Governor O'Malley was in Des Moines, IA at his newly opened campaign office on Saturday May 30th. The Iowa GUI team was there to ask him about for-profit prisons owning detention centers and how to take those who profit from immigrant detention out of the public policy making process.
The same day Gov. Martin O’Malley announces he's running for president, we announce questions and educate Gov. O’Malley about for-profit prisons lobbying millions of dollars during a meet and greet in his new Des Moines, IA office.
Gale asked Jeb Bush, "Please tell me your opinion on the Citizens United decision?" The former Florida governor said, "I don't understand it, to be honest with you." He went on to offer a few words on money, transparency, and the prospects for change.
The detention quota is a federal policy requiring that 34,000 beds in immigrant detention facilities be maintained every day — an arbitrary number based not on enforcement needs, but on the profit needs of the companies that contract to detain immigrants. Congresspeople who support the policy benefit from campaign contributions from the very same corporations.
Presidential candidate, Senator Lindsey Graham, did a "walk and talk" in downtown Manchester, NH. Governing Under the Influence activists rose to the occasion and delivered the message that we do not want a system governed under the influence of Pentagon contractors, for-profit prisons and corporate lobbyists in general. Several people asked questions.
I went to Tilton Diner to "bird dog" Chris Christie. I went in and sat by myself and ordered eggs benedict done with spinach. A State-House based AP reporter sitting nearby told me, "If you sit alone like that, he'll come and talk to you." Christie did. He paused at two tables of four to shake hands, but came to my table for conversation about the Pentagon budget and offshore drilling.