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Thursday night conference calls say O'Malley "more inclined than ever" to run.

"O’Malley steps up planning for White House bid"

"Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley made it clearer than ever that he will run for president in 2016 during a series of conference calls Thursday night with friends, former staffers and other supporters, participants in those calls said.

"O’Malley stopped short of explicitly confirming his bid for the White House, participants said. But he and aides outlined fundraising plans for the coming weeks and unveiled a new Web site to help build a crowd for a 'special announcement' on May 30 in Baltimore, where he served as mayor for seven years."

Read more here:


Website where you can sign up to attend the official announcement in Baltimore:


O'Malley in New Hampshire

O'Malley discusses his potential candidacy in New Hampshire. In addition to campaign strategy and issues important to his potential campaign, he compares being a musician in a band to executive experience:

"In Concord yesterday afternoon, O’Malley said there’s probably some crossover between his musical pursuits and his life as a public servant.

“'I have found that the skills that allow a person to stand in the center of a band playing different instruments at the same tempo at the same pitch at the same rhythm and hopefully usually according to the same melody line and chord progressions is a discipline that has also helped me to become a good executive,' he said."

Read the entire article here:


O'Malley to Announce on May 30

From the Washington Post:

"DURHAM, N.H. -- Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, who has been ramping up for a potential White House bid, plans to make an announcement about his political future on May 30 in Baltimore, aides said Wednesday.

"O'Malley, who is widely expected to run for the Democratic nomination, will tell donors and other supporters about the announcement in a conference call scheduled for Thursday night, according to aides who requested anonymity in order to speak more freely."

Read more here:


Website where you can sign up to attend the official announcement in Baltimore on May 30:


Martin O'Malley Speaks Against TPP in New Hampshire

"Martin O’Malley Holds Firm Against Trade Deals"


"What Martin O’Malley Hopes to Learn from Gary Hart"

Time Magazine article about O'Malley's long-term ties to veteran campaigners and supporters of Gary Hart:


Martin O'Malley Interviewed by James Fallows

Here is a link to a video of Martin O'Malley's interview with James Fallows:


Tad Devine and Bernie Sanders' Campaign Strategy

Here is an article written for the National Journal in 2014 (by Rebecca Nelson) that might shed some light on Bernie Sanders' campaign strategy:


"The Problem with Bernie Sanders," by Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith, from socialistworker.org, believes that Bernie's running as a democrat will help Hillary Clinton more than it will help the plight of workers in this country.


It is a long article, and any summary would not do justice to the numerous points it makes.

Comparing Positions of the Democratic Candidates, from the Washington Post

A Simple Guide to the Real Differences Between the Democratic Candidates for President


What interests me here is Bernie's alleged position against gun control. Otherwise, his positions and those of O'Malley seem identical.

It seems odd to me that the Washington Post considers O'Malley to be a candidate, even before he has announced.

The Real Problem for Republicans: Too Much Money

My Summary:

Republicans have an unusual problem this election season: Too much money. The involvement of billionaires allows a proliferation of candidates, without the usual winnowing out process of candidates who fall by the wayside when they run out of money.

Excerpt and Link:

Primaries are a killing field. Their purpose is to kill nonviable contenders and get their bodies off the field as quickly as possible. Then the party can close ranks around the winner. But if the dying candidates still have money, they can continue to campaign, harass the front-runner, collect votes and win delegates.

Where is all the money coming from? It’s not the “one percent” — it’s the top one percent of the one percent. The billionaires who have been making out like bandits while working Americans are falling further and further behind. Graham told New Hampshire voters, “What I worry about is that we are turning campaigns over to about 100 people in this country, and they are going to be able to advocate their cause at the expense of your cause.”

Case in point: Billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, who say they are prepared to spend nearly a billion dollars to elect a Republican. So far, they’ve narrowed their choice to five candidates (Cruz, Walker, Bush, Rubio and Paul).

Gingrich said recently that wealthy donors could decide, “This year, instead of buying a new yacht, I’m going to spend $70 million on a candidate.”

Yachts, candidates — all playthings for the super-rich.

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