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O'Malley just hired Dave Hamrick (Obama's 2008 campaign adviser in NH/SC)

Hamrick
was a regional field director in Iowa for Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign, worked at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2004, and was the national political director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2005 when then-Representative Rahm Emanuel led the group’s efforts to reclaim a congressional majority.

He worked on grassroots efforts for Mr. Obama in New Hampshire and South Carolina during the primaries in 2008, and later in Michigan and Pennsylvania during the general election. He went on to found the group New Partners Consulting with Obama campaign alumni.

In a statement, Mr. O’Malley, who has been modeling his himself as an insurgent outsider, called Mr. Hamrick the “perfect choice.”

“He brings a tremendous amount of political experience and a strong grasp for Iowa politics,” Mr. O’Malley, whose hopes are banking heavily on beating expectations in the caucuses state, said. “Plus, he shares my admiration for our nation’s poet laureate, Bruce Springsteen, and has seen him in concert more than 50 times.”


http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/06/28/martin-omalley-taps-dave-hamrick-obama-veteran-as-campaign-manager/

Hamrick will join senior campaign adviser Bill Hyers (the guy behind Bill de Blasio's campaigns)

O’Malley talks jobs, student debt and environmental change

Democratic presidential candidate Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley fielded questions from a crowd of more than 100 Sunday afternoon during a house party at the home of Carolyn and John Klaus in Ames.

“I think he is a guy who can create some opportunities for us all,” John Klaus said to the crowd who filed into the his backyard with lawn chairs in hand to hear O’Malley speak.


and

As one solution to stimulate the American economy, O’Malley supports immigration reform. He said that 75 percent of Americans are earning the same or less than they did 12 years ago, and something has to be done to improve the economy and wages.



Whole article at:

http://amestrib.com/news/o-malley-talks-jobs-student-debt-and-environmental-change

x-posted from the O'Malley Group

O’Malley talks jobs, student debt and environmental change

Democratic presidential candidate Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley fielded questions from a crowd of more than 100 Sunday afternoon during a house party at the home of Carolyn and John Klaus in Ames.

“I think he is a guy who can create some opportunities for us all,” John Klaus said to the crowd who filed into the his backyard with lawn chairs in hand to hear O’Malley speak.


and

As one solution to stimulate the American economy, O’Malley supports immigration reform. He said that 75 percent of Americans are earning the same or less than they did 12 years ago, and something has to be done to improve the economy and wages.



Whole article at:

http://amestrib.com/news/o-malley-talks-jobs-student-debt-and-environmental-change

The libertarian news site, The Intercept and some DUers have charged that O'Malley is DLC

Despite their assertions, O'Malley was never a member or co-chair of the DLC. Here's a 2002 article on how O'Malley rejected membership in the DLC.

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2002-12-04/news/0212040053_1_martin-omalley-democratic-leadership-council-democratic-party

Some excerpts:

O'Malley said he was recruited to join the DLC soon after he was elected mayor three years ago. He said that although he enjoys debating strategy with the organization, he doesn't subscribe to all the positions of its leadership.

He said he made clear his differences in discussions that included leaders such as Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut and Evan Bayh of Indiana and focused on what the council calls the "battle over the soul of the Democratic Party."


and

O'Malley is neither an "old" nor a "new" Democrat. He's of a younger generation than the baby boomers who dominate the Democratic Party and founded the DLC. As his supporters often point out, O'Malley is a post-civil rights era Democrat who is not replaying the riots of 1968 in his mind and is not locked into the racial and ideological clashes of that period.

"O'Malley is very difficult to categorize," said Carol Arscott, an Annapolis-based pollster. "His opposition to the death penalty clearly doesn't fit into the DLC mold."

"No fighter jet or troop battalion will keep us as safe as a vibrant economy, a strong democracy,

& a growing middle class." - Martin O'Malley

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1251&pid=414805

Someone in GD:P accused O'Malley of being a moderate.

O'Malley

Raised taxes on the rich in Maryland
Closed Maryland's most abusive prison
Ended the death penalty, commuted the sentences of those remaining on death row
Allowed felons who served their time the right to vote
Doubled drug treatment programs in Maryland
Raised the minimum wage
Prevented fracking
Supported the dream act and took in more refugees than any other state per capita
Provided health insurance for 380,000
Reduced infant mortality to an all time low.
Froze college tuition
Expanded early voting and same-day voter registration
Expanded Pre-K
Increased minority hiring of the police
Created a civilian review board for the police
Reduced police shootings to their lowest level in a decade.
Decriminalized small amounts of marijuana
Doubled the states investment in renewable energy
Signed a state Lilly Ledbetter Civil Rights Restoration Act
helped Maryland become the first state in the nation ever to defend marriage equality at the ballot box
Added gender identity and expression to its anti-discrimination laws.


If these liberal accomplishments make him a moderate, then we need more moderates. There are not many liberals or progressives that can point to such a record of accomplishments. It is time to cut out the "he's a moderate or centrist" malarkey.

Martin O'Malley praises the SCOTUS decision on fair housing.

Today's Fair Housing decision is an important win for justice and opportunity in our cities & communities


This didn't get a lot of attention on DU, but:


Civil rights groups won a victory Thursday, as the Supreme Court ruled that claims of racial discrimination in housing cases shouldn't be limited by questions of intent.

The court affirmed a Court of Appeals decision in a case in which a nonprofit group, the Inclusive Communities Project, said that the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs had contributed to "segregated housing patterns by allocating too many tax credits to housing in predominantly black inner-city areas and too few in predominantly white suburban neighborhoods."

The 5-4 ruling endorses the notion of citing disparate impact in housing cases, meaning that statistics and other evidence can be used to show decisions and practices have discriminatory effects — without proving that they're the result of discriminatory intentions.


Whole NPR article here:
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/06/25/417433460/in-fair-housing-act-case-supreme-court-backs-disparate-impact-claims

"Now that this ideological attempt to stop ACA failed, we must redouble our efforts to bring health

care to every person in this nation." - Martin O'Malley

McAuliffe creates commission to study bringing parole back to Virginia

RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that he will create a commission to study reinstating parole in Virginia, two decades after it was abolished by former governor George Allen.


Whole article here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/mcauliffe-creates-commission-to-study-bringing-parole-back-to-virginia/2015/06/24/1a10c106-1a7b-11e5-bd7f-4611a60dd8e5_story.html?wpisrc=nl_buzz

x-posted from the Virginia Group

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