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Martin O'Malley for President ActBlue Donation page:

Link here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/duforomalley

Immense thanks for fellow DU'r Omaha Steve for setting this up!

I am making this an OP and pinning it for easy availability.

OS also provided these link as well

Clips from O'Malley announcement

I this clipped from the C-Span O'Malley announcement. It's the four people who spoke of Martin O'MAlley and what he did to help improve their lives.

I thought that these testimonials were just as important as his announcement. If anyone knows how I can translate this to a youtube video, I would be glad to post the video here, but in the meantime, here is a link to the clip!


What O'Malley Stands for: (11 issues from this article— I will only post a few)

Guns: Increase gun control. Ban dozens of assault weapons. Limit size of gun magazines. Require fingerprints to buy a handgun.

The Democrat is a critic of the National Rifle Association and proponent of gun control measures. As governor of the Old Line State, he pushed for and signed sweeping gun control legislation, banning 45 types of assault weapons, limiting magazine clips to ten bullets and requiring anyone purchasing a handgun to enter a fingerprint database.

Obamacare and health care: Expand the Affordable Care Act. Move to an “all-payer” system.

An Obamacare advocate, O’Malley supported expanding Maryland’s health insurance options before the Affordable Care Act became law. When implementing the new healthcare law during his tenure, Maryland’s online health exchange saw repeated problems. It was overhauled in 2014. O’Malley supported and approved a unique statewide Medicare waiver, designed to move Maryland hospitals away from a fee-for-service payment method. Considered the nation’s only “all-payer system,” the state sets medical costs, capping what hospitals can charge. O’Malley has said he wants to the system to be a model for the nation.

Trade: Block the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

O’Malley recently criticized the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an international trade deal backed by the Obama administration and Congressional Republicans, arguing that it would hurt the middle class. He has since expanded on the point, telling NPR he wants increased labor regulations.


"[T]he enduring symbol of our nation is not the barbed wire fence, it is the Statue of Liberty."

Because the enduring symbol of our nation is not the barbed wire fence, it is the Statue of Liberty.

We are a nation of immigrants. We are a compassionate and generous people. And if we act according to our principles — and the better angels of our nature — if we return to our true selves, the dream will live again.

Make no mistake about it — our ability to lead the world and be safe in this world depends on the strength of the American Dream here at home. The challenges we face in the world today are different from the challenges we faced in the 1990s.

And (I learned this today!) His mother Barbara Flew in the Civil Air patrol

at the age of 17!

That is amazing!

HERE WE GO!!! live stream at C-Span here:


Op-Ed from Baltimore Sun:

But there is an alternative. Rather than rallying around someone who can't seem to elude perpetual media scrutiny, the person all Democrats should pay close attention to is former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley who is poised to officially join the race Saturday. The former Baltimore mayor and two-term governor offers a genuine alternative to the status quo within Washington and a real threat to any GOP challenger — especially Jeb Bush.

Mr. O'Malley, unlike Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, isn't linked to perpetual scandal and criticism, nor is he beholden to foreign donors, investment banks or a family surname. He rightfully stated that the presidency isn't "some crown to be passed between two families" and compared to Ms. Clinton, Mr. O'Malley offers a genuinely progressive outlook on American politics. When both candidates are analyzed, it's apparent that one caters to poll-driven centrism while the other is far more confident in a progressive vision for America.

While Ms. Clinton voted for the invasion of Iraq, Mr. O'Malley has been a longtime critic of the Iraq War. As governor, Mr. O'Malley sponsored and signed a same-sex marriage bill when Hillary Clinton was overtly against gay marriage. He also signed a marijuana decriminalization bill, while Ms. Clinton has said she was against the decriminalization of marijuana. Martin O'Malley wants to bring back Glass-Steagall, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership a "bad trade deal," and urged the Senate in 2014 to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, once referred to TPP as "the gold standard in trade agreements," and she still hasn't taken a stance on the Keystone XL pipeline.

a little more from Maryland Progress indicator:

Actions Taken by Governor OMalley

Providing a Living Wage
During the 2014 Legislative Session, Governor O'Malley and Lt. Governor Brown led the successful campaign to raise Maryland's minimum wage to $10.10. Hundreds of thousands of Maryland workers will receive a raise, injecting money into the economy and creating good-paying, family-supporting jobs.

According to the nonpartisan Pew Center on the States, Maryland is one of the Top Three states for upward economic mobility based on a worker’s ability to move up the corporate ladder.

Access to Higher Education
Since 2007-08, Maryland has done more than any other state in the nation to hold down the cost of college. This year, the University System of Maryland’s tuition increase is capped at 3%, including a freeze at Morgan State University and St. Mary’s College.

Strengthening Neighborhoods, Towns, & Local Economies
Maryland invests in smart growth by strengthening neighborhoods, towns, and local economies. Traditional programs like Main Street Maryland, Community Legacy, and Neighborhood BusinessWorks strive to strengthen the economic potential of our traditional main streets and neighborhoods.

