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

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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,

“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