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I'm assuming most here understand the concept of http://en.wikipedia.org/.... At its most basic level, this law enforcement theory says that if you more aggressively pursue law enforcement for even the smallest crimes (e.g. loitering, littering, minor vandalism like graffiti, public drunkenness and open container violations, etc etc) then the rate of more serious and more violent crimes will diminish. It first came about in the early 1980s and became all the rage in many, many jurisdictions across the US in the 1980s. It was probably made very famous, or infamous, based on your personal perspective in the 1990s in New York City by Mayor Rudy Guiliani and Police Commissioner William Bratton. The same approach was adopted in places like Albuquerque, New Mexico (Safe Streets Program) and Lowell, Massachusetts, with much success. Interestingly enough, it was also tried in the very progressive Netherlands where positive results were achieved and documented in Science Magazine.

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Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders were the big hits at the South Carolina Democratic Convention today. Both received several standing ovations during their speeches to the audience of Democratic delegates from all over the state.

Jim Webb was absent, presumably because he said he was going to the White House Correspondence Dinner. Odd, because Martin O'Malley was there too. Hillary Clinton was absent at both. But, she made a video appearance.

Below the fold for the details.

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Just putting this up there for those interested/watching.

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Last week, I wrote a diary about Martin O'Malley's views of the Student Loan Crisis.
There's no doubt that one of the most important issues that needs to be discussed and debated in the upcoming 2016 Presidential primaries needs to be the student loan crisis. Bluntly, student loan debt is damning an entire generation to a future of impoverishment and lost opportunity. Bloomberg presents 3 simple charts which puts this nightmare into pictures. First, total student loans debt has steadily increased from $500B in 2006 to over $1.3T today. As the Federal Government has taken over the student loan business, debt held by the Federal Government has hockey-sticked from $15B in 2011 to over $850B today. Today, student loan debt now comprises almost 50% of Federally owned financial assets. This is a problem which must be addressed.
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For Democrats who care about our bedrock Democratic principles like standing up for the American worker and the middle class, this past few weeks have certainly been discouraging as we see yet another trade agreement being shoved down our throats. The American worker has been racing to the bottom for more than two decades and now, with the TPP, we're putting our foot on the accelarator.

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I have my own personal theory for how people vote. Setting aside blind partisans who just pull a lever for one party or another without even a fundamental grasp of what the candidates stand forI think when informed voters are faced with a choice of two good candidates, they make their choice based on who they see as the most principled, who they believe is most authentic, and whether or not the candidate is not just perceived as a leader, but has demonstrated real leadership.

I'm sure many can argue about and pick apart what I just said, but thats my opinion based on my lifelong experience.

So, I want to explain how I decided Martin O'Malley best exhibits these three qualities and why I believe he's the best choice for progressive Democrats in 2016.

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Tue Apr 21, 2015 at 04:58 PM PDT

O'Malley: Against the TPP

by fcvaguy

Watching President Obama tonight on Chris Matthews. First, I love this President and I think he's done a great job. I'm listening to his defense of the TPP and honestly I feel even less convinced than before. For months I've struggled with where he's coming from with the TPP. There's not been a trade deal in modern America which was good for this country and not one that helped our workers. In fact, they've all hurt our workers as these deals have created an environment where we are racing to the bottom in wages and environmental standards, competing with countries with lower standards of living, less safety, less quality, and worse conditions for workers. And, there's no reason to believe that the TPP will be any different than the other trade agreements this country has signed.

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Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 03:19 PM PDT

PRIDE

by fcvaguy

Pride
I had the pleasure of watching a great move last night. The film is called "PRIDE". It was recommended to me by some friends while I was at a pub in London this past weekend. Very few movies really stir and move me, but this one did in such a way that I felt I needed to share my thoughts.
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National Public Radio (NPR) played its interview with Martin O'Malley this morning. Interviewing him was Steve Inskeep. Inskeep asked O'Malley several questions over a broad range of topics.

Below the fold, I will try to summarize. I've also posted the full transcript for those interested. What's remarkable for me is the directness of his responses, framing solutions to big problems in straightforward, common sense terms.

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Sun Apr 19, 2015 at 09:04 AM PDT

Martin O'Malley on Student Loan Debt

by fcvaguy

There's no doubt that one of the most important issues that needs to be discussed and debated in the upcoming 2016 Presidential primaries needs to be the student loan crisis. Bluntly, student loan debt is damning an entire generation to a future of impoverishment and lost opportunity. Bloomberg presents 3 simple charts which puts this nightmare into pictures. First, total student loans debt has steadily increased from $500B in 2006 to over $1.3T today. As the Federal Government has taken over the student loan business, debt held by the Federal Government has hockey-sticked from $15B in 2011 to over $850B today. Today, student loan debt now comprises almost 50% of Federally owned financial assets. This is a problem which must be addressed.

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Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 03:14 AM PDT

O'Malley Proposes $15 Minimum Wage

by fcvaguy

Martin O'Malley continues to step up as a full throated, unabashed Democrat who embraces core Democratic values. Follow me below the fold to see how he's doing it.

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Thu Apr 16, 2015 at 02:51 PM PDT

O'Malley Starts To Take the Gloves Off

by fcvaguy

I'm glad to see Martin O'Malley making the differences clear between himself and Hillary Clinton. While there are many differences ranging from the TPP to Wall Street, to Marriage Equality, Martin O'Malley has chosen to focus on one that not only tells us the differences between himself and Hillary Clinton but how that issue shows how different they are as leaders. More below.....

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