or by calling 410-745-2916.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA.

CBMM’s Floating Fleet Gets Spring Spruce-Up

Under the guidance of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Shipwright James Del Aguila, the maintenance season for CBMM’s floating fleet of historic vessels is once again in full swing, with all work done in full public view.

Shipwright James Del Aguila and RPM Foundation Shipwright Apprentice Michael Allen work on the 1909 crab dredger Old Point.

As is typical this time of year, work proceeds with the most-used and popular vessels, including the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, which received some system upgrades and a fresh coat of paint, thanks to the generosity of CBMM’s dedicated volunteers and staff. The Smith Island crab scraping replica Volunteer and crab dredger Old Point are each receiving minor carpentry repairs, along with fresh coats of paint in advance of their busy seasons.

The skipjack Rosie Parks is next up on the railway, where a leak in the forward staving will be eliminated, and her Cummins-powered pushboat will be recommissioned. Additionally, a rebuilt transmission has been installed on the draketail Martha, which is in the water awaiting a final solution to her cooling system.

Martha, a 1934 Hoopers Island draketail or dovetail, sits in the Miles River.

Over the summer, CBMM offers on-the-water opportunities including Miles River cruises aboard Winnie Estelle, and small craft rentals of CBMM-constructed sailing vessels, rowing vessels, and wooden kayaks. Throughout the year, CBMM also sells boats through its Charity Boat Donation Program.

From now through 2018, CBMM guests can watch the progress on the log-hull restoration of 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, with photos, project updates, and more information at ednalockwood.org.

CBMM’s floating fleet is part of the largest and most important collection of Chesapeake watercraft in the world, with 92 vessels built from the 1880s to the 1980s, including wooden sail, power, and row boats. All of the region’s waterfowling boats are represented, along with most of the major types used in the region’s fisheries, along with a good sample of recreational watercraft. CBMM’s working boatyard maintains the floating fleet in working condition, and stewards all objects in CBMM’s watercraft collections. All work is done in full public view, with woodworking, boatbuilding, and other maritime-related educational programs offered in the boatshop throughout the year. To learn more, go to cbmm.org.

Allison Galbraith Announces for Congress

Allison Galbraith is running for Congress.

Allison Galbraith

A small business owner and single mother from Harford County, Galbraith threw her hat into the ring on May 12 as a Democratic challenger for Rep. Andy Harris’s First District seat. Following the official campaign kickoff in Bel Air, she traveled to Chestertown and Salisbury to begin building a base of supporters on the Eastern Shore.

Galbraith’s Chestertown stop was at the Book Plate bookstore. About 20 attended, and the candidate, instead of giving a stump speech, engaged in a lively 40-minute question-and-answer session.

Tom Martin, owner of the store, opened the session by asking Galbraith about her background.

Galbraith said she is the daughter of two college professors. A University of Maryland graduate, she is “amicably separated” from her husband, a military veteran, and has a 9-year-old son and a stepson. She said her business specializes in program management and streamlining projects for the Department of Defense and in consulting with industries bidding on federal contracts involving medical technology that often ends up in civilian applications.

Asked why she is seeking the congressional seat, Galbraith said, “I think we need the perspective of the people in Congress.” The money it takes to run, and the sacrifices it takes to run are a deterrent to “everyday people” who might seek office, she said. “Right now, everything in our lives is under attack; we don’t know what’s going to be taken from us.”

She said her business was made possible by her ability to purchase private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Gender-based criteria such as having had a C-section were considered pre-existing conditions, making the rates unaffordable for her before the ACA. “If they’re going to take my health insurance and they’re going to take my business, I’m going down fighting,” she said. “And it’s not just for me, it’s for every one of us who isn’t adequately represented in Congress. Our voices are not heard, especially with Andy Harris,” who she said votes for the interests of his financial supporters “on the backs of working Americans.”

“I’m one of the working Americans,” Galbraith said. “Aren’t you sick of being trampled on by the  Republicans in government?”

Galbraith said she had spent considerable time traveling throughout the First District even before launching her campaign, “and I don’t intend to stop.” She said candidates from both parts of the district, the Eastern Shore and the Western Shore, tend to neglect the other half of the district, “and it’s not doing any of us any good.” She said she planned to visit each county “at least quarterly,” and that she would be available through social media and texting. “I have a lot of energy, I can run around the district and put 20,000 miles on my car. We deserve that from our reps, right?”

