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Why Not Martin O'MAlley?

So why have political pundits come to the consensus that Elizabeth Warren is the only one who could give Hillary a run for her money in the Democratic primary? Perhaps it is O’Malley’s lack of name recognition. He is currently polling at around 0.3 percent in the Iowa Democratic Caucus, compared to Clinton’s 58 percent, and Warren’s 17 percent. But that number is increasing, and O’Malley received a warm reception in recent trips to New Hampshire and Iowa.

Perhaps it is because O’Malley is not a woman. While a first female president would certainly be a symbolic victory for women, it is unclear that a Clinton presidency would produce many tangible benefits for women. In fact, in terms of policy, O’Malley seems to have proposed just as many, if not more, policies to help women as Clinton has. At the Harvard Institute of Politics, O’Malley declared, “We must recognize that policies that are good for women and families, like paid leave and safe and affordable child care, are also good for our national economy, and for economic growth, because when women succeed, our American economy also succeeds.”

O’Malley also proclaimed his support for a federal $15 minimum wage, which would give a much-needed raise to the 3 million Americans who work at or below minimum wage, 62 percent of whom are women. Clinton has voiced her support for fast food workers striking for a higher wage, but she has yet to establish how much of an increase in the minimum wage she would support. Despite his gender, O’Malley could be the candidate that would make the biggest difference for women.

After May 30th,

and after Martin O'malley declares (and he will) — I really believe that the Democratic Primary will get very interesting.

Right now, when we look/listen to the MSM, it seems as though all eyes are on SoS/Senator Clinton.

Senator Sanders is getting very little attention. I believe that with O'Malley entering the race people will start to pay attention to the fact that the Dems are actually going to have a real primary. They will stop focusing on Hillary Clinton all day every day and will have to pay attention to the candidates that are running for office.

I think it is a good thing for all Dems. I think it will be a good thing for the O'Malley campaign. 14 days, and the race for the democratic nominee begins.

Against the TPP.
Against the death penalty.
Supports the DREAM act. (Maryland was the first state to pass the DREAM act)
Supports comprehensive immigration reform.
Against detention camps for immigrant families. (Hat tip elleng)
Supports Stem cell research.
Supports abortion rights.
Supports Middle-out economics as opposed to trickle-down economics.
Against School vouchers.
Supports giving educators what they need.
For public financing of elections.
Pro Gun control.
Supports the ACA and wants to make it stronger. link
Supports increasing funding for the National institute of Health.
Believes that our first responders are the first defense in the United states to protect citizens from terrorists attacks. (see other links I have posted in this group)
Formally recognized the Piscataway tribe
Supports Marriage equality.
Supports raising the minimum wage.

Supports re-instating Glass-Steagall and Tougher Wall Street reform (Hat tip to Jim Lane)
Supports reducing Student Loan Debts and has a solution to do so.
Supports investing in infrastructure. (Hat tip to Koinos )

I can go on… He is on the record for all of this. Add more and I will update this list!

That said, I want to let him sing for himself, and this is a great rendition of this song!

We are all in this together!

May 30th, O'MAlley Announcement: Want to be there? RSVP here:


We made plans a few months ago ago so Hubby and I will not be able to attend, but spread the word!

House GOP blocks hike in Amtrak budget hours after crash

Source: (AP)

The move by Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah failed on a party-line vote as the Appropriations Committee debated a $55 billion measure funding transportation and housing programs. The overall GOP bill would slash Amtrak's budget by $251 million, to $1.1 billion, for the next fiscal year.

"Every day, tens of thousands of passengers travel our nation's railways on Amtrak — a majority of those along the Northeast Corridor where yesterday's tragic accident occurred," said Fattah, who represents Philadelphia. "These riders deserve safe, secure, and modern infrastructure."

President Barack Obama asked for almost $2.5 billion for Amtrak in his February budget, much more than he'd requested in previous years. Obama's proposed boost is mostly dedicated to capital investment in track, tunnels and bridges and includes $400 million in grants for capital construction along Amtrak's Northeast corridor.

The vote came as Congress stares down a deadline in 18 days to reauthorize legislation to pay for highways and transit programs.

Read more: http://www.wral.com/house-gop-panel-proposes-amtrak-cuts/14642766/

7 people are now confirmed dead in Philadelphia. over 200 injured so far and they aren't done accounting for everyone.

Watching C-Span, they say Fast Track was blocked.


They won't reach the 60 voters.

O'Malley can totally tussle with the GOP:

Sorry in advance for posting a video containg Newt (gang)Gringich…

*Actually, you need to check your facts*


This is a classic exchange.

O'malley at 2012 Democratic National Convention Youtube video:

I think America is going to finally have an education about the mostly forgotten war of 1812.

And that is a really good thing!

He's a great Dem and I am glad he is on our side!

O'Malley appearance at International Conference of Mayors, October 2005:

From October 9-11, 2005, The Glocal Forum hosted its 4th annual Glocalization Conference. During the second day of events, a panel discussion titled “Unveiling the Soul of the City Part 1: Introduction and Discussion” was held. Participants discussed the aesthetics and openness of their cities. These two dimensions were found by the Gallup Organization to have the most influence on soul. Following the panel, the participants responded to questions and comments from members of the audience.

Soul of the City is an innovate study of measuring and tracking the performance and well-being of the world’s cities conducted by the Gallup Organization. The program allows cities to measure and track the political, economic, and social health of a city based on residents' views as to its performance in providing a positive living-working environment. Mayors from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States were in attendance. close
O'Malley statements begin at about 23:50… He talks about what he was doing as a city mayor to change the general feeling of the residents of Baltimore and when he as Mayor tried to do to create a better standard of living in the city.


Martin O'Malley addresses the National Press Club 2005:

Protecting Cities
Mayor O’Malley talked about the challenges and opportunities faced by the U.S. in protecting the cities from future terrorist attacks. Among the issues he addressed were the role of state and local authorities in preparing for terrorist attacks and other emergencies, federal assistance to states, and his efforts to build better infrastructures and plans in Baltimore. Following his remarks he answered questions from the audience.

1 Hour long. He was right then and he is right now on this issue.

It is here where he does question where the urgency of the global WoT really was. He speaks deeply about the need to protect and rebuild urban America.

CVS employees that lost jobs from store burning down are still being paid:

I posted this in another thread from bravenak (thank you bravenak!)

CVS Will Rebuild 2 Stores in Baltimore

Turns out that those employees are still getting paychecks, deservedly so!


Forty-five Baltimore CVS workers who saw their stores burned down in the riots earlier this week are still getting paid.

(snip) But "given the extraordinary circumstances," CVS is paying those workers for their regularly scheduled hours while they try to transfer them to nearby stores, spokeswoman Carolyn Castel said.

In fact, "most" have already been working at other locations, she said. There are 20 other CVS stores in the city.
This coupled with the promise shown in the op above makes me happy. These employees still have a job, paychecks and will eventually be able to return to their community to continue their employment.
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