Martin O’Malley Ramps Up 2016 Presidential Bid by Striking Populist Tone

Martin O'Malley Ramps Up 2016 Presidential Bid by Striking Populist Tone

Martin O’Malley Ramps Up 2016 Presidential Bid by Striking Populist Tone (Photo Credit: Martin O’Malley YouTube Channel)

Martin O’Malley strikes populist tone

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is striking a populist tone as he ramps up his 2016 presidential bid. It would be in Hillary Clinton’s best interest not to ignore the impact he could have on progressives during the primary season.

Martin O’Malley’s YouTube channel is an indication of where he’s heading — to the campaign trail.

In his latest YouTube video, O’Malley called for equal pay for equal work, marriage equality, the DREAM Act, drivers’ licenses for new American immigrants. He said “it’s all about fuller participation in the social, the economic and in the political life of our country.” If that’s not a populist tone, then I don’t know what is.

I recall back in 2008, Hillary Clinton miscalculated the strength of Barack Obama and snatched defeat from the jaw of victory. If Martin O’Malley can get a strong machine behind him, he could pose a formidable threats.

Maya Harris Key to Hillary Clinton Getting High Women of Color Turnout on Election Day

Maya Harris Key to Hillary Clinton High Women of Color Turnout on Election Day

Maya Harris (r) Key to Hillary Clinton High Women of Color Turnout on Election Day (Photo Credit: Twitter via @MayaHarris)

Maya Harris, key to Hillary Clinton getting high women of color turnout on Election Day.

Maya Harris, the sister of California Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris, is one of Hillary Clinton’s most interesting campaign hire so far. Last Tuesday, the Clinton campaign named three wonks to lead her policy team – Jake Sullivan, a top aide during her stint at the State Department, Ann O’Leary, who worked as legislative director in her Senate office, and Maya Harris, who isn’t a known member of Clinton’s inner circle.

Maya Harris did not hold a key position in the Clinton State Department, Senate office or even her 2008 presidential campaign. Harris, a law professor and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, published a paper that may hold the key to why Hillary Clinton hired her in the first place. The paper may help Clinton expand the Barack Obama coalition that helped him beat John McCain and Mitt Romney by wide margins in 2008 and 2012 — women, particularly women of color.

Harris’ paper, entitled “Women of Color: A Growing Force in the American Electorate,” issues a scathing rebuke of politicians and political strategists of only addressing the concerns of women of color “as a part of broader efforts aimed at womeen, youth, or a specific racial or ethnic group.” Harris argues that women of color are their own fast-growing voting bloc. She maintains that any politician who wants to win must make sure that “their interests are priorities on the policy agenda.”

Harris writes, “As the 2008, 2012, and 2013 elections demonstrated, women of color are a key, emerging voting bloc with the potential to significantly affect electoral outcomes.” While Barack Obama lagged with white women voters, he overwhelming got the voters of women of color. The same held true for Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial race. She writes, “turnout by women of color in an off-year election helped provide Terry McAuliffe (D) the margin of victory in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial election.”

“In the past two years [2012 & 2013], more than 2 million women of color have joined the vote-eligible population. As more people of color participate in elections, demographic trends suggest that women of color will become increasingly prominent electoral players,” Harris writes.

Maya Harris doesn’t simply address how to win the votes of women of color in elections. She addresses why politicians should try to go after this key demographic. “Women are the country’s largest voting bloc, and women of color are the fastest-growing segment of that group,” she writes. She goes on to note that “women of color represent 74 percnt of the growth in eligible women voters since 2000.”

Harris tweeted that “ are nearly 90% of overall voting-eligible population growth for women since 2012.” Here is a chart that show the importance of women of color voting bloc:

Fast-growing Women of Color Voting Bloc

Fast-growing Women of Color Voting Bloc

It will be interesting to see if Hillary Clinton can sustain the Obama coalition that came out in large numbers — women, black voters, Hispanics, LGBT and young voters. Many on the right believe Hillary Clinton won’t be able to sustain the minority turnout on election day, but the fact that she hired Maya Harris signals that the campaign is serious about expanding that coalition. Harris’ point is that most of the voters in the Obama coalition were women. Hillary Clinton can sustain that coalition. She just has to give them a good reason to turn out.