In terms of strategy, she said the Democrats need to flip about 45,000 votes to take back the district. To do so, she said she would probably fight for progressive values using “more conservative framing” of the issues. “If there were a party of critical thinking, that’s what I’d run as,” she said, but she places great importance of issues of personal rights and individual freedoms.

Other questions went into specifics including gun control (“responsible gun ownership is not a threat”), health care (“the health care system will never work out for us as long as they’re profiting by denying us care”), infrastructure (“we’re one of the richest states in the country, and there are parts of this district that don’t even have reliable internet access”), and public education (“if we care about the future, we need to care about education and preparing people for their future.”) Her answers were detailed and energetic, often drawing on personal experience.

A telling moment came when an audience member challenged her to respond to what he said would be the Republican characterization of her as “a tax-and-spend liberal” who doesn’t care about fiscal responsibility. “I have a proven record of saving millions of dollars a year for the federal government,” she said. “In terms of fiscal responsibility, I have a one-up on (Harris) because I actually save the government money.”

At the end of the visit, Galbraith’s campaign manager said her website,  gives her positions on a range of issues. Also, anyone interested can sign up on the site for notifications of events near them, he said. He said she plans to have a serallison@allisonforcongress.comies of small, informal meetings to allow people to meet her and discuss issues with her in a living-room type setting. If her appearance at the Book Plate is any sample, they would appear to be well worth attending.

Talbot County Teen Court: A Real Justice Program Run by Teens

Did you know that among Talbot County teens, who commit a crime and participate in the Teen Court Program, the recidivism rate is less than 10 percent?

Teen Court, which started in 1999 in Talbot County, is a program that is run by teens for teens. It is a voluntary diversion program that allows a first time offender to be judged by a jury of his/her peers rather than having his or her case heard by the Juvenile Court.  The program is offered to Talbot County teens ages 13 through 17 who are attending school. All parties must agree with diversion and admit involvement in the incident. Of the 30 to 40 cases a year, 50 percent of the cases heard in Talbot County involve underage possession of alcohol or marijuana.

Pictured L-R are Jayne Fitzgerald, new Teen Court Coordinator and Executive Director of Talbot Partnership; Nick White, a past participant in Talbot County’s Teen Court Program; and Bob Coleman, previous Teen Court Coordinator for Talbot County.

For Nick White of Easton, who started in the Teen Court Program over eight years ago while in eighth grade at Easton Middle School, the program was a reality check. He comments, “I stole a soda. The leaders of Teen Court had the biggest influence on me. They were someone who was not family. Specifically, Bob Coleman, Teen Court Coordinator at the time, was a role model for me.”

Cases are referred to Teen Court by the local law enforcement agencies, the school system, and the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. Students receive a letter from the Teen Court Coordinator which schedules an informal meeting to discuss Teen Court and the suitability for the case.  At the meeting, Teen Court personnel explain Teen Court, and answer any questions. If the student elects to continue with Teen Court, a Court date is set up. If they decide not to continue with Teen Court, the case is referred to the Department of Juvenile Services.

White went on to participate in the ROTC Program, serve as the head judge in Teen Court, and graduate from Easton High School with awards, before enlisting and serving in the Marine Corps. He feels the program gave him the people skills and charisma to become a judge in the Teen Court Program by his senior year – which was not an easy accomplishment. White, who went on to have a successful career in the Marine Corps, has recently come home and is working and serving his local fire department.

He adds, “The Teen Court Program gives students a second chance to change their behavior and students don’t have a record if they make a mistake.”

Teen Court cases are presented to a teen jury for determining sanctions for the offender.  Among some of the cases heard in Talbot County are second degree assaults, thefts under $1000, and cyber bullying. After careful consideration of the facts and circumstances, the jury determines a fair and appropriate disposition. Disposition can consist of 8 to 60 hours of community service and one to four jury duties. A jury may also mandate that the youth attend educational programs, write apology letters and/or essays. The respondent then has 60 days to complete their sanctions. If the youth fails to complete their sanctions, their case is referred to the Department of Juvenile Services where a petition may be filed for formal action. Only one to two cases a year don’t follow through with their sanctions.

