Governor O’Malley, Senator Begich Announce Second Group of NewDEAL Leaders

Today, Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland and U.S. Senator Mark Begich of Alaska announced that ten rising elected officials from across the country have been selected as the second group of NewDEAL leaders for their work championing ideas ranging from clean energy investment to fostering small business growth and streamlining regulations.

The NewDEAL is a new national network committed to elevating pro-growth progressive state and local elected leaders and their innovative ideas from across the country.

“Too often in DC, pro-growth and progressive goals are seen as opposed to each other.  But as former mayors, Governor O’Malley and I saw first hand how solutions that were both pro-growth andprogressive could help to grow the economy in a way that expands opportunity for everyone.  I am proud of the NewDEAL’s work to highlight these leaders from across the country with innovative ideas to build economic growth,” said Senator Begich, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

“Senator Begich and I have joined the NewDEAL because we believe that we need to look for fresh ideas not just from the top down in Washington DC, but also from the bottom up, where local leaders are developing and testing their ideas out on the ground,” said Governor O’Malley, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

The NewDEAL is recognizing ten leaders who hail from a diverse set of regions and hold a variety of local elected positions.  Those ten are:

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Louisiana Senator Karen Carter Peterson, Ohio Representative Jay Goyal, Oregon Representative Tobias Read, South Carolina Representative Bakari Sellers, Illinois Senator Heather Steans, Tennessee Representative Mike Stewart, Texas Representative Mark Strama, and Michigan Representative Jim Townsend.

The NewDEAL is committed to helping pro-growth progressive leaders share their innovative ideas on its interactive website, www.NewDEALLeaders.org.  Each quarter, a new group of leaders will be featured.  The public is encouraged to nominate state and local elected leaders on our website and stay connected as we highlight more of their pro-growth progressive ideas.

Talking Points Memo: New Progressive Group Aims To Close The Talent Gap Between Left And Right

By Brian Beutler

This winter, progressives and elected Democrats in states across the country found themselves blindsided by a coordinated wave of conservative legislation. The policies themselves were tailor-made to both advance right-leaning policy objectives, and undermine the electoral hopes of the Democratic Party: union-busting, voter ID laws, tort reforms.

Despite high unemployment, and a public clamoring for jobs, these political measures popped up in just about every state where the GOP took control of part or all of government after the 2010 midterm romp — the ideas themselves were drafted and circulated by a network of conservative groups, and advanced by a crop of politicians that has been nurtured by the movement for years.

Dofbhq5w8vibiczm8lygLooking forward, progressives want a piece of that action.

This week, Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) and Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD) launched the NewDEAL, a “national network searching the country for pro-growth progressive state and local elected leaders in order to help them share their innovative ideas to win the future,” as they put it in a co-bylined article.

In an interview, Begich explained that the goal is to fill gaps in the progressive movement that don’t exist on the right.

“The other side has been doing stuff like this for years, and I think that has been their long-term strategy,” Begich said. “We have had a void to this area.”

It’s hard to trace the different anatomies of the Democrats and Republicans and their aligned movements on the left and the right. But it’s an unmistakable phenomenon in politics that across the country conservatives speak something close to a common political language in a way liberals do not. Operatives on the right are more often believers in conservative ideas — or at least willing to fight for them — than their counterparts on the left. NewDEAL hopes to close that gap.

An early goal for the group is to swing back against the idea that conservative ideas are the only fuel for economic growth, and take back that initiative for progressives — a tall order since elected Democrats adopted the austerity line from the GOP. As a 501(c)(4) the group can do unlimited issue-area lobbying but can not participate in political campaigns.

“It’s not just about public service–some of these folks will never run for higher office, some of them will,” Begich said. “It’s really just to create a forum to highlight some political talent.”

Source: Talking Points Memo

Washington Monthly: Filling the Need for a Farm Team

By Steve Benen

Over the last 10 to 15 years, there was a concerted effort on the part of many progressive leaders to start creating parallel institutions to rival the right. The point was about creating an “intellectual infrastructure” that could establish a foundation for ideas, voices, and candidates on the left, allowing them to thrive.

To a very real extent, these efforts have been successful. Institutions like the Center for American Progress and Media Matters, among many others, didn’t exist 15 years ago, but already have an enormous influence.

What the left is still lacking is a farm team. A new initiative, launched this week by Sen. Mark Begich (D) of Alaska and Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) of Maryland, intends to change this. It’s called the “NewDEAL.”

This winter, progressives and elected Democrats in states across the country found themselves blindsided by a coordinated wave of conservative legislation. The policies themselves were tailor-made to both advance right-leaning policy objectives, and undermine the electoral hopes of the Democratic Party: union-busting, voter ID laws, tort reforms.

Despite high unemployment, and a public clamoring for jobs, these political measures popped up in just about every state where the GOP took control of part or all of government after the 2010 midterm romp — the ideas themselves were drafted and circulated by a network of conservative groups, and advanced by a crop of politicians that has been nurtured by the movement for years.

Looking forward, progressives want a piece of that action. Begich told Brian Beutler, “The other side has been doing stuff like this for years, and I think that has been their long-term strategy. We have had a void to this area.”

