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Governing for Results: Preventable Hospitalization Efforts, Western Maryland Health System, Cumberland MD, August 6th, 2014

[Remarks as drafted] INTRO I want to talk briefly about the good work you’ve done here in Cumberland at the Western Maryland Health System, the processes both here and state-wide we’ve undertaken to reduce preventable hospitalizations and contain runaway health care costs, and some of the success we’ve had so far in doing this. And  Read the Rest…

Wayne K. Curry Memorial Service, July 10th, 2014

Remarks as delivered Good morning. On behalf of the entire people of Our State, and Lt. Gov. Brown, and really all of the members of the O’Malley-Brown administration who had the honor and the privilege to have worked over many years with Wayne Curry, I extend to you Sheila, and to Julian, and to Taylor,  Read the Rest…

CASA De Maryland – Justice Awards Night Reception, June 5th, 2014

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery Introduction Buenas Noches. First, let me start by congratulating all of the recipients of CASA’s 2014 Justice Awards. Thank you, Erika Gonzalez for your kind introduction. And It’s great to be here with Tefere Gebre, the Vice President of the AFL-CIO – a man who understands that a healthy American  Read the Rest…

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School – 2014 Commencement Address, May 29th, 2014

  1. INTRODUCTION Eliza, thank you for the gracious introduction, and thanks for honoring me with the invitation to address the graduating class of 2014. Principal Mrs. Karen Lockard who has led BCC to become one of the top ten high schools in the metro area for academic rigor and a 96 percent graduation rate.  Read the Rest…

University of Maryland, College Park – 2014 Commencement Address, May 22nd, 2014

To Love the World Introduction Ms. Ferguson, thank you for your very generous and thoughtful introduction. President Loh, thank you for your outstanding leadership here of Maryland’s flagship University. Through some of the toughest economic times, you have led us forward to higher excellence and deeper understanding. Thank you, Dr. Loh, for your service, and  Read the Rest…

University of Maryland, School of Medicine – 2014 Commencement Address, May 16th, 2014

I want to thank Dean Reece. Dean, thank you for, not only leading this tremendous institution of healing, but also for your leadership in our state, and for stepping up on our most important healthcare issues like the implementation of the Health Enterprise Zones to reduce health disparities in our state I also want to  Read the Rest…

2014 Betty Tyler Award Ceremony – Planned Parenthood Maryland, 9th Annual Spring Gala, April 30th, 2014

Baltimore, Maryland [Transcript, as delivered] Good evening! (Applause) I want to thank all of you for coming out tonight. We’ll be doing whitewater rafting. (Laughter) I want to thank Jenny Black for her leadership, and all of you for the hard and tireless work from your organization day in and day out for the health  Read the Rest…

Minimum Wage Rally, March 20th, 2014

[Remarks as drafted] Thank you for the introduction, Congressman Cummings. How many people here today agree with me? Let’s Give Maryland a RAISE! WE BELIEVE that raising the minimum wage here in Maryland is the right thing to do, in our movement toward economic justice. No one who works full time should have to raise  Read the Rest…

2014 Irish America Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, March 12th, 2014

New York, NY (photo credit: irishcentral.com) Thank you Niall O’Dowd for your very, very thoughtful and kind introduction. Thank you Patricia Hearty and everyone with Irish America Magazine. This is a humbling honor. My joy at receiving it is commensurate with my lack of deserving it. But I hope the kindness you cast upon my  Read the Rest…

Johns Hopkins University Foreign Affairs Symposium, February 19th, 2014

Baltimore, MD It’s really great to be with all of you here at Johns Hopkins. It’s wonderful to be asked and invited and it’s a humbling honor to speak with you at the Johns Hopkins Foreign Affairs Symposium, Though as I looked at that title and looked around this room, I think perhaps even that  Read the Rest…