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Mon Jun 29, 2015, 10:18 AM

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.


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:


x-posted from the O'Malley Group

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2015, 10:33 AM

1. k&r

Martin O’Malley: Climate change can boost job growth

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who has recently called for the United States to be using 100 percent clean energy by 2050, said over the weekend in Iowa that climate change is actually a business opportunity that can spur job growth.

“The climate challenge is the greatest business opportunity to come to our country in 100 years,” he said, the Des Moines Register reported. “I believe that it can be a font of all sorts of job creation and renewable technology, green design, renewable energy and you’ve seen a little glimmer of it here with the wind in your state.”


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Third press gaggle of the day for @MartinOMalley #iacaucus

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Mon Jun 29, 2015, 10:38 AM

2. Question here!


I like Bernie's proposal for free higher education (I think it was said) for two years, paid for by HFT tax.

What is O'Malley's proposal for higher education?

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Mon Jun 29, 2015, 10:53 AM

3. From that article:

“I’ve heard the president’s idea of free community college,” O’Malley said. “I think that it is something worth pursuing and investing in.”

He also added ideas of lowering the student loan interest rate and increasing usage of income-based repayment to make loans more manageable.

Now here's O'Malley record on education:

In 2010, he received the NEA's ‘America’s Greatest Education Governor’. Here's what the NEA said about him.

“Governor O’Malley took office in 2007, just months before the nation plunged into a deep recession,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “Despite the economic devastation to his state, he kept his eye on the big picture—he understands that the recipe for economic recovery and success means preparing Maryland’s young people for the challenges of the 21st century.

“Governor O’Malley is a strong advocate for public education,” Van Roekel added. “He has made great strides in increasing school funding, expanding school programs, and taking the needs of the whole child into account in education policy decisions. O’Malley listens to parents, educators and community members when making policy decisions that affect Maryland’s public schools. He continues to be a champion of public education and truly believes, as we do, that education will lead to a brighter and better future for all of us.

“Lots of governors like to think of themselves as education governors, but Governor O’Malley has really earned that accolade.”

Note: this is from a press release and is not bound by copyright.

Under O’Malley, Maryland has made progress in closing the achievement gap. A key strategy has been the governor’s insistence that underprivileged and minority students be taught by teachers as highly qualified as those who teach economically advantaged students. That approach is paying off. In 2009, for example, 7.5 percent of Hispanic students and 9.6 percent of African-American students earned a score of 3 or better on at least one AP exam during high school. That’s up from 5.7 percent and 7 percent, respectively, in 2004.

O’Malley also secured a freeze on tuition to Maryland institutions of higher learning, making higher education more affordable for Marylanders.

"Public education is the cornerstone of our democracy, and especially in these difficult times, we must remember that it is also the key to moving our economy forward and the key to our future,” said O’Malley. “In Maryland, we've made some very tough decisions to protect funding for our schools, and it is paying off.

“We've worked with our Maryland teachers to create the No. 1 public school system in the nation. I'm honored that the NEA recognizes our strong partnership and the great results it has produced with this award.

“While as a country we don’t always do the best job at showing our appreciation,” O’Malley told NEA members, “your work is the answer to the great global challenges of our times and the key to unlocking our greatest job-creating potential and expanding our global leadership in a rapidly changing world. Improving pre-K, K-12, and post-secondary education is essential for unleashing the job-creating, life-saving, power of American innovation.”

NEA President Van Roekel presented the award to O’Malley in front of the 9,000 educators who are attending NEA’s Representative Assembly in New Orleans. The Maryland governor is only the third person to receive this award. Previous winners were Gov. Richardson of New Mexico and Gov. Easley of North Carolina.

Some of O’Malley’s other accomplishments: reinvigorating Maryland’s Career and Technology Education and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs statewide, and launching the comprehensive Maryland STEM Innovation Network to promote the delivery of high quality STEM education at all levels throughout the state.

“Governor O'Malley has consistently placed public education at the top of his agenda,” said Clara Floyd, president of the Maryland State Education Association."In the most difficult of economic times, he championed historic funding of K-12 public schools, which has increased student achievement and led us to become No. 1 in the nation.”

From here: http://www.nea.org/home/40032.htm

More on his actual education accomplishments here:

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Response to FSogol (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 29, 2015, 03:22 PM

4. Very good!


Sounds like a reasonable plan of action.

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Mon Jun 29, 2015, 09:30 PM

5. K&R nt

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