Oct 17, 2015 – Martin O’Malley visits Peddler’s Daughter Pub

New Hampshire is a wonderful place during primary season.  Coming from PA, it was very rare that a forum with a presidential candidate was ever conducted close to home.  In Nashua, they occur every week!

My wife and I (webmaster) have attended local events sponsored by the Clinton and Sanders campaigns.  This one was different.  Governor O’Malley wore jeans, indicating that this was to be a very informal event.  The 50-some attendees, young and old, got to listen to the Governor in a very relaxed setting up close and personal.  He took many questions and stayed after his speech for one-on-one time with his audience.  I shook his hand, asked a question of importance to me and got a thoughtful answer.


In the photo above, Governor O’Malley is being introduced by another famous Democrat (at least in Nashua) NDCC chairman Dave Tencza.

The photos below are of a few of the O’Malley campaign’s local directors.  If you want to get involved in the campaign, you’ll want to talk to the guy on the left – TJ DeKemper.

tjdekemper@martinomalley.com 361-4024



The 15 Goals of the O’Malley Campaign



On energy policy, here’s what I’d do as President:

1. Completely transition to renewable energy and end our reliance on fossil fuels by 2050.
2. Double our energy efficiency within 15 years to waste less energy and create more jobs.
3. Renew our investment in the physical and intellectual infrastructure to power a clean energy economy.
4. Create a new, clean energy job corps to rebuild, retrofit and restore our communities and our environment.

And on day one, I would reject projects like Keystone XL, and deny new permits for drilling in Alaska, the Arctic, and off our coasts.

Tell me you’re with me, and ask all other Democratic candidates to join us: add your name in opposing Keystone XL and supporting a transition to a clean energy economy by 2050.









The National Rifle Association took out a whole feature to slam me for saying I’m “eager to make gun control an issue in [my] campaign to be president.” Yes. I definitely am. I am proud to stand against the congressional gun lobbyists who think that it is extreme to support things like background checks or a ban on high-capacity magazines.

If elected President, I will fight for the same kind of legislation I got passed in Maryland: a national assault weapons ban; stricter background checks with databases that are actually connected and open for law enforcement to share information; efforts to reduce straw-buying, like fingerprint requirements.

Gun violence tragedies aren’t isolated incidents; they are part of a full-blown—and entirely preventable—epidemic. As a nation, it is time for sensible gun safety laws that save lives.

Under my plan, background checks would be universal, young people under the age of 21 would no longer be allowed to purchase handguns, and additional protections would be in place for women who are targets of domestic abuse.

Take a few minutes to read my plan today, and share it with your friends.

As Governor of Maryland, I implemented some of the toughest measures in the nation to crack down on gun violence. The reforms we put in place included required licensing, fingerprinting, stronger background checks, and safety training. We took action to keep guns off the street and make them less deadly.

Our goal in Maryland, as it should be for the nation, was to reduce mass shootings and keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

Stopping the preventable deaths of American citizens should not be a partisan issue, or the purview of special interests. We must find the courage to do the right thing without fear of the NRA’s clout.

It’s not enough just to “have the conversation.” It’s time for actual leadership and action.

I have been to a lot of funerals. When I was elected in 1999 as Mayor of Baltimore it was not because Baltimore was doing well, it was because we had allowed drive-by shootings to become far too commonplace—where 2, 3, 4 or 5 people lost their lives on a week-to-week basis.

We had to forge a new consensus to turn that around.

278 days into 2015, we have witnessed 294 mass shootings nationwide. We must act. As we did in Maryland, we must remind each other of the powerful beliefs we share. A belief in the dignity of every person. A belief in our own responsibility to advance the common good we share. And an understanding that we’re all in this together.

All of those beliefs are far more powerful than any lobbying effort the NRA can possibly send to a state capitol or to the United States Congress.

Regardless of which candidate you support in this race, commit today to striving for meaningful change when it comes to gun violence. Read the remarks I delivered in New Hampshire and share:


There is not another developed nation on the planet that has as big a problem with gun violence as we do. There is not another advanced nation on this planet that puts as many of its sons and daughters in coffins from violent deaths from guns.

I believe we can achieve my goal to cut gun violence in half in 10 years by implementing the following reforms, and last night I asked Senator Sanders, Secretary Clinton, Governor Chafee—all of those in our race to lead this great nation—to join me in building a new consensus. This includes:

1. A ban on the sale of combat assault weapons.

2. A requirement that every person who purchases a gun gets a license and is fingerprinted so that law enforcement will be able to quickly trace any gun used in a crime back to its source.

3. Using the full power of the federal government, refuse to buy guns from any company that doesn’t use the latest and best safety technology, like micro-stamping and internal serial numbers that cannot be defaced.

4. Make illegal gun trafficking a federal crime.

My plan also calls for safe storage laws, mandatory reporting of lost and stolen weapons, and a national gun registry: a comprehensive, centralized firearm registration system, where records would be maintained electronically and indefinitely.

These are common-sense solutions that can save lives. Read and share my Medium op-ed, my speech from New Hampshire last night. Make sure your friends—supporters of me, Secretary Clinton or Senator Sanders—commit to meaningful gun safety reform.

It doesn’t matter who you support in this race—common-sense gun reform is something we should all fight for. For the children who died in Newtown, for the teenagers and educators who died years ago at Columbine, for the three-year-old who fell victim to gunfire in the backseat of her mom’s car in Ohio, for the victims of a shooting we may see tragically next week, next month. Maybe tomorrow.

Let’s act now.







Click here to learn about Martin’s views on immigration and climate change, as posted in The Telegraph.

On Syrian refugees – Americans are a generous and compassionate people. But our policies are falling short of those values. Yesterday, I supported the call from humanitarian and refugee organizations for the United States to accept at least 65,000 Syrian refugees next year. Join me now in echoing this call:


On TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) – It’s time for America to stop stumbling backward into bad trade deals, and instead pursue a trade policy that will benefit our economy, workers, and our planet.

In October, I have released a comprehensive trade policy agenda that calls for establishing strong, enforceable rules for fair competition — rules that are in the best interests of American families, workers, and businesses.

Please, read my op-ed today and share it with your friends – http://martinomalley.com/trade-oped

In October, the White House and 11 countries agreed on a secret trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). If the agreement turns out to be chock-full of sweetheart deals for special interests and powerful corporations, as we suspect it will be, then Congress must oppose it.

The future of America’s workers, manufacturers, and small businesses depends on our getting this deal right. For that, we need new leadership, with a consistent position, to build up our American economy and give rise to a global middle class.

While trade agreements are intended to open markets for U.S. companies, they often further concentrate wealth at the very top. We saw this in Iowa especially: NAFTA was passed with good intentions, but cost the Iowa economy 10,000 jobs, and our U.S. economy nearly 700,000 more.

But not all trade deals are bad. As President, I will support goodfree trade agreements thatuphold our nation’s values, notbad dealsthat undermine our prosperity. In our increasingly global and interconnected world, trade is a powerful and vital tool to expand American influence.

Trade deals done well — complete with high labor and environmental standards and carefully crafted rules — can open new markets for U.S. businesses and agriculture, can protect our planet from climate change, and will support a thriving middle class.