Bob Coleman, who served as Talbot County’s Teen Court Coordinator for six years, states, “Nick was impulsive. Part of my mentoring was getting him to settle down and get his responsibilities done.”

He adds, “The youth offender is before a jury of his or her peers which has a bigger impression than regular court would have on them. It has an amazing effect on being accountable.”

The goals of the Teen Court Program are to reduce the number of youth in Juvenile Court, encourage youth to take responsibility for their actions and make them aware of consequences, utilize peer pressure to make the experience more meaningful, ensure youth receive fair and just disposition, educate youth about the judicial process, provide a productive community service activity, and to balance the needs of victims, the community, and respondents.

According to Coleman, another benefit of the program is that the youth offender meets new people from the school when he or she serves on the Teen Court jury, which is part of the consequences of their actions. This exposes the teens to people with different ideas from them and can have long-lasting effects.

Community partners of the Teen Court Program are the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, Talbot County Board of Education, Circuit Court of Talbot County, Talbot Family Network – Local Management Board, Talbot County Health Department, Talbot Partnership, Mid-Shore Pro-Bono, and Mid-Shore Mediation.

Coleman adds, “Teen Court speaks for itself as to the positive impact it has on the youth of our county.”

For Nick White, who has completed his time in the Marine Corps, serving in Okinawa, Japan and Korea, he continues to take with him the lessons he learned in Teen Court.

Talbot Partnership is the fiscal agent for the Teen Court Program. For further information, contact Jayne Fitzgerald, executive director of Talbot Partnership for the Prevention of Substance Abuse, at 410-819-8067. Talbot Partnership is located at 8 Goldsborough Street, Easton, MD 21601.

Grading the Choptank’s Health with Riverkeeper Matt Pluta

Around this time every year, there is a certain amount of excitement and anxiety as the Mid-Shore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) publishes its annual report card on the environmental condition of the Choptank, Miles, and Wye Rivers water quality status. And one of those individuals who is perhaps more anxious than most is Matt Pluta, the Riverkeeper for the Choptank.

His interest in the Choptank goes beyond the mere fact that it is by far one of the most complex parts of the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem. The Choptank also has the dubious distinction of being one of the most polluted, if not the most polluted, river in the entire region.

But as Matt points out in his interview with the Spy to discuss this year’s scores, the Choptank is really two very distinct spheres. And this year the organization made a decision to evaluate the Upper Choptank in the Lower Choptank as separate systems. The rationale being that each section news its water quality strategies as a result of the different ways that the water system is used.

The Spy talk to Matt last week about the overall health of the Choptank and what he anticipates to be the best approach to achieving better scores in the years ahead.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about the Mid-Shore Riverkeeper Conservancy please go here.

May 21 Community Day Activities Announced

On Sunday, May 21, free admission, boat rides, and fun for the whole family come to Community Day at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, with the day’s activities, performances, eats, and treats just announced.

This year’s event includes the opportunity to see the schooner Sultana dockside, along with numerous family activities and special exhibitions, including the recently opened Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake.

Guests to CBMM’s free Community Day this Sunday can enjoy a ride on the Miles River aboard one of CBMM’s floating fleet of historic boats, including Winnie Estelle and Old Point, shown here.

Festival highlights also include the opportunity to meet and take photos with Maryland Public Television’s Daniel Tiger. Joining in the spirit of community, MPT & Daniel Tiger are encouraging guests to bring unused arts & crafts supplies and non-perishable food items for donation to the St. Michael’s Community Center at the event.

Through the Talbot County Public Library’s Imagination Library, children can participate in a storybook walk around campus featuring the book Olly the Oyster Cleans the Bay, by Elaine Ann Allen. A children’s foot race will be hosted by Chesapeake Sports Alliance, with three-legged races, sack races, and tug-of-war competitions presented by the St. Michaels Community Center.

The first 500 guests at this Sunday’s Community Day at CBMM in St. Michaels will receive a voucher for a free hot dog and chips, generously provided by the Easton Ruritan Club.

Around campus and in the boatyard, guests can watch a blacksmithing demo, help create a dugout log canoe, or learn about boatbuilding as CBMM’s Apprentice for a Day boatbuilding participants work on completing the draketail Pintail.