The numbers are on Hillary Clinton’s side, as the Republican Party continues to alienate women voters, particularly women of color, with playing politics with the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the country’s first black female Attorney General. While their actions may not be racially motivated, it certainly sends the message to black voters that the Republicans have little use for us. The Republicans are relying on the white male demographic to win, but that alone can’t get them into the White House. Hillary Clinton must deliver policy appealing directly to women, particularly women of color, to drive high turnout in 2016. She has to go where Barack Obama didn’t go with formulating policy that appealed to black voters. Maya Harris is the adviser who has a proven track record in understanding how to use policy to bring women of color to the polls.

Stephen King on 2016 GOP Candidates: “I Thought I was Supposed to Write the Horror Stories”

Stephen King on 2016 GOP Candidates: "I Thought I was Supposed to Write the Horror Stories"

Stephen King on 2016 GOP Candidates: “I Thought I was Supposed to Write the Horror Stories” (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Author Stephen King slams 2016 GOP presidential candidates

Author Stephen King didn’t hide his feelings about the current slate of Republican presidential candidates, tweeting, ” I thought I was supposed to write the horror stories.” LOL.

Stephen King went after the GOP over the religious freedom laws that have been passed in states such as Indiana and Mississippi.

Marco Rubio State Health Plan, Rubiocare, Only Signed Up 80 People

Marco Rubio State Health Reform, Rubiocare, Only Signed Up 80 People

Marco Rubio State Health Reform, Rubiocare, Only Signed Up 80 People (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Only 80 signed up for Rubiocare since 2008

Marco Rubio’s signature state healthcare legislation (Rubiocare) only signed up 80 people since it went live in 2008. Um, not 80,000 — 80. That’s opposed to the 1.6 million in Florida alone who signed up for Obamacare, which he wants to repeal.

“It’s about competition, it’s about choice, and it’s about the marketplace,” he told The Palm Beach Post at the time. Florida Health Choices, which finally opened last year, now covers 80 people.

Obamacare, which Rubio wants to repeal, covers 1.6 million in Florida alone. And 93 percent of them are subsidized.

Of course, Marco Rubio would prefer not to talk about his successful health care plan. It’s sound better to thrash Obamacare, which has clearly been more successful. He’s trying to pull a Mitt Romney.

Rubio’s spokeswoman, Brooke Sammon, said “It is unfortunate that this disastrous healthcare law is impacting the Florida Health Choices program, which is exactly the kind of consumer-based healthcare solution Americans are looking for.” Um, that’s all 80 of them. LOL.

George W. Bush Admits Jeb Bush’s Candidacy Has a “Me” Problem

George W. Bush Admits Jeb Bush's Candidacy Has a "Me" Problem

George W. Bush Admits Jeb Bush’s Candidacy Has a “Me” Problem (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Jeb Bush’s biggest problem in 2016 is George W. Bush

Former president George W. Bush admitted what most of us knew was true of his brother, Jeb Bush, that he has a “me” problem. Yep, he is tied to his sibling in every way possible. GWB is Jeb Bush’s biggest problem in 2016.

“It’s an easy line to say, ‘Haven’t we had enough Bushes?’ After all, even my mother said, ‘Yes,’” the former president told an audience of 7,000 health IT experts here on Wednesday.

“That’s why you won’t see me out there, and he doesn’t need to defend me, and he’s totally different from me. The role of family is not to be a political adviser or a policy adviser — there are plenty of those around — the role is to say, ‘Hey man, I love you.’

“The president needs people around him who are there to say they want to help. Imagine if instead Laura had been saying to me, ‘What the hell did you get us into this for?’ You’re living in a museum. It’s cold. It’s not your furniture. It’s Jefferson’s furniture.” Source: Politico

Um, no surprise here…Jeb Bush has a George W. Bush problem that will dog him on the campaign trail. Well, just as soon as the rest of the GOP field figures out that Hillary Clinton isn’t their immediate adversary.

