Politicians make too many empty promises to Americans. But Martin O'Malley is serious about keeping your beer cold. pic.twitter.com/AbPLe7Tgoy
— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) March 21, 2015
John Wagner, at the Washington Post:
DAVENPORT, Iowa — Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley stepped up his critique of Wall Street excesses here Friday as he began his first swing through Iowa this year with a populist speech to an enthusiastic crowd of close to 300 people attending a Democratic dinner.
O’Malley, who is aggressively positioning himself as an alternative to presumed Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, said that his party “must not allow another Wall Street meltdown to bring down hard-working families.” In a speech broadcast live on C-SPAN, he called for tougher sanctions on banks that break the law and for reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act, the Depression-era measure that separated commercial and investment banking…
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.”…
O’Malley’s appearance in Davenport was a homecoming of sorts. He cut his teeth in politics working on Gary Hart’s 1984 presidential bid, spending much of his time in eastern Iowa. As O’Malley has mulled his own White House bid over the past two years, he has poured resources into the state, appearing at 24 campaign events and fundraisers for other Democrats, lending 14 staffers to Democratic candidates and the state party and donating more than $40,000.
Following the address, O’Malley mingled with a few dozen activists from the audience at an Irish bar. O’Malley’s arrival Friday coincided with the publication of an op-ed in the Des Moines Register calling for a greater commitment by his party to Wall Street reforms. “Today, most Republicans in Congress are hell-bent on disassembling the Dodd-Frank Act,” O’Malley wrote, referring to the 2010 law that was intended to help lessen the risk of another financial crisis. ”And too many Democrats have been complicit in the backslide toward less regulation. Seven years after the Wall Street meltdown, Americans are still experiencing the fallout.”
Cold beer and hot attacks on the One Percenters — good old-fashioned Democratic campaigning.
Apart from politics, what’s on the agenda for the evening?