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.

Could Martin O’Malley Pose Primary Challenge to Hillary Clinton?

Martin O'Malley Hillary Clinton challenger

Could Martin O’Malley Pose Primary Challenge to Hillary Clinton? (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Could former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley pose a campaign challenge to Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations? I think so. In 2008, Clinton thought the Democratic Party nomination was all hers. Barack Obama proved her wrong. Could Martin O’Malley stage a similar upset?

O’Malley struck a populist tone in a recent speech. The Wall Street Journal said his “biggest applause line during a speech here this week came as he listed ways the U.S. could pay for a higher minimum wage, an expansion of Social Security and more spending on infrastructure and education.”

O’Malley said, “We do it by asking the wealthiest among us to believe enough in their country to actually make the sort of investments we made in other generations instead of offshoring their profits and offshoring their wealth.”

He recently dinged Republicans over their deep-seated hatred for President Obama:

Clinton aides aren’t ignoring Martin O’Malley. In fact, they believe he is the most viable alternative and that he will eventually gain the support of the liberal activists who are encouraging Elizabeth Warren to run. Barack Obama had low name recognition in 2008 and he won resoundingly twice. Martin O’Malley has the opportunity to introduce himself to the “American people on his own terms,” Politico reports.

I would urge black voters to get engaged and do not go solely on name recognition. We shouldn’t sit back and readily accept Hillary Clinton as the presumptive Democratic nominee and Jeb Bush on the Republican side.

Hillary Clinton to Announce Presidential Run This Weekend

Hillary Clinton to Announce Presidential Run This Weekend

Hillary Clinton to Announce Presidential Run This Weekend

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce her presidential run on Sunday, the Guardian reports.

“The former secretary of state is scheduled to declare her second run for president on Twitter at noon eastern time on Sunday… followed by a video and email announcement, then a series of conference calls mapping out a blitzkrieg tour beginning in Iowa and looking ahead to more early primary states.”

The polls are less than optimistic about a Hillary Clinton presidential bid, the Huffington Post reports. A bad poll never stopped a Clinton….

The Daily Beast reports that Hillary Clinton will kick off her presidential campaign with a bid to raise “an insane amount of money” that is expected to “dwarf anything seen in the history of presidential politics.”

One Hillary Clinton aide said, “They are going to raise in one week what some Republican presidential candidates are going to raise the entire cycle.”

So, will Jim Webb and Martin O’Malley throw their hats in the ring too?

Hillary Clinton Signs Lease for Campaign Headquarters in Brooklyn

Hillary Clinton Signs Lease for Campaign Headquarters in Brooklyn

Hillary Clinton Signs Lease for Campaign Headquarters in Brooklyn

A lease has reportedly been signed for Hillary Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, NY.

The campaign will work out of 1 Pierrepont Plaza in Brooklyn Heights, Politico reports.

“The campaign will occupy two full floors of the office building, which is close to 12 subways lines and a dozen bus lines, and will be taking them as is – no buildout. The Clinton team’s neighbors in the building will be Morgan Stanley and the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.”

Can Elizabeth Warren and Martin O’Malley Challenge Hillary Clinton for Democratic Nomination?

Can Elizabeth Warren and Martin O'Malley Challenge Hillary Clinton for Democratic Nomination?

Can Elizabeth Warren and Martin O’Malley Challenge Hillary Clinton for Democratic Nomination? (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Can Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination? Personally, I believe Warren is too liberal while O’Malley is a relative unknown. Still, Barack Obama was a relative unknown when he started the 2008 presidential campaign and ran a stellar campaign against the Clinton establishment the first time around. That’s why I am giving Martin O’Malley a second look. He certainly has less baggage than Clinton.

Martin O’Malley was well-received in Iowa during a recent appearance in Davenport. He blasted the GOP presidential contenders on their stance on income inequality.

“How ironic since their choices led to it,” he told The Des Moines Register in an interview Saturday. “This is their theory, and we tried it for the better part of these last 30 years: Concentrate wealth at the top, take regulation out of the equation and keep wages low. So for them now to say that they’re somehow very appalled and concerned about inequality is ironic, to put it most kindly.”

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During O’Malley’s appearance at the Scott County Democrats’ “Red, White and Blue Dinner,” he offered a prescription for “making the dream true again” that includes raising the minimum wage, expanding Social Security benefits, making pre-kindergarten universally available and ensuring equal pay for women. “Sing it with me people,” O’Malley said. “When women succeed, America succeeds.”

The speech, which drew multiple standing ovations, both underscored O’Malley’s opportunities and the challenges in the nation’s first presidential nominating state, where early polls show Clinton with a commanding lead and O’Malley barely registering. In interviews afterward, many Democratic activists said they were only starting to learn about O’Malley. Source: Des Moines Register

The Boston Globe is making the case for Elizabeth Warren. I like her a lot because she’s for the middle class, but I find some of her positions too liberal. She would have to move a little to the center for me.