Laura Ingraham Says Hillary Clinton is Acting Like Beyonce Or Rihanna

Laura Ingraham Says Hillary Clinton is Acting Like Beyonce and Rihanna

Laura Ingraham Says Hillary Clinton is Acting Like Beyonce and Rihanna (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Conservative radio host and television personality Laura Ingraham compared Hillary Clinton to Beyonce or Rihanna. Um, how are they acting? Besides, it’s no coincidence Ingraham mentioned two black entertainers.

Gov. Chris Christie’s “2016 Obituary” Already Written, But He Remains Unfazed

Chris Christie's "2016 Obituary" Already Written, But He Remains Unfazed

Chris Christie’s “2016 Obituary” Already Written, But He Remains Unfazed (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey/Flickr)

Chris Christie’s “2016 obituary” already written

New Jersey Chris Christie said he could beat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Now that’s funny…LMAO.

Politico: “Dogged by six months of scandals, anemic polling numbers and his home state’s fiscal problems, the New Jersey governor is barreling into New Hampshire this week, unfazed that his 2016 obituary has already been written.”

“Just as with Sen. John McCain before him, New Hampshire represents Christie’s best chance at getting back in the game, a stylistic match, the governor’s advisers believe, for another authentic, straight-talking candidate. But no amount of plain talk and authenticity can gloss over the predicament the New Jersey governor finds himself in. Catching fire in New Hampshire won’t be easy — he’s currently polling behind seven other Republican candidates there.”

Gravestone of Hillary Clinton’s Dad, Hugh Rodham, Found Toppled Over

Gravestone of Hillary Clinton's Dad, Hugh Rodham, Found Toppled

Gravestone of Hillary Clinton’s Dad, Hugh Rodham, Found Toppled (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hillary Clinton’s dad gravestone toppled

The gravestone of Hillary Clinton’s father, Hugh Rodham, was found toppled over in a Scranton cemetery, police said. Was someone trying to make a political statement? If so, that’s just sick.

Police Chief Carl Graziano said someone in the Washburn Street Cemetery reported that the stone was tipped over Tuesday morning, the Times-Tribune reports. It is not clear if it was tipped over, but Graziano believes it may have been the work of vandals.

It is ironic because the desecration of Hugh Rodham’s grave came as Hillary Clinton announced her 2016 presidential campaign.

I will echo the sentiments of McGloin, “I hope this had nothing to do with politics because that’s just wrong.”

Hillary Clinton Outlines Presidential Campaign Platform During Iowa Event

Hillary Clinton Outlines Presidential Campaign Platform During Iowa Event

Hillary Clinton Outlines Presidential Campaign Platform During Iowa Event

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlined the four pillars of her presidential campaign at an event in Iowa:  economy, strengthening communities and families, fix politica system and protect the nation.

Clinton is in her wheelhouse in a small setting, engaging and talking with her audience. The Republican presidential candidates had better take note. She’s no slouch and this setting helped get her elected as a senator.

Mrs. Clinton talked about her parents and how they helped her achieve greatness. She also talked about her tireless work for children and the poor.

She paid props to community colleges saying a lot of innovation came from that learning environment. She said she is thrilled to be starting her presidential campaign at a community college in Iowa. She said we have to “listen to each other again.” “Work with each other again” and put the partisan stuff aside.

European Foreign Ministers Back Hillary Clinton for President

European Foreign Ministers Back Hillary Clinton for President

European Foreign Ministers Back Hillary Clinton for President (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey/Flickr)

Hillary Clinton for president

“The foreign ministers of Germany and France appear to have come close to breaking with diplomatic convention by publicly backing Hillary Clinton’s bid for the US presidency,” the Guardian reports.

This is a huge boost for Clinton as Republican presidential candidates such as Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz are trying to paint her as a horrible secretary of state.

We are watching to see Hillary Clinton’s outreach to the black community as her campaign gets underway. This is a key demographic that she needs to win.