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Martin O'Malley expected to announce presidential bid in late-May

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/martin-omalley-forces-ramp-up-for-late-may-launch-117254.html

“There’s a base of progressives out there nationally looking for a voice, and they’ve been funding people for a while,” says O’Malley senior adviser Bill Hyers, who managed liberal darling Bill de Blasio’s New York mayoral campaign in 2013. “There’s definitely a group we can tap into that is looking for Gov. O’Malley.”

But as O’Malley seeks to sharpen the contrast with Clinton, aides said, he is unlikely to lash out at her directly anytime soon.
Instead, he will continue to point out her policy shifts, talk about a need for new leadership and tweet videos highlighting his stances on specific issues when he and Clinton disagree, according to people familiar with his plans.

While the O’Malley brain trust is invested in raising the likely candidate’s name recognition levels in the early-voting states, his advisers see no benefit in doing so by attacking Clinton, whose campaign looks and feels like a juggernaut. It’s not productive for O’Malley to become known for anti-Clinton attacks, they believe, preferring that he focus on specific issues — like strengthening Wall Street regulation and opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal — that excite liberals.

Ultimately, his strategists hope to position him as a liberal with executive experience, funded largely by a robust online donation operation.




SoP for the Martin O'Malley Group

The Martin O'Malley group serves as a safe haven to discuss and learn about Governor Martin O'Malley. As fellow Democrats, bashing other Democratic candidates is not acceptable. This is paramount to participation in this group.

New Jersey sending NJ State Troopers to Baltimore:

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/chris-christie-freddie-gray-baltimore
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced on Tuesday via Twitter that he would be sending 150 state troopers to assist Maryland in its response to the violence unfurling in Baltimore.

The violence that began on Monday was tied to protests, which sought answers about the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a severed spinal cord while in police custody and died. Maryland's governor also announced some 2,000 national guardsmen would be dispatched to help stop the violence.


Is it just me, or does this seem like a really bad idea?

Larry Hogan (Maryland Gov) is, IMO, sending a message that Maryland State troopers alongside the state's national Guard can't take care of this. I really don't think the people of Baltimore will take too kindly to 'outsiders' policing their city. I know I wouldn't like it if it happened in my city.

… and then there's the optics of Christie sending state police when "the blacks" riot, but is mum when "the whites" do it…

Has anyone had luck with using Milky Spore to rid themselves of grubs?

Specifically these:

I was prepping spoil for the garden and found a bunch. Went and bought some today and I hope it rids me of these nasty buggers this year.

They wiped out my dukes last year and now I see they are in my main veggie bed.

BOO.

Is there DU interest in Starting a Martin O'Malley group?

In recent weeks a lot of DU'rs have expressed interest in learning more about him and his positions.

He may or may not run for the Presidential nomination, and he may be even more viable as a VP candidate. So often, when his name is floated, there seems to be a lot of people that would like to know more about him, and I asked in AtA if it was possible if there is interest. http://www.democraticunderground.com/12597719

My intent, for the record, is NOT to be divisive now that Hillary Clinton has entered the race.

I believe it might be good for informational purposes.




Edited to fix a typo…

Wondering about a Martin O'Malley group

I am not sure if it makes sense, but the last week or so a lot of people have mentioned him as a possible Dem Nominee and many people want to learn more about him as such.

Do you think a O'Malley group would be a good idea to be used as an information clearinghouse so people could get more acquainted with him?

Thanks in advance,
Raine

Prince Doc: Hunting for the Secret Vault

8 minutes and it is really cool!

Going to see Martin O'Malley this evening! O'Malley's March is playing in DC!

http://birdhousestudio9.wix.com/omalleysmarch

If I get a chance, I will ask him if he is thinking about a run in the primaries!

Either way, he's a pretty good musician!

Delegate Rob Krupicka retiring (Va 45 district)

He'll be missed, that is for sure.

http://www.krupicka.com/blog/it-has-been-honor-serve

Serving the people of Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax has been one of the greatest honors of my life. For the past 12 years, I have had the chance to serve as an elected official in one of the most vibrant, diverse, civically-engaged places in the United States. It is always humbling to talk to my constituents because they always know so much about so many issues and they always teach me something.

Coming back from session this year, I was forced to evaluate the number of hours in the day and how I fill them. Between business, family, and public service, it is clear that I’m burning more candles at more ends than I can sustain.

I have a growing business with employees and investors that depend on me---a business that gives me a chance to put my values into action by supporting local non-profits, promoting a strong wage, and by giving people a second or third chance to get on their feet. I have also spent time in the last weeks reflecting on the fact that my family has tolerated me missing a lot due to public responsibilities.

Having spent over half of my adult life involved in public service in some way or another, it is time for me to step back from elected life to focus on my growing business and on my family. I don’t like to do anything halfway and the demands on my time make it impossible for me to be the engaged, active public servant that I have always tried to be.

I believe in Virginia’s part-time public service model. It is designed to minimize politics as a career and to give a variety of people the chance to serve and better the Commonwealth. It also inevitably creates conflict with an individual’s family, financial, and career needs. After 12 years, that conflict has become too stark for me.

There are many good people who have the time and passion to serve the 45th district well. I know the district will be well-served by whomever holds the 45th district delegate seat.

It will take years to say thank you to all my friends and family that have enabled my service and supported me over the years. You all put up with the all too frequent requests to volunteer or donate and much more. I know our work together has left things a bit better than we found them. I know we have more to do. I am looking forward to finishing my term, with a focus on my early childhood work, and then continuing civic activities and working with all of you through my business and as a community volunteer.

In Service,

Rob

In_The_Wind — where are you sister?

I haven't seen you in the past few days. I hope you are out enjoying some nice weather up in your area !
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