Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley came out swinging today on Meet the Press. He took on Bohener and the GOP's latest talking points and said we need an urban agenda.
Former Maryland Governor O'Malley has spent the past two days on the ground in Baltimore the city he loves and governed as Mayor from 1999 - 2007. While he's been in Baltimore, the national media has been having a field day hammering him and digging up his old critics to take a swing at him. MSNBC puts on a former Baltimore cop who was fired over ethics issues to say there will be a riot if O'Malley comes to Baltimore while O'Malley is on the streets passing out food and hugging citizens. The media breathlessly reports David Simon's (The Wire, Homicide Life in the Streets) claim that the riots in Baltimore can laid at O'Malley's feet. Simon who has spent the past decade feuding with O'Malley over crime policy, the drug war, money, permission to film in Baltimore and Simon's portrayal of Baltimore as a city of despair.
Former Baltimore Mayor and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has been getting slammed in the media and by some here for what happened to Freddie Gray and for the Baltimore riots. His critics say that his zero tolerance policy on crime is what created the situation in Baltimore these past few weeks. I'd say that is too simplistic and ignores what Baltimore was before O'Malley became mayor and what Baltimore was like when he left the Mayor's office.
In the weeks that come, it will be worth talking about O'Malley's tenure as Mayor in depth. There is the good - lower crime rates, more diverse police force, decrease in police-involved shootings, and excessive force complaints, creation of community boards to police the police, increased funding for after school and community programs to keep kids off the streets. The bad - zero tolerance and areas of Baltimore that were left behind. That won't be enough for those eager to blame all of Baltimore's woes on O'Malley. But, I hope others will be interested in that discussion.
But, that isn't what I want to talk about tonight. I want to talk about leadership.
Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley first came to my attention during the child refugee crisis last summer. He was one of the few to push back against the White House's plan to deport these children. While I am a huge supporter of President Obama, I thought the WH decision to send these children back is against everything we stand for as a country. What he said while at the National Governor's Association was delivered with passion and conviction and made me start to take O'Malley seriously as a candidate for 2016:
“Through all of the great world religions we are told that hospitality to strangers is an essential human dignity,” O’Malley said. “It is a belief that unites all of us. And I have watched the pictures of young kids who have traveled for thousands of miles. I can only imagine, as a father of four, the heartbreak that those parents must have felt in sending their children across a desert where they can be muled and trafficked or used or killed or tortured. But with the hope, the hope, that they would reach the United States and that their children would be protected from what they were facing at home, which was the likelihood of being recruited into gangs and dying a violent death.”
We have to do right not just by these kids but by our kids and protect the children who are here, put them in the least restrictive settings, get them out of these detention centers and these kennels where they are being cooped up, and operate as the good and generous people that we have always been,” he added. “That’s what’s at stake here, as well as the lives of these kids.”
Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley gave an economic speech at the Kennedy School of Politics at Harvard last night. He laid out his 5-point economic agenda and then had a great Q&A session with attendees.
” O’Malley presented a five-part plan for economic change that would focus on wage policies, public investments, financial accountability, better trade deals, and expanded Social Security.
While Hillary Clinton has been spending the past few months selling her book and shooting herself in the foot with Democratic voters, Martin O'Malley and Elizabeth Warren have been working hard at GOTV for the 2014 midterms, attacking Republicans and talking up the Democratic Party.
Speaking at a Press Conference at the the National Governors Association, Governor Martin O'Malley urges compassion for the children refugees who have flooded in from Central America.
We are not a country that should send children away and send them back to certain death. I believe that we should be guided by the greatest power we have as a people, and that is the power of our principles.
In yet another sign that he is gearing up for a presidential run, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has released statements criticizing the latest SOTUS decisions.
Yes, it is way too early to talk about 2016. But, since there have already been so many Hillary 2016 pro and con diaries posted and I have spent way too much time complaining about Hillary, I thought I would instead discuss why I am backing Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.
The amazing actress Connie Britton who played Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights and FNL executive producer, Sarah Aubrey, rips Romney in a new USA Editorial for using "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts" motto from the show and shows how Obama's policies would have improved the lives of the FNL characters. The whole editorial is a must-read. Below are excerpts from it:
Romney is set to give a big foreign policy speech later today and he's going to use it compare the U.S. deaths in Libya to the 9/11 attacks in the U.S.
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