Unlike Clinton, or any of the prospective Republican candidates, Warren has made closing the economic gaps in America her main political priority, in a career that has included standing up for homeowners facing illegal foreclosures and calling for more bankruptcy protections. If she runs, it’ll ensure that those issues take their rightful place at the center of the national political debate.

Some of Warren’s admirers feel she’d be better off fighting for those causes in the Senate — but her opportunities to enact reforms there are shrinking, which should make a presidential run more attractive. As a member of the minority party in the Senate, her effectiveness is now much more limited than when she first won election, since Republicans control the legislative agenda. Democrats face an uphill challenge to reclaim the Senate in 2016 and face even slimmer prospects in the House. For the foreseeable future, the best pathway Warren and other Democrats have for implementing their agenda runs through the White House.

A presidential campaign would test Warren as never before. Her views on foreign policy are not fully formed. And on many other important issues — climate change, gun control, civil rights — Warren could struggle to articulate clear differences between herself and Clinton. That’s a risk she should be willing to take.

It will be interesting to see who will step up and challenge Hillary Clinton. The path to the White House shouldn’t just be handed to another Clinton or another Bush, for that matter.

Nancy Pelosi: Hillary Clinton Can Help Democrats Win Back the House

Nancy Pelosi: Hillary Clinton Can Help Democrats Win Back the House

Nancy Pelosi: Hillary Clinton Can Help Democrats Win Back the House (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is singing to the choir. She believes that Hillary Clinton can help Democrats win back the House. Um, yeah, so they can squander any opportunities a Democratic House and White House (should Hillary Clinton run and win) may provide, as they did in the case of President Obama.

“If she runs, she will win the nomination. And if she’s our nominee, she clearly — I mean, the campaign, the joint effort — would be one that could not only take her into office but would [pull Democrats to victory],” Pelosi said.

“There’s opportunity, all kinds of statistics now about if the Democrats have a presidential candidate who … wins by 52 percent — that’s over 20 [House] seats,” Pelosi added. “And so 53 [percent] is a victory [for House Democrats].”

The minority leader acknowledged the headwinds facing House Democrats, who would need to pick up a whopping 30 seats to win the chamber, and she emphasized that the party’s presidential nominee is a long way from being decided.

Bold predictions are nothing new for Pelosi, who, among many other duties, has a responsibility to appear unwavering about the party’s election odds in order not to dissuade donors. Source: The Hill

Nancy Pelosi has made these bold claims in the past. Remember 2010? She boldly proclaimed the Democrats would win and um, they got a shellacking.

GOP Pollster: Early Voting Among Blacks Outpacing 2010 Midterm Elections

GOP Pollster: Early Voting Among Blacks Outpacing 2010 Midterm Elections

GOP Pollster: Early Voting Among Blacks Outpacing 2010 Midterm Elections

Right-leaning pollster Mark Rountree is causing the ground to rumble under Republicans after a recent poll he conducted found early voting among black voters in Georgia is outpacing 2010. The Republicans would rather see black voters stay home if they aren’t voting for their candidates.

According to a recent WSB-TV poll (done via Rountree’s Landmark Communications), of the 307,703 voters who have cast ballots in early voting, 30 percent are black while 60 percent are white. For the same period in 2010, 26 percent of the 253,999 early voters were black, while 72 percent were white.

Check out Mark Rountree’s calculations here.

 

Emory Backtracks on Claims DeKalb Threatened to Cut Sewer Lines Over Ebola Patients

DeKalb County Threatened to Cut Emory Sewer Lines Over Ebola Patients

DeKalb County Threatened to Cut Emory Sewer Lines Over Ebola Fears (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

EBOLA VIRUS: DeKalb County threatened to cut off the sewer lines to Emory University in August, when Ebola patients, Dr. Kent Brantly and mission worker Nancy Writebol, arrived at the hospital for treatment, the New York Times reports:

Federal health officials have offered repeated assurances that most American hospitals can safely treat Ebola, but Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, which had years of preparation for just such a crisis, found out how hard that is while it cared for three Ebola patients.

As doctors and nurses there worked to keep desperately ill patients alive in August, the county threatened to disconnect Emory from sewer lines if Ebola wastes went down the drain. The company that hauled medical trash to the incinerator refused to take anything used on an Ebola patient unless it was sterilized first. Couriers would not drive the patients’ blood samples a few blocks away for testing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And pizza places would not deliver to staff members in any part of the hospital.