Assistance to Needy Families
In order to support people and families confronting economic challenges, Maryland has committed resources to help those who were particularly affected by the foreclosure crisis. Maryland has reformed state laws, provided counseling and financial assistance, and has become a national leader in foreclosure prevention. Maryland continues to provide leadership and creative responses to the foreclosure crisis with expanded counseling services and outreach efforts.

I an deeply disappointed that under the new GOP governor, the links that WERE there are now no longer able to be found. The new governor made the links backing all of this up disappear.

Also, the website itself was dismantled after Larry Hogan took over as governor. This was what used to be there:

Excellent interview with the Irish Times:


(sorry if this was already posted, I was away this weekend)

In an interview with The Irish Times, the Irish-American former Baltimore mayor and former Maryland governor, who is due to announce his candidacy on Saturday, said he had a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for the frontrunner.

“But an election, especially an election as important as the election of the next president of the United States, is not about what’s good for the Clintons or for that matter what’s good for the O’Malleys. It’s about what’s good for our country,” he said.

Mr O’Malley (52) is regarded as having positioned himself to the left of Ms Clinton (67) in order to appeal to the Democrats’ progressive base. “I don’t see myself as to the left or right of the other candidates in the party. I see myself as forward of them. I’m younger than they are. I therefore arrive at some conclusions on important issues in advance of the other candidates.”

Asked about the widely held belief, backed up by polling, that Ms Clinton’s candidacy is unstoppable within the Democratic Party, he said: “Every year there’s an unstoppable candidacy. Inevitable frontrunners are inevitable right up until they’re no longer inevitable.”

He said the Republican Party tended to “retread old names” while the Democrats tended to look to the future more. “In our party, there usually emerges a choice between the candidate that everybody knows and the new candidate of a new generation that none of us has ever really heard of much,” he said.

The whole thing is a really good read.

Is NYC Mayor DeBlasio being coy?

I have a hard time believing he doesn't know about O'Malley.

Personally, I take the NY Observer with a grain of salt. The editorial team is led by Ken Kurson (works as a political consultant and co author with Rudy Guiliani) and Rex Reed, a film critic…

I have seen a number of conservative outlets pushing the meme that O'MAlley is a toss away candidates, and I find that interesting from a political POV.

But back to the topic: DeBlasio and his saying he just doesn't know who and what O'Malley is about: http://observer.com/2015/05/i-dont-know-him-bill-de-blasio-cool-on-presidential-contender-martin-omalley/

Mr. O’Malley, formerly the governor of Maryland, is expected to announce his presidential bid on Saturday and is viewed as an upstart opponent to Ms. Clinton, the establishment choice who is widely expected to be the party’s nominee. Ms. Clinton also faces a challenge from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an Independent who caucuses with Democrats and identifies as a socialist, about whom Mr. de Blasio has spoken warmly. (snip)

The mayor made waves by withholding his endorsement from Ms. Clinton, whose 2000 Senate campaign he ran. He has insisted he simply wants to hear her vision, and the vision of other candidates, on income inequality. Some have posited that withholding the endorsement and delivering his stamp of approval later on will be better political theater for both Mr. de Blasio and Ms. Clinton. Despite his hedging on endorsing Ms. Clinton, Mr. de Blasio’s seeming disinterest in the man set to be perhaps her best-equipped rival may bolster the theory that the mayor endorsing Ms. Clinton is simply a fait accompli. (snip)

Other city elected officials have been more open to Mr. O’Malley’s pitch—Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito met last fall with Mr. O’Malley, the New York Times recently reported.

While the mayor professed to know little about Mr. O’Malley, the former governor is getting a boost from some former de Blasio boosters, including Lis Smith, Mr. de Blasio’s general election campaign and transition spokeswoman. He’s also being advised by Bill Hyers, Mr. de Blasio’s campaign manager.

I think it is all fine that no one has made any endorsements, FTR. We are pretty far out from real primary season. That reporters are asking these questions is very interesting. I personally don't believe for a minute that DeBlasio doesn't know him or his work well.

Also, this was interesting:
Mr. de Blasio said he’d like to hear Mr. O’Malley’s thoughts on income inequality, an issue Mr. de Blasio has taken on the road in recent months. Mr. O’Malley has recently made a point of vehemently opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade pact backed by President Barack Obama and panned by liberals and progressives—including the group Mr. de Blasio convened in Washington this month. Ms. Clinton, meanwhile, has been hedged on the trade deal.

IS he ignoring what O'Malley has consistently said about income equality? Add your own articles that show where the man has made it clear about how he wants to change income equality… here is just one:


O’Malley clearly believes income inequality and declining wages will be the defining issues of the 2016 campaign, and he’s adopted a platform that echoes a lot of Warren’s so-called 8-point plan to grow the middle class, distilled from her “Raising Wages” speech to the AFL-CIO in January.

In addition to backing the restoration of Glass Steagall and hiking the capital gains tax, he supports a higher minimum wage and overtime-pay threshold, greater collective bargaining rights, expanding Social Security and more infrastructure spending. He can still sound like a technocrat at times, telling me he doesn’t like to talk about things in terms of “left and right” but “forward and backward.”

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