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Martin O'Malley

Martin O'Malley (Democrat, born January 18, 1963) served as governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015. Prior to being governor, he was the Mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2007 and a Baltimore City Councilor from 1991 to 1999. He served as the Chair of the Democratic Governors Association from 2011 to 2013. (Wikipedia)

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O'Malley's positions on the issues:


Is it important to tax the rich more to reduce the wealth gap?

O'Malley says: Yes.

From "Governor O'Malley knows that the American Dream today remains out of reach for too many families. To attack this problem, it will take a multi-pronged and fearlessly progressive approach to addressing economic inequality."


How should we deal with illegal immigrants?

O'Malley says: Allow them to become legal residents.

From "To give Congress a running start on advancing a lasting legislative solution, Governor O'Malley is committed to providing [] relief his first year in office. From expanding the use of deferred action and exercising discretion to keep families together; to rewriting punitive regulations and ending harmful law enforcement policies; to greatly limiting detention and restoring due process to our immigration system; an O'Malley Administration will use all legal and executive authorities to safeguard and welcome New Americans and restore greatness and justice to America's immigration system."

The Deficit

Should the government be allowed to borrow more money even though it is already in debt?

O'Malley says: Yes.

From the Fiscal Times: "The former Democratic governor of Maryland left office in January with a legacy of one of the most progressive agendas in the nation - and also a long-term structural deficit that his Republican successor has had to wrestle with."

Health Care

How should the government ensure that Americans receive health care?

O'Malley says: Keep the ObamaCare system.

From "[O'Malley ] expanded health care coverage... Under Governor O'Malley, the number of Marylanders added to the state's health system increased nearly 650,000. Maryland now enrolls more than 100,000 each year to the private health exchange. Maryland's uninsured rate dropped 40%, the 9th largest drop in the United States, between 2013 and 2014."

Gun Control

What should be done to prevent more mass shootings in America?

O'Malley says: Pass new gun control laws.

From "As Governor of Maryland, O'Malley implemented some of the toughest measures in the nation to reduce gun violence... Governor O'Malley is calling for the nation to adopt similar, commonsense reforms - while also closing loopholes that allow prohibited individuals to easily purchase guns, prevent law enforcement from holding dealers and gun traffickers accountable when they break the law, and lead to the deaths of thousands of children ever year."

Criminal Justice

Is police brutality against African Americans a problem?

O'Malley says: Yes.

From "[L]aw enforcement is at its best when officers work together with neighborhood residents to ensure public safety and promote the dignity of all people. This "guardian" ethic better protects citizens and law enforcement alike. Moreover, people have the greatest trust in law enforcement when officers' strategies and policies reflect their own values and input, and when policing data and practices are transparent and accessible to the public."


Should the government do more to prevent climate change due to burning of oil and gas?

O'Malley says: Yes.

From "As a nation, we have made great strides toward becoming energy independent. Now is the time to accelerate that progress. The future of our country and our planet depend on it."

Gay Marriage

Gay marriage should

O'Malley says: Be legal.

From "Governor O'Malley led the successful effort to pass marriage equality in the Maryland General Assembly. Then when the issue went to a statewide referendum, he led the campaign, helping Maryland become the first state in the nation ever to defend marriage equality at the ballot box."


How should America fight ISIS?

O'Malley says: Airstrikes and support for other countries to fight ISIS.

From "In confronting ISIS, we must avoid mission creep - and be mindful that American boots on the ground can be counter-productive to our desired outcome. We will not be successful in degrading ISIS if the number of militants taken off the battlefield is exceeded by the number of new recruits replacing them. But we must also ensure that our partners have what they need to contain, degrade, and ultimately defeat ISIS."


How should America respond to Russian aggression?

O'Malley says: Impose economic sanctions only.

From CNN: "No-fly zones sound attractive, but no-fly zones also have to be enforced. And given the fact that the Russian air force is in the airspace over Syria, this could lead to an escalation of Cold War proportions because of an accident, and I don't think that's in the best interests of the United States... [W]e have to push up the diplomatic pressure to get Russia to focus on ISIS[.]"

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