Saturday, December 10, 2016

Martin O’Malley

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democrats pay

If there’s a racial wealth gap in this country—well, it looks like Democrats have no one but themselves to blame.

According to an analysis by the New Organizing Institute, minorities working for Democratic political campaigns are paid substantially less than their white counterparts. And, often, they’re given less prestigious jobs.

African-American staffers, in fact, made just 70 cents on the dollar for white employees.

For Latino staffers, the difference was even a little wider: they were only paid 68 cents on the dollar.

In any other election year, this might’ve been swept under the rug. But in 2016, it could be a major disaster for Democrats moving forward.

As race relations become a major issue in the 2016 race—spurred on by brutal riots in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, over the deaths of black civilians at the hands of white cops—Democrats have learned that they’re not immune to protest.

Earlier in 2015, Democratic presidential candidates like Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley saw speeches and panels interrupted by #BlackLivesMatter protesters, who demanded they do more to address racial inequality. O’Malley was even slammed when he dared tell activists that “all lives matter,” not just black ones.

Democrats have long rested on their “demographics as destiny” plan for victory—essentially, winning over minority populations that grow faster than white ones.

But it looks like they might have to start, literally, putting their money where their mouth is if they want to continue to have any sort of legitimacy on race issues in this country.

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Hillary Cheated

A Democratic U.S. Senate candidate from Iowa is alleging that Hillary Clinton cheated at the second Democratic presidential debate earlier this month.

Candidate Tom Fiegen claims that the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton worked together to stack the deck, and make sure she came out with a win under her belt. Fiegen has endorsed Hillary’s chief rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Fiegen claims that DNC officials actively stuffed the room with Hillary Clinton supporters, in order to ensure she would get bigger applause and more favorable audience reaction.

But Fiegen isn’t the only one claiming that there’s funny business going on in the Democratic Party.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is also running for President, claims that the number of debates, and their timing, is a direct result of the DNC attempting to “circle the wagons” around Hillary.

“Four debates and only four debates — we are told, not asked — before voters in our earliest states make their decision,” said Mr. O’Malley, back in August. “This sort of rigged process has never been attempted before.”

The debates have also been slammed for their poor scheduling. The most recent debate was held on a Saturday night at 9pm Eastern, historically a “death slot” for TV networks, due to the small number of Americans tuned in.

Hillary was narrowly seen, by some, as the winner of the first two debates. But she also made controversial statements that could haunt her in a general election. In the first debate, she proudly claimed that her “biggest enemies are Republicans.” In the second debate, she ridiculously excused her famously cozy Wall Street ties as being a thank you for all of her help after the 9/11. She also was slammed by Republicans for refusing to utter the words “Islamic terrorism.”

But with Hillary out-polling both of her rivals, it’s clear the Democrats want to limit her exposure as much as possible, to not rock the boat. To the detriment of the American people.

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