The effort is still coming together — it was literally unveiled yesterday — but O’Malley and Begich had a piece fleshing out their vision in the Huffington Post, explaining that the NewDEAL intends to create a “national network searching the country for pro-growth progressive state and local elected leaders in order to help them share their innovative ideas to win the future.”

As part of the rollout, organizers introduced the first 10 “NewDEAL leaders” this week. The names won’t seem familiar — they’re not supposed to, a farm team is about future stars — but the group offers some hope for the future. The issues they’re working on — from rail to health care to civil rights — are also heartening. It’s an initiative worth keeping an eye on.

Source: Washington Monthly

ABC’s The Note: Sen. Begich, Gov. O’Malley Launch New Deal

By Michael Falcone and Amy Walter

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Alaska Sen. Mark Begich announced an initiative today to bring progressive, pro-growth ideas fostered in state governments into the national spotlight. Each quarter a newly-formed national network called the NewDEAL will recognize a different group of state and local leaders on their website, www.NewDEALLeaders.org.

“Senator Begich and I have joined the NewDEAL, because we believe that we need to look for fresh ideas not just from the top down in Washington DC, but also from the bottom up, where local leaders are developing and testing their ideas out on the ground,” O’Malley said. According to a statement from the group, ten elected officials from across the country have already been selected “for their work championing ideas ranging from progressive tax reform to fostering small business growth and streamlining government spending.” Gov. O’Malley and Sen. Begich will serve as NewDEAL’s honorary co-chairs. (h/t ABC News’ Amy Bingham).

Source: ABC News, The Note

The Hill Op-Ed: The Need for the NewDEAL

By Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) and Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska)

As President Obama made clear in his State of the Union address, we can’t just stand still to win the future. To compete in the global economy, we need to find solutions that are both pro-growth and progressive.

Too often in our nation’s capitol, these two ideals are seen as opposed to each other. We reject this false choice. As former mayors, we saw first-hand how solutions that were both pro-growth and progressive could help to grow the economy in a way that expands opportunity for everyone. As we met our fellow leaders of towns and states around the country, we noticed that many of them were getting similar success from pro-growth progressive solutions.

That’s why we have joined with the NewDEAL, a newly launched national network searching the country for pro-growth progressive state and local elected leaders in order to help them share their innovative ideas to win the future.

We believe that in order to build the vision of progressive growth that the President has laid out, we need to look for fresh ideas not just from the top-down in Washington DC, but also from the bottom up, where local leaders are developing and testing their ideas out on the ground.

Finding the best pro-growth progressive ideas is especially important now, as we make tough choices to jumpstart our economy. But make no mistake: to win the future, we can no longer afford to choose between growing the pie and making sure everyone gets a decent slice.

Growing the economy and expanding opportunity are not trade-offs—they feed on each other. Our economy grows stronger when everyone has the tools to get ahead through hard work, no matter where they come from. But it’s not enough just to support people to take risks like going back to school or starting their own business. In order to make room for more people to get ahead through hard work, we also need to help our businesses grow so that there is more work to be done.

This week, we are excited to announce the first ten NewDEAL leaders from across the country, from red states and blue. These leaders are distinguished by their ideas to spur growth we can all share by harnessing competition and innovation to make government smarter and more efficient.

In upstate New York, a region that has seen the loss of many jobs, Assemblyman Joe Morelle has championed a strategy to win them back: a technology seed fund that gives startup companies the boost they need so that they can grow to the point where they can attract private investment. The seed fund is aimed at spurring smart investments that might not otherwise be made in order to jump-start the economy and create well-paid, sustainable jobs. “New job growth in our state and region will depend on precisely this kind of partnership between the public, private and academic sectors,” says Assemblyman Morelle.

In St. Louis, Assistant Minority Leader Tishaura Jones understands that the key to building long-term prosperity for all of us is to ensure that every American has access to a world-class education, no matter where they come from. That’s why Representative Jones – a mother as well as a legislator – is introducing a plan to help the most effective charter schools expand throughout her entire state, so that every parent can provide the same opportunity for their children as she can.

Such schools are allowed more freedom to develop innovative models in exchange for meeting educational outcomes and test scores. Representative Jones is clear that charter schools must be held accountable for results but notes that they could help spur local job growth by having the flexibility to focus on serving the job needs of different areas, be it on science, agriculture, or drop-out recovery.

And in Nevada, Secretary of State Ross Miller has created the Nevada Business Portal to ensure that government provides tools, rather than obstacles, for job creation. America’s first online “one-stop shop” for companies to do business with the government will make government services more convenient and efficient, freeing up sorely needed resources for other priorities.

The first ten NewDEAL leaders also include Arizona State Representative Chad Campbell, Iowa Senate President pro Tempore Jeff Danielson, Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, Virginia Delegate Mark Keam, California Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Ohio’s Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady, and Delaware Representative Bryon Short, whose ideas range from progressive tax reform to fostering small business growth and ensuring transparency in government spending.