This comes as the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll found a majority of Americans are concerned about the deadly virus:

Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they are concerned about an Ebola outbreak in the United States, and about the same amount say they want flight restrictions from the countries in West Africa where the disease has quickly spread.

A new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News shows 67 percent of people say they would support restricting entry to the United States from countries struggling with Ebola. Another 91 percent would like to see stricter screening procedures at U.S. airports in response to the disease’s spread.

Ebola has entered the political fray. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is testing an Internet ad blaming the GOP-led budget cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and other health agencies for a lack of preparation in a potential pandemic, while protecting tax breaks for special interests like big oil:

Ebola enters politics as Democrats blame GOP for budget cuts to CDC

Ebola enters politics as Democrats blame GOP for budget cuts to CDC

This comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that Ebola epidemic could lead to failed states, BBC News reports. WHO chief Margaret Chan ssaid the outbreak, which has killed about 4,000 people in West Africa, has led to a “crisis for international peace and security.” She warned that the cost of panic is “spreading faster than the virus,” BBC News reports.

UPDATE # 10/14/14 5:09 P.M.:  Emory is backtracking on claims DeKalb County threatened to cut sewer lines over Ebola patients. Vincent Dollard, associate vice president of health science communication released the following statement to the Political Insider:

“Emory University Hospital has been treating patients with Ebola virus disease in its Serious Communicable Diseases Unit since August 2. During the early stages of this pioneering treatment of patients with Ebola virus disease in the United States, Emory established waste management protocols with local utilities and vendors, along with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Emory and DeKalb County did communicate about waste management. However, Emory was mistaken in saying that DeKalb County threatened to disconnect it from the sewer line.

“Emory used a large autoclave to sterilize medical waste so that it could be removed by its waste management vendor.

“Originally, couriers would not drive blood samples from Emory to CDC, but that was quickly resolved in discussions with CDC.

“And pizza delivery to the hospital was refused by at least one vendor early in the process.”

Democrats Bracing for Shellacking in Midterm Elections Due to Low Turnout

Democrats Bracing for Shellacking in Midterm Elections Due to Low Turnout

Democrats Bracing for Shellacking in Midterm Elections Due to Low Turnout (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Democrats are bracing for a shellacking in the midterm elections due to low voter turnout. That’s exactly what the Republicans want — black and Hispanic voters to stay home. The Hill reports recent polls suggest that the turnout could be even lower than customary for midterm elections.

A Gallup poll last week found that voters are less engaged in this year’s midterms than they were in 2010 and 2006. Only 33 percent of respondents said they were giving at least “some” thought to the upcoming midterms, compared to 46 percent in 2010 and 42 percent in 2006. Even more troubling for Democrats, Republicans held a 12-point advantage  when those paying “some” attention were broken down by party.

Historically, the core Democratic constituencies of young people, minorities and single women are more likely to skip voting in midterm elections. The current projections suggest that months of effort by the Democratic Party to engage those groups on issues such as the minimum wage and women’s pay may have been in vain.

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According to the nonpartisan Voter Participation Center, nearly 21 million fewer African Americans, Hispanics, unmarried women and young people voted in 2010 compared to 2008. That’s exactly the situation Democrats want to avoid this time around. Source: The Hill

It can’t help that President Obama’s approval rating is hovering around 39 percent due to all the real and perceived missteps that have dogged him in recent months. I guess you can say, the thrill is gone. This is all the more reason why vice president Joe Biden isn’t a credible 2016 presidential candidate.

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb Mulling 2016 Presidential Bid

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb Mulling 2016 Presidential Bid

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb Mulling 2016 Presidential Bid (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Former Virginia senator Jim Webb (D) said he is “seriously” considering a 2016 presidential run. This could pose a problem for Hillary Clinton and her presidential aspirations. He will be a formidable challenger.

During an appearance at the National Press Club, Jim Webb said, “We’ve had a lot of discussions among people I respect and trust about the future of this country, and we’re going to continue to have these discussions over the next two to five months,” ABC News reports.

Webb, 68, said he is looking for a “support base” for a potential campaign. The decorated Marine Corps veteran, who served in the Senate from 2006-2012 and as Secretary of the Navy during the Reagan administration, recently conducted a three-day, 800-mile tour of Iowa, and has plans to visit New Hampshire in October.

Webb, who largely focused on foreign policy and the economy in his speech Tuesday, is seen as an intriguing challenger to presumptive Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

He’s an unabashed economic populist who in the 2007 Democratic State of the Union rebuttal said the health of the economy shouldn’t be measured “with the numbers that come out of Wall Street, but with the living conditions that exist on Main Street.”

“True fairness is not an impossible dream,” Webb said. “Those at the top have continued to separate themselves from the rest of our society.” Source: ABC News