Martin O’Malley Sends Staffers To Support Campaigns In Iowa, New Hampshire

The Maryland governor is the only Democrat sending people out this year. A way to build favor in early-voting states ahead of 2016. BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { if (BF_STATIC.bf_test_mode) localStorage.setItem(‘posted_date’, 1409012830); }); BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById(“update_posted_time_3428548”).innerHTML = “posted on ” + UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date(1409012830); });

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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will pay for more than two dozen staffers to work on Democratic campaigns in Iowa, New Hampshire, and several other states ahead of the midterm elections this fall, his spokesperson confirmed Monday.

The move to dispatch campaign workers, first reported by the Washington Post, signals the extent to which O’Malley is pursuing a possible White House bid.

The governor’s spokesperson, Lis Smith, would not discuss details about how many staffers would travel to which states. But she said the staffers would be helping Senate and gubernatorial campaigns across the country, including those races in Iowa and New Hampshire, the states that host the first caucuses and primary.

The staffers, Smith said, will be paid for by O’Malley’s political action committee, O’Say Can You See, also called O’PAC.

Politicians considering a national run will often send money or manpower to early-voting states during the election cycle before a presidential race. In 2006, before Democrats’ last open primary, workers paid by former Democratic Sens. John Edwards and Evan Bayh, for example, hit New Hampshire and Iowa.

But this year, O’Malley is the only known Democrat providing such support.

Raymond Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, said he had no knowledge of plans for other Democrats to engage in races in his state.

He hadn’t heard of O’Malley’s intentions to send staffers until Monday, he said.

Ready for Hillary, a super PAC preparing for a possible Hillary Clinton campaign, has been set up in primary states for the last year. The group made its first organizing trip to Iowa last January. But Clinton herself has yet to engage in midterm races. She is scheduled to appear in Iowa at Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry next month.

O’Malley will finish his second and last term as governor in January. He has spent much of the last year traveling on behalf of Democrats, while putting together what he has called “the framework” for a possible presidential campaign.

The campaign workers will meet with O’Malley on Friday and will dispatch to states “imminently,” Smith said.

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11 Excellent Words Added To The Oxford Dictionaries Online

1. “Douche”

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2. “Lolz”

3. “Guilty pleasure”

4. “Mwahahaha”


5. “Photobomb”

6. “Soul patch”

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7. “Ridic”

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8. “Ripped”

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9. “Tweeps”

10. “Vote someone/thing off the island”

11. “Vajazzle”

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Touched by a Wild Mountain Gorilla (Video)

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A group of researchers encounters a pack of wild mountain gorillas near Uganda’s Bwindi National Park and one lucky human gets groomed by baby gorillas…

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Teachers act on a traffic lesson

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This Poor Dog Was Eating Sticks And Stones Before It Was Rescued.

When Alex, a severely neglected Weimaraner, was found on the streets of New Orleans, things were not looking good for him. He was starving, in bad health, and his only refuge from the city sidewalks was an overcrowded animal shelter. It seemed as if Alex would never get the chance to recover.

Before he was put down due to the lack of space in a shelter, the Southern Animal Foundation (a no-kill rescue organization) stepped in and brought him to safety. They would soon find that this wasn’t by any means a normal dog rescue operation. Take a look at Alex’s journey.  

Alex The Dog.

He was so emaciated, it’s a miracle he was alive.

When the Southern Animal Foundation took Alex in, they were quick to learn that he had been so hungry that he had no choice but to eat twigs and rocks. Not only did these not provide the dog any nutrition, they would have to be surgically removed.


Deanna Theis, one of the people who played a pivotal role in rehabilitating Alex.


The surgery was a success, and Alex is looking better than ever.

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For more on Alex’s road to recovery and other incredible rescue stories, check out the Southern Animal Foundation’s Facebook Page. You’ll be happy to find a nice little message from Alex himself on the page, too.

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The Epic Moment A New Mom Pumped Breast Milk During A Half Marathon

Running a half marathon is hard enough on its own.

So you can only imagine how difficult it must have been for one new mom to pump her breast milk in the middle of a 13-mile race.

Thats right. Anna Young recently managed to complete a half marathon, despite the fact that she had to pump her breast milk right in the middle of it.

Young posted a photo on Facebook,which shows her pounding the pavement while simultaneously pumping, along with the caption,

I nursed my daughter before I left my house, pumped after running the first 8 miles and nursed her after I made it past the finish line. This group and Le leche league motivated me to find a way to run my race and take care of my daughter. #normalizebreastfeeding

The blood, sweat and tearsbreast milk Young put into crossing that finish line hasnt goneunnoticed by the internet, either.

The Facebook post has since gone viral, racking upalmost 10,000 reactions, as well as along list of comments from men and women praising Young for her epicaccomplishment.

If you ask me, this inspiring mama can certainly teach us all a thing or two about dedication and multi-tasking.

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