Too often in Washington, politicians and ideas are judged by who’s up and who’s down, and by who’s going to win the next election. The NewDEAL is different because it isn’t focused on winning daily political battles—it’s focused on winning the future.

In the months ahead, the NewDEAL is committed to helping more of these pro-growth progressive leaders share their innovative ideas. We hope you will join us in nominating leaders on the NewDEAL’s interactive website, www.NewDEALLeaders.org, and help us find the fresh ideas our country will need to win the future.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and U.S. Senator Mark Begich of Alaska are the Honorary Chairs of the NewDEAL.

Source: The Hill

Governor O’Malley, Senator Begich Announce Launch of The NewDEAL to Recognize State and Local Pro-Growth Progressive Leaders

New Organization Unveils First Group of State & Local Elected Officials

Today, Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland and U.S. Senator Mark Begich of Alaska announce the launch of the NewDEAL, a new national network committed to elevating pro-growth progressive state and local elected leaders and their innovative ideas from across the country.

Ten rising elected officials from across the country have been selected as the first group of NewDEAL leaders for their work championing ideas ranging from progressive tax reform to fostering small business growth and streamlining government spending.

“Too often in DC, pro-growth and progressive goals are seen as opposed to each other.  But as former mayors, Governor O’Malley and I saw first hand how solutions that were both pro-growth and progressive could help to grow the economy in a way that expands opportunity for everyone.  The NewDEAL is designed to highlight and foster these types of ideas and leaders,” said Senator Begich, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

“Senator Begich and I have joined the NewDEAL, because we believe that we need to look for fresh ideas not just from the top down in Washington DC, but also from the bottom up, where local leaders are developing and testing their ideas out on the ground,” said Governor O’Malley, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

The first ten leaders to be recognized by the NewDEAL hail from a diverse set of regions and hold a variety of local elected positions.  Those ten are:

  • Chad Campbell, House Minority Leader, Phoenix, AZ
  • Jeff Danielson, Senate President Pro Tempore, Cedar Falls, IA
  • Wendy Greuel, City Controller, Los Angeles, CA
  • Tishaura Jones, Assistant House Minority Leader, St. Louis, MO
  • Mark Keam, Delegate, Vienna, VA
  • Fiona Ma, Assembly Speaker pro Tempore, San Francisco, CA
  • Ross Miller, Secretary of State, Nevada
  • Joe Morelle, Assemblyman, Rochester, NY
  • John O’Grady, County Commissioner, Franklin County, OH
  • Bryon Short, Representative, Wilmington, DE

The NewDEAL is committed to helping pro-growth progressive leaders share their innovative ideas on its interactive, multi-media website, www.NewDEALLeaders.org. Each quarter, a new group of leaders will be featured.  The public is encouraged to sign up to nominate state and local elected leaders and stay connected as we highlight more of their pro-growth progressive ideas.

Washington Post: Begich and O’Malley Launch NewDEAL

By Aaron Blake

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malleyare forming a new non-profit group to highlight young Democratic elected officials with new ideas at the state and local level.

The group, called The NewDEAL (an acronym for Developing Exceptional American Leaders), will officially launch Tuesday and is billed as a “national network committed to highlighting and connecting pro-growth progressive state and local elected leaders from across the country.”

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The 501 (c)(4) will highlight a group of 10 or 15 elected officials at a time and seek to promote their pragmatic ideas using short videos on an interactive website. The group is encouraging supporters to nominate people and elected leaders in their community through the website.

Begich said the main goal is to highlight the ideas, but that the program can also be used as a recruiting tool for the Democrats in search of appealing candidates in future elections.

“People are excited for this, because nobody is doing it,” Begich said. “It’s a combo of great ideas — a think-tank kind of thing — but at the same time highlighting great aspects of future and current leaders. People are looking for those fresh and new faces.”

The idea sprung from a relationship O’Malley and Begich formed when both were mayors — O’Malley in Baltimore and Begich in Anchorage. Begich said it blossomed when he joined the Senate in 2009 and realized how the chamber was stuck in an antiquated way of doing things.

“That told me that there needs to be a long-range (vision),” Begich said. “At the same time, I didn’t see anybody out there reaching out to some of the new talent and folks that are coming up in the private sector, the local government or the state government.”

The first class of 10 includes mostly state legislators, but also a potential 2012 Senate candidate in Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller. The other nine are: Arizona state Rep.Chad Campbell, Iowa state Senate President Pro Tempore Jeff Danielson, Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel, Missouri Assistant House Minority Leader Tishaura Jones, Virginia state Del. Mark Keam, California state Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, New York state Assemblyman Joe Morelle, Franklin County (Ohio) Commissioner John O’Grady, and Delaware state Rep. Bryon Short.

O’Malley, who also serves as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, said the group is coming along at a good time. He said it will occupy some territory formerly inhabited by the centrist Democratic Leadership Council, which folded recently, and also that Democrats need to be reminded that, even though they have most of the power in Washington right now, it won’t always be that way.

“Sometimes control of the White House might distract us from bringing up the next generation,” O’Malley said.

The NewDEAL is already up on Twitter and Facebook.

Source: Washington Post, The Fix