Radio-controlled model skipjack races take place from 11:00 a.m. to noon along CBMM’s docks and Fogg’s Cove, and at 1:00 p.m., festival goers can join as CBMM’s Rising Tide after-school boatbuilding participants launch the railbird skiff they’ve built over the school year.

The first 500 guests at this Sunday’s Community Day at CBMM will receive a voucher for a free hot dog and chips, generously provided by the St. Michaels Volunteer Fire Department.

The first 500 Community Day guests will receive a voucher for a free hot dog and chips, generously provided by the Easton Ruritan Club and St. Michaels Volunteer Fire Department. The St. Michaels Community Center is also providing free popcorn throughout the day.

Food available for purchase includes Old Bay bratwursts, clam strips, fried shrimp, hamburgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, and soft pretzels from the St. Michaels Volunteer Fire Department, along with fruit smoothies, hot dogs, chips, and an assortment of other drinks from the Easton Ruritan Club. CBMM will have a bar serving wine and beer.

Other treats include funnel cakes and deep-fried Oreos from Johnson Family Funnel Cakes, and soft-serve ice cream, sundaes, floats, Italian Ice, and lemonade from the Ice Cream Lady.

The Phillips Wharf Environmental Fishmobile will be on hand to help guests explore the Bay’s creatures, or you can tour an antique fire engine with the St. Michaels Volunteer Fire Department. Scavenger hunts with treasures awaiting are planned for children, along with balloon animals and an interactive Scales & Tales display from Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

This year, Community Day guests can enjoy a ride on the Miles River aboard one of CBMM’s floating fleet of historic boats, including Winnie Estelle, Dorothy Lee, Volunteer, Old Point, and CBMM’s Pot Pie Jackson skiff. A selection of CBMM’s small sailing craft and rowing vessels will also be available for festival-goers to take out on Fogg’s Cove. On-the-water activities are offered free for Community Day, with same-day sign ups, weather dependency, and limited boarding.

This Sunday’s Community Day guests can watch a blacksmithing demo, help create a dugout log canoe, like this shown here.

The day kicks off at 9:00 a.m. with a tent service with Bay Hundred Covenant Churches, followed by the festival grounds opening at 10:00 a.m. and continuing through 5:00 p.m.

From 10:00 – 1:30pm., Blind Wind takes the lower Steamboat deck stage, featuring fiddle tunes, bluegrass, country, classic rock, reggae, and more. From 1:30 to 5:00 pm. Skrybe takes the stage, bringing folk, rock, and country music to CBMM’s waterfront campus.

Event sponsors include CBMM’s Friends Board, Choptank Electric Cooperative, Curtis Stokes & Associates, Shore United Bank, Talbot County Free Library, and What’s Up? Magazine.

This Sunday’s free Community Day at CBMM includes the opportunity to see the schooner Sultana dockside.

Community Day guests can also explore all of CBMM’s 12 exhibition buildings and historic structures, including a climb to the top of the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse for views of the Miles River and St. Michaels Harbor. CBMM’s waterfront campus is a short walk over Honeymoon Bridge to numerous specialty shops, restaurants, inns, bed and breakfasts, and other attractions in St. Michaels’ historic district.

Festival-goers are encouraged to bring cash for purchases inside the gate, with carry-on alcohol prohibited during this rain or shine event. For safety reasons, only service dogs are allowed on CBMM’s campus during festivals. Leashed dogs are permitted during regular operating hours.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 77,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings and historic structures. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

Rep. Andy Harris Working to Defund NPR

Current Magazine, a division of American University School of Communication, is reporting that Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), who railed against public media content during a House subcommittee meeting in March, wants Congress to defund NPR and the Independent Television Service.

During CPB President Pat Harrison’s testimony on public media’s federal funding request, Harris accused CPB of pushing an “agenda” with ITVS films such as The New Black, a documentary about the African-American community’s debate over gay marriage. Admitting he had not seen the films, Harris also cited Kumu Hina, focusing on a Hawaiian transgender woman, and Baby Mama High, about a pregnant teenager. All of the films he mentioned were funded by ITVS and aired on Independent Lens, PBS’s documentary showcase.

Read the full story (warning paywall exists) here.